For this week’s Legion of Super-Heroes Club weekly reading fun, we’ll be reading the all-important starting run of Jim Shooter, Boy Wunderkind!
At age 13, in mid-1965, he wrote and drew stories featuring the Legion of Superheroes, and sent them in to DC Comics after a hospital stay got him back into reading comic books. On February 10, 1966, he received a phone call from Mort Weisinger, who wanted to purchase the stories. He liked DC of that time, but also enjoyed the drama going on in the new Marvel storylines of the early to mid 1960s. So he mashed it all up, and changed history!
This week’s main selection:
Adventure Comics (1938-) issues 346-348
#346: Beginning full-length Legion of Super-Heroes tales and featuring the first appearances of Karate Kid, Princess Projectra, Ferro Lad, and Nemesis Kid. The Legion inducts new members, but one of them is secretly a spy for the violent alien race the Khunds! DC Universe
#347: The Legion of Super-Heroes prepares for an attack by the Khunds, assigning four new members to guard important towers. But when someone starts destroying their defenses, it becomes apparent a traitor stands among them! DC Universe
#348: The Legion of Super-Heroes faces off against the menacing Doctor Regulus, who shares a shocking connection with the Legionnaire Sun Boy! DC Universe
Our “extra credit” reading this week by request is: Legion of Substitute Heroes Special (1985)!
Let us all know your thoughts please in the thread below!
Questions to use as a guide to your reflection on these storylines:
How are these stories different from our first reading selection of the very first Legion stories that were written 5 to 7 years prior?
In what ways do you feel these three issues from 1965 set the tone and feel of the Legion for decades to come?
What do you like about this version of the Legion?
What do you prefer about the more modern stories of the Legion of Super-Heroes?
Are you a Jim Shooter fan? Why or why not?
Bonus question: what do you love about the Legion of Substitute Heroes?
If you want to talk about the Legion Club and discuss what you want this Club to be, you can sure do it here or also many members are on this Discord channel: https://discord.gg/SUs87JP
Next week we turn the Legion Club Chairperson role over to one of you (just like the Legion of Superheroes rotates the chair) for another three weeks (this is already in the works, sit back and enjoy the ride)!!!
We’ll plan to come back soon to most of these storylines we have started, month to month, so stay tuned!!!