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Legion of Super-Heroes
LSH37.jpg
Cover for Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 5) #37.
Art by Francis Manapul and John Livesay.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance (Original)
Adventure Comics #247 (April, 1958)
(Reboot)
Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 4) #0 (October, 1994)
(Threeboot)
Teen Titans/Legion Special (November, 2004)
(Post-Infinite Crisis)
Justice League of America (vol. 2) #8 (April, 2007)
Created by Otto Binder
Al Plastino
In-story information
Base(s) Legion Clubhouse
Legion Outpost
Legion World
Roster
See:List of Legion of Super-Heroes members
The Legion of Super-Heroes is a fictional superhero team in the 30th and 31st centuries of the DC Comics Universe. The team first appears in Adventure Comics #247 (April 1958), and was created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino.
Initially, the team was closely associated with the original Superboy (a teenage version of Superman), and was first portrayed as a group of time travelers who frequently visited him. In later years, the Legion's origin and back story were fleshed out, and the group replaced Superboy as the focus of their stories; eventually Superboy was removed altogether, except as a very occasional guest star.
The team has undergone several major reboots during its publication. The original version was replaced with a new rebooted version following the events of Zero Hour and another rebooted team was introduced in 2004. A fourth version of the team, nearly identical to the original version, was introduced in 2007. As a result, Superman has been reincorporated into Legion history, adopting the role once held by Superboy.

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Publication history

Original continuity (1958–1994)

The cover of Adventure Comics #247 (April 1958), the Legion's first appearance. Art by Curt Swan and Stan Kaye.
Superboy was the featured series in Adventure Comics in the late 1950s. In Adventure Comics #247 (April 1958), he was met by three teenagers from the 30th century: Lightning Boy, Saturn Girl, and Cosmic Boy, who were members of a "super-hero club" called the Legion of Super-Heroes. Their club had been formed with Superboy as an inspiration, and they had time travelled to recruit Superboy as a member. After a series of tests, Superboy was awarded membership and returned to his own time.
Although intended as a one-off story focusing on Superboy, the Legion proved so popular that it returned for an encore in Adventure Comics #267 (December 1959). Lightning Boy had been renamed Lightning Lad, and their costumes were very close to those they wore throughout the Silver Age of Comic Books. The Legion's popularity grew, and they appeared in further stories in Adventure Comics and Action Comics over the next few years. The ranks of the Legion, only hinted at in those first two stories, were filled with new heroes, such as Chameleon Boy, Invisible Kid, Colossal Boy, Star Boy, Brainiac 5, Triplicate Girl, Shrinking Violet, Sun Boy, Bouncing Boy, Phantom Girl, and Ultra Boy. Even Supergirl was recruited as a member.[1]
In Adventure Comics #300 (September 1962), the Legion received their own regular feature, cover-billed "Superboy in 'Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes'". While they would share space with Superboy solo stories for a couple of years, they eventually displaced Superboy entirely as their popularity grew.
It was this run which established the Legion's general workings and environment. A club of teenagers, they operated out of a clubhouse in the shape of a yellow rocket ship inverted as if it had been driven into the ground. The position of Legion leader rotated among the membership, sometimes through election, and sometimes by more arcane methods. Each Legionnaire had to possess at least one natural superpower (i.e., powers from devices were disallowed), in particular a power which no other member possessed. Despite this, several members had overlapping powers, particularly Superboy, Supergirl, Mon-El, and Ultra Boy. Some issues included comical moments where candidates with bizarre, useless, or dangerous abilities would try out for membership and be rejected. Five of these flawed candidates went on to form the Legion of Substitute Heroes. The Legion was based on Earth, and protected an organization of humans and aliens called the United Planets. The regular police force in the UP was the Science Police.
In Adventure Comics #346 (July 1966), Jim Shooter, 14-year-old at the time, wrote his first Legion story. Soon thereafter, Shooter became the regular writer of the Legion stories, with Curt Swan, and later Win Mortimer, as artist. Shooter wrote the story about Ferro Lad's death—the first "real" death of a Legionnaire (although Lightning Lad had been believed dead for a while before)—and introduced many other enduring concepts, including the Fatal Five, Shadow Lass, the Dark Circle, Mordru, and the "Adult Legion", a conjecture regarding what the Legionnaires would be like when they grew up.
The Legion's last appearance in Adventure Comics was #380 (May 1969), when they were displaced by Supergirl. The early 1970s saw the Legion relegated to the status of back-up feature. First, the team's stories were moved to Action Comics for issues #377–392 (June 1969–September 1970). Following that, the Legion began appearing occasionally as a backup in Superboy, starting with #172 (March 1971), with writer and artists E. Nelson Bridwell, Cary Bates, and George Tuska. Dave Cockrum began drawing the series, beginning with Superboy #188 (July 1972), again increasing the team's popularity.

Superboy and their own title

The Legion of Super-Heroes during the 1970s. Art by Neal Adams.
The first comic book published under the title Legion of Super-Heroes was a four-issue series published in 1973 that reprinted Legion tales from Adventure Comics. In the same year, the Legion returned to cover billing on a book when Superboy became Superboy starring the Legion of Super-Heroes with #197 (August 1973). Crafted by Bates and Cockrum, the feature proved popular and saw such events as the wedding of Bouncing Boy and Duo Damsel[2] and the death of Invisible Kid.[3] Cockrum was later replaced on art by Mike Grell.[3] With #231(September 1977), the book's title officially changed to Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes and also became a "giant-size" title. At this point, the book was written by longtime fan Paul Levitz and drawn by James Sherman, although Gerry Conway frequently wrote as well. In #241–245 (July–December 1978) Levitz and Sherman (and then Joe Staton) produced what was to that time the most ambitious Legion storyline: "Earthwar", a galactic war between the United Planets and the Khunds, with several other villains lurking in the background. During this period, Karate Kid was spun off into his own 20th Century-based self-titled series, which lasted 15 issues. Levitz left the book, to be replaced full-time by Gerry Conway.
Superboy departed from the Legion due to a plot of a villain, and the book was renamed simply Legion of Super-Heroes with issue #259 (January 1980). Jimmy Janes took over the art in a lengthy tale by Conway, and then Roy Thomas, involving Ultra Boy's disappearance during a mission, and his long odyssey to rejoin the team.[4] This story told the tale of the Legionnaire Reflecto (only glimpsed during the "Adult Legion" stories in Adventure Comics), featured villainy by the Time Trapper and Grimbor the Chainsman, and saw Superboy rejoin the team.[5]

