The League of Regrettable Superheroes

The League of Regrettable Superheroes

Half-baked Heroes From Comic Book History

eBook - 2015
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A fun, funny, and affectionate look at the strangest superheroes to ever appear in comics, some so hilariously odd that it's hard to believe they were ever published. Featuring vintage comic book art, with equally colourful commentary from a die-hard comic book blogger and cartoonist, The League of Regrettable Superheroes is a different window into the superhero phenomenon that's become so prevalent in movies, television and pop culture. For every Batman or Spiderman who hit the big time with a blockbuster movie, there are countless failures, also-rans, and D-listers. Some were shockingly ill-conceived, some were hilariously off-target, and some were justmind-numbingly weird. And now, finally, these long-forgotten heroes will get their day in the sun. The League of Regrettable Superheroes presents one hundred of the strangest superheroes to ever see print, complete with backstories, vintage art, and colourful commentary from author Jon Morris. Within these pages, you'll meet heroic characters like Captain Tootsie (Tootsie Roll spokeshero) Bee Man (like Batman, but with bees!), Squirrel Girl (a rare bright spot in comics' darkest hours), Prez (America's groovy teenage president/vampire fighter) and Skateman (roller-skated avenger in a pre-Rollerblade world). The League of Regrettable Superheroes celebrates the artistic train-wrecks that can only happen in the anything-goes world of comics, where a creative misfire can produce entertainingly bizarre results. Drawing on the entire history of the medium, the book includes characters that haven't seen the light of day in decades, pulling from defunct and long-forgotten comics publishers as well as DC and Marvel. Author Jon Morris, cartoonist and founder of the comic book blog Gone and Forgotten, provides insight and context, as well as curation, for this astonishing roster of not-ready-for-prime-time heroes.
Publisher: New York :, Quirk Books,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781594747830
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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sandeepbansal
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.

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mexicanadiense
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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abraham_8
Jun 20, 2016

abraham_8 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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