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Legion of Superheroes Comic Values

Legion of Superheroes comic book values

by Gary Watkins

The Legion of Superheroes, a group of heroes from the 30th and 31st centuries, have appeared in the DC Comics universe since the late 1950s.

While they have not yet appeared in Superhero movies, they did spawn an animated series that aired on The CW network in 2006.

If Warner Brothers can eventually launch a Justice League of America movie, is a Legion movie far behind?

With a diverse cast of characters and a rich history to pull from, a LSH movie would make the value of its comic books rocket.

Here are key books from the history of the LSH. If you have any of them, please have them valued for free by Sell My Comic Books.

Adventure Comics #247: First Appearance of the Legion of Superheroes

The Legion first appeared in Adventure Comics #247 in 1958 when three of its members, Lightning Boy, Saturn Girl, and Cosmic Boy, met the modern day Superboy to recruit him into their group.

Adventure Comics #247: First Appearance Legion of Superheroes. Click for value

This is a minor Silver Age key comic book.

Record sale: $17,700 (CGC 9.2)

Minimum value: $300 (poor but complete condition)

Though we only met three members of the LSH in their first appearance, their ranks would soon include such members as Brainiac 5, Triplicate Girl, Invisible Kid, and Sun Boy.

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Adventure Comics #267: Second Appearance of the Legion

The Legion proved very popular with comic book fans. They made a second appearance in the DC Comics universe in 1959 in Adventure Comics #267.

Adventure Comics #267, second appearance of the Legion of Superheroes

In this story, Lightning Boy made a return appearance, though his name had been changed to Lightning Lad. 

Though not as popular as their first appearance, this LSH appearance has made Adventure Comics #267 valuable.

Record sale: $3,200 (CGC 9.0)

Minimum value: $50

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Adventure Comics #300: Superboy in Tales of the Legion

The LSH would make several more appearances in various DC Comics titles, including Action Comics.

Finally, in Adventure Comics #300, they finally received their own feature, titled Superboy in Tales of the Legion of Superheroes.

Tales of the Legion of Superheroes in Adventure Comics #300. Click for value

In this story, Lightning Lad, Sun Boy, and others are about to be exiled from their Earth due to the difficulties they're having with their powers when Superboy arrives to help them. Check value

Record sale: $4,500 (CGC 9.4)

Minimum value: $20

Adventure Comics #304: Death of Lightning Lad

In Adventure Comics #304, Lightning Lad, one of the most popular Legion members.

Adventure Comics #304 Death of Lightning Lad

He met his apparent demise after sacrificing his life to save Saturn Girl, who had a premonition of a member's death. He was subsequently brought back to life Adventure Comics #312. 

Record sale: $310 (CGC 9.4)

Minimum value: $5

Adventure Comics #305: 1st Marvel Lad

First Marvel Lad in Adventure Comics #305. Click for value

In Adventure Comics #305, Marvel Lad becomes a member of the Legion after he passes all of the membership tests and requirements. He is ultimately revealed to be Superboy.

Record sale: $1,000 (CGC 9.6)

Minimum value: $5

Adventure Comics #306: Substitute Heroes!

Adventure Comics #306 Substitute Heroes. Click for value

Adventure Comics #306 saw the introduction of the Legion of Substitute Heroes, a band of five heroes—Fire Lad, Polar Boy, Night Girl, Chlorophyll Kid, and Stone Boy—who were rejected for membership in the LSH and decide to form their own team.

Record sale: $1,100 (CGC 9.6)

Minimum value: $5

Adventure Comics #307: Mystery Lad

Adventure Comics #307 Mystery Lad. Click for value

Mystery Lad joined the Legion in Adventure Comics #307 and helped them to defeat Roxxas, a menacing space pirate.

Later, Mystery Lad—who earned his name from Legion members because no one knew what his power was—changed his name to Element Lad.

Record sale: $1,700 (CGC 9.6)

Minimum value: $5

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Adventure Comics #308: Return of Lightning Lad?

Adventure Comics #308: the return of Lightning Lad? Click for value

In an unusual story, Lightning Lad appears to return to the land of the living in Adventure Comics #308.

