Invisible Kid

Lyle Norg

Created by Jerry Siegel and Jim Mooney
 

Two Legionnaires have gone by the name "Invisible Kid." The original was Lyle Norg, one of the first Legionnaires introduced, in Action Comics #267 (Aug. 1960). He became a legendary hero and served with distinction, but suffered an early death at the hands of Validus (Superboy #203, July/Aug. 1974).

Years after that, in Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 2 Annual #1 (1982), Jacques Foccart gained Lyle's super-powers and became the new Invisible Kid. In some latter incarnations of the Legion (in comics and animation), Invisible Kid has been the Jacques version.

NAME + ALIASES:
Lyle Norg of Earth

KNOWN RELATIVES:
Unnamed parents

GROUP AFFILIATIONS:
Legion of Super-Heroes

FIRST APPEARANCE:
Action Comics #267 (Aug. 1960)
SW6 version: Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 4 #24 (Dec. 1991)

Original Invisible Kid

Lyle Norg perfects his invisibility serum. From Superboy #176 (July 1971); by E. Nelson Bridwell and George Tuska.
Lyle's revised costume combines the original with that of the Reboot Invisible Kid. From Legion: Secret Origin #3 (2012); art by Chris Batista and Marc Deering.
Invisible Kid on his first day as Legion leader. From Adventure Comics #348 (Sept. 1966); by Jim Shooter and George Papp.
Invisible Kid finds love in a ghostly place, with Myla. From Superboy #203 (July/Aug. 1974); by Cary Bates and Mike Grell.
Invisible Kid defeats Validus at the same time as he is crushed to death. From Superboy #203 (July/Aug. 1974); by Cary Bates and Mike Grell.
Bona fide clones of Ferro Lad and Invisible Kid travel to Smallville. From Superboy #206 (Jan./Feb. 1975); by Cary Bates and Mike Grell.
Jacques Foccart encounters the Dream Demon, masquerading as Lyle Norg. From Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 2 #299 (May 1983); by Paul Levitz, Keith Giffen and Larry Mahlstedt.
Profile picture from Who's Who #11 (Jan. 1986); art by Curt Swan and Al Gordon.

Lyle Norg was a boy genius who earned a degree in biochemistry from Metropolis University at age twelve. He was employed by a number of laboratories while working privately on a pet project: a serum to make himself invisible. After a few years, he succeeded. He used Element 271 to make his sweat glands produce a compound that rendered him invisible to the human eye. The formula was closely tailored to Lyle's own physiology and could produce a fatal allergic reaction in others. (Superboy vol. 1 #176, Legion vol. 3 #17) Note: Invisible Kid's real name was first revealed in Superman Annual #4 (1961). His parents first appeared in Adventure #356 (1967; they were never named).

He first encountered the newly formed Legion of Super-Heroes via their benefactor, R.J. Brande, who hired Lyle as his bodyguard. An invisible protector was a wise move — Lyle stopped a gunman. (Legion: Secret Origin #3)

Very soon after this, Lyle decided to play a practical joke on the Legion (which had five members), hiding in their clubhouse invisibly and making it seem haunted. After the prank was exposed, he was inducted together with Colossal Boy and Chameleon Boy. Invisible Kid's intelligence was regarded as second only to Brainiac 5's, and his stealth as valuable as Chameleon Boy's. Lyle was humbled by this chance to challenge himself, (Legion: Secret Origin #4) and the Legionnaires recognized his worth by electing him as the fourth Legion leader. (Adventure Comics #348)

At the request of Jimmy Olsen, Invisible Kid, Cosmic Boy and Saturn Girl visited the 20th century and imbued Superman with their powers after Superman had temporarily lost his own. (Superman #172)

Lyle became the mentor to the young Condo Arlik, a boy whose elemental powers also led him to study science. Lyle adapted the chemistry of his own serum to help Condo control his powers and enrolled him in the Legion Academy, as Chemical King. (Secret Origins #47)

