Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #731 - The Legion of Superheroes - My Oldest - A collection of comic books - part three
Because if I post it, they will come.
DC stopped publishing Legion of Superheroes as its own comic in 2012 with issue #13 OF THE new 52.
I miss the Legion of Superheroes.
I miss them so much that I bought a Bugs Bunny and Legion of Superheroes crossover comic (see below) recently simply because it was the first thing DC has published with the Legion of Superheroes in many years.
But the rumor mill has it that the Legion is coming back, and since I have not posted about comic books in some time (since May 19th if we're speaking strictly of comic only content as opposed to something that mentions comics - Hey Mom #682), then it's time to continue this "my oldest" feature with some updates!
Two immediate things come to mind.
One is that I am culling my comic collection.
So, there's this:
So, yeah, I am not a hoarder.
I can get rid of stuff.
Most of these boxes are filled with comics from the last 2-3 years that I do not plan to keep.
Two of the short boxes are full of comics I did not read and realized that I would not read.
The long box was not full, but it did contain the CD set of digital Amazing Spider-Man issues that I finally archived on my hard drive and backed up twice. So that's done.
But there's still this at my Dad's
So, yeah, that's a lot of comics. Plus I still have a few long boxes here at my house.
The only titles I am absolutely NOT getting rid of are The Legion of Superheroes, Teen Titans, and The Fantastic Four. I plan to keep some of the oldest comics from my childhood from many titles. But the rest? Right now, I am not certain that I will keep entire, long-time running comic titles of anything else.
It's funny because those three choices make it seem as if I a bigger DC fan than anything else. But as I was sorting those comics in the picture shared from Facebook (via Instagram), my DC stack was the smallest (just Aquaman and Batman). Marvel was the biggest stack and Image/other was in between. I will take some comics west, but I am trying to reduce the number. Right now, it looks like five small boxes and some yet to be determined. But not much more than that. I have two milk crates full, which is probably another small box. I may not take any long boxes.
But maybe not this trip. I may not take those boxes until I future trip.
I am trying to be mindful of not having as much storage space in the new place as I do here.
Anyway, here's the Bugs and Legion comic cover (right).
It was a fun issue, especially with page spreads of the legion characters dealing with their "angst" in humorous sequences, (see below) illustrated by Tom Grummet, whose work I have always enjoyed going back to his days on the Titans comic.
It was a fun comic, and I do not regret buying it. I liked seeing the fun that the artists and writers were having with the Legion.
THE MAIN REASON THAT THE LEGION OF SUPERHEROES IS SO ATTRACTIVE is that it fosters a sense of community. This idea of a group of teenagers from various planets, some human, some not, some humanoid, some not (though originally all were humanoid at least), all coming together for a club of kids with powers who all have fun adventures but also get to hang out with like-minded kids with similar issues was a genius idea. The idea clearly appealed to others because the Legion fandom is possibly the single most active fan group in comics.
There's romance and romantic storylines. When the Legion is done well, there's a great mix of high adventure, science fiction, space opera, and soap opera, romantic-based melodrama. The page above captures that spirit. Look at Dream Girl's pose: oh the angst produced by the burden of her powers. Ayla (Light Lass) and Jo Nah (Ultra Boy) are quick to draw appropriate conclusions and ready for action.
So, below I have some more Legion content. First, I am sharing an article from moviepilot.com about the possible return of the Legion at DC Comics yet this year.
Next, there's my own T-shirts content about the Legion, in which I never really shared exactly which issue of mine is the oldest.
Below that, I think I have identified that Superboy #147 is my oldest appearance featuring the Legion of Superheroes.
There's a lot of great graphics, like these shared by my friend George Gustines, one via Arlen Schumer, whom I met many years ago in New York.
There's even a couple of videos.
The Legion Of Super-Heroes Are About To Return In DC Comics's "Rebirth"!
ByTom Bacon, writer at CREATORS.CO
I'm a film-and-TV fan who grew up with a deep love of superhero comics! Follow me on Twitter @TomABacon or on Facebook @tombaconsuperheroes!
Launched last May, DC's "Rebirth" event has proven to be a hit! As the "Rebirth" era nears its one-year anniversary, Geoff Johns is teasing his return, and a Batman / The Flash crossover event looks set to lift the lid on some of DC's greatest mysteries. Meanwhile, a year after the first hint, it looks as though the Legion of Super-Heroes is about to return!
The Legion's Role in "Rebirth"
Why Saturn Girl?
