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Five Goofiest Moments in the Legion Feature in Adventure Comics #305-309

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Every day this month will have the five goofiest moment from a five-issue stretch of a particular comic book run. Once a week it will be the ten goofiest moments of a ten-issue stretch. Here is a list of the moments featured so far.

Today we’re looking at the next five Legion of Super-Heroes features in Adventure Comics #305-309. These five tales were written by Jerry Siegel (#305) and Edmond Hamilton (#306-309) and drawn by John Forte (pencils and inks).

As always, this is all in good fun. I don’t mean any of this as a serious criticism of the comics in question. Not only were these writers certainly never imagining people still reading these comics decades after they were written, great comics often have goofy moments (Kirby/Lee’s Fantastic Four is one of the best comic book runs of all-time and there were TONS of goofy stuff in those 100 plus issues!).

HONORABLE MENTIONS

In #305, we see that the Legion might want to do a better job separating their statues..


In memoriam…in honor of…Sun Boy.

Later in #305, Cosmic Boy is obsessed with finding fault in the newest applicant for the Legion…


“He’s super strong? He must be a robot!”

In #307, Invisible Kid doesn’t come off as the brightest Legionnaire in the world…


Hey, on the bright side, at least he’s not Bouncing Boy!

In #306, you have to love the ultra-realistic sounding dialogue from these criminals…


In #308, I chuckled at this bad guy’s dialogue, as well….


“How did you get a ray gun? It’s fantastic!”

What do you think he meant by that? The ray gun was good?

In #305, I just enjoyed that they feel the need to label their space monitor as such…


In #308, Sun Boy is covering for Lightning Lad, who appears to have lost his powers upon his seeming return to life (we’ll get to that later on). I’ll admit, it is childish….


but “that shaft of brilliance looks odd to me” made me laugh.

By the way, note Sun Boy’s thought balloon. It will be “important” later on…

In #309, the Legion fight a rejected applicant who can control any sort of creature. You have to love how his father thought to make his son a better animal trainer….


We all know Bouncing Boy is incompentent, but in #309, he takes that incompetence to a whole other level. All he has to do – repeat, his ONLY DUTY – is to stay by the Legion ship and not be seen, as the Legion is following the animal trainer guy (who now has created a Legion of Monsters that follow his commands) and is trying to do without him knowing it. So what does he do?



Unbelievable!!!

5. Sticks and stones, Mon-El, sticks and stones…

In #305, Mon-El is finally cured of his lead poisoning, so he can finally be free of the Phantom Zone forever. However, to the surprise of his Legion teammates, he wants to go back into the Zone….for quite a strange reason…



It is not so much that I BLAME him as much as it is just hilarious. “Let me go back so I can talk some trash to those jerks.”

4. Some effed up irony…

In #309, the Legion prepare for a final battle with the Monster Master, who is recruiting new monsters for his Legion of Monters…



The Legion ultimately decides that the best strategy (for some reason) is for one of them to go at it alone with the Monster Master. After a controversial drawing (see #3), the “winner” is Bouncing Boy, looking to atone his earlier stupidity…


This leads to a hilariously screwed up piece of irony in an abrupt ending to the tale…


YIKES! Hardcore, Edmond Hamilton, hardcore!!

3. The Legion of Super-Sexists…

In that above strategy session from #309, Brainiac Five points out…


You have to love that she is apparently totally cool with that (which is weird, since in #304, she went out of her way to try to sacrifice herself for the rest of the team).

2. The useless mystery…

In #307, we meet a new Legionnaire…



The thing is, his powers being a mystery to his fellow Legionnaires NEVER BECOMES A PLOT POINT!

It is true that he wants to hide from Roxxas (until he can surrender himself)…


but there was no benefit to be gained from him not telling his fellow Legionnaires. The plot went NOWHERE. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it was a fun bit making the readers guess what his powers were, but there was no reason for it in the story.

Reader Ben points out that they also claim at the end of the story that his powers will REMAIN a mystery, even though he’s named Element Lad!


This makes a little more sense, as Jan was worried about people knowing about his powers (because other evil people might want to use his powers for evil), but as Ben notes, the plot point was basically dropped right away.

1. Nowhere would be a step up…

However cheesy that was, the plot in #308 makes Jan’s mystery plan seem downright logical.

Okay, so Lightning Lad appears to come back to life…


Cosmic Boy wonders if perhaps his powers did not come back with him…



Sun Boy, though, goes out of his way to cover for Lightning Lad.


That’s one example, but note the one I showed you above (the one about the shaft of brilliance). Note how Sun Boy keeps thinking “him,” how he is helping “him.”

Well, later in the issue, “Lightning Lad” DOES have powers…but “he” isn’t Lightning Lad!!



So here’s all of the things that’s wrong with this plot…

1. How insane is it to take the place of your brother’s corpse to pretend to be him returned to life? The Legion should be throwing her into an institution, not giving her membership in their team!

2. Sun Boy claims that he knew all along, but he was clearly thinking “him” all issue long, not “her.”

3. It is bizarre for her to look EXACTLY like Lightning Lad, especially since they then draw her face looking different in the last two panels (as Lightning Lad and as herself). Her nose, in particular, is totally different.

4. They never explain why she couldn’t/wouldn’t use her powers until the very end of the story.

It just a hilarious mixture of inanity!