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Whilst digging through a folder of images which I haven't looked at in years, I was delighted to find these which I located years ago, but haven't been able to find since.

Back in 2001 Steve Lightle did some sketches for a proposed animated version of the Legion of Superheroes which never got off the ground (It would be another 5 years before a Legion cartoon series actually hit the airwaves, and would be quite different from this)

Bear in mind these are sketches, not finished designs. You can see the aim was to significantly reduce the average age of the Legionnaires, whilst the bad guys tended to look the way they always had.

Here we see the core three Legionnaires, plus Brainiac 5 (and Koko, B5's "pet" monkey for a deal of the post Zero Hour Legion, and a hark back to the Silver Age Brainiac, who kept a white space monkey as a pet, presumably to give him someone to monologue to). They're facing off against the Fatal... ummm. Four, as Mano appears to be out having a manicure or something.



"EMERALD EYE!!! I Choose you!!"

As you will note, the Pokemon craze was in full flow when this was being put to gether, as one of the concepts seriously considered was having either side able to upgrade their powerset into a new form, or most likely two new forms as fights escalated...

Lightning Lad appears to upgrade to Johnny Thunders Thunderbolt, and then Zzzax, whilst the Empress goes to a Genie type mode with the eyeball extending from behind her on a thick optic nerve, and then an unattached flaming eyeball!



Not sure how I think that would have played as a cartoon, and if I recall correctly Mr Lightle was not terribly enthused by the idea, but they're a cute couple of images I thought you might like to see.

The legality scans comes from this rather fun comics website, and is a copy of THE Legion poster put together by in remarkably Keith Giffen.



And since no one does a crowd scene like Perez, it's only fair to give hiim his chance from "Legion of Threee Worlds"!


Tags (No way in HELL am I going to try and tag all the characters!!!)  group: legion of superheroes, char: lightning lad/livewire/garth ranzz, char: saturn girl/imra ardeen , char: cosmic boy/rokk krinn , char: emerald empress/sarya of venegar, char: tharok, char: validus, char: persuader/nyeun chun ti, creator: george perez, creator: steve lightle, creator: keith giffen, title: legion of three worlds

Date: 2010-03-01 09:44 pm (UTC)
ulf_boehnke: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ulf_boehnke
We need a "too many characters to tag" tag for pictures like that.

Or at least a "crowd scene" tag.

Date: 2010-03-01 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] btravage.livejournal.com
What's Lady Quark doing there?

Date: 2010-03-01 10:30 pm (UTC)
perletwo: blue beetle (blue beetle - fly)
From: [personal profile] perletwo
IIRC, Lady Quark ran around in the L.E.G.I.O.N. series for a time, post-Crisis.

Date: 2010-03-01 11:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cleome45
I love it when heroes and villains can enjoy a good photo op together. [nostalgic sigh]

A couple of folks in the Three Worlds pic look close to shouting, "PRIME, YOU BLOCKHEAD!" Peanuts-style. Especially Cosmic Boy. This amuses me.

Date: 2010-03-02 12:03 am (UTC)
ext_79087: robin-thighs (Default)
From: [identity profile] wasabi.livejournal.com
Or a collective "AAUGH!" as the continuity football is once again whisked away.

Date: 2010-03-02 12:09 am (UTC)
joasakura: (Default)
From: [personal profile] joasakura
I spy with my little eye, SNECKIE!

Date: 2010-03-02 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] kd_the_movie
I'm sure it would've been better than that lousy LoSH cartoon we did get. I really wish the Dini/Timm team would've gotten the license to do the series.

Date: 2010-03-02 12:50 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] kd_the_movie
Well this is where we differ. I don't really have much of the DnA run (just the Foundations trade and a few issues after that) so I can't comment on it and I liked 3boot (well Waid/Kitson 3boot anything after doesn't exist to me).

