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Top Ten Lists

by Todd Schoonover

Favorite Members of the Supporting Cast

1) Shvaughn Erin

2) Grev Mallor

3) Sean Erin

4) Gigi Cusimano

5) Lydda Jath

6) Rond Vidar

7) Circadia Senius

8) Dev-Em

9) Drura Sepht

10) Ord Quelu

Least Favorite Members of the Supporting Cast

1) Grinn

2) Double Header

3) Myla

4) Thom's wife

5) Laurel Manhunter Kent

6) Roon Dvron

7) Monica Sade

8) Tinya's Mom

9) Loomis

10) Dr. Gym'll

Most Overused Plots

1) Legion on the run or outlawed

2) Missing Legionnaires or lost in space

3) Mystery Legionnaire joins the team

4) Fake Death of a Legionnaire

5) Real Death of a Legionnaire

6) Bad Guys infiltrate the Legion

7) Time travel gone asunder

8) Brainiac 5 goes insane or blows something up

9) Universo takes over the world

10) Legionnaires back from the dead

Most Underused Plots

1) Phantom realm with the Lyle demon

2) Good Khunds team up with the Legion

3) Intelligent Nura uses Naltorian science

4) Imra goes bad and takes over Legion

5) Tenzil Kem goes insane and institutionalized

6) Wanderers killed and cloned

7) Timber Wolf's drug addiction

8) Legion family members visiting

9) Legionnaires visiting their homeworlds

10) Dawnstar's soul mate on Exile

Best Battles

1) vs. Fatal Five on Talok VIII

2) vs. Mordru in Smallville

3) vs. Mordru during Earth War

4) vs. Darkseid during Great Darkness

5) vs. Grimbor and Charma (first app)

6) vs. LSV (death of Karate Kid)

7) vs. Emerald Empress (Mentalla's death)

8) vs. Universo during Universo Project

9) vs. Omega/destruction of the headquarters

10) vs. Grimbor during the Reflecto Saga

Best Issues

1) LSH #4 (Nov 84) The Death of Karate Kid

2) LSH #300 (June 83) Alternate Realities

3) LSH #4 (Nov 90) Mon-El vs. Time Trapper

4) SLSH #218 (July 76) Tyroc's Initiation

5) LSH #50 (Sept 88) Conspiracy Conclusion

6) ADV #324 (Sept 64) Heroes of Lallor

7) LSH #58 (Mar 89) Death of Emerald Empress

8) LSH #38 (Sept 87) Death of Superboy

9) LSH #288 (June 82) Trapped on Orando

10) ADV #367 (Apr 67) No Escape/Circle of Death

Best Guest Appearances

1) World's Finest #284 (Oct 82) Vs. Amalgamax

2) JLA #147-148 (Oct-Nov 77) With JSA vs. Mordru

3) Karate Kid #12-13 (Fb-Ap78) Legion vs. Val

4) Brave & Bold #179 (Oct 81) Batman visits 30th c.

5) Adventures of Superman #477-478 (A-M91) Time & Time Again

6) L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #23 (Jan 91) Whatever happened/Durlan

7) Booster Gold #8-9 (Sep-Oct 86) Explains Booster's flight ring

8) Wanderers #3 (Aug 88) Meeting the New Wanderers

9) Brave & Bold #198 (May 83) KK invites Iris to wedding

10) DC Presents #43 (Mar 84) Vs. Mongul

Best Stories (Single Issue)

1) Superboy #193 (Feb 73) War between nights/days

2) LSH #5 (Mar 90) Mordruverse

3) LSH Annual #1 (Oct 85) Who shot Laurel Kent?

4) ACT #381 (Oct 69) Tenzil & Vi go on a date

5) LSH #320 (Feb 85) Triangle

6) LSH #23 (June 86) Mon-El back into the Phantom Zone

7) LSH #45 (Apr 88) History of Lightning Lad

8) LSH Annual 1 (1990) Revised history of Jo Nah

9) LSH #304 (Oct 83) Legion Academy

10) ADV #326 (Nov 64)Revolt of the Girl Legionnaires

Best Covers

1) Adventure Comics #378 (March 1969)

2) Superboy & the Legion #238 (April 1978)

3) DC Super Stars #3 (May 1976)

4) Legion of Super-Heroes #25 (January 1992)

5) Superboy & the Legion #209 (June 1975)

6) Legion of Super-Heroes #296 (February 1983)

7) Legion of Super-Heroes #280 (October 1981)

8) Superboy & the Legion #250 (April 1979)

9) Tales of the Legion #325 (July 1985)

10) Legion of Super-Heroes #9 (April 1985)

Best Stories (Multi-Issue)

1) ADV #354-355 (Mar-Apr 67) Adult Legion stories

2) LSH #32-35 (Mar-June 87) The Universo Project

3) SLSH #241-245 (Jul-Nov 78) Earth War saga

4) LSH #1-5 (Aug-Dec 84)

LSV on Orando

5) ADV #359-360 (Aug-Sep 67) Outlawed (Universo)

