Wednesday, January 16

Counting Comics - 28

The totals carried over from last week are =

DC = 7598
Marvel = 433
Others = 69

Here's this week's books

L.E.G.I.O.N  (1989 - 94)
1 - 70
Cover
L.E.G.I.O.N. is the Licensed Extra-Governmental Interstellar Operatives Network, an inter-galactic police force that is hired by different planets. Their founder and leader is Brainiac 2, Vril Dox, who runs the organization out of their headquarters on planet Cairn. Their descendants in the 30th Century became the Legion of Super-Heroes. L.E.G.I.O.N. was created by Keith Giffen, Bill Mantlo, and Todd McFarlane, first appearing in Invasion! #1. (1988) The line-up of the team for issue #1 is Vril Dox, Garryn Bek, Lyrissa Mallor, Strata, Durlan and Stealth.

Annuals
2, 3, 4, 5
Cover
I managed to pick up the 1st annual at the con I went to, so that was very satisfying as I think I have them all now yay!!

Trinity
1, 2
Cover

Darkstars
11, 12
Cover

Green Lantern
44
Cover
The Trinity crossover involved L.E.G.I.O.N., Darkstars and the Green Lantern Corps fighting the resurrected Gods of Maltus; the super powerful giants Archor, Quarra & Tzodar. 
I've mentioned it a number of times that Bertron Diib a lovable character from the R.E.C.R.U.I.T.S, (a sort-of training group for L.E.G.I.O.N), died in this story, giving his life whilst trying to save some innocent citizens of Maltus.

R.E.B.E.L.S. '94, '95, '96
0 - 17
Cover
The R.E.B.E.L.S., were formed to oppose L.E.G.I.O.N. when it was taken over by the evil Brainiac 3, Vril Dox and Stealth's super intelligent infant son!! He used an enhanced charisma program to take over leadership of the L.E.G.I.O.N forcing the original core team to go on the run and seek to overthrow his regime.

Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
256, 268, 270, 278, 284, 287, 290, 291, 293, 296, 297, 298, 299, 300, 301, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 326, 328, 329, 331, 337, 338, 340, 341, 344, 346
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I've been trying to fill in a few gaps in this run but keep picking up doubles by accident annoyingly. This is a tricky comic to collect as well as I think it changes name 3 times. Superboy (Volume 1) began publication in March-April of 1949. By issue #197, Superboy began having adventures in the 30th century with his friends, the Legion of Super-Heroes. Beginning that same issue, the Legion became reoccurring characters in the series, and even shared cover credit on each issue. With issue #222, the title officially changed to Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes. By the end of 1979, Superboy returned to the 20th century, and with issue #259 the series became known as the Legion of Super-Heroes and then with #313, it was renamed, Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Yeah so no confusion there at all eh?? I am trying to get a run together of these anyway, (maybe 250 - 350), as they are all pretty cool stories.

Annual #2 (1983)
Cover

The Legion of Substitute Heroes Special #1 (1985)
Cover
L.E.G.I.O.N. had the raw but overall pretty capable R.E.C.R.U.I.T.S. their far future descendants have the Legion of Substitute Heroes who are mainly portrayed humorously as incompetent bumblers with funky powers. They are normally a pretty fun read, although I don't think they ever got a series of their own at all, they did get an episode of the LSH cartoon though which is well worth watching if you can find it on YouTube or anywhere.

Legion of Super-Heroes (1989 - 00)
0, 57, 62 - 69 
Cover
Annuals
5, 6, 7
Cover
I don't have too many of this run, which goes for over 130 issues when you count annuals, 0 & 1 Million), but maybe I can pick them up fairly cheap as I don't think there are too many keys in them. This gets a bit confusing though as from 1993 we had Legionnaires pop-up as well and I'm not sure if the titles crossed over for a while, the way I filed these in the box makes me think that they possibly were.

