LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES
Part 1: 20th Century
20th Century PART 2:
and Beyond PART 3:
Year 1 PART 4:
(Adventure & Action) PART 5:
(Superboy & the Legion) PART 6:
(Legion vol. 2-3) PART 7:
(Legion vol. 6)
Special thanks to Aaron Severson and DarkMark's Comics Indexing Domain
This chronology retains much of the original history of the Legion. » SEE ALSO: For more on the creation of this timeline, read Geoff Johns' comments in a 2007 IGN.com interview, and more in a Newsarama interview.
Essentially, he asserted that in the post-Infinite Crisis universe:
- "Adventure Comics #300 ... happened."
- "...any Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes story ... happened."
- "Really, we're sticking with everything that happened up through Crisis on Infinite Earths."
Four billion years ago: On the planet Oa, Krona's forbidden experiment to witness the birth of creation causes the universe to split into the multiverse and unleashes a wave of evil into the cosmos. Krona is banished for his crime. His fellow Oans become the Guardians of the Universe. NOTES: This is the 1st chronological app. of the Guardians of the Universe, whose 1st app. in print was in Green Lantern #1 (July 1960).
(Green Lantern #40, Oct. 1965)
A faction of the Guardians, dissatisfied with their colleagues' tactics in the war against evil, splits off to become the Controllers. NOTES: The Controllers first appeared in Adventure Comics #357 (June 1967). Their connection to the Guardians was revealed in Crisis.
(Crisis #7, Oct. 1985)
Three billion years ago: The Guardians devise a corps of warrior androids dubbed Manhunters. After the Manhunters rebel, they are disarmed and exiled from Oa. Over the coming millennia, the Manhunters secretly conspire against their former masters.
(Justice League of America #141, Apr. 1977), (Secret Origins #22, Jan. 1988)
The Guardians of Oa organize a new force to battle evil throughout the universe: the Green Lantern Corps (1st chronological app.). The first Green Lantern is Rori Dag of the planet Rojira. NOTES: The Green Lantern Corps first appeared in Green Lantern v.2 #11 (Mar. 1962)
(Green Lantern #67, Mar. 1969)
c. One million BCE: Imsk, a planet around the star Irulan and the eventual homeworld of Salu Digby (Shrinking Violet), is colonized by the Krill. Eleven years after the colonists' arrival, they discover that the planet itself shrinks for a period of 90 days every ten years. To enable them to survive the shrinkage, an Imskian scientist finds a way to use the energies of radioactive Imskian rock to let all Imskians change their size at will. The ability is passed on to subsequent generations, but all Imskians must be exposed to the radiation once per year or they will die.
(Superboy & the Legion #234, Dec. 1977)
In deep space, a major star goes nova, disrupting the zodiacal alignments. The mages of Atlantis discover their powers waning and charge a young witch named Citrina with finding a suitable new home. She creates Gemworld, aka the Sorcerers' World (also called Zerox). Twelve great Houses rule Gemworld, much like they had in Atlantis: Amethyst, Emerald, Garnet, Ruby, Diamond, Moonstone, Sapphire, Sardonyx, Topaz, Turquoise, Opal and Aquamarine.
Who's Who v.1 #9
During Krypton's expansionist era, an astronomer named Val-Or discovered a distant sun, which was named after him. Later, a world in that system took the name of it's discoverer, Dax-Am. (They also ventured to Shwar, Imsk and Durla.) Unlike other worlds, Daxam's population melded with the colonizers'. Their genetic code was similar enough to enable mating. In time, Daxamite society grew to forget Krypton, and prosper. Some inherited the Kryptonian desire for exploration, and two camps arose: explorers and those who feared it.
Superman Annual #14 (2009)
c. 5000 BCE: The native humanoids of the planet Rimbor (eventual homeworld of Jo Nah, Ultra Boy) become extinct.
(Legion v.4 #15, Feb. 1991)
Millennia ago: On Ekron, a great god—of the same name—who weilded near limitless power is brought down by the Guardians of the Universe, and its power dispersed. Ekron's priests preserve its power in a pair of Emerald Eyes. Later, Ekron's head/skull is used as a powerful space ship for a Green Lantern. NOTE: Exact era is not specified. The head of Ekron was first seen in 52 #28 (2006). The DC Encyclopedia (2008) wrote that Ekron was created by the Guardians with two Oan-powered eyes. But if they were instrumental in taking down Ekron, how could they Eyes remain Oan-powered? The Emerald Eye's first historical appearance is Adventure #352 (1967). The existence of a pair was revealed in 52 #??.
(Legion Annual v.6 #1, 2011)
Millennia ago: The Sorcerers of Zerox imprison the Arch-Mage, who weilds the sum of dark magic. The power of the planet's resident Sorcerers keep him imprisoned.
(Legion v.3 #63, Aug. 1989)
1243 BCE: Searching for Universo, Shrinking Violet visits Gizeh (Giza), Egypt.
Adventure Comics #349 (Oct. 1966)
"Ancient times": A desert plague overtakes the planet Daxam. Its healing arts fall into the dark ages and the elders blame technology for failing them. When they are invaded by aliens, a scientist creates a powerful planetoid that becomes a huge golem and it topples the invaders.
Superman #675 (June 2008)
c. 209 BCE: The civilization of the planet Durla is nearly wiped out by a nuclear conflict called the "Six-Minute War." The inhabitants survive only through their shape-changing powers. Their original form is unknown. NOTE: The date was established by Legion v.2 Annual #2 (1983).
(Legion v.2 #301, July 1983)
250–900 CE: Young Zax Vane leads a peaceful space program to Dryad, [cat-world], Xudar, Kalanor, Rann, Dhor, Korugar and Krypton itself. In this time, they discover their powers under a yellow sun. Unlike Kryptonians, Daxamites could sometimes breed with other races. This was proven by explorer Bal Gand, who visited Earth and conceived a child with an Mayan native, Juyu. Upon her return to Daxam, she kept her ship ready for return voyage, in case her family would not accept her child. The progeny of this clan were especially prone to look to the stars. For others, xenophobia grew, due in part to the Kryptonian Eradicator—which corrupted Kryptonian immunity to alien worlds and altered thought patterns. A four-day Science War eventually broke over the issue and cost a quarter of the population. Over millennia, this fostered a "pure-blood" Sorrow Cult, who feared all things alien. Over hundreds of years, their leader altered written history to omit the Science War and Krypton.