"Saturn Girl is the heart and soul of the Legion of Super-Heroes. When everybody's saying, "Legion doesn't work anymore. There's too much xenophobia. You can't change people." Saturn Girl says, "Yes, you can." Then suddenly, you realize she can read people's minds. She knows everyone's deepest, darkest secrets. If she has faith, then at the base level, human beings and aliens and everybody can reach that goal, can reach that achievement and have that goodness inside them. I believe her. I'm with her. And that's why Saturn Girl is so important to the Legion. She says, "We can do this." And it's like, well, if she believes it, then I believe it too. She's at the epicenter of truth for the entire universe for me."
So, I have a "My Oldest" category on this blog with a few entries.
In reprinting T-shirts content in which I wrote at more length about the oldest comic books in my collection, I started parceling out the material in parts. Here's the links to the other two parts.
Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #624 - My Oldest - A collection of comic books - part one
Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #651 - My Oldest - A collection of comic books - part two
FROM - http://365-tshirts.blogspot.com/2013/07/t-shirt-127-legion-of-superheroes-logo.html
T-shirt #127: Legion of Superheroes Logo
How cool would it be to belong to a club of teenaged superheroes?
In the future.
FAR in the future, like 1000 years in the future.
In which every superhero has special and unique powers.
And it's a club SO BIG that it has a waiting list (the "reserves"): The Legion of Substitute Heroes.
It's the LEGION OF SUPERHEROES.
AND membership provides each hero with a ring that lends the wearer the power of flight and a special force field to be able to fly in space while breathing Oxygen magically produced from the tiny gadget while keeping the wearer safe from the vacuum and cold of space by some other magic technology provided by the ring, which, like many uniforms features a cool logo, the team logo of THE LEGION OF SUPERHEROES (and, no, this is not technically a run-on sentence).
I want to belong to that club.
I had to buy this seven-figure PVC figurine set when I saw it solicited in Previews, featuring the original three founding members of the Legion in their original costumes (Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy, and Lightning Lad) as well as four of the earliest members in their original costumes. The box mirrors the Legion's original headquarters, The Legion Clubhouse, which was a rocket ship that crashed in Kal-El (Superman's Kryptonian name) Memorial Park where it became a tourist attraction until the Legionnaires discovered that it was a second supply rocket equipped by Jor-El of Krypton and launched to follow the rocket that carried Kal-El to Earth. Later, the clubhouse was nearly destroyed in a battle with the Fatal Five and the Legion relocated its HQ. The old rocket ship was refurbished and served as an HQ for the Legion of Substitute Heroes.
One thing about the Legion of Superheroes that drew the attention of fans is the relationships between the large cast. Many of these relationships were only hinted at in the original Silver Age comics. The Legion developed a huge and rabid fan base. Large, more vocal, and with greater subtext on which to focus than any other fan community, the Legion fandom were so intense and devoted that they alone kept the Legion published when the general comic book readership had abandoned it as a goofy, throwback to the 1950s and 1960s with heroes sporting very silly names that ended in "Boy," "Lad," "Girl," or "Lass."
In fact, the Legion fan community was so devoted that many came to produce Legion comics, starting with Jim Shooter who wrote his first Legion script at the age of fourteen, soon becoming the regular writer on the Legion comic. Longtime fan Paul Levitz may have logged the most issues and the most defining run in Legion history aided by great artists like Mike Grell, Steve Lightle, and Keith Giffen. Starting in 1989, other fans straight out of Legion fandom, Tom and May Bierbaum, took over writing Legion comics and did some work that was inscrutable to most readers and yet much loved by some of the hardcore Legion fans (like me). The Bierbaums were very active in the exclusive APA (Amateur Press Association - see my T-shirt #61: Nightwing for more explanation of what an APA is) Interlac, named after the International Galactic Language of the Legion era, which is 1000 years in the future.
Interlac and The Legion Outpost fan club are the holy grails of comic book fandom.
Legion fans are very fun and interesting people as seen here in a "Cos Play" photo.
I may be a fan, but I don't do Cos Play.
Not that there's anything wrong with Cos Play. Just not my thing.
Some of my bets friends do Cos Play.
Okay... whatever. Shutting up now.
|Photo to be found via : http://www.flickr.com/photos/patcave/5011972641/|
DC-Wiki - Legion Entry
Regular Wikipedia Entry for the Legion
List of all Legion Members
COMIC VINE - LEGION OF SUPERHEROES
COMIC VINE - SUPER BOY (WITH LEGION)
TOP TEN FAVORITE LEGION OF SUPERHEROES CHARACTERS
- Element Lad
- Sun Boy
- Shadow Lass
- Timber Wolf
- The White Witch
- Lightning Lass
- Chameleon Boy
- Cosmic Boy
ORIGINAL T-SHORTS TEXT: I tried to find the earliest Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes comic I own in an online image but that will have to wait for a future posting as there are more Legion shirts (big surprise). But I did find a few of the earliest covers (#201, 204, 205, and 207). I own plus some others that I like. I hope that this gallery may inspire others to investigate this Legion thing.
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