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Although these pages have Superman as the main character, it would not be just not to mention The Legion of Super-Heroes collection, as its fame, its editorial success and the most important, the great number of followers that this collection has, made indispensable to speak about it. That is why we will explain here its editorial origin, the different ages that has have, its writers, artists, the influence of its fans and zines, in the permanence of this serie, its influence on the two collections dedicated to them, SUPERBOY and ADVENTURE COMICS, and so on. What we are not going to do is to give explanations about every legionnaire as it is something that is explained in numerous issues.
Speaking about THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES is speaking about ADVENTURE COMICS if we consider this collection since 1958, as it was born in 1935 with the name NEW COMICS changing to NEW ADVENTURE COMICS in 1937 in issue number 12, and to ADVENTURE COMICS in 1938, issue number 31. Nevertheless, it would not be until 1945, number 103 when Superboy appeared in this magazine. You can see it here: A DATE WITH DC.
We are speaking about Superboy because THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES was born into the Superman family issues, called The Adventures of Superman when he was a boy.
Although Superman was born in 1938, it went by some years until the adventures of his youth were told. It was in 1944 when the first story about an adolescent Superman appeared in MORE FUN COMICS NO. 101 dated on the cover January-February 1945 and he appeared on the cover for the first time in MORE FUN COMICS NO.104, July-August 1945 as you can see on the left.
The Superman adventures when he was a boy due its existance to Murray Boltinoff and Mort Weissinger as editors, but was Murray who put the rules in order that Superboy had its own magazine.
In the first Superboy stories, he appeared as a child. It Was Murray who made Superboy grow little by little and gaining powers, although the Superboy career will end in his meeting with the Legion of Super-Heroes.
The first Superboy story in MORE FUN COMICS NO.101 was drawn by Joe Shuster and it had the cartoon style with only 5 pages of adventure.
Afterwards, in NO.107, Superboy changed to AVENTURE COMICS NO.103 in May 1946. Later, in May-April 1949 Superboy got his own magazine. SUPERBOY NO.1 cover was drawn by Wayne Boring appearing an adult Superman and inside, in the first story entitled "The Man Who could See Tomorrow", to show that they are adventures of Superman when he was a boy, the story begins with an adult Man of Steel remembering the Smallville years. All the inside adventures were drawn by John Sikela, a friend and collaborator of Joe Shuster.
The Superboy adventures ran parallel in ADVENTURE COMICS and SUPERBOY since 1949, appearing one Superboy adventure in every ADVENTURE COMICS issue and three in the SUPERBOY magazines.
But in april 1958, Mort Weisinger, who was editor of the DC Comics tittles (then National Periodical Publications), with writer Otto Binder, created a group of Super-Heroes from the future who denominated LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, introducting them in the Superboy story of ADVENTURE COMICS NO.247 in April 1958. With that simple fact of creating a group for a Superboy script, they did not imagine then that that was going to implicate the creation of one of the most successfull collection with the most cuantity of followers in Comics History.
The LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES has been made with the collaboration of many writers, artists and editors with the pass of the years, so we can divide the LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES history in several parts, countig the years and the magazines that published their adventures and we can see that this obey to different internal changes in the own Editorial and also with the influence of the readers who wrote to them and even with zines from most of the fans.
I myself have made the following division:
1. THE BEGINING (1958-1962)
2. THE CONSOLIDATION (1962-1969)
3. THE DECLINE (1969-1970)
4. THE REBIRTH (1971-1973)
5. THE NEW CONSOLIDATION (1974-1979)
6. THE TRIUMPH (1980-1983)
7. THE SUCCESS (1984-1989)
1. THE BEGINING (1958-1962)
The Superboy adventure in ADVENTURE COMICS NO.247 (April 1958), entitled "The Legion of Super-Heroes", introducted three founding members: Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl y Lightning Lad (Lightning Boy in that first story) that, from the Earth of the XXX Century, visit Superboy in order to join with them. In his travel to the future, Superboy see his native city as a futurist town, but his parent's house is conserved as a relic from the past. When Superboy pass the texts put by the Legionnaires he is acepted as a Member. This first Legion story was drawn by artist Al Plastino.
As nobody hoped the success of this story it was not until 1968 in SUPERBOY NO.147, from the collection 80 PG GIANT, when it was explained the origin of the Legion in the first story of the issue entitled "The Origin of the Legion" drawn by Pete Constanza, where the three founder members save the life of R.J. Brande one of the richest men in the Universe who has the idea of their union to fight Evil.
