LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES

The Legion in Print

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The very first Legion opf Super-Heroes #1 was a 4-issue reprint series, in 1973.

+ DC Legion Archives

These hardcover editions reprint all Legion appearances chronologically.

  1. Reprints Action #267, 276, 287, 289, Adventure #247, 267, 282, 290, 293, 300-305, Superboy #86, 89, 98, Superman #147 & Annual #4 (1991)
  2. Reprints Adventure #306-317, Jimmy Olsen #72, Superman Annual #4 (1992)
  3. Reprints Adventure #318-328, Superboy #117, Jimmy Olsen #76 (1993)
  4. Reprints Adventure #329-339, Superboy #124-125 (1994)
  5. Reprints Adventure #340-349 (1995)
  6. Reprints Adventure #350-358 (1997)
  7. Reprints Adventure #359-368 & Jimmy Olson #106(1998)
  8. Reprints Adventure #368-376 & Superboy #147 ( (1999)
  9. Reprints Adventure #377-380 & Action #378-387, 389-392 (1999)
  10. Reprints Superboy # 172, 173, 176, 183, 184, 188, 200, 191, 193, 195, 197-202 (2000)
  11. Reprints Superboy #203-212 (2001)
  12. Reprints Superboy #213-223 & Karate Kid #1 (2003)
  13. Reprints Superboy and the Legion #224-233

+ Showcase Presents… Collections

These collections reprint about three times as many stories as the Archives above, but they are black-and-white volumes for a fraction of the cost…

  1. Showcase Presents: The Legion of Super-Heroes Volume 1: Adventure #247, 267, 282, 290, 293, 300-328, Action #267, 276, 287, 289; Superboy #86, 89, 98, 117; Superman #147, Superman Annual #4; Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #72, 76.
  2. Showcase Presents: The Legion of Super-Heroes Volume 2: Adventure #316, #322-348, 365; Superboy #117, #125, and Superman Annual #4.
  3. Showcase Presents: The Legion of Super-Heroes Volume 3: Adventure #349-368; Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #116.
  4. Showcase Presents: The Legion of Super-Heroes Volume 4: Adventure ##369-380, Action #378-387, 389-392; Superboy #172, 173, 176, 183, 184, 188, 200, 191.

+ Trade Paperbacks

Most of these are still in print. These are standard softcover collections.

Legion v.2 (starring Legion 1)

  • Legion of Super-Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga • Legion v.2 #287, 290-294 & Annual #3 (1991)
  • Legion of Super-Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga Deluxe Edition • Legion #284-296 & Annual #1 (2010)
  • Legion of Super-Heroes: The Curse Deluxe Edition • #297-313 & Annual #3 (2011)

Legion v.3 (starring Legion 1)

  • Legion of Super-Heroes: An Eye for an Eye • Legion v.3 #1-5, 168 pages (2007)
  • Legion of Super-Heroes: The More Things ChangeLegion v.3 #7-13

Legion v.4 (starring Legion 1)

  • Legion of Super-Heroes: The Beginning of Tomorrow • Legion v.4 #0, 62-65 & Legionnaires #0, 19-22 (1999)
The Legion (starring Legion 2)
  • Legion Lost • full 12-issue series
  • The Legion: Foundations • The Legion #25-30 & Legion Secret Files 2003

Legion v.5 (starring Legion 3)

Legion v.6 (starring Legion 1)

  1. Legion of Super-Heroes: The Choice • #1-6
  2. Legion of Super-Heroes: Consequences • #7-10, Annual #1 & Adventure #521-522
  3. Legion of Super Heroes When Evil Calls • #11-16 & Adventure Comics #523-529

Legion v.7 (starring Legion 1)

  1. Legion Secret Origin • Collects the miniseries #1-6
  2. Legion Of Super Heroes: Hostile World •  #1-7

Legion Animated

  • The Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century (volume 1): Tomorrow's Heroes • #1-6 (2008)

Other Collections

  • Justice League of America: The Lightning SagaJustice League of America v.2 #0, 8-12 Justice Society of America v.3 #5-6
  • Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes • collects Action Comics #858-863
  • Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes: The Early Years • collects Adventure Comics #515-520

+ Prestige format series

These limited series were printed on high quality paper.

