The Legion of Super-Villains

Created by Jerry Siegel and Curt Swan
From Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #1 (2008); art by George Pérez and Scott Koblish.

» FIRST APPEARANCE:
Adult: Superman v.1 #147 (Aug. 1961)
Teen/canonical: Adventure Comics #372 (Sept. 1968)

History

See things from Superman's perspective: from his life in the 20th/21st century, he continually encounters strange visitors from the distant future. (Adventure #247) One time it's three teens; the next time he meets those teens they're dressed differently. (Adventure #267) Later in life he meets adult versions of those teens — who are evil. (Superman #147) Easy enough to explain.

Then after fighting a cosmic Crisis he forgets these people, and meets strangers called "Brainiac 5" and "Blok"; again later the group's founders. (Adventures of Superman #476) After the next crisis in time (the "Zero Hour"), these founders were much younger, and one was now called "Live Wire." (Legion v.4 #85) What would one conclude? Either that the future is constantly changing in response to current events, and/or there are multiple realities. In the Legion's case, both are true.

There are two distinct Legions of Super-Villains. The first was composed of adult villains who are now considered to have come from an "alternate reality," or parallel Earth. The membership of the second group was mostly teenagers (like the Legion itself) and existed within the "official," or canonical original Legion timeline.

The "alternate" LSV made all of their appearances in a series of stories dubbed the "Adult Legion." They first appeared in Superman #147 (1961) and sporadically through 1967. These adventures all took place in Superman's time, not Superboy's. It's safe to say that this Legion of Super-Villains came from a parallel universe, and were thus eliminated by the Crisis on Infinite Earths (though the adult Saturn Queen survived this event).

The reason this adult LSV is considered noncanonical is that the stories depicted events in the Legion's future that never did come true, or seemed unlikely to occur as Legion history unfolded. For example, the Adult stories wrongly predicted that Light Lass and Timber Wolf would marry; that Quantum Queen would become a Legionnaire; and that the Legionnaires would all change their names to "Man" or "Woman." Then again some Adult Legion predictions did come true: the marriages of Cosmic "Man" to Night Girl and the deaths of Chemical King and Reflecto.

A large group of villains also opposed the 20th century L.E.G.I.O.N., but were never named "Super-Villains," per se. » SEE: L.E.G.I.O.N.s of Super-Villains

The Adult Legion of Super-Villains

The Super-Villains reveal their motivations. From Superman #147 (1961); art by Curt Swan and Sheldon Moldoff.

The adult Legion of Super-Villains was seemingly formed a decade after the Legion of Super-Heroes began. By this time, the teen heroes had grown to adulthood. The LSV's founders mirrored the Legion's own:

  • Cosmic King was an alchemist and inventor who discovered a ray that would transmute elements. He accidentally stumbled into the ray's path and was imbued with this ability himself! Instead of lauding him, his planets governors cast him out because transmutation was considered evil.
  • Lightning Lord, the brother of Lightning Lad, shared the same super-origin as his twin siblings. On the planet Korbal, they were attacked by lightning beasts and left them with the power to wield lightning themselves.
  • And Saturn Queen grew tired of the idyllic crime-free life on Saturn. She ventured out in search of adventure and quickly settled into a life of crime with the LSV. Like all on Titan, she had formidable telepathic abilities.

They were defeated with the timely intervention of the adult Legion of Super-Heroes: Cosmic Man, Lightning Man and Saturn Woman. Note: The Super-Villains' first appearance in print, Superman #147 (Aug. 1961), was also the Adult Legion's first appearance.

The Super-Villains with Echo and Beauty Blaze! From Adventure Comics #355 (1967); art by Curt Swan and George Klein.
Chameleon Chief and Sun Emperor replace Saturn Queen. From Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #63 (1962); art by Curt Swan and George Klein.
The Super-Villains come to gawk at history. From Action Comics #583 (1986); art by Curt Swan and Kurt Schaffenberger.

