Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Legion of Super-Heroes (v3) #2

Legion of Super-Heroes (vol 2) #2 (Sept, 1984)
A Review by Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

title: "....Where A Villain?"
writer/plotter: Paul Levitz
penciller/plotter: Keith Giffen
inker: Larry Mahlstedt
letterer: John Costanza
colorist: Carl Gafford
editor: Karen Berger
cover: Keith Giffen & Larry Mahlstedt (signed)

Mission Monitor Board:  
Light Lass, Wildfire, Dawnstar, Element Lad, Cosmic Boy, White Witch, Colossal Boy, Phantom Girl, Blok, Dream Girl, Star Boy, Shrinking Violet, Mon-El, Ultra Boy, Shadow Lass, Chameleon Boy, Lighting Lad, Saturn Girl, Queen Projectra, Karate Kid

Opponents: 
Lightning Lord, Lazon, Magno Lad, Titania, Cosmic King, Spider Girl, Terrus, Ol-Vir, Radiation Roy, Esper Lass, Neutrax, Chameleon Chief, Sun Emperor, Silver Slasher, Mist Master, Ron-Karr, Zymyr, Tyr, Hunter, their unrevealed leader

Monday, September 29, 2014

Why I Love the Legion of Super-Heroes

Legion Member: The Irredeemable Shag
Unique Power: Taunted the other Super-Bloggers into creating this blog.

Finding a favorite character or team is as much about the reader's mindset, as it is about the appeal of the characters. In my case, I found the Legion of Super-Heroes in 1989 at just the right time in my life. I was already collecting most of DC's titles, having jumped in with both feet after Crisis. At age 17, I was beginning to dip my toes into comics outside the traditional spandex and capes. I came across a pamphlet promoting the upcoming Legion of Super-Heroes relaunch.  I'd missed out on the previous run, but was certainly aware of its popularity. The pamphlet advertised this new series with copy like, “Operating in a universe where there is no more order, gathering together former comrades who have grown out of the names, Boy, Girl, Lad, Lass, and Kid, he has a new Legion to build. And if he succeeds… what can they hope to accomplish? There’s only one way to find out. Join them.”  It was exactly the kind of jumping on-board point that grabbed my interest. I mean, c'mon, what 17 year old geek isn't attracted to stories of a dystopian future. 





I picked up the first issue and was utterly bewildered. The Legion I'd heard of was full of brightly-clad characters and goofy codenames. This issue was full of dark muted colors, sketchy art, and people with names like Rokk and Reep. I was completely confused ... and loved it! I didn't know who any of these folks were, but I had a complete collection of Who's Who and by golly I was gonna figure this out! I spent hours crawling through my Who's Who, entry-by-entry seeking Legion characters, noting their codename, real name, and planet of origin. All of this was hand-scrawled on a single sheet of paper that I kept for years. It was my Rosetta Stone to deciphering the Giffen/Bierbaum/Gordon run. Each issue I’d look up the newly reintroduced characters to better understand the story. The excitement of research and discovery helped cement my investment in these characters. 


This era of Legion is considered controversial by some fans. Love this incarnation or hate it, I think we can all agree that Keith Giffen is excellent at world-building. In just a few issues, I desperately wanted to know what happened at Venado Bay and what happened to continuity when you removed Superboy. For a more recent example, Giffen's world-building in Justice League 3000 is absolutely fascinating. I didn't expect to enjoy Justice League 3000, but I love learning more about that world as the story slowly unfolds. It's compelling! Similarly, the "Five Years Later" era launched with many questions and mysteries. I anxiously awaited each new issue. 

Many mainstream superhero comics lack a sense of excitement because month-to-month you know by the end of a story they’ll revert to the status quo. Let's face it, comics are corporate properties and there is a lot of money tied up in merchandising, so those characters must maintain the status quo. This book threw the status quo out the window! Gone were all the traditional trappings, even the team itself. The first story arc was about "getting the band back together" and had a distinct feeling that it was going somewhere. No stagnation here. Also, watching the team come back together was a joy. These were great friends seeing one another after years of adversity. The world surrounding them was bleak, yet together they believed they could make things better. While perhaps not intentional, the series managed to touch on our cultural fascination with nostalgia. Even though it hadn't actually been 5 years in publishing time, you felt the characters happiness at being reunited. It generated an artificial sense of nostalgia that I was happy to revel in. By the time the Batch SW6 Legionnaires arrived, I was primed for classic style adventures with these characters.

