Take a look at this two-page profile of the Legion from Superman Annual #4 (1961).
This illustration by Curt Swan and George Klein appeared before the Legion received their series in Adventure Comics #300, which was cover-dated September 1962.
I can't help but wonder if features like this helped build up interest in the group.
Please notice that the text says that the Legion exists in the 21st Century! Also, note that Star Boy is not featured, even though he made his debut in Adventure Comics #282 in March 1961. Ultra Boy is also absent, as he made his debut in Superboy #98 cover-dated July 1962.
Jimmy Olsen. Office boy. Cub reporter. Photographer. Superman's Pal. Man of Action. Honorary member of the Legion of Superheroes. Created at a time when youthful companions were common in superhero comics, Jimmy has never been just a sidekick. Rather than merely accompanying Superman on adventures, Jimmy has been both coworker and friend to Clark Kent. He is a member of that supporting cast at the Daily Planet that has followed Superman into cartoons, television shows, and films. In many ways, he may seem an anachronism to modern comic readers, even silly. But while he remains an important part of the Superman world, it is hard for modern readers to understand how important a character he used to be in his own right.
Hello everyone! It's Anj and as usual, I am occupying the Friday post on the blog. Today is a special day because I will be beginning my set of reviews of the post-300 Legion issues by the superstar team of Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen. For many, this run is the high water mark for these characters and I am in that camp. The team came out swinging with the Great Darkness Saga and that stands out as the best story in their run. But for me, it is this next year of issues that really shows how in control of these characters Levitz and Giffen were. This was a time when multiple plotlines were simmering in the background. Characters were changing and growing. And everything just seemed to be firing on all cylinders. Everyone mentions Great Darkness Saga, but I mention issues 304 and 305 as my overall faves as they showed just how deep the plots ran and just how vast the Legion mythos was.
Obviously, we will start with Legion of Super-Heroes #301, a story that focuses mainly on Chameleon Boy, his quest to regain his powers, and his somewhat turbulent relationship with his father RJ Brande. But the creators, as usual, give us a couple of pages to build up other plotlines and check in on other characters. No one is left untouched for too long.Everything feels smooth and planned out.
And, while Giffen has changed his art style many times over the years, this is the style I like the most, a very smooth, very organic feel with innovative panel layouts. While I loved the 5YL 9 panel grid for what it was, these pages really sing and allow Giffen to stretch his legs.
Okay, enough introduction to the run ... on to the issue itself.
JSA Classified #2 (October 2005) title: "Power Trip! Part 2"
writer: Geoff Johns
penciller: Amanda Conner inker: Jimmy Palmiotti
letterer: Rob Leigh colorist: Paul Mounts
asst editor: Harvey Richards editor: Stephen Wacker cover: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti & Paul Mounts (signed)
reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage
Mission Monitor Board:
Power Girl/Andromeda, Superman, Supergirl, Saturn Girl, Lightning Lad, Cosmic Boy; appearances by Phantom Girl, Sun Boy, Karate Kid, Micro Lad, Dream Girl, Shadow Lass, Ultra Boy, Star boy, Chameleon, Brainiac 5 Guests:
Jimmy Olsen, Mr. Terrific, The Flash, Dr. Mid-Nite, Mr. Bones
time-warping and/or dimensional hopping, the Psycho Pirate
Opponents: Imperiex, the Fatal Five (Tharok, the Persuader, Validus, Mano, and the Emerald Empress), the Legion of Super Villains (formerly the Light Speed Vanguard: Esper, Tyr, Hunter, Ron-Karr, Wave), Alexis Luthor, the Dominators.
Guest-stars and cameos: Superman X, Colossal Boy, Saturn Girl, Matter-Eater Lad, Cosmic Boy, Sun Boy, Blok, Star Boy, Element Lad, Dream Girl, Shrinking Violet (wearing green rather than purple), and Tyroc.
In the first episode of this second season of the "Legion of Super Heroes" animated series, we met Superman X, a clone of our Superman from the 41st Century. He came back in time to seek the Legion's help in fighting a menace from his time, Imperiex, unfortunately and ultimately this only led to the villain going back in time to the Legion's present to raise hell. When we last saw our heroes, they had returned to the 31st Century only to find their headquarters and New Metropolis a burning smoking ruin in Imperiex's wake.
Legion of Super-Heroes (v2) #300 (June 1983) title: "The Future Is Forever"
writer/co-plotter: Paul Levitz
penciller/co-plotter: Keith Giffen (framing sequence) inker: Larry Mahlstedt (framing sequence)
letterer: John Costanza colorist: Carl Gafford
editor: Karen Berger cover: see Tuesday's post for the list of cover artists
Mission Monitor Board:
"All 24 active Legionnaires, plus a host of former Legionnaires, Honorary Legionnaires, Substitute Legionnaires, Guest Stars, and More!" Editor's Note: Presenting the review of the fabulous 300th issue of Legion of Super-Heroes, with a special celebration-length 55 page story review featuring most members of the Legion of Super-Bloggers!
Take it away, guys!
This week we here at the Legion of Super-Bloggers are reviewing the 300th issue of The Legion of Super-Heroes!
As part of that celebration we are presenting today just the cover art for that issue....and reminding you of the "Name The Artist" contest that was mentioned in this issue!
Editor Karen Berger listed 34 artists and told us that each of the 28 characters above was drawn by a DIFFERENT artist/artistic team.
So who drew which character?
Take a good look and make some guesses.
The answers after the jump!
The Fire and Water Podcast Presents… Who's Who in the Legion of Super-Heroes episode 2
The cross-over you thought would never continue----continues!
The Irredeemable Shag teams-up with the Legion of Super-Bloggers to cover the galactic seven-issue mini-series! A three-episode podcast has its second episode on-line starting TODAY at the Fire & Water Podcast Network!
Our second podcast episode features reviews of the third and fourth issues of Who's Who in the Legion of Super-Heroes, the seven issue mini-series from 1988. For Episode 2 of the podcast Shag welcomes LSB Constitutional Scholar Siskoid 5 and Silver Age Lover Tim to talk about issue 3, featuring the Infinite Man, Lady Memory, Laurel Kent, and the Legion of Substitute Heroes, along with a few actual Legionnaires! For the second half of the episode Shag and Tim were joined by Dr. Anj in their talk about issue 4, which features the Legion of Super-Villains, the Ranzz Family, Mon-El, and many many more!
And it is hard for me to believe but we are coming up on my three year anniversary of blogging here on the Legion of Super-Bloggers. I remember the day that the Irredeemable Shag called me and asked if I wanted to join. And I jumped at the chance.
And over the course of those three years, I have covered some diverse takes on the team.
So what is next on the docket? Well ... let's look at what has come before first....
Recap This is the comic-book series based on the animated series. This story takes place shortly after the first episode of the animated
series. The Legion brought a young Clark Kent to the 31st
Century to help defeat the Fatal Five. Initially full of self-doubt, he eventually donned the Superman costume for the first time and led the Legion to victory. Since he could return to the moment he left Smallville at any time, he decided to stay in the future to learn to be a hero.