The nowadys price of an ADVENTURE COMICS NO.247 (April 1958 cover by Curt Swan & Stan Kaye) in NM condition is $6,300.00 in contrast with numbers 246 or 248 that is around &250,00. This issue enter Spain and other Latinamerican countries through the Mexican "Editorial Novaro" in its SUPERMAN NO.197 in July 1959 and the names of the legionnaires was "Cósmico", "Saturnia" and "Ray".
The Second appearance of the Legion was in ADVENTURE COMICS NO.267 (December 1959 cover by Curt Swan & Stan Kaye) in a story writen by Jerry Siegel, who wrote most of the twenty first Legion adventures, with their covers always drawn by Curt Swan and inked by Stan Kaye at the begining, George Klein afterwards and Sheldom Moldoff sometimes. The story is entitled "Prisoner of the Superheroes" drwan by George Papp who is in that age the regular artist for Superboy in the two mentioned magazines. In the adventure, Superboy is seen from the Legionnaires on a giant telescopic screen, making mistakes, so the Legion travel to the past to inprison Superboy and avoid its evil facts. But at the end they discover that they had misunderstood what they had seen on the screen. The main Legionnaires are the same as in the first adventure.
The Third appearance is in ACTION COMICS NO.267 (December 1959 cover by Curt Swan & Stan Kaye), on the second story of the issue entitled "The Three Super-Heroes" by Jerry Siegel and drawn by Jim Mooney, the regular artist for Supergirl. In it, the Legionnaires came to see if Supergirl can become a legionnaire too, but she fails the texts and has to wait for another oportunity. In this issue appear for the first time Chamaleon boy, Invisible Kid and Colossal Boy.
The Fourth appearance is SUPERBOY NO.86, (January 1961 cover by Curt Swan & Stan Kaye), (NOVARO 312). "The Army of Living Kryptonite Men" by Jerry Siegel & George Papp. The Legion appears on the third story of the issue whose main character is Lex Luthor when he was a boy, who invents a device to destroy Superboy but he is saved at the end by the Legion who see trhough a screen what is happening and they send Lightning Lad to save him. The name of the legionnaire is Garth Ranzz, that NOVARO translated as Luis Landa, following the tradition of the double 'L' in the names of the persons related with Superman. In the last picture Luthor says": 'If there are Super-Herores in the future, there will also be Super-Villains' meaning in that way the seventh appearance of the Legion as adult members. The guest star legionnaires are the three founder members.
The Fifth appearance is in ADVENTURE COMICS NO.282, (May 1961 cover by Curt Swan & Stan Kaye), (NOVARO 336). In the story entitled "Lana Lang and the Legión of Super-Heroes" writen by Otto Binder and drawn by George Papp, the main character is Star Boy, translated in NOVARO as 'El Joven Estrella' that is used by Lana Lang (Lina Luna in Novaro) to make jealous Superboy but at the end is Superboy with Star Boy's girl-friend who make jealous Lana.
The Sixth appearance is in another Supergirl story in the second adventure of ACTION COMICS NO.276, (May 1961 cover by Curt Swan & Stan Kaye), "Supergirl's three Super Girl-Friends" by Jerry Siegel & Jim Mooney. This time, Supergirl is texted again to join the Legion of Super-Heroes and is accepted with a new legionnaire named Brainiac 5 who appears in this issue as well as Triplicate Girl (afterwards Duo Damsel), Shrinking Violet, Sun Boy as candidate, Bouncing Boy and Phantom Girl.
There is a comic, SUPERBOY NO.89 (June 1961) in which appeared Mon-El. In this moment he is not a Legionnaire, but he will be one of them in the future and that is why we include him here. The story is entitled "Superman's Big Brother" (First Part) and "The Secret of Mon-El" (Second Part) by Robert Bernstein (writer) and George Papp (artist). At the begining Superboy thinks that Mon-El is his big brother from Krypton but afterwards, when Mon-El recovers his memory, Superboy knows that Mon-El is from the planet Daxam and having been exposed to lead, the letal substance to Daxamites, he send it to the Phantom Zone in the XXX Century where Saturn Girl and Brainiac 5 will cure of his lead poisoning.