Lyle and Condo became best friends and teamed up on missions. In an eerie predictor of their fates, they defeated a member of the Taurus Gang with the unseen aid of a mysterious force — the ghost of the fallen Ferro Lad. (Legion vol. 3 #59) Invisible Kid and Chemical King also teamed to defeat the "Invisible Invader," a thief who had duplicated Invisible Kid's invisibility formula. (Superboy vol. 1 #176)

At some point, Lyle discovered that using his powers made him sensitive to the existence of some "invisible realm." There he met and became infatuated with a woman named Myla. He believed that he was passing over to her world when he became invisible, but she was actually a ghost. When the monster Validus attacked Legion headquarters, Lyle found the way to stop the monster. But just as he succeeded, Validus crushed Invisible Kid to death. He was buried with honors on Shanghalla. There the Legionnaires were surprised by a visit from Myla herself. She promised to accompany Lyle's spirit in the afterlife. (Superboy vol. 1 #203)

A.D.

At this point in the 30th century, humanoid cloning had not been perfected, but it didn't stop Brainiac 5 from trying. The Legion kept a bank of their members' cell tissue, and Brainy succeeded in creating clones of both Invisible Kid and Ferro Lad. He, Mon-El and Saturn Girl sent these clones on a mission to meet Superboy in Smallville. Despite the success, these clones were stable for only 48 hours and their bodies exploded upon returning to the 30th century. (Superboy vol. 1 #206)

Lyle's invisibility serum was safeguarded by Brainiac 5, and years later used in an emergency by the young Jacques Foccart. Jacques survived the ingestion of the potentially fatal potion and joined the Legion as Invisible Kid II. (Legion vol. 2 Annual #1)

Soon after his transformation, Jacques experienced some side effects of the invisibility powers. It was perhaps similar to Lyle's meeting with Myla; in a moment of panic, Jacques teleported into another dimension. There he met a person appearing to be Lyle Norg! (Legion vol. 2 #299) This "Lyle" managed to come to Earth (#310), but he was exposed as the Dream Demon, the master of that dimension. After defeating the creature, Jacques and Wildfire lit an eternal flame on Shanghalla as a tribute to Lyle. (#316–317)

Glorith Reality: The Batch SW6 Invisible Kid (III)

The Invisible Kid from Chamber SW6 steps back into his leadership role. From Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 4 #25 (Jan. 1992); by Tom Bierbaum, Mary Bierbaum, Dusty Abell and Brad Vancata.
The SW6 Invisible Kid is reunited with his parents. From Legion of Super-Heroes #41 (1992); by Tom Bierbaum, Mary Bierbaum, Stuart Immonen and Ron Boyd.

In the Legion's earlier days, the Time Trapper had created duplicates of the Legionnaires and stored them in suspended animation below Metropolis. These so-called Batch SW6 Legionnaires were true duplicates of the originals — and included the original Invisible Kid. (Legion vol. 4 #24)

The teen Legionnaires were unearthed by a geological upheaval, reestablished themselves on Earth, and operated simultaneously with their adult counterparts. Lyle's peers chose to continue with him as their leader (as he was around the time they were cloned). (#25) This Lyle was unexpectedly reunited with his parents, who were understandably shocked to see their son alive again after more than a decade. (#41)

He adopted a new black uniform, in remembrance of three Legionnaires who died while executing Lyle's orders. (Legionnaires #1)

Invisible Kid was a gifted scientist who helped Rond Vidar investigate disturbances in the timestream. Their attempts to fix time were unsuccessful and the SW6 Invisible Kid vanished during Zero Hour. (Legion vol. 4 #61)

Notes

Tom and Mary Bierbaum on Invisible Kid: "Extremely intelligent, quiet, possibly gay. Very much prefers to quietly blend into the ranks, but is also very capable of asserting himself as a leader when called upon."

Tom Bierbaum on Invisible Kid (Lyle): "Based on implications of Robert Fleming's excellent Secret Origin of Chemical King (#47), we lean toward Invisible Kid being gay, but I don't think we ever had the reason or opportunity to even hint much at that." —It's OK I'm a Senator

Powers

Invisible Kid produces a chemical on his skin that renders him undetectable on any electromagnetic wavelength. However, he can be "found" by infrared or olfactory sensors.

