Legion of Super-Heroes

The Legion of Super-Heroes is a fictional superhero team appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by writer Otto Binder and artist Al Plastino, the Legion is a group of superpowered beings living in the 30th and 31st centuries of the DC Comics Universe, and first appears in Adventure Comics #247 (April 1958).

Initially, the team was closely associated with the original Superboy character (Superman when he was a teenager), and was portrayed as a group of time travelers. Later, the Legion’s origin and back story were fleshed out, and the group was given its own monthly comic. Eventually, Superboy was removed from the team altogether and appeared only as an occasional guest star.

~ Wikipedia (Wikipedia contributors. “Legion of Super-Heroes.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 29 May. 2020. Web. 8 Jul. 2020.)

The Wikipedia entry for DC Comics’ LSH is actually so well-written that I just took these paragraphs from the entry. I have a lifelong connection to these series; a connection that is utterly random in its beginning. I could be here saying that I have a lifelong connection to any number of early comics series. But it was LSH out of randomness or serendipity or whatever. No big deal, but though I feel like there should be a real mighty background story to the start of my being a fan, there is not.

Its also one of perpetually-confusing DC Comics’ most perpetually-confusing series/volumes.  So, while the Wikipedia entry tells us that the first appearance of this group of superheroes was in Adventure Comics #247, the group had regular appearances in the comic series Superboy.  Eventually (issue #222), the title was changed to include these superheroes (Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes, which continued the numbering sequence from Superboy.)  The series continued under the new title for a total of 36 issues. After those issues, then “Superboy” was dropped and issue #259 actually says on the cover at the top: “In A Comic All Their Own At Last…..”

The series continues until issue #313 – in which it is renamed Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes, and several spin-off and secondary series are published and sometimes they are reprints of early storylines and it all gets ridiculously confusing. All of this mania ends with issue #354 in December of 1987.

But there are lots of websites about comics….. this is just an intro for guests.

I get involved in this LSH timeline with issue #246 (December 1978).  Utterly random, but in my possession as a wee thing were issues #246-248. I honestly do not know if I was able to read them or what. I have no idea. I have no idea where these came from. Sudden Legion of Super-Heroes. And Superboy. Three comics.

So, I’ve been keeping the project of re-reading these, and collecting more of the series, and just generally learning what the heck was going on in those three issues for a bunch of decades. I have finally decided to make a concerted effort on this plan and get started going through these with a fine-toothed comb with scholarly, intense examination. For no real reason than because I can and I feel like I really ought to.