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Juan Cena wrote:
Exactly which part of Starman's origin prominently depends on events of the 40's? That's the point you're avoiding.
And you're missing the point. This isn't about transporting the JSA into another era. It's placing them in a sliding timeline that constantly begins at a point twenty years or so from the Modern DCU's present. It actually restores the equilibrium that existed when the JSA first began appearing in the Silver Age, when the JSA began their careers about 25 years before Barry Allen and Hal Jordan appeared.
The character was made in the 1940s and as such has an intrinsic connection to that era. His motivations were stated and even the styles used for him. The trappings scream of the era, not the 80s. You endlessly refuse to see this and as such are avoiding it as it takes down your argument.
That is not a sliding timeline, it's moving them. Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are three DC examples of sliding timelines. They never stopped being published and were always re-iterated for the era they were in. The JSA have not and would not be. Given the thread here being on Marvel, in comparison it's no different then with Superman and crew. You cannot move characters from the 1940s to the 1980s and then call it a sliding timeline. For it to be one, it would be from the 40s to now with the backgrounds rebuilt up. The big difference is that with Marvel, most of the characters are still more contemporary than the JSA. What you're saying does not work, it does not bring any sort of equilibrium, it creates an anachronism.
As said, you want the modern heroes to have mentors? Use character from the era you site instead of moving the originals. Also, what you get is a weakened modern version. Either leave the JSA in the 40s and go multigenerational as Byrne did with Generations, sans the apocryphal stories, and build it to there. Otherwise leave it as is now.