Little League: Adorable Baby Superheroes

I’m trying to figure out how Yale Stewart gets the idea of a Justice League in kindergarten so right with Little League when DC’s tried for years to do kid superheroes and it’s always fallen flat.

Stewart has the Peanuts-like sensibility of a young Charles Schulz, treating his characters as though they have the neuroses of adults and the interests of children. I adore the way their backpacks look over their costumes. I also like the way the strips are faux-aged, as though clipped from a newspaper weeks ago.

Little Bruce is broody, J’Onn is a foreign exchange student, Hal is loud and blustery, Barry is hyperactive, Karen is starry-eyed, and Clark … well, he’s just right, too. (And that’s the hardest to get right, making him brave and upstanding without being boring or goody-goody.) Of course, their teacher is Mr. Schwartz. Favorite storyline so far: Bruce thinks Diana has cooties ’cause she’s a girl. Although the punchline of this strip really struck me funny.

Little League strip 23

I am very jealous of anyone in Greensboro, NC, for Free Comic Book Day tomorrow, because Stewart has created this print of his cast for Acme Comics there. I wish I could get one.

Little League FCBD print

Update: A limited number of prints are available via mail order, continental US only.


11 Responses to “Little League: Adorable Baby Superheroes”

  1. Izandra Says:

    I just discovered this comic, too, and I ADORE it. I also am sad that the poster is only available at the NC store, because omg, I want it.

  2. Ursula Says:

    Oh good god I cannot wait for tomorrow! I didn’t hear anything about a print! Is it for sale or is he going to be giving them away?

  3. Ursula Says:

    oh okay it’s $5! I didn’t see the link. Rest assured I’ll be throwing my money at Stewart for one of these!

  4. James Schee Says:

    OMG this is the most fun I’ve had reading the DC characters in forever. Thanks for the pointer!

  5. Ed Sizemore Says:

    The comic is a delight. DC should be throwing truck loads of money at Stewart and get him signed to a monthly book.

  6. Johanna Says:

    If DC did this, it would not be charming, it would not be this funny, it would be joyless. I just hope they don’t shut this guy down. If public domain hadn’t been perpetually extended, he could do this without that fear.

  7. James Schee Says:

    Yeah I worry about him using the actual trademark symbols. There’s a case to be made for parody, look at all those porn movies, but the trademarks could be trouble.

    Hopefully as long as he doesn’t try to make money at, as he even says he doesn’t plan to, lawyers can be made to look the other way.

  8. Ursula Says:

    Oh Johanna, festivities were cut a bit short yesterday due to rain, so Yale Stewart actually has some leftover prints. He’s making them available for those who couldn’t make it to Acme for $8, if you’re still interested!

  9. Johanna Says:

    That’s exciting news! I’ll keep an eye on his site for ordering details.

  10. Ursula Says:

    it was on the Little League Facebook page. just Paypal him $8 at yalestewart@ymail.com and include your shipping address!

  11. Zump1 Says:

    Are there any other ‘kid superhero’ webcomics out there? I read JL8/Little League as musch as possible but I need MORE!

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