However, the Legion of Superheroes finds out that it's only his twin sister, Lightning Lass.

Record sale: $1,400 (CGC 9.6)

Minimum value: $5

Adventure Comics #312: The Real Return of Lightning Lad

Adventure Comics #312: the actual return of Lightning Lad. Click for current values

Lightning Lad is finally revived in Adventure Comics #312, after Proty, the pet of Legionnaire Chameleon Boy, sacrifices his life to revive the dead LSH member in a lightning ceremony.

Record sale: $1,400 (CGC 9.4)

Minimum value: $1

Adventure Comics #325: Legion vs Lex Luthor

Lex Luthor, Superman's arch nemesis, meets the Legion of Superheroes for the first time in Adventure Comics #325.

He attempts to dissolve the Legion, but is foiled by the LSH itself.

Record sale: $450 (CGC 9.4)

Minimum value: $1

Adventure Comics #337: Marriage Issue

Two marriage proposals are the spotlight of Adventure Comics #337, as Lightning Lad marries Saturn Girl, and Ultra Boy marries Phantom Girl.

Both couples leave the Legion of Superheroes as part of the Legion's rules prohibiting married heroes, only to return and reveal that they weren't married after all; it was all a ruse to trick three villains who tried to join the Legion.

Record sale: $230 (CGC 9.4)

Minimum value: $1

Legion of Superheroes 1973 Mini-Series

Published in 1973, the four-issue series Legion of Superheroes is a reprint of the previous Legion stories from Adventure Comics.

Legion of Superheroes mini series, 1973
Legion of Superheroes mini series, 1973
Legion of Superheroes mini series, 1973
Legion of Superheroes mini series, 1973

This is the first series titled after the LSH and is considered valuable to many comic book collectors, who may not be able to find (or afford) the original comics.

Superboy #197

Eventually the Legion moved from the Adventure Comics series to Action Comics for approximately a year, before joining Superboy's comic book.

Superboy #197, published in 1973, marked the return of top billing on a book for the superhero team.

Superboy #197, first appearance of Legion of Superheroes in his title. Click for values

In this issue, Timber Wolf, possessed by supervillain Tyr, attempts to assassinate the president of Earth but is stopped by Superboy and Superman.

Superboy #226: First Dawnstar

Dawnstar, one of the more popular LSH members, debuted in Superboy #226, when she is recruited by Wildfire to join the group. In this issue, she helps them to track down a band of space pirates.

Dawnstar, one of the more popular LSH members, debuted in Superboy #226, when she is recruited by Wildfire to join the group. Click for values

Interestingly enough, in 1980 Superboy departed the comic book series and it was renamed Legion of Superheroes starting with issue #259. 

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All-New Collector's Edition C-55

Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad finally marry in All-New Collector's Edition Volume 1 #C-55.

Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad finally marry in All-New Collector's Edition Volume 1 #C-55. Click for value

On their honeymoon, they are kidnapped by Lunarites, but are eventually rescued by the Legion.

Legion of Superheroes #300

In 1983, DC Comics celebrated the 300th issue of the Legion of Superheroes with a collection of short stories illustrated by popular Legion artists from the past.

300th issue of the Legion of Superheroes with a collection of new stories. Click for values

Ultimately the story changed some of the Legion continuity that had been established in past issues.

LSH Relaunch 1994

In 1994, Zero Hour, a DC Comics crossover series that tweaked several continuity issues that plagued many characters, provided the launching pad for a reboot of the Legion.

1994 Legion of Superheroes issue 0

This new series, the fifth series titled Legion of Superheroes, started with issue #0 and retold the origin of the superhero group.

DC New 52 Legion of Superheroes #1

With the New 52 reboot, Legion of Superheroes restarted at issue #1 in 2011.

New 52 reboot of the Legion of Superheroes #1. Click for values

Not everybody rejoiced at the thought of New 52, but a couple of years on, it's widely regarded as successful.

Early issues of most titles have rocketed in value, as new collectors seek the best examples. See example prices below.

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