More than one hundred of the strangest sidekicks in comics history, complete with backstories, vintage art, and colorful commentary.
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.
About the Author
Jon Morris is a cartoonist and graphic designer and author of The League of Regrettable Superheroes (Quirk, 2015), The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains (Quirk, 2017), and The League of Regrettable Sidekicks (Quirk, 2018). Since the late 1990s, he’s operated the blog Gone & Forgotten, an irreverent in-depth look at the worst, the lowliest, and the most unfortunate stories and characters comic books have ever offered.
“This snarky, vividly illustrated ride through comic book history is a hoot.”—BookPage
“A gorgeous technicolor reference tome.”—Tor.com
“The exquisite artwork allows readers to visualize each character as they make their way through the book and is an entertaining read all the way to the end.”—Bio Gamer Girl.
“Even non-comics fans could have a great time flipping through this reference and laughing with a friend…or a sidekick for that matter.”—Pop Matters
“Entertaining, well-written and researched…Highly recommended!”—My Comic Book Praise for national bestseller The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains: “Fascinating.”—Entertainment Weekly
“A sequel to Morris’s acclaimed The League of Regrettable Superheroes, this quick-read volume is a chronological encyclopedia of the strangest and silliest antagonists ever to appear in sequential art.”—Vulture
“In the realm of comic books, the undisputed guru of all things ridiculous, forgotten, and regrettable is Jon Morris.”—VICE
“[A] delightfully fun rundown of more than 100 of pulp history’s most marvelous forgotten baddies.”—Parade
“Full of gorgeous vintage comic art and poignantly entertaining character entries.”—PRINT magazine
Praise for The League of Regrettable Superheroes: “A volume rich with historical anecdotes and informed commentary on every era of comics history.”—A.V. Club
“With its gorgeous full page images of the comics and humorous descriptions of the heroes, each second-stringer gets a few pages of glory.”—BoingBoing
“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
“This compendium of short-lived superheroes (from actual comics) will thrill and amaze.”—Mental Floss
“A great idea, executed with adroit prose, attractive design and painstaking production quality… 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