Yours Truly is even one of the reviewers that Mr. Morris quotes in this-here post. It really is a fantastic read.
Hey, looking for the perfect gift for the superhero jones in your life? Intrigued your-own-self about the weirdest, most unusual corners of comic book creations? Curious about such straight-up nutcase whackadoo costumed crimefighters like Mother Hubbard, Doctor Hormone, Bozo the Iron Man, Fatman the Human Flying Saucer and many more? Well, have I got the book for you - The League of Regrettable Superheroes, published by Quirk Books and written by yours truly!
This lavishly illustrated, encyclopedia-style book covers one-hundred of the most bulldongle dingo nuthatches to ever grace the four-color medium. There’s Prez, America’s first teen president! Nightmare and Sleepy, the homeless wrestler superheroes! Brother Power the Geek, hippie frankenstein monster mannequin hero, sort-of! And many more...
The book is currently available on Amazon for a measly fourteen bucks, fourteen! That’s, like, three-and-a-half white chocolate mocha ventis at Starbucks, if that happens to be your primary form of currency. Which I believe it is, among the cargo cultists on the island of Vanuatu.
Written in a lightly humorous style, I endeavored to not just describe the heroes featured in the book but to provide some interesting backstory about their creators and the time in which they thrived. Add to that dozens of pages of lovely color reproductions of the source material, and League of Regrettable Superheroes isn’t only a good read, but a good lookin’ book!
Don’t believe me? Why should you -- I lie constantly! But check out what these nice folks had to say!
“Forgotten but not gone, cartoonist and graphic designer Jon Morris has lovingly resurrected, wittily chronicled, and copiously illustrated these idiosyncratic super-D-list-ers — more than a hundred — for our enlightenment and — mostly — amusement.”—Print magazine
“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
“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
“[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
Dang, lookit all them nice folks saying nice things about this book! So, hey, what a great and relatively inexpensive holiday gift for your loved ones or, providing they’re really into Doll Man, your worst enemies! The League of Regrettable Superheroes also makes a great stocking stuffer provided that the person for whom you’re buying it has, like, acromegaly of the feet or something. I don’t know what that’s called. Elephant-Man-ism, I guess. Or if they’re Shaq. Anyway, what I’m saying is that it actually makes a pretty bad stocking stuffer because it’s too big for most stockings, which is actually a selling point, right?
The League of Regrettable Superheroes is available at all your favorite booksellers and, if it isn’t, they shouldn’t be your favorite booksellers anymore. Let them know as much in a strongly-worded letter. It’s also available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and a bunch of other online retailers. An enjoyable read for handsome, sophisticated people, buy as many copies as your postal carrier can drag around! And thanks!
The League of Regrettable Superheroes
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books (June 2, 2015)