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"The Legion of Super-Heroes
Release Date: April
Writer: Otto Binder
Penciller: Al Plastino
Uh, I don't think they gave credits for these people
Lightning Boy (only time referred to by this sobriquet
, from here on out he's Lightning Lad
), Cosmic Boy
, and Saturn Girl
. The big three
of Legion lore. While these are the only members named or fully shown, we do see other Legionnaires in shadow
(and Brainiac 5
cheering Superboy's admission to the Legion) meaning while this is the first
appearance of the Legion from Superboy
's perspective, it's not
their initial appearance chronologically
. I think.
Cameos: Pa Kent
So what happens?
(remember, most of these stories take place pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths
, the young Kal-El
and future Superman
is living in his hometown
as a nerdy teen
. One day, he is approached by another teenager
who calls him Superboy while he's dressed as Clark Kent
. A couple other teens seem to know his dual identity
, so finally he confronts them to discover that these three teens are: Lightning Boy, Saturn Girl, and Cosmic Boy, the founding members
of the Legion of Super-Heroes, a "super-heroing" club from 1,000 years in the future.
At their invitation, Superboy travels to the 30th century
in the Legionnaire
's time bubble
, there to undertake a series of entrance exam
s to see if he qualifies for honorary membership
in the Legion.
ted against each of the three founding members in tests of strength, intelligence, and heroism
, but during each test, Superboy is distracted by menace
s to various "normal" people, and takes care of each one of them instead of participating in each test, thus causing each Legionnaire to win their particular test.
Superboy prepares to go back home, feeling he's failed
the entrance exam. However, the Legionnaires reveal that each "crisis" he faced during the tests was manufactured by the Legionnaires to see how he would react: would he do the noble thing, and save innocent
lives, or ignore the threats to win entry into the Legion? Of course, our hero, by saving the day
, did the right thing. He is thus granted entry into the Legion, and awarded a "Super-Hero Number One
" medal, which he takes with him back to the 20th century
to show to a beaming
Besides being the introductory appearance of one of the most well-loved and enduring super-hero teams of all time
? I dunno.
Comic Books Were Definitely a Boyzone Back in the Day Department:
"You lost out on your first test ... and to a girl!
Is this the great Superboy we learned about in school
? What's your excuse?"
--Cosmic Boy to Superboy after he loses his first test to Saturn Girl.
30th Century Technology Department:
Despite having a time bubble with no apparent means of propulsion
, the Legionnaires still fly around 30th century Metropolis
using jet pack
s on their backs.
The Future Hasn't Been Written Yet Department:
For some strange reason, Cosmic Boy's magnetic
powers emanate from his magnetic eyes
(later, it's shown that his hands are from whence the power flows}, and Lightning Boy/Lad's costume
is red, green, and yellow rather than blue and white. Likewise, Saturn Girl's costume is green, black, and yellow instead of the sultry pink and white we'll next see. Cosmic Boy's costume stays pink until the 70s. While they're apparently not necessary in the 20th century, each Legionnaire wears some form of space suit helmet
on their head when in the 30th. Also, each LSH member has their name stencilled on their respective costume, a practice to be dropped fairly quickly ... say like by the next time they make their appearance.
Many thanks to Jet-Poop for the template from which to devise this and future LSH writeups and to his fantastic JLA Issue Guide for inspiration and motivation. The Legion appears to this day in monthly comics published by DC Comics.
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