Superman Annual #14 (2009)
c. 500 CE: The Guardians shrink the warrior giants called Djinn to tiny size and imprison them in bottles of green energy.
(Legion v.2 #267, Sept. 1980)
693 CE: Colossal Boy tracks a time-traveling Universo to 7th century England, where, unable to control his growth power, he is attacked by medieval warriors who believe him to be a threatening giant.
Adventure Comics #349 (Oct. 1966)
1280 CE: Pursuing Universo, Brainiac 5 travels to Shang-Tu, China, where he encounters the legendary Kublai Khan.
Adventure Comics #349 (Oct. 1966)
1300 CE: In pursuit of Universo, Chameleon Boy appears in the Peruvian city of Cuzco, capitol of the Inca empire, where he is nearly slain by the jealous Inca god-king.
Adventure Comics #349 (Oct. 1966)
700 years ago: Alien Athranian gene farmers abduct the Anasazi tribe and install them on a new planet. The Athranians are overthrown by the Spider Guild and this colony is forgotten. Genetic experiments endow them with wings. NOTE: This contradicts pre-Crisis lore from Legion v.2 #305, which stated that Starhaven was founded in the 23rd century.
(REBELS v2 #2, May 2009)
Centuries ago: Brainiac of Colu sets out to collect all available knowledge in the universe. He uses miniaturization technology to spirit away whole cities, and destroys what remains of their worlds. Among these planets are Braal, Winath and Tharr.
Action Comics #872 (Feb. 2009)
c. 1600 CE: The island of Marzal is colonized by escaped slaves. The island fades into another dimension to return for 30-year periods every 200 years.
(Legion v.2 #265, July 1980)
1812 CE: A time-traveling Saturn Girl visits Paris, where she encounters Napoleon and is nearly slain by a French aristocrat under the hypnotic control of Universo.
Adventure Comics #349 (Oct. 1966)
The radioactive boulders that renew Imskians' shrinking powers are consumed by a race of space dragons. Afterwards, the people of Imsk must periodically hunt the dragons and remove some of their scales, which emit the radiation necessary for the Imskians' survival.
(Superboy & the Legion #234, Dec. 1977)
20th Century Krypton
1938: During Krytpon's age of conquest, commander Dru-Zod's interstellar warship crashes on Earth at Texas and burrows into the planet. NOTES: This was said to have been "68 years ago," putting it in the year of Superman's published debut. "Dru-Zod" was General Zod's original pre-Crisis name.
(Superman #650, Feb. 2006; Action Comics #838, June 2006)
Jor-El discovers the Phantom Zone, which Krypton's Science Council decides to use as a prison for Kryptonian criminals. NOTES: Adventure Comics #323 (1964), asserts that the Phantom Zone is the same dimension as, or contiguous to, the Bgztl Buffer Region. This issue was also the first historial app. of General Zod.
(Adventure Comics #283, 4.61)
Jax-Ur destroys Kandor's lunar colony. This lures Brainiac to Krypton. Jax-Ur becomes the first prisoner of the Phantom Zone. He's later joined by Quex-Ul, a surgeon who went mad with torture; Tor-An, a serial rapist and killer; and Nadeira Va-Dim and Az-Rel, homicidal lovers. NOTES: Jax-Ur's 1st historical app. was Adventure #289 (1961); Quex-Ul's, Superman #157 (1962).
(Action Comics #846, Feb. 2007), (Action Comics #867, Sept. 2008)
35 years ago: The destruction of Kandor's lunar colony draws the attention of the Coluan, Brainiac. He attacks the Kryptonian city of Kandor. He seals it off, shrinks it and stores it in his ship. For his prowess against Brainiac's droids, General Zod becomes a hero.
(Action Comics #866, Aug. 2008), (Superman: New Krypton Special #1, Dec. 2008)
Lar Gand is born on Daxam to Kel and Marisa Gand. NOTE: The year of Lar Gand's birth in any timeline has never been established, although the 2995 Sourcebook gave his birthday as March 27.
When Dev-Em (1st post-Infinite Crisis app.) is banished to the Phantom Zone, a riot breaks out in Fort Rozz prison and a Zone projector explodes, sending the prison into the Zone as well. Unlike the rest of the Zone, the prison is solid and time passes normally therein. NOTE: Dev-Em's 1st historical app. was Adventure #287 (1961), as a teenage delinquent whose ship escaped Krypton's destruction. He eventually became a pre-Crisis Legion ally.
(Action Comics #851, Aug. 2007)
Jor-El and his mentor, Non, gather evidence of Krypton's declining geological health. Their lab is raided by General Zod and Ursa of the Kryptonian Defense and they are charged with heresy. The are set free, but Non continues to preach destruction and Zod and Ursa join his cause. The Council then kidnapps Non and transforms him into a mindless beast while Zod pleads with Jor-El to join them. Jor-El, however, will not choose violence and the rebels are ultimately captured again. Jor-El intercedes on their behalf; they are not executed, but banished to the Phantom Zone. Zod blames Jor-El for denying them chance save Krypton and swears vengeance on Jor-El and his son. NOTE: The first post-Infinite Crisis apps. of Zod, Non and Ursa was Action #845 (2007).
(Action Comics Annual #10, 2007)
As the planet Krypton explodes Jor-El and his wife Lara prepare their infant son, Kal-El, for an interstellar voyage. Kal-El's ship is launched into space moments before the planet's destruction, bound for Earth. NOTES: Post-Infinite Crisis Superman continuity is governed by Superman: Birthright maxi-series. This series took cues from both the "Smallville" television series, the Superman movie series, and the "Legion of Super-Heroes" cartoon series, all of which show a young Clark Kent gradually coming into his powers, but never taking the name "Superboy." Part of this trend was due to legal claims brought against DC Comics by the heirs of Superboy's creator, Jerry Siegel.
