Blockade Boy I Pland Lad Weight Wizard

ALLIES

First appearance: Adventure Comics #344 (May 1966)

Plant Lad (top left), from Adventure #344 (1966). Top right: Weight Wizard (top right) and Blockade Boy (bottom), from Adventure #345 (1966). Art by Curt Swan and George Klein.

This doomed trio of super-heroes were prisoners of Nardo in the Super-Stalag of Space. They met the Legion when they were also captured. Plant Lad (Noyt Echad of Simballi) could assume the shape of any plant form; he was the first to fall, killed for resisting Nardo's guards. (Adventure #344)

Blockade Boy (Phyl Staad of Amadus) had the power to turn himself into a steel wall. He was also inspired by the Legion's heroics and sacrificed himself to save Matter-Eater Lad. Weight Wizard had the ability to alter his weight anywhere between one ounce to 1,000 tons. He operated as one of Nardo's spies and betrayed the Legion. Afterwards, he felt guilty and reformed, but it didn't save him. He was also succumbed to killer flowers while running from Nardo's men. (Adventure #345)

Also among this group's number was Shadow Kid (Grev Mallor of Talok VIII), who was later revealed to be the cousin of Shadow Lass. He had no speaking parts in this story, but was identified by name.

NOTE: There was a second Blockade Boy, who was actually the Super-Pet, Proty, in disguise. (Adventure #364)

Crystal Kid

Crystal Kid sketch by John Workman from Amazing World of DC Comics #14 (1977)

ACADEMY GRADUATE

Name: Bobb Kohan of Earth

First appearance:
Amazing World of DC Comics
#14 (March 1977).
In continuity: Legion of Super-Heroes v.1 #272 (February 1981)

Bobb Kohan was a young boy on a family picnic when his power to create crystal or transmute other objects into crystal surfaced... over his grandfather. As soon as he was allowed, he went straight to the Legion Academy to enjoy the camaraderie of other super-powered youths and to have a shot at Legion membership as Crystal Kid. (Legion v.2 #272)

Crystal Kid remains a student at the Legion Academy.

NOTES: Crystal Kid was a character created by a Legion fan. His name was originally Rondo Kane, was created by Robert Cohen of Calgary, Alberta. He first appeared in Amazing World of DC Comics #14.

» SEE ALSO: Crystal Kid in his first appearance, below.

Legion 1.5 (v.4)

In post-Crisis continuity (no longer valid), Crystal Kid became a full fledged Legionnaire…

He was still a student at the Legion Academy when, due to the Legion's economic woes, it had to shut down. Upset that his home for almost seven years was no longer open to him, he drifted around for a while, not doing anything of importance. He was on Mars when then-deputy leader Polar Boy caught up with him, during leader Sun Boy's drive for new blood to help keep the Legion alive. Bobb was willing to join, but not overly enthusiastic. When Black Dawn resulted in the disappearance of Wildfire, his closest Legion friend, he quit and returned to wandering. He decided that formenting dissatisfaction with Earthgov was a necessary service, and began publishing anti-Earthgov leaflets and newspapers.

Bad move. The Dominators were now running Earth, and were looking for super-powered subjects to experiment with. Crystal Kid was taken and placed in their underground chambers. Fortunately, he was in one adjacent to Danielle Foccart, who was aware of the chambers' impending destruction and saved him, April Dumaka and Xao Jin from going up with them. The foursome linked up with the Legionnaires who were on Earth at the time, including the members of Batch SW6, and stuck with them until the war to liberate Earth was over. He helped with the evacuation efforts when Earth was about to blow up, and hoped to join the re-formed Legion thereafter, but they were, for some reason, uninterested in his talents. He has since joined the former members of the Legion of Substitute Heroes as part of a United Planets security force, and was, with them, called to help transport the pockeet universe's Earth to the real universe. He disappeared due to Zero Hour shortly after this was accomplished.

Dev-Em

Dev-Em is caught by the Legion. From Adventure #320 (1964); Art by Curt Swan and George Klein.

The White Witch merges Dev-Em with his Dark Circle clones. From Tales of the Legion #325 (1986). Art by Dan Jurgens and Karl Kesel.

