Teenagers from…the Future!

I make no secret of my love for the Legion of Super-Heroes. Sure, scoff, if you like. Mock the name. Mock the idea of teenagers a thousand years from now as the steadfast and revered protectors of the universe. Chortle at the very concept of Matter-Eater Lad (whose super-power is the ability to eat anything — anything).

I don’t care what you say. I love it anyway.

And I’m not alone. The Legion has a large, faithful (and, some say, mentally disturbed) fan base, as well as a decades-long string of some great comics (and some crappy ones, too — let’s be honest).

Sequart is publishing a special collection of scholarly essays about the Legion and I was asked to contribute the Afterword, which I was only too happy to do.

The book will first be available at the New York Comic-Con in April, with a general release to bookstores in May. If you’ve ever even looked at a Legion comic before, you pretty much owe it to yourself to read this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(The cover, of course, apes the cover to Adventure Comics #247, the first appearance of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Yours truly owns an original copy. Ahem.)

Superman’s Co-creator Has His Day

See here for details. (Free registration required.)

The short ‘n’ sweet: A court has validated the termination of copyright that Jerry Siegel’s heirs filed ten years ago, granting them half the copyright to the Superman story published in Action Comics #1. Since that’s the first appearance of Superman ever, that gives them half the rights to everything that proceeded from it, including recompense for stories published in the last ten years or so.

In a few years, Superman’s other co-creator’s heirs — those of Joe Shuster — will be able to do the same and claim their half.

Meaning that DC parent company Time-Warner needs to cut a deal in order to keep the character in any usable format.

Some people are decrying the “greedy” behavior of the heirs, but no one seems concerned with the greedy behavior of the company and its lawyers, who dragged this out for ten years when a deal could have been cut from the get-go.

Anyway, it’s nice to see a case where justice delayed is NOT justice denied. DC will work out a deal, Superman will continue to fly, Siegel and Shuster’s heirs will get a nice piece of change, and the world will keep turning.

Yet Another Fanboy Video

One wasn’t enough. Two weren’t enough. Oh, no. The world demanded a third Fanboy video. And so, the world shall have one…

As usual, if you like it, be sure to head over to YouTube and show some love in the comments there.

Now I Love NY, Too

So, last week the LA Times offered up its opinion of Boy Toy. Now it’s time to kick it East Coast style.

Tomorrow’s New York Times Sunday Book Review contains a review of Boy Toy in which Jack Martin says, among other things, that the book is “upsetting, intense, intricately drawn” and “an unsettling read, but that’s exactly what it ought to be.”

See the entire review in the Times!

Givin’ Away a Story…

I’ve just posted a short story for any and all to enjoy. It’s titled “Her Decade” and you can read more about its origins on the Her Decade page.

For those who are interested: This story has connections to both of my books, as well as to my upcoming third book, Hero-Type. It recounts events that took place in the past in Brookdale that still have repercussions today. I hope you like it.