Once Zero Hour brought “my Legion” to an end, I drifted away. I stopped by and visited the 30th (later 31st) century from time to time, checking on my old friends. It was always pleasant to hang with the reboot or threeboot versions, but there is something about your first love. Give me scratchy Keith Giffen art, powerless Rokk Krinn, private detective Celeste Rockfish, journalist Devlin O'Ryan, and Furball any day.




Long Live the Legion!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Art Institute of Zwen: Bill Walko

Bill Walko Profile by Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage
There is SO much goodness in this Bill Walko original. Click on the illustration to Colossal Boy-ize it and then look at EACH of the Legionnaires, especially the men. Ultra Boy and Mon-El are cheering on their faves, Timber Wolf is salivating over Light Lass, Lightning Lad is generating electricity over Saturn Girl, Sun Boy is just hot and bothered in general, and Duo Damsel is non-plussed at her husband's antics!

You can find Bill Walko on:
www.theherobiz.com 
Bill has imagined what would happen if super-heroes really existed: they would need help marketing! This is a fun take on the super-hero "business" that is worth a look.
If you've never seen this, we recommend starting with his theme song video here: 
http://www.theherobiz.com/2014/08/15/comic/bonuses/the-hero-business-theme-song-video/

If you like what you see, consider ordering a commission or collection. Let's support independent artists!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

LEGION TOYS: Cosmic Boy (Mattel 12-Pack)


Cosmic Boy is extremely excited to meet you
Mattel 12-Pack Cosmic Boy
by David Weter
When Mattel announced the Legion 12-pack of figures, I was elated. What a great selection of characters, from a company with a proven track record in their DC Universe Classics line.

Then, I realized that this would be sold through their collector-centric website, Matty Collector dot com. This meant a battle would be in store.

For anyone who has experienced the fervor and frustration of countless fans rushing to buy the latest offering from the site, and the long load times- I feel your pain.

And, in this instance, I was far too late. The Legion set sold out well before I was able to log on. There was much sadness, and gnashing of teeth since that meant that I would be paying an outrageous sum on the back market.

And, I ended up paying retail, thanks to patience and persistence. But, was the set worth it? That is the question that I will be looking at, figure by figure.

First off is Rokk Krinn, also known as Cosmic Boy, one of the original Legionnaires to contact Superboy.

Do they have bran in the 30th century?
Sculpt: First off, Cosmic Boy is in his '80s Keith Giffen costume, which means he isn't bare-chested with a corset as he had been portrayed earlier. 

The entire set is sculpted by The Four Horsemen studio, which means there are a lot of similarities in the figures overall. This lends a consistency, but potentially a lack of individuality, in the figures.

The most prominent feature that I noted was a very sharp jaw-line and pronounced chin on nearly every character in the DC Universe Classics line. Cosmic Boy is no exception. However, I believe that he may be constipated.

His facial expression is that of a Mona Lisa smile/frown, with gritted teeth. He's either faking a smile, like a child in a bad family Christmas photo, or he needs fiber- STAT!!

Perhaps they were going for an ambiguous mood, but the fact that his eyes are placed just a bit too close together makes this figure an off-putting addition.

His body is the standard slender but toned sculpt that we will see on others, with sculpted gauntlets and boots. Otherwise, stock everything. But, that isn't a bad thing, since the body fits the characters, and the characters that need to receive sculpts of their own. If you have a great sculpt, don't waste it.

Finally, the Legion flight ring is present, and looking very closely reveals that they did not settle on a gold dot- it has texture, and the "L" can be made out. Kudos for that level of detail.

