Monday, December 1, 2014

THE LEGION OF SUPERHEROES ADVENT CALENDAR - DAY ONE

Your Humble Editor is taking the month of December off to recharge his batteries and prepare new Gone&Forgotten material for 2015 – but the site itself won’t be taking a break! Every day for the next three weeks, you’ll be able to open a new entry on your 2014 Gone&Forgotten Legion of Super-Heroes Advent Calendar (because they debuted in Adventure Comics, get it?). Relive the most gone and forgotten moments of the premiere teenage super-frat of the far future, beginning with…


That's actually a futuristic "space-tattoo".

Adventure Comics vol.1 No.247 (April 1958)
“Why … uh … I just do my job!”

No sooner does the Boy of Steel, Clark S.Superboy  Esquire, long for teenage fellowship to ease the singular superheroic burden of his dual identity than three teens from the 30th Century show up on his doorstep. With their names written on the front of the jerkins like the slowest kids at Summer Camp, Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl and Cosmic Boy – whose “magnetic  eyes of super-power” sound like a real menace at the knife shop in the mall – take Superboy on a whirlwind tour of the future, including far-flung ice cream shops carrying all the flavors of the imagination (NINE of them!) and substandard quality control conditions at nearby robot factories.

After an unnecessary hazing ritual, Superboy is made a full-fledged member of the group with which his name would one day become synonymous. Now let’s all get badges that say “Super Hero Club” on them!

7 comments:

Permanus said...

Jon, I've been reading your blogs for the past eight years or so. I know you know how to spell "Calendar".

Calamity Jon said...

Whoops! Yeah, I spelled it correctly in the tabs - good catch, thanks!

Permanus said...

I liked saying that so much I accidentally sent it to you twice. Sorry about that!

Calamity Jon said...

I deserved it!

Permanus said...

By the way, thanks for all the work you put in! You never fail to crack me up. You're clearly a very intelligent, witty and creative chap, and you're all kinds of inspirational and all that stuff. I don't know where you get the energy.

Calamity Jon said...

My pleasure, thanks for the kind words and for reading!

vilstef said...

In the early days of the Legion, especially when Edmond Hamilton was writing it, it seemed like there was a single, unpleasant, stuck-up, judgmental personality split among all of them, with mostly Superboy and Mon-El occasionally being individuals. The Legion Group Mind seemed to hang in there for a very long time. I wonder if Saturn Girl's mind control powers might have had something to do with it?

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