Synopsis for "The Adult Legion!"
This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #354.
Superman is summoned to the 30th Century to answer a call from the now-adult Legion of Super-Heroes. Arriving at their new headquarters, Superman enters the building and takes a stroll through the hall commemorating fallen Legion members and another room with statues commemorating Legion romances. He is met by the adult Brainiac 5 who takes Superman on a tour of their new base.
Entering the main communication room, Brainiac 5 puts Superman in touch with former members of the Legion: He learns that Ultra Man and Phantom Woman are a married couple, Ultra Man is a reservist with the Legion and also works as director of the Science Police and have two children of their own; He also learns that Mon-El has retired from the Legion to become a space explorer; That Night Woman is now a member of the Legion married to Cosmic Man; He learns that Lone Wolf is now married to Light Lady and they have three children; Shrinking Violet is married to a Legion member named Duplicate Boy; Matter-Eater Lad is the president of the planet Bismoll; Colossal Man left the Legion and landed a job at the Cosmic Directorate after an injury robbed him of his powers; and that Star Man and Dreamgirl, as well as Bouncing Boy and Duo Damsel have retired to marry and have children.
Returning to the Legion meeting room, Superman is surprised to see that Polar Man is now a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes and learns that many members of the Legion of Substitute Heroes had joined with the Legion. With the arrival of Cosmic Man, and Saturn Woman, the meeting is called to order. Cosmic Man informs those gathered that their new headquarters has been subject to a series of attacks by someone who has insider knowledge of the group, prompting all gathered to contemplate who their attacker might be. Their thoughts are interrupted when they are called by the Science Police to help prevent the collapse of Grand Central Spaceport. Cosmic Man, Polar Man, and Element Man swings into action to fix the damage and prevent a disaster from happening.
While this is happening, someone cuts off the power at the Legion headquarters leaving the remaining Legion members to stumble around their base. They are then attacked by a masked villain who is surprised to find that Superman is present with the group. In an attempt to stop the Legion from capturing him he grabs Saturn Woman as a hostage, however she elbows him in the stomach. Although the attackers strong body breaks Saturn Woman's arm, it injures the villain significantly enough to flee the scene. As the Legion examines the clues, Superman takes a stroll past the hall of the dead and notices that all the statues have reefs on them except for Ferro Lad's, allowing Superman to correctly deduce who their attacker is.
Later the Legion of Super-Heroes are struck by the mystery villain again. With the Cosmic Man, Element Man, and Brainiac 5 incapacitated with a reflex-inhibiting gas and Superman pinned with Kryptonite bonds, the mystery attacker begins to beat on the Legionnaires. When Lightning Man, Saturn Woman, and Polar Man attempt to counter attack the gas and their attacker's superior strength easily over powers them.
However, Superman had time to warn the Legion of their attackers true identity and as such they have prepared for the attack: Superman and Cosmic King had secretly switched places, and with the switch unknown to the attacker they manage to trip him up with the switch-around. After the villain is captured he is unmasked and they learn that their attacker is none other than Ferro Lad's twin brother, who for years blamed the Legion for his brothers death and plotted to get revenge against them. Realizing that this new Ferro Man is mentally ill they turn him over to Psycho-Care while they contemplate who might have put Ferro Man up to this, unaware that it is their old foes the Legion of Super-Villains, who upon learning of Ferro Man's failure begin to plot to eliminate their foes themselves.
This story is continued next issue....
Appearing in "The Adult Legion!"
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Adult Legion)
- Bouncing Man
- Colossal Man
- Dream Woman
- Duo Damsel
- Duplicate Man
- Invisible Man
- Light Lady
- Matter-Eater Man
- Night Woman
- Phantom Woman
- Shrinking Violet
- Star Man
- Ultra Man
- Ultra Man and Phantom Woman's children
- Ronn Nah (Single appearance)
- Arna Nah (Single appearance)
- Light Lady and Timber Wolf's children
- Brin Londo, Jr. (Single appearance)
- Bran Londo (Single appearance)
- Loni Londo (Single appearance)
- Ferro Lad (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "The War of the Legions!"
This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #355.
With their attempt at using Ferro Man as a means to destroy the Legion of Super-Heroes, the Legion of Super-Villains decide to try again, this time more directly. To give them an added edge in battle they have inducted two new members: The fire wielding Blaze Beauty, and the sound generating Echo.
Back at the Legionnaires headquarters, the adult Legion members thank Superman for his help and Brainiac 5 accompanies the Man of Steel to the "Time Lane" where Superman flies through the time barrier to return to his own time. No sooner as Superman's departure does the Legion of Super-Villains strike, using a strange craft to capture Brainiac 5. Some hours later as Cosmic Man, Lightning Man and Saturn Woman ponder what has happened to Branaic 5 are they contacted by Lightning Lord via a holographic projection. He tells them that Brainiac 5 is a prisoner of the Legion of Super-Villains, and to get him back they must follow his instructions. These instructions are teleported into their hands in sealed envelopes. Reading them, they learn that each Legion member has been designated a specific location to go to in the next fifteen minutes, each location has a clue as to Brainiac 5's whereabouts.
Cosmic Man to Echo Canyon where he is attacked by Echo who uses his sound powers to his advantage in the echo producing canyons. Echo, however proves to be no match for Cosmic Man who uses his magnetic powers to magnetically repel the air around Echo causing him to black out. With his foe defeated Cosmic Man collects the clue and leaves. Saturn Woman flies to the Universe Fair in Metropolis where she is attacked by Saturn Queen. Saturn Queen uses her mental powers to make the frenzied crowd attack Saturn Woman, however Saturn Woman uses her mental powers to put everyone to sleep and easily defeats Saturn Queen in hand-to-hand combat. Lightning Man and Lightning Lord clash at the Metropolis Electric Company, with Lightning Lord using the atomic dynamos to boost his powers to levels where he can harm Lightning Man. The bout ends with Lightning Man channeling the opposite current into the dynamos causing feedback that knocks his evil brother out. On the volcanic plain on the Island of Java, Polar Man is seemingly outmatched by Blaze Beauty. When she gains the upper hand by surrounding Polar Man with flame, he uses it as cover to tunnel his way behind Blaze Beauty and freeze her solid. Element Man and Cosmic King clash at a chemical laboratory and find their transmutation powers equally matched, however the Element Man succeeds in beating him in hand to hand combat.
Reuniting, the Legion members put their clues together to learn the location where Branaic 5 is being held. Unknown to them, the Legion of Super-Villains are waiting, having sent life-like duplicates of themselves to fight in their places so as to lure the Legion of Super-Heroes into a trap. The heroes are easily defeated but, before the Legion of Super-Villains can kill their enemies, two new costumed being appear. Using their superior powers this duo easily defeats the Legion of Super-Villains. When the battle is over, these mystery saviors unmask revealing themselves to be the 30th Century descendants of Lex Luthor and Mr. Mxyzptlk. They explain that they wanted to make up for their ancestors past evil deeds by joining up with the Legion, however realizing that they would not be easily trusted they created their disguises to prove themselves as valued allies. Impressed by the duo, the Legion accept them into their ranks.
Appearing in "The War of the Legions!"
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Adult Legion)
- Legion of Super-Villains