The Founding Members
Articulation: Like the entire DC Universe Classics line, articulation is astounding. The figure has joints at the ankles, knees, upper leg, the waist, hips (which includes a multi-directional socket, allowing Rokk to do the splits), wrists, elbows, shoulders, and neck.

He can be posed into pretty much anything the human body can achieve, but good luck keeping him standing on his own power. Sure, he's fine in a generic, arms at his side pose, but the moment he gets off-balance, he's down like a drunk on New Year's.

And, as these things usually go, he's bringing half the figures on a shelf down with him.

Paint: Cosmic Boy could have been a train wreck in the color department. But, the paint uses a muted, matte pink that doesn't reek of an '80's synth-pop reject.

The gray and black on his body benefits from the matte finish, as his hands and feet retain a glossy finish, giving a definition to his limbs.

His skin tone, however, makes it look like Rokk hangs out in a tanning bed when not saving the universe.

However, we should just be thankful that we didn't get bare-chested Cosmic Boy, with his futuristic man-corset.

Overall: Not the strongest figure in the box set. Cosmic Boy suffers from being a bit too much of a generic sculpt, with a very confusing expression on his face. He's almost the definition of a middle-of-the-road figure, where the gripes don't outweigh the kudos, but rather sit balanced evenly.

There are far better figures in the set, but there are certainly worse, as we will see.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Hot: Lighting Lad In Bed...Nude?

Sun Boy and Lightning Lad are injured when their cruiser crash-lands. Dirk injures his ankle, and Garth injures his knee. So of course the doctor strips them naked and puts them to bed. 
(Adveture Comics #303, art by John Forte)

As an extra added attraction, here is Lightning Lad in bed again...this time sleeping nude? Certainly looks like it, even though his older brother Mekt is sleeping in the same room with him!
(Secrets of the Legion of Super-Heroes #1, art by Jimmy Janes & Frank Chiaramonte)


5YL Legion of Super-Heroes #3


Legion Reviewer: Anj
Super-power: nonchalance at death of characters I don't particularly care for

5YL Legion of Super-Heroes #3 by Keith Giffen, Tom & Mary Bierbaum, and Al Gordon continued the radical new direction of the property, a dystopian future where the Legion has been disbanded. The first issue was a tour around the galaxy, setting the table of this darker future, and setting up the dominoes of a Legion reformation. The second issue concentrated on Jo Nah and his native planet, Rimbor, giving us an up close look at one of the dingier corners of this new order.

Here, in the third issue, we again hop around a bit, catching up with some Legionnaires we haven't seen yet. But more importantly, this issue sets up some of the bigger threats the Legion will be facing. We have been given glimpses of how bad the universe has become. Now we peek behind the curtain and see those who have made the future this dismal place. Of the first three issues, this one is the darkest.

But as I have trumpeted in these reviews, the point of this series has been to show just how powerful the  Legion is ... not only as a group of heroes, but as a concept, as an inspiration. So even though we see powerful Evil plotting, we see them worried ... worried that the Legion might come together again. And it is that glimmer of good which shines bright in the blackness.

As a reader, perusing the racks, you might not grasp the power of the cover, a flag for the darkness within. Yes, a man is dressed in a dandy fashion and is leaning on a pedestal at first glance. It is only on closer look that you see that pedestal is, in fact, an arm. And those rocks are body parts.


So far we have seen Rokk, Jo, Reep, Dirk, and Lydda. On our first page this issue, Giffen gives us a quick look at the whereabouts of other Legionnaires. At least we know that these Legionnaires have survived.

Nura Nal, Dream Girl, is high seer on her home world of Naltor.

Dirk Morgna, Sun Boy, who appears to be a pampered spokesperson for the new Earthgov is speaking with a Dominator. For the first time we learn ... Earth has been compromised and is part of the Dominion, even if it puts on the airs of being a free world. The more we learn of Sun Boy, the less I like him.

Jan Arrah, Element Lad, is on Trom, guarding the graves of his people.

Mon-El, killed in the last issue of the previous series, is in his grave. But there are voices present.

Dawnstar is under fire.

