LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES

Honorary Legion Members

The "Super Stalag" Heroes + Dev-Em + Insect Queen + Kid Psycho + Mentalla+ Pete Ross

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This page covers super-heroes who were awarded Honorary membership in the Legion.

Blockade Boy I Pland Lad Weight Wizard

The "Super Stalag" Heroes • Allies

» FIRST APPEARANCE: Adventure Comics #344 (May 1966)

Plant Lad (top left), from Adventure Comics #344 (1966). Top right: Weight Wizard (top right) and Blockade Boy (bottom), from Adventure Comics #345 (1966); art by Curt Swan and George Klein.

This doomed trio of super-heroes were prisoners of Nardo in the Super-Stalag of Space. They met the Legion when they were also captured. Plant Lad (Noyt Echad of Simballi) could assume the shape of any plant form; he was the first to fall, killed for resisting Nardo's guards. (Adventure #344)

Blockade Boy (Phyl Staad of Amadus) had the power to turn himself into a steel wall. He was also inspired by the Legion's heroics and sacrificed himself to save Matter-Eater Lad. Weight Wizard had the ability to alter his weight anywhere between one ounce to 1,000 tons. He operated as one of Nardo's spies and betrayed the Legion. Afterwards, he felt guilty and reformed, but it didn't save him. He was also succumbed to killer flowers while running from Nardo's men. (Adventure #345)

Also among this group's number was Shadow Kid (Grev Mallor of Talok VIII), who was later revealed to be the cousin of Shadow Lass. He had no speaking parts in this story, but was identified by name.

NOTE: There was a second Blockade Boy, who was actually the Super-Pet, Proty, in disguise. (Adventure #364)

Dev-Em

Dev-Em is caught by the Legion. From Adventure #320 (1964); Art by Curt Swan and George Klein.
The White Witch merges Dev-Em with his Dark Circle clones. From Tales of the Legion #325 (1986); art by Dan Jurgens and Karl Kesel.
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Name: Dev-Em of Krypton

First appearance: Adventure Comics #287 (June 1961)

Some text courtesy of Wikipedia

Dev-Em, "the Knave from Krypton," was a troublemaker from Krypton who also escaped its destruction. In his first appearance, we learned that he had taken Jor-El's warnings to heart and placed himself in suspended animation in an orbiting space capsule. When the planet Krypton exploded, Dev-Em's ship was blasted into space, where it eventually landed on Earth. There Dev-Em imprisoned Superboy in the Phantom Zone and assumed his identity in an effort to destroy the Boy of Steel's reputation. Eventually he freed Superboy and departed for travels through time. (Adventure #287-288)

The Legion met the miscreant Kryptonian when he broke into their headquarters. After Superboy filled the Legionnaires in about their history, he threatened to turn Dev-Em over to the Interstellar Counter-Intelligence Corps. As it happened, Dev-Em informed them that he had actually reformed and was now working for the I.C.C. He'd come to Legion headquarters as part of his mission to infiltrate Molock the Merciless's Cosmic Spy League. The commander of the I.C.C. confirmed his claim and then asked Superboy to lead the mission. He disguised himself as Dev-Em and met Molock, who pulled out some gold kryptonite. To his surprise, the attack didn't work, and Superboy turned Molock over to the I.C.C. At Legion headquarters, Dev-Em reveals that he had known about the gold Kryptonite and told Proty II, who tagged along and substituted himself for the gold Kryptonite. Dev-Em was then invited to join the Legion, but he refused, opting to stay with the I.C.C. (Adventure #320)

After a member of the Dark Circle, Ontiir, was captured, the Science Police designed a covert operation in collaboration with the Interstellar Counter-Intelligence Corps to spy on their operations. Dev-Em was assigned as the agent, but he was captured immediately, and cloned into an army of super-powerful soldiers. (Tales of the Legion #322-323) Science Police officer Gigi Cusimano, contacted the Legion after being attacked by one of Dev-Em's clones, and alerted the Legion. Further investigation uncovered an entire world populated by clones of the five Dark Circle leaders. The White Witch used a spell to re-unite Dev-Em and his clones, but the Circle teleported away. (#324-325) Dev-Em reappeared, still on their trail, later during the Legion's membership drive. He led several applicants to capture a stray clone of Ontiir. (Legion v.3 #14)

Post-Crisis

In post-Crisis times, Superman was removed from Legion lore. Dev-Em was recast then as a native of Titan. Then after further continuity changes in Legion v.4, he became a Daxamite (like Mon-El).

At first, Dev-Em was said to be David Emery, an Earthling born of Titanian parents. His psychic powers were so strong that he could change reality with a thought, and he made himself into a Kryptonian and managed to convince Superboy and Mon-El of that history. (Who's Who in the Legion #1) Note: This version of Dev-Em never appeared in any comic story.

