SPOILERS AHEAD, CAPTAIN! SHOULD I RAISE THE SHIELDS? CAPTAIN? KEPTIN??
"The Three Super-Heroes!"
Release Date: August
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Penciller: Jim Mooney
I feel a hate crime
LSH Roll Call: Cosmic Boy
, Lightning Lad
, Saturn Girl
, plus first official appearances of Chameleon Boy
, Colossal Boy
, and Invisible Kid
So what happens?
(remember, most of these stories take place pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths
, and it should be noted that when this issue was published, Action Comics
was devoted to the exploits of the entire Superman Family
, and at this point, Supergirl was the star of the title. The Legion sort of bounced around
from title to title for quite awhile til they found their own home.)
, in her secret identity
of orphan Linda Lee
, is excited to accompany her friends to see an exhibition of Superman's powers at the Superman Fair
. At the exhibition
, after Superman leaves, a cyclotron
goes out of control, threatening nearby fair-goers with millions of volts of electricity
. Linda can't find a place where she can safely switch to Supergirl, and considers just betraying her secret identity, when a young lad uses his lightning
powers to shut the machine down. Whispering to Linda that he'll see Supergirl later, he vanishes.
Twice more is Supergirl's secret ID
protected by other seemingly super-powered teens, and finally Linda confronts the trio
where they reveal that they are Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, and Saturn Girl ... the children
of the Legionnaires
Superman--when he was Superboy
-- knew. They have traveled to the 20th century to invite Supergirl to join the Legion in the 30th century. A thrilled Supergirl, frustrated because Superman hasn't yet revealed her existence to the world at large
, readily agrees.
In 30th Century Metropolis
, Supergirl learns that each Legionnaire has at least one distinct super power
, and meets Chameleon Boy
, Colossal Boy
, and Invisible Kid
. The Legionnaires task Supergirl to perform an incredible super feat
in order to win entry. Supergirl then digs a tunnel far underground, connecting one hemisphere of the Earth
to the other, and suggests that a high speed
transport be built inside.
The Legionnaires are astounded by Supergirl's mad skillZ
, but have to reject her entry into the Legion because somehow, while digging the tunnel, Supergirl had aged to nineteen years old, and Legion by-laws allow only members eighteen and under!
Crushed by this technicality
Supergirl returns to the tunnel to discover a fragment of red kryptonite
, which has temporary and unpredictable effects on Krypton
ians; it's obviously the Red K that's caused her aging. Saddened, Supergirl returns to the 20th century, after promising the Legion she'll apply again next year. Shortly after returning to her own time period, the Red K wears off, and Supergirl resumes her Linda Lee identity, dreaming of next year.
That feeling of deja vu I got when I saw Supergirl and the Legionnaires having malteds
in a 30th century soda shop
. I realized that Superboy
and the Legionnaires visited the same shop during his
first visit to the 30th century. We also get the first glimpse of the beloved original Legion clubhouse
, which looks like an inverted rocket ship, with the tailfins
up at the top and the nose
buried in the earth. It also looks about as big as my bathroom, so how they fit all that high tech equipment
and eventually about two dozen
Legionnaires in there is obviously due to the marvels of 30th century science
Khronic Kryptonite Kalamaties Kause Kara Zor-El Konstant Konsternation Department, Section 1:
This is the first, but by no means the last, I'm telling you
time Red Kryptonite
is used to mess with Supergirl's mind and body in a story featuring the Legion.
The Future Hasn't Been Written Yet Department:
Obviously, the Legionnaires being described in this story as being the children of the Legionnaires Superboy knew is to explain why the Legionnaires were still in their teens while Superboy had turned into Superman by the time the Legion got around to inviting Supergirl into the club. Fortunately, this was never mentioned again. Trust me ... just wait, you'll see ... the Legion's continuity
is fscked up
enough as it is. You don't need this to worry about too.
The Legion appears to this day in monthly comics published by DC Comics.
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