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The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains: Oddball Criminals from Comic Book History Hardcover – March 28, 2017
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“A sequel to Morris’s acclaimed The League of Regrettable Superheroes, this quick-read volume is a chronological encyclopedia of the strangest and silliest antagonists ever to appear in sequential art.”—Vulture
“In the realm of comic books, the undisputed guru of all things ridiculous, forgotten, and regrettable is Jon Morris.”—VICE
"[A] delightfully fun rundown of more than 100 of pulp history’s most marvelous forgotten baddies."
“In a world filled with polished silver-screen superheroes, one author has curated the
unthinkable. . . .Each section is full of gorgeous vintage comic art and poignantly entertaining character entries, complete with the villain’s backstory and superhero rivals. Resurrected, these forgotten villains finally enjoy a moment in the cultural spotlight alongside their overshadowing opponents at the box office.”—PRINT magazine
“Wonderful.”—Geeks of Doom
“The Legion of Regrettable Super Villains is a great read for any diehard comic fan and gives you a slew of fun facts that you will love.”—BioGamer Girl
“Comic book fans are going to love reading through the zany, sometimes unbelievable stories included in The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains.”—Nerdophiles
“[The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains] is loads of great fun and is a welcome addition to any coffee table.”—Plain Dealer
“Morris is the perfect person to reintroduce the world to these characters. . . Pair this book with Morris' book of regrettable heroes and a couple tickets to the latest Marvel or DC movie, and it'll make a great gift for fans of all ages.”—The Oklahoman
“Served up with lashings of delicious snark.”—SFX Magazine
“[The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains] celebrates the imaginations of those who could combine bold, outrageous action with realistic visuals of the bizarre and confrontational. A quirky view of comic book history, it reflects changes in society via a colorful and informative treatment.”—MetroKids
“Jon Morris’ trip down Memory Lane is not only informative, it’s a royal hoot! This is a terrific choice for graphic novel aficionados, serious Trivia competitors, and those who have developed an appreciation for silliness raised to the level of art.”—Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight
“Morris has done his homework, and it shows.”—Doom Rocket
“[The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains] shines a light on some characters you’ve definitely never heard of before that’ll help up your geek cred and make you extra awesome at trivia nights.”—Rogues Portal
About the Author
Jon Morris is a cartoonist, graphic designer, and author of The League of Regrettable Superheroes (Quirk, 2015). Since the late 1990s, he’s operated the blog Gone & Forgotten, an irreverent look at the lowliest and most unfortunate stories and characters comic books have offered. In 2001 he was invited to participate on a superheroes-themed episode of the public radio program This American Life, which remains a popular and frequently rebroadcast episode.
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The book is broken into three parts: The Golden Age, The Silver Age and The Modern Age. The Golden Age spans the years 1938 through 1949. The Silver Age covers 1950 through 1969. Finally, The Modern Age is from 1970 through the present (i.e., when the book was published 2017.)
Not surprisingly, most of the regrettable villains are from the Golden Age. One of my favorites from this time period is Colossus A.D. 2640. The villain is set in the future and it is future where illegal steroids can do terrible and mighty things. Sadly, there was only one book so the end of the story has never been told.
I've enjoyed comic books throughout my life and have quite a few saved from my childhood and from when my children were young. I must admit that I don't have any of the books shown in this book (though I was only getting comics very late in The Silver Age and in The Modern Age.) I think this book and its companion make a great addition to my small collection.
The selection of comics, however, is very interesting and often hilarious. Too bad much of the imagery is reproduced in a minuscule size.
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the way it is printed is very nice, in particular - full color, all the way out to the edges, easy to read font and...Read more