History ComicBook / LegionOfSuper-Heroes

20th Jan '16 9:38:47 PM jormis29
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** ''{{Supreme}}'''s ''ComicBook/{{Supreme}}'''s League of Infinity.
25th Dec '15 6:08:26 PM nombretomado
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At the start of the SilverAge, one story, in ''Adventure Comics'' #247 (April, 1958), introduced the "Legion of {{Super Hero}}es", a trio of super-powered teenagers from the future who committed many acts of SuperDickery while initiating Superboy into their club -- [[SecretTestOfCharacter with the best of intentions]], ''really''. The trio became popular enough to be seen again, as Superboy began traveling in time to team up with them, and the other new members they'd recruited. The Legion gradually became more prominent in ''Adventure Comics'' (which at the time was a second Superboy book) and took over as the main feature with issue #300 (September, 1962), reducing Superboy to supporting character status on what used to be ''his'' comic book. They are remembered for their wide-eyed idealism, not to mention corny touches -- their clubhouse was ''designed'' to look like a crashed rocket. [[BiggerOnTheInside How they all fit inside]] was [[AWizardDidIt never explained]]. However, their series was surprisingly sophisticated for the SilverAge; with one of the earliest comic book characters KilledOffForReal in Ferro Lad (and, for that matter, one of the earliest [[BackFromTheDead comic book resurrections]] with Lightning Lad), a trial for a Legionnaire killing in self-defense, and dealing with FantasticRacism even before ''Franchise/StarTrek'' did.
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At the start of the SilverAge, UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, one story, in ''Adventure Comics'' #247 (April, 1958), introduced the "Legion of {{Super Hero}}es", a trio of super-powered teenagers from the future who committed many acts of SuperDickery while initiating Superboy into their club -- [[SecretTestOfCharacter with the best of intentions]], ''really''. The trio became popular enough to be seen again, as Superboy began traveling in time to team up with them, and the other new members they'd recruited. The Legion gradually became more prominent in ''Adventure Comics'' (which at the time was a second Superboy book) and took over as the main feature with issue #300 (September, 1962), reducing Superboy to supporting character status on what used to be ''his'' comic book. They are remembered for their wide-eyed idealism, not to mention corny touches -- their clubhouse was ''designed'' to look like a crashed rocket. [[BiggerOnTheInside How they all fit inside]] was [[AWizardDidIt never explained]]. However, their series was surprisingly sophisticated for the SilverAge; UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}; with one of the earliest comic book characters KilledOffForReal in Ferro Lad (and, for that matter, one of the earliest [[BackFromTheDead comic book resurrections]] with Lightning Lad), a trial for a Legionnaire killing in self-defense, and dealing with FantasticRacism even before ''Franchise/StarTrek'' did.

At the end of the SilverAge, the Legion's slot was swapped with ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, leaving Supergirl as star of ''Adventure Comics'' and the Legion as a backup in ''ComicBook/ActionComics''. After the retirement of editor Mort Weisinger, the Legion was reduced to an occasional backup in ''Superboy''. Dave Cockrum, who would go on to design many members of the Bronze Age incarnation of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}}, became the Legion's regular artist, and started redefining their look. With this, their popularity started to inch upwards again, and eventually, ''Superboy'' became ''Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes''.
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At the end of the SilverAge, UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, the Legion's slot was swapped with ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, leaving Supergirl as star of ''Adventure Comics'' and the Legion as a backup in ''ComicBook/ActionComics''. After the retirement of editor Mort Weisinger, the Legion was reduced to an occasional backup in ''Superboy''. Dave Cockrum, who would go on to design many members of the Bronze Age incarnation of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}}, became the Legion's regular artist, and started redefining their look. With this, their popularity started to inch upwards again, and eventually, ''Superboy'' became ''Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes''.

