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The Comic Book Fools of April – The Legion of Substitute Heroes Special #1

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Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!

Today is the second part of a two-part look at two funny comics featuring the Legion of Substitute Heroes. Today we look at 1985’s The Legion of Substitute Heroes Special, by Keith Giffen (plot and pencils), Paul Levitz (script) and Karl Kesel (inks).

This was a fun little one-shot where former Legionnaire Tenzil Kem (Matter Eating Lad) decides that something fishy is going on at his home planet of Bizmol (where he is a Senator). So he decides to ask for help from the Substitutes (because he is unsure if things are REALLY bad). Here is a bit where he tries to “sell” his fellow Senators on using the Legion…



Of course, as it turns out, Kem was correct – Pulsar Stargrave shows up!!!


Watch Kem take a…ahem….bite out of crime…


One of the coolest bits from the comic is the fact that the Legion is stuck in their ship above Bizmol (where they ran out of gas) while squabbling (Infectious Lass got Color Kid sick with a gender switching disease, and now Color Kid is a woman) when Paul Levitz takes control of the story…


Hilarious.

The next few pages involve spotlights on each member of the team with a little info of each one of them, as they get into mischief on Bizmol…


You have to read the comic to find out how the Subs defeat Stargrave. It’s pretty darn funny. This issue shouldn’t be too expensive in the back issue bin. Go find it!