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Top Five Legion Rejects

My buddy, Paul Newell, suggested that I do a Top Five Legion of Superheroes Rejects, and while I thought the idea was a fine one, I didn’t think I could really do it justice. Not the way Paul, himself, could – so here are his Top Five Legion Rejects!

Enjoy!

First some honourable mentions: [Watch it! This here is an AMERICAN comic blog, Newell! :P-BC]

Arm-Fall-Off Boy.

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He can detach his arms and use them as lethal weapons. The Legion wasn’t too impressed with his attitude, however.

Barber Boy.

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Has a big pair of scissors in place of a right hand and can shoot hair-styling mousse from his eyes.

Seriously.

X-Bomb Betty.

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As she says, she can generate an explosion equal to a 150 million megaton X-Bomb. She was rejected on the grounds that she can only use her power once.

5. Plaid Lad.

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He can change any fabric to plaid. Was rejected as he lacked control. Until he could perfect his powers, he was considered to be as great a danger to the Legion as to their enemies.

4. The Mess.

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Has the amazing power to attract dirt.

And flies.

3. Estimate Boy.

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Can instantly estimate weights, measures, speeds and numbers….But he lacks accuracy.

Doesn’t attract dirt, but can attract flies.

2. Accordian King.

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Can expand and contract his lower torso to make a musical sound. Also has the added ability to get his mother to take him to the tryouts.

1. Rann Antar.

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Has invented a formula that can make feathers as heavy as lead.

So….well at least the others all have some sort of power, for the most part. But not only does this guy not have any powers, the one thing he can do, make things heavier than lead, only works on feathers, apparently. And I just realised, while looking at the picture again, the formula doean’t even work! There are feathers drifting everywhere!

So that’s that! Agree? Disagree? Let us know!

38 Comments

Is X-bomb Betty some kind of swipe at Jean Grey? Redheaded bombshell, the X, always a bigger deal than she should be …

Ha, ha, ha very funny. Rann Antar would clearly be a billionaire in today’s world.

Ahhhh…Chris Sprouse. Good stuff.

I remember somewhere I saw “Long Arm Hair Boy”. Yes, he could altr the length of his arm hair.

Not that I’m a fan of Howard Stern, but Fartman might just make it.

So Rann Antar can make a a pound of feathers weigh the same as a pound of lead?

Impressive.

The Mess reminds me of Alfred E. Neuman.

Is “Rann Antar” a play on “Ayn Rand”? If so, what’s the connection with feathers?

I just realised, while looking at the picture again, the formula doean’t even work! There are feathers drifting everywhere!

Well, he had to bring in some normal feathers to demonstrate his power on, didn’t he?

I think there ought to be room for Double-Header on this list.

X Bomb Betty looks like the new Bionic Woman. Check out her face and try to tell me I’m wrong.

What disturbs me now is Arm-Fall-Off Boy, after removing an arm, ends up becoming Sphincter Shoulder Joint Boy.

*scary*

Do we ever get the Mess’s origin? I think he’s Pigpen from Peanuts all grown up…

Hey, at least Double-Header made it onto the Legion Subs Auxilliary, which is better than any of these guys did. (None of them wound up becoming villains, either–you’d think that the Legion would have eventually caught on that holding open tryouts so they could play Simon Cowell had a tendency to backfire on them–but I can definitely see the LSV trying to recruit X-Bomb Betty, at least.)

I also note that Arm-Fall-Off Boy is exclaiming, “Die, villian!” I’m curious if that’s a genuine error or an intentional joke; either way, where’s Ambush Bug supporting cast member Villian the Villain when we need him?

Arm-Fall-Off Boy has always been my favorite.

Even funnier, the post-Zero Hour issue that featured X-Bomb Betty also introduced the post-ZH version of AFB: Splitter.

Jumping off from Doug’s question, was it really Accordian King, or the better-spelled Accordion King?

I reject any such list on which Arm-Fall-Off Boy isn’t ranked number one. And that includes the Top 100 DC Characters.

Mostly I love that . . . is that Matter-Eater Lad? . . . uses Pieface’s old exclamation, “Jumping fish-hooks!” Some things never go out of style, even after a thousand years.

