Element Lad is a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes.
Jan Arrah aka Element Lad is the last survivor of the planet Trom. In first story he is briefly known as "Mystery Lad" as the Legionnaires try to guess his superpower. The rest of his race was wiped out by Roxxas the space pirate and his crew when they refused to transmute common elements into rare metals and jewels. Jan had only survived this genocide because he had been in space at the time.
With the aid of the Legion of Super-Heroes, Roxxas is brought to justice and he then officially joins the team. He served with team for many years, serving terms as leader and deputy leader. He has had a long term relationship with Science Police officer Shvaughn Erin.
Legion of Super-Heroes continuity note: Following the Crisis on Infinite Earths in 1986, the original Legion ran consistently until End of an Era. Zero Hour discontinued these stories and introduced the Reboot Legion in 1994. They would return to continuity following Infinite Crisis in 2006 in a divergent timeline splitting after the first Crisis, rendering all interregnum stories non-canon.
It was later revealed that Shvaughn Erin's biological sex is male, and that for years he — Sean Erin — has been taking a medication known as Profem to give her a female body. During a war in which the Earth was invaded by the Dominators, Sean is unable to maintain constant access to Profem. Jan is completely supportive when Sean physically reverts to his original male sex, saiying: "Anything we ever shared physically... it was in spite of the Profem, not because of it...!" Sean later rushed outside despite his insistence, telling Jan he needed to deal with it himself. Jan became worried after seeing him fall to the ground outside, but realized he was right about him getting through the pain on his own.
When Jan had a near-death experience after stopping the Trommites allied with Mordru and also forgave Roxxas, who had reformed. At his deathbed, he saw what others were doing in his mind, including Alchemist, his Batch SW6 clone; his fellow Legionnaires; and Sean. He regretted how Sean had always wanted to be with him, but he wanted to be alone. He bid him a final goodbye and Sean felt something was wrong. Rushing to his bedside at the hospital, he pleaded with him to get up. Jan wished to die, but the ghosts of his family and friends encouraged him to live on by sharing his burdens with others. As he regained consciousness, he aksed Sean to stay with him.
- Jan Arrah is dating Shvaughn Erin.
- Jan's parents are named Arn and Valla. By a coincidence Shrinking Violet's father is also named Arn.
- 282 Appearances of Jan Arrah (Pre-Zero Hour)
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- 6 Quotations by or about Jan Arrah (Pre-Zero Hour)
- Character Gallery: Jan Arrah (Pre-Zero Hour)
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