"Legion of Super-Heroes: "The Eight Impossible Missions"": Saturn Girl announces that her one year term as Legion leader has come to an end. She suggests using a computer to help select the next leader but Brainiac 5 voices his protest. He feels that selecting a leader by computer would give h
Adventure Comics #323 is an issue of the series Adventure Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of August, 1964.
Synopsis for Legion of Super-Heroes: "The Eight Impossible Missions"
Saturn Girl announces that her one year term as Legion leader has come to an end. She suggests using a computer to help select the next leader but Brainiac 5 voices his protest. He feels that selecting a leader by computer would give him an unfair advantage and he would be selected. Proty II intervenes and suggests that he be allowed to construct a puzzle. The first Legionnaire clever enough to guess the correct solution would become the next leader. All the members unanimously agree. They observe as Proty changes his shape into Bizzaro form and fashions a medallion for himself with his name written backwards on it. Proty then sends Saturn Girl on mission to the planet Rorbis where she is instructed to win the most difficult event at its Interplanetary Rodeo. Saturn Girl travels to the planet and readily wins the Kangobronc race. Ultra Boy is assigned the next mission where he is instructed to capture crooks that have escaped to a certain asteroid but have taken an invisible form. Ultra Boy arrives on the asteroid and uses his flashvision to heat up the rocky surface. The villains cry out in pain as their feet are burned by the hot surface thus revealing their location. Phantom Girl is the next to be selected for a mission. She is instructed to find Jor-Els greatest award that he received on Krypton. She is not to use a timescope or time bubble to find her answer. Phantom Girl enters the Phantom Zone to interview an old villain named Gazor who reveals that Jor-El was awarded the brain of Garf-Og and that turned out to be his highest honor. Proty then turns to the Legion members and asks them if any of them has figured out the solution to his clues. No one speaks up so Proty continues with his puzzle. Element Lad is then instructed to travel to Doom Crater where he is to use his powers to turn a block of marble into Uranium. He is then to remain in the crater for ten minutes without changing the block back to marble. The other Legion members express their concern that this task is rather deadly but Proty states that he has confidence in Element Lads abilities. Element Lad arrives at the site and changes the block into Uranium but he also attaches an anti-gravity belt to the block to get it to streak away a safe distance to allow Element Lad to stay in the crater unharmed. Despite Element Lads success, no one is able solve the puzzle and the contest continues. Proty then asks Pete Ross to display a super power. Everyone is taken aback because Pete Ross does not have any powers. Pete then uses his resourcefulness to take out a lead tablet and he scrawls Clark Kents name on it. He then shows it to Proty and tells him that he has used his mind reading abilities to find out Superboys secret identity. Proty sees that the secret identity is correct but no one is able to solve the puzzle with this additional clue. Brainiac 5 is then instructed to defeat three different computers at Chess at the same time. He easily completes his task but notes that there is a broken wire and that the computers were not functioning at their peek ability. Jimmy Olsen is given task, he is instructed to entertain the group in his Elastic Lad identity. Elastic Lad performs an amusing marionette show using his unique stretching abilities. Once the show comes to an end, Proty asks once more if there is anyone in the group that can solve his puzzle. This time Saturn Girl speaks up and announces that she has figured out the solution. She then asks the Legionnaires to line up in according to completed mission order. Once in line she then gives them cards with the first letter of their first or last name. They easily see that their cards spell out SUPERBOY with Protys medallion completing the last letter. He had turned into Bizarro earlier to indicate that his name is to be written backwards to highlight the Y in his name. The puzzle was meant as a tribute to mark Superboys anniversary of joining the Legion. Since Saturn Girl solved the puzzle, she earns the right to remain leader of the Legion once more.
Appearing in Legion of Super-Heroes: "The Eight Impossible Missions"
- Legion of Super-Heroes
- The Mighty Gazor (First appearance)
- Spider Girl (First appearance)
- Double Header (First appearance)
- Pete Ross
- Lucy Lane (Cameo)
- Jor-El (Flashback only)
- Garf-Og's Brain (Flashback only)
Synopsis for Superboy: "How Krypto Made History!"
This story is reprinted from Superboy #75.
In search of ancient dinosaur bones that actually taste good, Krypto travels back in time, inadvertently affecting Babe Ruth's 60th homer, George Washington crossing the Delaware, Walter the Dutch boy plugging the leak in the dike, Robin Hood being attacked, and the future King Arthur pulling the sword from the stone. But when he gets to the era of the dinosaurs, Superboy arrives and pulls him away before he can bite a fresh bone. The Boy of Steel brings his dog to a first-anniversary celebration for him in Smallville. An attempt to get Krypto a frozen mammoth bone doesn't work out, so Krypto has to settle for dog biscuits.
Appearing in Superboy: "How Krypto Made History!"
- "The Eight Impossible Missions" is reprinted in Superboy #185, The Best of DC #44, Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 3, and Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 2.
- Legion of Super-Heroes Recommended Reading
- Adventure Comics (Volume 1)
- Adventure Comics (Volume 2)
- The Legion (Volume 1)
- Legion Lost (Volume 2)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 2)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 3)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 4)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 5)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 6)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 7)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 8)
- Legionnaires (Volume 1)
- Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 1)
- Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 1)