I’m in a troubling and expensive phase in my comic book life because I’m gobbling up and buying everything I can regarding the Legion of Super-Heroes. It was not Brian Michael Bendis’ new series that hooked me. But rather it was the third series released in 1984 that gave me my first taste. It was the deluxe format that did it.
DC played the long game.
A part of me always knew this would happen because I’ve skirted with The Legion of Super-Heroes throughout my entire life. Though I never gave them their rightful chance because I always thought they were for kids, and I mean the really little ones. Basically, I believed the Legion was The Little Rascals in space.
And boy was I wrong.
These stories are really clever and even the earlier ones in the 60’s are well done and actually quite mature. And shockingly Jim Shooter wrote a lot of them…when he was fourteen years old.
Seriously, you can’t make this up.
But what’s really cool is that a lot of these older issues are affordable because enough people gobbled these up, which means they’re not rare and too collectable. So it won’t break the bank…too much. And chances are with the Corona virus you have some time on your hands and are looking for something to read.
Well, why not check out my Legion of Super-Heroes reading list? The issues are pretty easy to find, the reading order makes sense, and you even get some neat little DC history and origin stories to go along with it, such as this first appearance of Shadowman.
But in all seriousness, another cool consequence of this is you get a good introduction to the characters and you’ll learn to tell them apart. You’ll actually become a LSH expert by the end of it, and all it takes is 22 issues that are loaded with excitement, heartbreak, and good ole fashioned fun.
Go ahead and get on to your local comic book store with this list in hand or, considering the circumstances, shoot them an email for a curbside pickup (If you’re having trouble finding the issues, I was able to fill the gaps with mycomicshop.com). You won’t regret it, I promise you.
And now, without further adieu…
The Legion of Super-Heroes Reading List
- Legion of Super Heroes #1 (3rd series, 1984)
- Adventure Comics #371 – 372
- Legion of Super Heroes #2 (3rd series, 1984)
- The Legion of Super Heroes Annual #3 (2nd series, 1980)
- Adventure Comics #346 (1st series, 1938)
- Legion of Super-Heroes #3-5 (3rd series, 1984)
- The Legion of Super-Heroes #317 (as Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes, 2nd series, 1980)
- Legion of Super-Heroes #6 (3rd series, 1984)
- Adventure Comics #352-353 (1st series, 1938)
- Legion of Super-Heroes #7 (3rd series, 1984)
- Adventure Comics #357 (1st series, 1938)
- The Legion of Super-Heroes #8 (3rd series, 1984)
- DC Comics Presents #80 (1978)
- The Legion of Super-Heroes #321-323 (as Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes, 2nd series, 1980)
- The Legion of Super-Heroes #305 (2nd series, 1980)
- Legion of Super-Heroes #9 (3rd series, 1984)