ALLY

Name: Dev-Em of Krypton

First appearance: Adventure Comics #287 (June 1961)

Some text courtesy of Wikipedia

Dev-Em, "the Knave from Krypton," was a classic Silver Age character, a troublemaker from Krypton who also escaped its destruction. In post-Crisis times, when Superman was removed from Legion lore, he was not wiped away but reinvented as a native of Titan. Then after further changes in Legion v.4, he became a Daxamite. He has not reappeared in any comic since 19??, so his current existence in any Legion timeline is questionable.

In his first appearance, we learned that he had taken Jor-El's warnings to heart and placed himself in suspended animation in an orbiting space capsule. When the planet Krypton exploded, Dev-Em's ship was blasted into space, where it eventually landed on Earth. There Dev-Em imprisoned Superboy in the Phantom Zone and assumed his identity in an effort to destroy the Boy of Steel's reputation. Eventually he freed Superboy and departed for travels through time. (Adventure #287-288)

The Legion met the miscreant Kryptonian when he broke into their headquarters. After Superboy filled the Legionnaires in about their history, he threatened to turn Dev-Em over to the Interstellar Counter-Intelligence Corps. As it happened, Dev-Em informed them that he had actually reformed and was now working for the I.C.C. He'd come to Legion headquarters as part of his mission to infiltrate Molock the Merciless's Cosmic Spy League. The commander of the I.C.C. confirmed his claim and then asked Superboy to lead the mission. He disguised himself as Dev-Em and met Molock, who pulled out some gold kryptonite. To his surprise, the attack didn't work, and Superboy turned Molock over to the I.C.C. At Legion headquarters, Dev-Em reveals that he had known about the gold Kryptonite and told Proty II, who tagged along and substituted himself for the gold Kryptonite. Dev-Em was then invited to join the Legion, but he refused, opting to stay with the I.C.C. (Adventure #320)

After a member of the Dark Circle, Ontiir, was captured, the Science Police designed a covert operation in collaboration with the Interstellar Counter-Intelligence Corps to spy on their operations. Dev-Em was assigned as the agent, but he was captured immediately, and cloned into an army of super-powerful soldiers. (Tales of the Legion #322-323) Science Police officer Gigi Cusimano, contacted the Legion after being attacked by one of Dev-Em's clones, and alerted the Legion. Further investigation uncovered an entire world populated by clones of the five Dark Circle leaders. The White Witch used a spell to re-unite Dev-Em and his clones, but the Circle teleported away. (#324-325) Dev-Em reappeared, still on their trail, later during the Legion's membership drive. He led several applicants to capture a stray clone of Ontiir. (Legion v.3 #14)

Post-Crisis

Dev-Em's profile in Who's Who in the Legion #1 told his post-Crisis story. It said that he was in fact David Emery, an Earthling born of Titanian parents. His psychic powers were so strong that he could change reality with a thought, and he made himself into a Kryptonian and managed to convince Superboy and Mon-El of that history. This version of Dev-Em never appeared in any comic story.

Legion 1.5

After the "Glorith Reality" reboot in Legion v.4 #5 (1990), Dev-Em became a Daxamite. Now instead of Superboy, he had a 20th century history with Valor (Mon-El). He had been transported to the 30th century to cure him of lead poisoning.

After Glorith destroyed Daxam, Dev-Em went mad and was confined by the Interstellar Counter-Intelligence Corps on their safe world, Drake VI. He escaped and went on a rampage on Earth's moon. There, a time-tossed Superman helped the Legion stop Dev-Em. In the melee, one of the Linear Men destroyed the moon and triggered the Dominators' "Triple-Strike" program. Mass destruction ensued Earth's defensive systems are taken off-line. Medicus One is destroyed, killing all aboard, including Doctor Gym'll. #Circadia Senius# is killed in an explosion caused by a crashing lunar fragment. The final part of Triple-Strike, the detonation of fusion powerspheres around the globe, triggers reactions in humans possessing the metagene, including Dirk Morgna (once Sun Boy), whose power causes him to burn himself up, and Devlin O'Ryan, whose power begins to manifest. The young Legionnaires of Batch SW6 are freed from their chambers. (Adventures of Superman #478, Legion v.4 #19)

He next surfaced as a captive of Leland McCauley, alongside Chameleon Boy and R.J. Brande. Dev-Em escaped on his own. (Legion v.4 #39) This was his last significant appearance, save for a cameo during Zero Hour. He was shown battling Valor and Laurel Gand on Daxam amid the time fluctuations. During this, he was replaced by his pre-Crisis counterpart. (Legion v.4 #57)

Elastic Lad

HONORARY MEMBER

Name: Jimmy Olsen of 20th Century Earth

First appearance: Superman v.1 #13 (November 1941).
As Elastic Lad: Jimmy Olsen #31 (September 1958).