  • Titans/Legion: Universe Ablaze, 4-issue prestige series (2000).
  • Superboy's Legion (Elseworlds), 2-issue prestige series (2001).

+ Gaming / Sourcebooks

Mayfair Games Sourcebooks

+ Books & Magazines

Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes pocket book (1977).

Amazing Heroes, published by Redbeard, Inc.

  • Amazing Heroes #15 (Sept. 1982). Cover art by Keith Giffen and Larry Mahlstedt. Giffen talks about his then-new pencilling gig.
    Kevin C. McConnell. "P. T. Barnum was Right! An Interview with Keith Giffen." 43–47.
  • Amazing Heroes #46 (1 May 1984). Legion does not appear on the cover.
  1. Steve Freitag. "DC's Double Vision: The lowdown on DC's intriguing hardcov er/softcover plan," 35–39. The article talk with DC's Mike Flynn about the switch to direct sales for New Teen Titans and Legion. It hints at the upcoming death of a Legionnaire (Karate Kid).
  2. Ray Chan. "All the Fine Young Legionnaires." 41–58. This is the most exhaustive rundown of Legon heroes

    I've ever seen, especially in the pre-Internet era. Chan also credits Paul Levitz with helping. In the introduction he states "It should be noted that [Levitz] does not regard events established in the Adult Legion story and imaginary tales as valid parts of Legion Lore." The list also decidedly lists "Karate King" (Val). It's unclear whether this was a name given by Levitz, or assumed by Chan.

  • Amazing Heroes #88 (1 Feb. 1986). "General Medi-Center," by Kevin Gould. 47–51. A discussion of the Legoin's medical history.
  • Amazing Heroes #91 (15 Mar. 1987). "Who's Who in Crisis on Infinite Earths," by Mark Waid. Crisis annotations and a Kid Psycho bio.
  • Amazing Heroes #130 (1 Dec. 1987). "Don Rosa's Information Center." Panel and mention of Dev.-Em.
  • Amazing Heroes #138 (1 Apr. 1988). Swimsuit issue features the men of the Substitute Heroes by Ernie Colón.
  • Amazing Heroes #172 (Oct. 1989). Keith Giffen talks about the 'Five Years Later' concept.
  • Amazing Heroes '92 Swimsuit Special. With illustration of the Super-Pets by Ty Templeton.

The Amazing World of DC Comics #16 (Dec. 1977). The Golden Age Issue.
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READ IT! "The Legion Outpost." Jack C. Harris. 42.

Animation Magazine Comicon Edition (Aug. 2006). Featuring the Legion animated series.

Back Issue! magazine

  • #14. Two Morrows Publishing. January 2006. Legion feature.
  • #33. March 2009. Features a star-studded art gallery of Legion of Super-Heroes 1970s fashions.

Best of the Legion Outpost. 2004. Ed. Glen Cadigan. Two Morrows Publishing. Reprinting Legion fanzines from the 1970s.

Combo #37 (July 1997). "Bride of Mordru," by Andy Lee. Custom cover by Jeff Moy; feature about post-Zero Hour Legion's epic battle.

Comic Book Marketplace:

  • Comic Book Marketplace #57 (Mar. 1998). "I Was a Teenage Space Opera!" About the Silver Age.
  • Comic Book Marketplace #59 (May 1998). "The Strange Lives of Jimmy and Lois." Reviews Jimmy Olsen's super-hero adventures with the Legion.
  • Comic Book Marketplace #97 (Dec. 2002). Curt Swan Superman feature.

The Comic Informer v.1 #5 (June/July 1982). "Comics Illustrator Dave Cockrum." Cockrum talks about his Legion creations and others.

Comics Feature:

  • Comics Feature #15 (Jan. 1981). This issue features an interview with Paul Levitz, at a time just before he resumed writing duties (Legion v.2 #284, 1982). He is very candid and talks about how the book has always struggled to find a good ongoing artist. He doesn't mention Keith Giffen at all. Odd, the timing.... It also features an article summarizing the Legion's history and members. The cover is illustrated by Chuck Patton.
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    Read two of the three articles here!
  • Comics Feature #47 (Aug. 1986). "Heroes," by James Van Hise. A Legion history.
  • Comics Feature #48 (Oct. 1986). "Heroes," by James Van Hise. Part 2 of previous.

