Friday, February 25, 2022

Valor #19 annotations: Better Off Dead

 Annotations for Valor #19

  • On sale 3/15/94
  • Legion of Substitute Podcasters episode 697 (Feb 21, 2022) 
  • Legion timeline: immediately after the last issue; for the Legionnaires, in between pages 10-11 of Legionnaires #16 (which has yet to be published), coming from TBD in September 2995

Notes:
  • This was inker Mischa McDowell's last work on the title. Her entire career consisted of inking the interiors to Valor #14-19 (12/93-5/94) & the cover to Classic Star Wars the Early Adventures (newspaper strip) #7 cover from Dark Horse (2/95). I tracked her down to find out how she got into comics and where she went. See this entry for her story.
  • There’s a crossover that will have been going to have been with Legionnaires #16 that we don’t know about yet, because Legionnaires #14 will have been going to have just come out. It’s happened in the past for us, since we’re reading the Valor series, but it’s also in the future for us in the Legionnaires series. Or, normal English: 
    • Several Legionnaires leave their own time to go back in the time stream in Valor #14, which matches Legionnaires #16 page 9-10. 
    • The events outside of time in Valor #15-19 take place in between pages 10-11 of Legionnaires #16. 
    • Pages 19-20 of this issue are an expanded version of Legionnaires #16 page 11.



I'm not tracking the dates in the Valor timeline, other than they occur in 1994, just the Legionnaires stuff. Once we get into Legionnaires #16 everything will retroactively fit into place but for the moment they're still TBD. Boldface indicates something new learned this issue about the timeline.
  • TBD: Triad reviews Valor’s history with Catspaw (Valor #11, in between Legionnaires #15-16)
  • TBD: Brainy & Triad find that Valor has been retconned from history (Valor #13, which is the same as Legionnaires #16 pages 9-10); Brainy, Triad, Saturn Girl, Dragonmage, Ultra Boy, and Cosmic Boy leave to go back in time to find out what happened (Valor #14, which is the same as Legionnaires #16 page 10).
  • Outside of time: the Legionnaires are in the time stream and crash their Time Bubble (Valor #15); The Legionnaires fight Valor and find out that Lori is Glorith (Valor #16) and then fight Glorith, but Valor succumbs to the effects of his lead poisoning and dies; another Valor appears (Valor #17); Brainiac 5 tells SW6 Valor that he will have to spend another 1000 years in the Phantom Zone in order to save time, and Valor does not take it well (Valor #18), but the presence of Waverider and seeing his fellow Legionnaires vanish changes his mind. Once he accepts his fate, the Legionnaires appear back in their own time and the legend of Valor is restored (Valor #19), which will be seen in Legionnaires #16 page 11.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Legionnaires #14 annotations: Grim Reality

     Annotations for Legionnaires #14:

Notes:

  • Not sure who that is silhouetted against the moon.
  • I got nothing – no callbacks to old stories or notes to mention.
  • Next issue is the Bierbaums’ final issue on the series, so these storylines will all wrap up. Starting with issue 16, we start to see the Zero Hour time shenanigans start to kick in.