(Action Comics #1, June 1938); (Superman: Birthright #1, Sept. 2003)
A small group of Legionnaires visits Krypton on the day of its destruction. NOTES: The date of Krypton's destruction was given in World of Krypton #3 (Sept. 1979).
(Legion v.2 #255, Sept. 1979)
During Krypton's last moments, Jor-El and Lara receive a message a viewscreen sent from the future, in Lex Luthor's lab. Through the static, they see a barely-visible figure wearing the "S" insignia who says: "Mother... Father... I made it." Realizing that their efforts were successful, Jor-El and Lara kiss as the building collapses around them.
(Superman: Birthright #12, Sept. 2004)
Jor-El's brother, Zor-El, protects Krypton's Argo City using Brainiac's force field technology. The city escapes into space. When Brainiac reawakens, Zor-El and his wife Allura send their daughter, Kara, in a spaceship to Earth after her cousin Kal-El. Kara's rocket is encased in kryptonite and over 30 years, it builds in her bloodstream. When she arrives on Earth, the kryptonite causes memory loss and hallucinations. NOTES: Zor-El's 1st post-Infinite Crisis app. was Superman/Batman #9; Allura in Supergirl v.5 #16 (June 2007); Kara in Superman/Batman #8; she does not become a member of this Legion. When first told, in Supergirl v.5 #16 (June 2007), Kara had supposedly been sent by her mad father to Earth to kill Kal-El. She believed he was possessed by malevolent phantoms. This was "retconned" away by the tale in #35.
(Supergirl v.5 #35, Jan. 2009)
Brainiac assimilates Argo City into Kandor, then destroys Argo.
(Action Comics #869, Nov. 2008)
The infant Iris Russell appears from the 30th century and is adopted by the West family. NOTES: Iris West and Barry Allen (Flash II) are the parents of Don and Dawn Allen, the 30th Century "Tornado Twins," and grandparents of the Legionnaire XS. Iris first appeared in Showcase #4 (Oct. 1956). Don and Dawn Allen first appeared in Adventure #373 (Oct. 1968).
(Flash v.1 #350, Oct. 1985)
Kal-El's rocket lands in Smallville, where he is found and adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent and given the name Clark Kent. The boy's powers develop gradually and do not fully manifest until he is almost 18 years old. NOTES: Superman's foster parents first appeared in Superman #1 (Sum.39). Action #1 (June 1938) said only that he was found by "a passing motorist." Jonathan Kent was first named in Adventure #149 (Feb. 1950), Martha Kent in Superboy #12 (Feb. 1951).
(Superman v.1 #1, Summer 1939)
Young Clark Kent finds his new powers increasingly troubling. He confides with Lana Lang about them. First strength and invulnerability, then x-ray and flight. A kiss from Lana ignites his heat vision. John and Martha Kent decide to show him his spaceship. He activates a holographic image of Jor-El and Lara, which he reacts against. He meets young Lex Luthor, who lives with his father and sister, and who has discovered green kryptonite. The Kents fashion a pair of glasses made from his ship that withstand his heat vision. Martha is inspired by Kryptonian fashions to make Clark a uniform using his swaddling cloths, and bearing the El family crest. NOTES: Clark celebrates his birthday on December 1.
(Superman: Secret Origin #1, Nov. 2009)
Clark begins costumed adventuring but remains relatively unseen. Lex Luthor succeeds in killing his father but making it look like an accident. The three founding members of the Legion of Super-Heroes (Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, and Saturn Girl) travel back in time to meet their idol, Superman. Instead, they find 14-year-old Clark Kent, who is oblivious to his legend. They reluctantly allow him to return to the future with them. He visits their clubhouse in 30th century Smallville, where he meets their other members, and joins the Legion. When Clark returns to the 20th century, a Kryptonian ship crashes, delivering Krypto. NOTES: The Legionnaires call him "Clark," not "Superboy." This chronology assumes that Silver Age stories were told in the order in which Clark experienced them. This may be different than the order in which the Legionnaires experienced them. The original tale says the Legion lives in the 30th century, although some subsequent stories used the 21st century instead. Most Legion stories are supposed to take place exactly 1,000 years in Superman's future (not Superboy's).
(Superman: Secret Origin #2, Dec. 2009), Adventure #247 (Apr. 1958), (Action Comics #858, Late Dec. 2007)
Clark Kent dons his mother's costume and begins adventuring around Smallville. NOTES: Clark's first public debut has not been told in current continuity.
The Legion tries to stop Superboy from going on a rampage, unaware that he is actually on a secret mission for the President. NOTES: 2nd Legion app. The Legionnaires' costumes are changed from their first appearance. They still use rocket belts rather than flight belts. It's unclear whether this event exists in current continuity.
Adventure Comics #267 (Dec. 1959)
When traveling across the country, young genius Lex Luthor discovers a piece of kryptonite in Smallville, Kansas. He forces his father and sister to move there. His mother died when he was young. He and Clark become friends, sharing a love of astronomy. NOTE: Lex's sister is not mentioned in Birthright, but in the next entry. Also shown in Superman: Secret Origin #1.
Superman: Birthright #6-8 (Mar.-May 2004)
In his planet's forbidden lore, Lar Gand of Daxam (second from the sun, Valor) finds a record of Kal-El's path to Earth.
Action Comics Annual #10 (2007)
Lar Gand of the clan Gandaja finds references to an abandoned spaceport. He and his friend Van find his ancestor, Bal Gand's, ship near an ancient temple high in the mountains. The ruling elders of the Sorrow Cult discover him there and he escapes in a spacecraft, which is preprogrammed for a return flight to Earth. At this time, Lar's has a younger sister and his parents are ill. Asleep, Lar learns about Krypton. NOTES: 1st chronological app. of Mon-El.