The Seventh appearance is in SUPERMAN NO.147, (August 1961 cover by Curt Swan & Stan Kaye), in the third story of the issue entitled "The Legion of Super-Villains" writen by Jerry Siegel and drawn by Curt Swan & Sheldom Moldoff. In it, we see Lex Luthor travelling to the future looking for the Legion help in order to destroy Superman. At the end all go to the prison, Luthor as well as the Super-Villains who fight to the Adult Legion of Super-Heroes named Cosmic Man, Saturn Woman and Lightning Man. The Legion of Super-Villains will appear again in more issues as ACTION COMICS 282, 286 and so on.
The Eighth appearance of the Legion is in ADVENTURE COMICS NO.290, (November 1961 cover by Curt Swan & Stan Kaye), "The Secret of the Seventh Super-Heroe" by George Papp in wich appear an impostor of Sun Boy. In this adventure, the real Sun Boy joins the Legion and appear the three founder members as well as Phantom Girl, Brainiac 5 and Chamaleon Boy.
The Ninth appearance is in SUPERMAN NO.149, (November 1961 cover by Curt Swan & Stan Kaye), (NOVARO 369). "The Death of Superman" by Curt Swan & Stan Kaye in a three part imaginary story in wich Luthor makes believe Superman that is changed becoming a good man, he is aclaming as a hero but at the end gets the death of Superman. The death body is visited and cryed by all of his friends in the Universe as well as the three founder members of the Legion of Super-Heroes who only appear in one picture in the third part of the adventure.
The issue cataloged as the Tenth appearance of the Legion is SUPERBOY NO.93, (December 1961 cover by George Papp). "Lana Lang's Superboy Identity Detection Kit" by Curt Swan & George Klein in which, as usually, Lana Lang suspects Clark Kent to be Superboy but she does not discover his identity because Chamaleon Boy impersonates Clark Kent confusing Lana Lang.
The Eleventh appearance is in GIANT SUPERMAN ANNUAL NO.4. In this issue the named of the Legionnaires is revealed. Cosmic Boy is named Rokk Krinn; Saturn Girl is named Imra Ardeen, Lightning Lad is Garth Ranzz, Triplicate Gril is Luornu Durgo, Phantom Girl is Tinya Wazzo, Invisible Kid is Lyle Norg, Colossal Boy is Gim Allon, Brainiac 5 is Querl Dox and Shrinking Violet is named Salu Digby.
The comic book considered as the Twelfth appearance of the Legion is ACTION COMICS 285, (February 1962 cover by Curt Swan & George Klein), "The World's Greates Heroine" Part I and "The Infinite Monster" Part II by Curt Swan & George Klein. Brainiac 5 is the legionnaire who appears but this issue is more valued than others not by the appearance of the Legion but for be when Superman reveals to the world the existance of his cousin Supergirl.
The 13th appearance is in ADVENTURE COMICS NO.293, (February 1962 cover by Curt Swan & George Klein), "The Legion of Super-Traitors" writen by Jerry Siegel and drawn by Curt Swan & George Klein. In this adventure appears for the first time the Legion of Super-Pets. Some aliens want to bring the Earth to their own solar system and for that they try to reduce mentally Superboy, but as they cannot with him, they do it with the Super-Heroes. But what they cannot do is to give mental orders to the animals and that is why appears the Legion of Super-Pets: Krypto, Streaky, Beppo and Comet who spoil the Alien's plans. The guest star legionnaires are the founder members.
ACTION COMICS NO.287, (April 1962 cover by Curt Swan & George Klein), is considered the 14th appearance of the Legion in the second story of the issue entitled "Supergirl's Greatest Challenge" by Jerry Siegel and Jim Mooney. In it, appear the three founder members as well as Triplicate Girl, Chamaleon Boy, Brainiac 5, Sun Boy and Bouncing Boy that are substituted by chamaleon beings who imitate them since Supergirl discovers the facts and save them.
SUPERMAN NO.152, (April 1962 cover by Curt Swan & George Klein), is the issue in which the Legion appears for the 15th time. The story has the same tittle as the one from the cover "The Robot Master" by Jerry Siegel and Curt Swan & George Klein. Superman discovers that his friends are robots and, with the help of Supergirl, they bring them to his Fortress of Solitude in order tu study them. They discover there that all is a joke from the Legion of Super-Heroes to celebrate the anniversary of Supergirl arriving to Earth. There is a surprise inside every robot. The guest star legionnaires are the three founder members as well as Chamaleon boy, Brainiac 5 and Sun Boy.