Cutting down the timeline to just the last couple months since it was getting so long. I'm color coding them based on whether the date appeared in the 2995 Sourcebook (yellow; text in yellow is as written in the Sourcebook), it's a confirmed date that was given in the comic (green), or an estimated date based on keeping track of events and days (cyan). Bold text is something new added this issue. Italics are unknown dates.
  • Wed 7/29/95: Jacques and Drura join the team; Mysa is possessed, and goes to Tharn to confront Mordru (LSH v4 #43), but she is defeated and is absorbed into Mordru. Using this power, he raises armies of the dead in a number of worlds in both UP and Khund space. The Legion agrees to help the Khunds, but they insist that the Legion take on four new Khundish members (LSH v4 #44).
  • Sun 8/2/95: The Legion fights Mordru’s zombies on Sklar, Talus, Trom, and in space (LSH v4 #45). On Talus, the Legionnaires fight their own dead, and new Khund Legionnaire Bloodclaw is killed before the team halts Mordru’s magics on the planet. Jan fights the dead Trommites on Pasnic (LSH v4 #46). The Legionnaires bring the fight to Mordru on Tharn, losing the Khund Firefist in the process (LSH v4 #47). The dead on Talus are defeated, but during the fight Timber Wolf returns to the 30th century with Jamm (LSH v4 Ann #4). With the help of Devlin O’Ryan and the spirit of Amethyst, Mordru and Mysa are separated and Mordru is defeated (LSH v4 #48). 
  • Mon 8/3/95: Jamm takes the Legionnaires on a prodigious trip before being returned to his own time (LSH v4 Ann #4).
  • Tues 8/4/95: The Legion leaves Tharn for Khundish space, where Flederweb and Veilmist are forced to rejoin the Khundish forces. Jan recovers on Pasnic, while Amethyst and Mysa ponder the future (LSH v4 #48).
  • Wed 8/5/95: Tenzil travels to Tartarus and with the help of Polar Boy and friends, they rescue Eve and defeat Evillo (LSH v4 #49). 
  • Thu 8/6/95: Tenzil and Eve depart Tartarus for Titan (LSH v4 #49); the Legion rebury their dead on Shanghalla, and Wildfire is resurrected there (LSH v4 #50).
  • Fri 8/7/95: the SW6 Legionnaires spend the weekend at the Atlantis Dome on New Earth (Legionnaires #7); Tenzil and Eve arrive on Titan; the rest of the group arrives on Talus from Shanghalla (LSH v4 #50).
  • Sat 8/8/95: the SW6 Legionnaires encounter the race of Devil-Fish in the Atlantis Dome (Legionnaires #7); Tenzil and Eve get married; Jan almost dies; Kono leaves; Sean arrives on Talus (LSH v4 #50).
  • Sun 8/9/95: the SW6 Legionnaires leave the Atlantis dome on New Earth (Legionnaires #7); Tenzil sends out holos of his wedding from the day before (LSH v4 #50).
  • Mon 8/10/95: Several Legionnaires leave New Earth for Colu (Legionnaires #8).
  • Tues 8/11/95: Brainiac 5 thinks of leaving the Legion and remaining on Colu (Legionnaires #8).
  • Wed 8/12/95: Brainiac 5 returns to New Earth with the rest of his team (Legionnaires #8).
  • Wed 9/13/95 (estimated): “Several weeks later” after Tenzil’s wedding, Dawnstar returns to Starhaven; three BIONs attack the Legion on Talus; Universo convinces Relnic and King Jonn that the Legion is helping the Khunds attack UP space (LSH v4 #50). 
  • Thu 9/14/95: Cocheta Drisden fails to escape from Takron Galtos, and is moved to Quarantine; Grimbor attacks the team and Ivy’s Li’l Legion on Quarantine trying to grab her (LSH v4 #51).
  • Sat 9/16/95: Kent and Celeste arrive on Talus from Quarantine, as Ayla and Brin reminisce and Vi monitors the Khund situation; Mysa tells the crew that since they just defeated Mordru, they have to take on Glorith to keep the balance (LSH v4 #52).
  • Sun 9/17/95: Relnic shows Jacques that the Legion is working with the Khunds; Rond rushes off in a Time Bubble; the Legion lands on Baaldur and confronts Glorith, with disastrous consequences to the team; in her mind, Glorith is confronted by the Time Trapper; the UP calls for the Legion’s disbandment (LSH v4 #53). Recovering from the fight with Glorith, several Legionnaires find themselves older or younger, and head for Quarantine to see if Brainiac 5 can reverse the effects (LSH v4 #54).
  • Mon 9/18/95: Brainy tests the Legion on Quarantine; Kent and Devlin, who have both been de-aged, stay behind while the others go to Talus (LSH v4 #54).
    • ME-Lad, Violet, Dragonmage, Catspaw shot down over Antares II by Khunds (Legionnaires #9). The Proteans want the Legionnaires to go inside a crashed ship, where after defeating more Khunds they find Kid Quantum (Legionnaires #10). Dragonmage helps restore the Soul of Antares, and Andromeda calls HQ to say she’s found them and bringing them all back (Legionnaires #11).
    • Invisible Kid and Colossal Boy find a freighter that’s been attacked by Sklarians (Legionnaires #9). Kono arrives to help out (Legionnaires #10).
    • Legion tryouts at Metropolis (Legionnaires #9). Inferno helps out in Essen (Legionnaires #10), then goes to Paris where he finds someone has chained a tunnel shut (Legionnaires #11).
    • Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, Livewire go to Acapulco to quell food riots, and Cosmic Boy is injured by Livewire (Legionnaires #9). More Legionnaires arrive to help (Legionnaires #10). Cos is taken to the medi-center, while Spark, Brainy, Phantom Girl, and Ferro tend to a wounded child with odd powers (Legionnaires #11).
  • Tue 9/19/95: The Legion gets captured at Talus and taken to Weber’s World (LSH v4 #54). 
    • In Metropolis, Kid Quantum is sworn in, and Computo sends M-E Lad to help Kono with the Sklarians (Legionnaires #12). Kono uses the Grandin Gender-Reversal Disease to turn Tenzil into Tenzi, where they go undercover, but he quickly blows his cover (Legionnaires #13). They manage to signal the rest of the Legionnaires (Legionnaires #14).
    • In Acapulco, Invisible Kid arrives to help, but he’s zapped unconscious, while in the Acapulco medi-center , Cosmic Boy nearly dies but Saturn Girl’s telepathy stabilizes him while a jealous Livewire watches (Legionnaires #12). Invisible Kid manages to break free of the mental-energy vortex as Andromeda and Ultra Boy arrive, while Cosmic Boy recovers (Legionnaires #13). Rokk is released, and Saturn Girl links the minds of the team to try to rescue their downed teammates (Legionnaires #14).
    • In Paris, anti-alien hysteria picks up, so a team goes there, where they are blasted by a Dominator child who thinks they are attacking her (Legionnaires #12). She teleports them to a prison, but they escape. They find the girl in the sewers, and she sends them to the Archduke's palace to stop the xenophobia, only to find Grimbor instead (Legionnaires #13). They escape Grimbor’s traps and discover that the mayor of the Paris dome has been working with the Sklarians (Legionnaires #14).
  • Wed 9/20/95: The Legion is briefly detained on Weber’s World but escape, while the UP officially disbands the Legion; Universo tells Cham and Computo that the Legionnaires aren’t needed to help (LSH v4 #54).
  • Sun 9/23/95: The team arrives on Rimbor, and Jo brings a team to an old warehouse but he and Sussa are captured by a rival gang. (LSH v4 #55)
  • Wed 9/27/95: Legionnaires start the process of going undercover while hiding out on Rimbor, and Sussa escapes (LSH v4 #54). Universo is looking for the Legion on Rimbor; Jo recruits other gangs to go against the government, while Mysa and Vi sneak into government HQ to find out what’s going on; on Starhaven, Dawnstar undergoes a vision quest (LSH v4 #55); the Legion exposes Khundish interference on Rimbor and escape (LSHv4 #56).

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

LSH v4 #56 annotations: Brainy Unleashed!

     Annotations for Legion of Super-Heroes #56:

Notes:

  • Page 3 panel 2: I suspect that’s supposed to be “Dvron” not “Devron”. He’s a captain now, good for him!
  • Page 3 panel 3: Recall that Rond Vidar ran off in a time bubble back in issue 53, on 9/17. That was 10 days ago, today is 9/24.
  • Page 3 panel 5: There’s no record of anyone with a Legion connection that I’ve found named “Connor” prior to this. No clue about what a “neusloian seal” is but there is literally only one site in all of Google that has this word, and it’s Legion fanfic (that spins out of this scene).
  • Page 4 panel 4: I think this is the canister containing Earthgov Artifact J-1-WRTZ that Hanscom had Sussa Paka steal on 3/26/95 (six months ago), as we read in the SP report back in LSH #27. A mystery that will have to wait for another day!
  • Page 5: Brainy’s new code name is “5”. Keep an eye out for the use of his new and improved force field.
  • Page 10: That’s King Jonn of Pasnic in the orange and purple. Whatever Relnic has going will have to wait for next issue.
  • Page 14 panel 2: I called that Trombi was acting with the Khunds last issue
  • Page 19 panel 4: Recall the polite robots (“After you!” “No, after YOU!”) that Jo and Kono took down way back in issue 2.
  • Page 23 panel 2: Darzyl is the planet that Vorm claimed to be from when he joined the Legion under false pretenses as Dynamo-Boy (ADV 330).
  • Page 23 panel 5: whatever Brainy has discovered about Ayla will also have to wait til next issue