* BadassNormal: Karate Kid, who has no actual superpowers but has never run into any trouble with the Legion's traditional superpower requirement, presumably because nobody wants to say no to a guy who's demonstrated that he can put the absurdly overpowered SilverAge Superboy in a headlock.
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* BadassNormal: Karate Kid, who has no actual superpowers but has never run into any trouble with the Legion's traditional superpower requirement, presumably because nobody wants to say no to a guy who's demonstrated that he can put the absurdly overpowered SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Superboy in a headlock.

* DarkAgeOfSupernames: After being a famous example of SomethingPerson names during TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, the trended started to shift during UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks in the mid-1970s, with new characters like Wildfire, Dawnstar, Tyroc, Tellus, Quislet, and Atmos. The pace picked up considerably during the TMK run starting in 1989, with Valor, Impulse, Bounty, Kono, Veilmist, Firefist, Flederweb, and Nightwind. But it reached its pinnacle with the introduction of [=SW6=] teenage duplicates of the team, many of whom adopted "edgier" versions of their original names (see below for examples). Most of these names were kept for the post-''Zero Hour'' reboot, and new characters introduced during this period usually started off with such names (Catspaw, Dragonmage, XS, Kinetix, Gates, Thunder, Monstress). When Mark Waid started writing the "threeboot" version of the team, he deliberately returned to the traditional SomethingPerson convention, and the post-''Final Crisis'' version of the team has stuck with it as well, though not as zealously.
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* DarkAgeOfSupernames: After being a famous example of SomethingPerson names during TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, the trended started to shift during UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks in the mid-1970s, with new characters like Wildfire, Dawnstar, Tyroc, Tellus, Quislet, and Atmos. The pace picked up considerably during the TMK run starting in 1989, with Valor, Impulse, Bounty, Kono, Veilmist, Firefist, Flederweb, and Nightwind. But it reached its pinnacle with the introduction of [=SW6=] teenage duplicates of the team, many of whom adopted "edgier" versions of their original names (see below for examples). Most of these names were kept for the post-''Zero Hour'' reboot, and new characters introduced during this period usually started off with such names (Catspaw, Dragonmage, XS, Kinetix, Gates, Thunder, Monstress). When Mark Waid started writing the "threeboot" version of the team, he deliberately returned to the traditional SomethingPerson convention, and the post-''Final Crisis'' version of the team has stuck with it as well, though not as zealously.

* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Averted something fierce, most unusually for a comic originating in the SilverAge.
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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Averted something fierce, most unusually for a comic originating in the SilverAge.UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}.
14th Nov '15 3:57:44 PM nombretomado
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* TooManyBelts: When Keith Giffen returned to the title as artist in the late 1980s, he brought with him a radically changed art style and a complete redesign of the costumes of the team. Those redesigns eschewed the traditional spandex superhero aesthetic in favor of jackets, belts, and pouches. Lots and lots of pouches. And this was ''before'' RobLiefeld hit the big time...
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* TooManyBelts: When Keith Giffen returned to the title as artist in the late 1980s, he brought with him a radically changed art style and a complete redesign of the costumes of the team. Those redesigns eschewed the traditional spandex superhero aesthetic in favor of jackets, belts, and pouches. Lots and lots of pouches. And this was ''before'' RobLiefeld Creator/RobLiefeld hit the big time...
13th Oct '15 12:40:10 AM foxley
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* CircusEpisode: In one story, members of the Legion go undercover as members of an intergalactic travelling circus to discover a murderer: using their superpowers to perform acts.
10th Oct '15 10:29:11 AM nombretomado
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* WhamLine: At the end of the final NewFiftyTwo issue, Bouncing Boy mentions [[spoiler: Superman being killed by Steppenwolf, implying that this takes place in the 30th centuty of Comicbook/{{Earth 2}}]].
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* WhamLine: At the end of the final NewFiftyTwo ComicBook/{{New 52}} issue, Bouncing Boy mentions [[spoiler: Superman being killed by Steppenwolf, implying that this takes place in the 30th centuty of Comicbook/{{Earth 2}}]].
9th Oct '15 5:33:17 PM StFan
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** In Valentino's {{Normalman}}, the legion was parodied as "The Legion of Superfluous Heroes". Their roll call was so long it had to be spread across ''ten issues.''
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** In Valentino's {{Normalman}}, ''ComicBook/{{Normalman}}'', the legion was is parodied as "The Legion of Superfluous Heroes". Their roll call was is so long it had has to be spread across ''ten issues.''
8th Oct '15 6:20:55 PM nombretomado
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Recent stories post-''Infinite Crisis'' have reintroduced TheMultiverse and restored the ''original'' Legion, including Superman's past with them. This version first (re)appeared in the "Lightning Saga" BatFamilyCrossover between ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' and ''JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' and is the one currently appearing in DC Comics. As part of ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', Geoff Johns wrote a miniseries called "The Legion of Three Worlds" which dealt with all three versions (original, Zero Hour, and threeboot) of the Legion.
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Recent stories post-''Infinite Crisis'' have reintroduced TheMultiverse and restored the ''original'' Legion, including Superman's past with them. This version first (re)appeared in the "Lightning Saga" BatFamilyCrossover between ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' and ''JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' and is the one currently appearing in DC Comics. As part of ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', Geoff Johns wrote a miniseries called "The Legion of Three Worlds" which dealt with all three versions (original, Zero Hour, and threeboot) of the Legion.
21st Sep '15 5:59:42 PM nombretomado
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* ''FinalCrisis: Legion of 3 Worlds'' (2008-[[ScheduleSlip 2009]])
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* ''FinalCrisis: ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis: Legion of 3 Worlds'' (2008-[[ScheduleSlip 2009]])
17th Sep '15 5:42:09 PM nombretomado
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** In the ''Great Darkness Saga'' of TheEighties, the Legion faces {{Darkseid}}, still very much one of these. The team is forced to call in every available ally in order to deal with him... [[spoiler: and the ''three billion Superman analogues he's mind-controlling''.]]
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** In the ''Great Darkness Saga'' of TheEighties, the Legion faces {{Darkseid}}, {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}, still very much one of these. The team is forced to call in every available ally in order to deal with him... [[spoiler: and the ''three billion Superman analogues he's mind-controlling''.]]
15th Sep '15 9:16:27 PM nombretomado
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This incarnation used plenty of the SoapOpera-style storytelling that was popular in the days of ''X-Men'' and ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'', but kept on a level of solid yet unexciting sales, even after they booted Superboy out of his own book. This changed in the early '80s, with the Paul Levitz/Keith Giffen Legion. Classic stories like "The Great Darkness Saga" appeared during this run, but it was interrupted halfway through by the ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. Since the entire premise of the Legion was centered around Superboy, and Superboy no longer existed in the PostCrisis universe, the history and continuity of the series didn't work any more. DC's initial patch was to say that, during the Crisis, one of the Legion's foes, the Time Trapper, had created a pocket dimension containing an Earth where there was a Superboy. However, this issue kept coming up over time, with more and more patches needed just to keep things together.
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This incarnation used plenty of the SoapOpera-style storytelling that was popular in the days of ''X-Men'' and ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'', but kept on a level of solid yet unexciting sales, even after they booted Superboy out of his own book. This changed in the early '80s, with the Paul Levitz/Keith Giffen Legion. Classic stories like "The Great Darkness Saga" appeared during this run, but it was interrupted halfway through by the ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. Since the entire premise of the Legion was centered around Superboy, and Superboy no longer existed in the PostCrisis ComicBook/PostCrisis universe, the history and continuity of the series didn't work any more. DC's initial patch was to say that, during the Crisis, one of the Legion's foes, the Time Trapper, had created a pocket dimension containing an Earth where there was a Superboy. However, this issue kept coming up over time, with more and more patches needed just to keep things together.

