Deck Log Entry # 158 The Silver-Age Challenge---the Legion of Super-Heroes Edition

I try to accommodate my readers.  Sometimes, it’s a snap, especially when the reader himself provides the inspiration, such as when Commando Cody raised the question of why Lightning Lad wasn’t held to task for killing Zaryan the Conqueror.


Other times, the sailing's not so smooth.  Figserello has been waiting for me to do a piece on Animal Man.  The hold-up on that one is lack of source material.  And I’m always rummaging through my brain for ideas I can plumb from Marvel Comics.  I know Marvel fans get the short shrift here.  But as I explained not too long ago, Silver-Age Marvel didn’t have nearly the sub-strata of topics that DC did.  But I’m working on it, so I don’t leave you Marvel mavens out in the cold.


And then Philip Portelli has hit me up a couple of times for a Silver-Age quiz on the Legion of Super-Heroes.  So he must be thrilled to see the title of this Entry. 


Philip’s request for a Silver-Age Legion quiz wasn’t as easy to accommodate as a lot of you might think.  There were a couple of major roadblocks.  First, as always, I try to gin up questions that can’t be answered with a quick Google-search.  This was especially difficult in this case because the Legion of Super-Heroes has always been a heavily fan-supported series.  Off-hand, I can’t think of any other series that has made use of reader input as much as the Legion.  And that meant the Internet is packed deep in Legion-related sites.  They vary, of course, in accuracy and in range---some cover only a specific era of the series; others try to cover them all---but the ultimate effect is a saturation of details.  Just about any question I could ask was likely to have the answer buried somewhere, in some Legion fan’s site, ready to be plucked by a search engine.


The other problem is most of the good stuff, the kind of questions with answers that make the reader spout “Hey, wow, I didn’t know that!”, I’ve already discussed here---either in one of my previous Deck Log Entries or on one of the threads of conversation on the forum.  I didn’t want to be reduced to “What was Cosmic Boy holding in his hand on page five, panel four, of Adventure Comics # 301?” sort of questions, which are too dreary for anyone to really care.


It seemed like an arduous task to tackle.  Fortunately for Philip, the other day I was researching the details of a Legion story for an unrelated purpose, and suddenly, a perfect question for a Legion quiz presented itself.  O.K., that was one.  But the challenge was shoved right in my face.  Could I come up with nine more?


Well, gang, I puzzled and puzzled till my puzzler was sore, but I finally did it.  Ten pretty decent quiz questions.


Before l launch them, there’s one slight change in the usual rules that I need to mention.  For this quiz, the parameters are slightly narrowed from the usual beginning-to-end of the Silver Age envelope.  This time, all the questions and all the answers will fall between the time frame marked from the Legion’s first appearance, in Adventure Comics # 247 (Apr., 1958), to the last Silver-Age Legion story penciled by Curt Swan, in Adventure Comics # 372 (Sep., 1968). 


And this is the important part:  any DC title was fair game for me in putting together this quiz, so it’s not limited to the Legion series proper.  But all of questions and the only acceptable answers come from DC comics published within the boundaries of those two issues of Adventure.


Got it?  Then here we go!



1.  What is the only substance which blocks Ultra Boy’s penetra-vision?


2.  Outside of Superman, who is the only other Justice League member mentioned by name in the Legion stories appearing in Adventure Comics?


3.  The leaders of which five worlds comprise the Inner Council of the United Planets?


4.  By the time the Legionnaires reached adulthood, so many members left the Legion that the group merged with the Legion of Substitute Heroes.  Which Subs became members of the Adult Legion?


5.  While there were others, who was the only Legionnaire shown to be on the regular staff of The Legion Bulletin, the club newspaper read by thousands of law-enforcement officers throughout the universe?


6.  Besides Superboy, Supergirl, Pete Ross, Jimmy Olsen, and Lana Lang, name five individuals from the twentieth century who travelled to the future to interact with the Legion in the thirtieth century.


7.  Which Legionnaires’ super-powers did the Composite Superman not use in either of his two Silver-Age appearances (based on the Legion statuettes which gave him his powers)?


8.  Besides Clark (Superboy) Kent, Bob (Mon-El) Cobb, and Linda (Supergirl) Danvers, name five civilian identities used by full-fledged Legionnaires while in the twentieth century. 