                        Cutting down the timeline to just the last couple months since it was getting so long. I'm color coding them based on whether the date appeared in the 2995 Sourcebook (yellow; text in yellow is as written in the Sourcebook), it's a confirmed date that was given in the comic (green), or an estimated date based on keeping track of events and days (cyan). Bold text is something new added this issue. Italics are unknown dates.
                        • Wed 7/29/95: Jacques and Drura join the team; Mysa is possessed, and goes to Tharn to confront Mordru (LSH v4 #43), but she is defeated and is absorbed into Mordru. Using this power, he raises armies of the dead in a number of worlds in both UP and Khund space. The Legion agrees to help the Khunds, but they insist that the Legion take on four new Khundish members (LSH v4 #44).
                        • Sun 8/2/95: The Legion fights Mordru’s zombies on Sklar, Talus, Trom, and in space (LSH v4 #45). On Talus, the Legionnaires fight their own dead, and new Khund Legionnaire Bloodclaw is killed before the team halts Mordru’s magics on the planet. Jan fights the dead Trommites on Pasnic (LSH v4 #46). The Legionnaires bring the fight to Mordru on Tharn, losing the Khund Firefist in the process (LSH v4 #47). The dead on Talus are defeated, but during the fight Timber Wolf returns to the 30th century with Jamm (LSH v4 Ann #4). With the help of Devlin O’Ryan and the spirit of Amethyst, Mordru and Mysa are separated and Mordru is defeated (LSH v4 #48). 
                        • Mon 8/3/95: Jamm takes the Legionnaires on a prodigious trip before being returned to his own time (LSH v4 Ann #4).
                        • Tues 8/4/95: The Legion leaves Tharn for Khundish space, where Flederweb and Veilmist are forced to rejoin the Khundish forces. Jan recovers on Pasnic, while Amethyst and Mysa ponder the future (LSH v4 #48).
                        • Wed 8/5/95: Tenzil travels to Tartarus and with the help of Polar Boy and friends, they rescue Eve and defeat Evillo (LSH v4 #49). 
                        • Thu 8/6/95: Tenzil and Eve depart Tartarus for Titan (LSH v4 #49); the Legion rebury their dead on Shanghalla, and Wildfire is resurrected there (LSH v4 #50).
                        • Fri 8/7/95: the SW6 Legionnaires spend the weekend at the Atlantis Dome on New Earth (Legionnaires #7); Tenzil and Eve arrive on Titan; the rest of the group arrives on Talus from Shanghalla (LSH v4 #50).
                        • Sat 8/8/95: the SW6 Legionnaires encounter the race of Devil-Fish in the Atlantis Dome (Legionnaires #7); Tenzil and Eve get married; Jan almost dies; Kono leaves; Sean arrives on Talus (LSH v4 #50).
                        • Sun 8/9/95: the SW6 Legionnaires leave the Atlantis dome on New Earth (Legionnaires #7); Tenzil sends out holos of his wedding from the day before (LSH v4 #50).
                        • Mon 8/10/95: Several Legionnaires leave New Earth for Colu (Legionnaires #8).
                        • Tues 8/11/95: Brainiac 5 thinks of leaving the Legion and remaining on Colu (Legionnaires #8).
                        • Wed 8/12/95: Brainiac 5 returns to New Earth with the rest of his team (Legionnaires #8).
                        • Wed 9/13/95 (estimated): “Several weeks later” after Tenzil’s wedding, Dawnstar returns to Starhaven; three BIONs attack the Legion on Talus; Universo convinces Relnic and King Jonn that the Legion is helping the Khunds attack UP space (LSH v4 #50). 
                        • Thu 9/14/95: Cocheta Drisden fails to escape from Takron Galtos, and is moved to Quarantine; Grimbor attacks the team and Ivy’s Li’l Legion on Quarantine trying to grab her (LSH v4 #51).
                        • Sat 9/16/95: Kent and Celeste arrive on Talus from Quarantine, as Ayla and Brin reminisce and Vi monitors the Khund situation; Mysa tells the crew that since they just defeated Mordru, they have to take on Glorith to keep the balance (LSH v4 #52).
                        • Sun 9/17/95: Relnic shows Jacques that the Legion is working with the Khunds; Rond rushes off in a Time Bubble; the Legion lands on Baaldur and confronts Glorith, with disastrous consequences to the team; in her mind, Glorith is confronted by the Time Trapper; the UP calls for the Legion’s disbandment (LSH v4 #53). Recovering from the fight with Glorith, several Legionnaires find themselves older or younger, and head for Quarantine to see if Brainiac 5 can reverse the effects (LSH v4 #54).
                        • Mon 9/18/95: Brainy tests the Legion on Quarantine; Kent and Devlin, who have both been de-aged, stay behind while the others go to Talus (LSH v4 #54).
                          • ME-Lad, Violet, Dragonmage, Catspaw shot down over Antares II by Khunds (Legionnaires #9). The Proteans want the Legionnaires to go inside a crashed ship, where after defeating more Khunds they find Kid Quantum (Legionnaires #10). Dragonmage helps restore the Soul of Antares, and Andromeda calls HQ to say she’s found them and bringing them all back (Legionnaires #11).
                          • Invisible Kid and Colossal Boy find a freighter that’s been attacked by Sklarians (Legionnaires #9). Kono arrives to help out (Legionnaires #10).
                          • Legion tryouts at Metropolis (Legionnaires #9). Inferno helps out in Essen (Legionnaires #10), then goes to Paris where he finds someone has chained a tunnel shut (Legionnaires #11).
                          • Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, Livewire go to Acapulco to quell food riots, and Cosmic Boy is injured by Livewire (Legionnaires #9). More Legionnaires arrive to help (Legionnaires #10). Cos is taken to the medi-center, while Spark, Brainy, Phantom Girl, and Ferro tend to a wounded child with odd powers (Legionnaires #11).
                        • Tue 9/19/95: The Legion gets captured at Talus and taken to Weber’s World (LSH v4 #54). 
                          • In Metropolis, Kid Quantum is sworn in, and Computo sends M-E Lad to help Kono with the Sklarians (Legionnaires #12). Kono uses the Grandin Gender-Reversal Disease to turn Tenzil into Tenzi, where they go undercover, but he quickly blows his cover (Legionnaires #13).
                          • In Acapulco, Invisible Kid arrives to help, but he’s zapped unconscious, while in the Acapulco medi-center , Cosmic Boy nearly dies but Saturn Girl’s telepathy stabilizes him while a jealous Livewire watches (Legionnaires #12). Invisible Kid manages to break free of the mental-energy vortex as Andromeda and Ultra Boy arrive, while Cosmic Boy recovers (Legionnaires #13).
                          • In Paris, anti-alien hysteria picks up, so a team goes there, where they are blasted by a Dominator child who thinks they are attacking her (Legionnaires #12). She teleports them to a prison, but they escape. They find the girl in the sewers, and she sends them to the Archduke's palace to stop the xenophobia, only to find Grimbor instead (Legionnaires #13).
                        • Wed 9/20/95: The Legion is briefly detained on Weber’s World but escape, while the UP officially disbands the Legion; Universo tells Cham and Computo that the Legionnaires aren’t needed to help (LSH v4 #54).
                        • Sun 9/23/95: The team arrives on Rimbor, and Jo brings a team to an old warehouse but he and Sussa are captured by a rival gang. (LSH v4 #55)
                        • Wed 9/27/95: Legionnaires start the process of going undercover while hiding out on Rimbor, and Sussa escapes (LSH v4 #54). Universo is looking for the Legion on Rimbor; Jo recruits other gangs to go against the government, while Mysa and Vi sneak into government HQ to find out what’s going on; on Starhaven, Dawnstar undergoes a vision quest (LSH v4 #55); the Legion exposes Khundish interference on Rimbor and escape (LSHv4 #56).