Their first 30th century caper involved the manipulation of Douglas Nolan, the twin brother of the deceased Legionnaire, Ferro Lad. Nolan, who was under the mental domination of the Villains, attacked on their behalf. When the adult Legion and Superman freed Nolan of this control, the villains retreated to plot again. (Adventure #354) They returned with reinforcements — the mysterious Echo and fiery Beauty Blaze. This team of five was quite formidable, but the Legionnaires were rescued by benevolent 30th-century descendants of Lex Luthor and Mr. Mxyzptlk. (Adventure #355) Note: Legion v.2 #300 (1983) paid homage to these stories by returning to the teen Douglas Nolan, showing his glimpses of possible futures.

The Villains ultimately concluded that they were doomed to failure against the adult Legion of Super-Heroes, and took their crimes into other points in time. Their subsequent campaigns mostly included attempts to conquer the 20th century, during the time of Superman.

In Superboy's time, the young Lex Luthor once speculated that "if a Legion of Super-Heroes will exist centuries from now... then a Legion of Super-Villains probably exists in the future, too!" He vowed to one day contact them to help him destroy Superboy. (Superboy v.1 #86) A decade later he eventually succeeded. After Superboy had become Superman, and Luthor had grown into his biggest enemy, Luthor succeeded in contacting the three original Villains, who agreed to help Luthor with a plan to defeat Superman.

But Superman called in his own reinforcements: the adult Legion of Super-Heroes. Superman won this battle by cueing into something that Saturn Woman said: that her life of crime had begun only after she left Titan. Superman took a guess and moved some of the debris from Saturn's rings to Earth. Eve was miraculously rid of her evil urges, and turned on her teammates. She vowed to return to Saturn and reform. (Superman v.1 #147) NOTES: The Super-Villains in this case told Luthor that they were from the 21st century, but then Lightning Lord went on to say he was Lightning Lad's brother. The LSV made their next appearance in one of Superman's dreams. (Action #286) There were even a few early LSH appearances in which they claimed they were from the 21st century. (Action #287)

Without Saturn Queen, the remaining Villains filled out their ranks with two new members: Chameleon Chief and Sun Emperor. This time they were defeated by Supergirl, with help from Jimmy Olsen. (Jimmy Olsen #63) The next time they returned, Lex Luthor and Brainiac worked with the LSV to attempt to brainwash Jimmy into killing Superman. (Jimmy Olsen #87) Note: Curiously, Saturn Queen appears again with the group in this tale.

Many years later, as Superman's greatest foes converged on him, the adult Legion of Super-Villains appeared on the scene to watch; they fled when they realized they may be injured. (Action #583) Note: This was Superman's final pre-Crisis storyline, but was billed as an "Imaginary Story." The Superman from this imaginary timeline also appeared in the story arc from Superman/Batman #14-18 (below).

Why were the Legion of Super-Villains so persistent in their attempts to invade the 20th century, despite their repeated failure? Perhaps it was because during the so-called "Crisis on Infinite Earths," they got a glimpse of their own fate. When the Anti-Monitor's antimatter wave swept across the multiverse, all time periods collapsed on top of one another and the LSV found themselves battling alongside the 20th century's Lex Luthor and Brainiac in an army of super-villains. (Crisis #9) Surely this must have been an eye-opening experience for Lightning Lord and Cosmic King. They witnessed the fragility and near destruction of their own timeline from ground zero itself. As a result, did they redouble their efforts?

The Post-Crisis Adult LSV

The Legion of Super-Parents. From Superman/Batman #14 (2005); art by Carlos Pacheco and Jesús Merino.
The LSV doubles down with the help of Ra's al Ghul. From Superman/Batman #17 (2005); art by Carlos Pacheco and Jesús Merino.
Saturn Queen explains how she and Ultraman of Earth-Three survived the Crises. From Supergirl v.5 #8 (2006); art by Ron Adrian and Norm Rapmund.