Superman #674 (May 2008); Superman Annual #14 (2009)
Lar Gand of Daxam crash lands on Earth and loses his memory. Because of his instruction, he believes he is from Krypton. He meets the young teen Clark Kent, who intercepts Gand's rocket. Gand speaks Kryptonese and addresses him as the "son of Jor-El." Clark takes him in, hoping he might trigger information in his sunstone crystals. Clark begins to wonder if the older boy is his brother, and Lar fashions a name for himself: Mon-El. When Clark decides to test his kryptonite on him, Mon-El shrinks away from it and regains his memory. He is poisoned by the enclosing lead box and asks Clark to project him into the Phantom Zone until a cure can be found. NOTE: Action Annual #10 is one of the first verifications that Superman: Birthright was the definitive origins. It also shows new diagram of the Fortress of Solitude shows this Legion, which is the first evidence that the original Legion has been restored to Earth-0's continuity.
Superboy v.1 #89 (June 1961), (Action Comics Annual #10, 2007), (Superman Annual #14)
Dawnstar, Polar Boy and Wildfire travel to Smallville for a sample of young Lex Luthor's DNA. NOTES: This is just before Lex lost his hair, and after some incident involving his sister. In original continuity, Superboy first mets boy genius Lex Luthor in Adventure #271 (1960). In current continuity, their meeting is governed by Superman: Birthright #??.
Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #3 (Dec. 2008)
At age 18, Lex Luthor uses his kryptonite sample to fuel a device that can peer into Krypton's past. Clark is exposed to kryptonite for the first time, and Lex mistakes Clark's sudden illness for disdain. When the machine overloads, it singes off Lex's hair, destroys his home, and kills his father. Lex later destroys all traces of his life in Smallville.
Superman: Birthright #8 (May 2004)
The time-traveling Karate Kid meets Superboy and a group of young Legionnaires, who help him battle the Lord of Time and Major Disaster. The Lord of Time blasts Karate Kid forward in time and erases the Legionnaires' memories of these events. NOTES: The Lord of Time first appeared in Justice League of America #10 (Mar. 1962), Major Disaster in Green Lantern v.2 #43 (Mar. 1966).
Karate Kid #12-13 (Jan.-Apr. 1978)
Clark meets the new Legionnaire Star Boy. NOTES: The original tale included a 30th century visit by Lana Lang.
Adventure Comics #282 (Mar. 1961)
A 30th century criminal posing as Sun Boy fools Clark into reassembling a Cyclops robot buried in Smallville by the Legion.
Adventure Comics #290 (Nov. 1961)
Chameleon Boy visits Clark to write an article for the Legion newspaper.
Superboy v.1 #93 (Dec. 1961)
The Brain Globes of Rambat mentally enslave Superboy and the Legion and threaten to take over the Earth. NOTES: The original tale involved a save (and 1st app. of the Legion of Super-Pets: Krypto, Streaky the Super-Cat, Comet the Super-Horse, and Beppo the Super-Monkey.
Adventure Comics #293 (Feb. 1962)
As his test for Legion membership, Ultra Boy and his friend Marla Latham visit the 20th century, where Ultra Boy, using the name "Gary Crane," attempts to uncover Superboy's secret identity. First mention of his home planet, Rimbor.
Superboy v.1 #98 (July 1962)
Brainiac 5 helps Clark capture Blackie Burke.
Adventure Comics #309 (June 1963)
Colossal Boy helps Clark protect his secret identity.
Adventure Comics #315 (Dec. 1963)
Kid Psycho ask for Clark's help in joining the Legion. He eventually becomes a reserve member.
Superboy v.1 #125 (Dec. 1965)
A kryptonite-laced clone of Lex Luthor attacks Legion HQ and steals a Time Bubble. The team follows him back to Superboy's time and destroy the clone with a weapon devised by Brainiac 5. They wipe Superboy's memory of the event.
(Superman / Batman #75, Oct. 2010)
Duo Damsel, Mon-El, Shadow Lass, and Superboy take refuge from Mordru in Superboy's era, where the 30th century Legionnaires pose as distant relatives of various Smallville residents.
Adventure Comics #369 (June 1968)
The Legionnaires deliberately remove their own memories of their true identities in a futile attempt to escape Mordru. Despite their efforts, Mordru captures them, along with Pete Ross and Lana Lang, and puts them on trial. The Legionnaires ultimately escape with the help of Dream Girl and the White Witch.
Adventure Comics #370 (July 1968)
Superboy battles Mordru in the 20th century and imprisons him by burying him. He tosses Mordru's magical Blood Crystals into deep space, where they are later discovered by the Legion. Chameleon Boy, afflicted by the Crystals with an irrational hatred of Superboy, travels back in time to attempt to destroy the "boy of steel."
Superboy v.1 #188 (July 1972)
The Fatal Five attempts to eliminate the Legion from history by killing Superboy in the 20th century.
Superboy v.1 #198 (Oct. 1973)
Clark encounters the Legion's clone duplicates of the deceased Invisible Kid and Ferro Lad.
Superboy v.1 #206 (Jan./Feb. 1975)
The Legion teams with the JLA and JSA to fight Mordru and the Demons Three. NOTE: This event was verified post-Infinite Crisis by Batman in Action #864 (June 2008).
Justice League of America #147-148 (Oct.-Nov. 1977)
Superboy returns to his own era under a hypnotic compulsion from Saturn Girl not to return to the 30th century. NOTES: Thought the suggestion is temporary, it marks a sharp decline in Clark's Legion participation.
Legion v.2 #259 (Jan. 1980)
Ultra Boy is thrown back to the 20th century and trapped in the Phantom Zone. His mind is transferred into Superboy's body. Afflicted with amnesia, he adopts a new costumed identity as Reflecto and returns to the 30th century, where he re-applies for Legion membership. NOTES: These events follow Ultra Boy's apparent death in Legion v.2 #275.