Legionaires (1993 - 00)
0 - 14, 18 - 20, 22 - 24
Cover
Annuals
1, 2
Cover
The Batch SW6 Legion, more commonly known as the Legionnaires, were a group of time paradox duplicates of the original Legion of Super-Heroes. Originally they were believed to be clones developed by the Dominators, but it was later revealed that their creation had actually been engineered by the Time Trapper. Attempting to prevent the cataclysmic destruction to the entire 31st Century that would take place during the events of Zero Hour, the Time Trapper created temporal duplicates of the Legion of Super-Heroes, from the point in time when he believed they were at their strongest, just prior to the death of Ferro Lad. The duplicate Legionnaires were placed in stasis for many years, and remained much younger than their regular counterparts until their awakening. Yep, clones and time stuff the basic building blocks to create head scratching storylines and plots lol. This went for over 80 issues all in and may be another that I'll look into picking up in full sometime in the future.

The Legion
8, 9
Cover

Justice League Europe/International (1989 - 94)
1 - 68
Cover
JLE was a pretty fun book, it ran alongside a JLA book at the same time, the series featured tongue-in-cheek humor but was a much more action-centric series than Justice League America. The action-themed nature of the series was most overt with the series' most famous arc "The Extremists". The arc featured the JLE fighting The Extremists, a cadre of psychopathic villains patterned after Marvel Comics villains Doctor Doom, Magneto, Doctor Octopus, Sabretooth and Dormammu.
The team was originally headquartered in Paris, France but later moved to an abandoned castle in Great Britain.. With issue #51, the title changed to Justice League International, a name formerly shared by Justice League America for a brief time.

Justice League Spectacular #1 (1992)
Cover

Annual
1, 2
Cover

Huntress (1989 - 90)
1 - 19
Cover
The original Huntress is a member of the BatFamily, named Helena Wayne and written as the daughter of Batman and Catwoman on Earth-Two. She was re-written as Helena Bertinelli a devout Catholic Italian-American, the orphaned daughter of a murdered mafia family who grew up swearing deadly vengeance on the criminal underworld. This was the new Huntress' 1st appearance created by Joey Cavalieri and Joe Staton.

Secret Origins #2
Blue Beetle
Cover

Blue Beetle (1986 - 88)
1 - 24
Cover
After Crisis on Infinite Earth the Charlton superheroes that DC had recently acquired came over to the main DC Universe and the 2nd Blue Beetle, Ted Kord got a 2 year run in his own book. Ted Kord was created by Steve Ditko, first appearing in Captain Atom (Charlton) #83. (1966). Another Ditko character The Question pops up in the book too. After his book folded he joined the JLA, in a run where he was turned into a bit of a joke and I must admit I really hated this JLA series when it 1st came out.

Showcase '93
1 - 12
Cover
These were really cool series that ran for 4 years, I don't know why they don't just do these all the time, they are great for telling short stories keeping lesser used characters in the public eye etc I imagine they can see if a lesser used character is liked and maybe make a series of it if they are.

Showcase '94
1 - 12
Cover

Showcase '95
1 - 12
Cover

Showcase '96
1 - 12
Cover

So today's total is 
DC = 331

Making the running total so far as -

DC = 7929
Marvel = 433
Others = 69

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Wednesday, January 9

Counting Comics - 27

Hello again folks here's the totals carried over from last week

DC = 7381
Marvel = 307
Others = 69

And here's what's in this week's box!!


Suicide Squad (1987 - 92)
1 - 66
Cover
The original Suicide Squad debuted in Brave and the Bold #25 way back in 1959, they were created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru. At that time they were a group of soldiers during World War II, who were sent to Dinosaur Island in a campaign called "The War That Time Forgot." Their official name was Squadron S, and they started calling themselves the Suicide Squadron because of their high mortality rate. Rick Flag was brought in as their leader, and he changed them from a military disgrace into an elite combat unit. Jeb Stuart of The Haunted Tank fame later led a new Suicide Squad team.

Much later Amandsa Waller discovered the Suicide Squad files and put together a team of powered supervillains. The 1st team consisted of Bronze Tiger, Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, Deadshot, Blockbuster, Captain Boomerang, and Enchantress. Their first mission was successful and they destroyed the monster Brimstone, but Blockbuster died in the process. Amanda Waller 1st appears in Legends #1 in 1986 with the new team showing up in #3.

Annual #1 (1988)
Cover
Mark Shaw, Manhunter teams up with the Squad to take on Kobra (I am guessing by the cover that's what happens anyway!!)