6) LSH #290-294 (Aug-Dec 82) The Great Darkness Saga

7) LSH #60-63 (May-Aug 89) Magic Wars

8) LSH #277-279 (Jul-Sep 81) Reflecto & Grimbor

9) LSH #269-271 (Nov80-Jan81) Darkman/Fatal Five

10) LSH #15-18 (Feb-May 91) Dark Circle/Invasions

Best Artists or Art Teams

1) Mike Grell

2) Keith Giffen & Larry Mahlstedt

3) Christopher Taylor

4) Jeff Moy

5) Curt Swan & George Klein

6) Tom Mandrake

7) Neal Adams

8) Steve Lightle & Larry Mahlstedt

9) Keith Giffen & Al Gordon

10) Pat Broderick & Bruce Patterson

Best Writers

1) Paul Levitz

2) Cary Bates

3) Jim Shooter

4) Keith Giffen

5) Mark Waid

6) E. Nelson Bridwell

7) Tom & Mary Bierbaum

8) Otto Binder

9) Roy Thomas

10) Gerry Conway

Best Villains

1) Emerald Empress

2) Grimbor

3) Spider Girl

4) Universo

5) Lightning Lord

6) Silver Slasher

7) The Dark Circle

8) Zoraz

9) Sklarian Raiders

10) Micro Lad

10 Best Story Titles

1) "Dream Girl's Living Nightmare" SLSH #220

2) "Guess What's Coming to Dinner" LSH #308

3) "The Weddings that Wrecked the Legion" ADV #337

4) "Brotherly Hate" SBOY #172

5) "The Legionnaire Nobody Remembered" SLSH #204

6) "Revenge of the Knave from Krypton" ADV #320

7) "The Six-Legged Legionnaire" ADV #355

8) "To Sleep a Thousand Years" LSH #42

9) "On the Fourth Hand" LSH #46

10) "To Save A Galaxy" ADV #351

10 Best Pre-Crisis Elements We've Lost

1) Supergirl as a Legionnaire

2) Laurel Kent as a descendent of Superman

3) Multiple Earths such as Douglas Nolan's visions

4) Dev-Em as the knave from Krypton who later reformed

5) Composite Superman who gained his powers from Superman's Legion statuettes

6) Legion Reserves included Insect Queen (Lana Lang), Elastic Lad (Jimmy Olson), and Pete Ross

7) Infinite Man (see #3)

8) Phantom Zone was where Mon-El spent his millennium along with Kryptonian villains

9) Time Trapper's Time Barrier kept the Legionnaires from venturing into the future

10) Pulsar Stargrave was thought to be the original Brainiac from the 20th century

10 Best Elements of the Giffen/Bierbaum Series

1) Laurel Gand fills Supergirl's place in the Legion (though no one could take Kara's place)

2) Adult Themes are explored including homosexuality

3) Legion of Substitute Heroes are no longer buffoons but serious characters of merit

4) 9 panel format provides greater detail and more room for story

5) The clones provide us with exposure to the Legion of the past

6) Character driven stories take precedent over event driven or action oriented scenes

7) Mekt Ranzz finally reformed and remains a valid character

8) The Dominators remained a dominant force in the Earth

9) Mordru's a regal and intelligent opponent, not a crazed magician

10) The Legionnaires have aged well and have more offspring

10 Worst Elements of Giffen/Bierbaum Series

1) Shadow Lass is remaining in the shadows of Valor and isn't portraying that she is a hero in her own right

2) Shvaughn Erin revealing herself to really be a man on drugs

3) Lightning Lad not being Garth but actually just Proty I inhabiting Garth's corpse

4) Multiple deaths of favorite characters like Blok, academy kids, Tornado Twins, etc

5) Lack of appearances by many of the past Legionnaires except occasional glimpses

6) Dev-Em reverting to a villain

7) While Furball was okay, Brin's latest incarnation as Timber Wolf in the 20th century

8) Lack of costumes and codenames (or at least distinguishing art)

9) Darkseid becoming a polite yet tired opponent

10) Time Trapper destroyed to be replaced by a bit-player named Glorith

10 Best Dressed Legionnaires

1) Shadow Lass--classic elegance and sheer beauty always.

2) Element Lad--never afraid of a bad hair day.

3) Duo Damsel--chic and functional.

4) White Witch--daring yet doable.

5) Star Boy--fabulous fabric and handsome hirsute.

6) Lightning Lad--a cape always does justice.

7) Valor--need anything else be said?

8) Shrinking Violet--minis and low fronts showed her mettle.

9) Light/ning Lass--charming with nice use of colour.

10) Chameleon Boy--effective and nice shoulder pads.

Honorable Mention: Laurel Kent's academy outfit, Shvaughn Erin and the rest of the Science Police, Night Girl, Rond Vidar, and Grimbor.

10 Worst Dressed Legionnaires

1) Matter-Eater Lad--is that supposed to be a costume?

2) Bouncing Boy--see Matter-Eater Lad.

3) Blok--bare rock is more appealing than his red and blue number.

4) Invisible Kid I (Lyle)--thank goodness for his powers.

5) Timber Wolf--it didn't look good on Blok either.

6) Projectra--I'd hide too as Sensor Girl after those costumes.

7) Tyroc--his outfit would've looked better on Dream Girl.

8) Dawnstar--functional but bland.

9) Ultra Boy--red and green like a Christmas tree.

10) Brainiac 5--nice colour but jump suits are out.

Dishonorable Mention: Duplicate Lad, Polar Boy's standardized uniforms for the Legion, Spider Girl, Starfinger, and Universo.

 
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