When I was younger, I read the "Legion of Superheroes comics and enjoyed them. I recently reread some of the stories and found them to be very dull, which is not the case for other comics that I have re-read. After some thought I think it is due to the fact that when you are 8-10 so many of your personal heroes are teeenagers. They are not yet adults in the mysterious world of adults and you can be buddies with them. Anybody else have any thoughts on this?
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April 22, 2011
Hmm. Well, I guess that's as good an answer as any.
I think that I hit my stride in really starting to enjoy my comic book reading during the late 80's and early 90's. After having read steadily (at that point) for two decades, I think I reached a point where some of the storylines -- even from wildly different titles -- really started to seem derivative of one another. DC and Marvel each wanted to have their 'event' titles annually, and that seemed to go back and forth between a very small roster of key superheroes. But -- I've read loads and loads of Batman and Superman comics, mostly -- I think there's only so much you can do with any character.
Now, I do remember reading a few titles when I was younger that stuck in my brain, and I recently sought a few of them out thru ebay sellers, picked 'em up, and reread 'em, and I experienced a bit of a disappointment, maybe something like what you did. I couldn't say why. I think it was just that I had a smaller worldview when I was younger, so some of the minor quibbles of plot and nuance weren't as easily identifiable, unlike today where I picked up on them right away.
Age could be a factor in the equation, though. I just tend to think that it's more 'life experience' that impedes one's ability to look at these things the same.
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April 20, 2011
Good question. I remember skimming through some old Adventure Comics (where the Legion often hung out in the Sixties) and seeing lines like "you let a bunch of girls beat you" and other such sexist phrases, which surprised me no end. I have not read any of the newer Legion so can't comment on the current stories and art. I do know in the 70s and 80s the stories were getting pretty complex and yes, dull. And I felt at that time 60 cents for a comic book is a bit much, LOL. My opinion is whatever the Legion lacks in maturity and inability to relate to adult readers could be made better by excellent art and compelling stories. Personally I enjoy reading some teen fiction so this all works well with my attitudes in reading comics as well as young reader novels, and as well as adult novels. Great question.