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The League of Regrettable Superheroes: Half-Baked Heroes from Comic Book History

The League of Regrettable Superheroes Half Baked Heroes from Comic Book History Look up in the sky It s a bee It s a clown It sa giant eyeball You know about Batman Superman and Spiderman but have you heard of Doll Man Doctor Hormone or Spider Queen In The League of Regrett

  • Title: The League of Regrettable Superheroes: Half-Baked Heroes from Comic Book History
  • Author: Jon Morris
  • ISBN: 9781594747632
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Look, up in the sky It s a bee It s a clown It sa giant eyeball You know about Batman, Superman, and Spiderman, but have you heard of Doll Man, Doctor Hormone, or Spider Queen In The League of Regrettable Superheroes, you ll meet one hundred of the strangest superheroes ever to see print, complete with backstories, vintage art, and colorful commentary So prepare yLook, up in the sky It s a bee It s a clown It sa giant eyeball You know about Batman, Superman, and Spiderman, but have you heard of Doll Man, Doctor Hormone, or Spider Queen In The League of Regrettable Superheroes, you ll meet one hundred of the strangest superheroes ever to see print, complete with backstories, vintage art, and colorful commentary So prepare yourself for such not ready for prime time heroes as Bee Man Batman, but with bees , the Clown circus themed crimebuster , the Eye a giant, floating eyeball just accept it , and many other oddballs and oddities Drawing on the entire history of the medium, The League of Regrettable Superheroes will appeal to die hard comics fans, casual comics readers, and anyone who enjoys peering into the stranger corners of pop culture.

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    1. The July 2015 "Heroes 2" themed Loot Crate had this little gem inside, and it did not disappoint.Basically, the book's title says it all. This is filled with very questionable (at best) superheros, that will make you wonder who in the hell would ever think them up, yet alone draw and publish them! It was such an enjoyable read, that made me laugh out loud quite a few times. The book is divided into three ages: The Modern Age, The Silver Age and The Golden Age. I give you a glimpse and some of th [...]

    2. Very quirky and kitschy, put together very nicely. Good humor in the approach, and wealth of knowledge. Video review here.

    3. I had some doubts about buying this book, despite the fact that I knew it would hit a couple of my fanboy buttons, but I'll explain those doubts later. The fanboy buttons being D list super heroes and encyclopedia.Morris wisely elects to divide the book into sections: The Golden Age, The Silver Age and The Modern Age. I think that helps to view some of these C and D list heroes in the light of the time period in which they were created. That's not to excuse some work that is arguably so bad that [...]

    4. Oh how I laughed at this loving but snarky compendium of failed superheroes. Some lasted only one appearance, while others stuck around for much longer. Apparently there really truly were superheroes with these names:* The Black Dwarf ("Take a bite of knuckle pie!')* The Bouncer ("I bounced the laziness out of your soul!")* Doll Man ("You should know that NO FIST can hold the DOLL MAN!")* The Puppeteer (he got his powers from a magic pipe organ and owns a bald eagle called Raven)* Captain Marvel [...]

    5. In an era when "geek culture" has become unavoidable, it is refreshing to read a work about the superhero genre which is free of pedantry and smart-ass references to Star Wars.Beneath Morris' snark is a deep knowledge and love for the superhero genre and the comic book medium. Each chronologically arranged entry places the strange creations he describes in context, so that it goes beyond simply being an encyclopedia, but also becomes a lively and readable history of comics. The names of legendar [...]

    6. "Regrettable, " is not the term I would have chosen for some of these. "Oddball" "Eccentric" "Curious" any of these would be a better fit, though I'll concede that "regrettable" does fit in at least some cases. The book is divided into three sections: Golden Age, Silver Age, and Modern, and, not only are those ordered chronologically, but also in order of descending length. Entries are typically one page of art, usually the cover of the comic book in question, and a paragraph or three about t [...]