The Doom Patrol/Suicide Squad Special (1988)
Cover
Hawk. Hank Hall is captured by Sandinistas while running guns to the Contras in Nicaragua. Doom Patrol and the Suicide Squad are both sent to rescue him and must join forces when the Soviet's Red Rocket Brigade also show an interest in the imprisoned American. A lot of the Squad don't make it out it seems with the apparent deaths of Mister 104, Thinker, Weasel and Psi.

Suicide Squad (2001 - 02)
1 - 12
Cover
This run (Volume 2) was a short-lived ongoing series that spun out of the "Our Worlds at War" crossover event. The series is significant for killing off long time Batman villain, the Cluemaster. Also biting the dust in #1 were most of the Injustice League aka Justice League Antartica, with only Major Disaster surviving whilst Big Sir, Clock King and Multi-Man all went off to the big team-up in the sky.

Legends of the DC Universe (1998 - 01)
1 - 41
Cover
 This series featured a rotating cast of characters and creators, intended as an anthology to fill in the gaps of DC Universe history. I really enjoyed this run, I love self contained stories and this has quite a few plus a few 2 & 3 parters as well and was a very enjoyable read.

Steel (1994 - 98)
0 - 52
Cover
Rising up to meet the need for heroes in Metropolis' darkest hour after the death of Superman at the hands of Doomsday, John Henry Irons became Steel. He was created by Louise Simonson and Jon Bogdanove, first appearing during the Reign of the Supermen! storyline in Adventures of Superman #500. John was a weapons engineer who became Steel after the death of the original Man of Steel. He had previuosly met Superman who had saved his life when he fell from a building under construction whilst saving the life of a co-worker. He told Superman he owed him his life and Superman replied by telling him he should make it count for something. His neice Natasha Irons has also assumed the Steel identity as well. I did enjoy all the characters runs from heroes that emerged at this time, Superboy was cool too, I don't know why Eradicator never got a decent run though.

Annual 1, 2
Cover

Haywire (1988 - 89)
1 - 13
Cover
Steve Majorski was Haywire and that's all I can tell you as the DC wiki has nothing!! I know it was suggested for 'Mature' readers and the bondage clad villainess Nightlash and the fact that he kills attests to that label for sure. There is some sort of double identity/split personality story going on as well with Haywire not knowing what he gets up to at night when he thinks he's sleeping!

Kingdom Come
1 - 4
Cover
Kingdom Come is a four-issue Elseworlds story written by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, with artwork by Alex Ross. It is set in the year 2020 where Superman and his generation of heroes from the Justice League days have been succeeded by a new generation of heroes whose ideals are more nihilistic, caring less about the people they're supposed to protect and more about their own egos, and are found even clashing with each other as much as they do with the villains. It is when a major disaster happens when Superman decides to rein in the new generation of heroes in the hopes that they would reform and adopt his generation's ideals of what being a superhero is about. Wow, this run started way back in 1996!! Where has the time gone? 2020 is next year now in real time!

Marvel Annuals
The Amazing Spider-Man #25, 26
The Spectacular Spider-Man # 11, 12
Web of Spider-Man #7
Captain America #10, 11, 12
Thor # 17, 18
Fantastic Four #25, 26
Avengers #20, 21, 22
The Incredible Hulk #17, 18
Namor #2, 3
The Silver Surfer #4, 5, 6
Dr. Strange #2, 3
Darkhawk #1, 2
Avengers West Coast #7
IronMan #12, 13, 14
The New Warriors #2, 3
Daredevil #7, 9
The Punisher #4
Ghost Rider #1
X-Men #2
Deathlok #2
Wonder Man #2
The Uncanny X-Men #17
X-Factor #8
Excalibur #1
Guardians of the Galaxy #3
Amazing Spider-Man Annual Vol 1 25
Lots of cool Marvel annuals, self contained stories. team-ups etc, what is not to like about these?? Other than maybe the odd missing one that might be in other boxes. I did love it when they crossed over 4 parter stories over 4 titles, the Lifeform story was a particularly good one where the Lifeform of the title steadily evolved into a greater and greater menace. I think Daredevl was the 1st to battle him as a near human but by part 4 it was a massive proto-mass-blob that took the might of the Silver Surfer to confront it.