Glorith Reality (Legion v.4)

After the "Glorith Reality" reboot in Legion of Super-Heroes v.4 #5 (1990), the character of Dev-Em became a Daxamite. Now instead of Superboy, he had a 20th century history with Valor (previously Mon-El). He had been transported to the 30th century to cure him of lead poisoning.

After Glorith destroyed Daxam, Dev-Em went mad and was confined by the Interstellar Counter-Intelligence Corps on their safe world, Drake VI. He escaped and went on a rampage on Earth's moon. There, a time-tossed Superman helped the Legion stop Dev-Em. In the melee, one of the Linear Men destroyed the moon and triggered the Dominators' "Triple-Strike" program. Mass destruction ensued Earth's defensive systems are taken off-line. Medicus One is destroyed, killing all aboard, including Doctor Gym'll. #Circadia Senius# is killed in an explosion caused by a crashing lunar fragment. The final part of Triple-Strike, the detonation of fusion powerspheres around the globe, triggers reactions in humans possessing the metagene, including Dirk Morgna (once Sun Boy), whose power causes him to burn himself up, and Devlin O'Ryan, whose power begins to manifest. The young Legionnaires of Batch SW6 are freed from their chambers. (Adventures of Superman #478, Legion v.4 #19)

He next surfaced as a captive of Leland McCauley, alongside Chameleon Boy and R.J. Brande. Dev-Em escaped on his own. (Legion v.4 #39) This was his last significant appearance, save for a cameo during Zero Hour. He was shown battling Valor and Laurel Gand on Daxam amid the time fluctuations. During this, he was "replaced" by the Dev-Em from original continuity. (Legion v.4 #57)

Elastic Lad

HONORARY MEMBER

Granted honorary Legion membership: Jimmy Olsen #72 (Oct. 1963)

» SEE: Elastic Lad Jimmy Olsen

Insect Queen

Insect Queen infests Smallville. From Superboy #124 (1965); art by George Papp.
HONORARY MEMBER

Name: Lana Lang of 20th Century Earth

First appearance, as Lana: Superboy v.1 #10 (Oct. 1950).
As Insect Queen:
Superboy v.1 #124 (Oct. 1965)

Granted honorary membership: Adventure Comics #355 (Apr. 1967)

In current continuity, Lana Lang did not become Insect Queen while Clark Kent was young. This mythos has, however, been reprised with the current adult Lana Lang of Earth-0.

When a true alien "Insect Queen" came to Earth looking for Luthor, she found Lana Lang presiding over Lexcorp instead. The Queen kidnapped Lana and took her form. (Superman #671) Lana escaped and freed other captives while the Queen captured Superman himself using her "midges" to exert control over his mind. (#672) Lana was able to talk him out of his trance and the Queen was rendered into suspended animation. (#673)

Afterwards, Lana became progressively more ill and was admitted to the hospital. (Supergirl #40-41) Lana then "died" in the hospital and was entombed in a cocoon. (#49) She emerged infected, as the Insect Queen herself. With some help from Supergirl, she was apparently freed of it, but their relationship was left strained. (#50)

Note: There is an alien "insect queen" in the DC Universe, the Queen Bee, Zazzala of Korll, who has clashed with the Justice League several times. (Justice League of America #23, 60, 132, JLA #34)

Kid Psycho

Kid Psycho's lament. From Superboy #125 (1965); art by George Papp.
Kid Psycho profile picture from Who's Who in the Legion of Super-Heroes #3 (1988); art by Ty Templeton.
HONORARY MEMBER

Name: Gnill Opral of Hajor (deceased)

First appearance, becomes reservist: Superboy v.1 #125 (Dec. 1965)

Death: Crisis on Infinite Earths #3 (June 1985)

After his astronaut parents were irradiated by a space creature, Gnill Opral of Hajor was born with an oversized brain which had the capacity for psychic powers. As soon as he discovered this, he became the hero of his home planet, but he was off-planet on a goodwill tour when a rogue asteroid wiped out Hajor's entire population. After some time mourning, he went to Earth, where he tried out for the Legion of Super-Heroes. The Legionnaires discovered something he didn't know, though: every time he used his powers, he shortened his own life. He was politely rejected, but he couldn't understand why, until he made a personal appeal to Superboy, who found a way to break the news to him. The Legionnaires, to compensate for the bad news, elected to make him an honorary Legionnaire, and promised to call upon his services if they should ever be dire enough to warrant the risk of his life. (Superboy v.1 #125) Kid Psycho was satisfied with this, and he remained on friendly terms with the Legionnaires, being invited to such affairs as the wedding of Bouncing Boy and Duo Damsel (#200) and the Legion's anniversary celebration. (Legion v.2 #300)

His only real call to action, however, would be his last. In the first great "Crisis," Kid Psycho was engulfed by an anti-matter wave while defending London with one of his force-fields. (Crisis #3) He was memorialized with a monument on Shanghalla. (Legion v.2 #18)

Glorith Reality (Legion v.4)

In Glorith Reality continuity, there was a second Kid Psycho who appeared on New Earth to cause trouble for the SW6 Legionnaires.