    7. The subject matter was kind of interesting but I hated the writing style. The sidebars being full of little unfunny gags was annoying to me. (on the one for Fantomah, "Complexion: Definitely a 'summer,' except when she's transformed her head into a blazing skull") The whole book felt like a printed version of a clickbait article. Instead of this book maybe just find a wikia of the subject matter, that will likely be a lot better than the forced humor this has.

    8. The League of Regrettable Superheroes is an entertaining look at some of the odder corners of the comic book world.Writer Jon Morris (proprietor of Gone & Forgotten, a blog that looks at amusingly weird comic book stuff) has combed through the back issue bins (or electronic databases) to turn up some of the more striking examples of bizarre comic book characters. The League of Regrettable Superheroes is divided into three eras (Golden, Silver and Modern Ages) and spotlights some colorful exa [...]

    9. I am not much of a fan of superhero comics, but this book was pretty fascinating. My favorites were the Golden Age heroes. More specifically, my favorites were Fantomah and Stardust the Super-Wizard, both of whom were created by Fletcher Hanks. So I suppose I am a potential Fletcher Hanks fan, though of course I'd never heard of him before this! It's just, the art looks pretty cool and also the two heroes are sort of jerks? Or at least, pretty hardcore about punishing the bad guys. (They also bo [...]

    10. It is what it is: an amusing blog turned amusing book with great art and light, easy-to-digest summaries of bizarre comic book characters from different eras. It's a shame Morris didn't delve deeper into the primary sources--when he does talk about the stories, the reading gets surprisingly compelling--but this is a solid coffee table book nevertheless. Few projects that begin on the Internet are worthy of purchase in print form (Anonymous Lawyer lol!), but The League of Regrettable Superheroes [...]

    11. This was an enjoyable look at some forgotten comic book superheroes, most of which were deservedly forgotten, but a few who died an untimely death due to publishing issues or just bad timing. My favorite is probably The Eye, which is nothing but a giant eye and is frankly creepier than most supervillains. But there's also Fantomah, who I didn't know is credited with being the first female superhero (she predates Wonder Woman by more than a year) and whose art is unique for its time. I'd like to [...]

    12. I originally began reading this book back in June, when I thought we might be interviewing him around that time for the podcast. But we just put off that interview -- originally because of HeroesCon, and then the need to find the time -- to the point that we decided to push back the interview with Morris until later. That took place recently: comicsalternative/comics-a. I must say that this is one of the most enjoyable books I've read this year.

    13. A enjoyable little collection of some of the more weird incarnations of superheroes. Wolud have loved to have seen the further adventures of Dr Hormone, Black Dwarf, Speed Centaur and Madame Fatal the cross dressing crime fighter. Some real crackers in here .

    14. Morris's "League of Regrettable Superheroes" is exploration of the flukes of the superhero genre, and this breaks things down into the nice explorations of vices and would-bes of the various comic book ages. Since the book focuses primarily on the super-heros with brief shelf-lives, you don't need to dig down into massive mythologies or character inconsistencies or revisions of character history or alternate universes. Or, not as much as in more standard and long-running superhero fair. Each cha [...]

    15. What a fun idea for a book! I've always loved comic books. I read hundreds and hundreds of them over the years thanks to my dad. But there were so many that I didn't read, couldn't read. I was only one boy! The solution? Marvel Comics would release "handbooks" that would have alphabetical entries on all Marvel heroes and villains, alive and dead. The comics would tell you everything you needed to know about them: powers, origin, secret identity, the whole nine yards. I would frequently spend hou [...]

    16. One of my reading interests is offbeat history. This book gives a history of short-lived superhero comics. There are over 100 super-heroes in this book, from the 1940s to (my surprise) the early 1990s.For each superhero, there is a color reproduction of the comic book's cover, and a 1-2 page amusing article about the comic book. The article gives info such as the author of the comic, when the comic book ran, plot lines, and the powers of the super-hero.I didn't read this book from from to back. [...]