                        Tuesday, February 22, 2022

                        Valor #18 annotations: DOA Aftermath

                        Annotations for Valor #18

                        • On sale 2/8/94
                        • Legion of Substitute Podcasters episode 691 (Jan. 10, 2022)
                        • Legion timeline: immediately after the last issue; for the Legionnaires, in between pages 10-11 of Legionnaires #16 (which has yet to be published), coming from TBD in September 2995

                        Notes:
                        • Cover: an homage to the death of Supergirl from Crisis on Infinite Earths #7, by this one by Immonen & Giordano
                        • Page 3 panel 2: the SW6 Valor left in LSH v4 #37 to go back to 2978 to see if he could figure out who were the clones, the SW6 batch or the older Legion. This was on 5/23/95, just a few days before the Earth exploded. The Legionnaires have come from the pages of Legionnaires #16 which is just a bit in the future from their most recent issue, which was 9/19/95 (so it’s been about 4 months).
                        • Page 4 panel 4: the 5YL version of Valor getting sent to the Twilight Dimension (or Phantom Zone, or whatever they’re calling it this week) can of course be read in LSH v4 Annual 2, also available in LOSP episode 594.
                        • Page 5 panel 5: Dragonmage vanishes, never to be seen again. Pour one out for another dead Legionnaire!
                        • Page 11: the Linear Men are watching. The white-haired guy with the cyborg eye is a future Rip Hunter, the blond man is Matthew Ryder, the woman is Liri Lee, and of course Waverider who is Matthew Ryder from the alternate future ruled by Monarch.
                          • The Linear Men were a team of scientists based at the Vanishing Point who monitored and studied the timestream of the entire universe from its beginning to its end. In their first appearance, one of its members went rogue and attempted to bring Booster Gold back to his own native time period in the 25th Century, but was stopped by Superman who inadvertently caused himself to be traveling out of control through the timestream. The rogue Linear Man then used his equipment to bring Superman to a point in the 30th Century where the timestream would be so unstable that he could send Superman back to his own time period, and promptly destroyed the moon in order to initiate the event, killing himself in the process. (Time & Time Again, spring 1991 - as recapped in LOSP 580)
                          • In DC chronology:
                            • Time & Time Again (spring 1991)
                            • Armageddon 2001 (summer/fall 1991) (LOSP 597 Event Theater)
                            • Armageddon Inferno (summer 1992)
                            • The Legacy of Superman (3/93)
                            • Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey (early 1994)
                            • Valor #18



                        I'm not tracking the dates in the Valor timeline, other than they occur in 1993, just the Legionnaires stuff. Once we get into Legionnaires #16 everything will retroactively fit into place but for the moment they're still TBD. Boldface indicates something new learned this issue about the timeline.
                        • TBD: Triad reviews Valor’s history with Catspaw (Valor #11, in between Legionnaires #15-16)
                        • TBD: Brainy & Triad find that Valor has been retconned from history (Valor #13, which is the same as Legionnaires #16 pages 9-10); Brainy, Triad, Saturn Girl, Dragonmage, Ultra Boy, and Cosmic Boy leave to go back in time to find out what happened (Valor #14, which is the same as Legionnaires #16 page 10).
                        • Outside of time: the Legionnaires are in the time stream and crash their Time Bubble (Valor #15); The Legionnaires fight Valor and find out that Lori is Glorith (Valor #16) and then fight Glorith, but Valor succumbs to the effects of his lead poisoning and dies; another Valor appears (Valor #17); Brainiac 5 tells SW6 Valor that he will have to spend another 1000 years in the Phantom Zone in order to save time, and Valor does not take it well (Valor #18).

                        Monday, February 21, 2022

                        Whatever Happened to: Mischa McDowell (aka Michelle Bryant)?

                        While doing these annotations, I noticed a name I wasn't familiar with in the credits on Valor #14: Mischa McDowell, on inks over Colleen Doran. I looked her up in the Grand Comics Database, and I saw that her only credits (at least under that name) were Valor #14-19, and one Star Wars cover. Essentially her entire career was inking Valor! I liked the way her inks looked over Doran's pencils, so I attempted to track her down to see... whatever happened to her?

                        Here are some selected sample pages from her run on Valor:

                        issue 14 page 1 (first page from first issue) on left, page 5 on right

                        issue 16 pages 14-15

                        issue 17 pages 2-3

                        issue 19 page 4 on left, page 23 on right (final page from final issue)

                        I started with Colleen Doran herself, I asked if she remembered working with McDowell. 

                        In a non-stalker method, I tracked down McDowell (now Michelle Bryant), and when I told her about the podcast and my desire to find out more, she was delighted to provide me with the following (links and cover dates in brackets are from me):

                        I wanted to be a comic book artist since I was very young. I was a kid in the 1980s, and it was unusual then for a girl to be into comics. My mom would buy them for me at garage sales, and that’s probably where my interest started. I used to bike to the local convenience store for new issues and would occasionally beg a ride from my dad to the comic book store downtown. I spent hundreds of hours reading them.

                        My high school in Madison, Wisconsin had a senior-year program where you could apprentice with an outside artist. I knew that Steve Rude of Nexus fame lived in town, so the program coordinator contacted him on my behalf, asking if he would be my mentor. Steve is a really nice guy and an incredible artist. I learned a lot from him, and we’ve been friends now for 34 years.

                        I then started college in Bloomington, Illinois where I met Steve Bryant (author and artist of Athena Voltaire) when he was working at a comic book store. He introduced me to a local group of artists (including Tim Bradstreet, now widely known for his comic book covers) who did illustrations for local gaming magazines. We sold our art at numerous conventions including the early years of Gen Con.

                        A couple years later, I very nearly got my first break. Jill Thompson, a friend of Steve Rude’s, had given me photocopies of her pencils from Sandman. She liked the resulting inking samples I sent her, and she was about to start work on DC’s series Black Orchid [issue 1 cover dated 9/93]. The book’s editor liked my work, but he was hesitant to put an unpublished artist at the beginning of the run. We left it with the understanding that I would start a few issues in, but it never did happen.

                        Steve Rude also introduced me to Colleen Doran. I already loved Colleen’s series A Distant Soil and was familiar with her work. This connection led to my being brought in as inker for DC Comics on Valor issue #14-19 [cover dates 12/93 to 5/94]. I worked on the series through the summer [1993] and moved from Wisconsin to Arizona in between issues. Once I got to Arizona, the editor told me that FedEx had lost the pages for the next issue. This excuse kept up for the next couple weeks until I called Colleen who was very surprised and told me that the pages were with another inker; it turned out that I had fired. I was never told. I understood their decision as I had missed a couple of deadlines, but if I had known in advance, I wouldn’t have incurred the expense of moving.

                        Over the next few months, I sent many inking samples to various comic book publishers in search of work, but I didn’t find any. This was also right around the time the comic book market went into a steep decline. I eventually ran out of money and moved back to Wisconsin. After that, I did receive a call from an editor at Dark Horse Comics who had seen my samples in their archive. He liked my graphic style and offered me the covers on Classic Star Wars: The Early Adventures #7 and #8. I did do #7 [cover date 2/95], but the penciller chose to ink his own work on #8. 

