The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains (Hardcover)

Oddball Criminals from Comic Book History

By Jon Morris

Quirk Books, 9781594749322, 256pp.

Publication Date: March 28, 2017

List Price: 24.95*
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Description

Meet more than one hundred of the oddest supervillains in comics history, complete with backstories, vintage art, and colorful commentary.

This collection affectionately spotlights the most ridiculous, bizarre, and cringe-worthy criminals ever published, from fandom favorites like MODOK and Egg Fu to forgotten weirdos like Brickbat (choice of weapon: poison bricks) and Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man. Casual comics readers and diehard enthusiasts alike will relish the hilarious commentary and vintage art from obscure old comics.


About the Author

Jon Morris is a cartoonist, graphic designer, and author of The League of Regret­table Superheroes (Quirk, 2015). Since the late 1990s, he’s operated the blog Gone & Forgotten, an irreverent look at the lowliest and most unfortunate stories and characters comic books have offered. In 2001 he was invited to participate on a superheroes-themed episode of the public radio program This American Life, which remains a popular and frequently rebroadcast episode.


Praise For The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains: Oddball Criminals from Comic Book History

“Fascinating.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“A sequel to Morris’s acclaimed The League of Regrettable Superheroes, this quick-read volume is a chronological encyclopedia of the strangest and silliest antagonists ever to appear in sequential art.”—Vulture

“In the realm of comic books, the undisputed guru of all things ridiculous, forgotten, and regrettable is Jon Morris.”—VICE

"[A] delightfully fun rundown of more than 100 of pulp history’s most marvelous forgotten baddies."—Parade

“In a world filled with polished silver-screen superheroes, one author has curated the  
unthinkable. . . .Each section is full of gorgeous vintage comic art and poignantly entertaining character entries, complete with the villain’s backstory and superhero rivals. Resurrected, these forgotten villains finally enjoy a moment in the cultural spotlight alongside their overshadowing opponents at the box office.”—PRINT magazine

“Wonderful.”—Geeks of Doom

“[The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains] is loads of great fun and is a welcome addition to any coffee table.”—Plain Dealer 

“Morris is the perfect person to reintroduce the world to these characters. . . Pair this book with Morris' book of regrettable heroes and a couple tickets to the latest Marvel or DC movie, and it'll make a great gift for fans of all ages.”—The Oklahoman

“Served up with lashings of delicious snark.”—SFX Magazine

“[The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains] celebrates the imaginations of those who could combine bold, outrageous action with realistic visuals of the bizarre and confrontational. A quirky view of comic book history, it reflects changes in society via a colorful and informative treatment.”—MetroKids

“Morris has done his homework, and it shows.”—Doom Rocket

“[The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains] shines a light on some characters you’ve definitely never heard of before that’ll help up your geek cred and make you extra awesome at trivia nights.”—Rogues Portal

The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains is a great read for any diehard comic fan and gives you a slew of fun facts that you will love.”—BioGamer Girl 

“Comic book fans are going to love reading through the zany, sometimes unbelievable stories included in The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains.”—Nerdophiles

“Jon Morris’ trip down Memory Lane is not only informative, it’s a royal hoot! This is a terrific choice for graphic novel aficionados, serious Trivia competitors, and those who have developed an appreciation for silliness raised to the level of art.”—Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight  

Praise for League of Regrettable Superheroes
“A volume rich with historical anecdotes and informed commentary on every era of comics history.”—A.V. Club

“With its gorgeous full page images of the comics and humorous descriptions of the heroes, each second-stringer gets a few pages of glory.”—Boing Boing

“Jon Morris has compiled the histories and art of some of the strangest and most unusual superheroes that ever saw print and collected them here for you. Definitely check it out!”—Nerdist

“This compendium of short-lived superheroes (from actual comics) will thrill and amaze.”—Mental Floss

“It's a great idea, executed with adroit prose, attractive design and painstaking production quality—full-page, full-color excerpts accompany each entry, turning what could have been a merely dutiful archive into a vibrant, living, expertly curated tour of a long-neglected and seriously goofy facet of American cultural history.”—Monkey See

“[A]n amusing collection of obscure wonderments.”—Sci Fi magazine

“Forgotten but not gone, cartoonist and graphic designer Jon Morris has lovingly resurrected, wittily chronicled, and copiously illustrated these idiosyncratic super-D-list-ers — more than a hundred — for our enlightenment and — mostly — amusement.”—Print magazine

“[Morris's] wealth of knowledge and whip-smart sense of humor add up to a book that’s both deeply informative and quite funny.”—Seattle Weekly 
 
“This excellent book would be a worthy addition to any comic fan’s collection, be they the hardcore enthusiast or the more casual fan of the superhero genre.”—ComicBook.com

“This compilation is essential reading both old and new fans who revel in the art of comic books...This is a wealth of comic art and undeniable fun.”—The New York Journal of Books