LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES

Tenure in the Original Legion

Special thanks to Aaron Severson and DarkMark's Comics Indexing Domain

What follows is a detail of each Legionnaire's service record during the time before Zero Hour. All 30th century dates herein are taken from the Legion Sourcebook: 2995, except for a very few which were extrapolated from those Sourcebook dates. I set the date of Zero Hour at August 1995. Legion v.4 #1-11 (1994) are not included in anyone's memberships, as the Legion had not yet re-formed. The last official date given anywhere was 13 June 1995—when the SW6 Legionnaires were deputized.

Keep in mind that 30th Century time was quite drawn out in the middle years. Wildfire and Lightning Lad (and all other leaders) served only one-year terms as leaders, even though it covered much more real time.

The original Legion existed for approximately 23 years of 30th century time. DC published the Legion for 36.66 years. This means that every year of our time equals about 7.5 months of Legion time.

Membership Details

Member Dates, in Legion Time
MONTH.YEAR (TOTAL)  •  ISSUES
Total
COSMIC BOY 01.73 – 12.86 (168)  •  Adventure #247 – resigned Legion v.3 #12
12.94 – 08.95 (13)  •  Legion v.4 #12 – Zero Hour
181
LIGHTNING LAD 01.73 – 01.75 (25)  •  Adventure #247 – dies Adventure #304
06.75 – 06.82 (85)  •  revived Adventure #312 – resigns Superboy/Legion v.2 #237
10.82 – 12.86 (51)  •  Superboy/Legion v.2 #245 – retires Legion v.3 #12
161
SATURN GIRL 01.73 – 06.82 (114)  •  Adventure #247 – resigns Superboy/Legion v.2 #237
10.82 – 12.86 (51)  •  Superboy/Legion v.2 #245 – retires Legion v.3 #12
04.87 – 02.90 (35)  •  Legion v.3 #35 – Five-year gap
200
PHANTOM GIRL 03.73 – 03.91 (217)  •  Action #267 – dies Five-year gap 217
TRIPLICATE GIRL / DUO DAMSEL 03.73 – 05.81 (99)  •  Action #267 – marries Superboy/Legion v.2 #200 99
CHAMELEON BOY 07.73 – 11.83 (125)  •  Action #267 – sentenced Legion v.2 Ann #1
05.84 – 04.90 (72)  •  released Legion v.2 #301 – Five-year gap
12.94 – 08.95 (9)  •  Legion v.4 #12 – Zero Hour
206
COLOSSAL BOY 07.73 – 06.92 (228)  •  Action #267 – Five-year gap 228
INVISIBLE KID I 07.73 – 06.81 (96)  •  Action #267 – dies Superboy/Legion v.2 #203 96
KID QUANTUM 08.73 – 07.74 (12)  •  no issues 12
BRAINIAC 5 09.73 – 02.88 (174)  •  Action #276 – resigns Legion v.3 #51
12.94 – 08.95 (9)  •  Legion v.4 #12 – Zero Hour
183
LAUREL GAND 09.73 – 12.89 (196)  •  Action #276 – Five-year gap
12.94 – 08.95 (9)  •  Legion v.4 #12 – Zero Hour
207
ULTRA BOY 04.74 – 04.91 (205)  •  Superboy #98 – Five-year gap
12.94 – 08.95 (9)  •  Legion v.4 #12 – Zero Hour
214
STAR BOY 06.74 – 06.77 (37)  •  Adventure #282 – expelled Adventure #342
04.78 – 10.86 (103)  •  Adventure #351 – resigns Legion v.3 #28
140
SHRINKING VIOLET 08.74 – 10.83 (111)  •  Action #276 – kidnapped Legion v.2 #285
09.85 – 06.91 (70)  •  Legion v.2 #312 – Five-year gap
12.94 – 08.95 (9)  •  Legion v.4 #12 – Zero Hour
190
SUN BOY 08.74 – 09.91 (206)  •  Action #276 – Black Dawn 206
BOUNCING BOY 09.74 – 12.75 (16)  •  Adventure #301 – loses powers Adventure #321
04.78 – 05.81 (38)  •  Adventure #351 – marries Superboy #200
54
MATTER-EATER LAD 01.75 – 09.81 (81)  •  Adventure #303 – resigns Superboy #212
01.95 – 08.95 (8)  •  Legion v.4 #15 – Zero Hour