Paul Levitz era

Paul Levitz returned to write the book with #284. Pat Broderick and Bruce Patterson illustrated the book for a short time before Keith Giffen began on pencils, with Patterson, and then Larry Mahlstedt, on inks. The creative team received enhanced popularity following "The Great Darkness Saga," which ran from #287; #290–294; and Annual #3, featuring a full assault on the United Planets by Darkseid.
The Legion celebrated issue #300 (June 1983) by revisiting the "Adult Legion" storyline through a series of parallel world short stories illustrated by a number of popular Legion artists from previous years. The story served to free up Legion continuity from following the "Adult Legion" edict of previous issues. Giffen's style changed abruptly a few issues later, to a darker and sketchier style inspired by Argentinian artist José Muñoz. A new Legion of Super-Heroes comic (the third publication under the title) was launched in August 1984. The existing Legion series, renamed Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes with issue #314, continued running new material for a year, then began reprinting stories from the new Legion of Super-Heroes with issue #326. Tales continued publishing reprints until its final issue, #354 (December 1987).
The new series was launched in August 1984 with a five-part story featuring the Legion of Super-Villains. Giffen left in the middle of the story and was replaced by Steve Lightle, who stayed on the book for a year. Greg LaRocque began a lengthy run in #16 (November 1985), including a crossover with John Byrne's recently-rebooted Superman titles in #37 and #38. The crossover was the first of several attempts by DC editors to explain the origins and fate of Superboy and his history with the Legion, in light of the revisions to the DC Universe caused by Crisis on Infinite Earths that removed Superman's career as Superboy from his personal history. In the crossover, the Legion's Superboy was revealed to have come from a parallel "Pocket Universe" created by the Time Trapper.[6] The crossover ended with Superboy's death. Levitz' run ended with the return of Giffen and a four-part story, concluding in #63 (August 1989).

"Five Years Later"

The Legion "five years later".
Giffen took over plotting as well as penciling with the Legion of Super-Heroes volume 4 title which started in November 1989, with scripts by Tom and Mary Bierbaum and assists by Al Gordon.[7] Five years after the Magic Wars, the United Planets is a darker place and the Legion a distant memory. However, a group of former Legionnaires worked to re-form the Legion in this harsh new universe, in which Earth was ruled by the alien Dominators.
Shortly after this storyline began, the decision was made to retroactively remove Superboy almost completely from Legion history, leaving the question of where the Legion's inspiration came from without the influence of Superboy. The writers' solution was a massive retcon, in which Mon-El serves in the role of paragon, which several more retcons to follow. Issue 5 featured an alternate universe story in which this restructuring was effected, and the Time Trapper was replaced in continuity by his onetime underling Glorith. Giffen skipped plotting on several issues which resulted in the Bierbaums writing several fill-in stories.
One major storyline during this period was the discovery of Batch SW6, a group of time-paradox duplicates of the early Legion, circa their Adventure Comics days. There were now two Legions, and a parallel title, Legionnaires, was launched, starring the "SW6" Legion, whose origins were not resolved until the Zero Hour crossover by a different writing team. The series was lighter in tone than the main Legion book, and was written by the Bierbaums and drawn by Chris Sprouse. Giffen left the book after a storyline which involved the destruction of Earth[8], and the Bierbaums continued writing, overseeing the return of several classic characters. When the Bierbaums left, writer Tom McCraw took over and made a number of changes, such as forcing several Legion members underground, which required them to take on new identities and costumes, and bringing back long-absent Legionnaire Wildfire.
In 1994, DC editors decided that after 36 years, the team's continuity would be entirely rebooted. As part of the Zero Hour company-wide crossover, the Legion's original continuity came to an end with Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 4) #61 (September 1994).

Rebooted (1994–2004)

The Post-Zero Hour Legion, with their allies and enemies. Art by Phil Jimenez.
Following Zero Hour, a new Legion continuity was created, beginning with a retelling of the origin story starting in Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 4) #0 and then continued in spin-off sister series Legionnaires #0 (both released in October 1994). Lightning Lad was renamed Live Wire, and after the group's founding, a large number of heroes were added to the roster very quickly. Several members were given new code-names, and some new heroes were added, including XS (the granddaughter of Barry Allen, the Flash), Kinetix, and Gates.
While in some ways following the pattern of the original continuity, the new continuity diverged from the old one in several ways: some characters died as they had previously, others did not, and some Legion members spent time in the 20th century where they recruited Ferro. The Legion also started out having to earn the respect of the United Planets, which they did through two well-earned victories: successfully defending Earth from the White Triangle Daxamites, a group of Nazi-style racial purists; and exposing United Planets President Chu as the mastermind behind the Braal-Titan War, the Sun Eater hoax, the formation of the Fatal Five and the brainwashing of future Legionnaire Jan Arrah.[9]
New writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (nicknamed "DnA" by fans) came on board with penciller Olivier Coipel to produce a dark story leading to the near-collapse of the United Planets and of the Legion itself. In the wake of the disaster, a group of Legionnaires disappeared through a spatial rift and the two existing Legion series came to an end. The limited series Legion Lost (2000-2001) chronicled the difficult journey of these Legionnaires to return home, while the ensuing limited series Legion Worlds (2001) showed what was happening back in the United Planets during their absence.
A new series, The Legion, was launched in which the Legion was reunited and given a new base and purpose. Written for its first 33 issues by DnA, the series was cancelled with issue 38. The most notable addition to the team during the title's publication was the post-"Crisis" Superboy, a 21st century clone of Superman and Lex Luthor who had previously been granted honorary membership.

"Threeboot" continuity (2004–2009)

The cover of The Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 5) #6 (July 2005), featuring the "Threeboot" Legionnaires. Art by Barry Kitson.
Following a crossover with the Teen Titans in Teen Titans #16 and the Teen Titans/Legion Special, a new series was launched; written by Mark Waid (who had previously rebooted the title following the events of Zero Hour) and penciled by Barry Kitson. This new series — the fifth series entitled Legion of Super-Heroes — recreated the team from the ground up and uses the Boy/Lad/Girl/Lass/Kid names from which the end of the "Preboot" era and the prior reboot had moved away from using. The continuity is sometimes referred to as the "Threeboot" continuity by fans as it is the third incarnation of the Legion that has been published since 1958.
Initial issues of the current title reintroduced the characters and provided new and divergent origins for them. Most characters resemble their previous counterparts in costume and powers, with the most notable exceptions including Chameleon Boy, now called simply Chameleon and depicted as an androgynous creature, Star Boy, who in this version of the Legion is black, Colossal Boy, who is now a giant who shrinks to human size, and Phantom Girl, who exists in two universes at once and has conversations with people in her own dimension while talking to Legionnaires at the same time.
The future universe of this Legion is an emotionally and mentally repressive society which involves human sexuality and contact being kept at arms' length as well as Orwellian surveillance of minors. The Legion's main goal is social reform as well as protecting people and inspiring them with the legends of superheroes of old, even though the team isn't appreciated by various government authorities.
The Legion is worshiped by thousands of "Legionnaires"; young people on various different worlds who worship the group in a cult-like manner. Some of the Legionnaires keep a constant vigil outside Legion headquarters.
Beginning with issue #16, The Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 5) was retitled Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes with Supergirl traveling to the future and joining the Legion. With issue #31, Tony Bedard replaced Waid as writer. The title reverted to The Legion of Super-Heroes with issue #37 and Jim Shooter became writer. The series ended with issue #50, in which the script was credited to "Justin Thyme", a pseudonym previously used by uncredited comic book artists.[10]