Whatever the motivation, the Villains' final plan was specifically designed to ensure the survival of their own timeline. To this end, the adult Legion of Super-Villains made one last trip to the distant past. Somehow they had concluded that in order for their own timeline to survive, they would need to dramatically alter past events. This time Lightning Lord and Cosmic King brought Saturn Queen back into the fold and traveled to the 20th century — to murder the parents of Batman and Superman and raise the heroes as their own. (Superman/Batman #14)

The LSV raised Superman and Batman as their children. They also sabotaged and murdered those who were destined to become Earth’s other major heroes — Hal Jordan, Aquaman, Barry Allen, Martian Manhunter. While the parents remained mostly in their moon-based home, their mighty sons subjugated the Earth completely. Their reign was eventually challenged by Princess Diana and a band of Freedom Fighters. Diana slayed Batman, and was slain in turn by Superman. Batman's death set the LSV's carefully executed time-tinkering into a spin. (#15)

Following this new change to the timestream, Superman and Batman began reliving their deaths throughout numerous realities. They learned that the only way to stop the time fluctuations was to restore the damage at the source: at the Super-Villains' initial departure from the 31st century.

When the Villains returned to their future to devise a new ploy, they found that the absence of a Batman in the timeline had resulted in Ra's al Ghul's global domination. The LSV allied with Ra's and also summoned their past members Echo and Beauty Blaze to help defend against the return of their "sons." (#17) Superman and Batman were victorious and returned the villains to their proper time—at a moment before their initial departure. There they also met the adult Legion of Super-Heroes, who were waiting to take the LSV into custody.

After the heroes had left, the villains' worst fears became reality. Superman and Batman had succeeded in cementing their own timeline — one which did not lead to the LSV's. As a result of Superman and Batman's efforts, the adult Legion of Super-Villains' timeline gave way to the antimatter wave of the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" and ceased to exist. (#18)

Ever resourceful, Saturn Queen somehow managed to also survive the elimination of her timeline by the Crisis and Infinite Crisis. Like very few others, she slipped through the cracks; she wound up in the shrunken city of Kandor. There she teamed with another cosmic survivor, Ultraman of Earth-3, to take over the city. They found themselves in conflict with Supergirl, to whom Saturn Queen gave information about the fate of her Kryptonian home, Argo City. (Supergirl v.5 #6-8)

Adult Legion of Super-Villains: List of Members

Within the scope of the original adult LSV stories (1961–67), none of its members' real names were ever revealed.

Name (Aliases) 1st app. Final Status
Cosmic King Superman v.1 #147 (Aug. 1961) From an indefinite timeline; status unknown
Lightning Lord
Saturn Queen Pre-New 52: Active in the 21st Century "Kandor"
Chameleon Chief Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #63 (Sept. 1962) From an indefinite timeline; status unknown
Sun Emperor
Beauty Blaze Adventure #355 (Apr. 1967)
Echo

The Canonical/Teen LSV (and Its Kin)

The duplicitous Dynamo Boy sends the Legion of Super-Villains off on a nefarious mission. From Adventure Comics #331 (1965); art by Jim Mooney.
Colossal Boy goes undercover and joins Tarik the Mute's new Legion of Super-Villains. From Adventure Comics #372 (1968); art by Jim Mooney.

The first appearance of the canonical Legion of Super-Villains was Adventure Comics #331 (1965). But it featured the same familiar trio of villains … so why was this appearance different? It was the first time they appeared in a story involving the mainstream teen Legion of Super-Heroes — all previous LSV appearances had taken place in the Legion's future (Superman's time).

Lightning Lord, Cosmic King and Saturn Queen came from "a few years in the Legion's future" pretending to have reformed. They hoped to take advantage of the fact that Vorm, the Dynamo-Boy — a boy space-pirate — had conned his way into the Legion. Dynamo Boy had engineered the expulsion of all other members and named himself leader. (Adventure #330) To fill out the ranks of his new Legion, he was screening potential new members when the Super-Villains arrived. Their partnership with Dynamo-Boy was fruitful — too fruitful. They grew jealous of Vorm's success and accolades among his pirate-people, and plotted to betray him. They tricked him into a space ship and stranded him a trillion years into the future. But with Vorm gone, the Legionnaires returned in full-force and sent the Villains packing back to their own era. (Adventure #331) This was the canonical Legion's only meeting with Super-Villains from the future.