Eventually, a combination of [[ContinuitySnarl continuity issues]] and low sales brought DC to the point where they said "screw it" and decided to reboot the series altogether. In 1995, as part of the ''Zero Hour'' CrisisCrossover, Creator/MarkWaid and Tom [=McCraw=] wrote the first issue of an all-new all-different Legion. Some of the sillier characters were pruned, and others were introduced to fill the gaps. This incarnation of the Legion was a youth corps run by TheFederation, which was just forming as the series began, to symbolize its member worlds and species working together. (Although they were frequently dismissed as either a publicity stunt or a "teenage death squad".) This version sidestepped the Superboy issue by being inspired by the 20th century's age of heroes in general (although the Post-Crisis Superboy did become a member). The new version attempted to [[AdaptationDistillation distill]] all of the Legion's history to date, while adding its own twists -- some of which [[FanonDiscontinuity didn't work that well]] ([[spoiler:Sneckie]]) Still, this version lasted until 2004 with a few writer changes and {{ReTool}}s; then, they were wiped out (or at least [[PutOnABus detached from the main line of DCU history]]) during the build up to the ''InfiniteCrisis'' CrisisCrossover, and replaced with a third version -- the "threeboot" Legion.
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Eventually, a combination of [[ContinuitySnarl continuity issues]] and low sales brought DC to the point where they said "screw it" and decided to reboot the series altogether. In 1995, as part of the ''Zero Hour'' CrisisCrossover, Creator/MarkWaid and Tom [=McCraw=] wrote the first issue of an all-new all-different Legion. Some of the sillier characters were pruned, and others were introduced to fill the gaps. This incarnation of the Legion was a youth corps run by TheFederation, which was just forming as the series began, to symbolize its member worlds and species working together. (Although they were frequently dismissed as either a publicity stunt or a "teenage death squad".) This version sidestepped the Superboy issue by being inspired by the 20th century's age of heroes in general (although the Post-Crisis Superboy did become a member). The new version attempted to [[AdaptationDistillation distill]] all of the Legion's history to date, while adding its own twists -- some of which [[FanonDiscontinuity didn't work that well]] ([[spoiler:Sneckie]]) Still, this version lasted until 2004 with a few writer changes and {{ReTool}}s; then, they were wiped out (or at least [[PutOnABus detached from the main line of DCU history]]) during the build up to the ''InfiniteCrisis'' ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' CrisisCrossover, and replaced with a third version -- the "threeboot" Legion.

Recent stories post-''Infinite Crisis'' have reintroduced TheMultiverse and restored the ''original'' Legion, including Superman's past with them. This version first (re)appeared in the "Lightning Saga" BatFamilyCrossover between ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' and ''JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' and is the one currently appearing in DC Comics. As part of ''FinalCrisis'', Geoff Johns wrote a miniseries called "The Legion of Three Worlds" which dealt with all three versions (original, Zero Hour, and threeboot) of the Legion.
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Recent stories post-''Infinite Crisis'' have reintroduced TheMultiverse and restored the ''original'' Legion, including Superman's past with them. This version first (re)appeared in the "Lightning Saga" BatFamilyCrossover between ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' and ''JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' and is the one currently appearing in DC Comics. As part of ''FinalCrisis'', ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', Geoff Johns wrote a miniseries called "The Legion of Three Worlds" which dealt with all three versions (original, Zero Hour, and threeboot) of the Legion.

* LegendFadesToMyth: After ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', due to the fact that so much of the old "Earth-1" continuity was pivotal to the ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' canon, the pre-Crisis version of history was presented as the 30th century's distorted legends of the "actual" (post-Crisis) continuity.
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* LegendFadesToMyth: After ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', due to the fact that so much of the old "Earth-1" continuity was pivotal to the ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' canon, the pre-Crisis version of history was presented as the 30th century's distorted legends of the "actual" (post-Crisis) continuity.

** None of them hold a candle to the Time Trapper, which is finally explained in [[FinalCrisis Legion of Three Worlds]]: [[spoiler: According to Brianiac 5, the Time Trapper is a sentient timeline who is rebelling against the Legion's timeline.]]
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** None of them hold a candle to the Time Trapper, which is finally explained in [[FinalCrisis [[ComicBook/FinalCrisis Legion of Three Worlds]]: [[spoiler: According to Brianiac 5, the Time Trapper is a sentient timeline who is rebelling against the Legion's timeline.]]
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