The 16th appearance is in ACTION COMICS NO.289, (June 1962 cover by Curt Swan & George Klein), "Superman's Super Courtship" by Jerry Siegel and Jim Mooney. The plot is the trying of Supergirl to encounter a woman who married Superman. After trying with the adult legionnaire women, she find them all yet married. But then she encounters a woman with super-powers in a distant planet that is almost like her when adult. Her name is Luma Lynai and both Superman and Luma fall in love together, but Luma cannot live on Earth because of its atmosphere so they must separate and Supergirl learns not to interfere in his cousin's life.
ACTION COMICS NO.290, (July 1962 cover by Curt Swan & George Klein), is the 17th appearance of the Legion in the person of Phantom Girl who gives Linda Lee a Supergirl statue that without knowing it gets Red Kryptonite inside. After passing the effects on Supergirl, she covers the statue with lead powder in order to keep it as a gift and this way it cannot affect Superman or Krypto. The story is entitled "Supergirl's Super Boy-Friends" by Jim Mooney.
SUEPRMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN NO.62, (July 1962 cover by Curt Swan & George Klein), is cataloged as th 18th appearance of the Legion of Super-Heroes. In the first story of the issue entitled "Superman's Phantom Pal" it only appears Jimmy Olsen as Elastic Lad finding Mon-El into the Phantom Zone, so he has not joined the Legion yet. In this adventure by Curt Swan & George Klein, Jimmy has the opotunity of discovering Superman's secret identity from the Phantom Zone but at the last moment he close his eyes respecting the confidence Superman has put on him.
The 19th appearance in in SUPERBOY NO.98, (July 1962 cover by Curt Swan & George Klein), (NOVARO 387). "The Boy with Ultra-Powers" by Jerry Siegel and Curt Swan & George Klein is the second story of the issue and tell us the entering of Ultra Boy in the Legion. The text is discover Superboy's secret identity. In this adventure Pete Ross (Pedro Ruiz en NOVARO) gets his honorary member title.
And the 20th appearance is in SUPERMAN NO.155, (August 1962 cover by Curt Swan & Sheldom Moldoff), "The Downfull of Superman" by Curt Swan & George Klein and where appear Cosmic Man and Lightning Man disguised as Hercules and Sanson respectively.
We have been speaking about the begining until here, the birth of the magazines that published the adventures of Superman where he was a boy following with the birth of the Legion of Super-Heroes, their begenings and how they were entering in all Superboy publications, increasing litle by litle the number of Legionnaires.
2. THE CONSOLIDATION (1962-1969)
Editor from National Periodical Publications, Mort Weisinger, received so many letters from the readers who asked for more Legion of Super-Heroes stories, that aplied the policy of publishing Legion stories in almost all colections from the Superman family. So, between April 1958 and august 1962, we have counted 20 appearances and in each one the number of legionnaires was increasing until 16 en 1962.
Concretely, Mort Weisinger and Otto Binder, in ADVENTURE COMICS NO.247 created Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad. The same Mort with Jerry Siegel in ADVENTURE COMICS NO.267 added Chamaleon Boy, Invisible Kid and Colossal Boy. Again Mort and Otto Binder in ADVENTURE COMICS NO.282 introduce Star Boy and in May 1961, in ACTION COMICS NO.276, Weisinger and Siegel added six more legionnaires: Triplicate Girl, Phantom Girl, Brainiac 5, Shrinking Violet, Sun Boy and Bouncing Boy. In SUPERBOY NO.89, Mort and Robert Berstein introduce Mon-El, even he does not join the Legion until ADVENTURE COMICS NO.300. In July 1962, in SUPERBOY NO.98, appears a new legionaire, Ultra Boy, so we have 14 plus Supergirl and Superboy, we have the 16.
Finally, in the summer of 1962, Mort Weisinger saw that the Legion of Super-Heroes was a full success and decided to give it a regular ongoing series substituting "Tales of the Bizarro World" (the second part in ADVENTURE COMICS) and in NO.300 from September 1962, it is changed for "Tales of The Legion of Super-Heroes".
The Legion has been published inside the stories of Superboy, Supergirl and Superman until now but they do not have their own title. From now on they will have it: "TALES OF THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES"
Jerry Siegel was who wrote most of the plots and he goes on writing them until ADVENTURE COMICS NO.306, where he will be substituted by Science Fiction writer Edmond Hamilton, although Siegel will write some more adventures in future issues. The artist who was making the stories of Bizarro, John Forte, will draw the Legion stories from now on.
