Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Week of 24 October 2012

Legion content this week:

Legion: Secret Origin Trade Paperback - collects Legion: Secret Origin #1-6, and includes some extra pages of character sketches.

And, as promised, here is a quick picture of my poor Adventure #247 in its layers of protective plastic.

This is a comic with a history. It's been wet, there's been a little bit of attempted restoration, there was tape on the cover at one point...but all the pages are there, and they're all together. I can open it (gently) and read it just the way kids did when it first came out a few months before I was born in 1958.

It's no use telling me that this comic is in terrible shape, that it's technically worthless, that no self-respecting comic collector would give it a second glance. All those things may be true -- but it's mine, and I loves it. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Week of 17 October 2012

Legion comics this week:

Legion of Super-Heroes 13 (2012/12) in which Rokk gets injured, Grava gets scanned, Luornu gets pissed at Brainy, and Nura gets in a really good line.

Also comes the tiny, tiny notice that it's Legion Leader Election time again. No online voting, apparently: votes must be sent by snail mail to Legion Election, DC Comics, 1700 Broadway, New York, NY 10019 by November 16.

(For you younger folks, go to a place called "Post Office" and get a "postcard" -- use a "pen" or "pencil" to "handwrite" your vote one one side, then put the above address on the other and drop it in the "mailbox." The procedure isn't really hard -- go ahead and Google it.)

I'm very tempted to vote for Chemical Kid or even Glorith, just to cause trouble. But all right-thinking people will agree that Tinya deserves a turn as Leader. So please join me in spreading the word:

Phantom Girl for Leader!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Won it!

Well, the auction is over, and I spent Way Too Much Money to secure a battered, bedraggled copy of Adventure 247, the first appearance of the Legion of Super-Heroes. It should be in my eager hands in a few days.

Even though I have nearly(*) every comic the Legion has ever appeared in, I missed out on Adventure 247 when it first came out (still being in the womb), and when I started collecting in earnest in the late 1970s copies were already too expensive. All this time, I've felt like something of a imposter in LSH fandom: every real diehard Legion fan owns a copy of Adventure 247.

Well no longer! Now I can hold my head up high and proclaim with the best of them: I have more money than sense.

(I'll post pictures when the comic arrives.)


* If anybody has a lead on that Adventures With the DC Superheroes giveway that came with milk cartons, or a photocopy of Cancelled Comics Cavalcade #2, be sure to let me know.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Week of 10 October 2012

Legion content this week:

Legion Lost 13 (2012/12) - Just in case you thought this series hadn't made enough of a hash of Legion characterization, you'll be relieved to know that there are whole new depths of hash yet unplumbed.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Week of 3 October 2012

There was no Legion content this week. I had great hopes for the Futurama comic, but alas there was nothing.

Abnett and Lanning have been getting a lot of buzz about their new title The Hypernaturals. Various folks have said it has the feel of the Legion. Well, in the sense that it has a team of characters who all have different super-powers, I suppose that's true.

I wasn't a big fan of Abnett and Lanning's work on the Legion. I suspect that those who see all kinds of similarities between the LSH and The Hypernaturals are big fans. I think that colors their experience of the comic.

Anyway, this current issue (#4) was touted as a good jumping-on place for new readers (after only 3 issues, the comic needs a jumping-on place for new readers?! That's not "like the Legion" -- that's bad storytelling.) Read it, didn't care for it. Of course, everyone has their own opinion.

If you're looking for somewhat-cute boys with super-powers, take a look at a new title called Hero Worship. It's a little too violent for my taste, and the boys aren't that cute, and they have too many clothes on, and it's been hard to find issues at my comic shop. But it seems to be an interesting story and might be worth your time to track down.

Currently I'm bidding Way Too Much for a Charlie-Brown's-Christmas-Tree copy of Adventure 247 (it's graded 0.5, which I think means "major pieces of all the pages and covers are there somewhere"). Point is, I'm about to buy the Legion's first story yet again, this time paying way more than I ever have before. Wish me luck!

Week of 26 September 2012

There was no Legion content anywhere this week.

Week of 19 September 2012

Legion content this week:

Legion of Super-Heroes 0, 2012/11 - An early story of the New52 Legion, before Brainiac 5 was a member. Shows Brainy's curiosity almost destroying the world (for perhaps the first time), and gives a nice origin of Tharok that's kinda consistent with the classic Legion. [This is the second Legion of Super-Heroes #0, just proving that if a comic sticks around long enough, everything happens again. Mark my words, sooner or later there will be another Legion of Super-Heroes #1,000,000.]

Legion Lost Volume 1: Run From Tomorrow Trade Paperback - for (a) insane Legion completists, and (b) those six sick sad unfortunate individuals who just can't get enough of the New52 Legion Lost.

Week of 12 September 2012

Legion content this week:

Legion Lost 0, 2012/11 - The origin story of the New52 Timber Wolf.

Week of 5 September 2012

There was no Legion content this week.