Sunday, February 8, 2015

Legion Archive 4: Adam Hughes

Continuing our series on the art of The Legion of Super-Heroes Archives. The fourth volume boasts a beautiful cover by Adam Hughes. It's a wonderful illustration, but is dramatic for not having all of its characters on the same dimensional plane. If that Cosmic Boy had been Colossal Boy it would have made more sense artistically. It's fine as it is, just a little bit different.

Adventure Comics #329-336 
Superboy #124 (Lana Lang becomes Insect Queen for the first time)
Adventure Comics #337~338 
Superboy #125  (Kid Psycho makes his one and only appearance)
Adventure Comics #339 

This edition we are firmly in the fourth year of the Legion. Brainiac 5 is elected leader in Adventure #337. The Heroes of Lallor return, and we get some rare angst in DC Silver Age comics as Beast Boy faces discrimination and hatred for having a non-attractive power. We see the creation of the Legion's flight rings, as well as the Bizarro Legion (me so happy!). We have two stories of spies trying to infiltrate the Legion, as well as a time travel story involving Earth and Krypton. And Lightning Lad loses his arm to the Moby Dick of Space, then later falls under the dastardly control of Starfinger.

For the first time ever, there are no membership changes during the year.

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