In this episode of The Legion Clubhouse, it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for – the return of Lightning Lad! But, at what cost?

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 #311
The War Between The Substitute Heroes And The Legionnaires!
August 1963
w: Edmond Hamilton
a: John Forte
When the Legion of Super-Heroes are called off onto a mission in space an alien craft lands on Earth. Finding it suspicious, the Legion of Substitute Heroes decide to check it out. After fighting off the ships defenses, they are chased away by members of the Legion.

Offering their aid to the Legion, the Substitute Heroes find that their idols have turned mean, and demand that they disband or be destroyed. Escaping, the group wonders what has gotten into the Legion of Super-Heroes. When Night Girl attempts to talk sense into Cosmic Boy, this leads the Legion to track the Substitutes to their secret headquarters to try and destroy them.

However, the Substitutes manage to hold their own, and reveal the “Legion” as members of the Zyzan race who posed as the Legion in an attempt to take over the Earth. With their true motives revealed, the Zyzan invaders are easily defeated by Polar Boy’s freezing powers, and the Substitute Legion returns them to their own planet and decide to return to their relative secrecy, choosing to wait to reveal themselves to the real Legion. When the real Legion of Super-Heroes return from space from the fake distress call, they are left to wonder what to make of the alien ship that crashed on Earth. – via DC Wikia

Adventure Comics #312
The Super-Sacrifice Of The Legionnaires!
September 1963
w: Edmond Hamilton
a: John Forte
When Superboy finds a world where the sun restores the people to life, it encourages him to go to the Legion and try to find a way to restore their deceased comrade, Lightning Lad to life.

After scouring the universe for different ways to restore Lightning Lad to life, the Legion cannot find a method that works. Traveling to his home world of Daxam with Saturn Girl, Mon-El comes up with another method. Bringing the Legion back to the Lightning World where Lightning Lad’s body is kept, the shows them a special lightning rod which when struck by lightning would cause the life force from one being to transfer into another, restoring the dead body to life. With all the Legion members wanting to give their all to revive Lightning Lad, they all agree to hold a rod, leaving the choice of who will sacrifice their life to fate. However, when the a bolt seemingly strike Saturn Girl, the Legion are shocked to find that it was really Chameleon Boy’s pet Proty in disguise. However, in spite of who sacrificed himself, Lightning Lad is restored to life. When the real Saturn Girl catches up with the Legion, she explains that as Proty was also a telepath, the creature learned of Saturn Girl’s intention to sacrifice herself to restore Lightning Lad, and sacrificed itself in her place. With the truth revealed, the Legion takes a moment to mourn the loss of Proty. – via DC Wikia

Dear Spoilerite,

At Major Spoilers, we strive to create original content that you find interesting and entertaining. Producing, writing, recording, editing, and researching requires significant resources. We pay writers, podcast hosts, and other staff members who work tirelessly to provide you with insights into the comic book, gaming, and pop culture industries. Help us keep strong. Become a Patron (and our superhero) today.


About Author

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...

Leave A Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.