Comics Ate My Brain

July 31, 2009

I thought this was easy, but my answers are probably wrong

Filed under: legion, questions — Tom Bondurant @ 1:54 am
Kurt Busiek asks:

How many Legionnaires can you name who had letters on their costume?

Naturally, the ‘L’ on the flight ring doesn’t count.

I got five — or eight, depending on how technical you want to get.

Mark Waid got the same five, but agreed that those other three shouldn’t count.

Paul Levitz got four, with the same caveat.

James Robinson got five.

Tom Galloway came up with a sixth, but then, as I understand it, he was at the Challenge last year, so he’s had much more time to think about it. And I spurn his sixth name as a technicality anyway, while Mark grumbled that yeah, it’s a technicality but he should have gotten it anyway.

I can think of five, plus the “three who shouldn’t count” — but again, I am not really a Legion scholar, so I’m probably missing something:

1. Superboy
2. Supergirl
3. Phantom Girl
4. Element Lad
5. Ferro Lad

… and the “honorable mentions” would be Cosmic Boy, Lightning Boy, and Saturn Girl, whose codenames were written out on their costumes in their very first appearance.

Now off to Busiek.com’s forum to check my work!

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