The Legion Project 19: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

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Presenting a joint podcast production with Peter from The Daily Rios podcast (where you can also listen and subscribe to The Legion Project), where we will discuss, issue by issue, the 1984 Legion of Super-Heroes (volume 3) series affectionately known as the “Baxter run”.

In this episode we discuss Legion of Super-Heroes #19: “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished”. The Legion’s controllers come home to roost! Plus, Who’s Who entries, and we also discuss Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2 and Superman #14 – 16!

Timestamps:
(00:44) Preamble
(09:33) Legion of Super-Heroes #19 synopsis, general thoughts, & cover discussion
(25:50) Main discussion
(1:18:48) Talking about the Invisible Kid II back-up tale, reader reactions, and more
(1:36:09) Who’s Who #12 Legion entries: Karate Kid, the Khunds, & the JLA Satellite; also, other Legion appearances in Nov. 1985, including Booster Gold #1.
(1:56:11) Thoughts and reactions to Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2 as well as Superman #14 – 16 by Brian Michael Bendis and company.
(2:17:26) Wrap up and outro

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The Legion Project 18: Has Anyone Noticed a Crisis Going On?

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Presenting a joint podcast production with Peter from The Daily Rios podcast (where you can also listen and subscribe to The Legion Project), where we will discuss, issue by issue, the 1984 Legion of Super-Heroes (volume 3) series affectionately known as the “Baxter run”.

In this episode we discuss Legion of Super-Heroes #18, “Has Anyone Noticed a Crisis Going On?”. The Legion is having a Crisis (cross-over)! Plus, Who’s Who entries, and we discuss Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #1!

Timestamps:
(00:43) Preamble
(10:30) Legion of Super-Heroes #18 synopsis, Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes #343 talk, general thoughts, and the origin of the Infinite Man
(36:55) Main discussion, connecting Legion to the Crisis, and other plot lines
(1:35:21) Who’s Who #11 Legion entries: Infinite Man, Insect Queen, Invisible Kid I and II, and other Legion appearances throughout the DC universe at this time
(1:57:24) Thoughts and reactions to the first issue of Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium by Brian Michael Bendis, Jim Lee, and company
(2:26:10) Wrap up and outro

Please leave comments below, send your comments to longboxreview@gmail.com or peter@thedailyrios.com, or chat with us @longboxreview or @peterjrios on Twitter.

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The Gutters: Vegas Vacation

I talk about the mostly comic book related parts of my Vegas vacation.

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Check out the two Back Issue! magazines: #33 and #58. You can also see the covers of the comics that I referred to here:

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RandoMonday: Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #4

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

Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985) #4 by Len Wein (writer/editor), Marv Wolfman (contributing writer/consulting editor), Robert Greenberger (assoc. editor/researcher), Peter Sanderson & E. Nelson Bridwell (researchers), Paul Levitz & Mike W. Barr (contributing writers), Todd Klein (production), Len Wein, Tom Ziuko, & Tatjana Woods (colorists), Brenda Pope (proofreader), Neal Pozner (design director), and George Perez & Dick Giordano (cover)

For someone who likes trivia, the Who’s Who series from 1985 was a treasure trove. While not as “factual” as Marvel’s Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (lovingly referred to by its fans as OHOTMU [oh-hot-moo]) in that DC’s approach was not to define exactly how fast Superman could fly or how many pounds Batman could bench press, it still provided essential information for DC’s 50-year (at that time) history of characters and related items. In fact, the inside cover even provided a pronunciation guide, setting to rest just how B’Wana Beast was pronounced (it’s Buh-WAHN-eh, not BWAHN-eh), but I do take exception to how Chameleon Boy’s name is indicated: it should be Keh-MEEL-ee-ehn, not Keh-MEEL-yen.

Volume IV gave us the first part of the characters whose names started with C, including Cain (who would go on to play a reinvigorated role in the Vertigo line), Camelot 3000 (which seems an odd inclusion as I don’t think that the series was ever established as being part of DC’s Universe, but I could be wrong), Captain Marvel (and ten other characters with Captain as part of their name), and Changeling. This issue also tells us that the Calculator’s head gear can form solid objects out the dust in the very air, or that Chameleon Boy’s antennae emit radiation to analyze objects into which he would transform. Finally, when there were significant characters who had a Golden and Silver Age version, we got separate entries, so there were two Catwomen and Cheetahs.

It was great to read all this information every month for a couple years, not to mention see all of the wonderful bits of art. This issue includes Jack Kirby and Karl Kesel presenting the Challengers of the Unknown, Art Adams drawing Catman, John Byrne showing us the Doom Patrol’s Chief, among others (for the list of artists, check out this issue’s entry at Comic Book db). I really wish DC would publish an updated version of Who’s Who for its New 52 universe. I may have my issues with the New 52, but having a collection of characters would make this long-time fan very happy.

 

RandoMonday: Who’s Who in the DC Universe (1990) #5

Here’s a cover image chosen at random from my collection.

Who’s Who in the DC Universe (1990) #5

Remember this series?! DC took the who’s who/directory series and turned it on its ear by giving us pages that we could tear out and rearrange ourselves. While I didn’t actually care for this format all that much (The paper was too thin. How do I store it with my collection? How do I organize it? I guess I’ll have to buy the special three-ring binders that DC also put out…), I still love the directory idea and wish DC & Marvel would do it again.

This issue was, as you can see, a “special” collection of bat-villains, but there are some old favorites of mine included, such as Cyborg, Jo Nah (Ultra Boy), and Martian Manhunter.