Not long after this, the Legion first met the teen version of the Legion of Super-Villains. These villains were organized by a man called Tarik the Mute. Benno Tarik had been the victim of a stray bullet fired by the Science Police. The bullet left him without a larynx, and embittered towards law enforcement. He formed a school for super-villains and recruited young applicants in much the same fashion as the Legion. When he and his LSV kidnapped Colossal Boy's parents, the Legion sent several members, including its brand new recruits Chemical King and Timber Wolf, undercover to take Tarik down. Among Tarik's recruits were several Legion rejects and other terrible enemies: Lightning Lord, Nemesis Kid (a rogue Legionnaire himself), Radiation Roy, Ron-Karr, and Spider Girl. (Adventure #372)

After this, Lightning Lord took command of the Super-Villains and recruited the teen Chameleon Chief and Sun Emperor (in addition to Nemesis Kid, Spider Girl and Radiation Roy). (Superboy #208) They were handily defeated. Lightning Lord continued to resurface over the years, (Superboy #172, Legion v.2 #241, 302) but the LSV laid dormant for quite some time.

The Super Rejects

The Rejects: Calorie Queen, Chameleon Kid, Esper Lass, Magno Lad and Phantom Lad. From Superboy v.1 #212 (1975); art by Mike Grell.
Among the League of Super-Assassins, an unlikely Legionnaire. From the left: Blok, Lazon, Neutrax, Mist Master, Titania and Silver Slasher. From Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #254 (1979); art by Mike Grell.

That same year, a similar group called the Legion of Super-Rejects rose to challenge the Legion. The Rejects were also made up of heroes who'd been turned down for Legion membership. This group of six in particular were rejected because they all duplicated the powers of existing Legionnaires. (Superboy #212) Some of these applicants (Esper Lass, Magno Lad and Micro Lad) were so incensed that they later turned to crime and joined the Legion of Super-Villains. (Legion v.3 #1) Calorie Queen (Taryn Loy of Bismoll) went on to a more productive career, (Legion v.4 #10) and Chameleon Kid (Toog Lintens of Durla) and Phantom Lad (Solon Darga of Bgtzl) were never heard from again.

The League of Super-Assassins

The League of Super-Assassins was formed by disgruntled teens from the planet Dryad. These teens were manipulated by the Dark Man into believing that the Legion was responsible for the destruction of their homeworld several years earlier. The League—Blok, Lazon, Mist Master, Neutrax, Silver Slasher and Titania—swiftly took out some of the most powerful Legionnaires. (Superboy & the Legion #253) They were defeated by Brainiac 5 and the Legion of Substitute-Heroes. (#254) Blok went on to repent and even join the Legion! But even though the League learned that Legion was innocent, the others chose the path of evil and later joined the Legion of Super-Villains under Nemesis Kid.

A Super-Sized LSV

Calling the roll of the new LSV. From Legion of Super-Heroes v.3 #2 (1984); art by Keith Giffen and Larry Mahlstedt.
All-out war near Orando! From Legion of Super-Heroes v.3 #3 (1984); art by Steve Lightle and Larry Mahlstedt.

When at last they returned, the Legion of Super-Villains boasted a membership that finally rivaled the Legion in strength and number. Nemesis Kid led them; his second-in-command was Lightning Lord, with many other past members rejoining them. New to the LSV were foes from the Super-Rejects and the League of Super-Assassins.

The LSV freed the rogue Daxamite, Ol-Vir, from Takron-Galtos; they allied with terrorists Zymyr and Terrus; they recruited the Legion's old foes, the Hunter II and Tyr (Legion v.3 #1); and Nemesis Kid found a promising new ally in Cosmic King of Venus (his first appearance as a young man). (#2)

Dream Girl foresaw this epic clash — and the death of a Legionnaire. (#1) But before she could really warn her fellow Legionnaires, the LSV struck hard and fast. They chose the planet Orando for their staging grounds and captured its resident Legionnaires, Queen Projectra and Karate Kid. From there, they began stealing key items from around the galaxy. Earth's polymer shield was erected around Orando instead, and various power sources helped them to move the planet into another dimension. (#2-3)

