A particularly memorable ElseworldsMini Series by James Robinson, published by DC Comics in 1993.It tells the story of The DCU's Golden Age heroes immediately after World War II, their problems with the rising tide of McCarthyism and government corruption, and a super-powered take-over of the US Government.The series is told primarily from the viewpoints of Liberty Belle, Manhunter, the original Green Lantern, and Johnny Quick. The story plays out in a "realistic" fashion, similar to Watchmen, but not quite as dark.Most of the Golden Age heroes have retired for various reasons, and are making new careers for themselves, when an amnesiac Manhunter makes his way back to America from parts unknown. As events unwind, the heroes have to deal with conspiracy, government corruption, and horrific discoveries about the war. In the end, there is a final showdown between pretty much every hero around and Hitler's Brain in a super-powered body.The series touches on most of the major Golden Age heroes, and many of the minor ones. Notable absences from the line-up are Superman and Batman, despite both originating in The Golden Age of Comic Books.The Golden Age is a What If? story, but elements of the series have snuck into Canon anyway, most notably Ted "Starman" Knight's nervous breakdown. It was eventually retitled JSA: The Golden Age to connect the series to the Justice Society of America ongoing series of the late 1990s and early-to-mid 2000s.Not to be confused with the prose trilogy by John C. Wright.
This work provides examples of:
Alliterative Name - Daniel Dunbar, aka Dan the Dyna-Mite. Also Tex Thompson, the Americommando, and Libby Lawrence, the Liberty Belle.
Anachronism Stew: Roger Hayden's version of the Psycho-Pirate appears in the story instead of the original Golden Age version, Charley Halstead.
The Golden Age Black Canary becomes a World War II hero, whereas in the mainstream DC continuity her superhero career didn't start until 1947.
Beware the Superman: Dynaman, when he is publicly revealed to be Adolf Hitler in Daniel Dunbar's body.
Big Damn Heroes: Both Green Lantern and Starman attempt this, but both are defeated (Starman in particularly undignified fashion).
The Big Guy: Green Lantern is explicitly referred to as this by Johnny Quick.
Big "NEVER!": Captain Comet when he engages with Dynaman for the last time.
Big "NO!": Thunderbolt, when his master Johnny Thunder gives him the command to kill Hourman during the Dynaman revelation incident, became so conflicted with that and his own personal ethics that he just departed from the scene entirely, screaming this.
Broad Strokes: Some Post-Crisis Golden Age history elements became part of some of the character's backstories. Daniel Dunbar's former mentor Thomas N. Thomas (T.N.T) was killed in World War II without any explanation in the story. Also Paula Brooks became the criminal Tigress without any of her prior history established in The Young All-Stars ever mentioned. (In mainstream DC continuity, Paula Brooks' Tigress identity was originally heroic, but a Damaged Soul resurrection caused her to become the criminal Huntress.)
The Cameo: Loads of familiar and even obscure Golden Age heroes poke their heads in both the splash page beginning and near the end of the story, as the heroes gather in Washington, D.C. for what would become the final showdown.
Expy: The Tigress costume-wise is an expy for the Golden Age version of Catwoman...although the costume itself is patterned after the modern versions of Catwoman.
Fastball Special: Hourman and The Atom are looking up at Dynaman, who has been revealed as Hitler. Neither of them can fly, but both are super-strong, so Hourman picks up The Atom and throws him.
Flying Brick: Dynaman. His powers include invulnerability, flight, superhuman strength, and concussive power blasts from his fists. However, his invulnerability was limited only by his stamina, which was worn down pretty quickly when he got in a fight with Alan Scott (Green Lantern), whose ring-powered punches made Dynaman lose a few teeth.
Grand Theft Me - Besides the Ultra-Humanite's brain taking over the Americommando's body, there's also Adolf Hitler's brain taking over Daniel Dunbar's (Dynaman) body.
Part of why Alan Scott chose to turn his back on being Green Lantern, to avoid the destructive misuse of his power ring.
Miss America has an entirely innocent one when she discovers she's been sleeping with the Ultra-Humanite.
The Atom tries to deny it first during the final showdown, but when Dynaman openly reveals he's really Hitler he quickly realizes his error and changes sides.
Negated Moment of Awesome: When Alan Scott is called before HUAC, he starts to give a heroic speech to the committee about how he won't give in to fear and will stand up to this "witch hunt." Then Dynaman starts wrecking the building...
Starman's moment of taking down Dynaman with his cosmic rod is instantly negated by Dynaman snapping the thing in two.
Old Shame: In-universe, Tex Thompson doesn't want to see Bob Daley anymore, having come to see their time as Mr. America and Fatman as embarrassing (so he says).
Red Scare: Par for the course in the era it's set in. Alan Scott's Gotham Broadcasting Company came under fire from the government for supposedly harboring Communist sympathizers within the writing staff, with one of the accused being a staff writer who ended up taking his own life.
Also the pretext for the creation of Dynaman.
And ultimately the reason for the Justice Society's disbandment.
Secret Diary: Tex Thompson has one, which reveals the truth behind himself and Dynaman, which Joan Dale takes to her friends Lance Gallant and Paula Brooks to open up and discover.
Teeth Flying: Dynaman, when Green Lantern starts laying down the punches.
Tickertape Parade: The Americommando gets a ticker tape parade greeting his welcome home as a war hero
Two Siblings In One: Lance Gallant is tormented by his brother Michael's spirit to become Captain Triumph again after he retired from the superhero business. Lance ultimately tells Michael to go to hell when he sacrifices himself to stop a rampaging Robotman.
World War II: and the post-war trauma that the superheroes go through, showing how the war wasn't as cleanly won as the nation thought.
Writer's Block: Jonathan Law (Tarantula) struggled with both this and alcoholism after the war and his book got published. Eventually things hit rock bottom for him when his paramour Libby Lawrence gets a job as a TV news commentator, that he attempts to vent all his frustrations out on Libby, only to get thrown down by Libby herself.
Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Al Pratt, The Atom, is among those stunned to learn that the would-be icon Dyna-Man, the former Dan The Dyna-Mite, is not at all who he seems. Pratt, who has never questioned the ever more sinister tone of the movement he's been in, is complimented by Dyna-Man, saying he would have made a perfect Nazi. Note that Pratt was a member of the Justice Society of America and had been actively fighting the Nazis in World War II.