Wednesday, February 27, 2013
the Legion of (mean) Super-Heroes
for one thing, these kids are really MEAN on occasion, starting in their first appearance- they pretend to not want Superboy in their club, and trick him into thinking he's not wanted. when they relent and tell him the truth, he does get a dig back at them. this sort of attitude was very common back then, there are whole sites dedicated to Superman being mean to Lois or any other person. Batman probably was the same way. still, even when I was a kid and would read some of the older stories I would wonder about this attitude.
they were also really mean to some of the applicants, though this was modified quite quickly. the "worthy" ones would get a flight belt, but woe to anyone who tried to fake their way into the club. scorn and derision were heaped upon them.
sometimes their powers would get modified as the stories progressed, and sometimes this would get explained. Ultra Boy's powers did expand, and he told us how. Star Boy, on the other hand, had his powers changed without any explanation. heck, when they inducted Supergirl (sort of) they were introduced as the children of the original Legion. that was never mentioned again. and I don't remember Supergirl meeting Superboy at all, that should have been a big deal. and the post-hypnotic suggestion that stops him from remembering anything to do with his future as Superman.
still, the stories are pretty imaginative, no surprise, and all well drawn. and the continuity was pretty good internally.