Meanwhile, the Legion had its hands full with a full-scale attack by LSV members freed from the prison planet, Takron-Galtos. But Lightning Lord created his own Achilles heel when he captured and electrocuted his sister, Light Lass. Instead of killing her, the attack restored her original lightning powers and she freed herself and the other captive Legionnaires on Orando. Karate Kid was mortally wounded when he battled Nemesis Kid; he sacrificed his life to destroy the Super-Villains' dimension-warping equipment. (#4) In revenge, Projectra killed Nemesis Kid as well. Without their leader and their technology, the LSV was soon defeated. (#5)

List of Members

Name (Aliases) 1st app. LSV Affiliation Final Status
 Lightning Lord (Mekt Ranzz of Winath) From future: Adventure #331 (Apr. 1965); in-continuity: Superboy #147 (May 1968) Adventure #331, 372, Superboy #208, Legion v.3 #1–5, Legion of Three Worlds #1–6 Active
Nemesis Kid (Hart Druiter of Myar) Adventure #346 (July 1966) Adventure #372, Superboy #208, Legion v.3 #1-5 Killed by Projectra, Legion v.3 #5 (Dec. 1984)
Radiation Roy (Roy Travich of Earth) Adventure #320 (May 1964) Adventure #372, Superboy #208, Legion v.3 #1-5 Active
Ron-Karr of Neptune Adventure #314 (Nov. 1963) Adventure #372, Legion v.3 #1-5 Active
Spider Girl (Sussa Paka of Earth) Adventure #323 (Aug. 1964) Adventure #372, Superboy #208, Legion v.3 #1-5 Active
Tarik the Mute (Benno Tarik of Earth) Adventure #372 (Sept. 1968) Adventure #372 Deceased Best of DC Digest #24 (Aug. 1982)
Chameleon Chief (Jall Tennuz) Superboy #208 (Apr. 1975) Superboy #208, Legion v.3 #1-5 Active
Sun Emperor (Nigal Douglous of Earth) Superboy #208, Legion v.3 #1-5 Active
LEGION OF SUPER-REJECTS
Esper Lass (Meta Ulnoor of Titan) Superboy #212 (Oct. 1975) Legion v.3 #1-5 Status unknown
Magno Lad (Kort Grezz of Braal) Status unknown
Micro Lad (Lalo Muldroon of Imsk) Killed by Akka, Legion of Super-Villains #1 (May 2011)
LEAGUE OF SUPER-ASSASSINS
Lazon (Chey-Nu of Dryad) Superboy and the Legion #253 (Sept. 1979) Legion v.3 #1–5 Active
Mist Master (Yer Sti-Tuan of Dryad) Active
Neutrax (Wi Kan Muur of Dryad) Active
Silver Slasher (Ki-Lan of Dryad) Active
Titania (Titania of Dryad) Active
LSV under Nemesis Kid
Cosmic King (Laevar Bolto of Venus) From future: Adventure #331 (Apr. 1965); in-continuity: Legion v.3 #2 (Sept. 1984) Adventure #331, Legion v.3 #1–5, Legion of Three Worlds #1-6 Killed by Variable Lad, Adventure #529 (Oct. 2011)
Hunter II (Adam Orion of Simballi) Superboy #199 (Nov. 1973) Legion v.3 #1–5 Active
Ol-Vir of Daxam Legion v.2 #294 (Dec. 1982) Active
Terrus Legion v.3 #1 (Aug. 1984) Active
Tyr of Tyrraz Superboy #197 (Sept. 1973) Active
Zymyr of Gil'dishpan Legion v.3 #1 (Aug. 1984) Active
future member
Saturn Queen (Eve Ares of Titan) From future: Adventure #331 (Apr. 1965); in-continuity: Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #1 (Oct. 2008) Adventure #331, Legion of Three Worlds #1-6, Legion v.6 #12-16, Legion of Super-Villains #1 Active

Legion 1.5: The Post-Crisis Saturn Queen

In the timeline that began with Legion of Super-Heroes v.4 and leading up to the Legion's total reboot in Zero Hour (here referred to as Legion 1.5 continuity), there were no LSV appearances but key members were cast in unexpected roles. This period of Legion history is no longer a part of any extant continuity.

