|From the cover of Who's Who #2; |
art by George Pérez.
There's some gems here in the art. Most notably, Brian Bolland draws Lady Blackhawk, and Murphy Anderson draws the lion's share of the rest. A couple are pretty bad, but it's clear that the artists had to do a minimum of research in order to render the supporting cast and historical details. William Messner-Loebs (very crudely) drew the Human Bomb—who knew he was once an artist? Jerry Ordway, as always, turned in a gorgeous Black Condor.
Not surprisingly, only the core 1970s Freedom Fighters, Plastic Man, and the Blackhawks made it into the original 26-volume Who's Who. The rest appeared in the subsequent Update volumes. The most curious of all of them are Captain Triumph and Doll Girl, who had never appeared in a DC Comics story. The Jester, Midnight, and Quicksilver appeared presumably because of their brief appearances in All-Star Squadron as well.
The histories were largely up-to-date with post-Crisis continuity. This means they reflected the changes that Roy Thomas wrote into All-Star Squadron regarding the Earth-X characters/Freedom Fighters. Some things of note:
- By the time the Who's Who series reached the profiles for Phantom Lady, the Ray, and Uncle Sam, Crisis had ended and those profiles remarked that because the heroes "journeyed back to the dawn of time when history was changed, he still remembers his life on Earth-X." This was the premise for all heroes who's been to the dawn of time; they remembered life before the multiverse collapsed (Crisis #10-11).
- Profiles for Quicksilver, Midnight and Human Bomb do mention those characters' sidekicks, so somebody had been digging into old Quality Comics!
Black Condor's powers are described as a "mutant ability to fly." This was an amendment from his Quality origin, told in Secret Origins #21.
Miss America's history reflects the retcons introduced in Young All-Stars and Secret Origins #26.