Post-Infinite Crisis (2007–)

Statues depicting the Legion in the "Lightning Saga" crossover. From Justice Society of America (vol. 3) #5 (2007). Art by Fernando Pasarin.
The "Lightning Saga" crossover in Justice League of America (vol. 2) #8-10 and Justice Society of America (vol. 3) #5-6 features the return of the original versions of Star Boy (now called Starman), Dream Girl, Wildfire, Karate Kid, Timber Wolf, Sensor Girl, Dawnstar, and Brainiac 5.[11] Though several differences between the original and Lightning Saga Legions exist, Geoff Johns has stated that this incarnation of the Legion shares the same history as the original Legion up to the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths,[12] with Clark Kent having joined the team as the teenage Superboy prior to the start of his career as Superman.[13][14]
This version of the Legion next appeared in the "Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes" storyline in Action Comics #858-863. In the year 3008, the Earth's sun has turned red and several failed Legion applicants who were born on Earth have banded together to form the Justice League of Earth under the leadership of Earth-Man after he claims that Superman was a human who gained his powers from "Mother Earth". Earth-Man uses the claim to have Earth secede from the United Planets and ban all aliens from Earth, resulting in several Legionnaires going underground. With the help of Superman, the Legion eventually restores the Sun to its normal state and defeats Earth-Man and the Justice League of Earth just as the United Planets is about to attack the Earth.[15]
This version of the Legion next appeared in the 2008 Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds limited series, written by Geoff Johns and drawn by George Perez. The mini-series features the post-Infinite Crisis Legion and Superman teaming up with the "Reboot" and "Threeboot" incarnations of the Legion to fight Superboy-Prime, the Legion of Super-Villains, and the Time Trapper.[16] It is revealed that the "Reboot" Legion came from Earth-247,[17] which was destroyed in Infinite Crisis, and the "Threeboot" Legion came from the reconstructed Earth-Prime.[citation needed] Geoff Johns stated that the intent of the mini-series was to validate the existence of all three versions of the team while simultaneously restoring the pre-Crisis Legion's continuity as well.[18] The incorporation of the three teams into mainstream DC continuity was also shown in Action Comics #864 (June 2008). In the story, Batman recounts the JLA and JSA's battle alongside the original Legion to defeat Mordru,[19] the "Reboot" team's assistance in destroying a Sun-Eater in the 20th century,[20] and his own recent encounter with the "Threeboot" team.[21]
As of September 2009, the post-Infinite Crisis version of the Legion is featured in the Adventure Comics ongoing series, currently in its second volume. This Legion will also play a part in the 2010 "Brainiac and the Legion of Super-Heroes" storyline.[22] A new Legion of Super-Heroes ongoing series will start in 2010, written by Paul Levitz and drawn by Yildiray Cinar, featuring the post-Infinite Crisis version of the team.[23]

Publications

Members

Alternate versions

Various alternate versions of the Legion of Super-Heroes have appeared in various DC comic books.
  • The Legion of Super-Heroes appeared in a single panel in the Kingdom Come limited series. The world depicted within Kingdom Come has been established as being Earth-22 in the DC Multiverse.
  • A far future version of the Legion appeared in Legionnaires Annual #1 in 1994. The annual, which was part of the 1994 "Elseworlds Annuals" event, featured a version of the Legion based on King Arthur's court.
  • Legion of Super-Heroes Annual #7, part of the 1996 "Legends of Dead Earth" event, showed an alternate version of the future Legion of Super-Heroes featured in Legionnaires Annual #1.
  • Legion of Super-Heroes Annual #5, also published in 1994, featured the Legion in a parody of The Wizard of Oz.
  • The "DC One Million" event, which featured characters based in the 853rd century, featured twenty-six teams called the Justice Legion. The Justice Legion L is based on the Legion of Super-Heroes, its members devoted to a version of the United Planets that has made a tour of the universe and is headed back toward Earth to "replenish its diversity." Among them are Brainiac 417 (a disembodied intelligence from the merged worlds of Colu and Bgztl), Cosmicbot (a metallic being who commands the world of Braal — his magnetism holds the worlds together as they travel), the M'onelves (a super-powered collective of miniature beings from the bonded Daxam-Imsk), Titangirl (A living psychic manifestation of the telepaths of Titan, Implicate Girl (Loosely inspired by Triplicate Girl, she contains the entire planet Cargg inside her bindi-like third eye and can access any Carggite's skills), as well as an elemental darkness called the Umbra (from Talok VIII) and the Chameleon (a religious fundamentalist from the "Chameleon World," which was once known as Durla). The Justice Legion also includes secondary members like the Dreamer (the last precognitive of the dead world Naltor, who has a thoughtscreen in her forehead), the "Wildflame" (the comatose remains of the energy being Wildfire, involved in every successive generation of Legionnaires) and Cris Kend, the Superboy of the 843rd Century — one thousand years in their past — summoned by Brainiac 417 to stop an apocalypse.[24] The story of the Justice Legion L is in turn related one thousand years later to three youths known as Dav, Vara and Chec by Wildfire, released from a "containment rune." The three kids exist in an techno-agrarian society inside a tesseract on Earth; when hospitalized for displaying possible delusions, they are empowered by Wildfire to become the Legion of the 863rd century.[25]
  • Legions from several timelines created by the Time Trapper encounter the "Reboot" Legion and fight each other.
  • An alternate version of the Legion appeared during the "Absolute Power" arc of the Superman/Batman monthly series. Three members of the Legion of Super-Villains, (Lightning Lord, Cosmic King and Saturn Queen), go back in time to change the course of history. They are later joined by Beauty Blaze and Echo. In the alternate timeline the three created, they used members of the Legion of Super-Heroes who were either brainwashed or converted to their cause as a way to protect their time bubble. Most of the members of this army are based on the original Legion from the 1970s. The only three who weren't among this army were Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, and Saturn Girl. At the end, the villains are taken back to the future by Brainiac 5, Dream Woman, Cosmic Man, Chameleon Man, Matter-Eater Man, Lightning Man, and Saturn Woman.[26]
  • The Elseworlds two-part limited series Superboy's Legion featured an alternate version of the Legion that was formed by Superboy. In the story, the infant Kal-El is stranded in the Asteroid Belt and he remains there in stasis until found in 2987 by R. J. Brande, a thousand years after Krypton's destruction. At the age of 14, "Kal Brande", also known as Superboy, joins Cosmic Boy and Saturn Girl in forming "Superboy's Legion", later known as the Legion of Super-Heroes.[27]
  • In Static #14, part of the Worlds Collide crossover between DC Comics and Milestone Media, the villain rift combined Metropolis and Dakota, creating a futuristic amalgamation of the two. The combined city was home to a pastiche of the Legion called the League of Super-Teens. Static, Rocket, and Superboy were transformed into Static Lad, Rocket Gal, and Fabulous Boy. Other unseen members, mentioned by name, were Adhesive Lad, Burnrubber, Dough Boy III, Fabulous Man, Fan Boy, Fat Boy, Foxtrot Lass, Frat Boy, Hoot-Man, Itty-Bitty Girl, Kite Lad, Kodak Kid, Mall Hair Girl, Maniac 5, Phenomenal Lass, Procrastination Lad, Seltzer Lad, Sneeze Lad, Sterno Lad, Super Nazi-Fighter, and Very-Big Boy. Superman, Hardware, Icon, Steel, and Transit were also members. This team vanished when Dakota and Metropolis were separated.[28]
  • In New Year's Evil: Mr. Mxyzptlk #1, Mxyzptlk attempts to recruit a parody of the Legion, called the Logjam of Super-Heroes, from his comic book collection. Despite its many members, the only ones who were properly identified were Batter-Eater Lad, Beachball Boy, Butler-Eater Lad, Butter-Eater Lad, Button-Eater Lad, Kid Kid, Kid Lass, Lightning Lice, Loud Kid, Mutton-Eater Lad, and Negative Lass.[29]