    17. Ranging in scope from “what were they thinking” to “I’d read that,” this collection of comic book missteps is sure to delight the comic book nerd, aficionado and newbie alike as well as cos-players dedicated to the obscure and high waisted speedos. Organized by era (Golden Age/Silver Age/Modern Age), each not-so-super-hero is given 2 – 4 pages, showing at minimum the front cover of an issue and then a one page summary of the comic’s particulars. When I received this book, I took it [...]

    18. Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy BooksI like the holidays, but no matter how excited about them I get, December is still a tricky month. There’s a slew of holidays of both religious and secular varieties, there’s family drama, there’s gift drama, there’s pie drama (The Bitches have forbidden me from baking pie after last year, when I baked one at 4:30AM). It’s a tad stressful.So I dunno about you but reading very short, very silly vignettes during December is about all I can handle [...]

    19. 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 [...]

    20. Author Jon Morris takes us on a tour of some of the "misses" in comics history, from the Golden Age's Bozo the Iron Man (arguably the first robot character) to Marvel's Son of Satan (obviously a 70s creation). In doing so, he strikes a nice balance between making deserved jokes at these goofy characters' expense and showing respect for what the creators were trying to achieve with their work. Each two-four page listing has fun visuals as well as a breezy, but informative, summary of the characte [...]

    21. I love this exciting and entertaining book! Everyone knows the popular superheroes, but this book will introduce the reader to lots of unknown and unheard of superheroes. I love Spider Queen and Moon Girl! This book is easy to follow and easy to readrfect for adults and children of all ages. Adults can read this book to the very young readers. The illustrations are absolutely awesome! Once you start reading this book, it's hard to put it down. Perfect gift for comic book lovers.Super job, Jon Mo [...]

    22. This was a fun compilation of some of the lesser known Herod from comic books rich history. What surprised me most was how many female characters their were: from Invisible Scarlet O'Neil to Moon Girl and Lady Satan. None of the characters in this book made it to mainstream stardom but they are a fun exploration for comic book fans

    23. I received this book of free through BookLikes' Giveaways.I really enjoyed this book. It's an entertaining collection of really weird and obscure superheroes that you probably never heard of. It's also a pretty funny book. I highly recommend it for anyone who loves superheroes.

    24. Most of these guys won't be household names anytime soon, but it is fun to look back at the long and strange history that comics has and the many bizarre characters they have. worth looking at if you want an alternative history look at comics.

    25. This work gives you the feeling of discovering secret treasures. Those superheroes were masterpiece arrests. It is wonderful that this this book gives you the oportunity to meet them. Surrealism combined with the most crazy humor. Great job!

    26. I won this book on .I like how nice the pictures were andthe history of such funny superhero's i.e Doctor Hormone, it was very informative to many hero's that time has forgotten.

    27. This book does not exactly have a set plot. It did have a timeline though. It talked of "The Golden Age" of superheroes. This was where most of the biggest iconic faces of the superhero realm did rise. It was a great time for superheroes that were actually decent, but his book talks about the more regrettable superheroes. The book also talks thoroughly about "The Silver Age" and "The Modern Age". These also were both very important times in the world of superheroes. In this book, there are a lot [...]

    28. The best thing about the book is the tongue-in-cheek humor in which each regrettable hero is described. The book is split into three time sections- The golden, silver and modern age. The golden age I found to be the most entertaining. It's a mini-encyclopedia with alphabetized heroes - in each section. Jon Morris certainly did his homework on this and gives a lot of historical background among the humorous descriptions. The golden age covers the time right after superman appeared up to 1949. So [...]

    29. A hilarious look at some actual comic book heroes that never reached the heights of Superman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman or Thor. Instead, Jon Morris chronicles the short careers of heroes like Doctor Hormone, Invisible Scarlet O'Neil, Rainbow Boy, and Squirrel Girl.The book is divided up into three sections: The Golden Age 1938-1949, where in the wake of Superman's first appearance, every publisher in the business jumped on the super hero bandwagon with their own costumed avengers (usually fightin [...]

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