9.  Per the Legion Constitution, the Legion leader is answerable to only one person.  Who?



10.  Who is the only Legionnaire, outside of Superman, to appear in an Inferior Five story?

Good luck!

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Comment by The Baron on May 31, 2013 at 9:58am

"What was Cosmic Boy holding in his hand on page five, panel four of Adventure Comics #301?"


An apple?

Comment by Philip Portelli on May 31, 2013 at 10:35am

Before I try to answer, let me say "Thank you!" That you even remembered that I asked for this is cool!

These are my off-the-top-of-my-head answers as I have no time to do the actual digging so:

2) Batman who was mentioned and shown in Adventure #341.

4) Polar Man and Color King (the latter was mentioned in a letter column.)

5) Duo Damsel (from a Jimmy Olsen story)

7) Matter-Eater Lad and Light Lass

8) Gary (Ultra Boy) Crane, Marie (Duo Damsel) Elkins, Betsy (Shadow Lass) Norcross), Clark (Chameleon Boy) Kent

More to follow!




Comment by Philip Portelli on May 31, 2013 at 10:41am

9) The President of the United Planets. Or Superman! ;-)

But definitely Mort Weisinger! ;-)

Comment by Philip Portelli on May 31, 2013 at 10:56am

6) Lori Lemaris, Lex Luthor,  Dev-Em, John Dillinger and Adolf Hitler.

Comment by The Baron on May 31, 2013 at 11:17am

Hitler? Seriously?

Comment by Commander Benson on May 31, 2013 at 11:20am

"Hitler? Seriously?"


Comment by Eric L. Sofer on May 31, 2013 at 11:26am

So you drrew my attention, Commander! Okay then, let's see what I got for you.

1) Inertron.

2) Batman

3) Earth, Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Jupiter

4) I think it was only Polar Man (although I recall Night Woman appearing... but not as a Legionnaire.)

5) Duo Damsel

6) Batman, Krypto, Comet, Streaky, and Beppo.

7) Just from memory... In addition to M-E Lad and Light Lass, I think... Timber Wolf. Shrinking Violet. Brainiac 5 (unless being green is a super power.) Ferro Lad. Princess Projectra. Karate Kid. Chemical King. Shadow Lass. Cannot think of any others just from memory...

8) I'd only be stealing from Mr. Portelli.

9) The President of the U.P. (yeah, I knew it, but I stole it anyhow.)

10) Got nothing but a guess. Maybe Invisible Kid?

Fantastic quiz, Commander! You're as engaging as always!



Comment by Commander Benson on May 31, 2013 at 11:37am

As for you, Philip, I'm glad you're enjoying the quiz.  I'm going to refrain from providing your total number of right and wrong answers until you submit them all.


However, I will state that on one of them, you need to check your headcount.



Comment by Commander Benson on May 31, 2013 at 11:56am

(I had to delete and repost this one, Fogey, to correct a couple of gaffes---one in my total of questions you got right and another in my advice to you.)


Always great to hear from you, Fogey!  Your own Silver Age expertise always made for some great discussions here.


Alas, you may want to go back and reëxamine some of your answers.  You got only four correct outright.  On one of those I ruled "incorrect", I was going to let you slide on a technicality, but then I noted that one part of that response was clearly wrong, so I had to red-pencil it.


With regards to another, you should go back and read the question more closely; then you'll catch your own mistake.


But that's why I don't tip off who got what right and wrong while folks are still playing the game.  You can always go back and change your answers, no harm, no foul.


Still, clean sweep or Maggie's drawers, it's always a pleasure to get a response with your signature on it, my friend!


Comment by Philip Portelli on May 31, 2013 at 3:53pm

1) I'll go with inertron, too though UB's penetra-vision may have been blocked by "certain chemical compounds" in Adventure #314.

3) Earth, Cyranus, Amazonia, Torad and Orax from Adventure #349. Would it have been that hard just to make it, say, Braal, Colu, Rimbor and Imsk for example?

8) I'll add the Collector (Mon-El), Circe (Saturn Woman), Hercules (Cosmic Man) and Samson (Lightning Man). Maybe I'll get extra credit!

10) This one has me stumped so I'll say Superboy on the cover of Inferior Five #6. To make it even more inferior is that he's flying next to Superman!

So Commander, these are my final answers! Great Quiz!



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