Granted Honorary Membership: Jimmy Olsen #72 (Oct. 1963).

Jimmy Olsen was transformed into many odd super-heroes during the Silver Age. As Elastic Lad, he was awarded Honorary Membership in the Legion. From Jimmy Olsen #72 (1963). Art by Curt Swan and George Klein.

Gravity Kid

Gravity Kid. From Adventure Comics #524 (2011). Art by Phil Jimenez.

FORMER ACADEMY MEMBER

Name: Tel Vole of Earth

First appearance: Legion of Super-Heroes v.6 #6 (Dec. 2010)

Notes

Gravity Kid's co-creator, Phil Jimenez, had this to say about his look (to Newsarama):

"His costume is absolutely a throwback. The character himself is a huge fan of and student of the Legion. So he's really book smart about the Legion. He might know a lot about Wildfire’s powers or Dream Girl’s battle skills, but he might not be able to tell you anything about them personally.

"The sensibility of his costume was inspired by the older, sexier Mike Grell costumes. And so he’s the one that kind of wears the sort of open shirt, skin tight. I wanted something sexy and proud of it, partly because he works out for that body and partly because, well, this is something the Legion would have worn, you know, back in 2487. Think of how, in current day, the ‘80s are coming back in modern fashion, and imagine him wanting to look like that era of the Legion."

Insect Queen

Insect Queen infests Smallville. From Superboy #124 (1965); art by George Papp.

HONORARY MEMBER

Name: Lana Lang of 20th Century Earth

First appearance: Superboy v.1 #10 (Oct. 1950).
As Insect Queen:
Superboy v.1 #124 (Oct. 1965)

Granted honorary membership: Adventure Comics #355 (April 1967)

In current continuity, Lana Lang did not become Insect Queen while Clark Kent was young. This mythos has, however, been reprised with the current adult Lana Lang of Earth-0.

When a true alien "Insect Queen" came to Earth looking for Luthor, she found Lana Lang presiding over Lexcorp instead. The Queen kidnapped Lana and took her form. (Superman #671) Lana escaped and freed other captives while the Queen captured Superman himself using her "midges" to exert control over his mind. (#672) Lana was able to talk him out of his trance and the Queen was rendered into suspended animation. (#673)

Afterwards, Lana became progressively more ill and was admitted to the hospital. (Supergirl #40-41) Lana then "died" in the hospital and was entombed in a cocoon. (#49) She emerged infected, as the Insect Queen herself. With some help from Supergirl, she was apparently freed of it, but their relationship was left strained. (#50)

There is another alien "insect queen" in the DC Universe. This is the Queen Bee, Zazzala of Korll, who has clashed with the Justice League several times. (Justice League of America #23, 60, 132, JLA #34)

Kid Psycho

Kid Psycho's lament. From Superboy #125 (1965).
Art by George Papp.

HONORARY MEMBER

Name: Gnill Opral of Hajor (deceased)

First appearance, becomes reservist: Superboy v.1 #125 (Dec. 1965)

Death: Crisis on Infinite Earths #3 (June 1985)

After his astronaut parents were irradiated by a space creature, Gnill Opral of Hajor was born with an oversized brain which had the capacity for psychic powers. As soon as he discovered this, he became the hero of his home planet, but he was off-planet on a goodwill tour when a rogue asteroid wiped out Hajor's entire population. After some time mourning, he went to Earth, where he tried out for the Legion of Super-Heroes. The Legionnaires discovered something he didn't know, though: every time he used his powers, he shortened his own life. He was politely rejected, but he couldn't understand why, until he made a personal appeal to Superboy, who found a way to break the news to him. The Legionnaires, to compensate for the bad news, elected to make him an honorary Legionnaire, and promised to call upon his services if they should ever be dire enough to warrant the risk of his life. (Superboy v.1 #125) Kid Psycho was satisfied with this, and he remained on friendly terms with the Legionnaires, being invited to such affairs as the wedding of Bouncing Boy and Duo Damsel (#200) and the Legion's anniversary celebration. (Legion v.2 #300)

