Monday, November 21, 2011

Countdown to Infinite Weddings, Day 5: Save the Date, 1,000 Years in the Future

The Mid-Day Matinee this week, all week: Countdown to Infinite Weddings! Join the countdown to Friday's Wedding of the Century (Hey, you don't see the Black Panther and Storm's copyright on that phrase, do you?) with a look at some of the greatest weddings in comic book history! Uh uh uh...sit right back down, Hank Pym, you crazy dude. And I mean that literally. Let's kick off the countdown by completely skipping the long-distance dedication (sorry, Casey!) and start up our Countdown to Infinite Weddings! Today: weddings of the Legion of Super-Heroes!

The Weddings of Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad, and Phantom Girl and Ultra Boy!

Panels from Adventure Comics #337 (October 1965), script by Edmond Hamilton, pencils by John Forte, inks by Sheldon Moldoff, letters by Vivian Berg

The Wedding of Princess Projectra and Karate Kid!

Two-page spread from Legion of Super-Heroes Annual v.2 #2 (1983), co-plot and script by Paul Levitz, co-plot by Keith Giffen, pencils and inks by Dave Gibbons, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by John Costanza
(Click picture to I wouldn't want to pay for that reception-size)

The Wedding of Duo Damsel and Bouncing Boy!

Page from Superboy starring the Legion of Super-Heroes #200 (February 1974), script by Cary Bates, pencils and inks by Dave Cockrum, letters by Ben Oda
(Click picture to Chuck Taine-size)

I love that Cockrum piece, and the same irony is that it's the page that spurred Dave Cockrum to leave DC. (Yes, I said page...DC wouldn't even print it as a double-page spread, just as one page printed sideways.) Here's the info on a couple cool easter eggs in the art...and a Cockrum sketch of Shrinking Violet!...from The Legion Companion:

from The Legion Companion (November 2003) by Glen Cadigan

And here's a spotlight on the two Martian attendees of Chuck and Luornu and Luornu's wedding: J'onn J'onnz (who would later pop up in the "Five Years Later" Legion era) and Edgar Rice Burrough's Tars Tarkas.

Since this quartet of weddings from one thousand years in the future of Earth-1, the DC Universe (and the Legion itself) has been rebooted, oh, about eleventy-seven times. So let's not focus on the eventual death of Val Armorr and the fact that Imra Ardeen may just have married tapioca, because there's always a chance for more weddings in the future of the Legion. My vote: Shrinking Violet and Lightning Lass. (C'mon, like this would be a social hindrance in 3011?) If not, then Brainy and his ego.

Play us off, Legion animated cartoon!

1 comment:

Jon Jermey said...

Duo Damsel? Shouldn't that be " and wife and wife"?