Saturn Girl

Created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino

NAME + ALIASES:
Imra Ardeen Ranzz of Titan

KNOWN RELATIVES:
Garth Ranzz (Lightning Lad, husband), Graym (son), Validus (son), Ayla Ranzz (sister-in-law), Mekt Ranzz (brother-in-law)

GROUP AFFILIATIONS:
Legion of Super-Heroes

FIRST APPEARANCE:
Adventure Comics #247 (April 1958)

JOINED: Before first appearance, depicted in Legion of Super-Heroes v.3 #8

Saturn Girl II

NAME + ALIASES:
Imra Ardeen Ranzz of Titan

KNOWN RELATIVES:
Bertor (father), Sydne (mother), Jancel (sister), Sarmon Ardeen (Universo, cousin)

GROUP AFFILIATIONS:
Science Police, Legion of Super-Heroes

FIRST APPEARANCE & JOINED:
Legion of Super Heores v.4 #0 (October 1994)

Saturn Girl III

NAME + ALIASES:
Imra Ardeen Ranzz of Titan

KNOWN RELATIVES:
Sydne Ardeen (mother)

GROUP AFFILIATIONS:
Legion of Super-Heroes

FIRST APPEARANCE:
Teen Titans/Legion Special (2004)

History

Although the Legion was founded by three teens, that event might not have occurred without Imra Ardeen. She was the most talented and disciplined telepath on Titan (a moon of Saturn) and was en route to Earth to join the Science Police. She shared her flight with fellow teenagers Garth Ranzz and Rokk Krinn, and billionaire R. J. Brande. As fate would have it, Imra intercepted the thoughts of an assassin who was targeting Brande. She alerted Ranzz and Krinn, who moved in time to save Brande's life. After the assassin was taken into custody, Imra's career took quite an unexpected path. At Brande's urging, she joined Lightning Lad and Cosmic Boy as Saturn Girl, and became a founding member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. (Superboy v.1 #147)

Saturn Girl, on her way to becoming re-elected leader.
From Adventure #323 (1964). Art by John Forte.

The only Legionnaire to score a Foldee!
Topps Comic Book Foldees
#16 (1966)

The fate of Graym's twin. From Legion v.3 Annual #3 (1984).
Art by Keith Giffen.

Arguably, no Legionnaire has served with greater distinction. Just prior to one of the Legion's first leadership elections, she heard of a prophecy that a Legionnaire would die repelling the Khundish fleet of Zaryan the conqueror. She decided that she would be the one to sacrifice herself. She mentally forced the other Legionnaires to vote her leader, and then ordered them not to use their powers, assuring that she'd be the only one to confront Zaryan. Only the indirect interference of Superman and the love of Lightning Lad saved her life. Garth defied her orders and took her place in death. (Adventure #304)

Before his death, Imra had been merely amused by Garth's affections. After his sacrifice, she understood the depth of his devotion, and she decided to her own life to restore him to life. When the possibilty presented itself, she prepared to give her life ... but was foiled again. This time it was Proty, the telepathic pet of Chameleon Boy, who admired her and tricked her into taking her place. Garth was restored to life and the two gave in to their mutual attraction. (Adventure #312) Her leadership, incidentally, was allowed to stand despite her manipulation. She earned a second term the following year (#323), and tied in a vote for the Legion leadership some years later.

Although her extraordinary self-control made many Legionnaires think of Imra as callous, this is quite untrue, as they later found out. Her love for Garth Ranzz was greater than her dedication to the Legion. After many years of courtship, Garth proposed marriage. Imra balked at first, as this would force both of them to leave the Legion due to a rule that barred married members from service. She consulted with her mentors on Titan, and decided to take the plunge anyway. (Superboy & the Legion #236) The two were peacefully wedded (Limited Collector's Ed. #C-55) and resigned immediately. (#237)