Tenzil Kem helps defeat Evillo and free Saturn Queen. From Legion of Super-Heroes v.4 #49 (1993); art by Darryl Banks and Pam Eklund.
Sussa Paka (Spider Girl) escapes from and vexes the Dominators on Earth. From Legion of Super-Heroes v.4 #27 (1992); art by Jason Pearson and Tony Harris.

The adult Legion of Super-Villains had always claimed they were from the Legion's future. And as it turns out, their existence as adults, visiting the younger Legion might have been very possible. At this point in Legion history, the now-older Lightning Lord and Cosmic King were purported to have coerced Eve Aries of Titan to join them as Saturn Queen and travel into the Legion's past.

Eve Aries was a member of the royal family of Titan. Her personal mission was to recover her family's Hypno-Stone (which was stolen by Universo). Eve hoped that an alliance with the Legion of Super-Villains would help her find the Stone. In her only documented adventure with the LSV, the three traveled back in time and joined with Dynamo-Boy to try to destroy the Legion. (Adventure #331, 2995: The Legion of Super-Heroes Sourcebook)

After their return, the Legion of Super-Villains came to an end. Its members found Earth increasingly under control of the alien Dominators. Mekt Ranzz was imprisoned again and began a successful regimen for criminal rehabilitation on Labyrinth. (Legion v.4 #10) Two years later, he was released and returned to live with his brother on Winath. He never returned to a life of crime. (#3)

Saturn Queen continued on her quest to restore the Hypno-Stone of Ouranos to her family on Titan. She learned that the stone had been stolen by the thief Magpie for Prince Evillo of Tartarus. But because of a disagreement, Magpie hid the stone from Evillo. (Legion v.4 #49) Eve traveled to Tartarus and became Prince Evillo's twelfth wife. As Queen, she had the resources needed to track down the Stone. While there, she also met the former Legionnaire, Tenzil Kem (Matter-Eater Lad). Tenzil was imprisoned by Evillo but escaped and ultimately destroyed his realm of darkness. (#14)

After this, Evillo's power was greatly curtailed and Eve finally found the Magpie's hiding place for the Hypno-Stone. But Evillo was watching. He snatched it from her hands and used it to enslave his world once again. Eve reached out mentally for Tenzil's aid again, and he helped her to overthrow Evillo for good. (Legion v.4 #49) Back on Titan, Eve's family was on the brink of losing the throne. For her to resume her position, she would have to marry immediately. For better or worse, she chose Tenzil as her husband. (#50)

During this period of Legion publishing history, only a few former LSV members were seen:

  • The Hunter was hired by the Dominion to find R.J. Brande. (Legion v.4 #33)
  • Lightning Lord was reformed and reunited with his family on Winath. (Legion v.4 #10)
  • Radiation Roy was captured by the Dominators. (Legion v.4 #27)
  • Ron-Karr joined up with the underground Subs, to fight the Dominators on Earth. (Legion v.4 #26)
  • Spider-Girl reformed and became romantically involved with Ultra Boy, and eventually joined the Legion itself. (Legion v.4 #27)

End of an Era

In 1994's Zero Hour, the Legion's history and timelines were completely wiped and "rebooted." (Legion of Super-Heroes v.4 #0) The post-Zero Hour period (1994–2004, here referred to as Legion 2) produced no new Super-Villains team. Some classic characters such as Lightning Lord, Spider Girl and Tyr were reintroduced, however.

Likewise, the Legion universe that was created after this one (here referred to as Legion 3) had no Legion of Super-Villains. This Legion's primary adversaries were led by Mekt Ranzz, and were called the Wanderers. (Supergirl and the Legion #25)

Infinite Crisis

In the Infinite Crisis (2005–2006), the DC multiverse was reestablished. The original Legion timeline was more-or-less restored as the Legion of the mainstream DC universe, existing on Earth-0. The events from the "Legion 1.5" era above are not a part of Earth-0 continuity; this put Saturn Queen back into play as a villain.

In the new multiverse there were now three Legions, each from different universes. The "Legion 2" team were left homeless — their universe was destroyed in the Infinite Crisis. And the "Legion 3" team were said to reside on Earth-Prime.