I love that Matter Eater Lad is on hand to reject people… Cause you can live with being rejected by Mon-El but being rejected by the Matter Eater… well now that stings!

Arm-Fall-Off Boy has always been my favorite.

I’m a little worried about his initiative. I mean, surely ‘Arm-Becomes-Deadly-Weapon Boy’ would show a better spirit?

…on second thought, never mind.

Anyway, the Accordion King looks kind of familiar. It’s just possible his origin owes something to the Musicker, a character Dorothy meets along the Road to Oz. His ‘lungs are full of reeds like those/In organs, therefore I suppose/If I breathe in or out my nose/The reeds are bound to play.’

Nobody’s very impressed with him, either, although there is some lively discussion of his ability to annoy beyond all reason…

Hey, Matter-Eater Lad has an awesome power.

I think there ought to be room for Double-Header on this list.

I considered him, Matthew, but decided to discount any reject that joined another group, Substitute, villain or otherwise. After all they had shown they were of some use. :)

Also anyone I thought actually had some positives to their power, whilst, at the same time, being totally useless in other ways.

X-Bomb Betty cannot use her power at all or she’ll die. However if she decided to sacrifice her life to stop the Sun-Eater, her power would be perfect!

Arm-Fall-Off Boy has the added advantage of a heavy weapon….But at the same time loses any advantage by having one less appendage to fight with.

Barber Boy would be totally useless in a fight, (Except for moussing people in the eyes), but would be perfect for styling Colossal Boy’s hair.

I also considered Eyeful Ethel, Tusker, Rainbow Girl, The Polecat & Lester Spiffany, but rejected them for various reasons.

Do we ever get the Mess’s origin? I think he’s Pigpen from Peanuts all grown up.

If you didn’t have an origin, you would at least get one in the “Who’s Who of the Legion of Super-Heroes”.

The Mess didn’t get one.

Should Estimate Boy even count, given his “footage” came from the Subs issue of Secret Origins? That story was played specifically for laughs.

Should Estimate Boy even count, given his “footage” came from the Subs issue of Secret Origins? That story was played specifically for laughs.

And the others aren’t played for laughs? Well, except Rann Antar, he was serious. :)

The Subs story is still in continuity, however. Well, at least one Legion’s continuity.

Who’s the artist of Barber Boy and Accordian Kid?

Who’s the artist of Barber Boy and Accordian Kid?

Adam Hughes.

So X-Bomb Betty’s dad turned his daughter into a walking nuclear explosive? I think the truly terrifying part of that origin is that I can still think of worse parents in comics.

That’s one heck of a way to teach your daughter not to break curfew.

It was an estimate! The name implies that he doesn’t need to be accurate.

Now I want to see a crossover between The Mess and Blue Devil’s old friends Harley and Dennis.

No love for Anti-Lad? Aww.

And though he never even tried to join the Legion, good old Phrenologax?

Polecat, Tusker and Anti-Lad were robbed!

What issue did Barber Boy and Accordian King appear in? If it’s Adam Hughes doing interiors, I MUST get it!

[...] * Os cinco melhores heróis rejeitados pela Legião dos Super-Heróis. [...]

One thing about Anti-Lad is that don’t forget he fooled the entire Legion into doing his bidding to change the time-stream back to normal.

Not exactly a lame character. :)

What issue did Barber Boy and Accordian King appear in? If it’s Adam Hughes doing interiors, I MUST get it!

Legionnaires #9. It also has art by Sprouse & Brian Stelfreeze. Hughes did all of #7, half of #10 and some of #12

Estimite Boy is genius. Its sad the cartoon got cancelled, because I would loved to have seen him in an episode.

A collection of superheroes that make Bouncing Boy look heroic!

http://foxhugh.wordpress.com/2008/05/19/the-saga-of-bouncing-boy/

I could be wrong but I think Arm-Fall-Off Boy was a fan suggestion from the 60s. I think he’s mentioned in a letter column in an old issue of Adventure I have somewhere.

Then he was brought into canon in Grant Morrison’s hysterical origin of the Legion Clubhouse. Basically the original clubhouse is Fortress Boy (seen in the background there) with amnesia.

As noted we saw the post-Crisis AFOB during the late 90s Archie Legion.

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