But as far as the LoSH cartoon goes? I just didn't enjoy it all. I thought they tried too hard to replicate what made the Teen Titans cartoon great (the animation style, keeping the cast small compared to the actual size of the team, just the overall "feel" of the series) and the lack of a few notable Legionnaires (Cos as a 2ndary character? No Wildfire?) and Superman being huge presence took up character time and development that could've been used elsewhere.


It just seems they could've gone in a far better direction than what the series was, and Dini and Timm seemed to at least understand how to handle big casts (JLU) which is a big part of what the Legion should be.

Date: 2010-03-02 12:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cleome45
[snerk]

I wouldn't be back in the fandom at all if not for the cartoon. Of course, being out of work also helped. [shrug]

Okay, it wasn't perfect, but I love it anyway.

Date: 2010-03-02 01:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] okkult3000
As godless animals scratching in the dirt are ignorant of the great works of literature, so too are the younger generations ignorant of the DCAU. Further evidence of the universe's continuing decay.

Date: 2010-03-02 01:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ravenous_raven
I think the reasons for a lot of all that is because they wanted the cartoon to appeal to viewers who weren't comic book readers and therefore didn't know the team (and therefore wouldn't miss missing members). From that logic, Supes was the hook to get people interested in the show. From a brief viewer who wasn't reading comics, hard copy or online, the series did its job.

Date: 2010-03-02 01:32 am (UTC)
aaron_bourque: default (Default)
From: [personal profile] aaron_bourque
I think the George Perez tag covers it.

Date: 2010-03-02 02:13 am (UTC)
cmdr_zoom: (zoom)
From: [personal profile] cmdr_zoom
It really does.

Date: 2010-03-02 02:48 am (UTC)
curlyjo1: Shrinking Violet (Default)
From: [personal profile] curlyjo1
No one does them better.

Date: 2010-03-02 03:17 am (UTC)
bluepard: Brainy writes Mary Sue fanfic. (Legion - So yay Hoyay)
From: [personal profile] bluepard
I don't think I would have enjoyed the cartoon if they were quite that young. And the whole idea of turning the Legion into Pokemon pains me.

Cute pics, though.

Date: 2010-03-02 01:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] grazzt
Makes me feel sad for the rest.

...

Sorry, I can't help myself.

Date: 2010-03-02 07:57 pm (UTC)
kingrockwell: he's a sexy (Ferdinand)
From: [personal profile] kingrockwell
Or the Legion of Super-Heroes tag.

Date: 2010-03-02 08:04 pm (UTC)
kingrockwell: he's a sexy (Buddy Baker)
From: [personal profile] kingrockwell
Speaking of, is that Strata at the bottom, or perhaps another Dryad native?

Date: 2010-03-03 07:10 am (UTC)
okkult3000: (Default)
From: [personal profile] okkult3000
I didn't loose an arm storming the beaches of Normandy to come home and have my cartoon credentials questioned!

Date: 2010-03-03 02:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] koschei
While I'm sad that all the queer characters either got dequeered/hadn't gotten around to their storylines about that yet, I've just spent the week deciding that I quite like the Threeboot legion -- it and the cartoon being my only real exposure to the Legion.

I agree with you that introducing Superman into the Legion -- though doubtlessly loyal to the Gold and Silver Age recidivists -- was a narrative mistake because it made the 31st Century into part of Superman's story rather than what should have been the other way around. A Legion series shouldn't have reduced Cos to a supporting character nor made he and Lightning Lad into entirely unlikeable pricks.

Date: 2010-03-03 02:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] koschei
They could easily have made the 1st season of the series about the formation of the Legion based upon the idealism Superman represents to their time period rather than having him dominate proceedings

Date: 2010-03-03 02:44 pm (UTC)
koschei: (Yes)
From: [personal profile] koschei
This.

Date: 2010-03-03 05:26 pm (UTC)
koschei: (Default)
From: [personal profile] koschei
Except that Robin's prety much always led the Titans.

And "future superheroes inspired by Superman" sells and sounds a lot better than "super powered kids abduct superman to the future to help them beat folks they couldn't beat on their own"

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