In other media

Superman: The Animated Series

The Legion as seen in Superman: The Animated Series.
.Cosmic Boy, Chameleon Boy, and Saturn Girl made an appearance on Superman: The Animated Series. In the 1998 episode "New Kids in Town", they traveled through time to stop Brainiac from destroying the Man of Steel at an early age.^ The Pauly Shore thing reminds me of the episode of "Futurama" where they bring Fry's ex-girlfriend through the time machine, and she ditches him (again, 3000 years later) for Pauly Shore.
  • Crazy Days and Nights: Jillian Grace Is Spawning A Spade 1 February 2010 1:42 UTC www.crazydaysandnights.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Jason Priestley voiced Chameleon Boy, Melissa Joan Hart voiced Saturn Girl, and Chad Lowe voiced Cosmic Boy. As with pre-"Crisis" continuity, Superman was the inspiration to the team. This episode also features cameos of other prominent Legionnaires.

Justice League Unlimited

The Legion (featuring more of its membership), along with the Fatal Five, later appeared in a 2006 episode of Justice League Unlimited entitled "Far From Home" with Googy Gress as Bouncing Boy and Matt Czuchry as Brainiac 5. Supergirl was taken to the future to help fight the Fatal Five and free the Legion, and decided to stay and join the Legion after that was finished.
The other Legionnaires who appeared in this episode included Blok, Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, Phantom Girl, Saturn Girl, Shadow Lass, Timber Wolf, Ultra Boy, and Wildfire. All had minor or cameo appearances.
The Legion also had a featured appearance in Justice League Adventures #28.[30]

Animated series

Poster advertising animated series
The Legion of Super Heroes animated series premiered on Kids' WB! (the Saturday Morning kids' block on the The CW network) in September, 2006.
The show's premise is that the Legion travels back in time to recruit Superman in their fight against crime in the 31st century, but they go a little too far back and recruit Superman before he has had a chance to fully develop his powers. Superman, the inspiration for the Legion, now has to learn from them how to be a hero.
Season 1 focused on a "core" team consisting of Bouncing Boy, Brainiac 5, Lightning Lad, Phantom Girl, Saturn Girl, Superman, and Timber Wolf, while other Legionnaires such as Cosmic Boy, Colossal Boy, Ferro Lad, Matter-Eater Lad, and Triplicate Girl appeared in various episodes. Classic Legion villains such as the Fatal Five, Starfinger, and the Sun-Eater have appeared. Other Legionnaires, including Blok, Dream Girl, Element Lad, Shrinking Violet, Star Boy, Sun Boy, and Tyroc, made cameo appearances.
Season 2 takes place two years after the end of Season 1. New members such as Chameleon Boy have joined in the interim. Superman returns, older and wiser, as does Superman X, a clone from the 41st century, to help battle Imperiex.[31]

Smallville

Alexz Johnson as Imra/Saturn Girl, Calum Worthy as Garth/Lightning Lad, Ryan Kennedy as Rokk/Cosmic Boy on Smallville.
During Comic-Con 2008, it was announced that Geoff Johns would be writing an episode of Smallville titled "Legion", which would introduce the Legion of Super-Heroes into the series' continuity.[32][33] The Legionnaires featured were the founding members Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad (portrayed by Ryan Kennedy, Alexz Johnson and Calum Worthy, respectively).[34] The episode aired on January 15, 2009 and featured the three Legionnaires, starting with a brief battle with the Persuader (portrayed by Fraser Aitcheson), and remaining through the episode to assist Clark in his fight against Brainiac. The episode featured Legion Flight Rings, and made mention of many future elements of the Legion, including Brainiac 5.[35] Cosmic Boy returns in the episode "Doomsday" to warn Clark of his predestinate death at the hands of Doomsday and inform him that the Legion is ready to fight the beast if Clark sends him to the 31st century.

Toys and games

Various Legionnaires and associated villains have been issued in toy format:
  • Action figures, beginning with the Super Powers Collection (1986), and continuing through DC Direct (1999-present) and DC Universe: Justice League Unlimited Fan Collection (2009).
  • McDonald's Happy Meal figures (set of 8, based on characters from the animated series, 2007).
  • HeroClix, with the characters representing a cross-section of continuity from the Silver Age to today.
  • Trading cards representing various continuities and published by various companies (1966-1996).
  • Vs. System cards as part of the collectible card game.

