Magnetic Kid II
Created by Edmond Hamilton & John Forte
NAME + ALIASES:
Pol Krinn of Braal
Hu (father), Ewa (mother, deceased), Rokk Krinn (Cosmic Boy, brother)
Legion Academy, Legion of Super-Heroes
Adventure Comics #335 (Aug. 1965)
As Magnetic Kid: Legion of Super-Heroes v.2 #304 (Oct. 1983)
It's hard being a younger brother. It's even harder living up to an older brother like Rokk Krinn — former magno-ball champion and Legion founder, Cosmic Boy. Despite his brother's impressive legacy, Pol Krinn followed in Rokk's footsteps as a champion magno-ball player. But he had no intention of following in his brother's super-heroic footsteps. This changed after the tragic death of their mother, when the Krinns' home on Earth was destroyed in a terrorist act called fireballing. (Legion v.2 #297)
When Pol recovered from his burns, he enrolled in the Legion Academy to learn how to use his power to save lives. He applied for Legion membership once and was rejected (Legion v.2 #304), but was accepted upon his second tryout. (Legion v.3 #14)This came just after his brother Cosmic Boy decided to resign from the team. (#12)
After he was sworn in as a full-fledged Legionnaire, Pol often suffered from an inferiority complex. He felt like he was being compared to his legendary brother, and that everything he did was inadequate in some way. During the "Magic Wars," the Archmage required the sacrifice of a life in exchange for admission to the Sorcerers' Planet Zerox. Magnetic Kid saw the chance to do distinguish himself — by dying in the line of duty. Over his teammates' protests, Pol defeated the Archmage with his sacrifice.
When the Magic Wars were won, Magnetic Kid's remains were found and buried with full honors on Shanghalla. He was further memorialized by Rokk and his wife Lydda, who named their newborn son after Pol.
In original Legion continuity, the first Magnetic Kid was a spy who infiltrated the Legion in Adventure Comics #337 (Oct. 1965). There was also Magno Lad, a Legion reject who became a member of the Legion of Super-Villains.
Pol Krinn has appeared in both the Earth-247 and Earth-Prime universes. In both, he was still young and never took to costumed adventuring. On Earth-247, however, Pol did follow in his brother's footsteps as a magno-ball champion. In that same universe, a boy named Dyrk Magz of Braal became the Legionnaire called Magno.
Magnetic Kid possessed the same innate ability as all people of his race. Natives of the planet Braal evolved the ability to produce magnetic force that can affect ferrous compounds. As a hero, Magnetic Kid used this ability offensively, to manipulate projectiles and control the movement and shape of objects, and he can fly under his own power.
» FEATURED APPEARANCES:
- Adventure Comics #335, 356, 357
- Crisis on Infinite Earths #10
- Legion of Super-Heroes v.3 #296, 297, 304, Annual #1, 2
- Legion of Super-Heroes v.4 #44-46
- Superboy & the Legion of Super-Heroes #236
- Superboy v.1 #173
- Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes #316
- Who's Who in the Legion of Super-Heroes #4
- Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #14
- Legion of Super-Heroes v.3, 63 issues (1984–94)