His only real call to action, however, would be his last. In the first great "Crisis," Kid Psycho was engulfed by an anti-matter wave while defending London with one of his force-fields. (Crisis #3) He was memorialized with a monument on Shanghalla. (Legion v.2 #18)

Legion 1.5 (v.4)

In post-Crisis continuity (no longer valid), there was a second Kid Psycho who appeared on New Earth to cause trouble for the SW6 Legionnaires.

Lamprey

ACADEMY GRADUATE

Name: Tayla Skott of Earth

First appearance: Amazing World of DC Comics #14 (March 1977).
In continuity: Legion of Super-Heroes v.1 #272 (Feb. 1981)

 

Left: Sketch by John Workman from Amazing World of DC Comics #14 (1977). Right: Besties, Nightwind and Lamprey. From Legion of Super-Heroes v.2 #303 (1983); art by Keith Giffen.

Dawnstar escorts the Legion applicants, Lamprey (Left), Crystal Kid, and Nightwind. From Legion of Super-Heroes v.2 #272 (1981); art by Steve Ditko and Frank Chiaramonte.

Tayla Skott was an ordinary girl until her scientist uncle performed an illegal experiment on her to see if it would be possible to give humans gills with which to breathe underwater. The experimant worked, but it also gave her green skin and the ability to absorb, store and project electricity. As soon as she was old enough, she applied and was accepted to the Legion Academy at the same time as Nightwind, who became one of her best friends. (Legionv.2 #272) She has grown very close with Wildfire, who told his sad origin story to the girls (#283), and has defended the sometimes obnoxious Legionnaire to her less understanding classmates. (#304)

She has participated in many training missions, such as the cleanup of the Dominator base on Kathoon (Legion v.3 Annual #3), and regular training sessions (#47), but has never actually achieved Legion membership. Lamprey remains a student at the Legion Academy.

NOTES: Lamprey was a character created by a Legion fan. Lamprey, originally called Angela Majors, was created by Scott Taylor of Portland, TX. She first appeared in Amazing World of DC Comics #14.

Mandalla

ACADEMY GRADUATE

Name: Tari Wahlmunn of Takron-Galtos

First appearance: Legion v.3 Annual #3 (1987)

From Who's Who in the Legion #4 (1988)

Mandalla is the daughter of female inmate Suni Wahlmunn, of the prison world Takron-Galtos—born while her mother was serving a sentence for embezzlement. Wahlmunn was allowed to keep Tari with her until the child was fourteen years old, at which time she was transferred to a private school on Wahlmunn's homeworld, Earth.

Tari's mother never revealed her father's identity, but from the powers that Tari exhibits, he could be Titanian. Tari can project a thought sphere to engulf her target, causing hallucinatory, distorting effects by interfereing with one's bio-electrical system. Ashamed of her mother's past, Tari wanted to free herself from the stigma of being born on a prison world, so she applied to the Legion Academy as soon as she arrrived in Metropolis. She was accepted and her first mission was to help Duo Damsel's group clean up after the Dominators on Kathoon. (Legion v.3 Annual #3)

Mandalla graduated from the Legion Academy and entered the Science Police. (Adventure #527)

Mentalla

ACADEMY MEMBER

Name: Delya Castil of Titan (deceased)

First appearance: Legion v.3 #14 (Sept. 1985)

Death: Legion v.3 #26 (Sept. 1986)

After receiving the maximum training available on Titan, young Delya Castil decided to pursue membership in the Legion of Super-Heroes. Her timing was good, as Saturn Girl had resigned, and the Legion was scouting for new members. Her special ability to mentally control or inhibit others' motor systems made her finalist in the selection process. But when she was passed over in favor of Tellus, Delya was dispappointed and a bit angry. (Legion v.3 #14) She half-heartedly joined the Legion Academy but secretly hatched a plan of her own. She was inspired by Bouncing Boy's tale—how he'd gained acceptance into the Legion by sheer determination—and decided to tackle a villain on her own.

