Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The Legion Of Super-Heroes: The Betrayer From Beyond

If it's Wednesday, there must be a traitor in The Legion.
Seriously, these guys were so often screwed over from within their own ranks, it's a wonder somebody didn't just go the whole hog, and invent a character called Traitor Lad, and have it be him every time.
This time round though, it's one of the new Legion applicants who's the bad egg, but which one? Is it Infectious Lass, or Molecular Master, or is it my namesake Porcupine Pete?
Oh right, the covers already given it away. Nice one, DC.
This issue also features the ( because you demanded it! ) return of one my all-time favourite Legionnaires, Wildfire, who'd bravely sacrificed himself a few issues previous, and of course, it's from Dave Cockrum's run, still the best Legion artist for me, and next to Kirby, comics' greatest costume designer.
Sadly, none of the applicants this issue make the grade and get in the team, not even Infectious Lass, who has the power of making blogger's come up with a million inappropriate gags about her.
But then, I guess what Bouncing Boy & Duo Damsel get up to at night already covers that one, and as we know, you can't have the same superpower twice in the Legion.


  1. Excellent point about Dave as a costume designer. I've always loved his Nightcrawler design (which as I know everyone here knows, predates even his first appearance as an X-man) and the Phoenix outfit for Jean, especially that wonderful, sporty pirate sash.

  2. And as well as those, there was also Dave's cheeky version of The Legion in the X-Men, The Imperial Guard, every one with a great outfit.

  3. Funny how some of the best remembered series of the Bronze Age were so short. Cockrum's LSH, of course, and also the Steranko CAPTAIN AMERICA, Englehart & Rogers on DETECTIVE, Duffy & Gammill on POWER MAN/IRON FIST, Goodwin/Trimpe/Severin on HULK. The Paul Gulacy and solo Gene Day periods on MOKF weren't that long, either, although that was an outstanding strip through all artists with Doug Moench at the helm.

  4. Indeed. I really wish Dave had stayed on LOSH longer.

  5. Can't have Traitor Lad unless he has a unique power aside from treason.

  6. Ditko was the best costume designer, actually