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[[caption-width-right:350:The masked legends of WWII [[{{Retcon}} you never heard about until now]].]]

A comic book series published by Creator/DCComics in the BronzeAge starting in 1981. Coming out after DC's parallel worlds had existed for a while, and written by the continuity-obsessed Roy Thomas, this series took place during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII on the parallel world of Earth-2, where DC's [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] characters were said to have existed.

The premise was that after the attack on [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Pearl Harbor]], UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt gathered together every superhero published by DC during the war period - including the entirety of the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica - into a single superhero team, the All-Star Squadron. Thomas had done something similar prior to this series at Creator/MarvelComics, in the original ''ComicBook/TheInvaders.'' The team met in New York in the Trylon and Perisphere, two structures that were created for the 1939-1940 World's Fair and in real life had been torn down for scrap metal for the war.

The phrase "retroactive continuity" was used (attributed to a fan) in the letter column in issue #18, which soon became "{{Retcon}}". The series was heavily based around retcons in the positive sense--it often told stories that happened between issues of real [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] series, gave characters origins who never had them, and cleared up plot holes and dangling plots from decades ago. It generally avoided the "[[ReWrite everything you know is a lie]]" type of retcon, though there were some minor history changes. It also gave a decent explanation why the really powerful superheroes didn't invade the Axis powers to end the war overnight: Hitler had the mystic [[PublicDomainArtifact Spear of Destiny]] in his possession that would take mind control of the superheroes who tried entering land under his, or his allies', control.

The ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths destroyed Earth-2, which [[CosmicRetcon now never existed]]. This was not good for the book, which ended at issue 67 after a series of inventory stories dealing with character origins and a retelling of a classic Superman story in the new retconned Superman-less history. The book was succeeded by ''Young All-Stars'', which replaced the now retconned Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman, went a further 31 issues plus an annual, and is generally considered lower quality than the series itself.

The success of the series led to the launch of ComicBook/InfinityInc, whose characters appeared in the progenitor series thanks to time travel. James Robinson's ''Comicbook/{{Starman}}'' and Geoff Johns' ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'', two of DC's current successes, owe as much inspiration to Thomas' ''All-Star Squadron'' as they do to the original 40s comics and the Levitz/Staton revitalization in the 70s.

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!!Tropes that apply to the series as a whole include:

* TheArcher: Pre-Crisis, Green Arrow and Speedy. Post-Crisis, Tigress and Axis Amerika member Usil.
* AdolfHitler: Appears as the enemy in both series.
* AscendedExtra: Sort of; rarely appearing characters with no background were used, who were "extras" with respect to Creator/DCComics as a whole, but still starred in their own strips.
* BadFuture: Mekanique comes from a future world that resembles Fritz Lang's ''Metropolis''. She claims to have appeared in the past to stop that future from taking place, but after Alan Scott (Green Lantern) and Danette Reilly (Firebrand) change the event that supposedly causes the bad future to happen, Mekanique reveals to Robotman that the change in the event ''actually causes'' the bad future to happen, which was what she was hoping for all along.
** Of course, what stands in the way of the bad future from taking place is the All-Star Squadron still existing, which Mekanique tries to destroy in ''The Young All-Stars'' 1988 annual issue.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Liberty Belle and Johnny Quick.
* CallForward: ''The Young All-Stars''' ''ComicBook/{{Millennium}}'' crossover, where the Green Lantern was guided by his ring to save three individuals who would become the parents and grandparent of three individuals that would be candidates for ComicBook/TheNewGuardians.
* CaptainErsatz
** The minor character Midnight was used as a stand-in for ComicBook/TheSpirit, who was created by the same company but belonged solely to his creator, Creator/WillEisner.
** The second Firebrand was created to replace Golden Age heroine Wildfire. DC originally planned to use the latter but didn't want her getting mixed up with the Wildfire in ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' so they created Danette Reilly as a stand-in. Wildfire does appear as a cameo in the Elseworlds story ''[[ComicBook/TheGoldenAge JSA: The Golden Age]]''.
* CaptainPatriotic: Commander Steel, Americommando, Uncle Sam, Star-Spangled Kid and Stripesy for the males, Liberty Belle for the females. Also later joined post-Crisis by Miss America.
* CivvieSpandex: "Iron" Munro. He tried wearing a costume once, but most of the time stuck with an ordinary T-shirt and pants.
** Also Captain Triumph.
* CompositeCharacter: Besides being an expy of Green Arrow, Tigress was also one for the Golden Age/Earth-2 Catwoman and (for a time) the Modern Age Huntress.
* ContinuityPorn: Thomas did his homework [[ShownTheirWork and it shows]].
* {{Cyborg}}: Commander Steel, the grandfather of the "Justice League Detroit" character known as Steel. Also the Bob Crane version of Robotman.
* DamagedSoul: The Tigress upon her resurrection did a FaceHeelTurn, becoming the Huntress.
* DastardlyWhiplash: The Viper, one of the comic strip villains brought to life by Funny Face in #64.
* DeadSidekick: Inverted in ''The Young All-Stars''; Dyna-Mite survived while his mentor T.N.T. was killed.
* DifferentlyPoweredIndividual: The term "Mystery Men" was used for superheroes, as in real [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] comics.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Fury's dream of a giant Mekanique attacking the All-Star Squadron in ''The Young All-Stars'', leading to a ProphecyTwist when it comes true.
* EnemyWithin: Fury of ''The Young All-Stars'' has Tisiphone the Blood Avenger taking control of her at times, which requires the team's intervention to turn her back to normal.
* EvilCounterpart: Axis Amerika was this to the All-Star Squadron, ironically modeled after the Golden Age/Earth-2 heroes who vanished after the ''Crisis'', with the only exception being Kamikaze, who simply was Imperial Japan's replacement for Tsunami. They soon meet their match with the Young All-Stars, who filled the shoes of the erased All-Stars. Before that, there was Der Zyklon, who was a Nazi super-speedster counterpart of the Flash and Johnny Quick, Baron Blitzkreig, who was one for Superman, and Cyclotron, who was one for the Atom.
* {{Expy}}: The Young All-Stars themselves were a [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Teen Titans-ish]] subteam of Expies, being replacements of the vanished Earth-2/Golden Age versions of Superman ("Iron" Munro), Batman (Flying Fox), Robin (Dyna-Mite), Wonder Woman (Fury), Aquaman (Neptune Perkins, Tsunami), and Green Arrow (Tigress).
** There were indeed Golden Age heroes going by the name of "Iron" Munro, Flying Fox, and (Miss) Fury, even if they were different from their ''Young All-Stars'' counterparts.
** Axis Amerika served as an expy of the at-the-time nonexistent Crime Syndicate of Earth-3.
* FaceHeelTurn: Tigress in ''Young All-Stars'' after her death and resurrection at the hands of Gudra the Valkyrie, which was meant to explain her origin of becoming the Golden Age villain the Huntress.
* {{Fembot}}: Mekanique, a robot from a Fritz Lang-inspired BadFuture that claimed that her mission was to prevent that future from taking place, only to later reveal that her actual mission was to make sure that BadFuture happened without a key person in place to rebel against it.
* FerrisWheelDateMoment: In ''The Young All-Stars'', Flying Fox has a date on a Ferris wheel with a girl who is a friend of the one "Iron" Munro is dating, which then gets ruined with the appearance of Axis Amerika.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: The Shining Knight, frozen in ice since the days of KingArthur until the World War II period.
* FlyingBrick: Pre-Crisis, Superman. Post-Crisis, "Iron" Munro and Axis Amerika member Ubermensch, though replace flight with superhuman leaping ability.
* GiantFootOfStomping: In the sequel series ''The Young All Stars'', Fury sees a giant Mekanique try to do this to her "adopted aunt and uncle", Liberty Belle and Johnny Quick, in her dreams before she wakes up. In an annual story, it is revealed that Mekanique ''doesn't'' turn big...she ''shrinks'' the All-Star Squadron to doll size and attacks them inside a model of a futuristic city. Fury and her Young All-Star companions, who were spared the shrinking, stop Mekanique from achieving the "giant foot stomp".