Legion v.2 #282 (Dec. 1981)
The Legion travels back to the 20th century to learn why Superboy was costumed as Reflecto.
Legion v.2 #280 (Oct. 1981)
The Legionnaires and Superboy battle the Molecule Master and are arrested by the U.S. Army for interfering with an atomic bomb test. Phantom Girl, Dawnstar, and Superboy escape to 20th century Bgztl.
Legion v.2 #281 (Nov. 1981)
Phantom Girl, Dawnstar, and Superboy find Ultra Boy in the Phantom Zone and learn how he (in Superboy's body) became Reflecto. Superboy decides to resume participation in the Legion. NOTES: This was the Legion's last pre-Crisis visit to the 20th century. After his public debut as Superboy, Clark visits the 30th century only three more times before the Crisis: Legion v.2 #289-294, 312 & Legion v.3 #11.
Legion v.2 #282 (Dec. 1981)
20th Century: Metropolis
Clark finds an unlikely friend in the newcomer Lex Luthor. They share an interest in astronomy. Lex discovers a piece of meteor rock (kryptonite), which causes Clark sudden pain. Later, Lex opens a portal allowing him to veiw events on the planet Krypton — until his device explodes. In the resulting conflagaration, his house burns and he loses his hair. NOTE: Birthright #1 was the post-Infinite Crisis Luthor's true 1st app.
(Superman: Birthright #8, May 2004)
After high school graduation, Clark Kent, takes a worldwide tour.
(Superman: Birthright #2, Oct. 2003)
Clark returns to Smallville, determined to learn more about his alien heritage. He convinces his mother to unearth his spaceship and he uses an alien tablet to access Kryptonian historical records. He learns of his family's "S" insignia and uses it on a costume designed for his super-powered adventures. Martha Kent encourages him to dress — while in civilian attire — in a professional but nondescript way complete with faux glasses. He develops different body languages for both his "identities."
(Superman: Birthright #3, Nov. 2003)
Clark Kent interviews for a job at the Metropolis newspaper, The Daily Planet. He meets Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane. The editor, Perry White is unsure of his ability to pursue a story aggressively enough. When a terrorist robot opens fire on the Daily Planet building, Clark ducks out to don his costume and confront it. While in costume, he interacts with Jimmy and Lois.
(Superman: Birthright #4, Dec. 2003)
The Daily Planet's web site dubs Clark "Superman" and Clark is hired as a reporter. Lex Luthor reveals that he has in storage, a sunstone crystal from Krypton.
(Superman: Birthright #5, Jan. 2004)
Lois and Clark visit Lex Luthor at his corporate headquarters. Lex denies ever having met Clark in Smallville. Luthor asserts that Superman is not from Earth.
(Superman: Birthright #6, Mar. 2004)
When Superman bursts in on Luthor, the villain reveals things about his homeworld, Krypton.
(Superman: Birthright #9, June 2004)
To stir public distaste for Superman, Luthor Metropolis attacks Metropolis with warships bearing Superman's insignia. (#10) Lois Lane exposes Lex's attack as a hoax. Lex tries to use his portals to communicate with Kryptonians of the past for help, and Superman, Lex and Lois witness the planet's destruction on a viewscreen. Jor-El and Lara also appear, seconds after launching their son. (#12) NOTE: Issue #12 asserts that Clark only just learns his name, Kal-El, from Luthor's viewscreens, but in Action Comics Annual #10, Clark is a boy and already knows his name of Kal-El. Since Birthright was not necessarily meant to rewrite Superman's at the time of its publication, I defer to latter-day tales for definitive answers.
(Superman: Birthright #10-12, July-Sept. 2004)
The public debut of the Flash II, Barry Allen. NOTE: Allen becomes grandfather to the Legionnaire XS.
Showcase #4 (Sept. 1956)
After defeating the Appellax aliens, Superman and the Flash help found the Justice League of America with five other heroes. Following the cleanup of the Appellax creatures, they choose a headquarters in Happy Harbor, Rhode Island. NOTE: The JLA's post-Infinite Crisis origin was clarified by Justice League of America v.2 #0 (2006) and 52 #51.
Justice League of America #9 (Feb. 1962), JLA: Year One #1 (Jan. 1998)
Iris West marries Barry Allen (the Flash).
Flash v.1 #165 (Nov. 1966)
Darkseid, the master of Apokolips, begins his search for the Anti-Life Equation in the minds of the people of Earth.
Jimmy Olsen #134 (Dec. 1970)
KARATE KID IN THE 20TH CENTURY
Karate Kid begins his sojourn in the 20th century. He defeats Nemesis Kid and meets Iris Jacobs. NOTES: The status of Karate Kid's visit in post-Infinite Crisis continuity is uncertain. JLA members appear to meet the Legion for the first time in the "Lightning Saga." Karate Kid's adventures took place during Superman's adult career.
Karate Kid #1 (Mar./Apr. 1976)
Karate Kid battles Major Disaster and the Ravager. He befriends Iris Jacobs.
Karate Kid #2-3 (May-Aug. 1976)
Karate Kid briefly aids the Legion in the 30th century before returning to the 20th century to fight Master Hand.
Karate Kid #4 (July/Aug. 1976)
Karate Kid defeats Commander Blud. The Legionnaires narrowly stop him from killing the villain.
Karate Kid #5-6 (Nov. 1976-Feb. 1977)
Karate Kid battles Gyro-Master and Pulsar. Projectra walks in on him kissing Iris Jacobs. Projectra takes Karate Kid back to the 30th century for an audience with her father on Orando. NOTES: Issue #10 takes place immediately before Superboy & the Legion #231 (Sept. 1977).
Karate Kid #7-10 (Mar.-Oct. 1977)
Karate Kid returns to the 20th century and has a rematch with Major Disaster.
Karate Kid #11 (Nov./Dec. 1977)
Karate Kid briefly travels to the 30th century to attend the wedding of Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl. NOTES: Although it isn't reflected at all in either story, Karate Kid must have departed between the events of Karate Kid #11 and #12.
