The “Futurity” of the Future
(Soundtrack: Four Non Blondes — Bigger, Better, Faster, More?… I can’t believe they’re on this list! What’s up with that? Sure, they’re a Concrete Blonde rip-off, but still–“Drifting” is a magnificent song!)
Matt Rossi has a fine post up about Superboy’s importance to the Legion of Superheroes. I have to agree. As Matt points out, the spectacle of a 20th century legend barreling around the universe a thousand years after his prime catches the reader in a “crossfire of wonderment”. It’s no accident that things got awfully dark for the Legion the moment that Kal-El disappeared from their continuity–without that connection to the past, and to the ideals that inspired them in the first place, their adventures inevitably slid into postlapsarian gloom. I appreciated the film noirish tone that Giffen & the Bierbaums brought to series during their run–but still, one of the joys of the old Legion was the way it communicated the vast gulf of time that separated the Legionnaires from their sometime comrade-in-arms without whining about it. It’s sort of like Portrait of Jennie that way.
Time to go get my passport photos!
Good Day Friends!