Mentalla quickly found herself in over her head after infiltrating the new Fatal Five. She fooled the Emerald Empress long enough, but the Empress killed Mentalla at the first sign of betrayal. Mentalla's last act did allow the Legionnaires to defeat the Fatal Five, however. Her heroism was rewarded with a statue in the Legion's Hall of Heroes. (#24-26)

Nightwind

Nightwing sketch by John Workman from Amazing World of DC Comics #12 (1976)
Besties: Nightwind and Lamprey. From Legion of Super-Heroes v.2 #303 (1983); art by Keith Giffen.

ACADEMY GRADUATE

Name: Berta Skye Haris of Earth

First appearance: Amazing World of DC Comics #12 (July 1976).
In continuity: Legion of Super-Heroes v.1 #272 (February 1981)

Berta Skye Haris is the benificiary of a recessive gene in her family that gives its females the power to create and control winds. As soon as she was old enough, she tried out for the Legion as Nightwind, only to be rejected. Upon the suggestion of Wildfire, whom she greatly admired, she enrolled in the Legion Academy along with fellow rejects, Lamprey and Crystal Kid, where she remains.

NOTES: Nightwind was created by a Legion fans. Originally called "Nightwing," she appeared in Amazing World of DC Comics #12; she originally was called Lara Londo, but was renamed Berta Harris after her creator, Robert Harris of Allentown, PA.

» SEE ALSO: Nightwind in her first appearance, above.

Legion 1.5 (v.4)

Berta Skye Haris is the benificiary of a recessive gene in her family that gives its females the power to create and control winds. As soon as she was old enough, she tried out for the Legion as Nightwind, only to be rejected. Upon the suggestion of Wildfire, whom she greatly admired, she enrolled in the Legion Academy, along with her fellow rejectees, Lamprey and Crystal Kid. During her long stay in the Academy, she learned to control her cockiness, which was more the cause of her rejection than lack of adequate powers, and develop a more serious attitude toward fighting crime. She was finally deemed ready to join the Legion in 2990, the last actual "graduate" of the Academy (all other former students who joined later did so after the Academy's shutdown). She served a solid, if undistinguished, tour of duty until the Legion was forced to disband in 2992.

When the Legion disbanded, she was contacted by her former Academy teachers, Luornu Durgo and Chuck Taine, and offered a teaching position at the United Planets Militia Academy on Xolnar. She accepted, and soon became the toughest, and consequently, the most successful trainer there. When the Khunds started overrunning United Planets worlds in early 2995, Berta was chosen to lead a squad on a reconnaisance mission. Unfortunately, the Khunds had their sights set on Xolnar, and, on March 14, slaughtered her and her entire squad. The Legion eventually beat back the Khunds, and Berta was buried with full military honors on Xolnar. (Legion v.4 #15)

Pete Ross

HONORARY MEMBER

Name: Pete Ross of 20th Century Earth

First appearance: Superboy v.1 #86 (Jan. 1961)

Granted honorary Legion membership: Superboy v.1 #98 (July 1962)

Pete Ross was Clark Kent's best friend, in Smallville in the 20th century. (Superboy v.1 #86) Pete soon learned that Clark Kent was secretly Superboy, but did not inform his friend of his discovery. (Superboy v.1 #90) In fact, Clark would not find out that Pete learned his secret identity until they were adults. (DC Comics Presents #13)

Pete also met the Legion of Super-Heroes. His first encounter was with Ultra Boy, who'd been sent to the 20th century as his test for Legion membership. He and the Legion's mentor, Marla Latham attempted to uncover Superboy's secret identity. Later, Ultra Boy and Marla made Pete an honorary Legionnaire as a reward for being Superboy's loyal friend. (Superboy v.1 #100) Pete also visited the Legion in the 30th century and participated in a contest to determine the new Legion leader. (Adventure Comics #323)

He and Lana Lang (who was also awarded honorary membership, as Insect Queen), were captured by the evil Mordru, along with a group of Legionnaires who came to the 20th century to escape the magician. Mordru put them on "trial" but they ultimately escaped with the help of Dream Girl and the White Witch. (Adventure #370)