* TheKlan: Real American appearance-wise was an EvilCounterpart to Commander Steel with a Klan hood. In reality, he was actually a robot.
* HeroesUnlimited: It's essentially Justice Society Unlimited set in the 1940s.
* HistoricalFiction
* MagicalNativeAmerican: Flying Fox, the Post-Crisis Earth-2 Batman replacement character, is this.
* MagnetismManipulation: Amazing Man in ''The Young All-Stars'', which he gained after he lost his matter-mimicking powers.
* TheMultiverse: Besides the team's involvement in the ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', the All-Star Squadron also had visits by [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] and his family of heroes and villains from Earth-S. Also they got involved in a story teaming up with both the Justice Society and the [[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]] from Earth-1 where they had to stop Per Degaton from using the Crime Syndicate from Earth-3 to alter future history.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Axis Amerika member Sea Wolf is an aquatic lycanthrope who is capable of holding his breath longer than his All-Star Squadron counterpart Neptune Perkins.
* PhantomZonePicture: In issue #64, the Golden Age Superman villain Funny Face tries to trap Firebrand by transferring her into a cartoon drawing with the same device that he uses to transfer cartoon villain drawings into real people. Note that this was a Post-Crisis revision of a Superman story with the All-Star Squadron substituting for the non-existent Golden Age Superman.
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Thomas had characters avoid using anti-Japanese racial slurs which were common at the time.
* ProphecyTwist: Fury's dream of a giant Mekanique attacking the All-Star Squadron in a futuristic city in ''The Young All-Stars'' turns out to be Mekanique shrinking the All-Star Squadron to doll-size (except for Fury and the Young All-Stars) and attacking them in a model of a futuristic city.
* PublicDomainArtifact: Spear of Destiny and Holy Grail, the former of which would become an important plot device in the one-shot ''The Last Days Of The Justice Society'' taking place after the ''Crisis''.
* {{Retcon}}: The TropeNamer.
* RetGone: Issue #60 was a vivid example of this, as it took place after the ''Crisis On Infinite Earths'' but before all the changes took place. In that issue, the Golden Age versions of Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Arrow, and Speedy showed up for a group picture, right before Mekanique revealed to Robotman that she was holding back the "sweeping effects" of the Crisis until her mission was accomplished, and then released the effects while also wiping out Robotman's memory of the revelation. By the time the developed picture gets in the hands of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, said Golden Age heroes (save for Green Arrow and Speedy due to an error) were erased from the picture, replaced by members of the ComicBook/FreedomFighters (who pre-Crisis had gone to Earth-X).
* ShoutOut: The Squadron had a robot butler named Gernsback, after Hugo Gernsback, founder of various amazingly important sci-fi magazines, such as Amazing Stories. He even coined the term science fiction.
** Evil android Mekanique was essentially the android from Fritz Lang's ''Film/{{Metropolis}}''. In fact, the future came from pretty much was ''Metropolis'' in everything but name.
** "Iron" Munro's father was Hugo Danner from Philip Wylie's early sci-fi novel ''Literature/{{Gladiator}}''.
** Neptune Perkins' grandfather was [[Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Captain Nemo]].
* SkunkStripe: "Iron" Munro, the PostCrisis Golden Age Superman replacement in ''The Young All-Stars''.
* StupidJetpackHitler
* SuperHero: Of course.
* SuperHeroOrigin
* SuperSerum: The pre-natal formula that "Iron" Munro's grandfather Abednego Danner gave to his biological father Hugo while he was still in the womb, which somehow is also responsible for the creation of Axis Amerika member Ubermensch.
* TakeThat: In one issue the Squadron fights a villain who believes he's [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], and Tarantula spends several panels mocking his [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe mangled Elizabethan grammar]].
* ThoseWackyNazis
* TokenEnemyMinority: Tsunami.
* TokenMinority: Amazing Man--of course, the heroes in actual [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] comics, which the series was based on, were ''all'' white. Also Tsunami after her HeelFaceTurn in ''Young All-Stars''.
* TonightSomeoneDies: The Red Bee, who hadn't been used in the series before and was a lame character.
* {{Tuckerization}}: One of the few new characters was Firebrand, a redhead named Danette. Thomas is married to a redhead with that name.
* {{Valkyries}}: Gudra, who appeared in the origin story of the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica and later became a member of Axis Amerika.
* WebcomicTime: Very obvious due to the frequent use of real-world dates and events; eight published years of ''All-Star Squadron'' and ''Young All-Stars'' took place over a seven-month period in the war.
* WonderTwinPowers: T.N.T. and Dyna-Mite, who pressed their dyna-rings together to activate their power punches. In ''The Young All-Stars'', T.N.T. was killed, and Dyna-Mite thought he wouldn't be able to activate his powers without his partner, but he eventually found out that he could reactivate them by wearing both dyna-rings and pressing them together himself.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII

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