A Year of Cool Comics - Day 163

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at Jim Shooter's original Legion of Super-Heroes run from Adventure Comics #346-380!


The 14-year-old Shooter got his run started with a bang in Adventure Comics #346, as he introduced THREE significant new members of the Legion of Super-Heroes, namely Princess Projectra, Karate Kid and Ferro Lad (Sheldon Moldoff drew his first issue).

This led into the revelation that fellow new member, Nemesis Lad, was a SPY!!

Shooter's next major arc was Adventure #352-353, drawn by Curt Swan (Shooter would do rough layouts for his early issues - some artists would use them more than others), which both introduced the Fatal Five (who the Legion must bust out of prison to help defeat the Sun-Eater)...

AND had the first permanent death of a Legionnaire, as Shooter's recent addition to the team, Ferro Lad, sacrifices himself for the sake of everyone else...

Shooter next introduced the Adult Legion...

Then he introduced Shadow Lass to the team for a re-match against the Fatal Five...

Then he invented the Dark Circle (recurring Legion foes)...

and in Adventure Comics #269, he introduced Mordru!!!

That's one heck of a run and he still had eleven issues to go!!!

Shooter kept the book filled with inventive action tales and he really did a great job populating the Legion universe with new and interesting characters, both good guys and bad guys.

And all before he even turned 18 years old!!


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