For better or worse, their retirement was short-lived. Scant months later, Mordru manipulated several parties into war against Earth, forcing the Legion to call in their reserves. By the time Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad joined the Earthwar, all active Legionnaires had been captured by Mordru and Earth overrun by Khunds. When they, too, were captured, it was Imra's power that enabled the Legionnaires to communicate among themselves, leading to Mordru's eventual downfall. As a result, the Legion repealed the rule against married members, and they rejoined full time. (#245)

Imra and Garth continued to serve as the foundation of the Legion. But after a stressful term as Legion leader, Garth's health and sanity began to fail him. (Legion v.2 #290) She nursed him back to health and soon the two found themselves pregnant with the Legin's first Legion babies. (#307) Initial tests indicated that Imra would bear twins, a genetic standard among Garth's people on Winath. But after the birth, which was marred by a sinister darkness created by the villain Darkseid, Imra bore only one child, Graym. The couple thought nothing of it, assuming it must have been an error in the tests. (Tales of the Legion Annual #3)

In truth, Darkseid had kidnapped Graym's twin, transformed the infant into a monster, and sent it back in time as Validus — a member of the Fatal Five notorious for having killed the Legionnaire Invisible Kid (Superboy #203)!

Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad retired from the Legion once again (Legion v.3 #12), so they could raise their child better, but she remained actively involved in the Legion's affairs. Imra convinced the Legion to accept the Sensor Girl as a member "no questions asked" (#14) (as she did Element Lad years earlier).

In time she also realized the truth about her missing son. She did not hesitate to face Darkseid directly, and plead for Validus's return to normal human life. (Legion v.3 Annual #2)

NOTES: Jim Shooter on Saturn Girl: Pretty much as she's been pictured. An organizer, a businessmanlike, clever, smart competent women's libber who scared away every guy she met until Lightning Lad with his overwhelming ego treated her like a lady, and she loved it. She is a wild, wild woman in bed, who undoubtedly has occasionally accompanied Lightning Lad on his forays into Dream Girl's boudoir. —Interlac (1976)

Tom & Mary Bierbaum on Saturn Girl: Tough, dedicated and self-disciplined, but not the iron-butt some of her teammates regard her as. She's built many emotional barriers around herself because she's all too familiar with and vulnerable to the intense personalities that surround her. When it's needed (and she knows when), she's the most empathetic and supportive of the team, as every Legionnaire who's gone through a real crisis knows. —Interlac (2000)

Legion 1.5 (v.4)

In the history that unfolded after the first Crisis (no longer valid),

and it was she who had the courage to face down Darkseid to plead for Validus's return to normal human life. When Universo took control of the Earth in early 2987 and hypnotized and imprisoned many heroes, including her, her powerful mind broke free on its own, and enabled her to free the others. It was she who finally broke Universo's hold over Earth and forced him unconscious. It was then that she realized how much the Legion was in her blood, and she rejoined, this time without Garth, who was enjoying life as a father and househusband.

But when Earthgov became hostile to the Legion, the enjoyment began to slip away, and when Garth became incapacitated from the Validus plague which ravaged his native Winath, it became obvious where she was needed more. In 2990, she resigned from the Legion for the final time, and set her mind to the task of running a profitable Winathian plantation, and feeding a galaxy suffering more from hunger than from super-villains. The Lightning Ring plantation, which the Ranzz family owns, has become prosperous, and the Ranzzes have replaced their super-heroism with simple but necessary helping of others. When the Legion re-formed in 2994, the Ranzzes helped them out, but did not rejoin. Their family has recently been enlarged, with the birth of daughters Dacey and Dorritt, who appear to have inherited her telepathic abilities.