                        That was the last comic book art I did. After that, I worked as a picture framer and a book binder, as well as a stained glass artist and lampworker, making and selling over a million, little glass beads. A couple years ago, due to health reasons, I quit hot glass and moved into online reselling, especially vintage and antiques. Writing this reminds me: I still need to sell most of my original comic book art from Valor. 

                        I love what I do now as it’s endlessly interesting, and it involves a lot of photography which is what I went to college for in the first place. Would I go back into comic books if given the chance? I would need a lot of practice to get back to where I was, but yeah, probably. That dream never dies. :-)

                        You can find her online stores for "What's Gone Around" on eBay, Etsy, and Mercari.


                        Sunday, February 20, 2022

                        Legionnaires #13 annotations: There's a New Girl in Town

                            Annotations for Legionnaires #13:

                        Notes:

                        • Cover: Tenzil uses Spooge toothpaste
                        • Picks up immediately after last issue
                        • Page 11: this can't be the next morning, unless the pages are out of order, because on page 14 we see the Legionnaires in Paris right after escaping, as seen on page 5.
                        • Page 18: The chains on the tunnel doors last issue should have signaled that Grimbor was involved. We last saw Grimbor in LSH v4 #51 on Quarantine (which was on 9/14, and today is 9/19), but he was captured and being led away to Takron Galtos. It remains to be seen how he escaped, and how he got involved with this Paris group since this has been going on for longer than just a few days. Earlier, we saw him in armor with shoulderpads, now he's in the trendy 17th century garb.
                        • Page 19: Kono and Tenzi have left Metropolis for Sigma Lockwood asteroid (named for late Apa-LSH member Robert Lockwood), and Tenzi spends "hours" on waste detail, so their whole ordeal must be the next day (9/20)



                              Cutting down the timeline to just the last couple months since it was getting so long. I'm color coding them based on whether the date appeared in the 2995 Sourcebook (yellow; text in yellow is as written in the Sourcebook), it's a confirmed date that was given in the comic (green), or an estimated date based on keeping track of events and days (cyan). Bold text is something new added this issue. Italics are unknown dates.
                              • Wed 7/29/95: Jacques and Drura join the team; Mysa is possessed, and goes to Tharn to confront Mordru (LSH v4 #43), but she is defeated and is absorbed into Mordru. Using this power, he raises armies of the dead in a number of worlds in both UP and Khund space. The Legion agrees to help the Khunds, but they insist that the Legion take on four new Khundish members (LSH v4 #44).
                              • Sun 8/2/95: The Legion fights Mordru’s zombies on Sklar, Talus, Trom, and in space (LSH v4 #45). On Talus, the Legionnaires fight their own dead, and new Khund Legionnaire Bloodclaw is killed before the team halts Mordru’s magics on the planet. Jan fights the dead Trommites on Pasnic (LSH v4 #46). The Legionnaires bring the fight to Mordru on Tharn, losing the Khund Firefist in the process (LSH v4 #47). The dead on Talus are defeated, but during the fight Timber Wolf returns to the 30th century with Jamm (LSH v4 Ann #4). With the help of Devlin O’Ryan and the spirit of Amethyst, Mordru and Mysa are separated and Mordru is defeated (LSH v4 #48). 
                              • Mon 8/3/95: Jamm takes the Legionnaires on a prodigious trip before being returned to his own time (LSH v4 Ann #4).
                              • Tues 8/4/95: The Legion leaves Tharn for Khundish space, where Flederweb and Veilmist are forced to rejoin the Khundish forces. Jan recovers on Pasnic, while Amethyst and Mysa ponder the future (LSH v4 #48).
                              • Wed 8/5/95: Tenzil travels to Tartarus and with the help of Polar Boy and friends, they rescue Eve and defeat Evillo (LSH v4 #49). 
                              • Thu 8/6/95: Tenzil and Eve depart Tartarus for Titan (LSH v4 #49); the Legion rebury their dead on Shanghalla, and Wildfire is resurrected there (LSH v4 #50).
                              • Fri 8/7/95: the SW6 Legionnaires spend the weekend at the Atlantis Dome on New Earth (Legionnaires #7); Tenzil and Eve arrive on Titan; the rest of the group arrives on Talus from Shanghalla (LSH v4 #50).
                              • Sat 8/8/95: the SW6 Legionnaires encounter the race of Devil-Fish in the Atlantis Dome (Legionnaires #7); Tenzil and Eve get married; Jan almost dies; Kono leaves; Sean arrives on Talus (LSH v4 #50).
                              • Sun 8/9/95: the SW6 Legionnaires leave the Atlantis dome on New Earth (Legionnaires #7); Tenzil sends out holos of his wedding from the day before (LSH v4 #50).
                              • Mon 8/10/95: Several Legionnaires leave New Earth for Colu (Legionnaires #8).
                              • Tues 8/11/95: Brainiac 5 thinks of leaving the Legion and remaining on Colu (Legionnaires #8).
                              • Wed 8/12/95: Brainiac 5 returns to New Earth with the rest of his team (Legionnaires #8).
                              • Wed 9/13/95 (estimated): “Several weeks later” after Tenzil’s wedding, Dawnstar returns to Starhaven; three BIONs attack the Legion on Talus; Universo convinces Relnic and King Jonn that the Legion is helping the Khunds attack UP space (LSH v4 #50). 
                              • Thu 9/14/95: Cocheta Drisden fails to escape from Takron Galtos, and is moved to Quarantine; Grimbor attacks the team and Ivy’s Li’l Legion on Quarantine trying to grab her (LSH v4 #51).
                              • Sat 9/16/95: Kent and Celeste arrive on Talus from Quarantine, as Ayla and Brin reminisce and Vi monitors the Khund situation; Mysa tells the crew that since they just defeated Mordru, they have to take on Glorith to keep the balance (LSH v4 #52).
                              • Sun 9/17/95: Relnic shows Jacques that the Legion is working with the Khunds; Rond rushes off in a Time Bubble; the Legion lands on Baaldur and confronts Glorith, with disastrous consequences to the team; in her mind, Glorith is confronted by the Time Trapper; the UP calls for the Legion’s disbandment (LSH v4 #53). Recovering from the fight with Glorith, several Legionnaires find themselves older or younger, and head for Quarantine to see if Brainiac 5 can reverse the effects (LSH v4 #54).
                              • Mon 9/18/95: Brainy tests the Legion on Quarantine; Kent and Devlin, who have both been de-aged, stay behind while the others go to Talus (LSH v4 #54).
                                • ME-Lad, Violet, Dragonmage, Catspaw shot down over Antares II by Khunds (Legionnaires #9). The Proteans want the Legionnaires to go inside a crashed ship, where after defeating more Khunds they find Kid Quantum (Legionnaires #10). Dragonmage helps restore the Soul of Antares, and Andromeda calls HQ to say she’s found them and bringing them all back (Legionnaires #11).
                                • Invisible Kid and Colossal Boy find a freighter that’s been attacked by Sklarians (Legionnaires #9). Kono arrives to help out (Legionnaires #10).
                                • Legion tryouts at Metropolis (Legionnaires #9). Inferno helps out in Essen (Legionnaires #10), then goes to Paris where he finds someone has chained a tunnel shut (Legionnaires #11).
                                • Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, Livewire go to Acapulco to quell food riots, and Cosmic Boy is injured by Livewire (Legionnaires #9). More Legionnaires arrive to help (Legionnaires #10). Cos is taken to the medi-center, while Spark, Brainy, Phantom Girl, and Ferro tend to a wounded child with odd powers (Legionnaires #11).
                              • Tue 9/19/95: The Legion gets captured at Talus and taken to Weber’s World (LSH v4 #54). 
                                • In Metropolis, Kid Quantum is sworn in, and Computo sends M-E Lad to help Kono with the Sklarians (Legionnaires #12). Kono uses the Grandin Gender-Reversal Disease to turn Tenzil into Tenzi, where they go undercover, but he quickly blows his cover (Legionnaires #13).
                                • In Acapulco, Invisible Kid arrives to help, but he’s zapped unconscious, while in the Acapulco medi-center , Cosmic Boy nearly dies but Saturn Girl’s telepathy stabilizes him while a jealous Livewire watches (Legionnaires #12). Invisible Kid manages to break free of the mental-energy vortex as Andromeda and Ultra Boy arrive, while Cosmic Boy recovers (Legionnaires #13).
                                • In Paris, anti-alien hysteria picks up, so a team goes there, where they are blasted by a Dominator child who thinks they are attacking her (Legionnaires #12). She teleports them to a prison, but they escape. They find the girl in the sewers, and she sends them to the Archduke's palace to stop the xenophobia, only to find Grimbor instead (Legionnaires #13).
                              • Wed 9/20/95: The Legion is briefly detained on Weber’s World but escape, while the UP officially disbands the Legion; Universo tells Cham and Computo that the Legionnaires aren’t needed to help (LSH v4 #54).
                              • Sun 9/23/95: The team arrives on Rimbor, and Jo brings a team to an old warehouse but he and Sussa are captured by a rival gang. (LSH v4 #55)
                              • Wed 9/27/95: Legionnaires start the process of going undercover while hiding out on Rimbor, and Sussa escapes (LSH v4 #54). Universo is looking for the Legion on Rimbor; Jo recruits other gangs to go against the government, while Mysa and Vi sneak into government HQ to find out what’s going on; on Starhaven, Dawnstar undergoes a vision quest (LSH v4 #55).

