Way back in March, I mentioned a scholarly book on The Legion of Super-Heroes that I was trying to put together. In that earlier post, I put out a call for submissions, and I don't think I've mentioned the project on this blog since. Did people fail to send submissions? Did I give up on it? Did the project die?
It's very much alive. In fact, the almost-completed first draft (still waiting for one or two more essays) is nearly 400 manuscript pages of Legion coolness. The finished book won't be available until 2008 (just in time for the 50th Anniversary, as planned), but just to tease you, here's a list of a few of the chapters that you'll be able to read in what is tentatively called Teenagers from the Future: Essays on the Legion of Super-Heroes:
• James Kakalios on "The Legion's Super-Science"
• Richard Bensam's "The Perfect Storm: The Death and Ressurection of Lightning Lad"
• Jeff Barbanell on "Shooter's Marvelesque"
• Scipio Garling on "How the Legion Transitioned Us from the JSA to the JLA"
• Sara Ellis on "Architecture and Utopia"
• Chris Sims on "The (Often Arbitrary) Rules of the Legion"
• Alan Williams on "Gender Identity and Homosexuality in the TMK Legion"
And dozens more!
The book is going to be fun, funny, informative, scholarly, and exciting. It will cover the major eras of Legion history, looking at the way the book reflected the culture of the time and predicted social changes of the future. It will explore historical trends, artistic trends, and storytelling trends in relation to the Legion's various creative teams. It will make you weep with joy.
I'm quite proud of how this book looks so far, and it's not even finished yet. When you plan out your budget for next Spring, set aside a few extra bucks for Teenagers from the Future. Trust me, you'll like it a lot.