Brek Bannin, Polar Boy,  is unemployed.

Thom Kallor, Star Boy, is a coach of a sports team.

Brainiac 5 is on Colu, studying one subject.

And Rokk Krinn, Cosmic Boy, is on Rimbor, hoping to recruit.

Which of all these ex-Legionnaires will join?? This page certainly whet my appetite. At least I knew these players were on the board.


But then we see others. Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl are running the Ranzz farm on Winath. And, surprisingly, Lightning Lord, Mekt Ranzz, seems to be rehabilitated and is downright chummy with Garth.

They aren't the only Legionnaires on Winath. Vi has been reunited with Ayla. Winath seems to be something of a hedonistic place, an Eden-like garden and a stark contrast to the narrow grimy streets we have seen everywhere else. After the emotionally painful scene with Vi last issue, I was actually happy to see her and Ayla sharing some alone time. A romantic relationship had been heavily implied back in the Baxter series. Here it is out in the open.

We also see the risks of being in the Legion. The Legion graves and tributes have been moved to the Ranzz farm.


As I said, this issue we see some of the big evil forces who are active in this current state of the galaxy.

The first big power ... big bad ... is Mordru. Earlier in the issue, we see just how powerful he has become. He crushes a Green Lantern ring to powder, setting a hunger demon onto a captured Rond Vidar. And he knows that the Legionnaires are starting to gather. While Rokk and Reep are led to Jo by a hulking lupine creature, Mordru is magically eavesdropping.

The mere gathering of 3 Legionnaires, one of them powerless, is enough to get Mordru's attention. Fantastic.


And the Dominion isn't too happy about it either. There are three Legionnaires on Rimbor. There are 4 Legionnaires on Winath. What if they were to reform!?!

This is an interplanetary Dominion which is ruling Earth. And 4 Legionnaires working on a farm is a scary enough notion to make it take action!

This is the power of the Legion and the theme of this series. That the Legion, as a symbol, strikes fear in evil.

As for the Dominators, they decide the best thing to do is release a genocidal killer. The dapper man we met last issue, the person gracing the cover, is Roxxas. Hopelessly insane, Roxxas was the killer of all the Trommites except Jan. And he is a lunatic, a cacophony of multiple voices speaking all at once in his mind. Creepy.


And, to show the reader that Roxxas is a threat, we see him dispatch, almost too quickly, Blok.

Now Blok has always been a tough Legionnaire. I always thought he was one of the more invulnerable Legionnaires. Here, in the span of one panel, Roxxas blasts him to bits.

Alas ... poor Blok ... we hardly knew ye.


And Rokk, Reep, and Jo? They are already thinking of their next steps. And it involves trying to free Mysa ... the White Witch ... from Mordru.

'They mean to test the old man once again.' Unlike the rattled Dominators, he seems more annoyed by this, like an old man yelling at kids for playing on his lawn.

But really ... a Durlan, Ultra Boy, and a powerless Braalian taking on Mordru, at the height of his power? It sounds like a suicide mission.


The Dominators were hoping that Roxxas would go off and kill the Legionnaires in a quiet fashion, skulking and assassinating from the shadows. But that isn't Roxxas' way. He sends the bits of Blok to the Ranzz farm to be placed in the Legion graveyard. Except he sends it to Garth and Imra's son Graym. Look at that note, a collection of hand-writings ... a mirror of the multiple personalities he has.

He is a blatant threat to the Legion; that can't be what the Dominators were hoping for. It will only spur the Legionnaires to team up and avenge ... instead of shattering their resolve.

Brutal and terrifying though. It lets the reader know just how off the deep end Roxxas is.


But this series is about hope and inspiration. And Rokk is suddenly feeling it. With he, Reep, Jo, and Kono (who Jo insisted joins them - he knows her powers and abilities), there is already a mini-Legion.

And even without powers, Rokk knows that the Legion is needed.

"We're good. We've got the power and we know what to do with it.
Long live the dream."

Awesome.


