Friday, October 31, 2014

Rob's Room: Superheroes Wearing Their Own Ben Cooper Halloween Costumes by Karl Heitmueller Jr.

  HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  
Superheroes wearing their own Ben Cooper Halloween Costumes by Karl Heitmueller Jr.
(via Tough Guy Goods blogspot)
And check out the original costume gallery at Pops Gustav!

Cool Characters: Legion of Super-Pets

First Appearance: Adventure Comics #293 (February, 1962)

Publication History: The Legion of Super-Pets is a fictional team of super-powered pets in the pre-Crisis DC Universe. Members include Krypto the Super-Dog and Streaky the Supercat. The team first appeared in Adventure Comics #293 (February 1962), though most of the members had appeared in earlier issues. Significant appearances during the Legion's Adventure Comics run include issue #322 (July 1964) in which Proty II is initiated onto the team; issue #343 (April 1966) in which the Super-Pets help the Legion battle the Luck Lords; and issue #364 (January 1968), "The Revolt of the Super-Pets!" The team only rarely appeared after the Silver Age and have not made any appearances post-Crisis, though Krypto has become a supporting character in the Superman titles.

Origin: The alien creatures known as the Brain-Globes of Rambat decide that in order to succeed in their plan to move Earth to their own solar system, they must defeat Superboy. When they are unable to gain control of Superboy, they summon Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, and Saturn Girl of the Legion of Super-Heroes from the future and mentally command the trio to capture him. After Superboy is defeated, the Brain-Globes of Rambat release their hold on the Legionnaires. When they notice that the Brain-Globes cannot control animals, the Legionnaires gather Krypto the Super-Dog (from Superboy's present), Streaky the Supercat and Beppo the Super-Monkey (from Superman's present), and Comet the Super-Horse (from a few weeks in Superman's future) to battle the aliens. The pets defeat the aliens and are named the Legion of Super-Pets, the animal branch of the super club. They are then returned to their proper time periods. Proty II would later join the team. 

Krypto the Super-Dog: Kal-El's puppy, Krypto, was lost in space before the destruction of Krypton. After Kal-El grew into a boy, Krypto found his way to Earth and the two were reunited. (Adventure #210)

Beppo the Super-Monkey: Beppo was a lab monkey of Superboy's father, Jor-El. The monkey stowed away aboard Kal-El's rocket and plagued the Boy of Steel with much mischief. (Superboy v.1 #76)

Comet the Super-Horse: Circa 1000 BCE, a centaur named Biron was granted super-powers by the sorceress Circe. But Circe's enemy, the sorcerer Malador, transformed Biron into a horse and banished him to a planet in the constellation Sagittarius, where he remained for almost 3,000 years. Biron was freed from his imprisonment by Kara Zor-El's passing rocket ship. He then followed her to Earth, where she became Supergirl and named him Comet. (Action #292; 1st app. Adventure #293)


Streaky the Super-Cat: Supergirl's Earth cat Streaky became a Super-Cat through exposure to a newly created Kryptonite isotope called X-Kryptonite. (Action #261) Supergirl later met Streaky's descendant, Whizzy, in the 30th century. Whizzy was never a member of the Super-Pets. (Action #287)

Proty II: a small amorphous creature from Antares II. The Super-Pets met Proty II when they were asked by the Legion to guard the Legion clubhouse. Proty recounted how the his race gained their shape-shifting abilities centuries ago. He underwent a series of trials to prove his worthiness and joined the Super-Pets. (Adventure #322) NOTE: Read more about Proty's race. Proty was introduced to the Legion as Chameleon Boy's pet (Jimmy Olsen #72) but it was soon clear that his race were fully sentient, and far more intelligent than normal Earth animals. Like his predecessor, he was selfless and quick to enter dangerous situations. When one of Triplicate Girl's three bodies was slain by Computo, Proty II attempted to distract Computo by posing as the Weirdo Legionnaire. (Adventure #341)

