Posts Tagged ‘Legion of Super-Heroes’

Pop Culture Within Pop Culture – Part 2

2016/02/19

Note to self: Keep Brainiac 5 away from dead bodies in the future.

And people complain about "The Catcher in the Rye" being a bad influence...

And people complain about “The Catcher in the Rye” being a bad influence…

This disturbing revelation has been brought to you by Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #4 (June 2009) by Geoff Johns, George Pérez, and Scott Koblish.

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Gridlock on the Temporal Crossroads

2012/02/19

When the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise and the Legion of Super-Heroes encounter Vandar the First and Only – the immortal ruler of an Earth-based interplanetary empire who appears to be a hybrid of Flint from the original series episode Requiem for Methuselah and longtime DC Universe pain-in-the-ass Vandal Savage – in Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #5 (February 2012), he makes an initially cryptic comment…

Come into my parlor...

…the full implications of which soon become all too clear.

Where the Chronosphere from "Seven Days", dammit?

Now it’s time to determine your geekiness level: exactly how many of the devices and machines used for travel through space, time, and other dimensions did you recognize? From top to bottom, left to right, here’s what I was able to identify off the top of my head:

The TARDIS from "Doctor Who"

The time-travelling phone booth from "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure"

The hot tub from "Hot Tub Time Machine"

The Flash's Cosmic Treadmill

Lazarus' ship from the "Star Trek" episode "The Alternative Factor"

The Stargate from "Stargate" and "Stargate: SG-1"

The time travel pod from the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episode "A Matter of Time"

The Aeon-type timeship from the "Star Trek: Voyager" episode "Future's End"

A Legion of Super-Heroes Time Bubble

The Time Tunnel from "The Time Tunnel"

The time machine from "The Time Machine" (1960)

The launch pod from "Timecop"

The DeLorean from "Back to the Future"

So how many did you get? 🙂

Oh, and if anyone happens to figure out what any of the ones I missed are, feel free to drop me a line. I’d be interested in knowing…

The Rudeness of Pointing

2010/10/06

The next time you feel the urge to point at someone, remember the confrontation between Mekt Ranzz and Tenzil Kim that you’re about to witness. The digit you save may be your own.

Well, there're nine more where that came from...

Today’s lesson in etiquette has been brought to you by Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #33 (October 2007) by Tony Bedard and Dennis Calero.

“The Last Supper” in Comic Books – Part 2

2010/07/21

Even if you haven’t read the premiere post in this new ongoing series, you should be able to guess what this is all about from the title alone. Here’s the original painting…

"The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci (1495-1498)

…and here’s a panel from Legion of Super-Heroes #2 (September 1984) by artist Keith Giffen:

Oh great. "Jesus" is insane and thinks lightning talks to him while "Judas" is a mentally unbalanced Darkseid worshipper.

The character-by-character breakdown:

  • Bartholomew: Cosmic King
  • James the Less: Spider Girl
  • Andrew: Terrus
  • Judas: Ol-Vir
  • Peter: Radiation Roy
  • John: Esper Lass
  • Jesus: Lightning Lord
  • Thomas: Neutrax
  • James the Greater: Chameleon Chief
  • Philip: Sun Emperor
  • Matthew: Silver Slasher
  • Jude: Mist Master
  • Simon: Ron-Karr

Comic Book Sexual Innuendo – Part 8

2010/06/22

I’m not sure why I’ve been picking on Luornu Durgo so much lately. Maybe because she makes it so damn easy for me.

I wonder if the poor guy ever gets any sleep at all.

This example of unintentionally hilarious back-to-back panels taken from Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #5 (September 2009) by Geoff Johns, George Pérez, Nei Ruffino, and Scott Koblish.

Robosexuality – Part 1

2010/06/07

While Cliff Steele, the second Robotman, no longer has a plug to insert into a socket, so to speak, Saturn Girl discovers that he apparently still appreciates the view:

That's not just ass. It's futuristic, jailbait ass.

This lesson on telepathic etiquette courtesy of The Brave and the Bold #34 (July 2010) by J. Michael Straczynski and Jesus Saiz.

Nitpicking 101 – The Legion That Never Was

2010/06/01

In Action Comics #858 (December 2007), during Brainiac 5’s attempt to use technological means to restore Superman’s memories of his days in the Legion of Super-Heroes, readers were treated to the following splash page illustration of the classic incarnation of the team:

So much for racial diversity in the 30th century.

