This week's review of an old comic is All Star Squadron #22, part two of a long storyline that featured almost every Golden Age hero that DC had the rights to. It also featured them facing off against the Ultra-Humanite, who would later in the series pull in the children of the Justice Society, Infinity, Inc., in their very first appearance.
THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #1 August 1984 My reviews of the Legion of Super-Heroes comics that helped hook me not only on the Legion, but on comics as a whole continues. Today, we have the first issue of their series that featured printing on better paper that was initially sold only to comics shops. Yes, back in 1984, this was a big deal. At Marvel, when a comic went direct sales only, it was usually the kiss of death, but DC bet that comic shops and the direct sales market was the future for the industry. We'll argue the ramifications of that another time, but in 1984, this was a big deal. Unfortunately for me at the time, I was only thirteen at the time and did not know of a comic shop that wasn't two hours away. It would be almost a year before I would read this issue, but I'm reviewing it roughly as it came out, so the narrative is preserved.
TALES OF THE LEGION #315 September 1984 We're up to the next issue of the newsstand series Tales of the Legion. This is the second part of "The Trial Of Ontiir," the resolution of a story that appeared nearly a year before this. SYNOPSIS: Sun Boy, Supergirl and Brainiac 5 bust in on the Dark Circle's trial of Ontiir. They make handy work of the defenses, but when Supergirl tries to use her x-ray vision to see what the Dark Circle members actually look like, all of them teleport away, leaving empty robes. The second Invisible Kid is consulting with the Legion's physician about Lyle Norg's condition, but Dr. Gym'll refuses to help. Invisible Kid then goes to his predecessor and suggests that they go back to the dream-like realm that he first encountered Lyle Norg. The first Invisible Kid finds that funny.
New Teen Titans #38 January 1984 There's a pattern here at Reviews Of Old Comics that I try to do DC one week, Marvel the next, an Independent comic the third, and then I repeat. Unfortunately, that pattern does not always hold when I go through my comics and find something that I remember as a comic that definitely needs to be remembered for what it was, an award-worthy comic book story. SYNOPSIS: Dick Grayson, aka Robin, starts recounting an investigation case that he has taken up regarding a friend and teammate in the Teen Titans, Donna Troy, aka Wonder Girl. Her fiancé, Terry Long, has hired him to uncover Donna Troy's past before she was found by Wonder Woman.
TALES OF THE LEGION #314 August 1984 I was having trouble deciding which way to go with the reviews of old Legion comics, so thanks to a few people on the Legion of Substitute Podcasters Facebook page, I decided to go with the next issue of the newsstand series, which with this issue became Tales of the Legion. There will be links in this review to previous reviews since there's a lot of references to past Legion stories I've covered. SYNOPSIS: Ontiir is on trial for betraying the United Planets by helping the Emerald Empress and the Dark Circle take over Weber's World. He claims he was ordered to infiltrate the Dark Circle by the Science Police and his treason was part of that cover. Three Legionnaires that were there are present for the trial: Brainiac 5, Sun Boy and Supergirl. When Science Police Chief Zendak refutes the claim of Ontiir's orders, he signals for a Dark Circle escape ship, which helps him escape by keeping the Legionnaires busy keeping observers safe.
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #313 July 1984 Did you think I'd forgotten about my reviews of the Legion of Super-Heroes comics that made me fall in love with the Legion? Well, I didn't, I was just caught up in getting things up on the site. Nevertheless, we get to the end of the Legion's first series of its own, and the last stop before the launch of its own series in DC's deluxe line of books that bypassed the newsstand altogether! It also concludes a two part story that highlights the Science Police and SYNOPSIS: The Science Police and the Legion are providing security for Earth President Marte Allon whose life was threatened by a blackmailer. Science Police Chief Zendak embarrassingly explains that they believe the blackmailer is a traitor within the Science Police, which is why the Legion is helping.
