Friday, July 10, 2020

Second Printings in Legion History

Someone asked on one of the Facebook groups, discussing the v8 #6 Gold Lantern sell-through, when else that had happened in Legion history. I found that this appears to be the 10th time that a Legion book has gone back to print. From my Field Guide to Legion Variants:

Legionnaires #18 - September 1994
Legionnaires #18 was part 4 of "End of an Era". The second printing came out about 4 weeks after the original printing, and can be distinguished primarily by the different color Zero Hour logos (red with white letters on the first, yellow with red letters on the second). Additionally, there's a small "II" in the price box in the upper left corner, and the color palette is slightly different between the two - the blacks are darker on the reprint and the reds are more muted.

First printing
Art by Stuart Immonen &
Wade von Grawbadger
Second printing
Art by Stuart Immonen &
Wade von Grawbadger


Valor #23 - September 1994
Valor #23 was part 5 of "End of an Era". The second printing came out about 4 weeks after the original printing, and can be distinguished primarily by the different color Zero Hour logos (red with white letters on the first, yellow with red letters on the second). Additionally, there's a small "II" in the price box in the upper left corner, and the color palette is slightly different between the two - the blacks are darker on the reprint and the reds are more muted, just like above.

First printing
Art by Stuart Immonen & Jose Marzan Jr.
Second printing
Art by Stuart Immonen & Jose Marzan Jr.

Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #16 - May 2006
The second printing got a sketch cover, which came out about a month later. The typical "One Year Later" logo for line-wide event has been altered to "1001 Years Later" to match the setting of the issue. (See my original post from 2006 for a look at the covers without the logos; the second printing was much lighter blue.)

First printing cover
Art by Barry Kitson & Mick Gray
Second printing cover
Art by Barry Kitson



Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #1 - October 2008
Spinning out of "Final Crisis", this series had the Reboot, the Threeboot, and the Retroboot Legions all meet up for the second time (the first was in an untold tale). 

Main cover (first printing)
Art by George Pérez
Second printing
Art by George Pérez





Legion of Super-Heroes v6 #1 - July 2010
This one has a 1/10 variant cover by Lee/Williams, with a second printing that was just the pencils by Jim Lee. Despite being issue #1, this was actually part 3 of the 6-part cover poster, representing the 1970s.

Variant cover (1st printing)
Art by Jim Lee & Scott Williams
Second printing
Art by Jim Lee


Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #1 - October 2011 
This series had a total of seven covers: the "A" and "B" covers, by Phil Jimenez and Keith Giffen, respectively, with the "B" cover at 1/4 of the "A" cover; two Retailer Incentive covers RI-A-1 and RI-A-2, each by Gabriel Rodriguez, and the wraparound cover version combining both, as cover RI-B; the Hastings Retailer Exclusive cover, which was a black and white version of the Jimenez "A" cover; and the second printing, which was a black and white version of the Giffen "B" cover.

"B" cover
Art by Keith Giffen
Second printing
Art by Keith Giffen




Legion Lost v2 #1 - November 2011
Like many first issues of the New 52 era, this one went to a second printing, differentiated by a red background color.

First printing
Art by Pete Woods
Second printing
Art by Pete Woods





Legion of Super-Heroes v7 #1 - November 2011
Like many first issues of the New 52 era, this one went to a second printing, differentiated by a red background color.

First printing
Art by Karl Kerschl
Second printing
Art by Karl Kerschl





Superman v4 #14 - August 28, 2019
This issue and Supergirl #33 were originally to go on sale on 08/14/19, but less than a week prior to that date, DC asked retailers to destroy all copies of these issues and told them that replacement copies would be sent to go on sale later. This issue was delayed to 08/28/19, Supergirl #33 was delayed to 09/04/19. DC's stated reason was that the original issues had covers that featured a "Year of the Villain" logo, but these issues had no ties to that event so they would be re-issued with new covers. This reasoning was questioned, as there was another issue on sale the same week, Catwoman #14, that also had a "Year of the Villain" cover logo and a story that had no ties to the event, and that issue was not recalled. Subsequent speculation centered around the introduction of the new Legion of Super-Heroes in the Superman and Supergirl issues, and the depiction of Lightning Lad's ethnicity. In the published issue, Lightning Lad is portrayed as dark-skinned, in leaked images of the original printing, Lightning Lad was light-skinned. The second printing featured the standard cover by Reis and Prado with an orange background instead of blue, and went on sale 10/2/19.

Superman #14
Replacement standard cover
Art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
Superman #14
Second Printing
Art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
 


Legion of Super-Heroes (volume 8) #6 - August 2020
Issue 6 had two variants on 6/9/20. This was the first issue back after the industry shut down in March due to the coronavirus. Interestingly, speculators decided that this issue has the potential to be the next hot book due to the character of Gold Lantern, who is spotlighted on the cover (pay no attention to the fact that he actually debuted in LSH: Millennium #2). Interest in this book was so high that it sold out within 3 days of going on sale, prompting DC to go back to print on this one (released July 7) as well as add a new variant cover to issue 7.

LSH volume 8 #6
Standard cover
Art by Ryan Sook and Travis Moore
LSH volume 8 #6
Second printing
Art by Ryan Sook and Travis Moore


3 comments:

Matthew E said...

That’s really interesting.

One wouldn’t say these were the *best* LSH issues...

Michael said...

Oh, definitely.

The "End of an Era" ones are probably unique here in that they had low print runs (since the series were ending) and there was unexpected interest due to the Zero Hour crossover. Most of the others were ones that were probably sold out due to speculators, though Star Trek/LSH had like six different covers and sold 38K copies through Diamond, so I can't see the series being THAT popular, also given that the other issues in the series only sold around 17K.

The Switchy said...

I would have thought the DnA Legion Lost would have got second prints, no wonder it was so hard to find the first issues of it!!