Fun Fact: The Legion was parodied in an episode of Robot Chicken. Comet, Streaky, Krypto, and Beppo appear, along with "Hissy the Super-Snake". Superman returns to the Fortress of Solitude from a month in space to find the pets have all frozen to death because their babysitter mistakenly thought she was watching them the month after.
Fun Fact: The Legion of Super-Pets (Beppo the Super Monkey, Streaky the Super Cat and Krypto the Super Dog) appear in the DC Nation Superman 75th Anniversary short that was shown at New York Comic Con 2013 and will be included in the Man of Steel DVD.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wanted TPB: DC Who's Who Legion of Superheroes

Writer: Various Artist: Various Publisher: DC Comics (1988)
Includes: Who's Who in the Legion of Super-Heroes #1-7
Dork Note: Thanks to DC1980's Blog for posting the covers.

Issue #1: Opens with a 12-page "History of the Legion" written by Barbara Randall, pencilled by Steve Lightle and Dan Jurgens, and inked by Lightle and Bruce Patterson. The second and last part of the history is in #2. Character/artist listing: Absorbancy Boy by Curt Swan and George Perez; An Ryd by Curt Swan and George Perez; Animal Lad by Curt Swan and George Perez; Antenna Lad by Curt Swan and George Perez; Antonio Stefanacci by Curt Swan and George Perez; Arma Getten by Curt Swan and George Perez; Atmos by Greg LaRocque and Mike DeCarlo; Bacard Barley Circus by Joe Staton and Karl Kesel; Benn Pares by Joe Staton and Karl Kesel; Blackout Boy by Joe Staton and Karl Kesel; Blockade Boy by Joe Staton and Karl Kesel; Blok by Pat Broderick; Bouncing Boy by Ty Templeton; Brainiac 5 by Colleen Doran; Bounty by Colleen Doran; Calamity King by Dan Jurgens and Robert Campanella; Capt. Baktra by Dan Jurgens and Robert Campanella; Capt. Frake by Dan Jurgens and Robert Campanella; Chameleon Boy by Dave Cockrum; Chemical King by Valentino and Keith Wilson; Charma by Valentino and Keith Wilson; Chemoids by Ty Templeton; Circadia Senius by Ty Templeton; Colossal Boy by Dave Cockrum; Comet Queen by Keith Giffen and Grant Miehm; Command Kid by Valentino and Keith Wilson; Computo by Mike DeCarlo; Controllers by Mike DeCarlo; Cosmic Boy by Curt Swan and Grant Miehm; Crystal Kid by Jonathan Peterson and Keith Wilson; Dagon the Avenger by Jonathan Peterson and Arne Starr; Dark Circle by Jonathan Peterson and Keith Wilson; Darkseid by Keith Giffen and Grant Miehm; Dawnstar by Greg LaRocque and George Perez; Dev-Em by Rob Liefeld and Karl Kesel; Devil's Dozen: Evillo & Apollo & Hag & Sugyn & Wild Huntsman by Dan Jurgens and Robert Campanella, Dr. Zan Orbal by Jonathan Peterson and Karl Kesel; Diamondeth by Rick Stasi and Grant Miehm; Dr. Gym'll by Rick Stasi and Grant Miehm. Steve Lightle wraparound cover. 

