ACTION Stories

The Legion entered a fifteen-month run as a backup feature in Action Comics. Life as a backup feature was hard...stories were short, involved small teams rather than the entire Legion, and (with one exception) did not continue from one issue to the next. Rather than going for space-spanning stories of swashbuckling derring-do against larger-than-life super-villains, the creative team opted for more personal, intense, character-driven tales, often concentrating on the "weakest" or "silliest" Legionnaires: Due Damsel, Matter-Eater Lad, Bouncing Boy, Chemical King. The approach worked -- just about every one of these stories is a winner.

The most exceptional include "The Forbidden Fruit" in #378, "Half a Legionnaire" in #380, "The Hapless Hero" (#381), and "Lament for a Legionnaire" (#384).

Stories that are reprinted in graphic novels are indicated by appropriate cover images.

Info Issue Date Title Roll Call

ACTION 378 1969/07 The Forbidden Fruit
Light Lass, Lightning Lad, Timber Wolf

ACTION 379 1969/08 One of Us is an Impostor
Dream Girl, Element Lad, Lightning Lad, Mon-El, Shadow Lass, Sunburst, Unnamed Female Accomplice (not pictured)

ACTION 380 1969/09 Half a Legionnaire
Bouncing Boy, Duo Damsel, Mon-El, Lelith, Nam'Lor

ACTION 381 1969/10 The Hapless Hero
Brainiac 5, Chemical King, Duplicate Boy, Karate Kid (Val), Lightning Lad, Mon-El, Phantom Girl, Princess Projectra, Saturn Girl, Shrinking Violet, Ultra Boy, Mitz Kem, Rall Kem

ACTION 382 1969/11 Kill a Friend to Save a World
Karate Kid (Val) (becomes Leader), Light Lass, Mon-El, Shrinking Violet, Superboy, Timber Wolf, Ultra Boy, Cosvarr, Zorla

ACTION 383 1969/12 Chameleon Boy's Secret Identity
Chameleon Boy, Karate Kid (Val), Princess Projectra, Janice Warren
Reference SUPERBOY 161 1969/12 The Superboy Legend
Statuettes: Cosmic Boy, Sun Boy, 8 unidentified statuettes

ACTION 384 1970/01 Lament for a Legionnaire
Dream Girl, Element Lad, Karate Kid (Val), Mon-El (died) (revived), Princess Projectra, Shadow Lass, Superboy, Ultra Boy, Eltro Gand (died)

ACTION 385 1970/02 The Fallen Star Boy
Brainiac 5, Colossal Boy, Dream Girl, Karate Kid (Val), Saturn Girl, Star Boy, Fryd Kallor, Mira Kallor, Yark Althu
Cameo ACTION 385 1970/02 The Immortal Superman
Superman, Time Trapper
Superman uses a defective time-bubble to travel into the future, where the Time Trapper strands him.

ACTION 386 1970/03 Zap Goes the Legion
Brainiac 5, Cosmic Boy, Karate Kid (Val), Lightning Lad, Night Girl, Phantom Girl, Saturn Girl, Ultra Boy, Uli Algor, Hawkor Phuy
Cameo ACTION 386 1970/03 The Home for Old Super-Heroes
Superman, Time Trapper


ACTION 387 1970/04 One Hero Too Many
Bouncing Boy, Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, Chemical King, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Dream Girl, Duo Damsel, Element Lad, Invisible Kid (Lyle), Karate Kid (Val), Light Lass, Lightning Lad, Matter-Eater Lad, Mon-El, Phantom Girl, Princess Projectra, Saturn Girl, Shadow Lass, Shrinking Violet, Star Boy, Sun Boy, Superboy, Supergirl, Timber Wolf, Ultra Boy, Beppo, Comet, Krypto, Proty II, Streaky, Wayland Bannan, Professor Sayar
Cameo ACTION 387 1970/04 Even a Superman Dies
Superman, Time Trapper

Wild World Legion

ACTION 388 1970/05 The Puzzle of the Wild World
Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, Superman

ACTION 389 1970/06 The Mystery Legionnaire
Chemical King, Cosmic Boy, Shrinking Violet, Klim

ACTION 390 1970/07 The Tyrant and the Traitor
Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, Element Lad, Karate Kid (Val), Saturn Girl, Timber Wolf, Espionage Squad, Nym Belev, Chavak, Dark Circle, Diol Masrin, President Peralla, Wanpar, Yroa, Marli Zhorg

ACTION 391 1970/08 Ordeal of Element Lad
Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, Element Lad, Karate Kid (Val), Saturn Girl, Timber Wolf, Espionage Squad, Nym Belev, Chavak, Dark Circle, Diol Masrin, President Peralla, Wanpar, Yroa, Marli Zhorg

ACTION 392 1970/09 The Legionnaires Who Never Were
Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, Cosmic Boy, Element Lad, Karate Kid (Val), Matter-Eater Lad, Mon-El (becomes Leader), Phantom Girl, Princess Projectra, Saturn Girl, Shrinking Violet, Sun Boy, Prince Projectur, Saturn Lad, Pozr-Du

Updated: 1 Aug 2010


Who's Listed? I try to list all appearances of Legionnaires and major characters. This includes images, visions, flashbacks, statues and statuettes, disembodied heads, and any other visual represenations of the characters.

Who's a Major Character? Ultimately, it's a judgement call. I try to include all continuing characters: Legionnaires, friends, family members, professional associates, villains, and assorted others. For one-shot characters, I try to include those whose names are given, or who otherwise play a major role in a story.

What About Non-Legion Stories? When Legionnaires make appearances in other comics, I only list the characters with a direct Legion connection. For example, if the Legion guest-stars with the Justice League, I don't list all the Justice Leaguers.

In What Order Do You List Characters? First, Legionnaires in alphabetical order. (This includes Subs, Honorary Legionnaires, Legion Reserve, and some special cases like Duplicate Boy). Seconds, friendly (or neutral) characters in alphabetical order. Third, bad guys in alphabetical order. Finally, statuettes go on their own line to preserve the aesthetics. Occasionally I will list all the members of a groups together, like the Fatal Five or the Heroes of Lallor.

In What Order Do You List Comics? Yeah, I know it doesn't always seem right. Chronological by month, then alphabetical by title -- but mainstream Legion titles always get listed first in the month. Aren't you glad you asked?

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