Saturday, July 28, 2007

Best of DC Blue Ribbon Digest #44 - Jan. 1984

sgAnother Legion digest? Thanks heaps, DC.

Sorry, it's just that my mostly-indifferent feelings toward the Legion are well known on this blog, and how I wished they hadn't been given two slots in each issue of Adventure Comics as it ended its legendary run, so here they are with an entire book devoted to them.

Obviously, I was--and remain--in the minority of superhero comic fans, who made
The Legion of Super-Heroes at the time one of DC's best-selling books. Nothing personal.

Waiting for you behind the fun, poster-ish cover by Gil Kane are the following tales:
"The Legion's Suicide Squad" by Edmond Hamilton and John Forte
"Revenge of the Knave From Krypton" by Jerry Siegel and Forte
"The Code of the Legion" by Hamilton and Forte
"Lois Lane's Luckiest Day" by Leo Dorfman and Kurt Schaffenberger
"The Super-Tests of the Super-Pets" by Hamilton and Forte
"Eight Impossible Missions" by Siegel, Forte, and George Klein

...a really nice bonus is the inclusion of the two-page Legion preview from DC Sampler #2, which we discussed yesterday. Presumably put together by Mssrs. Levitz and Giffen, this is a clever ad for the book utilizing a lot of DC's old, classic comic logos:
sgFor the record, the logos are copped from: Adventure Comics, House of Secrets, G.I. Combat, Mystery In Space, Young Love, Police Comics, Action Comics, Detective Comics, Funny Stuff, Weird Worlds, and Plop! I the only one who finds it charming that DC even still had the Young Love logo lying around in 1984?

I assume that when a digest had a page or two extra, it was up to editor Nicola Cuti to find stuff to fill it up. If this was his idea, hats off to him. They could've run boring ads for other books but instead gave Legion fans an extra treat. Nice job, Mr. Cuti!

1 comment:

megomuseum said...

Oh I am so with you on the Legion, especially as a kid growing up in the Star Wars era, I found the book looked dated and silly.

Nowadays, I kind of enjoy them in an esoteric way but still have a hard time buying these.