The Saturn Girl of Batch SW6 has not yet married her Lightning Lad (now known as Live Wire), and in fact has been somewhat insecure in her love for him. She continues to use that name, and serves with her friends on the New Earth team of Legionnaires. The SW6 Saturn Girl was one of few Legionnaires to notice when the "crisis in time" took hold. She, Cosmic Boy and Live Wire traveled into the past to investigate their origins and wound up fighting alongside the 20th century's heroes during that "Zero Hour." They returned to the 30th century believing they had stopped the menace, but soon learned that they must remerge with their older counterparts in order to repair the time stream. In true heroic fashion, Imra joined hands with her older counterpart, and her best friends (both versions) and bid their reality farewell.

Legion 2: Earth-247

Dr. Psycho's possession revealed.
From Legion v.4 #90 (1996). Art by Lee Moder.

There is another Saturn Girl in universe-247, which was destroyed in the Infinite Crisis. She remains with that team, wandering the multiverse…

Any world on which the inhabitants can read one's thoughts is likely to be distrusted by the inhabitants of others. Titan had just recently completed a war against Braal and signed a peace treaty joining the United Planets, one condition of which was that every Titanian wear a badge shaped like the planet Saturn when traveling off-world.

Into this world was born Imra Ardeen, whose mind was the most powerful seen on Titan in decades. She was trained by the best teachers, and was allowed to join the Science Police. On the way to Earth to fulfill this dream, she "overheard" the thoughts of two assassins gunning for Stargate magnate R. J. Brande, and got two boys, Garth Ranzz and Rokk Krinn to stop them. She then reported to her job at Science Police headquarters, but found herself at the bottom of the ladder for assignments. Her discontent as this turn of events led to her accepting Brande's offer to join his new Legion of Super-Heroes as Saturn Girl.

Imra was extremely valuable to the team, but her one liability was that her mind was perhaps too sensitive. Strong, sudden thoughts caught her by surprise, and evil minds were unbearable to enter. Her worst moment was when she was asked to enter the mind of Chameleon to try and establish a commnications link, but found his Durlan mind too alien to stand for a long period of time. After this, she found that her courage was in question, and felt pressured to prove herself by shutting down the mind of the similarly alien Composite Man, an act which drove her mad.

After spending some time in the hospital with no improvement, despite the attemps of her instructor from the Titan Institute, she was brought back to reality by Garth Ranzz, Live Wire, who was in love with her and for whom she had developed some attraction as well. She helped defeat the White Triangle Daxamite attack, and since then has discovered that her time insane had caused her mind to develop a greater resistance of foreign thoughts. This proved handy when she managed to detect the intrusion of the spectral Apparition on her mind's space while she and the rest of the Legionnaires were under the spell of the Emerald Eye of Ekron and allowed her to break free and stay free of it, rallying some of the others to her cause. She was blown backward through time to the twentieth century when Violet gave the Eye a command to turn back time. While stranded there, she became romantically involved with Cosmic Boy, and gained greater self-awareness, thanks to encounters with Network and Doctor Psycho. She was able to bring Cosmic Boy out of a coma that Doctor Psycho had placed him in, and afterward, the two of them became engaged to marry. However, on their wedding day, it was discovered that Saturn Girl had actually unconsciously used her telepathic powers to animate his body, due to a deep-rooted need for structure in her life, a fact that came to light when her mind rebelled against the marriage due to her true love for Live Wire. After she returned to the thirtieth century, she confronted Aven over the mental blocks that he had placed in her mind which were destroyed by Doctor Psycho, and, while swearing that he had done it for her own good, promised to be more open about his involvement in her development. She has also begun to actively cultivate her romance with Live Wire. More, recently, she accepted the position of Legion leader when Invisible Kid resigned it, but her leadership decision to post Live Wire and herself on seperate Legion teams has caused friction between the two. Eventually, though, she relented to more frequent visits to Earth by Live Wire, and accepted a proposal to marry him.

