This is not like my typical posts on this blog, but I wished to share my views anyway.
DC Comics have announced they will soon be cancelling the series due to poor sales. Paul Levitz – a writing legend on the series, and Keith Giffen – art legend on same – couldn’t save the title. Instead they killed many of the cast, and now the plug is being pulled.
I’ve been a fan of the LSH for most of 33 years.
- DC Ends “Legion of Super Heroes,” “Demon Knights” & More In August (comicbookresources.com)
- And Then I Read: LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES 18 (kleinletters.com)
- Long Live, Etc. (newsarama.com)
- Paul Levitz on the end of his run on Legion of Superheroes (comicsbeat.com)
Julius Schwartz (the SF literary agent who carved himself another legendary career as a comicbook editor) helped to pioneer this property, with Hugo-winning author Otto Binder, then joined by his brother Edgar as E and O (“Eando”) for awhile.
Cracks began to show every time that the company rewrote the series in an attempt to remove Superman from the series. He was finally returned, but after 4 of these “retcon”s (retroactive continuity; essentially re-writing what we already know) the damage may have irrevocably been done – and having mediocre new stories didn’t help either.
The Legion hopefully will return someday. Meanwhile, the excellent past stories are collected in history volumes to read.