The Tradition of the Legion Election Continues

The latest issue of Legion of Super-Heroes, #13, has a short note at the end:

Adventure Comics #364 cover

Cast your vote for the Legion’s Leader! All active members (except those LOST in the 21st Century) are eligible. Send your vote to

Legion Election
DC Comics
1700 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

Final date for ballots: November 16, 2012!

The tradition of fans selecting the Legion Leader was first established in 1968 in Adventure Comics #364 (as reported here), with 7,810 readers voting and the winner, Ultra Boy, announced in issue #368. They continued on and off through the series history, with the most recent elections held online in October 2010. Here are some reactions from that time of who’s voting for whom and why. My favorite reason is “to make things difficult for the writer”.

Strangely, they’re apparently not allowing electronic voting this year.

6 Responses to “The Tradition of the Legion Election Continues”

  1. Dwight Williams Says:

    Passed this along to the lsh_chat community blog at Livejournal!

  2. Dwight Williams Says:

    Somewhat surprised at the disinterest in e-voting this time around…

  3. Anthony Says:

    Maybe they were worried about people spamming them with votes? Still, seems old-fashioned/arbitrary to me… then again, that’d sum up some of DC’s other decisions/attitudes IMO, but I digress…

  4. Alan Sepinwall Says:

    I remember asking Levitz about that at a Comic-Con panel, and whether he ever got annoyed by an election result and took it out on the winner, citing Polar Boy’s inept leadership. He countered with Dream Girl, who was an even more flummoxing winner, but one whom he decided to make great at the job.

    Definitely one of the earliest examples of crowd-sourcing a creative decision.

  5. James Schee Says:

    I’m guessing they are hoping to avoid those voting who don’t read the book but just vote to vote. Which is probably how Mon-el won last since he’d just had a run in Superman.

    Plus avoids the votes to just screw with the writer, since writing a letter, paying postage etc is a bit much for that.

  6. Dwight Williams Says:

    You may have a point there.




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