The back matter includes information about 'the Validus plague', a wave of disease which spread through Winath to all who came in contact with Garridan, the Ranzz child who had been Validus. It seems Darkseid's curse isn't so easily defeated.

And now, reading this, we know that Brainy's patient on the first page is Garridan, held in quarantine.


But the issue ends with a blockbuster cliffhanger. We hear three voices talking and arguing ... and they all are coming from Mon-El, who is suddenly alive and well. Three voices? Not dead? Trust me ... next issue is a doozy and nothing will be the same.

What a fabulous issue. First off, we continue to see the Legionnaires congregating, reforming even if they don't realize it yet. And we see the evil they will have to fight, classic villains from their past - Mordru, The Dominators, Roxxas. This series was off to a flying start.

And, as I have said before, Giffen walks the fine line of luring in new readers and satisfying old Legion fans. This issue is so steeped in Legion lore, I don't know how any new reader could follow it. Everyone is called by their real names, not their code names. No powers are discussed. No exposition about Mordru, the Dominators, or Roxxas is given. Blok is barely named. How anyone who hadn't been reading the Legion for years could fully appreciate this issue ... well I don't know if they could.

But for me this issue stoked the fires. Rokk's enthusiasm for reforming the Legion is balanced effectively by the threats we have seen. But we are still in basically uncharted waters. This is a new universe and a new Legion.


MILESTONE: This issue features the death of Blok. I will be writing a true requiem for him later but Blok died as he lived, quietly and without much fanfare. He was never one of the stars of the book but he had some depth. A reliable friend in good times and bad and a gentle giant, let us hope he found some peace.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Adventure Comics #403 "Fashions From Fans!"

A brief fashion note by Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

I know, this is supposed to be the chronological run-down of the Legion in Superboy. I hear the hundreds of fans thinking, What is an issue of Adventure Comics doing here? Well, I'll tell you. You might find it interesting....or odd.

After the Legion got the boot from Adventure Comics in #380 they went over and staked out the loft apartment in the back of Action Comics. They were relatively popular (more so than, say, The Private Life of Clark Kent). They were getting fan letters and regular costume designs. In fact,  somebody at DC actually decided to use a fan's costume design for Saturn Girl's hot pink bikini. So DC decided to test the Legion waters, sort to speak, and made the next Giant Sized (reprint) of Adventure Comics #403 (April 1971) into a Legion special. ("Ya know, Mort, we prolly shouldn't have cancelled that Legion crap....!") This reprint special featured the stories of Lightning Lad's death and resurrection. Which is all well and good, except that there were still five pages to fill. So...E. Nelson Bridwell, the reprint editor and long-time Legion fan, commissioned Ross Andru & Mike Esposito (in some of their last DC work before they moved to Marvel) to illustrate "Fashions From Fans!"

Which would have been fine; great, even, if none of these ever appeared again after this feature. Because as you're about to see for yourself, all but one of these costumes are hideous. Hideous as in "hide" them and never show them again, ever.

Unfortunately, nearly a year later, in the March 1972 issue of Superboy, three of these atrocious togs actually make it into a Legion story! This issue of Adventure Comics was probably laying around when Mr. Tuska was looking for source material, and he included Karate Kid, Princess Projectra, and Shadow Lass in these new uniforms. Mon-El is also featured in the story, but as he wasn't given an update in this featurette, he got to keep his classic costume.

So here it is, an *almost* forgotten bit of Legion history...It is noteworthy if only because it gives another credit to Saturn Girl's bikini outfit (K. Haven Metzer of Columbia City, Indiana, credited in its debut and then again here) and to Duo Damsel's new orange and purple suit. Cary Bates and Dave Cockrum took this idea and put her in something similar to it in Superboy #193. But the original idea  was designed by Nick Pascale of Brooklyn. Haven't I seen his name around elsewhere in the DC Universe? Anybody know what ever became of him?

And now, without further ado (but maybe a quick "adieu" as soon as you see them....) here we go! 


Next week:
we resume our chronological review of the Seventies' Legion as three of these Calvin Klein rejects (and Mon-El) become involved in "The War of Wraith-Mates!"