Then, we see that the 21st appearance on the Legion is ADVENTURE COMICS NO.300, (September 1962 cover by Curt Swan & George Klein) but as the Legion will appear now regularly we do not count the number of their appearances any more.
We present now the Legion of Super-Heroes appearances (ordered chronologically) you can see in other and different Superman collections that ran parallel to the stories published regularly in ADVENTURE COMICS:
ACTION COMICS NO.284 (January 1962) MON-EL.
ACTION COMICS NO.286 (March 1962) LEGION OF SUPER-VILLAINS.
ACTION COMICS NO.288 (May 1962) MON-EL.
SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE NO.33 (May 1962) MON-EL.
SUPERMAN NO.156 (October 1962) LSH (LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES)
SUPERBOY NO.100 (November 1962) ULTRA BOY
SUPERMAN NO.157 (December 1962) LIGHTNING LAD
ACTION COMICS NO.297 (Februay 1963) MON-EL
ACTION COMICS NO.298 (March 1963) LSH
SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN NO.70 (July 1963) ELEMENT BOY
SUPERMAN NO.162 (July 1963) LSH
SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN NO.72 (September 1963) LSH
ACTION COMICS NO.306 (November 1963) MON-EL, BRAINIAC 5
SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN NO.73 (November 1963) ULTRA BOY
ACTION COMICS NO.307 (December 1963) LSH
ACTION COMICS NO.309 (February 1964) LSH
SUPERMAN NO.167 (February 1964) BRAINIAC 5
SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE NO.47 (February 1964) LSH
SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN NO.76 (April 1964) LSH
WORLD'S FINEST COMICS NO.142 (June 1964) LSH
SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE NO.50 (July 1964) LSH
SUPERMAN NO.172 (October 1964) LSH
ACTION COMICS NO.319 (December 1964) SHRINKING VIOLET
SUPERMAN NO.173 (Novenber 1964) LSH
SUPERBOY NO.117 (December 1964) LSH
SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN NO.85 (January 1965) LSH
SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE NO.56 (April 1965) LSH
SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN NO.87 (September 1965) LSH
SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN NO.88 (October 1965) STAR BOY.
SUPERBOY NO.125 (December 1965) KID PSYCHO.
SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN NO.99 (January 1967) JIMY OLSEN
SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN NO.100 (March 1967) LSH.
WORLD'S FINEST NO.168 (August 1967) ADULT LEGION.
SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN NO.106 (October 1967) LSH.
WORLD'S FINEST NO.172 (December 1967) COSMIC MAN.
ACTION COMICS NO.365 (July 1968) LSH
SUPERMAN NO.213 (January 1969) BRAINIAC 5 ADULT.
When Edmond Hamilton took the writing in ADVENTURE COMICS, being a science fiction writer, gave emphasis to the argument more than to the characters and although John Forte's style was a litle rigid, the popularity of the Legion went up with Forte who with Curt Swan are considered as the classical artists of the Legion of Super-Heroes and they are the best for most of the legionnaire fans.
In ADVENTURE COMICS NO.309 appears a new change in the course of consolidation and domain of the Legion of Super-Heroes. The legionnaire stories that ran in the second place, become the first place leaving the Superboy solo adventures in the second. ADVENTURE COMICS NO.309 is dated June 1963, but in December of the same year in ADVENTURE COMICS NO.315 we will see the last issue with an inedited Superboy adventure. In ADVENTURE COMICS NO.316 began, as a second place, reprinted Superboy stories named "HALL OF FAME" being this issue the last with the logo ADVENTURE COMICS. From issue NO.317 the magazine will be named ADVENTURE COMICS FEATURING SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES and NO.345 will be the last with a reprinted Superboy story.
Since the Legion began to gain ground from ADVENTURE COMICS NO.300, they have been published continually the suggestions of the readers in order to add new legionnaires, pointing names and powers and so it has been published stories in which have appeared some of the mentioned characters as in ADVENTURE COMICS NO.324 ---THE LEGION OF SUPER-OUTLAWS--- in which five of the characters suggested by the readers appear as villains fighting against the legionnaires. In the same way, Color Boy from the Legión of Substitute Heroes was chosen from the suggestions of the readers. The mail of the magazine named SMALLVILLE MAILSACK become THE LEGION OUTPOST.
