The general public may have not heard of them much, but the Legion of Super Heroes have been around for over 50 years, and, one the coolest parts of their history is that they originated in 1958 as a Superman spinoff.
So DC finally went back to the future and created a short lived cartoon series starring the Legion. But allegedly due to the ongoing court case involving Superboy, the young teen aged Clark Kent is called Superman here. Maybe because of that weirdness, unfortunately only two seasons were made, of which I have seen everything but the second half of season two.
One thousand years into the future, a group of teen heroes inspired by the legend of Superman, form a fighting force for justice. Plucking a young Superman out of the past, adventures of all types occur.
Of all the ones I have seen, my absolute favourite is the episode where the Substitute Heroes form. Yes, you read that right, the Substitute Heroes. Old time Legion fans will know and smile at these antics, and newbies will just wonder about Porcupine Pete…
Superman was aged into actually being a Superman. A clone of him not called Mon-El was introduced. And a villain invading the United Planets shows up quite abit. But these storylines kinda stall out, eventually leading to cancellation.
For young viewers, Legion of Super Heroes is a lot of fun, especially in the first season. Hopefully someday they will revive the future so that I can shout Long Live The Legion!
…is currently reading In Other Worlds by Margaret Atwood.
P.S. This post is one of several I hope to do this year to celebrate the 75th Birthday of Superman. Happy Birthday Kal-El! Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
P.P.S. Superman Man Of Steel opened Friday, June 14th 2013. For an indepth look at the creation of this landmark movie, check out Jeffrey Taylor’s columns.
P.P.P.S. To find out more about the Legion of Super Heroes, you can try the Legion of Substitute Podcasters. They know a lot about the Legion and what makes it great.