The League of Regrettable Superheroes

The League of Regrettable Superheroes

Half-baked Heroes From Comic Book History!

Book - 2015
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For every superhero hitting the big time with a blockbuster movie, there are countless failures, also-rans, and D-listers.a The League of Regrettable Superheroes aaffectionately presents one hundred of the strangest superheroes ever to see print-from Atoman to Zippo-complete with backstories, vintage art, and colorful commentary. Drawing on the entire history of the medium, the book celebrates characters that haven't seen the light of day in decades, like Natureboy, Dr. Hormone, Thunder Bunny, and more. It's a must-read for comics fans of all ages!
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Quirk Books, [2015]
ISBN: 9781594747632
Branch Call Number: 741.53 M876L
Characteristics: 255 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm


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Dec 12, 2017

For every Superman there were the copycats, the weird, the illogical & the turds.
What was NFL thinking in one cautionary entry?

Dec 06, 2017

Quite funny! My favourites are CONGORILLA, Mother Hubbard - a witch super-heroine, and Lady Satan who's a sexy spy.

Jan 08, 2016

The print quality is amazing and the reviews are hilarious. However, I found the book too long and lost interest in the middle. I had thought it would be a fun read. However, I guess it is meant for someone who is really really fond of comic culture and superheroes

forbesrachel Aug 13, 2015

Not every superhero is a success. In fact there is quite a history behind the commercial failures that fans just didn't respond to. Many among this league of regrettable heroes were cookie-cutter copies of popular heroes, oddities too odd to make much sense, and poorly conceived characters in terms of story or design, although few can beat product and fad based heroes like Captain Tootsie (and yes, he "powers-up" by eating Tootsie Rolls). Jon Morris provides an informative look at comics ranging from the Golden Age to today, as well as the society that shaped the decisions behind their creation. Still, we derive most of our amusement from those moments where the author remarks on the campier and illogical aspects of these heroes, one of his better examples states, explosions aren't considered lethal by the "non-violent" Peacemaker. Names, lines, and costume choices are particularly good fodder, but he also includes his own funny comments on "unused name ideas", "not to be confused with", "last seen", and more, on a wing of each page. Full page colour prints of issue covers, and on occasion an inner page, accompany every piece, making this book the complete package. An absolute treasure trove of information on heroes that are best left, retired.

Jun 29, 2015

Hilarious review of some of the lows of the past nearly 100 years of superheroic comic adventures. Morris has certainly done his research, and the reproduced panels from such "classic" titles as Fatman the Human Flying Saucer! or more recent disastrous efforts at corporate synergy like NFL Super Pro (who gains his powers by inhaling fumes from burning game footage and memorabilia. No joke) or ridiculous attempts to be edgy and trendy like "Adam X the X-Treme!" do most of the humourous heavy lifting for him, but his snide asides and one-liners enhance the experience as well. The written equivalent of "Mystery Science Theater 3000", essentially, and an adornment to any geek's coffee table.

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Jun 20, 2016

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