Ghost Rider Vol 2
14
Ghost Rider Vol 2 14
I was surprised I only had 1 of this run, I thought I'd read more than that over the years! I decided to try and collect a full run of this volume and I'm doing pretty well with it now. It ran till #81 and I have about half of them so far. The villain in this cover is The Orb haha he's daft, look at his eyeball head, but I love the quirkiness of it. I always thought this was vol 1 but that was a 6 parter featuring the cowboy horse riding Ghost Rider who later was a villain when he abducted and did I don't know what to Mockingbird in West Coast Avengers.

Ghost Rider Vol 3 (1990 +)
1 - 22, 24 - 26, 28 - 30, 32 - 43, 49, 62
Ghost Rider Vol 3 1
A couple of gaps in this run that featured a new guy, Danny Ketch hosting the Spirit of Vengeance. My mate Vik Bub gave me a big bunch of comics and there were quite a few of this run in there so that helped me to fill it out a bit more, it still might be worth picking up a few loose ones missing from the run at some point.

Ghost Rider and Cable #1
Servants of the Dead
Ghost Rider and Cable Servants of the Dead Vol 1 1

The Original Ghost Rider Rides Again (1991)
1 - 7
Original Ghost Rider Rides Again Vol 1 1
The title says it all really, Johnny Blaze rides again, except hold on isn't the original that cowboy guy? Ah nope apparently I was wrong Carter Slade was the Phantom Rider!! I always wondered if this character Ghost Rider was named after the song of the same name that Stan Jones wrote in 1948!!

The Original Ghost Rider #5
Original Ghost Rider Vol 1 5

Nightstalkers 10
Darkhold 11
Morbius 12
Spirits of Vengeance 13
Spirits of Vengeance Vol 1 13
This was the Marvel spooky/horror characters all crossing over, was it The Rise of the Midnight Sons event maybe? Ah no Midnight Massacre it was called. I can't recall the story at all but it was a long time ago.

What If...? Vol 2
3, 17, 26, 29, 34, 48, 54 - 60, 62 - 64, 66 - 73, 76, 77
What If? Vol 2 3
What if? Elseworlds, who deosn't like a make believe story outside of the normal continuity every now and again? Sad people that's who and I'm not sad so I enjoy them, I've not got that many but I'd pick them up now and again if I saw an interesting looking premise.

What if... Jessica Jones Had Joined The Avengers #1 (2005)
What If Jessica Jones Had Joined the Avengers? Vol 1 1
Ripped from the pages of the Avengers and fan-favorite ALIAS Jessica Jones, ex-superhero private eye was once tapped to join the Avengers, but chose not to and gave up being a super-hero altogether. But what if she had taken the job? The events that followed shake up both the Avengers and Jessica's life in ways no one could have guessed. Could Jessica have saved the Avengers from the disasters of Disassembled? For the first time ever Avengers' writer Brian Bendis reunites with ALIAS artist Michel Gaydos, with a special cover by Avengers artist David Finch.


Young Heroes in Love (1997 - 98)
1 - 17, 1 Million
Cover
Young Heroes in Love was an ongoing comic book series that blended elements of the super-genre with that of a romance title. The series featured the Young Heroes, a loose-knit organization of like-minded teens which included members such as Bonfire, Frostbite, Hard Drive, Junior, Monstergirl, Off Ramp, Thunderhead and Zip-Kid. The series spanned seventeen issues as well as a special 1,000,000th issue. The series was created by Dan Raspler and Dev Madan, and explored the trope of the "garage band" as it applied to super-heroes: the Young Heroes were not so much a team as a somewhat haphazard grouping of superhumans who had been persuaded to work together, but were not really ready to deal with it.

