Battle evil with Doctor Hormone! Conquer the universe with Bloor, Dictator of Uranus! Or clean the floors with Fatman! This three-book series — The League of Regrettable Superheroes, the Legion of Regrettable Supervillains and The League of Regrettable Sidekicks — from Quirk Books and author Jon Morris collectively bring you more than 300 of the weirdest, wildest, and most wonderful characters ever to grace the four-color medium. Drawing on more than 80 years of comic book history, the Regrettable series is more than just a catalog of cartoon catastrophes, but a loving review of the characters (and their creators) who, for one reason or another, missed out on the success shared among their spandex-clad contemporaries…
The League of Regrettable Superheroes!
You know about Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man, but have you heard of Doll Man, Doctor Hormone, or Spider Queen? In The League of Regrettable Superheroes, you’ll meet one hundred of the strangest superheroes ever to see print, complete with backstories, vintage art, and colorful commentary. So prepare yourself for such not-ready-for-prime-time heroes as Bee Man (Batman, but with bees), the Clown (circus-themed crimebuster), the Eye (a giant, floating eyeball; just accept it), and many other oddballs and oddities. Drawing on the entire history of the medium, The League of Regrettable Superheroes will appeal to die-hard comics fans, casual comics readers, and anyone who enjoys peering into the stranger corners of pop culture.
The Legion of Regrettable Super-Villains
Every hero needs a villain. But not all villains are dangerous—some are incompetent, comical, or just . . . weird. In his follow-up to The League of Regrettable Superheroes, author Jon Morris presents over a hundred of the strangest, most stupefying supervillains to ever see print in comics. Meet D-list rogues like Brickbat (choice of weapon: poisonous bricks), Robbing Hood (steals from the poor to give to the rich), Swarm (a crook made of bees; Nazi bees), and many more. Drawing on the entire history of the medium, The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains affectionately and hilariously profiles oddball criminals from the history of comics
The League of Regrettable Sidekicks
*Nominated for a 2019 Eisner Award!*
This collection affectionately spotlights forgotten helpers like Thunderfoot (explosive-soled assistant to the Human Bomb), super-pets like Frosting (polar bear pal of space hero Norge Benson), fan favorites like Rick Jones (sidekick to half of the Marvel Universe), and obscure partners of iconic heroes (Superman Junior's career barely got off the ground). Included are pernicious profiles of henchmen and minions, the sidekicks of the supervillain world. Casual comics readers and diehard enthusiasts alike will relish the hilarious commentary and vintage art from obscure old comics.
Look at the nice things people have said about the Regrettable series of books…
“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.”
— NPR's Monkey See
“[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
“A volume rich with historical anecdotes and informed commentary on every era of comics history.”
“In terms of research, detail, and revival of long-lost characters, this book holds its own with any comic bible, comic encyclopedia and/or collectors’ series out there, and deserves its own place in the comic book landscape.”
— New York Journal of Books
“Served up with lashings of delicious snark.”
— SFX Magazine
“Definitely check it out!”
“In the realm of comic books, the undisputed guru of all things ridiculous, forgotten, and regrettable is Jon Morris.”
Not enough? Well, here’s a small selection of other reviews and interviews…
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