A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments - Day 357

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the moments posted so far!

I'm beginning my Christmas/Winter Present to you folks this week, by featuring one reader requested cool moment this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. There were so many e-mails (and most of them quite heartfelt requests) that I felt that randomly choosing three was the best way to go, so I used a random number generator to get the three choices.

Today, we get a moment requested by Matthew involving the last storyline of the first Paul Levitz/Keith Giffen Legion of Superheroes run...

Okay, in 1984, along with another popular title, New Teen Titans, DC Comics launched a new Legion of Super-Heroes title by the popular creative team of Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen. This initial story was the last one that Levitz and Giffen worked on in their initial run together on the title (Giffen would return to the book for a short run with Levitz later on that would lead into Giffen's own run on the book), and it involved the Legion of Super-Villains invading Orando, the homeworld of Princess Projectra (who was married to her fellow Legionnaire, Karate Kid).

The villains were led by Nemesis Kid, a former Legionnaire who had joined the Legion to spy for the Khunds. He joined the Legion along with Karate Kid and Projectra, so they had a distinct connection to him.

Nemesis Kid's power was that he would automatically develop whatever he needed to be the perfect nemesis for any one person. If he fought Superboy, he would develop super-strength as well, to match Superboy. If he fought Karate Kid, he would develop equal martial arts skill.

This was bad news for Karate Kid, who had a bad altercation with Nemesis Kid in Legion of Super-Heroes #4 (by this time, Steve Lightle was penciling the book after extremely rough Giffen breakdowns - practically more like "suggestions" than even breakdowns). Dying, Karate Kid figured he would help stop the invasion of Orando before he died.

So in the next issue, Princess Projectra is, well, not pleased with Nemesis Kid...

Striking work by Levitz, Giffen and Lightle.

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