Appearances + References

» FEATURED APPEARANCES:  

  • Action Comics #267, 309
  • Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 3 #31, 59
  • Superboy vol. 1 #147, 176, 190, 200–203
  • Superman vol. 1 #156, 172
  • Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #100

» SERIES:

  • Adventure Comics #300–380 (1962–69)
  • Action Comics, #378–392 (1969–70)
  • Legion: Secret Origin, 6-issue limited series (2011–12)

 

NAME + ALIASES:
Lyle Norg of Earth

KNOWN RELATIVES:
Unnamed parents

GROUP AFFILIATIONS:
Legion of Super-Heroes

FIRST APPEARANCE:
Legionnaires #0 (Oct. 1994)

Legion Reboot: Invisible Kid IV

Lyle invents his serum but his brother Jacques declines. From Legionnaires #66 (Dec. 1998); by KC Carlson, Mike Collins and John Stokes.
Invisible Kid ultimately invents the Legion flight rings. From Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 4 #64 (Jan. 1995); by Tom McCraw, Mark Waid, Lee Moder and Ron Boyd.
Invisible Kid and the "Subs." From Legion Worlds #3 (Aug. 2001); by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Paul Rivoche.
Brainiac 5 in a moment of unrestrained emotion. From The Legion #27 (Jan. 2004); by Dan Abnett, Lanning, Chris Batista and Chip Wallace.

Lyle Norg was the son of career diplomats who were often absent. He grew up mostly in the home of the Foccart family, where he became best friends with their son, Jacques. Lyle was a boy genius; under the guidance of Mrs. Foccart, a chemist, he too developed a passion for chemistry. By the age of ten he was a millionaire from his inventions.

After he created a miracle serum that enabled his body to turn invisible, he and Jacques were invited by Earth's President Chu to join the espionage agency called Black Hole. Jacques was apparently killed when another agent, Mara Grace, forced him to drink Lyle's invisibility serum. When the Legion of Super-Heroes was formed, Lyle was tapped to represent Earth in the organization. (Legionnaires #66)

Code named Invisible Kid, Lyle became a great asset to the Legion from the outset. He was the only Legionnaire who could speak Durlan, thus communicate with Chameleon. Aside from his invisibility, his scientific genius helped saved the Legion on Planet Hell, and he invented the Legion flight rings from a metal the was discarded by Brainiac 5. (Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 4 #64, Legionnaires #23)

With his spy experience, he formed the Legion Espionage Squad with Legionnaires whose powers were sometimes considered inferior. (#28) These things led to his peers to elect Invisible Kid as Legion leader after Cosmic Boy and six others became stranded in the 20th century. (#45)

When the lost Legionnaires returned Cosmic Boy asked Lyle to continue as Legion leader (Legion vol. 4 #100), but he was also ready to cede the post. Shortly afterward, Invisible Kid resigned as leader and appointed his deputy, Saturn Girl, to the post. He gave only cryptic reasons for his decision, but that day he received a note reading: "Can't wait to see you! —C." (Legionnaires #59) This person was never identified.

Notes: In the Legion Chat on AOL on 29 July 1999, artist Jeff Moy confirmed that Invisible Kid was intended to be gay, and that his friend, "C," was reporter Condo Arlik (Chemical King in original Legion continuity). He said, "It wouldn't have been a big deal for Lyle to out himself; his teammates would have been comfortable." Lyle and Condo met face-to-face in Legionnaires #65 (Oct. 1998), but it was a completely platonic interview.