See also

References

  1. ^ Action Comics #276
  2. ^ Superboy #200 (Feb 1974)
  3. ^ a b Superboy #203 (Aug 1974).
  4. ^ Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 2) #273 (March 1981)
  5. ^ Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 2) #282 (December 1981)
  6. ^ Byrne, John (w), Byrne, John (p), Byrne, JohnKeith Williams (i). "Superman vs. Superboy Past Imperfect" Action Comics (591): 8 (August, 1987), DC Comics
  7. ^ Grand Comics Database: details on LSH (vol. 4) #1
  8. ^ Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 4) #38, December 1992
  9. ^ Wallace, Dan (2008), "Fatal Five", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 119, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5, OCLC 213309017 
  10. ^ Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #159 by Brian Cronin at Comic Book Resources (third urban legend)
  11. ^ Justice League of America (vol. 2) #8-10 and Justice Society of America (vol. 2) #5-6, (April-June 2007)
  12. ^ IGN: Superman/Green Lantern interview
  13. ^ Justice Society of America (vol. 3) #5
  14. ^ Adventure Comics (vol. 3) #1 (2009)
  15. ^ Action Comics #858-863 (Late December 2007 - May 2008): "Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes"
  16. ^ Newsarama.com: GEOFF JOHNS: LEGION OF 3 WORLDS, I
  17. ^ The name "Earth-247" is a homage to the Legion's first appearance in Adventure Comics (vol. 1) #247.
  18. ^ Wizard Magazine Interview, 2008
  19. ^ Justice League of America (vol. 1) #147-148 (September-October 1977)
  20. ^ The Final Night #1-4 (November 1996)
  21. ^ The Brave and the Bold (vol. 3) #2-6 (June-October 2007)
  22. ^ DC Universe: The Source » Blog Archive » Look ahead to ADVENTURE COMICS #8
  23. ^ Paul Levitz to write relaunched Legion of Super-Heroes | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment
  24. ^ Legionnaires #1,000,000 (1998)
  25. ^ Legion of Super-Heroes #1,000,000 (1998)
  26. ^ Superman/Batman #14-18 (2005)
  27. ^ Superboy's Legion #1-2 (2001)
  28. ^ Static #14
  29. ^ New Year's Evil: Mr. Mxyzptlk #1
  30. ^ Comic Book Resources: THE REAL HALL OF JUSTICE: JASON HALL TALKS 'JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES'
  31. ^ Comic Book Resources: CCI: WARNER ANIMATION PART ONE -- LEGION OF SUPER HEROES
  32. ^ Starkville’s House of El Podcast » Blog Archive » Smallville Panel @ Comic-Con
  33. ^ CCI: Geoff Johns Brings the Legion of Super-Heroes to "Smallville", Comic Book Resources, July 27, 2008
  34. ^ Smallville: What's in Store for Season Eight? - E! Online
  35. ^ Newsarama.com : Smallville Post Game: Legion 8.11 - "Legion"

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[Polar Boy is introducing Matter-Eater Lad to his team of heroes, the first being Policy Pam]
Policy Pam: Hello there, Mr. Kem!
Matter-Eater Lad: "Policy Pam"? What does she do?
Policy Pam: Say, you look like you could use a little home and casualty insurance...
Matter-Eater Lad: Yeah, I suppose...
Polar Boy: Not now, Pam.
Policy Pam: Aww!
Polar Boy: Pam can sell just about any insurance policy to anybody! She's very good!
Matter-Eater Lad: ...that's...that's amazing...

Spaceopoly Lad: Hi, I'm Spaceopoly Lad. I've got the ability to finish every game of Spaceopoly I start!
Matter-Eater Lad: ...whoa. Now, that's a power!

[Polar Boy is explaining to Matter-Eater Lad about Evillo's secret plans]
Polar Boy: There's no doubt about it. Evillo has to be stopped now... and I think we've got just the team to do it.
Sugyn: Who?
Policy Pam: He's talking about us.
Sugyn: Seriously?

Policy Pam: ...I guess you learned a little lesson today, didn't you?
Prince Evillo: Wha...
Policy Pam: You can never have too much home owner's insurance.

[Prince Evillo is being hauled away by Tartarus policemen]
Prince Evillo: Don't forget to read me my rights.
Officer: You abolished all prisoner's rights.
Prince Evillo: Oh, yeah.

Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #0

Rokk Krinn: More V.I.P.s.
Garth Ranzz: [whispering] And one B.A.B.E! I'm in L.O.V.E! Picture it... Her 'n' me in the starlight of Ventura... sipping konos in a dream-tub, wearing only--
Imra Ardeen: Don't. Even. Think about it.
Garth Ranzz: Ooog.
Rokk Krinn: Check the badge, Garth. We're on Titan.
Garth Ranzz: The mandatory Saturn I.D.! She's a telepath. And I'm a perv. Great.

Rokk Krinn: [thinking] Well, what do you know? Red here is a real live wire!
Garth Ranzz: [thinking] Magnetism? That is so cool!
Imra Ardeen: Hey! Hey! Don't let me interrupt all those good thoughts... but do you suppose you boys could ditch the mutual strokefest long enough to actually catch the bad guys?

Rokk Krinn: Superman! Even the Braalians have heard of the legendary Man of Steel!
Garth Ranzz: And him?
Rokk Krinn: Another twentieth-century champion. I believe they called him the Batman.
Imra Ardeen: Our host seems quite taken with yesterday's crime-fighters, doesn't he?
Rokk Krinn: Not a bad thing. At least someone remembers their legacy. It's been so long since we've known heroes like these.
R. J. Brande: Precisely. So what can we do about that?

R. J. Brande: You three were strangers to one another. Hell, two of you come from warring worlds. And yet, when the need arose, you put your differences aside and worked together. You were a team. With my financial backing -- and with the cooperation of the U.P. -- you can stay a team. At the spaceport, you took a chance. Take another. Use your special abilities to help others, and soon others like you will rally around. You'll found a legion of heroes. Super-heroes.

Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #62

Leviathan: ...depart as a team at eighteen hundred hours Earth standard. Any questions?
Live Wire: Yeah. How do you bend over with that broom up your--?
Cosmic Boy: Garth!

Invisible Kid: Problem, belt boy?
Kid Quantum: It's the outfit. Not the flair I'm accustomed to... but the fit shows off the muscles...
Triad Orange: [whispering] A little tight around the ego, isn't it?
Apparition: [whispering] *snicker* Stop it!

Triad Neutral: What was that?
Triad Purple: I don't know. Since we don't have three times the common sense between us...
Triad Neutral: ...Let's go check it out!

