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Legion of Substitute Heroes Special (1985) - #1
"You Can't Keep a Good Villain Down"
DC Comics


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Cover Date: 1985
Cover Price: US $ 1.25

Issue Tagline: None.

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 52 pages

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Writer(s):
Keith Ian Giffen
Paul Levitz

Penciller(s):
Keith Ian Giffen

Inker(s):
Karl Kesel

Colorist(s):
Carl Gafford - 'Gaff'

Letterer(s):
John Costanza

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An image for Chlorophyll Kid exists Chlorophyll Kid
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An image for Computo (DC) (Danielle Foccart) exists Computo (DC) (Danielle Foccart)
An image for Gigi Cusimano (DC)(Earth-0) exists Gigi Cusimano (DC)(Earth-0)
An image for Eyeful Ethel (DC) exists Eyeful Ethel (DC)
An image for Fire Lad exists Fire Lad
An image for Infectious Lass (DC)(Earth-0) exists Infectious Lass (DC)(Earth-0)
An image for Matter-Eater Lad (Earth-0) exists Matter-Eater Lad (Earth-0)
An image for Night Girl (DC)(Earth-0) exists Night Girl (DC)(Earth-0)
An image for Polar Boy (DC)(Earth-0) exists Polar Boy (DC)(Earth-0)
An image for Porcupine Pete exists Porcupine Pete
An image for Proty (DC) (01 Earth-0) exists Proty (DC) (01 Earth-0)
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Synopsis:
A synopsis of this tale is relatively difficult, given that the story doesn't take itself too seriously. In fact, it's a deliberate parody of a group that is itself a kind of walking parody. Given that the book was released on April Fool's Day, that, of course, makes sense. But suffice it to say, there's a problem, the Subs are the only ones left behind to take care of it, and they do it--with Stone Boy playing an unexpectedly critical role.

As you might expect from the cover, expect the Fourth Wall to be broken quite a bit with this story. At one point Paul Levitz himself appears, simply demanding that the plot advances.

It's just a fun, nonsensical issue. Don't try to make sense of it; just go with the least-respected members of the DCU for a wacky li'l trip.

Notes:
Tonally, this issue shares a lot in common with the 21st century JLA Classified arc, "I Can't Believe It's Not the Justice League".

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