The readers asked for Legion adventures in the Movies pointing the actors and actresses from that age who must be the legionnaires (Fabian as Cosmic Boy, Diana McBain as Saturn Girl, Rick Nelson as Mon-El, Twesday Weld as Supergirl, Troy Donahue as Pete Ross and so on). There were also more letters that asked for more women as legionnaires and that were romances between them.
We have seen how the Legion of Super-Heroes has been gaining ground into ADVENTURE COMICS that was a Superboy magazine since 1946 until his disapearing in solo adventures and that will happen again in the other magazine SUPERBOY.
The team of Edmond Hamilton and John Forte created classical stories of the Legion as the death of Lightning Lad and the appearance of villains as the Time Trapper, Starfinger, Computo the Conqueror. It was also this team who created The Legion of Substitute Heroes and The Heroes of Lallor. Nevertheless, John Forte passed away in 1965 after completing ADVENTURE COMICS NO.339 and otherwise, Edmond Hamilton retired from the comic world shortly after, so editor Mort Weisinger had to look for another team that wrote and drew new Legion adventures. Then he remembered of Jim Shooter who, as a fan of the Legion, had sent plots when he was 13 years old and as artist he thought in Curt Swan and his inker George Klein that were drawing the covers for a long time.
Jim Shooter' stories began in ADVENTURE COMICS NO.346 in July 1966. When Jim came to National Periodical Publications was influenced by the Marvel comics of that years (1965-1966) and he made the contrary of Edmond Hamilton giving emphasis to the characters and action more than the argument and with Curt Swan and George Klein they put the series in a higher level of popularity. Logically the new writer created new legionnaires as the Fatal Five (ADVENTURE COMICS NO.352) and Mordru (ADVENTURE COMICS NO.369).
In July 1966 appear the following legionnaires put in alphabetical order:
Brainiac 5, Chamaleon Boy, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Duo Damsel, Element Lad, Ferro Lad, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Light Lass, Lightning Lad, Mater-Eater-Lad, Mon-El, Nemessis Kid (who will be a traitor and will become a villain), Phantom Girl, Princess Projectra, Saturn Girl, Shrinking Violet, Sun Boy, Superboy, Supergirl and Ultraboy.
As Honorary Members:
Jimmy Olsen and Pete Ross.
Bouncing Boy and Kid Psycho.
As Substitute Heroes:
Clorophyl Kid, Color Kid (selected by the reader Jeff Greenberg from Los Angeles), Dream Girl, Fire Lad, Night Girl, Polar Boy, Star Boy y Stone Boy.
Nevertheless, Curt Swan got tired of drawing the Legion of Super-Heroes, as he himself told to the magazine AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS NO.7, ---he did not like so many different Super-Heroes. For him there only exist one Super-Hero that was Superman,--- so in ADVENTURE COMICS NO.373, October 1968, Swan was substituted by Win Mortimer.
In the 80 PG Giant collection on March-April 1966, 1968, 1969 were published one Legion reprinted story in every issue of ACTION COMICS NO.334, ACTION COMICS NO.360 and ACTION COMICS NO.373.
Here you have the list of the ADVENTURE COMICS and ACTION COMICS with The Legion of Super-Heroes ordered by years. Entering into the years you will be able to see all the issues published every year showing the cover and one picture of the inside adventure:
1962 ADVENTURE COMICS 300-303
1963 ADVENTURE COMICS 304-315
1964 ADVENTURE COMICS 316-327
1965 ADVENTURE COMICS 328-339
1966 ADVENTURE COMICS 340-351
1967 ADVENTURE COMICS 352-363
1968 ADVENTURE COMICS 364-375
1969 ADVENTURE COMICS 376-380 (End of the Legion in Adventure)
1969 ACTION COMICS 377-383
1970 ACTION COMICS 384-392 (End of the Legion in Action)
During four months The Legion of Super-Heroes will not appear in any magazine but...
In the following page we will go on speaking about the decline, the dissatisfied readers and their influence and the one from their zines in order to rebirth The Legion again. We will see this rebirth in the magazine SUPERBOY, the triumph getting their own magazine and the final success of The Legion of Super-Heroes.
You can read all data and see all covers from ADVENTURE COMICS NO.247 (April 1958) to ACTION COMICS NO.390 (July 1970) in the LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ILLUSTRATED INDEX published by Independent Comics Group in five issues in 1986-1987. And, of course, you can read all these stories, if you do not have the comics, in the LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ARCHIVE EDITIONS.
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