History ComicBook / LegionOfSuper-heroes

29th Nov '17 2:05:45 AM SeptimusHeap
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At the end of UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, the Legion's slot was swapped with ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, leaving Supergirl as star of ''Adventure Comics'' and the Legion as a backup in ''ComicBook/ActionComics''. After the retirement of editor Mort Weisinger, the Legion was reduced to an occasional backup in ''Superboy''. Dave Cockrum, who would go on to design many members of the Bronze Age incarnation of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}}, became the Legion's regular artist, and started redefining their look. With this, their popularity started to inch upwards again, and eventually, ''Superboy'' became ''Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes''.

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At the end of UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, the Legion's slot was swapped with ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, leaving Supergirl as star of ''Adventure Comics'' and the Legion as a backup in ''ComicBook/ActionComics''. After the retirement of editor Mort Weisinger, the Legion was reduced to an occasional backup in ''Superboy''. Dave Cockrum, who would go on to design many members of the Bronze Age incarnation of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}}, Comicbook/XMen, became the Legion's regular artist, and started redefining their look. With this, their popularity started to inch upwards again, and eventually, ''Superboy'' became ''Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes''.
7th Nov '17 11:56:34 AM lillolillo
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* [[KingIncognito Princess Incognito]]: Projectra, during her Sensor Girl phase. Originally her identity was obscured even from her teammates, but it remained a public secret for even longer.

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* [[KingIncognito Princess Incognito]]: KingIncognito: Projectra, during her Sensor Girl phase. Originally her identity was obscured even from her teammates, but it remained a public secret for even longer.


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* PstandardPsychicPstance: Saturn Girl takes one or both hands to her head when she uses her telepathy more often than not.
7th Nov '17 9:18:30 AM Woodrobin
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(Side note: Ultra Boy still qualified as having a unique power, in addition to being invulnerable to both kryptonite AND lead. His penetra-vision could see through lead, which the others could not. As well, in the modern version, Rond Vidar made it in despite a Green Lantern typically not being allowed because of reliance on outside powers. The technicality: Rond also intrinsically possesses the power of being able to resist all hypnosis.)

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(Side note: Ultra Boy still qualified as having a unique power, in addition since while he can only use on power at a time, they are individually superior to being invulnerable to both Mon-El's, Superboy's and/or Andromeda's versions. For instance, his invulnerability works just as well against magic, lead and kryptonite AND lead. as it does against everything else, and in one issue, when faced with a truly unstoppable force, it shunts him into another dimension to protect him. His penetra-vision could see through lead, lead and inertron (a 30th-century energy-proof metal), which the others could not. In one comic panel, he demonstrates that his flying ability allows him greater maneuverability than Mon-El and Superboy, when he is able to trick them into colliding with each other while chasing him. As well, in the modern version, Rond Vidar made it in despite a Green Lantern typically not being allowed because of reliance on outside powers. The technicality: Rond also intrinsically possesses the power of being able to resist all hypnosis.)
24th Oct '17 1:48:37 PM DLMaximum1
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* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The Persuaders atomic axe can cut through anything... even the force of gravity.

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* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The Persuaders Persuader's atomic axe can cut through anything... even the force of gravity.



** In "threeboot" continuity, Gim Allon comes from a race of giants all of whom have the power to shrink down to normal human size. To him, his power is to ''shrink'', but everyone else sees it as ''growing''. So most of his teammates persist in calling him "Colossal Boy," instead of his preferred name, "Micro Lad."
** Similarly, Atom Girl doesn't take well to being called "Shrinking Violet."

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** In "threeboot" continuity, Gim Allon comes from a race of giants all of whom have the power to shrink down to normal human size. To him, his power is to ''shrink'', but everyone else sees it as ''growing''. So most of his teammates persist in calling him "Colossal Boy," Boy", instead of his preferred name, "Micro Lad."
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** Similarly, Atom Girl doesn't take well to being called "Shrinking Violet."Violet".



** On the other hand, [[AppliedPhlebotinum flight rings and transsuits]] are assigned to all active Legionnaires to allow for flight, communication, and survival in the vacuum of space or in other hostile environments.

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** On the other hand, [[AppliedPhlebotinum flight rings and transsuits]] transuits]] are assigned to all active Legionnaires to allow for flight, communication, and survival in the vacuum of space or in other hostile environments.



* BattleCouple: Shrinking Violet and Lightning Lass in the recent Legion of Superheroes annual. And it is AWESOME

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* BattleCouple: Shrinking Violet and Lightning Lass in the recent Legion of Superheroes Super-Heroes annual. And it is AWESOME AWESOME...



* BreakTheCutie: v4 did this with a number of characters, but particularly harshly with the White Witch. Previously depicted as a slightly shy, bookish type in a (platonic?) relationship with teammate Blok. At the start of v4, she was shown to be in an abusive marriage with former archnemesis Mordru. She was rescued by the reconstituted Legion just in time to discover that Blok had been brutally mutilated by genocidal pirate Roxxas the Butcher.