When it comes to Gary Frank’s artistic prowess, Jon Sibal’s inking skills, and the use of a period appropriate wardrobe, this piece is beyond reproach. As far as historical accuracy goes…not so much, as a version of the team with this particular lineup never existed in the first place.

Central to the problem is the appearance of Ferro Lad in this group shot, whose tenure as a Legionnaire was brief: he first appeared in Adventure Comics #346 (July 1966) and died in Adventure Comics #353 (February 1967). If you take this fact into account, several anachronisms should quickly become apparent to veteran fans:

  • Shadow Lass first appeared in Adventure Comics #365 (February 1968), one year after his death.
  • One of Triplicate Girl‘s bodies was killed by Computo the Conqueror in Adventure Comics #340 (January 1966). She’d started going by the codename of Duo Damsel in Adventure Comics #341 (February 1966), one year before he even joined the Legion.
  • While Timber Wolf first appeared in Adventure Comics #327 (December 1964) as Lone Wolf, he was officially a Legion Trainee at the time of Ferro Lad’s demise and didn’t officially join the team until Adventure Comics #372 (September 1968).

Special thanks to Chip Nanco of the Facebook group Interlac: The Legion Online for pointing out that there were more problems with this illustration than I initially thought.

Days of Legion Past – Part 5: Rainbow Girl

2010/05/28

When the Legion of Substitute Heroes reappeared for the first time in modern continuity in Action Comics #862 (April 2008), they seem to have made quite an impression on readers, none of them more so than the group’s sole female member at present: Dori Aandraison of Xolnar, better known as Rainbow Girl.

A hot chick with permanent PMS? It's every guy's DREAM.

While I wouldn’t normally devote an entire entry to a single character this obscure, Rainbow Girl is an unusual case because of the wealth of misinformation, misconceptions, and dubious claims surrounding her, so I thought it’d be fun spotlighting her here. Besides, I don’t feel like churning out another massive essay right now. The regular readers of my blog (both of you) deserve as much of a break from having to slog through yet another one as I do from having to write it up, so this arrangement works out pretty well for both of us.

Rainbow Girl has a long history with the Legion of Super-Heroes. She first appeared way back in Adventure Comics #309 (June 1963), when she was rejected for membership and presented with an anti-gravity flying belt as a consolation prize:

There's no room for hippies and flower children in the Legion, apparently.

And that’s pretty much it. Yes, that’s right: if you’ve seen and read the above panel, congratulations, you’ve officially covered all the material she ever appeared prior to her reappearance in the Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes story arc in and are now an expert on the character.

I said she had a long history with the Legion, not an extensive one.

Everything else we know about Rainbow Girl comes from her entry in Who’s Who in the Legion of Super-Heroes #5 (September 1988), which I’m reproducing here verbatim since any attempt to summarize it would end up being of similar or equal length:

Dori Aandraison of Xolnar
Dori won a trip to Metropolis as part of the “Miss Xolnar” contest, which she won due in part to her power, a heightened pheromonic field which makes her personality irresistable to everyone while surrounding her in corruscating field of light resembling a rainbow. She had hoped to become a Legionnaire simply as a stepping stone towards a career as a holovid actress. After her rejection, she met and married Irveang Polamar, a member of one of Metropolis’ oldest and wealthiest families, so she could stay on Earth and avoid returning to Xolnar.
She never completely shook her ambition to join the Legion and even investigated the Legion of Substitute Heroes as a possible alternative, but Dori felt they lacked too much publicity to do her any good. Dori returned to her life of social teas and power lunches. She is currently working on her autobiography.

So if Adventure Comics #309 was her only appearance, then where the heck did all of this supplemental information come from? As I mentioned in the introduction to my previous “Days of Legion Past” article, the Who’s Who in the Legion of Super-Heroes miniseries is notorious for making up details about a given character’s background completely on the fly. In this case, the entire biography was seemingly conjured up out of thin air, and with a significant absence of forethought. I mean, think about it: if she’s surrounded by a cloud of pheromones that gives her a magnetic personality and causes her to ooze charm out of every pore, how could the Legionnaires have refused her membership in the first place? She should’ve been a shoe-in, regardless of how impractical her powers are in battle.

