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Supergirl’s Shocking First Meeting With the Legion

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Supergirl’s Shocking First Meeting With the Legion

In every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without actively retconnng away the previous story. Feel free to e-mail me at brianc@cbr.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

This is a tricky one, since it’s PRETTY much a retcon, but a retcon that no one ever actually SAID was a retcon, so for now, I’m including it here (but I could be convinced to just call this Abandoned an’ Forsaked instead). It was suggested by reader Joe O.

It all begins with “Action Comics” #267, in a story by Jerry Siegel and Jim Mooney, when Siegel brings back his creation from the previous year, the Legion of Super-Heroes, in basically the same story as the introduction of the Legion of Superheroes, only with Supergirl now in place of Superboy.

But here’s the shocking twist…Siegel decided that THIS Legion was a whole OTHER Legion, namely the Legion of the CHILDREN of the original Legion!!!

The fascinating thing, then, about this is that Siegel then expands the roster of the Legion for the first time, but the team he is expanding is not the “real” Legion, but rather their replacements!

The other interesting thing is that THIS is how we first met Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy and Invisible Kid! Anyhow, Supergirl manages to win entry into the Legion, but before it is official, she ends up being transformed into an adult and thus ineligible to be a member of the team.

Okay, so then there’s another appearance of the original Legion (well, Lightning Lad) in an issue of Supergirl.

THEN the interesting part. Otto Binder and George Papp do a story in “Adventure Comics” #282 introducing Star Boy to Superboy and look which Legion that Star Boy is a part of – it’s the Supergirl Legion (note that Papp just pretty much re-uses Mooney’s panel of the Legion conference table – you’ll see that again).

That doesn’t necessarily prove anything, as we don’t see Superboy interact with the rest of the Legion, so maybe Star Boy just came from the further future.

The next Legion story is another Siegel/Mooney tale from “Action Comics” #276, where the Legion give Supergirl another shot. First off, they try to trick her again, with Saturn Girl wearing a mask to disguise herself. Never mind that SHE IS WEARING THE SAME EXACT OUTFIT SHE WORE BEFORE AND IS ONLY DISGUISING LITERALLY JUST HER FACE, so Supergirl would have to be a moron not to recognize her.

Anyhow, Supergirl tries out for the Legion again, and this time, she succeeds in joining the team, along with another applicant, Brainiac 5 (it’s fascinating that almost all of the classic members of the Legion of Super-Heroes outside the original three members debuted in Supergirl stories, not Superboy stories)….

Then the kicker, “Adventure Comics” #290 (by Jerry Siegel, Curt Swan and John Forte) has Superboy interacting with the SUPERGIRL Legion…

thereby confirming that their Legions are one and the same and the whole “we’re the sons and daughters of the original Legion” part of the story was just abandoned, although I don’t believe it was ever specifically retconned. Perhaps, though, we can just chalk it up to them messing with her head again for little to no reason?

Thanks to Joe for the suggestion! If anyone else has a suggestion of an interesting abandoned comic book plot, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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