This charming collection contains Legion of Super-Heroes stories from the late 60s and early 70s. The main author is Jim Shooter but other writers pull the strings on DC's premier team of the future in this edition. The fourth volume of the "Showcase Presents" series contains the end of the Legion's "Action Comics" run and the start of the "Superboy" run.
This work contains classic tales but, more than three decades later, it's fairly obvious that the Legion was in transition when these issues were published. The last traces of the late 50s/early 60s Legion and the start of the "disco era" can be seen in these comics. While Superboy dominates some of the stories, he plays less of an important role as the comics continue and the Legion members--some of them for the first time--truly come into their own.
There are some gripping and important tales here and a little camp. Still, for the most part, these comics hold up well despite being first released from 1968-1972. The team probably made more changes in those four years than it did in its first decade--something that is clearly on display in this collection. While Legion fans do not--and should not--rank the stories in this collection up there with say the "Great Darkness Saga" or "Legion Lost," this is an important era for the team. Comics fans in general, and Legion fans in particular, will enjoy the more than 500 pages of comics in this collection.