O Say Can You See: The Greatest Patriotic Super Heroes of All-Time
Every day this August I’ll be spotlighting strange but ultimately endearing comic stories, one a day (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of past installments of this feature.
Today we look at Adventure Comics #323, where the Legion let Chameleon Boy’s pet, Proty II, dictate who will be the next Legion leader! Fun!
The issue was written by Jerry Siegel and drawn by John Forte and George Klein. The story opens with the Legion being mean to new recruits (as per usual)…
I just love the idea of Saturn Girl pointing at someone and shouting, “REJECTED!”
Our little miss tyrant, Saturn Girl, is coming to the end of her term as Legion leader. She proposes a way to come up with a new leader and then, Proty jumps in…
“Yes, it makes perfect sense to me to let Chameleon Boy’s PET come up with a challenge to see who becomes the next Legion leader! Lead on, little amorphous pet!”
First, Saturn Girl goes on a mission. Then Ultra Boy and then Phantom Girl…
Oh, of course, Superboy’s power of total recall. That makes perfect sense.
The next person to go on a mission was Element Lad.
Pete Ross is next, but first we get this chapter header…
Wow, Jimmy is even a dick in his THOUGHTS!
So Pete Ross is next, but he’s not a Legionnaire – he has no powers! But check out this insane explanation for how he DOES have powers!
Well played, Pete, well played. By “well played,” I, of course, mean “not well played at all,” but still! Granted, when you look back at the end of the story, you could easily argue that Proty just went along with it because he really needed Pete Ross for the competition. So him agreeing Pete’s gambit makes some sense. Pete trying it in the first place makes much less sense, though.
Next, Brainiac plays some computers in chess.
Then, it is Jimmy Olsen’s turn. I love the “mission” Proty comes up for him.
And Jimmy’s puppet show idea is quite odd…
Invisible to his creditors? Awesome.
Finally, Saturn Girl figures out Jerry Siegel’s convoluted game….
So yes, Pete Ross, Jimmy Olsen and Proty (with his name reversed) had to be involved because the Legion had no members with names that began with R, O or Y. Hilarious.
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