Final Crisis

From Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #2 (2008); art by George Pérez and Scott Koblish.

All three teams were brought together when the Time Trapper sent Superboy Prime to the 31st century, where he freed all of the inmates from the prison planet Takron-Galtos, then destroyed it. (Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #1)

Superboy led this new LSV to recruit Legion foes from across their history, including: Beauty Blaze, Black Mace, Dr. Regulus, Echo, Grimbor, Universo, and the members of the "Justice League" (Earth-Man, Golden Boy, Storm Boy, Tusker), and the Fatal Five (the Emerald Empress, Mano, the Persuader, Tharok, Validus). Superboy made his LSV wear rings bearing an 'S.' They killed the Legion ally Rond Vidar. NOTES: Before this appearance, Echo and Beauty Blaze had not appeared in mainstream DCU continuity. (#2)

More Legionnaires fell as Radiation Roy killed Myg (Karate Kid II), and Superboy Prime killed the Sun Boy of Earth-Prime, (#3) then Kinetix and Element Lad of Earth-Prime. Eventually the Time Trapper himself was revealed — as Superboy Prime! (#4)

The Legionnaires rallied at the End of Time, where they convinced the Time Trapper to confront his younger self. When they made contact, Prime was returned to his 21st century home, Earth-Prime. remainder of the Super-Villains were defeated by the timely intervention of Legion allies Connor Kent (Superboy) and Bart Allen (Impulse). The White Witch eliminated Mordru. (#5)

The Queen's Coronation: Legion v.5

Left to right: Immortus, Akka, Zymyr, Saturn Queen, Questor, Lightning Lord, Hunter, Sun Killer. From Legion of Super-Villains #1 (2011); art by Francis Portela.
The ancient Adversary imparts his will to Saturn Queen. From Legion of Super-Heroes v.6 #13 (2011); art by Yildiray Cinar and Jonathan Glapion.

The next iteration of the LSV came under the direction of Saturn Queen. She had emerged during the meeting of the three Legions, but without any details of her origins. When she resurfaced, it was returning to her homeworld, Titan, which was destroyed during a scientific inquiry at the Time Institute. (Legion v.6 #1) While there, she recalled her motivations; she had always found her people too "soft," and she distant from their peaceful society. She craved a destiny of dominion instead, using her great mental powers. At Titan, she surprised and overpowered several Legionnaires. (#2, Adventure Comics #527) NOTE: Outside Legion of Three Worlds, this is the first contemporary in-continuity appearance of Saturn Queen (not the "adult" version). Her given name, Eve Aries, was created in Legion v.4 #14 (Jan. 1991), but not referenced here. That version of Saturn Queen was never truly evil.

Legion reinforcements got the jump on Saturn Queen and she was captured. (#3) In her captivity, Saturn Queen was able to make contact with an ancient cosmic entity, which manifested as a blue-colored baby. Dyogene, the keeper of the Green Lantern Corpse legacy, sensed it and referred to it as the Adversary. The Legionnaires had encountered it just before this, when it struck and gravely injured Dawnstar. (Adventure Comics #521)

Sun Killer (Kodama of Earth) answered a telepathic summons and attempted to free Saturn Queen. Though the escape was unsuccessful, the Adversary imparted some power to Saturn Queen. (#522)

On the rebuilt Takron-Galtos, Saturn Queen managed to overcome her bonds and influence other inmates. She curated a group to plot a massive jailbreak. Her allies included Lightning Lord, the Hunter, Micro Lad and Zymyr, new recruits:

  • Akka, a martial arts expert from Sklar who killed Micro Lad for interrupting Saturn Queen
  • Immortus, and unknown person whose brain was preserved inside in Inertron armor that was constructed on Zuun. He reputedly came from Superman's time, and plotted his survival, eventually becoming indestructible, strong and fast with his armor
  • Questor of Colu was known to Brainiac 5, an outcast from his family
  • Earth's Kodama, the Sun Killer, who was a solar vampire and claimed to have "stole the heart of a star"
  • and Stegus of Saurius aided them on Rimbor