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Futures End: Booster Gold...spoilers ahead!

Spoilers ahead...you have been warned!

Today, DC released the Futures End: Booster Gold one-shot. "But this is a Legion blog," you say, "besides stealing a flight ring what does he have to do with the Legion?" Well...time travel is my first answer. In fact the entire issue is basically Booster Gold being bounced around from time to time, and Earth to Earth. My second response is the image below...







Yup! A Steve Lightle drawn Legion appearance! The issue also featured appearances by Blue Beetles, past and present (shameless plug for my other blog here!) What does it all mean? That remains to be seen, but in my opinion it's good to see Booster, the Legion, and Blue Beetle back in action!

Who's Who: Lightning Lad


Lightning Lad
by Russell & Siskoid
Real Name: Garth Ranzz
Super Power(s): Projects lightning bolts
Planet of Origin: Winath
Legion Seniority: Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, and Cosmic Boy were the three founders of the Legion. 
Traditionally Lightning Lad is considered the Third Legionnaire, as both Cosmic Boy and Saturn Girl served as Legion Leader before he did, so are counted first. 

Legion Log 
Lightning Lad made his debut in Adventure Comics #247 and was an active member until he resigned to marry Saturn Girl, which occurred in All-New Collectors' Edition C-55, chronologically falling in-between Superboy & The Legion of Super-Heroes #236 and #237. At the time of their wedding, the Legion Constitution forbid any members from marrying. He and Saturn Girl were re-admitted in Superboy & the Legion of Super-Heroes #245 after the events of The Earthwar Saga, and the Legion revised their Constitution. He and his wife took another leave of absence in order to have and raise their son Graym, born in Legion of Super-Heroes Annual #3 (1984). They resigned again in Legion of Super-Heroes (vol 3) #12 to spend more time with their son. After the events of "The Universo Project," Saturn Girl requested re-admittance, but Lightning Lad remained a Legion Reservist and "house-husband" and father to his son (then, later, both sons).

Lightning Lad was elected Legion Leader in Year Eleven. 
Lightning Lad has a reputation for being the "unluckiest" Legionnaire. He was the first to be "killed" (seriously injured) in action. Later, he was again seriously injured when he attacked "the Moby Dick of Space," losing his right arm in the attack. He then used a cybernetic arm for approximately one year. When he was kidnapped by Evillo and operated on by the Devil's Dozen, instead of being harmed, he had his right arm re-grown; he has been fine ever since.  

Lightning Lad's tenure as Leader was one of the most dramatic, and the stress caused him to have a mild mental breakdown, resigning near the end of his term in favor of his Deputy Leader, Element Lad. Since that time Lightning Lad seems more at ease with himself, content to be who and what he is: a devoted husband and father and a loved and loving friend. He easily slid into the role of "house husband" when his wife, Saturn Girl, requested a return to full membership. Lighting Lad is friendly with all the other members but is especially close to his wife, Saturn Girl, his best friend, Cosmic Boy, his sister, Light(ning) Lass, and Superboy and Sun Boy.

It was eventually explained that Lightning Lad was on his way to Earth to begin a search for his missing brother, Lightning Lord, when he met up with Cosmic Boy and Saturn Girl and helped save the life of R.J. Brande. He eventually tracked down his brother, who had joined the Legion of Super-Villains. 

The Ranzz parents died in a space cruiser accident eight years after the Legion was founded. Every year on the anniversary of their death, Lightning Lad and Light(ning) Lass meet in the middle of space where the accident occurred and hold a memorial for them. 

Lighting Lad and Saturn Girl are the parents of twin boys, Graym and Validus. Initially, Validus was stolen by Darkseid and sent back into the past to fight the Legion as a member of the Fatal Five. Eventually, this was discovered, and Validus was returned to normal and to his parents.

During the Five Year Gap, Lightning Lad resigned from the Legion, scarred after surviving the plague carried by Validus. They moved to Winath, where he and his wife Saturn Girl ran a prosperous plantation and helped feed a starving galaxy. They would help the Legion re-form in 2996, but would not join it, Imra soon after giving birth to twin girls, Dacey and Doritt Ranzz.

