Welcome back as the [Legion Fan Club] dares to approach one full year of Legion goodness here on DCU!
This week we tune our time monitors back to the year 1980, when Gerry Conway (of “Death of Gwen Stacy” infamy) along with Joe Staton (renowned Green Lantern artist) were continuing to steer the Legion ship in the years immediately prior to the Levitz / Giffen explosion! Since they were tossing poor ol’ Superboy out with a case of future time amnesia back to his past, they naturally changed the series name to simply “The Legion of Super-Heroes” …and the world of comics has never been the same since!!!
[Legion Fan Club] Presents: THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (1980-) #259 - 264
THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (1980-) #259 LoSH 80s #259
The Legion battles the Psycho Warrior as Superboy goes into his past and stays there (thanks to Saturn Girl).
THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (1980-) #260 LoSH 80s #260
A traveling circus plagued by deaths gets help from the Legion of Super-Heroes.
THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (1980-) #261 LoSH 80s #261
The Legion of Super-Heroes discovers the identity of the space circus killer.
THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (1980-) #262 LoSH 80s #262
The Legion encounters space pirates as they help R.J. Brande get his fortune back.
THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (1980-) #263 LoSH 80s #263
The parents of certain Legionnaires are kidnapped by Dagon the Avenger.
THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (1980-) #264 LoSH 80s #264
The Legion rescues their parents from Dagon the Avenger; Lass and Dawnstar try to go to Tyroc’s home to request his assistance.
Questions to Ponder and Explicate Upon:
Storyline 1: Supes leaves, the PsychoWarrior storyline wraps up: What was the scariest thing about PsychoWarrior’s origin story for you: the fact any group of people would actually stick it out on a planet like Bunyan’s World, or the wild obsession he had concerning the Legion?
Also, is Legion better off or worse off with no Superboy? Why?
Storyline 2: The space traveling circus: How did the concept of the Legion being able to easily pose as carnival characters work for you, did it make good fictional sense that their powers can seem “freakish” and “supernatural” etc?
Storyline 3: (issue 262 “The Planet That Captured the Legion”): One thing Legion can do that other comic book series struggle with is deliver a good old fashioned Sci Fi short story- was this one solid enough, or were there “gaps” in believability in places for you?
Storyline 4: The kidnapping of Legion parents. This theme of disgruntled former employees or creators who have their work rejected with both resulting in financial pain and then plans of vengeance follow appears pretty regularly, like in the Iron Man 2 movie etc. Which part of this two part story did you find had the best intriguing “hook” or mystery?
Next week: we go check out what the Legion looks like right after Zero Hour!!!