Issue #2: Picking up from last issue, #2 opens with a 13-page "History of the Legion" written by Barbara Randall, pencilled by Greg LaRocque, Steve Lightle and Dave Hoover, and inked by Mike DeCarlo, Dick Giordano and Bruce Patterson. Character/artist listing: Dr. Mayavale by Dave Gibbons; Dr. Mantis Morlo by Dave Gibbons; Dr. R'xalim by Dave Gibbons; Dr. Regulus by Ron Frenz and Colleen Doran; Dominators by Greg LaRocque and Robert Campanella; Douglas Nolan by Greg LaRocque and Robert Campanella; Dream Girl by Greg LaRocque and George Perez; Duo Damsel by Dave Cockrum; D'xandii by Valentino and Keith Wilson; Dynamo Boy by Valentino and Keith Wilson; Element Lad by Ron Frenz and Colleen Doran; Energax by Ty Templeton; Energy Boy by Keith Wilson; Engineer by Ty Templeton; Eyeful Ethel by Ty Templeton; Fatal Five by Dan Jurgens and Robert Campanella; Caress by Greg LaRocque and Robert Campanella; Dark Man by Greg LaRocque and Robert Campanella; Flare by Greg LaRocque and Robert Campanella; Emerald Empress by Colleen Doran; Mano by Dave Gibbons; Persuader by Curt Swan and Malcolm Jones 3rd; Tharok by Keith Wilson; Validus by Keith Giffen and Larry Mahlstedt; Ferro Lad by Dan Jurgens and Robert Campanella; Fenton Pike by Valentino and Larry Mahlstedt; Flynt Brojj by Valentino and Larry Mahlstedt; Galactic Coordinator by Valentino and Larry Mahlstedt; Golden Boy by Valentino and Larry Mahlstedt; Gorax by Keith Wilson; Grimbor by Rob Liefeld and Robert Campanella; Guardians by Rick Stasi and Larry Mahlstedt; Hagga by Rick Stasi and Larry Mahlstedt; H'Hrnath by Rick Stasi and Larry Mahlstedt; High Seer by Rick Stasi and Larry Mahlstedt. Steve Lightle wraparound cover.

Issue #3: Keith Giffen, Rob Liefeld, and Curt Swan art; George Perez inks cover.

Issue #4: Kyle Baker and Keith Giffen cover art.

Issue #5: Kyle Baker and Keith Giffen cover art.

Issue #6: Tom Artis, Kyle Baker, Kerry Gammill, Keith Giffen, Curt Swan, Mike Zeck art; George Perez cover inks cover.

Issue #7: Opens with the 12-page "Nik Feelds Show" written by Ty Templeton, pencilled by Curt Swan and Kurt Schaffenberger and inked by Schaffenberger and Arne Starr. Character/artist listing: Time Trapper by Mike DeCarlo; Tornado Twins by Win Mortimer; Tusker by Win Mortimer; Tyroc by Kyle Baker; Ultra Boy by Tom Artis and Joe Rubinstein; Uli Algor by Arne Starr and Kurt Schaffenberger; Unkillables by Arne Starr and Kurt Schaffenberger; U.P. Ambassador Jeryl by Nate Butler and Jim Sanders 3rd; U.P. Ambassador Relnic by Nate Butler and Jim Sanders 3rd; Ambassador Yeasmir by Nate Butler and Jim Sanders 3rd; Universo by Greg LaRocque and Arne Starr; Vibrex by Keith Giffen; Visi-Lad by Keith Giffen and Kez Wilson; Wanderers (Aviax, Celebrand, Clonus, Dartalon, Elvar, Psyche, Quantum Queen, Re-Animage) by Dave Hoover and Robert Campanella; Warden Tsaquin by Terry Tidwell and Jim Sanders 3rd; Weight Wizard by Terry Tidwell and Jim Sanders 3rd; Westerner by Terry Tidwell and Kez Wilson; White Witch by Jose Villarrubia and Karl Kesel; Wildfire by Kerry Gammill and Kez Wilson; Worldsmith by Colleen Doran; Xera of Manna-5 by Colleen Doran; Yera by Colleen Doran; Zall Morgan by Grant Miehm; Zaryan by Grant Miehm; Zera Vultan by Grant Miehm; Zoraz by Grant Miehm. Wraparound cover by: Keith Wilson (Kez), Colleen Doran, Mike DeCarlo, Ty Templeton, Grant Miehm, Brian Augustyn, Mike Carlin, Mark Waid, Robert Campanella and Richard Bruning.

Rob's Room: Happy All Hallow's Eve Eve with Zombie Batman

Was thinking of the Neal Adams "Batman Zombie" and it made me want to know what I'd find if I googled "Zombie Batman."  Now we all know...


Rob's Room: Triple-A Baseball Heroes by Marvel

Triple-A Baseball Heroes by Marvel
In celebration of the San Francisco Giants 2014 World Series Title! Woohoo!