It is eventually revealed that Lightning Lad was never resurrected when he had fought against Zaryan, but rather that the consciousness of Proty was transferred to Garth's body. Proty was the one who woke up that day, married Saturn Girl, and had children with her. 

Lightning Lad was also one of the members of the SW6 Legionnaires, and appeared as Live Wire in Legionnaires when it was spun-off into its own series. This Garth was far more brash and reckless, possibly because Proty was not part of his make-up.

After the Reboot, Garth comes to Earth looking for his brother, Mekt. He ends up saving R.J. Brande with two other youngsters, then found the Legion of Super-Heroes as Live Wire. He soon quits, however, experiencing a rough patch with girlfriend Saturn Girl, making no headway on his secret family mission, and because Winath's government wants him replaced on the team by his more stable twin sister Ayla, dubbed Spark. He joins a rival group called Work Force for a while and is on and off with the Legion during this time. In an echo of past continuity, Live Wire loses an arm fighting his brother and has it replaced by a mechanical prosthesis. He then rejoins the Legion, and with half the team lost in the past, is elected Leader.

Live Wire was part of the Legion Lost in a far away galaxy, where he sacrificed his life stopping an insane Element Lad and getting everyone home. He is resurrected in crystalline form, a body that looks like the reviled Element Lad's. During Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds, Brainiac 5 helps him mutate the body into a likeness of his former appearance.

After the Threeboot, Lightning Lad is once again a founding member of the Legion, and instrumental in making the team an official arm of the United Planets after he becomes Legion Leader.

After Infinite Crisis, Lightning Lad's original history has more or less been re-established.

Lightning Lad appeared in a cameo in the Superman Animated Series; the Legion of Super-Heroes animated series, voiced by Andy Milder; and Smallville, played by Calum Worthy.

Important Lightning Lad Stories: 

Adventure Comics  #247
(reprinted in Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 1)
The debut of Lightning Lad AND the LSH!
Adventure Comics #304
 (reprinted in Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 1)
Lightning Lad sacrifices himself for Saturn Girl

Adventure Comics #312
 (reprinted in Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol.2)
Lighting Lad is revived when Proty sacrifices itself to save Saturn Girl

Adventure Comics #332
 (reprinted in Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 4)
Lighting Lad loses his right hand to "the Moby Dick of Space"

Adventure Comics #351
 (reprinted in Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 6)
Lighting Lad has his right hand re-grown

Superboy #172
 (reprinted in Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 10)
Lighting Lad finally confronts Lightning Lord


Superboy/Legion of Super-Heroes #197
(reprinted in Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 10)

Lightning Lad gets his Dave Cockrum designed costume


Superboy/Legion of Super-Heroes #207
 (reprinted in Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 11)
Lighting Lad's parents are killed

All-New Collectors' Edition C-55
Lighting Lad marries Saturn Girl and both leave the Legion

Superboy & The Legion of Super-Heroes #245
Lightning Lad is an important part in the ultimate defeat of Mordru; 
he and his wife are re-admitted into the Legion


Legion of Super-Heroes Annual (vol. 1)  #3 (1984)
Lightning Lad's sons are born
 
Legionnaires Three mini-series
Spotlight on the love Lightning Lad shares with the founders

Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 3) #45
 Special spotlight issue on Lightning Lad

Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 4) Annual #3
Garth is revealed to be animated by the soul of Proty.

Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 4) #0
 
 The Reboot Lightning Lad, now called Live Wire, makes his first appearance.

Legionnaires #30
Live Wire loses his arm in battle against Lightning Lord


Legion Lost #12
Live Wire sacrifices his life to get his friends home.

The Legion #32-33
Garth is resurrected in crystalline form.

 Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 5) #36
 
The Threeboot Lightning Lad is elected Legion Leader after Brainiac 5-related irregularities crop up.

The Legion of Super-Heroes cartoon (2007)

Lightning Lad voiced by Andy Milder

 Smallville "Legion" (2009)
Calum Worthy as "Garth"