Monday, January 14, 2013

A Bit of Legionnaire Business

 In February of 1976, DC Comics held its first -- and only -- Super DC Convention, at the Hotel Commodore in New York City. I don't remember why I wasn't able to attend, but it must have been a serious illness or a major commitment that kept me away.

My buddy Rob went, though, and he came back with lots of stories and souvenirs. One of the treasures he gave me was a copy of the official ballot to vote for the next leader of the Legion of Super-Heroes.

The Legion, a virtual army of super-powered teenagers set in the 30th century, was a rather popular feature in the 1970s and '80s. That was partly due to dazzling artwork by the likes of Dave Cockrum, Mike Grell, and James Sherman. But I believe that the main attraction was that the Legion's future was a richly detailed SF/fantasy world that was more or less isolated from the rest of the DC universe.

The text on these pages is too small to read, but you can left-click on each image to bring them into viewer mode, then (depending on what web browser you're using) right-click to view them or save them to disk in full size, so you can zoom in at whatever magnification level you wish.

Incidentally, Wildfire was the landslide winner of the election. For you Legion trivia buffs: Two of the Legionnaires on this ballot are listed with the wrong home planets. Can you identify them and name their correct homeworlds? For bonus points, which member of the Legion of Super-Villains is from one of the incorrect worlds?

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