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Five Goofiest Moments in the Legion Feature in Adventure Comics #310-314

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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 #310-314. These five tales were written by Edmond Hamilton and drawn by John Forte (pencils and inks) for issues #310-312 and 314 and Curt Swan/George Klein for #313.

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 #313, the Legion faces a mysterious female villain. I love just how over the top her name is…


In #311…boy…Stone Boy is incompetent…


but he’s no match for your least favorite and mine, the staggering ineptitude that is Bouncing Boy…


“We need a place to hide the female Legionnaires so that they won’t be killed.” “That’s all well and good, but I think I’ll go bouncing!” “Dammit, you fool, this is a life or death situation!” “Wheeeeeeee!”

Exposition-bot-working-properly…


The combined absurdity of telepathically telling someone to die and Brainiac’s brilliant solution really gets me every time…


That is an awesome clock…


5. Legion of Distrust…

One of the things you have to love about the Legion is how easy they all turn on each other. “Saturn Girl is acting oddly – maybe she wants to kill us all?” “Mon-El is acting weird, I bet he wants Lightning Lad to stay dead because he’s jealous!”


4. Puppets are awesome!

In a comic where strange worlds are the norm, this one is still way too goofy to not stand out…


3. Oh, of COURSE, a lead suit painted to look just like her!

In #313, Supergirl can’t figure out how Satan Girl is not affected by Green Kryptonite when it appears as though she is a Kryptonian…


the answer is…well…less than excellent…


That’s practically Identity Crisis level of not playing fair with the readers!

2. John Dillinger’s press agent is good

In #314, a villain goes to get the three worst villains in the history of mankind. And his choices are somewhat odd…


Yes, John Dillinger is one of the worst villains in the history of mankind. Ooookay…

At least this comic gave us Hitler-Superboy…


That expression will haunt my soul.

1. Who cares if he kills us? You have to laugh at midgets!

A new bad guy (in the story that later inspired Alan Moore for Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow) attacks the Legion and is kicking their collective ass when suddenly…


I love the idea of people just laughing at the guy who is single-handedly tearing through the Legion because he’s short.