In this episode of The Legion Clubhouse, we take a look at Adventure Comics #303 and Adventure Comics #304, which features the death of a Legion member.

In the city of Metropolis, in the 30th Century, there exists one of the most amazing clubs of all time! It’s members are teen-aged youths, each possessing on special super-powers! The club members have vowed to use their fantastic power to battle crime… This rocket shaped building is the Legion Clubhouse!

Adventure Comics #303
The Fantastic Spy!
December 1962
w: Jerry Siegel
a: John Forte
Sun-Boy and Lightning Lad are recuperating in the hospital after sustaining injuries on a mission. Sun-Boy is given a curative capsule in his injured ankle by Dr. Landro and told that he will be cured in a few days. Later, the Legion has a meeting where they meet their newest member: Matter-Eater Lad, a boy who can eat and digest anything.

After a series of missions end in failure, the Legion begins to suspect that there is a traitor in their midst. At the same time the criminal alien known as Meglaro manages to escape from prison. Brainiac 5 builds a device which leads him to the truth: None of the Legion members have turned traitor, but they have been betrayed by Dr. Landro. Using a device, the Legion learns that Landro put a shrunken spy in the “curative capsule” which was implanted in Sun-Boy’s leg, and that’s how mission secrets were revealed to the enemy. With the spy plot revealed, Superboy is dispatched to defeat and recapture Meglaro, and the other Legion members work to remove the capsule from Sun-Boy’s ankle and capture the spy. – via DC Wikia

Adventure Comics #304
The Stolen Super-Powers
January 1963
w: Jerry Siegel
a: John Forte
After getting a warning from the criminal Zaryan the Conqueror stating that he predicts a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes will die, Saturn Girl is the first to find it and after reading the message she destroys it. Shortly thereafter, Saturn Girl is elected to be the official leader of the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Shortly thereafter, Saturn Girl becomes a strict and cruel leader, “punishing” Legion members for being unable to follow her orders. As punishment she would “ground” members from the Legion and use a device that would steal their powers and give them to Saturn Girl. When the threat of Zaryan is on it’s way, Saturn Girl heads out on her own to tackle Zaryan’s menace by herself. However, Lightning Lad intercepts the rocket first and is blasted with a ray while he destroy Zaryan’s rocket.

Fatally wounded, Lightning Lad explains to Saturn Girl, that when she found the message from Zaryan, she was unknowingly watched by Mon-El in the Phantom Zone, who told Lightning Lad of her plan to sacrifice herself so none of the other Legion members were killed. Lightning Lad, learning the truth decided to sacrifice himself so that Saturn Girl may live.

When Lightning Lad finally dies, the entire Legion gathers and has a funeral to remember to their fallen friend, Garth.via DC Wikia

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