All about Legend in The Boys

When Amazon Prime Video released The Boys series, several important characters from the comics were left out. But little by little, the producers have been inserting adaptations of these characters, as is the case with Legend.

An important character in the plot of Garth Ennis, the Legend appears in “The Boys” since the seventh edition, being the guy who knows absolutely all the dirt on Vought. In the production of Prime Video, the character is played by Paul Reiser, and has some very relevant differences from the comics. In today’s video, we’ll cover the story of Legend in the comics and how he diverges from the series.

Stan Lee

In The Boys comics there are many parodies of Marvel and DC superheroes, but Garth Ennis went even further, making a parody of one of the most legendary comics of all time: Stan Lee. It’s not for nothing that this character of yours is nicknamed “The Legend”.

The Legend first appears in the seventh issue of The Boys comics as a perverted old comic-shop owner who knows more than anyone about Vought and its superheroes. He is constantly visited by Billy Bruto when he needs information, and is a character responsible for offering Hughie a lot of information about that universe – also serving as a narrative device for the reader to stay on top of the whole panorama.

Legend even has a phrase he used in his comics when he was editor: “Expendidious”, which is a joke on the “Excelsior” that Stan Lee used. But to get into Legend’s work as a comic book editor and his role at Vought, it’s first important to put Vought’s story in context.

The History of Vought

Vought is a relentless company that values ​​profit above all else. Although they have a cutting-edge marketing division, they are always trying to save money, and this obsession with saving money over the years has nearly driven them into bankruptcy due to their own inability to produce decent products. A clear example of this happened in the early days of the company, when they got a contract to make a specific type of weapon for soldiers in Vietnam, but they cut manufacturing costs and the weapons just wouldn’t fire. This led to an entire battalion of soldiers being ambushed and murdered without being able to defend themselves.

Over the years, due to its consistently low quality products, the company gained an extremely negative reputation and became a laughing stock, until it formulated a new plan: superheroes. Vought-American managed to gain possession of a drug created by a Nazi scientist that gave people superpowers, called Compound V, and the corporation began testing it on humans, thus generating its first superheroes. However, a company with such a negative track record needed functional and very specific marketing for its new business. That’s where Victory Comics comes in.

Victory Comics

In The Boys comics, comic books are extremely important for Vought, as it is from this medium that they are able to build the background of their superheroes and make them salable. For this, the Legend was responsible for the entire editorial line of Victory Comics, and each of Vought’s supers had their own title in the comics.

In their own words, people don’t want reality, they want dreams. They don’t want their heroes to be human and sordid, they want them to be selfless and perfect – and so the comics sold that image.

In addition to creating heroic adventures, Victory Comics also had a “damage control” function. An example: if two supers got into a bar fight or something, the characters’ comics that week would create a plot where one of them’s powers got out of control due to some villain’s machinations, and so the other had to. face it.

Problems started when Homelander came along, as he was far more destructive and unscrupulous than any other super. The public image of Pátria was left to the Legend’s responsibility, which meant that if he destroyed a super that went crazy, his comic had to explain that that was a villain who self-destructed.

queen maeve

In the comics, Queen Maeve is quite different from the series, although there is still the plot that in the past she had a relationship with the Motherland. However, in the HQ this romance ended when Pátria left her blindfolded and tricked her into sleeping with Black Noir, thinking she was with him. Homelander even took pictures of the relationship and showed it to all the other supers, as a way to humiliate her. This event led to Maeve becoming depressed and an alcoholic, growing increasingly disillusioned with the Seven and Vought.

At this time, Maeve sought to become an informant for the CIA, specifically for the special supers control group, “The Boys”. The Legend was the person she reached out to to get that contact, and in that way he acted as a go-between between Maeve and Mallory and Billy Bruto’s group.

It turns out that this closeness between Legend and Maeve ended up turning into a love relationship, believe it or not. Finally having someone who treated her decently and who was in love with her, Maeve let herself go and had a brief romance with Legend, and the two even had a child together.

Gallant Rooster

Maeve’s son with Legend was also born with superpowers, and later adopted the moniker “Galo Galante”, being part of a group of teen superheroes called the Terror Squad. He has many of the skills seen… well, in roosters and hens. He has sharp claws, can fly low, and has a “chicken sensor” that warns him of danger.

The group that Galo Galante is part of is involved in Hughie’s first mission with “The Boys”, and this ends up generating a general confrontation between the two teams in the middle of the street. During the confusion, Hughie, who had taken a dose of Compound V for the first time moments before and still had no control over his newfound powers, ended up killing the Gallant Rooster with a punch that went right through his chest.

However, Hughie later discovered that the Gallant Rooster was still alive. Well… sort of. It turns out that, in The Boys comics, Garth Ennis decides to play with the old concept of the resurrections of Marvel and DC. So, Compound V has an element that can cause supers brain functions to come back, which is sort of a “resurrection.” However, they only come back with basic functions, almost like zombies, and Vought uses them for a few public marketing appearances and then locks them away for good.

Well, Galo Galante is one of those who return, and Hughie, who was still traumatized, needs to kill him again. He receives this quest as a personal favor for the Legend, and only later discovers that the Gallant Rooster was his and Maeve’s son.

Death

Unfortunately, like many of the characters in The Boys, the Legend doesn’t have a very good ending. In the final stretch of the HQ, when Billy Bruto begins to eliminate all those who could prove to be a possible threat to his plans to wipe out all the supers in the world, Legend ends up being one of the targets.

Billy invades his residence at dawn, making it clear that he is there to eliminate him. Legend tries to run away, but one important detail I forgot to mention earlier is that, well… he doesn’t have both feet. While desperately dragging on, the Legend takes a tremendous kick where the sun doesn’t shine, and dies in the midst of his comics.

The Legend in the Prime Video series

Unlike the comics, the version of Legend in season 3 of The Boys series is not inspired by Stan Lee. Who revealed this was the creator of the TV series, Eric Kripke, who told Nerdist that the version of the series is actually a satire of producer Robert Evans.

He explains that in Garth Ennis’ work, comics were the main medium of that universe, so it made sense that Stan Lee would have been the big boss of it. But in the series world, movies and television are the main source of media for superheroes.

Robert Evans is a famous film and TV producer of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, who was known for turning Paramount Pictures into the biggest movie studio in the USA at this time. He was responsible for producing Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather, Serpico and Chinatown.