One completely erroneous fact about Rainbow Girl – or, more correctly stated, the nature of her powers – that’s been making the rounds lately originated in her Wikipedia entry:

“In pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths continuity, Rainbow Girl originally had the power to separate into four different colored versions of herself; red (heat), blue (cold), yellow (brightness) and green (kryptonite). She was rejected because her green-self posed a threat to Superboy and Supergirl.” – Wikipedia entry on “Rainbow Girl”

The Bits of Legionnaire Business column in Adventure Comics #340 (January 1966) is cited as the source of this information, which I’ve reproduced below in its entirety below for the sole purpose of discrediting it:


As you can see, this section was dedicated to showcasing reader ideas for new Legionnaires and not to describing the powers of existing ones (or, in this case, rejected applicants). It’s sheer coincidence that one letter writer, Rand Lee of Roxbury, Connecticut, suggested a character whose name had already been used before. (DC’s editorial at the time can be forgiven for their oversight, I think, considering that their version of the character had the equivalent of a walk-on part that lasted all of one panel in a comic book published two and a half years earlier.) Whoever wrote the Powers and abilities section of the Wikipedia entry on Rainbow Girl combined known details about the official character with those of Lee’s unused creation to produce a composite character who never existed in the first place. The reason for her rejection – that her green Kryptonite self was dangerous to Superboy and Supergirl – is an outright falsehood, not only because the column never even mentioned that idea but also because she never had the ability to split into four separate forms in the first place.

Interestingly enough, the planet Xolnar was first mentioned in the same issue that Rainbow Girl first appeared in. The only relevance it had to the story, however, was that Shrinking Violet happened to be on it at the time; nowhere is it ever alluded to being Dori Aandraison’s homeworld (or anyone else’s for that matter) at all.

"Brainiac 5, is this an actual planet or just a smudge on the map?"

It was first depicted in the currently out-of-continuity story from Legion of Super-Heroes #15 (February 1991) as an inhospitable ball of ice and the home of the United Planets Militia Academy. Yeesh, no wonder Dori got married just so she wouldn’t have to be sent back there.

There isn't enough life on this ice cube to fill a space cruiser.

The Continuity Verdict

While the real name and home planet provided in Rainbow Girl’s identifier caption are consistent with her Who’s Who in the Legion of Super-Heroes entry…

If this is the cavalry, I shudder to think what the main attack force looks like.

…the fact that she “wields the power of the mysterious emotional spectrum, resulting in unpredictable mood swings” most definitely isn’t. By all appearances, Geoff Johns gently retconned her powers so that that the “corruscating field of light resembling a rainbow” generated by her enhanced pheromones is indicative of an even greater, as-yet-untapped potential. He himself has admitted as much in an interview with Newsarama :

“(Rainbow Girl’s) managed to tap into a couple of colors (of the emotional spectrum). But she doesn’t understand them. To her, it’s just more for fun.” – Geoff Johns

Of course, it’s also a shameless plug for his recent work on Green Lantern, but you can hardly fault him for that.

Oddly enough, an unexpected bonus of Rainbow Girl’s reappearance after languishing in obscurity for most of her 45 year history is that it’s redeemed her character a little. While she’s pretty much a blank slate as far as personality goes, after reading her Who’s Who in the Legion of Super-Heroes entry, you really can’t shake the feeling that her entire existence was dominated by self-serving actions and an insatiable hunger for fame. The fact that she chose to join the Legion of Substitute Heroes and risk her life as a freedom fighter rather than hide behind her husband’s money or heightened pheromonic field paints her in a better light (no pun intended).

Comic Book Sexual Innuendo – Part 7

2010/05/25

Reunited with her “sister” years after she was (believed to have been) killed in the line of duty, one of Luornu Durgo‘s selves gives her husband, Chuck Taine, an extremely warm welcome.

Chuck Taine is one lucky bastard.

This demonstration of inappropriate behavior comes to you courtesy of Legion of Super-Heroes #42 (April 1993) by Tom and Mary Bierbaum, Stuart Immonen, Ron Boyd, and John Dell III.

Comic Book Sexual Innuendo – Part 6

2010/05/22

If the cute alien girl with the inbuilt identical triplets factor is interested in being your girlfriend, it is your duty as a heterosexual man to express great enthusiasm and go for it.

"Ever had group sex with just one girl before?"

Unfortunately for Triplicate Girl, Superboy apparently likes his women a bit more…dangerous.

Great. Just what every guy dreams of. A woman who can READ YOUR GODDAMN MIND.

This public service message brought to you by Superman: Secret Origin #2 (December 2009) and Action Comics #858 (December 2007) by Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, and Jon Sibal.


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