89
VALOR 02.75 – 01.88 (156)  •  Adventure #305 – injured Legion v.3 #50 156
ELEMENT LAD 03.75 – 08.91 (198)  •  Adventure #307 – Black Dawn
12.94 – 08.95 (9)  •  Legion v.4 #12 – Zero Hour
207
LIGHTNING LASS / LIGHT LASS 03.75 – 01.84 (107)  •  Adventure #308 – resigns Legion v.2 #294
11.85 – 08.91 (70)  •  Legion v.3 #7 – Black Dawn
12.94 – 08.95 (9)  •  Legion v.4 #12 – Zero Hour
186
DREAM GIRL 10.75 – 10.75 (1)  •  Adventure #317 joins & resigns
04.78 – 08.91 (161)  •  Adventure #351 – Black Dawn
162
KARATE KID 12.77 – 12.83 (73)  •  Adventure #346 – resigns Legion v.2 #288 73
PRINCESS PROJECTRA / SENSOR GIRL 12.77 – 12.83 (73)  •  Adventure #346 – resigns Legion v.2 #288
02.86 – 03.91 (62)  •  as Sensor Girl Legion v.3 #14 – Five-year gap
135
FERRO LAD 12.77 – 04.78 (5)  •  Adventure #346 – dies Adventure #353 5
CHEMICAL KING 02.79 – 01.82 (36)  •  Adventure #372 – dies Superboy #228 36
TIMBER WOLF 02.79 – 08.91 (151)  •  Adventure #372 – Black Dawn
12.94 – 08.95 (9)  •  Legion v.4 #12 – Zero Hour
160
SHADOW LASS 10.78 – 02.88 (113)  •  Adventure #366 – resigns Legion v.3 #51 113
WILDFIRE 06.81 – 08.91 (123)  •  Superboy #203 – Black Dawn
07.95 – 08.95 (1)  •  Legion v.4 #50 – Zero Hour
124
TYROC 10.81 – 08.83 (23)  •  Superboy #218 – Legion v.2 #265 23
DAWNSTAR 01.82 – 08.91 (116)  •  Superboy #226 – Black Dawn
12.94 – 05.98 (6)  •  as Bounty Legion v.4 #12 – Zero Hour
122
BLOK 10.83 – 08.91 (95)  •  Legion v.2 #272 – Black Dawn 95
INVISIBLE KID II 12.83 – 06.92 (103)  •  Legion v.2 Annual #1 – Five-year gap
07.95 – 08.95 (1)  •  Legion v.4 #43 – Zero Hour
104
WHITE WITCH 02.84 – 01.88 (48)  •  Legion v.2 #294 – Legion v.3 #50
12.94 – 08.95 (9)  •  Legion v.4 #12 – Zero Hour
57
POLAR BOY 02.86 – 08.92 (79)  •  Legion v.3 #14 – Five-year gap 79
QUISLET 02.86 – 12.88 (35)  •  Legion v.3 #14 – Legion v.3 #58 35
TELLUS 02.86 – 08.91 (67)  •  Legion v.3 #14 – Black Dawn 67
MAGNETIC KID 02.86 – 06.89 (41)  •  Legion v.3 #14 – dies Legion v.3 #62 41
Significant v.4 Members
IMPULSE/KENT SHAKESPEARE 04.90 – 08.91 (17)  •  Five-year gap
12.94 – 08.95 (9)  •  Legion v.4 #12 – Zero Hour
28
INFECTIOUS LASS 11.91 – 03.92 (5)  •  Five-year gap
07.95 – 08.95 (1)  •  Legion v.4 #43 – Zero Hour
6
KONO 12.94 – 08.95 (9)  •  Legion v.4 #12 – Zero Hour 9
CELESTE "ROCKFISH" MCCAULEY 12.94 – 08.95 (9)  •  Legion v.4 #12 – Zero Hour 9
DEVLIN O'RYAN 07.95 – 08.95 (1)  •  Legion v.4 #43 – Zero Hour 1
SPIDER GIRL 07.95 – 08.95 (1)  •  Legion v.4 #43 – Zero Hour 1
BLOOD CLAW, FIREFIST, VEILMIST, FLEDERWEB 07.95 – 08.95 (1)  •  Legion v.4 #44 – Zero Hour 1
Members During the 5 – Year Gap Only
NIGHTWIND 03.90 – 06.92 (28)  •  Five-year gap 28
ATMOS 02.91 – 04.91 (3)  •  Five-year gap 3
KARATE KID II 02.91 – 08.91 (7)  •  Five-year gap 7
CRYSTAL KID 06.91 – 08.91 (3)  •  Five-year gap 3
ECHO 06.91 – 08.91 (3)  •  Five-year gap 3
REFLECTO 06.91 – 06.91 (1)  •  Five-year gap 1
FIRE LAD 10.91 – 06.92 (9)  •  Five-year gap 9
VISI – LAD 11.91 – 06.92 (8)  •  Five-year gap 8
CHLOROPHYLL KID 11.91 – 03.92 (5)  •  Five-year gap 5
PORCUPINE PETE 11.91 – 03.92 (5)  •  Five-year gap 5
COLOR KID 12.91 – 03.92 (4)  •  Five-year gap 4
STONE BOY 12.91 – 06.92 (7)  •  Five-year gap 7
STORM BOY 03.92 – 06.92 (4)  •  Five-year gap 4
CALAMITY KING 06.92 – 06.92 (1)  •  Five-year gap 1

