Here on Week 19, this sad day in the Legion of Super-Heroes Fan Club storied-history heralds the final 1960’s Master Jim Shooter selection available on DCU! With both pride and a tear in my eye, I now note that our reading selection for this week is:
Adventure Comics #368, 369, 370 and (sniff) 374 (which includes one of the all-time great Legion stories, all time!).
Adventure Comics #268 5/1/1968 DC Universe After the arrival of the female ambassador from Taltar, the female Legionnaires experience great increases in their powers. The results of the first fan vote for Legion leader declare Ultra Boy the next leader and runner-up Mon-El his deputy.
Adventure Comics #269 (the BIG one, Part 1!): 6/5/1968 DC Universe First appearance of Mordu the Merciless! After the powerful Mordu the Merciless escapes his prison, the Legion must travel back in time to Smallville to formulate the mad magician.
Adventure Comics #269 (the BIG one, Part 2): 7/3/1968 DC Universe Mordu the Merciless has discovered the Legion of Super-Heroes hiding in Smallville’s past. Out in the open, the Legion must confront and defeat the powerful sorcerer!
Adventure Comics #374 The last of Master Jim Shooter in the ‘60s on DCU! 11/6/1968 DC Universe The Legion have to take down one gang of criminals to help another group of bad guys???
Here are questions (spoiler alert - if you want to wait to read the rest of this after you read the comics, you have now been warned) to use as a guide to your reflection on this story: (these could be spoilers, so maybe read this part after you are done with the 4 comics):
Issue 268: what did you think of this early Neal Adams cover?
Issue 268: if you have ever been in a family / couples counseling session, does the fight scene between the girls and the guys remind you at all of some parts of that process (apologies in advance to Princess Amethyst)? Answer quickly, your session time is almost up!
Issues 269-270: While admittedly this story is dated, having been written 50 years ago, what are the strongest parts of the plot and storyline? What are the super-dated cringe-worthy parts?
Issue 374: A sad way to end what is digitized by DCU, the next issue features the first appearance of the Wanderers…The big question here is: were you able to actually read this one in spite of the art? What’s your secret, lol?
Our “extra credit” reading this week: (just the stories about the Legion in each comic suggested)
Adventure Comics #310 7/63 DC Universe In the Legion back-up, things turn deadly when a mysterious masked man begins killing the Legionaries one by one! Also contains pages reproduced in black and white.
Adventure Comics #312 9/63 DC Universe The Super-Sacrifice of the Legionnaires!" The heroic Lightning Lad sacrificed his life back in ADVENTURE COMICS #304, but the other Legionnaires may have found a way to revive him—at the cost of another life! Also contains pages reproduced in black and white.
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Next week we use the Time Bubble to go forward a handful of year for a light reading to go along with our monthly Watch a Long fun 9 pm EDT / 6 pm PDT the evening of Wednesday September 4th!
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