The Legion of Super-Heroes in Reprint Form
With today’s publication of Legion of Super-Heroes: Before the Darkness Volume 2, I thought it was a good time to check and see how much of the LSH’s storied history is now easily available in reprint form.
(If you’d like a more content-based history, I put together a slideshow four years ago about the team and its history and key stories.)
The original reprint series was The Legion of Super-Heroes Archives, 13 volumes in all, covering from the team’s debut in Adventure Comics #247 (1958) through the end of their run in that title in issue #380 (1969); Action Comics #378-392 (in volume 9, foreword by KC Carlson); and Superboy #172-233 (ends in 1977). Various special issues and appearances are included as well, but this writeup isn’t intended to be a comprehensive listing, just a general guide as to which order the books fall.
Much of this has been reprinted in three Silver Age Omnibus volumes. Volume 1 covers up to Adventure Comics #328; volume 2 (sadly out of print) to Adventure Comics #360; and volume 3 to Action Comics #392.
Picking up from where the Archives left off are two hardcover series. Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes volume 1 (also apparently out of print) reprints Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #234-240. Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes volume 2 continues with Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #241-258 and The Legion of Super-Heroes #259 (finally getting their own title).
That title references The Great Darkness Saga, which had its own paperback collection in 1989 (reprinting The Legion of Super-Heroes #287, 290-294, and Annual #3). It’s since been reissued with a more complete collection of issues #284-296 and Annual #1 but gone out of print. (Notice a theme? DC used to be much better about this.)
That was followed by The Legion of Super-Heroes: The Curse, for issues #297-313 and Annuals #2-3. (How did I miss this? Something to hunt down.)
There are collections for the post-Zero Hour reboot run, and the 2005 reboot run, with Mark Waid, then Jim Shooter writing it, and the 2010 Paul Levitz run, but no one’s been able to make much of a go of the team for the last couple of decades.
Here’s another list by old Legion pal Michael Grabois that covers things more comprehensively.
A few more books of note: Another Legion storyline was included as part of the DC Comics Classics Library in 2009. The Life and Death of Ferro Lad reprinted Adventure Comics #346, 347, 352-355, 357. And if you’d just like a best-of, the 2008 compilation Legion of Super-Heroes: 1050 Years of the Future, marking the 50th anniversary, is your choice.
Well, that was a good excuse to disturb some of the dust on the bookcases.