LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES
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An Introduction

The original Legion. From History of the DC Universe #2 (1986); art byGeorge Pérez.

» FIRST APPEARANCE:
Original Legion ("Legion 1"): Adventure Comics #247 (Apr. 1958)
Post-Zero Hour Legion ("Legion 2"): Legion of Super-Heroes #0 (Oct. 1994)
Threeboot Legion ("Legion 3"): Titans/Legion Special (Nov. 2004)

The Legion of Super-Heroes has a a daunting history to follow. Many comics readers are probably at least tangentially aware that the franchise has undergone extensive "rebooting" over time. But following the Legion is scarcely more difficult than following the X-Men, whose continuity can be just as convoluted.

The Basics

Legion first appearances
Fighting to save the future from the Anti-Monitor's assault. From Crisis on Infinite Earths #8 (1985); art by George Pérez and Jerry Ordway.
The adult Legion from volume 4 series. From Who's Who in the DC Universe #9 (1991); art by Keith Giffen and Al Gordon.

There are several Legions in the DC Comics multiverse:

And then there are some notable Legion variations throughout their publishing history:

  • Legion "Elseworlds": Read about all sorts of variations here. They are all considered currently "out-of-continuity." In the Silver Age of comics, these variants were sometimes called "Imaginary Stories."
  • Legion 1.5: And if that's not confusing enough, know that the current Legion of Earth-0 is based on the original Legion. The original Legion's publishing history spanned 1958–1994. However, the current (Earth-0) Legion's publishing history only concerns events up to Crisis on Infinite Earths—1958–1986. So now there is a span of "lost" years from 1986–1994 which are no longer in continuity. I call them the "Legion 1.5."

Visual Guides

Cosmic BoySaturn Girl Lightning Lad
Depicted here are the Legion's three founders, who are consistent across all incarnations of the group.

Before diving into dense history, you might like to absorb some images that can help you differentiate between the Legions…

» SEE:

Other Guides

Of course you can explore the Legion here at Cosmic Teams. All my info is accessible from the sidebar at the left.

There are lots of other great resources out there, too…

» SEE:

Publication History

Legion first appearances
Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad. Left: from their first appearance in Adventure Comics #247 (1958); art by Al Plastino. Right: a retelling of their meeting from Action Comics #858, Late Dec. 2007); art by Gary Frank and John Sibal.

» SEE ALSO: Where to start reading? Certain eras are well-collected and others hardly at all. Again, see the Publications section for a list of trade paperbacks and others.

» SERIES: Let me break these down by universe, which goes more-or-less chronologically...

Legion 1:

  • Adventure Comics #300–380 (1962–69)
  • Action Comics, #378–392 (1969–70)
  • Legion of Super-Heroes v.1, 4 issues (1973)
  • Superboy (and the Legion) #197–258 (1974–79); becomes ...
  • Legion of Super-Heroes v.2, #259–313 (1980–84); becomes …
  • Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes, #314–354 (1984–87)
  • Legion of Super-Heroes v.3, #1–27 (1984-86)
  • Legion of Super-Heroes v.6, 16 issues (2010–11)
  • Legion Lost v.2, 17 issues (2011–13)
  • Legion of Super-Heroes v.7, 23 issues (2011–13)

Legion 1.5:

  • Legion of Super-Heroes v.3, 63 issues (1986–94)
  • Who’s Who in the Legion, 7-issue limited series (1988)
  • Legion of Super-Heroes v.4, #1–61 (1989–94)
  • Legionnaires, #1–18 (1993–94)

Legion 2:

  • Legion of Super-Heroes v.4, #0, 62–125 (1994–2000)
  • Legionnaires, #0, 19–81 (1994–2000)
  • Legion: Lost, 12-issue maxi-series (2000–01)
  • Teen Titans/Legion: Universe Ablaze, 4-issue limited series (2000)
  • Legion Worlds, 6-issue limited series (2001)
  • The Legion, 38 issues (2001–2004)

Legion 3:

  • Legion of Super-Heroes v.5, 50 issues (titled Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #15-36, 2005-09)

More:

  • L.E.G.I.O.N., 70 issues (1989–94)
  • R.E.B.E.L.S. v.1, 17 issues (1994–96)
  • Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds, 5-issue limited series (2008-09)
  • R.E.B.E.L.S. v.2, 28 issue (2009–11)

» FEATURED APPEARANCES:

For an exhaustive list, see The Anal Retentive Legion Checklist

  • Cosmic Boy #1-4
  • Justice League of America, v.1 #148-148
  • Justice League of America, v.2 #8-10
  • Justice Society of America, v.3 #5-6
  • Legends of the Legion #1-4
  • Legionnaires Three #1-4
  • Superboy, v.1 #172,173, 176, 178, 183, 184, 188, 200, 191, 193, 195
  • Timber Wolf #1-4
  • Valor #1-22
  • Who's Who in the Legion #1-7