Legion of Superheroes – History

For those of you who don’t know one of my many passions is comic books, and comic book history. One of my favorite things about gaining that knowledge is summarizing it and making it available to the people who want to get into comics but don’t have a ton of free time to dive back into decades and decades of comic books. I had a whole series for a while that I just recently restarted so here we are talking about the Legion of Superheroes.


A very popular comic book team brought to us by DC comics was first introduced in Adventure Comics #247 in 1958. The Legion of Superheroes has gone through possibly more reboots and retcons than any individual character but its original iteration was based around Superboy, who was Superman when he was a teenager. He had met lightening boy, Saturn girl and cosmic boy. These three had formed a superhero club using Superboy as inspiration and they time traveled to recruit him as a member. As the team gained attention lightning boy was changed to lightning lad. They then were granted more stories in Adventure Comics and alluded to more heroes in this Legion including; Invisible Kid, Sun Boy, Bouncing Boy, Phantom Girl, Shrinking Violet and a few others.

If you want to know more about my Saturn Girl comment, here is the podcast episode that chronicles her specific history and how I feel about it.

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