(Limited Collectors Edition #C-55, 1978)
Karate Kid is accidentally blasted back to the 20th century for a battle with the Lord of Time and Major Disaster. Iris Jacobs is transformed into Diamondeth.
Karate Kid #12-13 (Jan.-Apr. 1978)
Karate Kid enlists the help of Robin to defeat Diamondeth.
Karate Kid #14 (5-June 1978)
Karate Kid tries to take Diamondeth back to the 30th century in hopes of returning her to normal, but the Lord of Time diverts him to Earth after the "Great Disaster" (the timeline of Kamandi). NOTES: Final issue of Karate Kid'. The story continues in Kamandi #58 (1978).
Karate Kid #15 (July/Aug. 1978)
The Legionnaires visit Superman's era to discover how history has been changed, creating a violent, war-torn future timeline. Superman is forced to remain in the Time Bubble's "stasis field" because he cannot coexist with his own future self.
Limited Collectors Edition #C-55 (1978)
Iris Allen, in the body of juror Nathan Newbury, aids her husband, the second Flash, in clearing his name. Following his trial for the murder of Professor Zoom, Barry Allen is transported to 2957 and is reunited with Iris after her psychic self is returned to her own body.
Flash v.1 #350 (Oct. 1985), (Flash Secret Files #1 (Nov. 1997)
The Crisis on Infinite Earths
The positive-matter universe is threatened by waves of anti-matter. In the 20th century, the Monitor assembles an army of heroes and villains, including the Legion's Dawnstar, to defend the remaining universes.
Crisis #1 (Apr. 1985)
Various time eras overlap. The Legion helps to stem the tide of chaos.
Crisis #5-6 (Aug.-Sept. 1985)
A team of the most powerful surviving heroes, including Superman, Mon-El and Wildfire, travels to the Anti-Matter Universe.
Crisis #7 (Oct. 1985)
On Qward, Flash II (Barry Allen) manages to destroy the Anti-Monitor's cannon at the cost of his own life. Straining his speed to its limits, he ricochets backwards through time before he dies. NOTE: Because of this, Allen is seen by this friends repeatedly in the years to come.
Crisis #8 (Nov. 1985)
An army of super-villains, including Cosmic King, Dr. Regulus, Lightning Lord, Mano, Persuader and Validus, attempts to conquer the five surviving Earths.
Crisis #9 (Dec. 1985)
The surviving heroes attempt to stop the Anti-Monitor from altering history at the Dawn of Time. The Spectre battles the Anti-Monitor for the fate of all creation. The universe fades to white.
Crisis #10 (Jan. 1986)
A single universe arises out of the battle at the Dawn of Time. Survivors of the battle at the Dawn of Time awaken on Earth, which has been unified to include aspects of Earth-1, -2, -4, -S, and -X (only those who were present at the Dawn of Time remember the multiverse). Earth-2 heroes including Superman, Robin and the Huntress, discover that they were never born in the reformed universe. Earth is then drawn into the anti-matter universe, where the Anti-Monitor prepares to destroy the Earth once and for all. NOTES: This issue began an "interregnum" period in which the previous multiverse had been united into a single world, but during which most of the changes later attributed to the Crisis (such as the extensively revised histories of Superman and Wonder Woman) had not yet appeared and those who were present at the Dawn of Time still remembered the multiverse. The full effects of the changes to history did not appear for several months afterward.
Crisis #11 (Feb. 1986)
A handful of survivors "slips through" the collapse of the original multiverse, to find that they have no real place in the new order. They include Superboy of Earth-Prime; Saturn Queen of the "Adult Legion" Earth, Alexander Luthor and Ultraman of Earth-3; Superman and Power Girl from Earth-2; and Dark Angel (Donna Troy) of Earth-7.
The alien tyrant Despero, an enemy of the Justice League of America, escapes from imprisonment on the prison-planet Takron-Galtos (1st chronological app.). NOTES: Takron-Galtos first appeared in Adventure Comics #359 (Aug. 1967). Despero first appeared in Justice League of America #1 (Nov. 1960).
JLA #247 (Feb. 1986)
The Earth-2 Superman, Lois Lane Kent, and Earth-Prime's Superboy and Alexander Luthor Jr. are left in the rapidly disintegrating antimatter universe, where the Earth-2 Superman destroys the Anti-Monitor. Wally West becomes Flash III.
Crisis #12 (Mar. 1986)
Alexander Luthor (of the former Earth-3) receives visions of a "paradise" and a "hell" which are his only two options to escape the disintegrating antimatter universe. He does not realize that the hell is Apokolips, and his vision is linked to Darkseid's. He decides upon the extra-dimensional "heaven," but is left much weaker he does not have enough power to escape it. As they adjust to life there, Alex regrets not choosing to Apokolips, because they could have returned to Earth. He also resents having grown to adulthood in a matter of days, wishing that Superman had saved the world instead and allowed him a normal life. Ultimately, Alex's bitterness overcomes him and he begins coercing Superboy into pummeling their crystalline barrier. He finds that the unified Earth has not settled into its proper place and each blow alters its history. Alex is convinced he can create the perfect Earth and begins an elaborate plan. NOTES: Superboy Prime's blows ultimately create the Legion of Earth-Prime, and alters Superman's history, too.
Crisis #12 (Mar. 1986), Infinite Crisis Secret Files (Apr. 2006)
Brainiac 5, Ultra Boy and Chameleon Boy visit the 20th century to investigate the remains of some of Brainiac 5's equipment, unearthed in Metropolis. They meet Michael Jon Carter and help him save the president from an assassin, which launches Carter's career as the superhero Booster Gold. To avoid changing history, Brainiac leaves his force field belt and flight ring in the past so that they will eventually end up in the Space Museum, from which Booster will steal them in 2462. NOTES: This story chronologically follows Booster's origin in Booster Gold #7 (Aug. 1986) and Secret Origins #35 (Jan. 1989) and precedes the events of Booster Gold #1 (Feb. 1986).