After Clark moved to Metropolis, Pete married and had a son, Jon Ross. (Action Comics #457) Their friendship was tested to the breaking point when Jon was kidnapped by the warlike alien Nyrvnian race. The Legion then came to persuade Superman not to rescue the boy because he and the Nyrvnians were destined to one day help Earth repel an invasion from another galaxy. When Superman failed to return with Jon, his friendship with Pete was destroyed. (Superman also learned at this time that Pete Ross knew his secret identity.) (DC Comics Presents #13)

After the Crisis on Infinite Earths, the Smallville that was known to the Legion came to exist outside of the mainstream universe, in a "Pocket Universe" created by the Time Trapper. Outside this universe, Superman's history was completely rewritten so that he had never been Superboy. But in the Pocket, life went on as usual. The Legion eventually discovered this anomaly, which led them and the (post-Crisis) Superman to investigate it. (Legion v.3 #37) By this time, the Pocket Universe Superboy was under the thumb of the Time Trapper and Pete Ross warned the Legionnaires to flee and avoid him. (Superman v.2 #8)

Ultimately Superboy could not bring himself to do the Trapper's bidding and kill his friends. He turned on the Trapper and in their clash, he suffered fatal injuries. Clark died and was buried in the 30th century. (Legion v.3 #38, 49)

Life went on in the Pocket Universe, and Superboy's friends reached adulthood. When the Pocket Universe was besieged by three Kryptonian villains from the Phantom Zone (General Zod, Quex-Ul, and Zaora), Superboy's former arch foe Lex Luthor created a protoplasmic lifeform called "Matrix." He fashioned her in the likeness of Lana Lang, outfitted her with a costume reminiscent of Superboy's, and dubbed her Supergirl. Pete Ross had recalled the Superman of another universe, and so Luthor sent this Supergirl to try to find him. (Adventures of Superman #444)

Superman and Supergirl returned too late to save the Pocket Universe; the three villains wiped out all remaining life on Earth, including Pete and Lex. Supergirl was blasted back to protoplasmic form and into the mainstream universe. Superman used Gold Kryptonite to strip the three villains of their powers, then executed them with a piece of Green Kryptonite. (Superman v.2 #22)

Post-Crisis

The Pete Ross of the mainstream post-Crisis universe was not aware of Superman's true identity. He eventually married Lana Lang and became the Vice President of the United States, under Lex Luthor.

Power Boy

Who is Power Boy?
From Adventure #354 (1967). Art by Curt Swan.

Power Boy does his level best. Legion of Super-Heroes v.3 #14 (1985); art by Steve Lightle.

ACADEMY GRADUATE

Name: Jedidiah Rikane of Earth

First appearance: Superboy & the Legion #240 (June 1978)

Jed Rikaine was born with control over his body's density, an ability that gives him super-strength, partial invulnerability, and purple skin. Hoping to join the Legion, he entered the Legion Academy, where he remained for years, going on many training missions (Superboy & the Legion #240, Legion v.2 #304), and even standing ready to back up the Legion when necessary (Legion v.3 #4), helping friends in need (#9), and pestering whomever necessary to get a tryout with the Legion. (#12) He finally got his shot in 2986, but he was rejected, and though he stayed at the Academy, he lost any hope of being a Legionnaire at that time. (#14) He decided to stay at the Academy anyway, participating in many more training missions (Annual #3) and sessions. (#47)

Jed remains a student at the Legion Academy.

Legion 1.5 (Post-Crisis)

In post-Crisis continuity (no longer valid), Jed Rikane went on to fulfill the ominous destiny of Power Boy. When the Legion Academy became the United Planets Militia Academy, Rikane joined Chuck and Luornu Taine on Xolnar. Jed died on that planet during a Khund attack. (Legion v.4 #17)

Shadow Kid II

ACADEMY GRADUATE

Name: Grev Mallor of Talok VIII

First appearance: Adventure Comics #344 (May 1966)

Grev Mallor is a descended from a long line of heroes of the planet Talok VIII. He was raised by his grandfather — Sarven Mallor, the Planetary Champion of Talok — after his father's death near a cave on the outskirts of Talok City. His grandfather's work kept him in the city, but Grev preferred to remain with the rest of his family near the site of an ancient cave, sacred to their ancestors.

