LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES

False Members

The Legion has had quite an array of pretenders who have attempted to infiltrate their ranks, for various reasons. This page includes miscellaneous characters who are either Honorary, Legion Academy members, or who joined under false pretenses. To find the others, choose from the Membership List, or the Profile Index.

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Alas! Nobody remembers Anti-Lad.
From Superboy #204 (1974). Art by Mike Grell.

FORGOTTEN MEMBER

Anti-Lad

Name: [Unrevealed] of Earth (75th century)

First appearance & joined: Superboy v.1 #204 (October 1974)

Anti-Lad was "The Legionnaire Nobody Remembered"… and that's fine with him. This bald-headed young man was from the 75th century, and reviewed the Legion's history. He was most concerned with the day that the legendary hero, Superboy, joined their ranks. (Adventure #247) But when he viewed the day with his time-scanner, he found that the Legion had not admitted him to the group after all!

Instead of joining the Legion, Superboy was rejected and he pleaded with them to give him another chance, to no avail.

With the help of his father, Anti-Lad he deduced that something had gone wrong with the time stream. The lad took drastic measures, stealing his father's "timesmitter" and going back to that day in the 30th century. He appeared after Superman had been rejected, just as a grim Cosmic Boy announced that he was opening the floor to other nominations. On cue, a tall young man materialized on the round table in a burst of flame and identified himself Anti-Lad. He explained his visor: "On the faraway planet I come from, our sun is 1,000 times brighter than yours. The visor amplifies Earth-light so I can see."

In a series of trials, Anti-Lad demonstrated how he came by his name, reflecting the powers of each Legionnaire back at them—changing others' strengths into weaknesses and turning their own powers against them.

Brainiac 5 was suspicious of him, though, and revealed that Anti-Lad was using technology to emulate super-powers. Anti-Lad convinced the Legionnaires that it was he who had handicapped Superman with kryptonite during his Legion tryout. Thus, they gave Superman another chance.

When Anti-Lad returned to his future, he erased the Legionnaires' memories of his appearance, but left a strange image of himself on their holo-files. (Superboy #204)

Years later, the Legion would unearth a photo of themselves and a stranger in their archives and wonder "Who was Anti-Lad?"

NOTE: Another Legion tale took place in the 75th century. It featured Wildfire as a sole survivor—Legion v.4 Annual #7 (1996).

Biron the Bowman Blockade Boy II

JOINED UNDER FALSE PRETENSES

Comet and Proty assume new forms to join the Legion as Blockade Boy and Biron. From Adventure #364 (1968). Art by Jim Shooter and Pete Costanza.

This pair were actually members of the Legion of Super-Pets in disguise. Biron the Bowman was actually Comet the Super-Horse, who infiltrated the Legion along with Blockade Boy (Proty II) when they suspected the Legion of plotting against the Super-Pets. When Supergirl remarked to Blockade Boy that they's already met a hero by that name, he responded by saying he was that hero's brother. Naturally the two teams ended up working together to squash the evil plans of the High Council of Thanl.

Comet had once been a centaur and a great archer. He became human when a comet passed by. When this happened in the 30th century during a visit to the Super-Pets, he applied to join the Legion as a master bowman. The Legion actually realized the motives and true identities of Biron and Proty, and so allowed them to "join" in order to help trap an alien that had tricked the Pets. (Adventure #364)

Blackout Boy Magnetic Kid Size Lad

VILLAINS—JOINED UNDER FALSE PRETENSES

First appearance: Adventure Comics #337 (Oct. 1965)

The aliens from Murra seize their chance to infiltrate the Legion as Size Lad (left), Magnetic Kid, and Blackout Boy. From Adventure #337 (1965). Art by Curt Swan and George Klein.

When the Legion was attacked by three spies (Aarl, Xaxan, and another) from the planet Murra, Saturn Girl sensed their plot to invade Earth. She alerted the Legion's leader, Brainiac 5, who concocted a plan whereby the four Legionnaires would pretend to marry and resign from the Legion. This resulted in a call for applicants, which the alien spies fell for hook, line, and sinker.

The Murrans could apparently access a wide variety of super-powers (including shape-changing, flight, and invisibility) and so their applications were successful. Aarl disguised himself as Size Lad; his power was the ability to make objects larger or smaller. The second became Blackout Boy, who could neutralize light and cause total darkness. The third, Magnetic Kid, could repel and attract things other than iron.

Though the Legionnaires were wise to the spies, the invaders still managed to take down several members and make off with secret Legion plans. The Legion pursued them to Murra and discovered that its inhabitants manufactured pills that granted temporary super-powers. Element Lad quickly rendered all the pills on Murra inert, and the Legion left. Back home, the "married" members return to active duty. (Adventure #337)

NOTES: Magnetic Kid was also the name taken by the Legionnaire, Pol Krinn, who joined the Legion years later.

