The Return

Convergence
Issue: 
4
06-Jun
2015

The Time Trapper appears not once, but several times in Deimos's prison.

Part One: My Home in the Sky

Convergence: Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes
Issue: 
1
06-Jun
2015

The Infinitus Saga: Part 2 of 5

Justice League United
Issue: 
6
01-Jan
2015

Untitled

Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse
Issue: 
6
01-Jan
2015

The Infinitus Saga Part 1 of 5

Justice League United Annual
Issue: 
1
12-Dec
2014

Duplicate Damsel/Girl is called "Duo Damsel"

 

 

 

There was one comic with Legion content this week.

Justice League United: Future's End #1

November 2014

"Home World: Part 1 of 2"

 

There were three Legion-related comics with cover dates of July 2009:


Action Comics #877

July 2009

"The Sleepers Part 3"

 

The only Legion content was an image of Mon-El on a viewscreen, but at least there was some cute-boy action in the form of a teenage Chris Kent.

 


R.E.B.E.L.S. #4

July 2009

"From Beyond"

 

A galaxy full of Starro's minions are after Vril Dox, and the Omega Men come face-to-face with another batch of Starro-controlled aliens.

 

Superman #688

July 2009

"The Fall and Rise of Jonathan Kent"

 

Mon-El, temporarily subbing for Superman, is having trouble with his anti-lead serum. Doctor Light gives him a year and a half to live. Our favorite Daxamite is pretty down in the dumps, but then he meets Mitch (who later turns out to be Matter-Eater Lad in disguise), who bolsters his spirits.

Meanwhile, the Guardian leads a task force which rescues Tellus from durance vile. 

There was one Legion comic cover-dated July 2004.

The Legion #33

July 2004

"Notorious Part 2"

 

The final showdown between the Legion and Credo. When it's clear that the Legion is going to win, Singularity attempts to destroy the whole world in a Samson-in-the-Temple stunt. Live Wire stops him, redeeming the name of the Progenitor.

There was one comic with Legion content this week:


Scribblenauts Unmasked: A Crisis of Imagination #7

September 2014

Untitlted

 

In two panels near the beginning of the story, Lilly chronicles an adventure with the Scribblenauts Legion vs the Fatal Five in the Old West.

To date, this is the most recent Legion appearance.

You know, for a group that's canceled, the Legion sure seems to be showing up a lot lately. Of course, they're showing up in children's comics...but as Cliché Lad is always telling us, children are the future....

There were 3 Legion-related comics with cover dates of July 1989:


Legion of Super-Heroes #62

July 1989

"Why Must Magic Triumph?"

 

Part 3 of the Magic Wars ended with the heroic yet pointless death of Magnetic Kid aka Pol Krinn. This was the penultimate issue of the Original Legion's 31 year history.

 

L.E.G.I.O.N.'89 #6

July 1989

"Heroes...and Villains!

 

Character development continues and L.E.G.I.O.N. gets into more trouble.

 

 

Secret Origins #42

July 1989

"Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad Boys"

 

This story marked the debut of the Legion as re-imagined by Tom and Mary Bierbaum and Keith Giffen. It wasn't a bad little tale, and it was mostly consistent with the Original Legion...but the mention of Stig Ah aka Reflecto from Rimbor was a definite bit of retcon -- and a portent of things to come.

There were no Legion appearances in comics cover-dated July 1974.

But there was something really big waiting in the wings for August....

Another Legion appearance this week, thanks to Tiny Titans

Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #2

September 2014

Untitled

 

The Titans continue searching for their treehouse, which was shrunken by Brainiac 5 and Psimon...who got their Brainiac Club shrinking badges by shrinking the treehouse.

There were two comics cover-dated July 1964 with Legion content:


Adventure 322

July 1964

"The Super-Tests of the Super-Pets"

 

This was an unusual Legion story: the focus wasn't on the Legion of Super-Heroes, but on the Legion of Super Pets. Proty II applied for membership, and the other Super Pets gave him a series of tests -- which he passed with flying colors.

The Legionnaires appeared in the story, certainly, but they were mostly oblivious to what was going on. 

 


Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane 50

July 1964

"Lois Lane's Luckiest Day"

 

Phantom Girl, Shrinking Violet, and Triplicate Girl are dispatched into the past on a vital mission -- researching the Lois Lane Fan Club for a minor article in the Superman Encyclopedia. (Guess they ran out of lives to save and villains to defeat.)

They take on new identities (Phyllis Groves, Sharon Vaughn, and Tina Glenn) and apply for membership. They follow Lois around, and every time Lois clumsily gets herself in trouble, the Legionnaires save her. Finally, Lois guesses their identities; they fess up, but erase her memory before leaving.

If it was me, I wouldn't want anyone to remember, either.

 

You know, I've always considered Superman as something of a dick regarding poor Mon-El. He sent Mon to the Phantom Zone as a boy, pledging to find a cure for lead poisoning so he could release Mon.

Yet as an adult, Superman never managed to get around to the task of actually fulfilling his pledge. Oh, he lamented Mon-el's fate a lot...but in terms of actually, you know, doing anything, Superman was always too busy.

In fact, Mon-El stayed in the Phantom Zone for a thousand years before the Legion finally found a way to let him out.

Now, though, I'm reconsidering Superman's culpability. Consider: As Superboy, he served alongside Mon in the Legion. He knew that Mon was going to be released in a thousand years. So what prevented him from, say, taking Mon out of the Phantom Zone in the 20th century, dashign through the time barrier to the early 30th, and putting Mon back in -- thereby sparing Mon-El a thousand years of hell?

Well...Superboy was telepathically hypnotized into forgetting what he learned about the future from being with the Legion. This was done to prevent him from messing with the timestream by, say, trying to save the Kents, revealing Supergirl's existence at the wrong time, or springing Mon from the Zone early.

And who was it who telepathically hypnotized Superboy? Saturn Girl, of course.

So if anyone is a dick in this whole messy situation, I'd say it would have to be Imra. I knew she could be cold, but I didn't realize until now how cold....

There was one comic with Legion content cover-dated June 2004:

 

The Legion #32

June 2004

"Notorious"

 

Some bad guys arrive from Shikari's galaxy, led by Singularity. Devoted to wiping out all trace of the Progenitor, they're now determined to destroy the Legion's galaxy. 

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