The Adversary's mission became that of the new LSV: to remake the universe by eliminating three "immortal worlds." They destroyed the Rock of Eternity (a center of faith) by having Zymyr teleport two planets to crush it from either side. (Legion of Super-Villains #1)

The Legion caught up to them on Rimbor, (#12) but the Adversary's power helped them persevere. (#13) He enabled the Hunter to find their next target, the secret world of wisdom, Utopia. It was protected by a mystical barrier and guarded by Master Kong (the ancient Confucius). (#14) There the Adversary grew to his fullest, and the Super-Villains tested the entire Legion's might by summoning more troops from Takron-Galtos. (#15)

Dyogene confronted the Adversary himself, and the Legion doubled down on their powers by granting them to their new member, Earth-Man. He forced the Adversary into retreat — at the expense of his own life. (#16)

List of Members

The list below includes only characters who had not previously been members of the LSV.

Name (Aliases) 1st app. LSV Affiliation Final Status
Legion OF Three Worlds
Superboy Prime (Clark Kent of Earth Prime) DC Comics Presents #87 (Nov. 1985) Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #1 Active
Storm Boy (Myke Chypurz) Adventure #301 (Oct. 1962) Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #2 Active
Golden Boy (Klint Stewirt) Adventure #331 (Apr. 1965) Active
Tusker (Horace Lafeaugh) Active
Dr. Zaxton Regulus Adventure #348 (Sept. 1966) Active
Universo Adventure #349 (Oct. 1966) Active
The Fatal Five: Emerald Empress, Mano, Persuader, Tharok, Validus Adventure #352 (Jan. 1967) Active
Beauty Blaze Adventure #355 (Apr. 1967) Active
Echo Active
Mordru Adventure #369 (June 1968) Active
Black Mace Adventure #374 (Nov. 1968) Active
Earth-Man (Kirt Niedrigh, Absorbency Boy) Superboy v.1 #218 (June 1976) Legion v.6 #16 (Oct. 2011)
Grimbor the Chainsman Superboy v.1 #221 (Nov. 1976) Active
Saturn Queen's LSV
The Adversary Adventure Comics #522 (Mar. 2011) Legion of Super-Villains #1 (May 2011), Legion v.6 #11–16 Active
Sun Killer (Kodama of Earth) Active
Akka of Sklar Legion of Super-Villains #1 (May 2011) Killed by Saturn Queen, Legion v.6 #14
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Light Speed Vanguard

Mekt Ranzz leads the Light Speed Vanguard. From Legion season 1, episode 9 (2007).

In 2006, on the Legion of Super-Heroes animated series, the villains who opposed our heroes were cleverly named the Light Speed Vanguard. The name's initials are an obvious homage to the LSV.

It was led by Lightning Lad's brother, Mekt Ranzz. When both siblings competed in the Intergalactic Games, Mekt tried unsuccessfully to sabotage his brother. (Legion of Super-Heroes S01.E05)

Mekt returned as the leader of a rival group of young heroes called the "Light Speed Vanguard." Now as Lightning Lord, he recruited Wave (Spider Girl), Ronn Karr, Esper, Tyr, and Hunter. Lightning Lad was actually impressed with the LSV's performance and joined them on a mission. Naturally, the brothers came to odds when Mekt demanded payment for the group's services. (S01.E08)

They returned once, without Lightning Lord, but alongside members of the Fatal Five. At this time Brainiac 5 referred to them as the "Legion of Super-Villains." (S02.E02)

Appearances + References

» FEATURED APPEARANCES:

Adult LSV:

  • Action Comics #583
  • Adventure Comics #331, 354–355
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths #9
  • Justice Society of America v.3 #4 (cameo)
  • Superman/Batman #14–18
  • Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #63, 87

Adult Saturn Queen:

  • Legion v.4 #14, 49, 50
  • Supergirl v.4 #7–8

Canonical LSV:

  • Adventure #372
  • Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #1–5
  • Legion v.3 #1–5
  • Legion v.6 #11–16
  • Superboy #208
   

» SERIES:

  • Legion of Super-Villains #1, one-shot (May 2011)