The Legion of the Night.

If you know me, you know I have a love of all things 1970’s Marvel horror comics (technically it’s a love for old horror comics in general, but for the purposes of this post…).

Tomb Of Dracula, Werewolf By Night, etc. Love’ em.

So naturally whenever Marvel decides to try it’s semi-annual revamp of the horror line, I’m interested. Sometimes it’s a hit, sometimes it’s a miss, and sometimes it just slips under the radar entirely. Which was the case with the 1991 2 issue miniseries The Legion of The Night.

Looking at it now, you’d think it’d have been a bigger deal. A group of 2nd tier Marvel horror comic characters (plus Marvel horror mainstay Jennifer Kale and a new character called Omen) teaming up to stop a cult trying to release a demon and destroy the world, written by comics legend and Howard the Duck creator Steve Gerber, and drawn by an up and coming Whilce Portacio… not only is that an all star creative team, but that’s the type of concept that, had it come out 10-12 years later, would have been eaten up like hotcakes.

Alas, it was not the case, and the Legion quietly vanished without a trace after these 2 issues.

Of course, when your world destroying demon turns out to be a grim and grittied up version of THIS guy…

…it might be a little hard to get taken seriously, no matter how good your story actually is.

I mean, I get a kick out of Fin Fang Foom as much as the next guy, but if you ask me, a hundred something year old underwear sporting alien pretending to be a dragon is much better served playing the disgruntled straight man in comedy stories like this:

Don’t get me wrong, awkward revamp of Fin Fang Foom aside, The Legion of the Night was still a good read. In fact, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Legion getting another shot somewhere down the line.

Just not fighting an underpants dragon.

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