Cosmic Boy: Look at the stars.
Leviathan: What?
Cosmic Boy: I said look.
Leviathan: Thousands and thousands...
Cosmic Boy: That's right. Every one of them marks a turning point... a step along the path that, hopefully, will take the Legion from dream to destiny. And every one of them marks a mistake we're going to make as we go.
Leviathan: That many, huh?
Cosmic Boy: Well... let's hope not quite. But if we're going to fulfill that destiny, we have to find the courage to learn from those mistakes... and be better because of them. Don't run out on us. Don't let James's death be in vain. And don't forget it. Make it our first and most important lesson. The Legion is a team. And teams stick together.

Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #63

R. J. Brande: Boys, I present to you Querl Dox, codename Brainiac 5! Say hello, Querl!
Brainiac 5: [muttering] ...buffer connected to the megadrive... ...Greetings... ...megadrive joined to the cybertram...

Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #64

Brainiac 5: I suppose I'll hear from that Invisible Kid now... once more droning about the "practicality" of tactile engineering over the beauty of pure theory. Philistine.

Saturn Girl: Oh, great. Machismo runs in the Ranzz family...

Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #66

Gates: I am not a political bargaining chip. I am a free sentient. I do not wish to join your commando unit.
.Leviathan: We're not a -- we were told you -- wait -- wait-- AAAARGH! Why do we get the hard ones?^ "You're no one if you're not ...
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Gates: 'Porting now. Good luck manning your teenage death squad.

Marla Latham: Don't get discouraged, guys. Mr. Brande wants to know if you've chosen an Imskite...?
Triad Neutral: Not yet, Marla. Tell him we can't decide between the shy one, the rude one, or the murdered one.

Shrinking Violet: Do you really think they wouldn't figure you out?
Micro: I had to try something, damn it! God, I was desperate! I'm tired of being a runner-up! I'm tired of always being a loser! Do you know what it's like -- to be second best? [Violet kicks him in the face] UFFF!
Shrinking Violet: No.

Shrinking Violet: I liked Ion. A lot. What you did to her, and why... that was so very small.

Invisible Kid: And so the Legion membership stands pat -- for a while, at least. Eight girls to five guys.
Spark: I like those odds.
Leviathan: Actually, I'm okay with them, too.

Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #71

Starship Computer: Present options: none.
Kinetix: Grife. Grife. Grife. Computer, if I gradually slow to a stop, will I return to normal space?
Starship Computer: Theoretically. However--
Kinetix: Just do it. And don't tell me my chances of survival.
Starship Computer: Request denied.
Kinetix: What?
Starship Computer: This unit cannot conceal that which does not exist.

Above the heavens of Trom, twelve cold smiles underline two dozen pairs of red-hot eyes. The eyes blaze with hatred and fire, dimming the sun... reddening the sky... blackening the forests... churning the waters... charring the flesh...
...burning the world.
The red rays stab the surface like spikes, then spread out like a wall... then advance, a crimson tidal wave of flame... an unnatural disaster, powered by will, tracking its victims.
Some see it coming. They pray and plan and erect desperate barriers... but nothing can shield them from the cruel eyes above... not any element, nor courage, nor faith, nor love...
...for today belongs to hate.

R. J. Brande has seen many horrors in his long life... but none match these embers consuming the hallowed ground, this cook-smoke fouling the gentle breezes... this hell that was heaven.
Just hours before, he heard them praying. Now, in his memory, the people of Trom pray again.
For time brings not decay.
Time brings not death.
Time brings transmutation.
Time's changes are holy.
Time lifts us to the next state.
Time makes us wait to know.
Time makes us wait to know.
"So now they know," whispers R. J. Brande...
"Now they know."

Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #72

R. J. Brande: "Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies." An unknown philosopher said that more than a thousand years ago... And just by looking out our windows today, we can see that he was right. The invaders and their pawns were driven by the terrible conviction that they mattered more than we... simply through the accident of their birth. In showing us their "superiority," they leveled hospitals, they toppled churches, they brought down schools. But these invaders broke more than plastic and steel and mortar... they broke our hearts. And so we gather, we of the Legion, we of the Workforce, we of the United Planets, we citizens of the civilized galaxy -- to bury two young women: brave Andromeda, who learned the truth -- that all who live are equal... and gentle Apparition, who never learned the lies.

Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #95

Brainiac 5: I was wrong. The Metal Men are living, feeling creatures. Only a barbarian would experiment on them. Doc, I apologize.
Veridium: I... accept. I guess.
Cosmic Boy: Imra, did Brainy really just--
Saturn Girl: I'd answer you, but my brain is busy melting.

Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100

Hey, readers! Here's a science project you should never attempt!
Take one responsometer...
(That's the computerized nervous system that animates the malleable Metal Men!)
One mother box...
(That's the living, matter-altering, space-bending computer that guides and protects the New Gods!)
One omnicom...
(That's the 30th-century portable computer that's standard Legion issue!)
And one puzzle: How can Brainiac 5 open a time-warp to return the Legion of Super-Heroes to their 30th-century home?
Put them all together and stand back -- because you've just created the Cyber-cerebral Overlapping Multi-Processor, Universal Transciever-Operator -- a living computer capable of reason--
--and rage!

Spark: ...have I made myself clear?
Live Wire: Well, let's see... 1) Imra and I are perfect together. 2) We should talk. 3) If we weren't such inertron-heads, we'd have talked ages ago. And 4) if I don't talk with Imra, you -- my very own twin sister -- will never speak to me again. Does that cover it?
Spark: Close enough.

Chameleon: Gates, wait up! I'd like to formally introduce you to Jeka Wynzzor of Orando.
Gates: Why?
Chameleon: Why?! Well, you--
Gates: Chameleon, as far as I'm concerned, your girlfriend is just another vertebrate! And a royalist, at that!
Chameleon: Sorry, princess.
Sensor: He's unique... I've been called many things in my travels, but never "just another vertebrate." Not even close.

Dyrk Magz: The day I became a Legionnaire was the proudest day of my life. When I lost my powers, I thought I'd lost everything. I felt lost. But you folks didn't let me stay lost. You kept me connected. It took a while, but I finally realized that with friends like you, I still have everything that really matters. Only if I leave will I lose everything... and I'm not leaving! Like Chuck said, it's an honor to work here.

Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #114

Invisible Kid: You lick it!
Live Wire: You lick it!
...
Invisible Kid: Ferro, come here a minute.
Karate Kid: Oh, that's just mean.
Live Wire: No, it isn't! He's made of iron! He won't catch anything, and he can't taste it!

Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #121

Sensor: We got here as quickly as we could.
Invisible Kid: Been waiting long?
Gates: No, we just--
Brainiac 5: Yes. I was about to call in the Amazers.

Karate Kid: Karate Kid to Invisible. Empress is down.
Invisible Kid: What--? That's great, Val! How'd you beat that murder machine so fast?
Karate Kid: Her anticipation for the kill was so intense... I could hear her heart beat from a kilometer away.

Gates: Now this is a struggle worthy of Lenin! One little drone -- me, representing the proletariat, natch -- vs the ultimate individualist power! I feint right, teleport left -- always left -- and pow! I consign you to the dustbin of history! Gates to Element Lad. I did it. The imperialist is in position.
Element Lad: The who?

Brainiac 5: Do you know... why... the Legion will always crush... the Fatal Five... Tharok?
Tharok: You're mad! My sensors have located every Legionnaire on the planet -- and I still have power enough to slay a thousand of you!
Brainiac 5: Tell the man why we beat him, Dyrk.
[The lights go out.]
Tharok: "D-Dyrk"?
Dyrk Magz: Teamwork, Brainy?
Brainiac 5: That's correct, Dyrk.
Tharok: What--? You distracted me so this... this insect could cut the power?!
Brainiac 5: You forgot about Dyrk Magz, and all because he has no super-powers. And now -- neither do you.

Legionnaires v4 (1994-2000)

Legionnaires v4 #0

Garth Ranzz: Hey! We're info-tainment!

Garth Ranzz: What happened to the "Lightning Lad" name, Mr. Brande?
Imra Ardeen: I'm so embarrassed...
R. J. Brande: Marketing thought "Live Wire" was a fresher, more noticeable name, son.

Legionnaires v4 #19

R. J. Brande: Marla, what in Valor's name are you doing on your knees?
Marla Latham: S-sorry, R. J.... er, you said Brainiac 5 is joining the Legion?
R. J. Brande: Yes. And I'm guessing you're about to offer an unsolicited opinion.
Marla Latham: Well, is it wise? He worked for Brande Industries for -- what -- eight months? And all we had to show for it were five wrecked labs and a seven-figure repair bill!
R. J. Brande: The kid's a super-genius, Marla. He'll do fine. Besides, from now on we'll let the U.P. pop for repairs. They're the ones who wanted him.

Triad: It's starting. Leviathan, why are they lowering the flag?
Leviathan: Old Earth custom. Don't ask me what the significance is -- but I do know that Mr. Brande had the flagpole custom-made. It's pure inertron.
Triad: Does that symbolize something?
Leviathan: Immortality, I guess. The stuff's practically indestructible.
Triad: Maybe it'll remind us we're not.

Legionnaires v4 #21

Apparition: When you're right, you're right, Brainy. Shaft runs clear down to the central power grid.
Brainiac 5: I am frequently right, Apparition... and I am not called "Brainy".

Legionnaires v4 #22

XS: What are you doing?
Karate Kid: I'm probing for a weak spot.
XS: Oh, God. I'm asking too many questions, aren't I? Just tell me to shut -- In a force field?

Legionnaires v4 #23

Apparition: I haven't been dancing since I got to Earth. There's this club on the metrobahn I've been wanting to check out...
Triad Purple: Yes! We'll fly over!
Triad Neutral: We'll fly on the dance floor!
Apparition: So what do you say, every--
Leviathan: Cos, you want to hit the VR?
Cosmic Boy: Yeah.
Kinetix: Same on my world. You just can't get a boy to dance.

Kinetix: I kind of wish Leviathan was here to see this.
Spark: Ewww! What's he, your boyfriend?
Kinetix: You sound like a kid! Don't you think about boys yet?
Spark: All the time! I worry every day that they're all like my brothers!
XS: Come on, Spark... Garth's great.
Triad Purple: Oh? How great, Jenni?
XS: What?
Triad Purple: I thought you were... magnetically attracted to someone else!
XS: Triiii-ad!

Legionnaires v4 #26

Where is he? She arose at the ungodly hour of four to sneak out of HQ and fly all the way to Washington...
...and if he slept in, she'll kill him. He's 47 minutes late. She counts off his crimes to the tick of the clock.
One: He's late.
Two: He's already got a girlfriend.
Three: He gives bad gifts. A cactus, of all things--!
Four: He's late.
Five: He's already got a girlfriend.
Six: *
Ultra Boy: I'm late.
Apparition: Ultra Boy!
Ultra Boy: Please. Call me Jo.
Apparition: That's not all I'm going to call you. You're 48 minutes late!
Ultra Boy: [sheepishly] I know. I'm sorry.
Seven: He's adorable.
Apparition: Forget it. I'm glad you made it.
Ultra Boy: Me too. Really glad.

Legionnaires v4 #28

Cosmic Boy: Who are these people? What are they doing here?
Invisible Kid: White Triangles. We... I just captured them.
Leviathan: Playing loose cannon again, Norg? No one sent you on any mission...
Invisible Kid: We just... ran into them...
Cosmic Boy: Oh? Where?
Invisible Kid: ...Texas...

Legionnaires v4 Annual 1995

Fethro Jorn: You destroyed this vast city yourself. What was it called?
Suggin: Miami.
White Triangle Daxamite: You missed a spot.

Karate Kid: Their fear makes them rail against the immutable. Sentience at its worst.

Osakaplex Cove. The largest beach in Japan.
Once.
And though Legionnaire XS gives Suggin's victims her all, she prays -- with great shame -- that the thunder of the wave will drown out the screams of those she cannot save.

Apparition: Bloody nass! Are you all right?
Ultra Boy: ...oooooooh... Who's asking? There's three of you...
Apparition: I'm the one in the middle. Talk to me.

Live Wire: The Daxamites will cut through us like butter! If we're lucky.
Saturn Girl: We were the first three. We're going to be the last three, aren't we?
Cosmic Boy: Maybe. Probably. I'm sorry, guys.
Saturn Girl: For what? For giving us a chance to be heroes? Don't apologize.
Live Wire: What she said. Besides, I once heard a Legion Leader say something I'll never forget. "Are we still alive? Then there's hope."

Ultra Boy: I hadn't... even... even done anything to deserve her yet...

Legionnaires v4 #44

Magno: You've got to try this, you two -- 'cause this cruiser handles amazingly!
Umbra: Does everything amaze you, Magno? And don't you ever weary of telling us about it?

Legionnaires v4 #66

Charma: First, tell me why you're here.
Invisible Kid: Well my mom and my dad really loved each other, y'see, and...

