AS A PIN
ever been to a comic con, chances are you picked up one of several
Legion pin-back buttons that were often distributed as promotional
items. There was even a pin for the spin-off L.E.G.I.O.N. book
The most coveted Legion pin of all was a cloisonné pin
issued to retailers for every 100 issues of LEGIONNAIRES
1 that they sold, back in 1993. The lapel pin came
in a plastic bag and featured a military clutch design on its
back. These are extremely difficult to find today.
In 1991, DC Comics
turned to the fans to suggest new titles for publication. During
the summer convention season, they ran a ballot of 20 characters
to choose from, with the two highest vote-getters moving on to
their own titles.
As recounted by editor Michael Eury in one of
his INSIDE DC columns, the contest was dubbed the "Legion
of Substitute Editors", and buttons were given out to fans
to promote this event, using the Legion of Super Heroes font of
the time. The list included Adam Strange, The Creeper, Cyborg,
Fire andIce, Flex Mentallo, Gorilla Grodd, Nightshade, and
of interest to Legion fans, Valor, who received iss own
title in 1992.
After more than 2000 votes were counted, the
winner was Death, from the Sandman series, followed by
FANSETS, a company
dedicated to producing high quality, licensed enamel pins, is
in the process of releasing as many Legionnaires as possible.
So far these are the characters that have been made available.
The images will get updated with each new release.