Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Legionnaires: And the Rest

Let's face it. Some of these people were just names on a list, and maybe the best thing to do would be to get 'em all out of the way now.

Echo aka Myke-4 Astor of Khundish Calish-Aetia. Created by Jim Shooter and Curt Swan.
Crystal Kid aka Bobb Kohan of Earth. Created by Gerry Conway, Steve Ditko, and Robert Cohen.
Storm Boy aka Myke Chypurz of Earth. Created by Jerry Siegel and John Forte.
Porcupine Pete aka Peter Dursin of Earth. Created by Cary Bates and Dave Cockrum.

All four of these guys were Legionnaires during the Five Year Gap, and their tenure with the team has been almost completely undocumented. They each had some history outside of their Legion membership, too: Crystal Kid was a longtime Academy student, Storm Boy was a Silver Age reject, Echo was a villain in the Adult Legion story, and Porcupine Pete was a Sub. They also got a little bit of play in the 5YL era, but nothing to excite anyone's imagination. Oh: Echo and Storm Boy were also brought back as villains by Geoff Johns, and Porcupine Pete was the leader of the Subs in the animated series.

There's nothing wrong with any of these characters. I'm sure a good writer could make something of any or all of them. As it hasn't happened yet, I say that we move on.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This just makes me want to watch the Substitutes in the cartoon all over again.

Ah, but it's too late now. Tomorrow for sure, though.

-- cleome45

11:20 PM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

It's weird to look back at the cartoon and think of which parts of it worked really well. Triplicate Girl... Phantom Girl... the Subs. Who would have predicted it?

1:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, you know I liked most of it. But I have to carp about the parts I didn't like because I have my reputation to protect. ;)

-- cleome45

12:03 AM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

No, I don't mean that; I mean that it was hard to see which parts of the cartoon were going to work particularly well, ahead of time. Anybody could have guessed that Bouncing Boy would animate well, but Triplicate Girl was even better!

12:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, I didn't even discover the show until several months after it was canceled, I never got to do any predicting. But such is life.

(In addition to the stuff you mentioned, I was inordinately amused by Chameleon as the giant... whatever... that looked like a giant slug with vestigial forepaws. But I do garden and live in the NW, so that may be a factor. :D )

-- cleome45

2:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting philosophical question,akin to the falling tree in unoccupied forest poser;if nobody ever witnessed a Legionnaire doing Legionnaire business,should they even be counted as Legionnaires?

1:43 AM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

A lot of people will say no, and leave out (for instance) the characters in this article. I prefer to err on the side of inclusion, although I have my limits too; I'm not going to consider Lightning Lord or Anti-Lad Legionnaires on the basis of a single story where they were really villains, or kind of. Reasonable people can disagree.

8:50 AM  

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