Everyone knows about Supergirl, Storm, and Wonder Woman, but what about Fantomah, Moon Girl and the Spider Queen? If you can’t recall the latter superheroines, it’s because they fell by the wayside of comic book glory. “The League of Regrettable Superheroes” by Jon Morris is a historical collection of unsuccessful comic book superheroes.
Morris provides a detailed comic book history divided into three parts, “The Golden Age,” “The Silver Age,” and “The Modern Age.” He begins in 1938 and continues to the present time. In his introduction, Morris discusses contemporary culture’s fascination with superheroes. It’s hard to believe that superheroes were introduced almost eighty years ago. Few fans can name the earliest, less known superheroes.
As Morris states in his book, “From the very origins of the [comic book] genre to the newest digital graphic novels, the family tree of costumed crimefighters includes hundreds of third-stringers and Z-listers: near-misses, almost-weres, mightabeens, nice tries, weirdos, oddballs, freaks, and even the occasional innovative idea that was simply ahead of its time.”
Morris points out that not all of the forgotten superheroes were bad. Part of the reason many superheroes are forgotten is because of poor timing, unstable marketplaces, or being overlooked in a massive crowd of their peers. A few of the unknown superheroes were successfully reintroduced to comic book fans.
“The League of Regrettable Superheroes” by Jon Morris is a lighthearted, fun and quirky read. It will jar the memories of comic book fans with superheroes from long ago. Be sure to check out Morris’s blog “Gone and Forgotten” for even more information about “The League of Regrettable Superheroes.”