Grev did as his grandfather asked, and never entered the cave. That is, until the day he met his cousin, Tasmia Mallor. Tasmia arrived one day with sad news: Sarven had died. Tasmia was sent from the city to discover the secret to her family's shadow-casting abilities, ultimately to succeed her grandfather as Champion. She bore an artifact that led her to him, and to the sacred Cave of Shadows. Together they entered the cave and were greeted by the spirits of their ancestors, including their recently-deceased grandfather. The cave unlocked their shadow powers and they emerged as Shadow Kid and Shadow Lass. (Secret Origins v.2 #8)

Since she was older, Tasmia was selected as the new Champion and Grev took to the stars to find his own place as a hero. What the inexperienced youngster found instead was Nardo, an evil being who captured heroes from many worlds in his Super-Stalag of Space. Grev remained there for several months before being freed by several members of the Legion of Super-Heroes. (Adventure #344-345)

As fate would have it, Tasmia was eventually invited to join the Legion as well. Grev was then offered the title of Champion, but declined, feeling that he needed further training. With Tasmia's help, he enrolled in the Legion Academy, training in real-life assignments such as recapturing loose dangerous animals. (Superboy and the Legion #240, Legion v.2 #304)

After several years of training, he chose to leave the Academy and serve as protector of Talok VIII. But while discussing the subject with Bouncing Boy, he was kidnapped by a group of sorcerers who wanted to use his and Tasmia's darkness powers to revive Mordru. (Legion v.2 Annual #3) After this case, he remained on call with his fellow students to assist the Legion against the Legion of Super-Villains. (Legion v.3 #4)

Back on Talok VIII, he discovered that the Yakka-Mahor mountain men were massing for an attack, being led by the beautiful Lady Memory. He was about to disrupt her sorcerous rites when he was captured by her hired enforcer, the Persuader. Fortunately for Grev, Tasmia began to worry when she stopped receiving his regular transmissions. She and several Legionnaires returned to Talok VIII to investigate and rescued him. (Tales of the Legion #318-319) Because he was unable to stop the Persuader, he returned to the Legion Academy. (Legion v.3 Annual #3)

Grev graduated from the Legion Academy and returned to Talok. He assumed the planetary champion's role from his cousin, Tasmia. (Adventure #527)

Variable Lad

Oaa demonstrates his power. From Adventure #529 (2011); art by Phil Jimenez.

ACADEMY MEMBER

Name: Oaa Tseldor of Jaquaa (deceased)

KNOWN RELATIVES: Dr. Gym'll (uncle)

First appearance: Legion of Super-Heroes v.6 #6 (December 2010)

Notes

Variable Lad's co-creator, Phil Jimenez, had this to say about his look (to Newsarama):

"Yeah. Variable Lad is my throwback to a supporting character from the Legion. His name was Dr. Gym’ll. And when we were designing these characters, I wanted someone that was not just totally new. I always liked Dr. Gym’ll. I thought he was kind of funny, and I thought, oh, what if this Variable Lad was just, you know, is a favorite of the Legion doctor because he’s a good kid and he has this power. And so in designing him, I made him kind of like a taller, leaner version of that character, and knowing that his color is purple, I wanted to use colors that would really play off of that, which is why he’s in white and yellow.

"Further, he’s probably the most insecure on the team, at least in my head. And so I wanted the colors to reflect that. And so that led to the white and yellow, just because it generally subconsciously suggests a certain amount of fear. He’s not a fighting character. He’s not a wuss, but he definitely is the most – what would I say? He’s the least confident of them, and I wanted the costume on some level to represent that."

The Westerner

ACADEMY MEMBER

Name: Timthy Santoza of Earth

First appearance: Legion v.3 Annual #3 (1987)

From Who's Who in the Legion #7 (1988)

Santoza's power is the ability to absorb strength and endurance from others for his own use. This power runs in his family's bloodline, but never to the level found in Timthy, who studied under an off-planet tribal shaman. After applying to the Legion Academy, he learned more about using his power. Being one of the few mystics in the Academy, the Westerner strives to keep his temper in check and achieve true inner peace. His ambition is not to become a Legionnaire, but rather a teacher out in the frontier colony schools.

The Westerner remains a student at the Legion Academy.