Starting the week with a very familiar theme...
Why is Superman so popular? His stories are dull, he's too powerful, he doesn't have many interesting foes...
... oh, that explains it.
I had never really put the two together, but I think that Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes changed comics. Supergirl headed over to Adventure Comics and the Legion took the backup feature slot that had been occupied by Supergirl.
This was a pleasant surprise, because I had never read these Legion stories before. Action #381, for example, had a great story about Matter-Eater Lad. It turns out his father was a drunk gambler and his mother was useless, so he was supporting them on his Legion pay. It's the "sponge off a relative's success" method of existing that explains the reason why Jim Belushi has an acting career.
So, check it out. M-E Lad takes Shrinking Violet out on a date because she misses her boyfriend, Duplicate Boy, and he's got family dysfunction.
First, never take out a girl who is sad because she misses her boyfriend, Duplicate Boy. Any comic book nerd who is the most casual Legion fan will tell that's a bad idea. His sole existence as a character seems to be to show up and beat on whoever Violet is talking to. He's kind of like Big Moose and Midge.
Now, watch this:
Isn't that brilliant? And it worked. There was no getting around that logic.
It was particularly noteworthy because remember what happened to Matter-Eater Lad? He was drafted into government.... and now I see why!
Well, until he went insane eating the Miracle Machine, but that was Brainiac 5's fault. Long story.
Hey! Remember last week when I was talking about "The Mummy WHO WASN'T DEAD" in Golden Age Blue Beetle? Well, I was reading the 2nd volume of Booster Gold #3, and check it out:
How cool is that? The 2nd volume of Booster Gold is great reading for comic nerds, by the way.
See you tomorrow!