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Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes, Vol. 1 (Showcase Presents: The Legion of Super-Heroes #1)

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Over 500 pages of classic adventures are included in this value-priced collection of an incredible team of teen heroes from the 30th century, in the stories that inspired the hit animated TV series on the Kid's WB on the CW network. The Legaion comes together from many worlds to fight evil -- with the help of 20th century hero Superboy. These tales introduce original team ...more
Paperback, 552 pages
Published April 4th 2007 by DC Comics
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Nov 20, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, 2008
Ah, more wacky silver-age goodness from the 60's.
The first third of the book primarily consists of stories with a similar premise: one or more members of the Legion are in Smallville (or in the future) and are tricking Superboy (or Supergirl) into thinking they're evil or someone else. It always ends up being some sort of initiation test, and even though Superboy (or girl) would pass, there is always some weird loophole preventing their acceptance into the Legion. The rest of the book uses a si
Oct 10, 2009 rated it liked it
I love it but it's hard to recommend this volume to others. The stories in these first two books are mostly about the Legion getting attacked by people they rejected for the team and Legion members trying to trick each other into marriage.
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it
The most accident-prone superheroes in the galaxy. I guess in the future people get super powers from being total klutzes.
Adam Graham
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ah, the Silver Age Legion of Superheroes, those zany kids from the thirtieth (or occasionally twenty-first century). They are the team who had an unbelievably huge roster long before Marvel and DC added so many Avengers and Justice Leaguers that they need three or four teams for them. The Legion of Superheroes is a team that treats the Space-time continuum like it's an a toy as they freely yank Superboy and Supergirl in for adventures never worrying what might happen if one of their adventures g ...more
Jason Luna
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is admittedly a 5-star based partially on comparison, but what a refreshingly good volume of comic book-ery from early 1960s DC.

I guess it's mostly based on how the characters become more likable by not having to be these god-like solo heroes. Superman and Batman are unbearable mags in this era, but these kids who all hang out and like each other and travel to weird planets, I can dig it.

The legion of substitute heroes is an awesome group of characters, there's some beautiful Supergirl art
Covering the original Legion of Super-Heroes appearances from 1958-1964, this is some mighty fun reading. The quality of the material goes a bit up and down, is on more than one occasion very tied to its time in the sense of atmosphere, etc, and a bit too often too wordy for its own good. But taken for what it is, and with those caveats in mind, still a whole lot of fun.

I do recognise some of the stories from my childhood (then read in Swedish), so the nostalgia angle certainly adds some sweetne
Feb 04, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Silver Age kookiness. Someone appears to betray the Legion in almost every one of these stories. This volume is before the stories got more cosmic and interesting but is still enjoyable.

The quality of these Showcase books from DC seems to be decreasing. The first of these I got, Green Lantern, had nice heavy paper and crisp beautiful black and white art. This one has flimsier paper and a few pages are murkier than I'd like.
Jun 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I'm deep into this and the follow up volume. This is truly amazing stuff: the death and revival of Lightning Boy, the shadowy menace of the Time Trapper. There are places here, like in a lot of the DC stuff from this period, where the visuals are sort of pedestrian-- you can't fake a Kirby or a Ditko, or else the folks at DC didn't yet see the need-- but when the stories are good, as they are once things get running here, this is some great comics.
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Decent tales but they all basically have the same plot with people wanting to join the legion and they always end the same way with them joining in the end because either they passed the test or found put they're being messed with by the legion who were playing jokes on the people who wanted to join not much happens only memorable thing to happen was the story with mon el thats about it the rest follows the basic formula of the other ones
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Perché 3 stelle?
Intanto perché nel loro essere tremendamente naif, queste storie sono anche ricche di idee. Idee sfruttate, ampliate, rinarrate ancora oggi.
Poi perché i disegni, pur non essendo mai diversi dai canoni dell'epoca, restano comunque ben leggibili.
C'è più dell'interesse filologico in queste storie.
Dec 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Instantly takes me back to my childhood and reading DC Digests my folks bought me from IGA. :)
Matthew Murray
May 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: superheroes
Fascinating as a historical artifact, but some of the worst comics I've ever read. (Though the artwork was generally fine.)
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Could only be improved upon if they had more Curt Swan art. Great for kids and comics enthusiasts who want the otherwise unobtainable stories in an affordable format.
May 26, 2008 rated it it was ok
If only this wasn't printed in black and white.
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Jerome "Jerry" Siegel, who also used pseudonyms including Joe Carter, Jerry Ess, and Herbert S. Fine, was the American co-creator of Superman (along with Joe Shuster), the first of the great comic book superheroes and one of the most recognizable icons of the 20th century.
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