                              Saturday, February 19, 2022

                              LSH v4 #55 Annotations: Enter the Dragon!

                                 Annotations for Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #55:

                              Notes:

                              • Page 1: if Sussa is “a little malnourished” then she probably hasn’t eaten in three days. Last issue, it was said that it was 7 days later from when they escaped Weber’s World. 
                              • Page 2: Normally I estimate that it takes a day to get from planet to planet, but with Sussa escaping and being malnourished, it must have taken much longer. If we assume 4 days to get to Rimbor in that tiny ship, Jo and Sussa get captured that day, and then Sussa is “a little malnourished” that’s maybe 3 days later, so that’s 7 days which matches the given timeline. So this flashback sequence is about 3 days ago, to the day they arrived on Rimbor.
                              • Page 6: Jo and Sussa are captured by the Dragins. Do we know what Jo’s gang was? 
                              • Page 10: We last saw Dawnstar in issue 50, being taken by her father back to Starhaven, which occurred approximately 14 days ago in continuity. Dawnstar’s parents are Mist-Rider (father) and Moonwalker (mother). 
                              • Page 12 panel 1: this stampede has never been referred to before in Dawnstar's history
                              • Page 13 panel 1: Chairman Trombi is reporting to Ambassador Sten (who’s controlled by Universo)…
                              • Page 13 panel 4: … but who is Trombi talking to here? 
                                • “We got Nah off the planet once before” – way back in issue 2, the chairman of Silverale Ltd gave the Khunds a green light to eliminate Kono as long as they took out Jo as well, along with his Silverale bootlegging operation, so I'm betting it's the Khunds behind the scenes here too
                              • Page 14: Interlac on panels 1 & 2, at the top of panel 1 it says "VID" and "GIRL", while on panel 2 it says "OTB" which is off-track betting
                              • Page 15: that's Kelvin with the red hat under Wave's hair
                              • Page 17 panel 5: Sussa recognizes Jo, but he has to knock her out before she can spill the beans
                              • Page 19 panel 5: Bounty left Dawnstar’s body back in issue 36, which was May 19 (today is Sept 27), over 4 months ago
                              • Page 22: Jo is taking after the movie “The Warriors” and gathering all the gangs together



