Friday, May 30, 2008

May 2008 Retrospective

45 Years Ago:

ADVENTURE #308 (5/1963)
"The Return of Lightning Lad"
ROLL CALL (Classic Legion): Bouncing Boy, Cosmic Boy, Chameleon Boy, Lightning Lad, Lightning Lass , Mon-El, Sun Boy, Superboy, Saturn Girl, Supergirl, Shrinking Violet, Triplicate Girl, Proty

BITS OF LEGIONNAIRE BUSINESS: Lightning Lass joined the LSH in this story.

The origins of Lightning Lad and Lightning Lass, as well as that of Proty, were told in this story.

40 Years Ago:

ADVENTURE #368 (5/1968)
"Mutiny of the Super-Heroines"
ROLL CALL (Classic Legion): Brainiac 5, Dream Girl, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Lightning Lad, Light Lass, Phantom Girl, Princess Projectra, Superboy, Saturn Girl, Supergirl, Shadow Lass, Star Boy, Shrinking Violet, Duo Damsel, Ultra Boy

BITS OF LEGIONNAIRE BUSINESS: This was the second time the war between the sexes was featured in the Legion; the first time was "Revolt of the Girl Legionnaires" in ADVENTURE #326 (11/1964).

35 Years Ago:

There were no LSH appearances cover-dated 5/1973.

30 Years Ago:

"Murder Most Foul"
ROLL CALL (Classic Legion): Cosmic Boy, Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy, Dawnstar, Mon-El, Phantom Girl, Sun Boy, Superboy, Shadow Lass, Star Boy, Timber Wolf, Ultra Boy, Wildfire, Marla

BITS OF LEGIONNAIRE BUSINESS: This story had everything: great art, a fine plot, a Legionnaire supposedly gone renegade (Ultra Boy), Chameleon Boy channeling Batman's detective abilities, and a good sense of LSH history.

25 Years Ago:

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES [1980] #299 (5/1983)
"Not a Ghost of a Chance"
ROLL CALL (Classic Legion): Blok, Cosmic Boy, Dawnstar, Dev-Em, Dream Girl, Duplicate Boy, Element Lad, Evolvo Lad, Gas Girl, Invisible Kid, Invisible Kid II, Life Lass, Lightning Lad, Mon-El, Ontiir, Princess Projectra, Saturn Girl, Shadow Lass, Shvaughn Erin, Star Boy, Sun Boy, Timber Wolf, White Witch, Wildfire

BITS OF LEGIONNAIRE BUSINESS: Lyle Norg returned in this issue...or did he?

20 Years Ago:

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES [1984] #46 (5/1988)
"On the Fourth Hand"
ROLL CALL (Classic Legion): Atmos, Blok, Bouncing Boy, Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy, Dawnstar, Duo Damsel, Element Lad, Magnetic Kid, Mon-El, Phantom Girl, Polar Boy, Saturn Girl, Shadow Lass, Shrinking Violet, Sun Boy, Tellus, Timber Wolf, Ultra Boy

15 Years Ago:

L.E.G.I.O.N.'93 #52 (5/1993)
"Past Imperfect":
ROLL CALL: Garryn Bek, Lady Quark, Lobo, Lydea Mallor, Phase, Stealth, Strata, Vril Dox

LEGIONNAIRES #2 (5/1993)
"In Death's Grip"
ROLL CALL (SW6 Legion): Alchemist, Apparition, Brainiac 5, Computo, Dragonmage, Ferro, Gossamer, Inferno, Invisible Kid, Leviathan, Live Wire, Matter-Eater Lad, Saturn Girl, Shrinking Violet, Triad, Ultra Boy
ROLL CALL (5-Tear-Gap Legion): Chameleon Boy, Shvaughn Erin
ROLL CALL (Applicants): Arm-Fall-Off Boy, Cera Kesh/Emerald Empress II, Plaid Lad, X-Bomb Betty

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES [1989] #43 (5/1993)
"The Witch is Back"
ROLL CALL (5-Year-Gap Legion): Brainiac 5, Rokk (Cosmic Boy), Devlin O'Ryan, Drura (Infectious Lass), Jacques (Invisible Kid II), Jo (Ultra Boy), Kono, Mordru, Mysa (White Witch), Sussa (Spider-Girl)

VALOR #7 (5/1993)
"Unimaginable Consequences"

BITS OF LEGIONNAIRE BUSINESS: "In Death's Grip" featured two of the silliest Legion applicants ever: Arm-Fall-Off Boy and Plaid Lad.

10 Years Ago:

GREEN LANTERN [1990] #98 (5/1998)
"Future Shock Part 1"
ROLL CALL (Earth-Zero Legion): Apparition, Cosmic Boy, Ferro, Invisible Kid, LeVIathan, Live Wire, Saturn Girl, Spark, Star Boy, Triad, Ultra Boy, XS

ROLL CALL (Earth-Zero Legion): Atmos, Chuck Taine, Insect Queen, Kid Quantum, Spark, Star Boy, Ultra Boy, Umbra

LEGIONNAIRES #60 (5/1998)
ROLL CALL (Earth-Zero Legion): Andromeda, Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Evolvo, Ferro, Gates, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Kid Quantum, Kinetix, Live Wire, Lori Morning, M'Onel, Monstress, Proty, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Shvaughn Erin, Spark, Spider-Girl, Star Boy, Triad, Ultra Boy, Umbra

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES [1989] #104 (5/1998)
"Heroes' Return"
ROLL CALL (Earth-Zero Legion): Andromeda, Apparition, Brainiac 5.1, Chameleon Boy, Cosmic Boy, Element Lad, Evolvo, Gates, Kinetix, Live Wire, M'Onel, Spark, Ultra Boy, Umbra, XS
ROLL CALL (Classic Legion): Brainiac 5, Cosmic Boy, Light Lass, Lightning Lad

5 Years Ago:

THE LEGION #18 (5/2003)
"Revival of the Fittest Part 2"
ROLL CALL (Earth-Zero Legion): Apparition, Atmos, Brainiac 5.1, Chameleon Boy, Chuck Taine, Cosmic Boy, Dr. Gym'll, Gates, Geart, Insect Queen, Invisible Kid, Kid Quantum, Kinetix, LeVIathan, M'Onel, Sensor, Shikari, Spark, Star Boy, Timber Wolf, Triad, Ultra Boy, Wildfire, XS

"Century 22: Out of the Ashes"
ROLL CALL: No LSH appearances in this issue, but the series had a Legion connection.

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