VILLAIN: ADMITTED UNDER FALSE PRETENSES

Command Kid

Name: Jeem Rehtu of Pretzor

First appearance: Adventure Comics #328 (January 1965)

Command Kid takes over.
From Adventure #328 (1965). Art by Jim Mooney.

Jeem Rehtu was flying around in his rocket-craft on his home planet Preztor, when he accidentally crashed on Taboo Isle, and was possessed by a demon. The demon used his body to escape the Isle, and he went to Earth to arrange other such bodies for his fellow demons. While on Earth, he encountered the Legion of Super-Heroes and hit upon the idea of giving his fellows super-powered bodies. He used hallucinatory powers to stop some crooks that the Legion was fighting, and the Legionnaires were so impressed, they offered him membership, which he accepted, calling himself Command Kid.

As a Legionnaire, he proved to be very effective, but also very rude, arrogant and obnoxious, especially around anyone offering him gold, which was anathema to demons of his type. In order to prepare the Legionnaires' bodies for possession, he created an illusion of Valor and Ultra Boy fighting, inciting the others to express jealousy of their greater powers. Command Kid offered them pills that would heighten their power levels, although the operation would require a period of suspended animation, an offer many Legionnaires accepted.

But Saturn Girl found out what he really was and deduced his weakness to gold, and she had Element Lad turn nearby machines into gold to exorcise the demon. The demon, which the Legionnaires had no way of containing, is still at large, and Jeem returned to Preztor, now powerless. (Adventure Comics #328)

Dynamo Boy takes over. From Adventure #330 (1965).
Art by Jim Mooney.

VILLAIN: ADMITTED UNDER FALSE PRETENSES

Dynamo Boy

Name: Vorm of Tortuga

First appearance: Adventure Comics #330 (March 1965)

The Legion of Super-Heroes became a major thorn in the sides of space pirates operating out of New Tartuga. So the top pirates of the Space-Pirate Pack staged a contest to see who would infiltrate the Legion and thereby destroy it. Vorm won the contest, and used a special belt to simulate energy-powers, which he demonstrated in front of Star Boy, impressing him. With Star Boy's help, Dynamo Boy became a Legionnaire, and proceeded to expel all the other members. He did this by causing the Legionnaires to violate clauses from their own constitution. After a month, he was the only Legionnaire in existence.

Dynamo Boy then proceeded to hold tryouts, looking not for good Legionnaires, but for people who would be easily corruptable. After rejecting several honorable applicants, he met three members of the time-traveling Legion of Super-Villains. For a while, the LSV allowed Vorm to believe that they were following his orders, committing good deeds by day and crimes by night. But eventually, they revealed that they had no need for him, and tricked him into a time machine set for the far future. Vorm was stranded there and has not been heard from since. (Adventure #330-331)

ACADEMY MEMBER / MANHUNTER SPY

Superboy meets his (supposed) descendant.
Superboy & the Legion
#217(1976). Art by Mike Grell.
Comet Queen and Laurel Kent.
From Legion v.2 #304 (1983). Art by Keith Giffen.

Laurel Kent

Name: Laurel Kent of Earth, aka Manhunter (destroyed)

First appearance:Superboy & the Legion of Super-Heroes #217 (May 1976)

DESTRUCTION: Legion v.3 #43 (February 1988)

Millions of years ago, the Guardians of the Universe caused a disaster which unleashed evil on the universe. Feeling responsible for this, they created robots to combat evil, called Manhunters. Several centuries later, the Manhunters rebelled and the Guardians stripped them of the green energy that they were supposed to use in their mission and switched to using living beings, a plan which led to the formation of the Green Lantern Corps. They never did destroy the Manhunters, though, and the robots hid, plotting against their hated former masters.

In the late 20th century, after the first great "crisis," the Guardians abandoned the Corps and departed for another plane to figure out how they could once again begin to perpetuate their race. One pair came to Earth, believing they would help to usher in a new stage of cosmic evolution. The Manhunters launched a campaign to prevent these "New Guardians" from being borne. Thanks to Earth's super-heroes, the Manhunters failed. (Millenium #1-8)

But an android has infinite patience. The Manhunters' leaders knew that if the Guardians succeeded, they would need an agent in the future to thwart them anew. They designated one android as a "sleeper" agent, to seek out these immortals a thousand years in the future and destroy them. This Manhunter put itself into position, deciding that the strategy was to ally with the Legion of Super-Heroes. It joined the Legion Academy disguised as a young woman named Laurel Kent. Laurel told everyone that she was a direct descendant of Superman (and that she looked very much like Lois Lane). Laurel made close friendships with many Legionnaires and would-be Legionnaires, rooming with Dawnstar (Superboy v.2 # 217) and trained with Wildfire, Bouncing Boy and Duo Damsel. (Superboy & the Legion #240, Legion v.2 #304, 316, 324, Legion v.3 #4, Annual #3)