                              Cutting down the timeline to just the last couple months since it was getting so long. I'm color coding them based on whether the date appeared in the 2995 Sourcebook (yellow; text in yellow is as written in the Sourcebook), it's a confirmed date that was given in the comic (green), or an estimated date based on keeping track of events and days (cyan). Bold text is something new added this issue. Italics are unknown dates.
                              • Wed 7/29/95: Jacques and Drura join the team; Mysa is possessed, and goes to Tharn to confront Mordru (LSH v4 #43), but she is defeated and is absorbed into Mordru. Using this power, he raises armies of the dead in a number of worlds in both UP and Khund space. The Legion agrees to help the Khunds, but they insist that the Legion take on four new Khundish members (LSH v4 #44).
                              • Sun 8/2/95: The Legion fights Mordru’s zombies on Sklar, Talus, Trom, and in space (LSH v4 #45). On Talus, the Legionnaires fight their own dead, and new Khund Legionnaire Bloodclaw is killed before the team halts Mordru’s magics on the planet. Jan fights the dead Trommites on Pasnic (LSH v4 #46). The Legionnaires bring the fight to Mordru on Tharn, losing the Khund Firefist in the process (LSH v4 #47). The dead on Talus are defeated, but during the fight Timber Wolf returns to the 30th century with Jamm (LSH v4 Ann #4). With the help of Devlin O’Ryan and the spirit of Amethyst, Mordru and Mysa are separated and Mordru is defeated (LSH v4 #48). 
                              • Mon 8/3/95: Jamm takes the Legionnaires on a prodigious trip before being returned to his own time (LSH v4 Ann #4).
                              • Tues 8/4/95: The Legion leaves Tharn for Khundish space, where Flederweb and Veilmist are forced to rejoin the Khundish forces. Jan recovers on Pasnic, while Amethyst and Mysa ponder the future (LSH v4 #48).
                              • Wed 8/5/95: Tenzil travels to Tartarus and with the help of Polar Boy and friends, they rescue Eve and defeat Evillo (LSH v4 #49). 
                              • Thu 8/6/95: Tenzil and Eve depart Tartarus for Titan (LSH v4 #49); the Legion rebury their dead on Shanghalla, and Wildfire is resurrected there (LSH v4 #50).
                              • Fri 8/7/95: the SW6 Legionnaires spend the weekend at the Atlantis Dome on New Earth (Legionnaires #7); Tenzil and Eve arrive on Titan; the rest of the group arrives on Talus from Shanghalla (LSH v4 #50).
                              • Sat 8/8/95: the SW6 Legionnaires encounter the race of Devil-Fish in the Atlantis Dome (Legionnaires #7); Tenzil and Eve get married; Jan almost dies; Kono leaves; Sean arrives on Talus (LSH v4 #50).
                              • Sun 8/9/95: the SW6 Legionnaires leave the Atlantis dome on New Earth (Legionnaires #7); Tenzil sends out holos of his wedding from the day before (LSH v4 #50).
                              • Mon 8/10/95: Several Legionnaires leave New Earth for Colu (Legionnaires #8).
                              • Tues 8/11/95: Brainiac 5 thinks of leaving the Legion and remaining on Colu (Legionnaires #8).
                              • Wed 8/12/95: Brainiac 5 returns to New Earth with the rest of his team (Legionnaires #8).
                              • Wed 9/13/95 (estimated): “Several weeks later” after Tenzil’s wedding, Dawnstar returns to Starhaven; three BIONs attack the Legion on Talus; Universo convinces Relnic and King Jonn that the Legion is helping the Khunds attack UP space (LSH v4 #50). 
                              • Thu 9/14/95: Cocheta Drisden fails to escape from Takron Galtos, and is moved to Quarantine; Grimbor attacks the team and Ivy’s Li’l Legion on Quarantine trying to grab her (LSH v4 #51).
                              • Sat 9/16/95: Kent and Celeste arrive on Talus from Quarantine, as Ayla and Brin reminisce and Vi monitors the Khund situation; Mysa tells the crew that since they just defeated Mordru, they have to take on Glorith to keep the balance (LSH v4 #52).
                              • Sun 9/17/95: Relnic shows Jacques that the Legion is working with the Khunds; Rond rushes off in a Time Bubble; the Legion lands on Baaldur and confronts Glorith, with disastrous consequences to the team; in her mind, Glorith is confronted by the Time Trapper; the UP calls for the Legion’s disbandment (LSH v4 #53). Recovering from the fight with Glorith, several Legionnaires find themselves older or younger, and head for Quarantine to see if Brainiac 5 can reverse the effects (LSH v4 #54).
                              • Mon 9/18/95: Brainy tests the Legion on Quarantine; Kent and Devlin, who have both been de-aged, stay behind while the others go to Talus (LSH v4 #54).
                                • ME-Lad, Violet, Dragonmage, Catspaw shot down over Antares II by Khunds (Legionnaires #9). The Proteans want the Legionnaires to go inside a crashed ship, where after defeating more Khunds they find Kid Quantum (Legionnaires #10). Dragonmage helps restore the Soul of Antares, and Andromeda calls HQ to say she’s found them and bringing them all back (Legionnaires #11).
                                • Invisible Kid and Colossal Boy find a freighter that’s been attacked by Sklarians (Legionnaires #9). Kono arrives to help out (Legionnaires #10).
                                • Legion tryouts at Metropolis (Legionnaires #9). Inferno helps out in Essen (Legionnaires #10), then goes to Paris where he finds someone has chained a tunnel shut (Legionnaires #11).
                                • Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, Livewire go to Acapulco to quell food riots, and Cosmic Boy is injured by Livewire (Legionnaires #9). More Legionnaires arrive to help (Legionnaires #10). Cos is taken to the medi-center, while Spark, Brainy, Phantom Girl, and Ferro tend to a wounded child with odd powers (Legionnaires #11).
                              • Tue 9/19/95: The Legion gets captured at Talus and taken to Weber’s World (LSH v4 #54). 
                                • In Metropolis, Kid Quantum is sworn in, and Computo sends M-E Lad to help Kono with the Sklarians (Legionnaires #12).
                                • In Acapulco, Invisible Kid arrives to help, but he’s zapped unconscious, while in the Acapulco medi-center , Cosmic Boy nearly dies but Saturn Girl’s telepathy stabilizes him while a jealous Livewire watches (Legionnaires #12).
                                • In Paris, anti-alien hysteria picks up, so a team goes there, where they rescue a Talokian but are blasted by a Dominator child who thinks they are attacking her (Legionnaires #12).
                              • Wed 9/20/95: The Legion is briefly detained on Weber’s World but escape, while the UP officially disbands the Legion; Universo tells Cham and Computo that the Legionnaires aren’t needed to help (LSH v4 #54).
                              • Sun 9/23/95: The team arrives on Rimbor, and Jo brings a team to an old warehouse but he and Sussa are captured by a rival gang. (LSH v4 #55)
                              • Wed 9/27/95: Legionnaires start the process of going undercover while hiding out on Rimbor, and Sussa escapes (LSH v4 #54). Universo is looking for the Legion on Rimbor; Jo recruits other gangs to go against the government, while Mysa and Vi sneak into government HQ to find out what’s going on; on Starhaven, Dawnstar undergoes a vision quest (LSH v4 #55).

                              Thursday, February 17, 2022

                              What's new in the Field Guide to Legion Cover Variants

                              I finally got around this past weekend to updating and finishing off the now-complete (as of today) Field Guide to Legion Cover Variants 1958-2022 (in 9 parts, as of this writing). I added two new chapters (parts 6 and 9, covering 2015-18 and 2021-22), and added a book that I knew about but forgot about.

                              As always, let me know if you find something that you think I should add!

                              Here's what's newly added, plus I fixed some broken image links:

                              • Part 1 (1958-1995)
                                • Added JSA Classified #2 - first, second, third printings
                              • Part 6 (2015-2018) NEW
                                • Justice League United #6 - regular, combo pack, 2 variants
                                • Justice League United #7 - regular, combo pack, 2 variants
                                • Justice League United #8 - regular, 2 variants
                                • Justice League United #9 - regular, 2 variants
                                • Justice League United #10 - regular, 2 variants
                                • Convergence: Superboy & The LSH #1 - regular, variant
                                • Convergence: Booster Gold #1 - regular, variant
                                • Superman v3 #40 - regular, variant
                                • Convergence: Superboy & The LSH #2 - regular, variant
                                • Convergence: Booster Gold #2 - regular, variant
                                • Convergence: Blue Beetle #2 - regular, variant
                                • Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny #1 - regular, variant
                              • Part 9 (2021-2022) NEW
                                • Legion of Super-Heroes v8 #11 - regular, variant
                                • Legion of Super-Heroes v8 #12 - regular, variant
                                • Future State: Legion of Super-Heroes #1 - regular, variant, unpublished version
                                • Future State: Legion of Super-Heroes #2 - regular, variant
                                • Justice League vs Legion of Super-Heroes #1 - regular, variant
                              • Appendix A: Unpublished Covers
                                • Added Future State: Legion of Super-Heroes #1 - regular, unpublished version
                              • Appendix B: Second Printings
                                • Added JSA Classified #2 - first, second, third printings

                              Sunday, February 13, 2022

                              A Field Guide to Legion Cover Variants 2021-2022

                              The Field Guide to Legion Cover Variants, part 9: 2021-2022
                              The gallery, presented in chronological publication order along with cover date: 

                              2021

                              Legion of Super-Heroes (volume 8) #11 - January 2021
                              Issue 11 had the usual two variants, one on regular cover stock and one on cardstock.