Charma: Wouldn't you -- nhh -- just die for me, Lyle?
Invisible Kid: Not today, thanks -- hkkh -- Not really my type, y'know?

Legion Worlds (2001)

Legion Worlds #3

Vin Kolkin: We had a saying on my world: "Don't eat the yellow snow."
Dyrk Magz: Says a whole lot about your world, Kolkin.

Dyrk Magz: Snow tastes of metal here. I missed it.

Cosmic Boy: I wanted to help, to make a difference. The galaxy's a bad place these days. Braal's a mess, Dyrk. You must have seen that. Drugs everywhere... gang-rule, law-breaking...
Dyrk Magz: Vigilantism carries a mandatory three. You can add another two for abuse of post-human abilities. You know that's going to get you sent to Takron-Galtos automatically? You'll stand trial there, not on Braal! Was it worth it, Rokk?
Cosmic Boy: I hoped it was. I couldn't stand by and watch everything go to hell. The Legion used to count for something. We were able to use our powers to make the United Planets dream real. But there isn't a Legion any more. That dream died, and the best of us died with it. And for the survivors, what? An "honorable discharge"? What is that?

Cosmic Boy: Don't you remember what it felt like? We mattered. We really did.
Dyrk Magz: I remember, Rokk. That's why I put on this uniform.

Cosmic Boy: We're out of time, Dyrk. I know it's asking a lot... but you could make our cover story complete.
Dyrk Magz: But why the subterfuge, Rokk? Why the deceit?
Cosmic Boy: Dyrk, these are bad times. There are dangers you can't even see. The only people we can trust are ourselves.

The Legion (2001-2004)

The Legion #3

Brainiac 5: Drawing a huge amount of power, but holding. Like I predicted.
Invisible Kid: You must be very smug. I mean pleased.

The Legion #8

R. J. Brande: This is R. J. Brande, contacting you from Legion World. Sorry for the bumps -- we're not used to maneuvering a planet-sized mass into an orbital hold to counter-balance the moon. But by damn, you never know you can do something until you try, right?

The Legion #11

Sharn Nux: We have to get through the planet shield.
Invisible Kid: With all due respect, Sharn Nux... a-duh.

The Legion #29

Star Boy: 'Least this all proves I don't lie, babe!
Dreamer: What?
Star Boy: I promised I'd love you until the end of time.

The Legion #35-38

Chameleon: I'm staying, but if you can get away, do so. Hurry! That's an order, Nightwind!
Nightwind: We're Legion cadets, sir. We never listen to authority.

Lantern: Hey, I got one! That was sprockin' great! Did you see that?
Arrow: Still breathing.
Chameleon: Nice job, gentlemen. Now I'd like you to meet one of our most promising cadets... Her name is Drura Sepht, but we like to call her... Infectious Lass.
Infectious Lass: Hi, fellas. You're now officially walking hot zones.
Arrow: Urg.
Lantern: Grrallph.
Chameleon: Now why do I get the feeling neither of you is smart enough to make this happen by yourselves? Let's chat, shall we?

Chameleon: My friend Infectious Lass here... she can do much worse, you know. You'll wish you'd died of radiation poisoning like the rest of us.
Infectious Lass: Bubonic plague, syphilis, Spanish flu, all manner of mutant sexual diseases...
Chameleon: ...And those are just the Earth maladies, guys.
Arrow: [weakly] I'm... I'm willing to die for my cause.
Chameleon: Oh, you'll die. We'll all die someday. The issue is, do you want to die in your bed surrounded by loved ones... or bent over in this alley with a woefully inadequate supply of tissues?

Pinter DeRoy: Look, kid. Your guard friends is out or dead, and I still got a reg'lar platoon of bad cases behind me. And let's not forget... when you took us on before the fall, you was losin'.
Karate Kid: All those things are true... but I wasn't mentally prepared then.

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds (2008-2009)

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #3

[Blok is lifting some debris off of Ultra Boy]
Blok: I heard you complaining under there.
Ultra Boy: And Tinya says that never helps.

[The three Legion founders are going up against Earth-Man's Justice League]
Cosmic Boy: You've sworn death to all aliens yet you team up with a Kryptonian boy from parallel universe. You see the hypocrisy in that, don't you?

Phantom Girl of Earth-Prime: Is that what Jo looks like when grows up? Ultra-Man is hot.
Phantom Girl of New Earth: Actually, he still goes by Ultra-Boy.
Apparition of Earth-247: That is so adorable.

[Ferro of Earth-247 files straight into Golden Boy and pummels him into the ground]
Ferro: I may not be worth as much as gold, but I am heavier. Yyut-Ta-Dah!

Gates: I see this world's political stronghold is as vibrant as our own. You'd think one world somewhere would provide a sprocking glimmer of infrastructural integrity.

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #5

Sodam Yat: You have the right to remain silent, Prime. And if you don't invoke that right--I'll help keep your mouth shut.

Kid Flash: You and me. My cousin. A bajillion Legionnaires. How sweet is this, Conner?!
Superboy: Very. Do you want to say it, Bart?
Kid Flash: I'm dying to. TITANS TOGETHER!

[The Time Trapper is being beaten down by dozens of Legionnaires and those connected to the Legion from parallel worlds and alternate times]
Time Trapper: L.E.G.I.O.N.. Supergirl. Ultra-Boy in a dragon uniform? Colossal Boys?! COCKROACHES! YOU'RE NOTHING BUT...

Earth-Man: Throw them to me, Lightning Lord. I can absorb all of their abilities.
[Bouncing Boy appears on the scene and tackles the two in his inflated form]
Bouncing Boy: You sure you want mine, Adolf? That'd be a first!

Lightning Lad: All I was saying, Mr. President, is that you still haven't thanked me for saving your life.
President of Earth: Thanked you? Are Braalians blind? Those criminals came to Earth because of you.
[Lightning Lad's eyes begin to spark]
Lightning Lad: I'm not from Braal. I'm from Winath.
Saturn Girl: Gaaarth.
Lightning Lad: Nnn. Which is really lovely this time of year.

Adventure Comics v2 (2009)

Adventure Comics v2 #2

Lightning Lad: I apologized for shorting out the President's com-link.
Cosmic Boy: It was his State of the Earth address.
Lightning Lad: State of the Earth? Here's the state of the Earth: it's swarming with anti-alien sentiment and we've got a president who's a freaking human supremacist.
Cosmic Boy: You have read the Legion code, right? Superman said "diplomacy is the key to peace."
Lightning Lad: I sent him flowers to apologize.
Saturn Girl: You've never sent anyone flowers.
Lightning Lad: It's the thought that counts.
Saturn Girl: You didn't think about it.

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