Service, Listed by Totals

This list shows, in descending order, who served the most, least and everything in between. Time has been converted to years months.

Colossal Boy 19 years,  0 months
Phantom Girl 18 years,  1 months
Ultra Boy 17 years, 10 months
Laurel Gand 17 years,  3 months
Element Lad 17 years,  3 month
Chameleon Boy 17 years,  2 months
Sun Boy 17 years,  2 months
Saturn Girl 16 years,  8 months
Shrinking Violet 15 years, 10 months
Lightning Lass 15 years,  6 months
Brainiac 5 15 years,  3 months
Cosmic Boy 15 years,  1 month
Dream Girl 13 years,  6 months
Lightning Lad 13 years,  5 months
Timber Wolf 13 years,  4 months
Valor 13 years,  0 months
Star Boy 11 years,  8 months
Projectra 11 years,  3 months
Wildfire 10 years,  4 months
Dawnstar 10 years,  2 month
Shadow Lass 9 years,  5 months
Invisible Kid II 8 years,  8 months
Duo Damsel 8 years,  3 months
Invisible Kid I 8 years,  0 months
Blok 7 years, 11 months
Matter-Eater Lad 7 years,  5 months
Polar Boy 6 years,  7 months
Karate Kid 6 years,  1 month
Tellus 5 years,  7 months
White Witch 4 years,  9 months
Bouncing Boy 4 years,  6 months
Magnetic Kid II 3 years,  5 months
Chemical King 3 years,  0 months
Quislet 2 years, 11 months
Impulse 2 years,  4 months
Tyroc 1 year,  11 months
Kid Quantum 1 year,   0 months
Kono 0 years,  9 months
Celeste Rockfish 0 years,  9 months
Infectious Lass 0 years,  6 months
Ferro Lad 0 years,  5 months
Spider Girl 0 years,  1 month
Devlin O'Ryan 0 years,  1 month
Blood Claw, Firefist, Flederweb, Veilmist 0 years,  1 month
5-Year-Gap-only Members
Nightwind 2 years,  4 months
Fire Lad 0 years,  9 months
Visi-Lad 0 years,  8 months
Karate Kid II 0 years,  7 months
Stone Boy 0 years,  7 months
Chlorophyll Kid 0 years,  5 months
Porcupine Pete 0 years,  5 months
Color Kid 0 years,  4 months
Storm Boy 0 years,  4 months
Echo 0 years,  3 months
Crystal Kid 0 years,  3 months
Atmos 0 years,  3 months
Reflecto 0 years,  1 month
Calamity King 0 years,  1 month

Observations

Note that the time from when the Legion re-formed up until Zero Hour was only 9 months, so Legionnaires who served in that time didn't actually accrue that much tenure from it. Another factor adding significant time to members' tenure was their service during the 5-year gap. Members like Polar Boy, Element Lad, Dawnstar, and Lightning Lass gained significant extra tenure in that time. More specifically, here are some interesting results:

  • Not surprising, Colossal Boy tops the list. His unbroken tenure from his date of joining to the Legion's disbanding gives him the longest tenure of all.
  • Saturn Girl beats out the other two founders, due to her rejoining towards the end of LSHv3.
  • Phantom Girl out-serves Ultra Boy. Despite her death, she joined over a year before he joined.
  • Laurel Gand -- #4 on the list. Funny how readily we accept her as part of continuity, often forgetting that she was a Legion v.4 retcon (a courtesy rarely extended to Kid Quantum). Nevertheless, her unbroken service record gives her over 17 years.
  • Invisible Kid I served a full 8 years before his death.
  • Bouncing Boy, way down the list at 4 years, 6 months. His various temporary returns (as well as Duo Damsel's) were not included in his time. Plus, he was absent for over 2 years when he first lost his powers.
  • Impulse and Nightwind are the only members who joined during the 5-year gap to serve for any significant length of time. Nightwind because she was the first 5-year gap member, and Impulse because he served after the Legion re-formed.