Son of Vulcan (2005 - 06)
1 - 6
Cover
Son of Vulcan is a name used by multiple characters in the DC Universe. The original was Johnny Mann, a scrawny war reporter given superhuman powers by the Roman god Vulcan. Miguel Devante also took this name and became a member of Titans East after he was given powers by the super-hero Vulcan. Son of Vulcan was created by Pat Masulli and Bill Fraccio, first appearing in the Charlton Comics publication Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds #46. (1965)  This comic features Miguel Devante as Son of Vulcan with the Vulcan hero role being one devoted to tracking down and killing white Martians with the hero's powers derived from a metavirus that is passed down from host to host via touch. This run didn't last long and later Miguel was left comatose after joining Titans East and battling Trigon.

DC = 217
Marvel = 126

So the totals now stand at =

DC = 7598
Marvel = 433
Others = 69

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Wednesday, January 2

Counting Comics - 26

DC = 7260
Marvel = 301
Others = 65



Manhunter #1
Cover
I didn't realise that these were all reprints from Detective Comics, I guess he must have been the back story in these books. These appeared from #437 - #443 and involve the Manhunter Paul Kirk,  a former big game hunter who is being pursued by an Interpol agent whilst he tries to find and take down The Council who brought him back to life through cloning.

Manhunter (2004 - 09)
1 - 38
Cover
This series starred Kate Spencer, the first female super-hero to assume the alias of Manhunter. One of the previous Manhunters, Mark Shaw, became a regular supporting character in the series midway through its run. Kate Spencer was a federal prosecutor who grew increasingly tired of seeing guilty criminals evade punishment. Copperhead, a criminal on trial for multiple murders and cannibalism, avoids a death sentence and escapes from custody after killing two guards. Angry, Kate stole equipment from an evidence room and killed Copperhead. Calling herself Manhunter, Kate blackmailed a former weapons manufacturer for numerous villains named Dylan Battles — who was in the Witness Protection Program — into building, maintaining, and upgrading her armor, weapons, and gadgets to arm her crusade against criminals who escaped punishment by the law.


Captain Atom: Armageddon (2005 - 06)
1 - 9
Cover
It seemed that Captain Atom had sacrificed himself destroying a Kryptonite Meteor that was heading for Earth at the conclusion of the “Public Enemies” arc in Superman/Batman, but he was actually blasted into the Wildstorm Universe. He proves to be a threat to that universes existence and has to deal with The Authority and others trying to kill him.

Blood of the Demon (2005 - 06)
1 - 17
Cover
John Byrne ignored much of the continuity (i.e. Harry Matthews is human, and not a pillow with human facial features) that took place after Kirby's initial run. I don't think he did rhymes either but I need to re-read this again soon I reckon. He did a fine job of the art though for sure with Etrigan looking very demonic.

Voodoo #2 (1997)
See the source image
Image comic, only have the one so I may as well see if I can sell/trade it.

Marc Spector: Moon Knight
28, 29, 31, 36, 38, 41
Marc Spector Moon Knight Vol 1 28
I think I have some more of these in another box somewhere, I'll have to locate them, reunite them and work of if it's worth trying to get a run together of them, I always did like Moon Knight but I don't think I have a significant number of them at all.

Promethea
11, 13, 14

Alan Moore created this for America's Best Comics and I have the whole in trades I think, plus I think I have more of these elsewhere in my collection too, so these might have to be sold off to make money and space for the titles I REALLY want. I do recommend these comics actually, it's a really cool read, a bit brain taxing at times but good stuff outside of the usual superhero fare.

Lady Constantine #3 (2003)
Cover
A 4 parter about one of John Constantine's ancestors. I do end up finding the other 3 from this run, it's annoying how my comics get all mixed up in my collection.

Hellblazer
64 - 68
Cover
More comics that have become strangely estranged from their run.

The Titans (1999 - 03)
1 - 50
Cover
This series written by Devin K. Grayson brought together characters from previous incarnations of the Teen Titans and the New Titans as well as reuniting the original founding members. Issue 1 starts with the team made up of Argent, Arsenal, Cyborg, Damage, Troia, Flash, Jesse Quick, Nightwing, Starfire & Tempest.


This week's totals are = 

DC = 121
Marvel = 6
Others = 4

The totals so far come to =

DC = 7381
Marvel = 307
Others = 69

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Counting Comics - 28

The totals carried over from last week are = DC = 7598 Marvel = 433 Others = 69 Here's this week's books L.E.G.I.O.N  (198...