                              Standard cover
                              Art by Ryan Sook
                              Cardstock variant
                              Art by Nicola Scott & Annette Kwok


                              Legion of Super-Heroes (volume 8) #12 - March 2021
                              Issue 12 had the usual two variants, one on regular cover stock and one on cardstock.

                              Standard cover
                              Art by Ryan Sook
                              Cardstock variant
                              Art by Matt Taylor


                              Future State: Legion of Super-Heroes #1 - March 2021
                              The tie-in to the Future State line-wide event had the usual two variants, one on regular cover stock and one on cardstock. However, the issue was originally announced (though never solicited) as "Future State: Legion 5000" #1, but that was shortly changed to the final "Future State: Legion of Super-Heroes" #1, the title under which it was published. 

                              (Note that only one image of the Legion 5000 cover was ever released, and it was on Instagram so the image of the cover was cut. I took that image and superimposed it on the final FS:LSH cover. You can see that the original was cut off partially through the barcode at the bottom and was missing a sliver at the top. The only difference between the two is the logo.)

                              Original announced (but never 
                              solicited or printed) standard cover
                              Art by Riley Rossmo
                              Final solicited standard cover
                              Art by Riley Rossmo


                              Cardstock variant
                              Art by Ian MacDonald




                              Future State: Legion of Super-Heroes #2 - April 2021
                              The tie-in to the Future State line-wide event had the usual two variants, one on regular cover stock and one on cardstock. 

                              Standard cover
                              Art by Riley Rossmo
                              Cardstock variant
                              Art by Ian MacDonald

                              2022

                              Justice League vs Legion of Super-Heroes #1 - March 2022
                              Start of a six-issue miniseries, with the usual two variants, one on regular cover stock and one on cardstock.

                              Standard cover
                              Art by Scott Godlewski
                              Cardstock variant
                              Art by Travis Moore


                              Saturday, February 12, 2022

                              A Field Guide to Legion Cover Variants 2015-2018

                              The Field Guide to Legion Cover Variants, part 6: 2015-2018
                              The gallery, presented in chronological publication order along with cover date:

                              2015

                              Justice League United #6 - January 2015
                              Part 2 of the "Infinitus Saga" story arc. The combo pack version was recolored, a higher price, and polybagged, but included a code for a digital download of the issue, with some additional trade dress. The Lego cover was part of a line-wide gimmick that month.

                              Regular cover
                              Art by Andrew Robinson
                              Combo pack cover
                              Art by Andrew Robinson

                              Variant cover
                              Art by Rod Reis

                              Lego variant cover
                              Art by computer


                              Justice League United #7 - February 2015
                              Part 3 of the "Infinitus Saga" story arc. The combo pack version was recolored, a higher price, and polybagged, but included a code for a digital download of the issue, with some additional trade dress. The Darwyn Cooke cover was part of a line-wide gimmick that month.

                              Regular cover
                              Art by Andrew Robinson
                              Combo pack cover
                              Art by Andrew Robinson




                              Variant cover
                              Art by Rod Reis
                              Variant cover
                              Art by Andy Kubert
                              latest (1200×780) 


                              Justice League United #8 - March 2015
                              Part 4 of the "Infinitus Saga" story arc. The Flash 75th Anniversary cover was part of a line-wide gimmick that month.

                              Regular cover
                              Art by Andrew Robinson
                              Variant cover
                              Art by Rod Reis

                              Flash 75th Anniversary Variant cover
                              Art by Karl Kerschl




                              Justice League United #9 - April 2015
                              Part 5 of the "Infinitus Saga" story arc. The Harley Quinn variant cover was part of a line-wide gimmick that month.

                              Regular cover
                              Art by Andrew Robinson
                              Variant cover
                              Art by Matteo Scalera

                              Harley Quinn variant cover
                              Art by Mikel Janin




                              Justice League United #10 - May 2015
                              Part 6 of the "Infinitus Saga" story arc. The movie poster variant cover was part of a line-wide gimmick that month; this one was an homage to "Mars Attacks".


                              Regular cover
                              Art by Andrew Robinson
                              Variant cover
                              Art by Dan Hipp

                              Movie poster variant cover
                              Art by Marco D'Alfonso




                              Convergence: Superboy & The Legion #1 - June 2015
                              This variant is partial panel art from page 9 of Legion of Super-Heroes v3 #11, designed by Chip Kidd. Features the pre-Crisis Legion.

                              Regular cover
                              Art by Pia Guerra
                              Variant cover
                              Art by Ernie Colon & Larry Mahlstedt





                              Convergence: Booster Gold #1 - June 2015
                              This variant is partial panel art by Jason Fabok, designed by Chip Kidd. Features the pre-Crisis Legion.

                              Regular cover
                              Art by Dan Jurgens & Danny Miki
                              Variant cover
                              Art by Jason Fabok





                              Superman v3 #40 - June 2015
                              The scene on the 1/50 Gary Frank cover variant, featuring Superman and the Retroboot version of the Legion vs Validus, does not appear in this issue, and only this cover features the Legion (the regular cover is shown here for example; there are a total of 4 variants and 1 2nd printing).

                              Regular cover
                              Art by John Romita Jr & Klaus Janson
                              Variant cover
                              Art by Gary Frank


                              Convergence: Superboy & The Legion #2 - July 2015
                              This variant is partial panel art from page 9 of Legion of Super-Heroes v3 #11, designed by Chip Kidd. Features the pre-Crisis Legion.

                              Regular cover
                              Art by Pia Guerra
                              Variant cover
                              Art by Art by Ernie Colon & Larry Mahlstedt


                              Convergence: Booster Gold #2 - July 2015
                              This variant is partial panel art by Jason Fabok, designed by Chip Kidd. Features the pre-Crisis Legion.

                              Regular cover
                              Art by Dan Jurgens & Danny Miki
                              Variant cover
                              Art by Jason Fabok





                              Convergence: Blue Beetle #2 - July 2015
                              This variant is partial panel art from Crisis on Infinite Earths, designed by Chip Kidd. Features the Reboot Legion, who only appeared in issue 2.

                              Regular cover
                              Art by Brett Blevins
                              Variant cover
                              Art by George Perez & Dick Giordano


                              2017

                              Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny #1 - August 2017
                              Two variants in equal numbers.

                              Cover A
                              Art by Tom Grummett & Karl Kesel
                              Cover B
                              Art by Ty Templeton