Name: Blood Claw of Khundia
First appearance: Legion of
Super-Heroes vol. 4 #44 (June 1993)
"Blood Claw II": Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 4 #57 (May 1994)
The boy who became Blood Claw was born somewhat misshapen, with a primitive look about him. Fortunately, his unusual build gave him super-strength. In time he gained stature as an accomplished warrior and was awarded allowed cybernetic enhancements — a high honor for a Khund soldier. He chose a pair of mechanical hands with sharp claws.
Blood Claw was one of four Khundish warriors selected to join forces with the Legion of Super-Heroes. The Khunds needed the Legion's help to stop Mordru's growing army of the undead. (Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 4 #44)
Blood Claw's metal claws proved to be a liability. When Mordru sent the corpses of dead Legionnaires to face the live ones, Blood Claw encountered the corpse of Magnetic Kid, which used its magnetic powers to make Blood Claw cut himself to death. (#45)
The next this group of Khunds met the Legionnaires, they were joined by a large cyborg brute who replaced Blood Claw (no mention was made of his name). (#57) He also bore cybernetic enhancements: a set of four metal arms. They were sent to kill Starfinger, who was supporting the United Planets. This warrior's arms did not fare well against Starfinger's protector, Starbright. (#58)
The character of Blood Claw has not reappeared in any other incarnation of the Legion.
Note: Tom Bierbaum described them on his website: "Bloodclaw and Firefist were intended to be examples of the overdone macho heroes of that day, and we felt we could kill them off with some impunity."