Following the Blight's attack on Earth, Saturn Girl became one of ten Legionnaires who disappeared into a rift in space. She became the de facto leader of the group, and subtly used her mental powers to keep the team's despair under control, to the extent of even creating an illusory "Apparition" who would keep Ultra Boy calm, and in whom the rest of the Legionnaires unknowingly confided. This blew up in her face when she attempted to delve into the depths of Umbra's mind and found Umbra's fears too much for her mind to handle. This rendered her unconscious, and, aided by a planet nearby which had psychoactive crystals in its atmosphere, she subconsciously created an illusion of other Legionnaires coming to rescue them. When Saturn Girl's powers had to be temporarily shut down in order to repair the damage to Umbra's and her mind, the illusions of the rescuing Legionnaires and of Apparition vanished... along with any trust that the Legionnaires had placed in her. Due to this, she handed over the reins of leadership to Live Wire, with whom her relationship was already on the rocks due to her ignoring him during her leadership stint. When they were confronted by their former teammate, Element Lad, now the genocidal Progenitor, Saturn Girl used her powers to enter his mind, but found him too strong for her to completely conquer, due to his billions of years of complete mental control. Nonetheless, she made him lose concentration on his task of keeping the Omniphagos imprisoned, which set up Element Lad's defeat. She was rendered unconscious during the fight, and she remained in that state while Live Wire sacrificed himself to stop Element Lad and the Omniphagos once and for all, enabling her and the other surviving Legionnaires to go home.

After her return from the Second Galaxy, Imra decided to return home for some healing telepathic therapy. Imra didn't realize that she'd arrived home just as her evil cousin, Vidar was taking over the entire moon. (#19) Imra's traveling companion, Dreamer, sensed this evil and was instrumental in

NOTES: Olivier Coipel on Saturn Girl: Saturn Girl is too stiff, like Cosmic boy, and she is too polished, too perfect: not a fun girl at all!" —Comic Book Resources

Legion 3: Earth-Prime

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Imra Ardeen comes from a race of telepath's and like all her race is mute due to vocal atrophy. She was involved with the founding of the Legion and is romantically involved with Lightning Lad. She is somewhat withdrawn and aloof to most members except Lightning Lad. Her mother is a member of the U.P. Council.

The Legionnaires fear that Supergirl will become a danger if she doesn't accept reality, so they subdue her with kryptonite and take her to Kandor, which now resides on the planet, Rokyn. There Saturn Girl senses the presence of Mon-El in the Phantom Zone. the Wanderers plan to steal the Phantom Zone projector. (#23) The Wanderers fail to take the projector. On Earth, Phantom Girl and Saturn Girl merge to enter the Phantom Zone and speak to Mon-El. He tries to warn them of the Wanderers' pending attack — which they do by the dozens. (#24)

Supergirl, Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad clash with Evolvo-Lad (Sev Tcheru) in the Gobi Rainforest. (#35) Saturn Girl returns to headquarters and enters Brainy's mind while he's sleeping. She discovers that Dream Girl lives on in his mind. Brainy admits to having manipulated everyone into clearing Cosmic Boy's name, framing Mekt, saving E.R.G.-1 and boosting Timber Wolf's powers. (#36)

In the Orando embassy, Sydne Ardeen warns Projectra to behave. She goes on to steal a bracelet from a jewelry store. On Triton, Saturn Girl is forced to use her powers against Timber Wolf's rage. (#39) Lightning Lad is forced to discipline both Saturn Girl and Timber Wolf for the incident on Triton. (#40)

Saturn Girl leads a team to Rimbor, after the alien destroyers. (#42)

Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl call it quits. (#46)

Saturn Girl has no vocal chords; Colossal Boy is from a race of giants who shrink. (#15)

Other Media

Saturn Girl was a prominent member in TV's Legion of Super-Heroes cartoon.

Get ready to LOL! This rarity was the only card from the 1966 Topps Foldee set (of 44) that featured a Legionnaire! Pork Chops the Legionnaire? Preposterous! Read more about Foldees.

+ Powers

Saturn Girl has the natural telepathic abilities of all Titanians, and her powers are among the most powerful on Titan. Several times, the strain of using this power has resulted in poor judgment and a retreat from reality.

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