CON: LEGION LEADER BALLOT PAPERS
1976, DC Comics held its inaugural (and so far only) Super DC
Convention, originally scheduled for the Hotel Commodore, NYC
(taken over by the Trump Organization that year itself and duly
converted into the Grand Hyatt), but hastily moved to the Americana
(now Sheraton NY Times Square), after a strike by employees
at the Commodore. The events happened at such late notice that
the convention booklet could not be changed, so the program had
to erroneously bear the name of the Commodore as the venue.
Despite a well-documented comedy of errors
which plagued the three-day con, it proved a spectacular success,
with a huge amount of vintage comics for sale, DC memoribilia
displays, panel discussions, workshops and film festivals, ending
with a celebration of Superman's birthday and a suitably-decorated
cake. Indeed, it was the last time DC's golden age creators got
to share the stage with their silver age counterparts.
In many ways, this was a precursor of
the big comic cons we have today. It also attracted many Legion
of Super-Heroes fans, giving DC the opportunity to ask them to
elect a new leader for the Legion.
papers featuring all the Legionnaires were made available to attendees,
who were asked to circle their preferred leader on the form as
well as writing down the character's name in the space provided,
and placing them in various Legion ballot boxes placed around
Random forms were drawn at regular intervals
throughout the sessions and door prizes awarded, with the fans'
choice announced on the last day. Superboy was the clear winner,
with Wildfire coming in second.
But because Superboy was only a part-time
member, Wildfire was named leader, and duly sworn in in SUPERBOY
225, Paul Levitz' first Legion story. Element Lad came in
third, and interestingly, Tyroc placed fifth.
double-sided ballot papers measured 8.5 x 11 inches, and were
accompanied by a survey form compiled by "the DC staff",
asking fans a series of questions about what they liked and disliked
about DC Comics, with three lucky participants winning pieces
of original art.
While many fans filled the ballot
papers in, those with more collectors' instincts kept a few for
There are probably only a handful of
these unmarked papers left today.