The Legion Project 34: Forgotten Foe

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Presenting a joint podcast production with Peter from The Daily Rios podcast (where you can also listen and subscribe to The Legion Project), where we will discuss, issue by issue, the 1984 Legion of Super-Heroes (volume 3) series affectionately known as the “Baxter run”.

The Universo Project Chapter 3

“The imprisoned Legionnaires struggle to return to Earth, but the rest of the team has disbanded!”

Timestamps:
(00:45) Preamble and Legion animated news
(16:43) Legion of Super-Heroes #34 synopsis, cover discussion, and general thoughts
(38:07) Main discussion
(1:45:00) Legion appearance in the History of the DC Universe portfolio
(1:55:34) Feedback, wrap-up, and outro

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The Legion Project 33: Forgotten Planet

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Presenting a joint podcast production with Peter from The Daily Rios podcast (where you can also listen and subscribe to The Legion Project), where we will discuss, issue by issue, the 1984 Legion of Super-Heroes (volume 3) series affectionately known as the “Baxter run”.

The Universo Project Chapter 2

“Universo’s conquest continues as the galaxy falls under his hypnotic power!”

Timestamps:
(00:45) Preamble
(06:39) Legion of Super-Heroes #33 synopsis, general thoughts, and cover discussion
(28:59) Main discussion
(1:18:33) On Atmos, Universo, and other story thoughts
(2:00:04) Legion appearances in Who’s Who #26, Legends #5 and 6, and Booster Gold #15
(2:17:33) Looking at the first issue of the Legion of Super-Heroes Index
(2:28:15) Wrap-up and outro

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Intro theme: “Lost City” by RhoMusic

The Legion Project 32: Forgotten Heroes

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Presenting a joint podcast production with Peter from The Daily Rios podcast (where you can also listen and subscribe to The Legion Project), where we will discuss, issue by issue, the 1984 Legion of Super-Heroes (volume 3) series affectionately known as the “Baxter run”.

The Universo Project Chapter 1

“The Legionnaires are trapped on a world controlled by Universo and they don’t even know who they are!”

Timestamps:
(00:44) Preamble, more Anniversary talk, and Legion comic book news
(18:30) Legion of Super-Heroes #32 synopsis and cover discussion
(31:02) General thoughts, art comments, and main discussion
(2:02:12) Who’s Who 25 entries: Validus, the Wanderers, White Witch, and Wildfire.
(2:26:52) Legion related thoughts in Booster Gold #14
(2:34:18) Feedback, wrap-up, and outro

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Intro theme: “Lost City” by RhoMusic

The Legion Project 30: Brainy’s Lucky Day

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Presenting a joint podcast production with Peter from The Daily Rios podcast (where you can also listen and subscribe to The Legion Project), where we will discuss, issue by issue, the 1984 Legion of Super-Heroes (volume 3) series affectionately known as the “Baxter run”.

“Brainy’s lucky day turns out to be someone else’s worst!”

Timestamps:
(00:44) Preamble, a new contest, a possible Legion return, and more
(19:07) Legion of Super-Heroes #30 synopsis, talking about Brainiac Five, general thoughts, and the cover
(38:39) Main discussion
(1:37:45) Who’s Who #23 entries: Tellus, Tharok, Timber Wolf, and Time Trapper
(2:02:59) Legion appearances in Legends #3, Firestorm #55 and History of the DC Universe #1.
(2:23:49) Wrap-up and outro

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Intro theme: “Lost City” by RhoMusic

Spotlight on … Ultra Boy!

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Jo Nah of Rimbor, aka Ultra Boy, is one of my favorite Legionnaires, and one of my favorite all-around comic book characters. Yes, he’s a bit of a Superboy knockoff, although he is the third most powerful member of the LSH. But he’s different in that he can only call upon his Kryptonian-like powers one at a time! While not an entirely original powerset, I loved the limitation. He was powerful, yes, but he had to be smart about the application of his powers.

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I also love his uniform. Shown above is the classic look (note, however, that I never liked the sleeveless uniform that later, alternate versions of Ultra Boy wore). I just like the red and various greens, along with the black accents. The boots, as you can see from all of these pictures, are shown in various ways. Sometimes they’re red, like the flaps, other times they’re green, or black (which is what I prefer). And why exactly does he have that bird-like emblem on his chest (that later became a tattoo on his left arm)? I don’t think that this was ever addressed in any way. And while I’m at it, why the championship-type belt? Is the uniform a mess? Yes, but I don’t care. I even made a t-shirt with Ultra Boy’s logo on it years ago because you can’t buy one.

How did this love affair start? With one of my early comic book purchases:  Legion of Super-Heroes #275.

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In this issue, Jo was suffering from amnesia and hanging out with a band of space pirates. I was intrigued by this Legionnaire even then. Within a year or two, I came across this next issue at a local comic shop (Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #239), and this story cemented my love for the character. I’ve included a few pages to show how bad ass Jo was. In the right image, look at all those Legionnaires who have come to Rimbor to apprehend Jo after he was framed for murder (with wonderful art by Jim Starlin and Joe Rubinstein).

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Then Jo takes them all on, and makes his escape, even against Superboy and Mon-EL, the two most powerful Legionnaires!

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Of course, he eventually gets apprehended, but this sequence just shows that he’s smart enough to hold his own against an overwhelming force.

There was another good story tying back to LSH #275 that featured Jo and the return of Superboy to the series (the classic return of Reflecto storyline). Many years later, Jo was featured prominently early on in the Five Years Later (5YL) relaunch of the series. Unfortunately, I don’t think he was as well-used as he could have been as the series went on.

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I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the long running love affair between Jo and Tinya Wazzo, aka Phantom Girl.

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When the 5YL run told us that Tinya had died, I actually felt bad for Jo. Worse yet, the storyline that ended in LSH #19 (1991) was pretty emotional, too. In it, Jo has traveled to Earth of the ancient past and started a new life with a woman that reminds him a lot of Tinya, but who turns out to be a Lord of Chaos. Dr. Fate shows up to dispatch the Chaos Lord, but Jo only knows that he’s lost another woman he loved.

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Poor Jo.

Whenever the Legion is brought back, it has to include Ultra Boy and his love of and for Phantom Girl. Without them, it’s not quite the Legion to me.

Do you like Ultra Boy? Have any favorite storylines featuring him? Let me know!