You know about Batman, Superman, and Spiderman, but have you heard of Doll Man, Doctor Hormone, or Spider Queen? In The League of Regrettable Superheroes, you’ll meet one hundred of the strangest superheroes ever to see print, complete with backstories, vintage art, and colorful commentary. So prepare yourself for such not-ready-for-prime-time heroes as Bee Man (Batman, but with bees), the Clown (circus-themed crimebuster), the Eye (a giant, floating eyeball; just accept it), and many other oddballs and oddities. Drawing on the entire history of the medium, The League of Regrettable Superheroes will appeal to die-hard comics fans, casual comics readers, and anyone who enjoys peering into the stranger corners of pop culture.
Jon Morris is a cartoonist and graphic designer. Since the late 1990s, he’s operated the blog Gone & Forgotten, an irreverent look at the weirdest and most unfortunate stories and characters comic books have offered. In 2001, he was invited to participate in a superheroes-themed episode of the public radio program This American Life, a popular and frequently rebroadcast episode.
"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
"A volume rich with historical anecdotes and informed commentary on every era of comics history."—A.V. Club
"This compendium of short-lived superheroes (from actual comics) will thrill and amaze."—Mental Floss
"[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
"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
"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
- Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-59474-763-2
- e-Book ISBN: 978-1-59474-783-0
- Book Dimensions:7 x 9
- Page Count:256
- Release Date:June 2, 2015