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* BreakTheCutie: v4 V4 did this with a number of characters, but particularly harshly with the White Witch. Previously depicted as a slightly shy, bookish type in a (platonic?) relationship with teammate Blok. At the start of v4, she was shown to be in an abusive marriage with former archnemesis Mordru. She was rescued by the reconstituted Legion just in time to discover that Blok had been brutally mutilated by genocidal pirate Roxxas the Butcher.
12th Oct '17 4:19:32 PM MetaFour
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* InflatingBodyGag: Bouncing Boy's superpower is to inflate himself at will into a human superball.
2nd Oct '17 11:52:54 AM lillolillo
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* SuperDickery: The Legion were made of this in their early appearances. Most early Legion stories consist of the Legionnaires being jerks to each other, only to reveal at the last minute that it was for the greater good. Arguably, the most famous example is a story in which Saturn Girl mind-controlled the Legion into electing her leader and then stole all of their powers so that she could ensure that she would be the Legionnaire to make a prophesied HeroicSacrifice.

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* SuperDickery: The Legion were made of this in their early appearances. Most early Legion stories consist of the Legionnaires being jerks to each other, only to reveal at the last minute that it was for the greater good. Arguably, Maybe the most famous example is a story in which Saturn Girl mind-controlled the Legion into electing her leader and then stole all of their powers so that she could ensure that she would be the Legionnaire to make a prophesied HeroicSacrifice.



* TimeTravel: Originally it was all over the place, as the means by which Superboy could be a member of a thirtieth-century superteam. After the Zero Hour reboot, it's extremely rare, and half the Legion being sent a thousand years into the past (where they can interact with most of the rest of Franchise/TheDCU) poses a huge problem in terms of how to get them home.

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* TimeTravel: Originally it was all over the place, as the means by which Superboy and Supergirl could be a member members of a thirtieth-century superteam. After the Zero Hour reboot, it's extremely rare, and half the Legion being sent a thousand years into the past (where they can interact with most of the rest of Franchise/TheDCU) poses a huge problem in terms of how to get them home.home.
* TimeTravelRomance: Brainiac-5 (Querl Dox) and ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} (Kara Zor-El). Brainy always falls hard for Kara as soon as he lays his eyes on her, and she likes him back. But he can't live in the 21st century and she can't stay permanently in the future. Her oftentimes prolonged absences have led Brainy to pull some truly ''dumb'' stunts.
6th Jun '17 9:13:16 AM rafi
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* LukeIAmYourFather

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* MasterOfIllusion: Princess Projectra.

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* %%* MasterOfIllusion: Princess Projectra.



* MightyWhitey: The comic set in 30th Century earth, for decades managed to have blue-skinned members, orange-skinned members, and green-skinned members, but no blacks or Asians. They were still almost entirely Northern European body-types right into the 1980s. When they decided to have a martial arts expert join the Legion--in 1966, before it was fashionable--they got Val Armorr, ''Karate Kid'' raised on an earth colony, allegedly of mixed human genetics, but with features and curly red-brown hair that suggested Irish ancestry, if anything.
** There was a (probably unintentionally) funny bit in the issue which examined Val's origin, where he's absolutely SHOCKED to discover that he's not actually entirely Japanese. Despite his appearance being as white as possible without making him blond, and his name being decidedly non-Japanese.
** Jim Shooter originally wanted Ferro Lad-- who joined the Legion at the same time as Karate Kid to be of African descent but got vetoed by Mort Weisinger (likely out of fear of offending readers in the South.) So Shooter had him make a HeroicSacrifice seven issues after his introduction. Later iterations of the character would be white.



* MoreHeroThanThou: Ferro Lad

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* MobySchtick: Early on, Lightning Lad had his arm destroyed by an ill-timed attack on a SpaceWhale, and became obsessed with revenge upon it. He got better.
* MoreExpendableThanYou /
MoreHeroThanThou: One in the Silver Age. To destroy the Sun Eater, Superboy had to fly into the creature and detonate it. He was about to do when he was suckerpunched by Ferro LadLad and he made the Heroic Sacrifice in Superboy's place.
2nd Jun '17 6:02:27 AM rafi
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* AlanSmithee: The final issue of the Threeboot Legion, which rapidly tied up all the plot threads before ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' gave us the original Legion again, was apparently written by "Justin Thyme".
13th May '17 8:23:31 AM rafi
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* TeamworkSeduction: Once with Superboy, Phantom Girl and Triplicate Girl. When Phantom Girl takes an opportunity to steal a kiss from Superboy, Triplicate Girl cuts in using two of her duplicate selves to steal Superboy away and get kisses for themselves.
9th May '17 5:31:30 AM rafi
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* DeusExitMachina: In the 1960s, when Adventure Comics featured the Legion of Super-Heroes, the Legion had several one-off encounters with some guest character (often a stranger applying for Legion membership) who harbored a secret, and who often turned out to be (in disguise) someone whom the Legion already knew. In each of these stories, Saturn Girl was conveniently called away on some separate emergency and wasn't able to participate in the main adventure. Saturn Girl is a telepath: if she had been available to read the stranger's mind, the story would've ended on the first page.
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