Booster Gold #8-9 (Sept.-Oct. 1986)
Wrynn, the son of Lord Topaz and Lady Turquoise of Gemworld, is corrupted by the Lords of Chaos and becomes known as Mordru. After he slays his own brother, Amethyst punishes him by burying him alive, where he remains for centuries. Afterwards, Amethyst magically merges herself with the Gemworld itself, which later returns to Earth's dimension and becomes Zerox, the Sorcerer's World. NOTES: This is the earliest chronological appearance of Mordru. This series revealed that Gemworld eventually became Zerox. Amethyst and Gemworld first appeared in a 16-page preview in Legion v.2 #298 (Apr. 1983).
Amethyst #1-4 (Nov. 1987-Feb. 1988)
On the planet Colu, Vril Dox uses his genius to aid the planet's Computer Tyrants. (1st apps.)
(Adventures of Superman #438, Mar. 1988)
The Computer Tyrants of Colu allow Vril Dox to produce a son, Vril Dox II, to Action as his lab assistant. NOTES: 1st chronological app. of Vril Dox II, whose 1st app. in print was Invasion #1 (1988).
(L.E.G.I.O.N. Annual #1, 1990)
After Vril Dox tries to overthrow his masters, the Computer Tyrants of Colu, the Tyrants disintegrate him by subjecting him to his own experimental teleporter. An element of Dox's consciousness travels to Earth, where he possesses the mind of mentalist Milton Fine, "the Amazing Brainiac." As Brainiac (1st app.), he battles Superman. NOTE: Brainiac's historical first appearance was Action #242 (1958).
Adventures of Superman #438 (Mar. 1988)
The Durlan leaves Durla only to crash on Colu, where he becomes a servant to Vril Dox II. After Dox's father (Brainiac) leaves Colu, its Computer Tyrants ship Dox and the Durlan off to the "Starlag"—a prison of the newly formed Dominion Alliance.
(L.E.G.I.O.N. #23, Jan. 1991)
Invasion: The Dominion, obsessed with the "metagene" that produces Earth's superheroes, organizes an alliance of the Khundian Empire, Gil'dishpan, Durlans, Citadel Empire, Psions, and the Warlords of Okaara to invade the Earth, accompanied by neutral observers from Daxam. Aboard the Alliance Starlag, Vril Dox II allies himself with Garryn Bekof the planet Cairn to plan an escape. On Earth, the Daxamites discover they gain super powers under Earth's yellow sun. NOTES: 1st 20th century app. of the Dominators, Khunds, and Gil'dishpan, and the 1st app. of Vril Dox II. The Dominators first appeared in Adventure #361 (1967), the Khunds in Adventure #346 (1966), the Gil'dishpan in Legion v.3 #1 (1984). The Citadel Empire first appeared in Green Lantern #137 (1981), the Psions in Witching Hour #13 (1971), and the Warlords of Okaara in Tales of the New Teen Titans #4 (1982).
Invasion #1 (1988)
Invasion: After a confrontation with Superman, the Daxamites decide to change sides. Kel Gand sacrifices his life to send a message to Daxam. Vril Dox II, Garryn Bek, the Durlan, Lyrissa Mallor, and Strata escape the Starlag. The Alliance is driven from the solar system by the Daxamite star fleet and Earth signs formal treaties with Daxam. NOTES: Kel Gand, not named in this story, was later revealed as the father of Lar Gand (Mon-El); the status of this fact is uncertain in current continuity. Lyrissa Mallor is an ancestor of Tasmia Mallor (Shadow Lass) and Strata is from Dryad, the homeworld of Blok.
Invasion #2 (1988)
1st app. of the Computer Tyrants of Colu. Seeking to free his people from the Tyrants and repay the debt owed Colu by his traitorous father, Vril Dox II leads a team of former Alliance prisoners into the Tyrant's headquarters. 1st app. Stealth. Coluan bioscans identify Strata as "male" and Stealth as as "unknown." NOTES: Lyrissa Mallor is Shadow Lass's ancestral grandmother. Stealth is Brainiac 5's ancestral grandmother.
L.E.G.I.O.N. #1 (Feb. 1989)
The Computer Tyrants of Colu transfer their consciousness into a humanoid android body, swearing revenge on Vril Dox. NOTES: Although not explicitly identified as such in the text, this is the first chronological appearance of Pulsar Stargrave. His 1st app. in print, in the 30th century, was Superboy #223 (1977).
L.E.G.I.O.N. #3 (Apr. 1989)
Vril Dox II creates an interstellar police force, headquartered on Cairn.
L.E.G.I.O.N. #4-8 (May-Aug. 1989)
The humanoid body of the Computer Tyrants, calling itself "Mr. Starr," travels to Talok VIII, Lyrissa Mallor's home planet. Vril Dox II is found dead on Cairn, torn apart by Stealth.
L.E.G.I.O.N. #8 (Aug. 1989)
Phase materializes at the L.E.G.I.O.N. headquarters on Cairn. The Durlan vanishes, reappearing in Metropolis Spaceport in 2949. Stealth realizes that she is pregnant with Dox's child. Vril Dox II is resurrected in a clone body. NOTES: Phase's status in post-Infinite Crisis continuity is a mystery. She was originally intended to be Tinya Wazzo (Phantom Girl), and is explicitly identified as such in Who's Who #7 (1991).
L.E.G.I.O.N. #9 (Nov. 1989)
Brainiac forces Lex Luthor to create a new host body for him, a green-skinned, humanoid amalgam of Milton Fine's DNA and Vril Dox's original Coluan genetic material. Constructing a new skull-shaped starship, he departs the Earth for deep space after an inconclusive battle with Superman.
Action Comics #647-649 (Oct. 1989-Jan. 1990)
"Mr. Starr" establish himself as the new champion of Talok VIII. Garryn Bek discovers the Emerald Eye of Ekron (1st chronological app.). NOTES: The Emerald Eye of Ekron's 1st app. in print was in Adventure #352 (1967).