As part of her disguise, she feigned a vulnerability to kryptonite, allowing herself to be "injured" by a bullet made of the substance. This happened during an attack from Professor Ivo, who targeted descendants of members of the Justice League of America. (Legion v.3 # 8, 9, 12, Annual # 1)

In 2987, Laurel made her move. To get access to Legion Headquarters, she began flirting with and dating Sun Boy. (Legion v.3 #41) She raided Brainiac 5's lab for any information she might be able to get on the immortals spawned by the thousand-year-old event. The Legion tried to stop her, but, since they did not understand the full extent of her power, she broke free. Brainiac 5 put together a sensor to detect the kind of radiation that the Guardians of the Universe used to give off, using it to track Laurel, and Laurel stole it to look for the immortals. The Legion, in order to trap her, located some ruins and artificially permeated them with the Guardian-energy, where they hoped to trap her. They did more than that. When Laurel saw how old and neglected the place was, she decided that the immortals already departed the planet, and that she had failed in her mission. With no further purpose in existence, the being known to the Legion as Laurel Kent self-destructed (#42-43)

From Adventure #327 (1964). Art by John Forte and George Klein.

From Adventure #354 (1967). Art by Curt Swan and George Klein.

The Mystery Legionnaire
Jan Jor

JOINED UNDER FALSE PRETENSES

First appearance: Adventure Comics #327 (Dec. 1964)

This "ex-member" has never been identified. He was only ever shown being led to prison for joining the Legion in order to sabotage the emergency board. His features were indistinguishable, and he was wearing a yellow costume. (Adventure #327)

In a scene from Adventure #354, the Legionnaires review their records for former members with criminal records. The name Jan Jor appears on the screen (32 years of age in the Adult timeline). Some fans have speculated that Jan Jor is the same person as the yellow-costumed youth who appears in Adventure #327.

The Adult tale (#354) was written by Jim Shooter while #327 was written by Edmond Hamilton, so the stories aren't linked in that way. However, Shooter was known to be a Legion super-fan, and perhaps he was drawing a link between the two.

TRAITOR—JOINED UNDER FALSE PRETENSES

Nemesis Kid blows his own cover.
From Adventure #346 (1966). Art by Sheldon Moldoff.

Nemesis Kid

Name: Hart Druiter of Myar (deceased)

First appearance & joined: Adventure Comics #346 (July 1966)

Death: Legion v.3 #5 (December 1984)

Hart Druiter of Myar became a master alchemist at a young age, and created a serum that allowed his body to instantaneously adapt powers necessary to deal with any threat. He used these powers as a mercenary for a year, whereupon he was hired by the Khundish Warlord Garlak to infiltrate the Legion of Super-Heroes and sabotage any of their efforts to halt the upcoming Khundish invasion. Due to the urgency of the impending invasion, the Legion never thought to suspect that one of their new members was a spy, but after Earth's first two electro-towers were destroyed under the Legion's watchful eye, their suspicion was cast upon another new recruit, Karate Kid. Nemesis Kid might have gotten away with framing Val, but Karate Kid uncovered the truth by following Nemesis Kid into the Legion's arsenal (which he intended to destroy). His cover blown, he was attacked by many Legionnaires in unison, and his power, unable to adapt to so many opponents, teleported him to safety instead. (Adventure #346-347)

Nemesis Kid decided he needed more training in order to use his powers against the Legionnaires. He enrolled in Tarik the Mute's school to train a Legion of Super-Villains. After one caper, the Legionnaires built a cell for Nemesis Kid that appeared to be escape-proof, no matter what power he adapted. He escaped by adapting the power to travel through time, before the cell was built, and into the 20th century. He stayed there for a year, parlaying his knowledge of futuristic technology into a corporation caled FutureTech, which sold futuristic weapons. Karate Kid tracked him down in this era, but Nemesis Kid escaped again. He stole Karate Kid's time bubble and left a chronal energy-tracker in its place to lead the Legionnaire into his traps at the FutureTech building. Karate Kid managed to avoid Nemesis Kid's atomic-blasts, knocked Druiter out, and sent him back to the 30th century for incarceration. (Karate Kid #1)

Nemesis Kid returned to lead another incarnation of the Legion of Super-Villains after the "Great Darkness" allowed him to escape from Takron-Galtos. His first new recruit was the teleporter, Zymyr of Gil'Dishpan, who helped him free other members from prison. The Villains took over the planet Orando, which by then was the home of Karate Kid and his new bride, Queen Projectra. Karate Kid broke free of his bonds and faced Druiter directly. Despite his great skill, he was no match for Nemesis Kid's alchemical powers. With his dying breath, Karate Kid destroyed the Villains' machines that were threatening Orando. Nemesis Kid gloated over his victory, but not for long. One look in the bereaved Queen Projectra's eyes left him cowering, and she executed him for his murder of her consort, breaking his neck. (Legion v.3 #1-5)

Other Versions

Nemesis Kid was also a member on TV's Legion of Super-Heroes cartoon. It was hinted that he might be a traitor, but this story never came to pass before the series was canceled.