http://jlroberson.insanejournal.com/ ([identity profile] jlroberson.insanejournal.com) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2009-07-12 20:40

The Legion: Idiots Without Feelings



So much wrong, so little I can post. But I'll do my best.
So, today my thesis is the Legion are fucking idiots. Here is evidence.

Finally looking at the famous first Computo story, I have to say: I never realized just how stupid the Legion were. And how heartless. And how flip they were with the issue of death and mutilation.
So, Brainiac makes Computo. Computo makes more Computos. Marauding giant robot war ensues. Well, not much of a war, as apparently they have no fucking defenses against giant robots in the 30th century.

That's right, in case you'd never seen the actual incident: blink and you'll miss it, the death of Triplicate Girl. Oh, they do have a funeral. And I ask you to pause a moment and enjoy a truly cracky panel. And look, they comment on the amusing irony of someone's death right on her marker! Her folks must have loved that. I guess these ARE teens. Dicks. Anyway...

Hate Face. I want a story with Hate Face.
But hey, it's okay! Only one of her is PERMANENTLY DEAD FOREVER. But no big whoop, just a change of name, and judging by her smile, some really good drugs, and they're set! And we finally realize why they let her in: cannon fodder.

It's time for Proty to start sacrificing himself, but just a piece at a time. And to turn himself into a dildo to get away. Now, a piece of Proty's biomass is, as said here, actually lost for good. This is Cham's pet. It's like his leg was pulled off, and Cham makes a joke about his weight.
But as you can see from his cutesy lines, we were supposed to want Proty to suffer and die. I certainly did.

And here's the Legion destroying time. Seriously, dicks. (yeah yeah, he gets mindwiped, but still) Also: apparently Superboy now thinks the Penguin will be an actual penguin.

And then they let Brainy make something else! I will nickname him Badly Drawn Robot. And...we decide to stop making sense altogether.

I remind you: Brainy's power is being smart.

In conclusion, ladies and gentlemen and all in between, the Legion are fucking idiots, and dicks on top of it. I thank you for your time.





















[identity profile] idreading.insanejournal.com 2009-07-13 05:15 (UTC)(link)
Every time anyone praises the original Legion beyond all others I get confused, because this is all I ever see of it. Bizarro Computo and the girls turning evil and wanting Brainy to do their housework, and yeah. (That sort of insanity can be lots of fun, but they seem to take it so seriously.)

Of course, my favorite run, Post-boot, had the Bizarro Legion in it ... but at least no one died?

[identity profile] kamino_neko.insanejournal.com 2009-07-13 08:03 (UTC)(link)
Yyyyyeeeeah, Seigel's Legion stories were really not very good, on the whole. (Actually, Seigel's non-Superman stories have never been very good, IMO.)

[identity profile] khaosworks.insanejournal.com 2009-07-13 13:03 (UTC)(link)
After Siegel, Edmond Hamilton took over for a bit, in the gap between Siegel and Jim Shooter.

Hamilton's short in-between run brought us "The Legionnaire Who Killed!" (ADV #342), where Star Boy is tried for breaking the Legion Code, albeit in self-defence, and in a quite remarkable twist, is not given a reset button but actually expelled from the Legion. He rejoins some time later.

This was followed by "The Evil Hand of the Luck Lords!" (ADV #343), which is a typical "mystery" Legion story, but features some nice art by Curt Swan and sets up the Luck Lords which would appear later in Legion lore (and most recently in the first arc of the new The Brave and the Bold comic).

Then there's the two part Super-Stalag of Space story, "The Super-Stalag of Space!" and "The Execution of Matter-Eater Lad!" (ADV #344-#345) which is actually a pretty nice pastiche of the movie Stalag 17, although it ends on a rather odd note, that of Matter-Eater Lad becoming overweight due to an altered death-ray filtered through Superboy (don't ask).

And finally, along came Shooter, with "One of Us is a Traitor!" (ADV #346, Jul. 1966) and "The Traitor's Triumph!" (ADV #347, Aug. 1966), introducing Karate Kid, Princess Projectra, Ferro Lad, Nemesis Kid and the Khunds. Not bad for a debut! It's marred a bit by his amateurish layouts finished by Shelly Moldoff in Part One, but Part Two has Curt Swan returning to clean up Shooter's layouts, inked by George Klein. And a new age is born.

[identity profile] rab62.insanejournal.com 2009-07-13 17:22 (UTC)(link)
To be nitpicky, Ed Hamilton took over as full-time Legion scripter all the way back in Adventure #306, and he held that title for the next forty issues. The handful of remaining Legion stories by Jerry Siegel over the next few years were the fill-ins. It was Hamilton's retirement from comics writing (combined with Siegel's departure to pursue another legal action against DC) that made editor Mort Weisinger receptive to the idea of bringing aboard thirteen-year-old Jim Shooter as a new writer.

(And perhaps this is the appropriate place to note that I wrote an essay on the odd relationship of Siegel and Hamilton with Weisinger for the LSH-themed anthology Teenagers from the Future (http://www.amazon.com/Teenagers-Future-Essays-Legion-Super-Heroes/dp/0615203221), so I've spent more time contemplating this than is strictly healthy.)