Tales of the Legion Project: LSH v8 #1-6

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Welcome to the Tales of the Legion Project where we discuss Legion of Super-Heroes material outside of the Baxter run. This episode we discuss the first six issues of the Sook/Bendis produced Legion.

Timestamps:
(00:38) Preamble
(08:28) Legion of Super-Heroes (2020) #1-6 synopsis and general thoughts
(38:01) Main discussion
(1:25:12) On the covers and other smaller story points
(1:43:27) Wrap-up and outro

Music intro/outro: “The Legion After Reign”
by Blake Neely from the Supergirl Season 3 original television soundtrack

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Podcast 129: Christmas Gab Bag

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Happy holidays! George, of the now defunct George and Tony Entertainment Show, returns to finish out the year and talk about some Christmas, or Christmas adjacent, comics. Specifically, we discuss:

Fantastic Four #4
New Adventures of Superboy #39
Brave and the Bold #184
Batman Family #4
Fast Willie Jackson #3
DC Comics Presents #67

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Podcast 115: Superman Reborn!

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Superman is reborn! I talk about the events in the Superman Reborn crossover in Superman #18 & 19 and Action Comics #975 & 976. What do I like and don’t like about this change of the status quo? Listen and find out.

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RandoMonday: Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #233

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

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Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #233. Cover by Mike Grell.

“The Infinite Man Who Conquered Time the Legion” by  Paul Levitz (writer), James Sherman and Bob Wiacek (artists), Ben Oda (letterer), and Liz Berube (colorist).

This is a one of those classic stories that introduce a villain of immense power, but who are ultimately defeated sort of easily. Rond Vidar has invented a hyper-time drive in order to test his theory that time is a circular flow. And how best to test such a theory than to jump to human test subjects? Enter Jaxon Rugarth, a volunteer from the Metropolis University Time Institute (why Vidar isn’t performing his experiment at the Time Institute isn’t made clear) who will enter the machine, travel into the past and circle around to the present, thus proving that time is circular (I’m not making this up, kids). Of course, the journey drives Rugarth mad and transforms him into the Infinite Man.

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I don’t know who came up with the design, but it’s trippy. Regardless, the crazy Rugarth wants to kill Vidar for giving him such fantastic power, I guess, but the Legion step in to prevent that. Eventually, Brainiac 5 figures out a way to capture the Infinite Man and send him back into the circular time stream, with a warning that the Infinite Man may break free in the future.

This is not a bad Legion story, and Levitz brings a bit of prosaic weight to the narrative boxes (and a lot of unnecessary dialog, but that was common in the Bronze Age), plus how cool/dopey is a villain who shoots beams from his eyes (time vision!) to bring creatures (such as dinosaurs) and characters from the Earth’s past to fight the Legion (why Rugarth doesn’t bring something from the future instead escapes me). The art is a bit weird in places where perspective is used in small panels, but actually pretty good overall.

“The Final Illusion” by Paul Levitz (script, based on an idea by Mike Nasser), Mike Nasser and Bob Layton (art), Ben Oda (letters), and Liz Berube (colors).

This is a 10-page untold tale of the Legion where Princess Projectra has collapsed and fallen into a coma-like state after her boyfriend, Karate Kid, went to stay in the 20th century for a while (as detailed in his self-titled series). Some other Legionnaires try to figure out what is wrong with her and how to bring her out of this state. Saturn Girl discovers that Projectra is living in a fantasy world of her own creation and subconsciously doesn’t want to wake up. They try scaring her out of her illusory world, but that doesn’t work. So they try to nudge her along so that she gets what she wants (Karate Kid) and then take him away, thus proving that reality is better than fantasy, though, Karate Kid is still not with her. Hmm. Best leave the psychology to the experts, I say.

Wow, the blatant sexism in this story…. Not to mention that these teens are meddling with someone’s “fragile” mind and think they know better than the doctor. I enjoyed the art in this story more than the other, which probably has a lot to do with Bob Layton, perhaps, despite the fact that Chameleon Boy is drawn with really big ears and antennae, which I always disliked.

RandoMonday: Superboy #197

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

Superboy 197

Superboy (1949) #197 by Cary Bates (story), Dave Cockrum (art), Murray Boltinoff (editor, and Nick Cardy (cover)

What an interesting issue. It’s been in my collection for almost two years, but I hadn’t read it until now. It’s the first issue of Superboy where the “Starring the Legion of Super-Heroes” appears on the cover. Did you know that Timber Wolf had been declared dead months earlier and that in this issue he returns? I didn’t. But that’s why I’ve purchased all of the Showcase Presents volumes, so that I can read up on all the Legion lore that I simply do not know. In the case of Superboy #197, this is what I found out. Clark Kent assaults Lana Lang for being too forward in her advances by dropping a couple apples on her head (via his heat vision) and knocks her (conveniently) out. Why did the super-teen commit this act of betrayal? Well, primarily to run off his with his friends for some 30th century fun. Namely, to be surprised that Timber Wolf is alive and well!

Only, T-Wolf isn’t quite that well. It turns out that he’s been brainwashed to kill the UFP’s President. The Legionnaires stop him, of course (but did you know that Mon-El considers Timber Wolf’s strength to rival his and Superboy’s own? I didn’t!). However, that’s not even the ultimate plan of the man behind all of this deception. All along, this guy just wanted to blow up the Legion HQ to remove the super-team as an obstacle to him taking over the galaxy! Muhahahaha! Who is this mastermind, you wonder? Why, none other than Tyr, that guy with the mohawk and energy blaster for a right hand. Who knew, right? Also, who knew that the blaster was sentient?!

And can I just say that Dave Cockrum’s art is just wonderful?