Saturday, December 25, 2010

Legion collected editions on Amazon

Merry Christmas y'all! Who's waking up with some shiny new Amazon gift cards under the tree? May I suggest a trade paperback or two? Maybe a DVD, some video on demand, or even some toys?

(full disclosure: I get a small kickback if you order something after clicking one of these links).

Note: a few of these (marked with an asterisk) are currently for pre-order only. Let me know if I'm missing any reprint volumes, as I'm going to try to keep this updated on my sidebar to the left (below all the other stuff).

Video on Demand

L1 Legion

L2 Legion [Post-Zero Hour]

L3 Legion


Other TPBs

Animated Series on DVD


DC Heroes RPG (Mayfair)


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Festivus 2010

Today is December 23, and you know what that means... it's Festivus time!

Festivus, which originated on an episode of "Seinfeld" in 1997, is a non-denominational holiday celebrated on Dec. 23 (or sometimes earlier, to avoid the Christmas rush). Instead of a tree, a simple unadorned aluminum pole is displayed, in opposition to the highly decorated Christmas trees. Two of the main elements of the holiday that involve people are the annual Airing of Grievances and the Feats of Strength. There are Festivus Miracles too, but they're not officially required.

So to celebrate, here are my list of Legion grievances. Please add your own in the comments, but remember they only can cover calendar year 2010 (so no whining about anything that happened last year). In no particular order:

Airing of Grievances

  1. The Superboy lawsuit is STILL not settled (and with the judge's recent retirement, there doesn't seem to be much hope on the horizon). Unless they come to some conclusion that can provide a precedent on the Jerry Siegel side of things, there are going to be more problems in just a couple years when the Joe Shuster rights revert to his heirs.
  2. A lack of support for a flight ring giveaway like they did for Green Lantern and the revival of The Flash. A missed opportunity after seeing what the promotion did for sales of Blackest Night tie-ins, and a Legion flight ring was a natural since (a) it's the start of a new series and (b) the flight ring has been around as long as the Flash and Green Lantern rings (give or take).
  3. The CD put out by DC covering 75 years of TV theme songs doesn't include the Legion cartoon's theme.
  4. Still no season 2 DVD of the cartoon, nor are there any plans to release it or a multi-season box set.
  5. Sales of the Legion books are not what they should be.

Festivus Miracles
  1. A new Legion book, written by Paul Levitz.
  2. A second Legion book, also written by Levitz, taking over the revival of "Adventure Comics" and renumbering to continue the 500+ issue history.
  3. Sad to have lost Francis Manapul as the regular penciller of the main book, but what a job Yildiray Cinar has done!
  4. The Jim Lee/Paul Levitz Legion story in the "ICONS" book finally shipped, though two years late. 
  5. Legion elections return
  6. The announcement of Phil Jimenez as co-creator on the Legion Academy series.
  7. The announcement of Keith Giffen as co-creator on the Legion Annual with the new Emerald Empress. Without a strong writer or editor to reign him in, Giffen can be creatively out there, but under Karen Berger (editor) and Paul Levitz (plotter, scripter) their work was so good that the title became DC's #2 book in sales (behind Wolfman/Perez on New Teen Titans).
  8. (Relatively) high profile co-starring roles for the Legion and Mon-El in the 21st century Superman and JLA books
  9. The Great Darkness Saga deluxe re-release with extra story and extra extras.
  10. Action figures - a new Tyr (out this month) and Validus as a build-a-figure (out last month), and the announcement of a huge 12-figure box set, all from Mattel, and a new-costume Mon-El from DC Direct.
  11. Jim Lee variant covers for the new series
  12. The Dragon*Con cosplayer gathering
  13. Tyroc! Written by Levitz! Never thought I'd live to see the day.

Feats of Strength

The last of the Festivus traditions is the Feats of Strength, in which the guests wrestle with and try to pin the host to the floor. Usually I cap this off with a few extra trivia questions, but this time the Feat of Strength is the fact that last month I hit the five-year blogiversary mark. My first post was in November 2005 and although I haven't posted as much this year as previous years, at 1,187 posts I'm still going and I plan on being here for a while.

(And for bonus Omnicom coverage that doesn't always make it here, don't forget to follow me on Twitter and Facebook.)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Legion Annual #1 delayed til January - here's why

Over at the DC Message Boards, in a discussion about why the Legion Annual has been pushed back to January 19th, Keith Giffen posted this:

Re: Legion of Superheroes Annual # 1
Posted: Dec 17, 2010 4:00 PM


My bad here gang... kinda.

My retina decided to detach midway through the job and what with going blind in one eye and optic surgery and what-all... well, do the math.

Just wanted to get it out there because I don't want anyone thinking anyone involved in the book's not pulling for all they're worth.

I guess filing it under s**t happens might seem a bit cavalier but... s**t does indeed happen.

I've been waiting for more than twenty years for the opportunity to return to the 30th century with Paul and I think it's to DC's credit that they were willing to wait a few weeks so I could get it done up right.

Oh, and yes,the 30th century's still just as much fun as I thought it would be.


Monday, December 20, 2010

Coming Distractions for March - Return of the LSV!

Holy crap, there's THREE Legion books coming in March!

Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Paul Levitz (LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES) and Phil Jimenez (INFINITE CRISIS) continue their “Legion Academy” arc starring Legionnaires in training! And the Taurus Gang resurfaces with dark ties to the Academy!
On sale MARCH 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art and cover by FRANCIS PORTELA
This 31st century team of psychopaths returns! Now led by Saturn Queen, they break out of the prison world Takron-Galtos to wreak havoc on the United Planets. DCU fans won’t want to miss this one-shot, which sets up a major 2011 storyline that’ll shake the universe!
ONE-SHOT • On sale MARCH 9 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US

OK, so who are those others besides Saturn Queen and Lightning Lord?

Written by PAUL LEVITZ
A jam-packed extravaganza! Star Boy returns from the 21st century! Sensor Girl searches for Karate Kid! The team trails the escaped Legion of Super-Villains! And Saturn Girl seeks Harmonia Li’s blood—and the reason why will shock you!
On sale MARCH 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Wait, Sensor Girl searches for Karate Kid AGAIN?

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Paul Levitz, New York Times Best-Selling Author

The Levitz/Giffen "Legion of Super-Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga (Deluxe Edition)" is #5 on the New York Times "Bestselling Hardcover Graphic Books" list this week.

Levitz says he's "blushing".

[note: link]

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Mike Grell in Atlanta this weekend

Anyone going to Wizard World Atlanta this weekend? Mike Grell will be there (here's his bio) as a guest and on a panel from 2-3pm on Sunday.

The legendary comics icon behind classic Legion of Super-Heroes tales and Warlord joins fans to discuss his unique art style as well as his take on the industry, from breaking in to breaking down a page."
Cully Hamner is going to be there too. You can ask him for a sketch of Fortress Lad, as he drew Fwangians in an issue of "Green Lantern: Mosaic".