Invisible Kid crossed paths with his old friend Mara, who became a crime lord called Charma. Lyle barely managed to defeat her … he was certain that he had been aided that day by Jacques Foccart (and he was right). Jacques had survied after gaining invisibility powers, and continued to work covertly. He never revealing himself to Lyle. (#66)

After a devastating galactic battle with the Blight, the Legion was disbanded. (Legion vol. 4 #125) Invisible Kid joined with Cosmic Boy and several others to form the "Subs" (the Legion Subterfuge Team). They seized a Braalian ship and head for Earth. (Legion Worlds #3)

Lyle had little time for a romantic life, but once, Brainiac 5 kissed him briefly on the cheek. Neither seemed to mind it; it was an honest, impulsive, friendly expression. (The Legion #27)

Lyle was one of the first to notice that the Legion's very existence was endangered. During a team up with the Teen Titans, he detected a force (Superboy Prime) "pounding against reality." Just after this, his Legion was lost in Limbo and their universe ceased to exist. (Titans/Legion Special)

Powers

Invisible Kid can make his body invisible to visual forms of perception. During his time with the Black Hole organization, he became an accomplished hand-to-hand combatant. He is a genius level inventor and chemist.

Appearances + References

» FEATURED APPEARANCES:  

  • Teen Titans/Legion Special #1

» SERIES:

  • Legionnaires, 81 issues (1993–2000)
  • Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 4, #0, 62–125 (1994–2000)
  • Legion: Lost, 12-issue maxi-series (2000–01)
  • Teen Titans/Legion: Universe Ablaze, 4-issue limited series (2000)
  • Legion Worlds, 6-issue limited series (2001)
  • The Legion, 38 issues (2001–2004)
  • Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds, 5-issue limited series (2008-09)

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NAME + ALIASES:
Lyle Norg of Earth

KNOWN RELATIVES:
Lon and Ryna Norg (parents)

GROUP AFFILIATIONS:
Legion of Super-Heroes

FIRST APPEARANCE:
Teen Titans/Legion Special (2004)

Threeboot: Invisible Kid V

Lyle Norg, boy genius. From Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 5 #4 (2005); art by Leonard Kirk and Mick Gray.
Invisible Kid mourns for Giselle on Titan. From Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #37 (Feb. 2008); by Jim Shooter, Francis Manapul and John Livesay.

Lyle Norg was the Legion's youngest member and a genius in xenochemistry. His father Lon, a Science Police commander, would often bring Lyle alien tissue samples to experiment upon. At about the time that Lyle invented an invisibility serum, he also realized that his father had been using him for precisely that reason. To prevent his father from using the serum for the Science Police, Lyle ingested it and destroyed his records. Lon locked Lyle away, but it didn't stop the boy from contacting Brainiac 5. When Brainy saw Lyle's potential, he invited him to join the Legion of Super-Heroes. (Legion vol. 5 #4) His code name was coined by Light Lass. (#1)

At some point before joining the Legion, Lyle also invented the Legion's flight rings using an alloy of Nth Metal called Valorium. Because this metal was so rare, only select super-heroes were awarded rings. These teens comprised the core group of Legionnaires. Legion flight rings protected the wearer from the elements, accelerated healing, and increased the wearers' strength. They could also be made with special adaptations for a Legionnaire's unique powers. (#41)

When Lyle joined, the Legion did not know that his father was a Science Police chief. Many S.P.'s hated the Legion and Lon Norg was a detractor of the group. Cosmic Boy ordered Lyle to smooth things over; Invisible Kid gave his father sample of his blood: for the Science Police to (try to) reverse engineer his invisibility formula. Father and son parted ways but Lyle had secretly encoded his blood sample with a monitoring virus, which the Legion could track. (#4)

Invisible Kid was a great help in defeating Lemnos and Terror Firma, urging the Legion to concentrate their efforts on three key worlds. (#11)

Later he sacrificed some of his physical self, when the Dominators blew his arm off. The Wanderer called Kromak helped to heal him. For a time, he sported an alien arm as a temporary replacement. (#27)

While Lyle was not the most popular among his fellow Legionnaires, he received a fair number of votes from Legionnaires at-large in the Legion's next leadership election. (#30)

Invisible Kid was the first to reach out to a potential new Legionnaire named Giselle, a Tritonian girl whom he had a crush on. (#37, 40)

Powers

Invisible Kid can render his body invisible to organic and technological sensors.

Appearances + References

» FEATURED APPEARANCES:  

  • The Brave and the Bold vol. 3 #4-5
  • Teen Titans/Legion Special #1

» SERIES:

  • Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 5, 50 issues (2005–09)

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