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"Lost: A Million Miles From Home": As Colossal Boy and Shrinking Violet return to Earth from deep space, their Legion Cruiser mysteriously conks out, leaving them stranded a million miles from home.


Quote1 Now that I'm one of you, I respectfully have a request. I want to be called by a new name! WILDFIRE! Quote2
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Appearing in "Lost: A Million Miles From Home"

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Synopsis for "Lost: A Million Miles From Home"

As Colossal Boy and Shrinking Violet return to Earth from deep space, their Legion Cruiser mysteriously conks out, leaving them stranded a million miles from home.

Appearing in "The Legionnaire Who Killed!"

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Synopsis for "The Legionnaire Who Killed!"

This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #342.

While going to visit his folks on the distant planet of Karak, Star Boy finds that they have already left, and that their observatory has been left in the care of Dr. Jan Barath. Shortly after his arrival, an alien named Kenz Nuhor of Naltor, the home planet of Dream Girl. Kenz kills Barath and attacks Star Boy, seeking to kill him because Dream Girl loves Star Boy instead of him. With his powers reflected back on him, Star Boy is forced to kill his attacker with a ray gun in self defense when the arrival of Dream Girl distracts Kenz. After the incident, Dream Girl's testimony clears Star Boy of any wrong doing with the Science Police.

However, things do not fare so well when Star Boy returns to the Legion of Super-Heroes club house. As he had violated their no-killing rule, forbidding any Legion member from killing, the Legion decides to put it to a vote to determine if Star Boy's Legion membership should be revoked. Superboy agrees to defend Star Boy, and begins to search for video evidence where another Legion member is forced to kill in self defense. However, all his footage, and an attempt to have Proty II (in the form of a killer beast) to attack the court proceedings to see if any of the Legion members would be forced to kill, fail to create a precedence in Star Boy's case.

When the verdict is compiled, the Legion of Super-Heroes unanimously agree that Star Boy should be expelled from the Legion of Super-Heroes. Accepting their decision Star Boy leaves the Legion in shame, and feeling all alone. However, this quickly changes when Dream Girl invites him to join the Legion of Substitute Heroes, an offer that Star Boy accepts.

Appearing in "The Super-Stalag of Space!"

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Synopsis for "The Super-Stalag of Space!"

This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #344.

When the Legion of Super-Heroes discover that Brainiac 5 has been captured on a prison asteroid, they try to save their friend. However, their ship is blasted out of the sky and the Legion are also taken as prisoners.

As prisoners, they meet several other super-beings that have been captured, including a shape-changer from the planet Durla who came to rescue his friends, but instead was caught and "froze" in the form of Superboy. When the false Superboy tries to escape the next day, Nardo -- the warden -- and his men kill him.

However, this doesn't stop the Legion from trying to plot an escape themselves. When Nardo and his men learn that Brainaic 5 is masterminding an escape, they torture him in the "conditioning room." Brainiac 5 resists their probes and is allowed to leave, but since Nardo knew he was in charge of devising an escape plan, he now believes that there is a traitor in their group (he is correct).

The Legion try another escape attempt, this time Matter-Eater Lad and Blockade Boy manage to escape. They discover that all the female members of the Legion are imprisoned at an all-female camp, but they are soon discovered by Nardo and his men, who fires a destructive nuclear force at them.

Appearing in "The Execution of Matter-Eater Lad!"

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Synopsis for "The Execution of Matter-Eater Lad!"

This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #345.

With Matter-Eater Lad and Blockade Boy's escape exposed, Blockade Boy is killed and Matter-Eater Lad taken prisoner to be executed. At the prison, Brainaic 5 builds a listening device for them to discover who the traitor in their ranks is.

When Weight Wizard is exposed as a traitor the Legion berates him, however having a change of heart, Weight Wizard tries to escape and is killed by some of the plants that are outside the prison. Each attempt to break out is once more thwarted, with Invisible Kid being shrunk down to miniature size in one attempt, and narrowly escaping with his life.

Next, the female members of the Legion try to make an escape, with Light Lass using her weight powers to lighten the fence and another where Duo Damsel duplicates herself and shines the giant searchlight to lure the native beasts to attack the boy's prison. The stampede works, and the male Legion members revolt and go for a mass jailbreak. Their success is insured with the arrival of Superboy, Mon-El and Ultra Boy, who help bust up Nardo and his minions, and save Matter-Eater Lad from execution, but not from being grazed by the ray blast meant to kill him. Matter-Eater Lad does survive, but finds that the ray has changed his body composition to resemble that of Bouncing Boy's old powers.

Appearing in "Wrath of the Devil-Fish!"

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Synopsis for "Wrath of the Devil-Fish!"

Investigating a problem with a Pacific power station, the Legionnaires encounter an amphibious being called the Devil-Fish.

Appearing in "The Superboy of Bigville!"

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Synopsis for "The Superboy of Bigville!"

This story is reprinted from Superboy #91.

When "Sparkle" Smith, a conman, blackmails a youth from Smallville into playing Superboy to bilk townspeople in a phony charity scheme, the real Superboy learns about it, and stops Smith's scheme.

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  • In the early 70s, Dave Cockrum created an "intelligent, amphibious ocean creature" and pitched it to both Marvel and DC at the same time. Marvel bought the concept first and the Marvel character was named Manphibian. Dave learned that DC also wanted to include the same character in an upcoming Superboy story. After Dave alerted DC to the situation, the "Manphibian" character was reworked as Devil-Fish.
  • There are fan letters from Mike Flynn (Bronx, NY) and Dan Jurgens (Ortonville, Minn). Mr. Jurgens would later transition from dedicated fan to a DC Writer/Artist. In fact, he would pencil several issues of the Legion a decade later.



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