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Reverend Meteor

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Subj: Re: DC's new generation back in the day
Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 at 05:41:00 pm EDT (Viewed 168 times)
Reply Subj: Re: DC's new generation back in the day
Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 at 09:25:39 pm EDT (Viewed 176 times)

I've actually been tempted for about a month to try some Silver Age Flash. I took the plunge this afternoon. This volume is selling for $49 right now:
Flash Silver Age Omnibus Volume 2

    As much as I like the Legion and have to agree their continuity has never recovered...I just never liked Clark as a member. Everyone's useless with him around. Doubly so if Mon-El is also there. The solution they used to get rid of Clark from the Legion was just a bad one though. (we could have a separate thread on the horrors Crisis inflicted on the Legion)

I used to feel similarly about Superman in the Justice League. But I realized I was thinking in terms of the inferior storytelling of modern times. Back in the Silver and Bronze Ages, you generally wouldn't see the entire League all in one place fighting one threat. If aliens are invading five continents at once, Superman will legitimately need help. Even the Super Friends cartoon employed this motif. Sure, it's cliche, but it works, and it's the only approach that does.

The Legion of Super-Heroes would take the above idea one step further. Threats would be attacking multiple planets! There was no chance in the world that Superboy could fight villains in two or three different solar systems at the same time. He absolutely needed the rest of the Legion.

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