For this week’s Legion Fan Club reading adventure, we fly back to the earliest days of Levitz’ productivity for Legion, back in 1977 (he had co created “Stalker” back in 1974 as one of his first writing assignments for DC)!
Yup, the Legion Fan Club proudly presents: “Stargrave: Are You My Green Daddy?”
Featuring great Neal Adams art and covers, a last hurrah for a while from Jim Shooter, and pinch-hitting by Curt Swan!
SUPERBOY (1949-) #224 2/2/77 DC Universe
Stargrave wants the Legion’s assistance to gain total control of the universe! And Brainiac 5, after discovering that Stargrave is his father, agrees to help. WRITTEN BY Jim Shooter PENCILS Mike Grell (Wonder Woman; Hostess cupcakes ad, pencils by Curt Swan inks by Vince Colletta)
SUPERBOY (1949-) #225 3/2/77 DC Universe
Wildfire is sworn in as new Legion leader, but Superboy thinks the job should be his. And, while escorting Ambassador Relnic on a secret diplomatic mission, the Legion must subdue Tseln of Thaun without revealing their undercover identities. WRITTEN BY Paul Levitz, Jenette Kahn Pencils by James Sherman, inks by Bob Wiacek Cover art by Mike Grell.
SUPERBOY (1949-) #226 4/6/77 DC Universe
The Dazzling Debut of Dawnstar!; Five Against One! Dawnstar is brought in to track down the boss of the brainwashed raiders who have been stealing resources from the galaxy. On the planet Zerox, Brainiac 5 seeks information about Pulsar Stargrave from the sorcerous Starstone, who reveals that Stargrave is not Brainiac 5’s father. WRITTEN BY Paul Levitz, Jenette Kahn pencils by James Sherman, inks by Jack Abel Cover art by Mike Grell. Batman ad for Hostess Fruit Pies, pencils by Curt Swan.
SUPERBOY (1949-) #227 5/4/77 DC Universe
War At World’s End! On Colu, Pulsar Stargrave creates diversions for the Legion while he attempts to revive the ancient computers that created him and enslave the planet’s population. WRITTEN BY: Gerry Conway PENCILS: Joe Staton COVER BY Mike Grell Hostess Fruit Pies ad starring Batman, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Vince Colletta
What are your thoughts in general of this very very early Levitz run?
Issue 224: Time Trapper / Pulsar Stargrave and maybe Mordru all in the same storyline, does that work well? Why or why not?
Issue 225: Is Superboy acting “in character” in this story? Any examples either way?
Issue 226: What do you think of the art for this particular issue by James Sherman (Pencils) Jack Abel (Inks)
Issue 227: What do you think of the villains Quicksand or Holdur?
Extra credit: Superboy / Mon-el smackdown??!!??
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (1973-1973) #1 This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #328 BUT THIS IS not on DCU digitally yet!!!
Thanks again for checking this week’s Legion reading out. Next week is Watchalong Wednesday week, so we’ll go a tad light on the reading. We’ll nudge the Time Bubble just a few years and observe again what many (including I think most of us in this club) feel are the very best writer / co plotter / artist teams ever to hit the Legion circuit: Levitz / Giffen!!