Here's one of those absolutely iconic Legion stories everybody remembers. It was originally published in Adventure Comics in 1967, but I first read it in the 1970 Superadventure Bumper Book, a Christmas annual in all but name.
It's by Jim Shooter, Curt Swan & George Klein and is completely fantastic in every way. Regardless of what anybody's opinion of Shooter is these days, when you realize he wrote this epic at the tender age of 15, you have to give the guy major kudos.
Not that I cared about any of that when I first read The Death Of Ferro Lad ( a title the tale doesn't have, but that everyone calls it ), I was too busy being enthralled and spellbound.
This was the first appearance of The Fatal Five, and I instantly thought they were the best super villian team ever on their showing here. We've also got here the plotline that never gets old, as The Legion are forced to team up with their arch-enemies to stave off the galaxy-destroying threat that is The Sun Eater.
But this is obviously Ferro Lad's moment in the big time, and the first time most of us experienced a major character actually dying, and not coming back.
Here he is, literally going out in a magnificent blaze of glory.
Made It, Ma! Top Of The World!