Comics Buyer's Guide #999 (8 Jan. 1993). Krause Publications, Inc.
Scanned from the original. It offers lots of insights about the new directions the Legion books took in the late 90s. At this time, the editor was trying to save the book and open it up to new readers with the creation of the Legionnaries title.

Comics Interview #16 (1984). Interviews with Paul Levitz and Dan Jurgens about v.3 era Legion. Features girl Legionnaire pinup by George Pérez.

Comics Scene by Starlog:

  • Comics Scene v.1 #4 (July 1982). "The Pendulum of Legion Fandom," by Mike Flynn.
  • Comics Scene v.1 #6 (Nov. 1982). "Wouldn't It Be Neat If...," by Fred Hembeck. Cartoon features Legionnaires.
  • Comics Scene v.2 #2 (Feb. 1988). "30 Years in the 30th Century," by Patrick Daniel O'Neill. Legion history.
  • Comics Scene v.2 #32 (Apr. 1993). "Legionnaires," by Joe Nazzaro. About the new SW6 series, with character sketches by Chris Sprouse.

Hero Illustrated #6 (Dec. 1993). Warrior Publications.

  • Paul Grant, "Zero Hour: DC's plan to rewrite its origin." pp. 86-89. An interview with Dan Jurgens and KC Carlson about the problems of DC's continuity. They understate: "the Legion-related books will be affected."
  • "Focus on the Legion of Super-Heroes." pp. 144-146. A brief history and price guide. Sidebar: "Top 10 Legion Rejects."

The Legion Companion by Glen Cadigan. Two Morrows Publishing (2003). The story behind the stories.

For the pocket book series, comic panels were rearranged for the paperback format.

Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes pocket book. Grosset & Dunlap. New York. 1977.
This was part of a series of six DC pocket books. It reprinted comic stories in black-and-white and reconfigured the panels to fit the book format. This volume reprinted:

  • "Superboy's Dark Secret," Superboy #158 (July 1969, no Legion)
  • "The Curse of the Blood Crystals," Superboy #188 (July 1972)
  • "The Six-Legged Legionnaire," Adventure Comics #355 (April 1967)
  • "The Legionnaires Who Never Were," Action Comics #392 (September 1970)

Smallville magazine:

  • Smallville #32 (May/June 2009). "We are Legion." Interview with the actors who portray Saturn Girl, Lightning Lad and Cosmic Boy on Smallville. "A Legion of His Own," by Bryan Cairns. Geoff Johns talks about writing the episode.
  • Smallville #33 (Sept./Oct. 2009). "From Strip to Screen: Legion of Super-Heroes." A rundown of the Legion's history.

Toyfare #158 (Oct. 2010) "They are Legion," by Justin Aclin. Legion action figure designers talk about the process of creating the 2011 Mattel 12-pack (pre-Crisis Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Karate Kid, Lightning Lad, Matter-Eater Lad, Proty, Saturn Girl, Superboy, Timber Wolf, Ultra Boy, Wildfire).

Wizard magazine:

  • Wizard #19 (Mar. 1993). Artist Bart Sears briefly mentions drawing Valor in the Eclipso event. Features an ad for the SW6 Legion series.
  • Wizard #59 (July 1996). A review of Legion #93 (post-Zero Hour).
  • Wizard #67 (Mar. 1997). "Casting Call." Musings about casting a live action Legion.
  • Wizard #129 (June 2002). "Book of the Month." Recommending Abnett, Lanning and Coipel's The Legion.
  • Wizard #207 (Jan. 2009). "Future Uncertain: With their series cancelled, what's next for DC's Legion?" pp. 12-13. About Jim Shooter's departure from the Legion Threeboot series.
  • Wizard #208 (Feb. 2009). Interview with Geoff Johns about the "Smallville" Legion episode.

The Wonderful World of Comics #1 (Aug. 1977). "The Legion of Super-Heroes," by Howard Phillips." Only issue of this fanzine featured a 2-page profile.