L-Ron

Created by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis & Kevin Maguire

NAME + ALIASES:
L-Ron H*bb*rd, Despero

KNOWN RELATIVES:
not applicable

GROUP AFFILIATIONS:
Justice League International, Super Buddies

FIRST APPEARANCE:
Justice League International v.1 #14 (June 1988)

+ History

L-Ron first appeared as the robotic servant of Manga Khan. (J.L. International v.1 #14) Eventually Khan traded him to the League in return for the de-evolved Despero. Although considered a part of the League, he was only an assistant at the New York embassy, not a field operative. When Despero escaped Manga Khan, Kilowog created a collar from L-Ron's biocircuitry which imprinted L-Ron's being over Despero's (JLE #34). He subsequently left for space with Manga Khan. He returned to Earth to warn J'onn of the Overmaster's arrival (JLTF #12). After that battle, he joined the Task Force as a full-time field operative. Despero's personality eventually began surfacing, taking over for brief time periods. Finding himself in Leesburg, L-Ron encountered Supergirl, who excorcised Despero's psyche with her newfound "angelic" powers (Supergirl #17-18, 1998). L-Ron emerged intact, still within Despero's body. Under unrevealed circumstances, L-Ron has now returned to a robot body (Despero also returned, but still without a body [Virtue & Vice]). He fell on hard times and took a job at Big Belly Burgers, where he was rediscovered by Maxwell Lord. L-Ron and Max decided to form a new group of former JLI members called the Super Buddies. His former master, Manga Khan then returned in an attempt to reclaim L-Ron (to barter him for G'nort). Khan was outsmarted by Max and Sue Dibny — his love for L-Ron left unrequited. (Formerly Known as the JL #1-6)

+ Powers

Appearances + References

» FEATURED APPEARANCES:

  JLA Classified #4-9

» SERIES:

  Justice League Task Force, #0, 17-37 (1994-96)

  Formerly Known as the Justice League, 6-issue limited series (2003)

» SEE ALSO:

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