Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Chemical King's Funeral

"Chemical King's Funeral" from Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #229 (DC, 1977) by Paul Levitz, James Sherman and Jack Abel
The transition period when Superboy was losing his book to the Legion through the 70s saw a lot of all-star creators work on the title. Cary Bates and Dave Cockrum were the initial team, with Cockrum redesigning the future before leaving to give the X-Men a famous All-New All-Different treatment. He was replaced by future star Mike Grell, who was joined by Jim Shooter. And in the last few years before Superboy was dropped from the title, the under-valued Jim Sherman came on, working with Paul Levitz, who would go on to write more Legion stories than any other person in history. One of Levitz' first moves was to kill off Chemical King, to replace him with Dawnstar. I think we came out ahead.

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