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #312 June 1984 I know the frequency of Old Comics Reviews has been a little sparse in recent months, but my duties here at Needless Essentials generally keep me from going into my collection for something older that I can review. Because I go so into detail on the synopses for these comics, Reviews of Old Comics takes a little longer to write than a normal review. However, a very lackluster Legion appearance this month got me in the mood to resume reviewing the old issues of the Legion, now with an issue that looked at the Science Police and how the Legion works with them. SYNOPSIS: Sun Boy is in Science Police Officer's GiGi Cusinamo's apartment, romancing her, when a call comes in for an emergency at Metropolis Stadium. Sun Boy flies her there. A bomb has exploded in the middle of a Moopsball game. Colossal Boy and Element Lad were in the crowd and are able to keep damage and panic contained until the Science Police arrive. Back at Legion HQ, the injured Blok volunteers to debug the new Mission Monitor Board.
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #311 May 1984 There's not been a return to my series reviewing the Legion comics as I started reading them for over a month, primarily because of our October Halloween celebration, although I was sorely tempted to do a review of the Ghost of Ferro Lad story from an old Adventure Comics, but I'm always hesitant to review a comic that old, but when Comixology exists, I probably shouldn't be. Nevertheless, now that the Omen/Prophet storyline is done, let's continue with the one Legionnaire that stayed behind, Brainiac 5. SYNOPSIS: Duo Damsel and Bouncing Boy are giving Legion fan Flynt Brojj a tour of Legion Headquarters when it falls apart, demolished from inside. When Bouncing Boy attempts to investigate, he discovers the shields are still up, preventing them from entering to assist Brainiac 5, the only active Legionnaire still at the Clubhouse when it collapsed.
ZATANNA: EVERYDAY MAGIC 2003 In honor of Halloween Month here at Needless Essentials, I chose to review an old comic that’s not quite as old as I would normally consider reviewing for this semi-regular feature. For this, we go back just 11 years, which for some of you may seem like a long time ago,
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #310 April 1984 It's been awhile since I continued these sequential reviews of old Legion comics from the 1980s. This was an especially hard storyline to get through, but let's save that for the review, shall we? SYNOPSIS: Omen has arrived on Khundia after the Legion has defeated his Prophet, but only with exceptional effort. Saturn Girl's telepathy is of no use in scanning either of them, and Omen reaches out with his power to draw the Prophet towards him, much to his dismay, and despite the Legion's efforts to keep them apart. Meanwhile, Element Lad is spending time with Shvaughn, who begins kissing him , but they are interrupted by Science Police Chief Zendak, who tells Elelment Lad about the battle on Khundia that is threatening to develop into a war. Once he convinces Element Lad that he was indeed elected leader of the Legion, Element Lad flies off to gather a team to go to Khundia.
Zero Hour #0 September 1994 The 1990s was a boom time for the comics industry. Comics sales were regularly in the hundreds of thousands, spurred on by a speculator market that had come from the sports card market looking for cheap investments to turn into large returns. With high profits and a plethora of talent, the era should
Adventure Comics #342 March 1966 In Reviews of Old Comics, I've made a habit of reviewing comics from the 80's and 90's but I decided that I wanted to review an issue with more vintage, and decide to go with one I remember very fondly, where the Legion actually expels a member for SYNOPSIS: At Legion HQ, The Legionnaires not on missions are relaxing, playing games, dancing or seeing which members have the most fun kissing each other. When Star Boy refuses to join in, the others speculate that it's because he's still carrying a torch for Dream Girl, who left the Legion after joining under false pretenses. They test two new applicants, Calamity King and Color Kid, both of whom are rejected, and Star Boy goes to visit his parents on the remote planet Karak. When he arrives he finds that they have moved, leaving their observatory to Jan Barth, an explorer. A ship lands nearby and its pilot kills Jan Barth before he can fire his own gun. The assailant is Kenz Nuhor and he's arrived to kill Star Boy. His shield reflects Star Boy's power back at him, pinning him to the ground.