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)
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)
Appearances + References
JLA Classified #4-9
League Task Force, #0, 17-37 (1994-96)
Known as the Justice League, 6-issue limited series