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Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes, Vol. 2 Paperback – April 22, 2008
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
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The second Showcase Presents black-and-white volume of Legion of Super-Heroes stories spans Adventure Comics 322 (July 1964) through 348 (September 1968), an important period that went a long way in defining the 30th-century supergroup. Some of the stories are silly (Super Pets, Bizarro Legionnaires, Legionnaire babies, the revolt of the girl Legionnaires), but there's also Computo, the mad machine who killed a Legionnaire; the Legion of Super Outlaws (including Duplicate Boy); Lightning Lad vs. the Super Moby-Dick of Space; the Legion civil war; the trial of Star Boy; and the Luck Lords. New villains were Starfinger, Dr. Regulus, and the warfaring Khunds, and new members included Timber Wolf, Karate Kid, Ferro Lad, and Princess Projectra. The art is mostly by John Forte or Superman legend Curt Swan, and the writing by Jerry Siegel or Edmond Hamilton, until issue 346, when 13-year-old wunderkind Jim Shooter ushered in the writing (and storyboarding, the large-panel style of which is noticeably different from the norm) that would carry the Legion to new heights. Also included are two Superboy stories from the same era involving peripheral Legionnaries: Insect Queen and Evolvo Lad. --David Horiuchi
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Kuddos to the Seller, amazingly fast shipping, and perfect shape as well.
Here's a sampling of the tripped out world inside LSH volume 2.
**Adventure Comics # 322**The Super-Tests of the Super-Pets!-When the Legion gears up for an all out assault on The Time Trapper, they ask the Super-Pets via Saturn Girl's telepathy, to house sit their super hero clubhouse while the Legion is gone. Apparently this honor goes right to their Super-Heads because when Protty 2, Cham's pet who looks like what would happen if you microwaved the Pillsbury Dough Boy, asks to join the pet legion, the Super-Pets get all snotty and demand he(?) pass a series of impossible tests in order to join their august assemblage. The little guy shows'em good!
**Adventure Comics # 326**Revolt of the Girl Legionnaires!-The girls ruthlessly hunt down and destroy the boys in this interesting reveal of early 60's gender politics. It's Legion Girls Gone Wild!
**Adventure Comics # 328**The Lad who Wrecked the Legion!-One conceited little snot with illusory powers runs rings around the Legion. Is he just doing it because he's a jerk, or is he "possessed' of another reason? Mwahahaha
**Adventure Comics # 329**Introducing the Bizarro legionnaires!-Quote from Bizarro" Haha, Super-hero club on Earth wouldn't let me join up. But who care? Me show them! My Legion of Stupor Bizarros will be worse, more incompetent and accomplish even less then they ever did!" That pretty much sums the story up. Plus Brainy invents the Legion Flight ring.
**Adventure Comics # 332**Superboy and the Super-Moby Dick of Space!-Oh yes! It's just what it sounds like, except replace Ahab with Lightning Lad. Maybe next they'll do Silas Marner of Space!
**Adventure Comics # 335**Starfinger the 30th Century villain more dangerous than Goldfinger!-In order to help Lightning lad, Dr. Hanscom is experimenting on growing new limbs on animals. Hmmm. Anyway the Legion takes on their greatest foe yet, Starfinger, who possess the power of a specific legionnaire in each finger!
**Adventure Comics # 338**The Menace of the Sinister Super-babies!-The Time Trapper proves what a giant tool he is by the way he devolves one of his slaves into protoplasmic slime. Then he tries the same thing on the legion!
**Adventure Comics # 342**The Legionnaire Who Killed!-When the legion prosecutes Starboy for killing a villain to save his own life, it's Superboy for the defense, the Super-Defense!
This volume also features some Legion weddings, the execution of matter-Eater Lad, the Computo Saga and a bonus section showcasing all the powers and origins of every legionnaire up to that point in Legion history.
It's great Silver-Age goofiness and important Legion history, cheap at twice the price!