Mentalla

Name: Delya Castil of Titan (deceased)

First appearance: Legion of Super-Heroes v.3 #14 (Sept. 1985)

Death: Legion of Super-Heroes v.3 #26 (Sept. 1986)

After receiving the maximum training available on Titan, young Delya Castil decided to pursue membership in the Legion of Super-Heroes. Her timing was good, as Saturn Girl had resigned, and the Legion was scouting for new members. Her special ability to mentally control or inhibit others' motor systems made her finalist in the selection process. But when she was passed over in favor of Tellus, Delya was dispappointed and a bit angry. (Legion v.3 #14)

She half-heartedly joined the Legion Academy but secretly hatched a plan of her own. She was inspired by Bouncing Boy's tale—how he'd gained acceptance into the Legion by sheer determination—and decided to tackle a villain on her own.

Mentalla quickly found herself in over her head after infiltrating the new Fatal Five. She fooled the Emerald Empress long enough, but the Empress killed Mentalla at the first sign of betrayal. Mentalla's last act did allow the Legionnaires to defeat the Fatal Five, however. Her heroism was rewarded with a statue in the Legion's Hall of Heroes. (#24-26)

Pete Ross

HONORARY MEMBER

Name: Peter Ross

First appearance: Superboy v.1 #86 (Jan. 1961)

Granted honorary Legion membership: Superboy v.1 #98 (July 1962)

Pete Ross was Clark Kent's best friend, in Smallville in the 20th century. (Superboy v.1 #86) Pete soon learned that Clark Kent was secretly Superboy, but did not inform his friend of his discovery. (Superboy v.1 #90) In fact, Clark would not find out that Pete learned his secret identity until they were adults. (DC Comics Presents #13)

Honorary Legionnaire Pete Ross particpates in a contest to determine the Legion leader. From Adventure Comics #323 (1964); art by Sheldon Moldoff.

Pete also met the Legion of Super-Heroes. His first encounter was with Ultra Boy, who'd been sent to the 20th century as his test for Legion membership. He and the Legion's mentor, Marla Latham attempted to uncover Superboy's secret identity. Later, Ultra Boy and Marla made Pete an honorary Legionnaire as a reward for being Superboy's loyal friend. (Superboy v.1 #100) Pete also visited the Legion in the 30th century and participated in a contest to determine the new Legion leader. (Adventure Comics #323)

He and Lana Lang (who was also awarded honorary membership, as Insect Queen), were captured by the evil Mordru, along with a group of Legionnaires who came to the 20th century to escape the magician. Mordru put them on "trial" but they ultimately escaped with the help of Dream Girl and the White Witch. (Adventure #370)

After Clark moved to Metropolis, Pete married and had a son, Jon Ross. (Action Comics #457) Their friendship was tested to the breaking point when Jon was kidnapped by the warlike alien Nyrvnian race. The Legion then came to persuade Superman not to rescue the boy because he and the Nyrvnians were destined to one day help Earth repel an invasion from another galaxy. When Superman failed to return with Jon, his friendship with Pete was destroyed. (Superman also learned at this time that Pete Ross knew his secret identity.) (DC Comics Presents #13)

Post-Crisis

After the Crisis on Infinite Earths, it was said that Superboy had come from a "Pocket Universe" created by the Time Trapper. Outside this universe, Superman's history was completely rewritten so that he had never been Superboy. But in the Pocket, life went on as usual. The Legion eventually discovered this anomaly, which led them and Superman to investigate it. (Legion v.3 #37-38) By this time, the Pocket Universe Superboy was under the thumb of the Time Trapper and Pete Ross warned the Legionnaires to flee and avoid him. (Superman v.2 #8)

Ultimately Superboy could not bring himself to do the Trapper's bidding and kill his friends. He turned on the Trapper and in their clash, he suffered fatal injuries. Clark died and was buried in the 30th century. (Legion v.3 #38, 49)

Life went on in the Pocket Universe, and Superboy's friends reached adulthood. When the Pocket Universe was besieged by three Kryptonian villains from the Phantom Zone (General Zod, Quex-Ul, and Zaora), Superboy's former arch foe Lex Luthor created a protoplasmic lifeform called "Matrix." He fashioned her in the likeness of Lana Lang, outfitted her with a costume reminiscent of Superboy's, and dubbed her Supergirl. Pete Ross had recalled the Superman of another universe, and so Luthor sent this Supergirl to try to find him. (Adventures of Superman #444)

Superman and Supergirl returned too late to save the Pocket Universe; the three villains wiped out all remaining life on Earth, including Pete and Lex. Supergirl was blasted back to protoplasmic form and into the mainstream universe. Superman used Gold Kryptonite to strip the three villains of their powers, then executed them with a piece of Green Kryptonite. (Superman v.2 #22)

In post-Crisis continuity, Pete Ross was never aware of Clark Kent's aleter ego. He eventually married Lana Lang and became the Vice President of the United States, under Lex Luthor.

Proty II

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