L.E.G.I.O.N. #11 (Jan. 1990)
Garryn Bek becomes bonded to the Emerald Eye. Strata comes up with a name for Dox's new police force: the Licensed Extra-Governmental Interstellar Operatives Network (L.E.G.I.O.N.). Phase agrees to join. On Talok VIII, Pulsar Stargrave kidnaps Lyrissa's daughter Lydea Mallor. NOTES: Lydea Mallor's 1st app. in print was in DC Challenge #10 (Aug. 1986), a story that is not part of DC continuity. The first canonical reference to her existence was in Legion v.2 #291 (Sept. 1982).
L.E.G.I.O.N. #12-13 (Mar. 1990)
Stargrave ages Lydea Mallor to adulthood, transforming her into his pawn, Lydea Darkstar.
L.E.G.I.O.N. #15 (May 1990)
The Emerald Eye latches onto Garryn Bek's wife, Marij'n Bek, as well as Garryn.
L.E.G.I.O.N. #17 (July 1990)
Vril Dox travels to Earth to track down Dox's father, who Dox has learned survived in a new body on Earth. They learn that Brainiac has returned to Colu.
L.E.G.I.O.N. Annual #1 (1990)
Accompanied by Superman, Vril Dox and the L.E.G.I.O.N. follow Brainiac to Colu. Brainiac escapes after Superman prevents Dox from killing him.
L.E.G.I.O.N. Annual #1 (1990)
Lyrissa Mallor is killed by her own daughter, Lydea Darkstar. On Talok VIII, the Beks and the Emerald Eye attack "Mr. Starr."
L.E.G.I.O.N. #20-21 (Oct.-Nov. 1990)
The L.E.G.I.O.N. apparently destroys "Mr. Starr," but the Emerald Eye vanishes.
L.E.G.I.O.N. #22 (Dec. 1990)
The Emerald Eye permanently abandons the Beks.
L.E.G.I.O.N. #26 (Apr. 1991)
Time and Time Again 1: Bouncing through time, Superman meets Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl in the 30th Century. NOTE: At the time of its publication, this encounter was said to have been with the Legion of Earth-247, temporarily altered by the Time Trapper (Legion v.4 #105). The next two entries were also supposedly machinations
Adventures of Superman #476 (Mar. 1991), Legionnaires #61 (June 1998)
Time and Time Again 4: Again in the 30th Century, Superman helps Ultra Boy, Shrinking Violet, Wildfire & Phantom Girl destroy a Sun-Eater. NOTE: Legion v.4 #105 reveals that the Time Trapper had a hand in this encounter.
Adventures of Superman #477 (Apr. 1991)
Time and Time Again 7: Once again in the 30th Century, Superman tries unsuccessfully to stop Dev-Em from destroying 30th Century Earth's moon. He meets Laurel Gand. NOTE: There is no Laurel Gand in Earth-0 continuity. Legion v.4 #105 suggests that this encounter took place in a pocket universe created by the Time Trapper.
Adventures of Superman #478 (May 1991)
Stealth gives birth to her and Dox's son, Lyrl Dox (not named in this story).
L.E.G.I.O.N. #28 (June 1991)
The Time Trapper creates three new pawns: Mirage, Terra II and Deathwing. NOTE: Mirage and Terra first appeared in New Titans #79; Deathwing in Annual #7.
New Titans #79 (Sept. 1991); New Titans Annual #11 (1995)
Superman is slain in battle with Doomsday.
Superman v.2 #75 (Jan. 1993)
Superboy II, a teen-aged clone of Superman, is created by the Project.
Adventures of Superman #500 (Early June 1993)
Lydea Mallor becomes the new champion of Talok VIII.
L.E.G.I.O.N. #55 (Early July 1993)
Restored to life by the Eradicator, Superman leads a group of heroes to defeat Mongul. NOTES: The Eradicator's role in current continuity is unclear. This story established the significance of Superman's visits to the Pocket Universe to the course of 20th century history. If not for his encounter with the Pocket Universe Phantom Zone villains, Superman would not have exiled himself into space, would not have encountered the Eradicator, and would not have been revived by the Eradicator following his battle with Doomsday. That said, the Pocket Universe most likely does not exist in the post-Infinite Crisis DC universe.
Superman v.2 #82 (Sept. 1993)
Phase helps Bgztl and his people colonize the "phantom" dimension.
L.E.G.I.O.N. #59-60 (Oct.-Nov. 1993)
Iris Allen returns from the 30th Century (Earth-247) with her grandchild Bart (Impulse), the son of Don Allen and Meloni Thawne. She enlists the help of Wally West (Flash III) in helping Bart to control his super-speed powers.
Flash #91-92 (June-July 1994)
The Legion of Earth-247 traverses the vibrational planes between universes and meets Superboy (Conner Kent) and bring him to the the 30th century.
Superboy v.3 #21 (Oct. 1995)
Underworld Unleashed: Vril Dox II sells the soul of his descendant to Neron: "I persuaded Neron to attach the debt to my bloodline. It comes due in, oh, about 1000 years."
R.E.BE.L.S. #13 (Nov. 1995)
Lyrl Dox is deposed as L.E.G.I.O.N. leader and stripped of his advanced intelligence; Vril Dox II retires; Captain Comet assumes leadership of the organization.
R.E.BE.L.S. #17 (Mar. 1996)
Legionnaires from Earth-247 (Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, Apparition, Brainiac 5, Spark, Ultra Boy, Gates, along with Inferno and Shvaughn Erin) become trapped in the 20th Century by the Emerald Eye. They meet Superman and other heroes. NOTE: Batman recalls this Legion in Action #864 (2008).
LSH #85-100 (Oct. 1996-Jan. 1998)
In space, Jack Knight (Starman) encounters the evil Jediah Rikane. Rikane ultimately perishes in battle. (#60) NOTE: Jed Rikane is also a 30th century Legion Academy student, aka Power Boy.
Starman #57-60 (Aug.-Nov. 1999)