I am really hoping that we will get a new Legion of Super-Heroes in the next year, and I hope they will stick with one version for more than a year or so before moving on to another one. I think that is one of the things that has really hurt the Legion in the past twenty years. They haven't been allowed to stick with any version for very long.

In the meantime, we can talk about the Legion incarnations of the past right here. Of course, I'm starting this one to talk about something I have read recently...

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Thanks Luke. That was quick.

Luke Blanchard said:

In the Supergirl story "Brainiac's Blitz" from Action Comics #339 the villain attempts to use it to kill Supergirl. He says "at full strength, it can annihilate anything ...even her!", and he uses it to destroy her kryptonite cage.

In Legion of Super-Heroes #303 Brainiac 5 uses his force shield to contain the Emerald Empress's Emerald Eye, but it's a strain. In #311 he contains Computo in it.

In Adventure Comics #348 Brainiac 5 fist-fights a robot with it on, which is a form of using it offensively.

Randy Jackson said:

I'm trying to remember if Brainiac Five ever attempted to use his force field in an offensive manner. Sure, he used it to defend himself and others, but did he ever tinker with the tech so he could project fields whereever he wanted a la Sue Storm?

Here's an example from Adventure Comics #365 "Escape of the Fatal Five" (Feb 1968).

The belt was damaged, and couldn't be repaired (at least, not before the trap he was in killed him), but he used the components of the belt to make a weapon.


Did B5 ever develop a shrink ray like his ancestor? That seems an obvious choice for the character arming himself, but I don't recall that happening, at least in the Silver Age.

The net reminds me Supergirl obtained a shrinking ray from Brainiac 5 when she fought the Infinite Monster in Action Comics #285. My recollection is he sent a message with it saying the original Brainiac never revealed the secret of the growth ray.

Oh yeah, I remember now -- it wasn't the shrink ray that was the problem, it was the growth ray. Which had to be the case, or Supergirl could bring the secret back and restore Kandor. Thanks, Luke!

Yesterday I read the first three issues of the Legionnaires 3 miniseries from the 80's. It deals with Garth and Imra's baby being kidnapped, and so the two of them plus Cosmic Boy go searching for him.

This is a pretty cool miniseries, but my one complaint is that it's a strong reminder of why the Time Trapper is one of the most boring villains to me.

Really? I love the Time Trapper! For one thing, I like the way his identity keeps shifting. He has been, at times, Cosmic Boy, the Superboy of Earth Prime and Barbara Gordon (among others).

I just had an idea: before LAUREL KENT was revealed Post-Crisis to be a Manhunter Robot despite being shot and examined, she was Superman's descendant and I once hypothesized that perhaps her father might have been a teammate of the Barry Allen Flash when he was briefly in the earlier half of the 30th century.

Now I feel that her father may have been KLAR KEN T-5477, the Superman of 2965/66/67 from Superman #181 (N'65), Action Comics #338-339 (Ju-Jl'66) and World's Finest Comics #166 (My'67) with her mother being the equally-hot LYRA 3916. Apparently names on Earth went through a numerical fad during that period. With her mother being from Earth and her father's genes diluted over the centuries, Laurel only inherited his invulnerability and regained the weakness to green kryptonite.

Curt Swan was too good at panel composition not to know exactly where Klar was looking (the rascal).

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