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Remember to Forget – The “Hero” Who Traveled to the Future to Make Women Take Their Clothes Off

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In this series we spotlight comic book stories that are likely best left forgotten. Here is an archive of past installments.

Today, we take a look at one of the characters introduced during DC’s Bloodlines event, the rather ill-thought out Jamm, who traveled to the 31st Century from the 20th Century to…use his powers to make women take their clothes off for him…

Legion of Super-Heroes Annual #4 came out at the very tail end of Tom and Mary Bierbaums’ tenure as the writer of Legion of Superheroes. Their run was finished up in about another month or two after this issue came out. So when tasked with introducing a brand new character who they likely would never get a chance to actually write for DC Comics, I suspect that they were not exactly jumping for joy. Or maybe they were. Either way, their entry for the “Create a new character” Bloodlines event was very much a one-off joke character.

Jamm was a 20th Century skateboarder who is attacked by the parasitic aliens of Bloodlines when Timber Wolf, the Legionnaire who had been stuck in the past, tries to rescue Jamm. A time travel error (as the Time Institute is under attack by dead people risen from the grave during a Legion storyline that was going on at the same time) brought Jamm, the alien and Timber Wolf to the future.

While there, Jamm demonstrates the metahuman power he received courtesy of the attack by the alien (the aliens wake up the metagene in people with metagenes). He can make people do whatever he wants them to do. He makes the alien go back to the past and then he passes out. When he wakes up, he puts his power into effect on the Legionnaires (or former Legionnaires/Substitute Legionnaires, etc.) at hand…

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He then decides to go partying in the future, and decides to make Night Girl (Cosmic Boy’s wife) come with him, leaving her baby behind…

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and, of course, making her take her clothes off…

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By the way, we don’t know for sure that he didn’t do anything else off-panel, but it doesn’t SEEM like he did. Still, that that’s even a possibility is pretty sketchy.

He asks Night Girl to help him get the most powerful guy she knows as their bodyguard, so she takes him to Lar Gand…

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And this introduces him to Lar Gand’s girlfriend, Shadow Lass, who he then, well, you know…

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Go to the next page to see what happens next…

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Is the co artist the same Nick Napolitano who letters nowadays?

“It’s a weird, weird comic book. ”

And so poorly drawn, too!

So, did anything happen with Jamm after that? Did he join Blood Pack, or was that his last appearance? Should we assume that instead of sending him back in time, they actually just disintegrated him?

I heard Patrick Stewart ghost-wrote this issue. He reused elements of the plot for a later screenplay.

I heard Patrick Stewart ghost-wrote this issue. He reused elements of the plot for a later screenplay.

That’s a hilariously obscure joke! :)

Is the co artist the same Nick Napolitano who letters nowadays?

Yep

So, did anything happen with Jamm after that? Did he join Blood Pack, or was that his last appearance? Should we assume that instead of sending him back in time, they actually just disintegrated him?

He made a couple more appearances, but very small ones.

Trevor: I heard Patrick Stewart ghost-wrote this issue. He reused elements of the plot for a later screenplay.

“It’s a comedy then, is it?”

“No.”

Ugh, this guy. Everything about this character was just awful.

Dammit, I was thinking Patrick Stewart too :D

Even if the Legion had disintegrated him, Squashua, it’d be too late. He’d seen everything.

So this is a less creepy Killgrave then?!

I can’t imagine why Jamm hasn’t made a New 52 appearance yet…

Jamm would make a good villain — a half-assed, self-obsessed kind of bad guy who’s only out for himself and has absolutely no respect for boundaries… and who doesn’t understand what’s so wrong about using his power on people, since he never faces real opposition. Yeah, pretty much like Killgrave the Purple Man, but still pretty creepy.

“…after all you need a little brat inside you to know how to deal with one.” Phrasing!

I would like to see Jamm used again. In a sort of reverse Purple Man way. Someone who has an otherwise BAD power but still has good intentions and not in the believes himself to be good kind of way. Kinda liek if you made Bill and Ted gods.

In many ways his powers are creepy and invasive like say Deadman who co-opts people bodies (let’s not forget Deadman was basically willing to rape a guy by co-opting his body to sleep with Dove).

And no, there’s in no way any indication in the comic that Jamm in any way actually raped anyone. In fact he doesn’t even seem to take the girls stripping as anything sexual. More of a “OH SWEET I CAN MAKE THEM DO THAT TOO. I CAN HAVE PEOPLE DO ANYTHING.”

But yeah I liked that whether he learned a lesson or not (mostly not) he wasn’t going to abuse his powers as such, or at least as blatantly moving forward. He even saved a bunch of heroes lives during Bloodbath, technically.

And yeah Bloodbath was his only other appearance sadly.

Rape or not, I’d still typify what Jamm did as a pretty clear case of sexual assault.

According to Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”, the demon Sidragasum has the power to make women dance for him in the nude. Perhaps it’s a REALLY obscure reference :)

so (SPOILERS)

In Jessica Jones when she tries to make Kilgrave become a hero (for effect) it was just taken from an old Legion Bloodpack story?

More seriously, I didn’t read Legion back then, so I never saw this guy. But this doesn’t even make sense in the “well, it’s of its era.” It’s just bad.

Jeez, a guy makes two women take their clothes off, and it’s like he’s some kind of pervert. Thanks Obama.

I’ll never look at my Jamm DC Bloodlines trading card the same again.

I thought the Bierbaums did some really great stuff with Legion. (When will they reprint the “Legion 5 years later” stuff?!?) So, I’m inclined to give them a pass assuming they were just phoning this one in knowing their run was coming to an end shortly.

Oh, totally agreed, turk. That’s why I mentioned that at the beginning, as I really think this was them simply phoning in a request that likely annoyed them, “Seriously? Invent a brand new character for you right before we leave?” I think a similar impulse is what led to the rather…lackluster creation of The Hook by Mike Grell, who was also on the way out the door on Green Arrow.

“Rape or not, I’d still typify what Jamm did as a pretty clear case of sexual assault.”

It certainly skates around it (and through) if nothing else. Though I’d really argue the mental component is or should be seen as worse IE co-opting minds.

Seems the writer (aside from likely just making an excuse story for Jamm) placed him in a story where Jamm could do the least harm. Vaguely learn a lesson and be off.

And though it’s only topically presented with Shadow Lass I think some of the point was to have the ladies be merely annoyed at him than anything since 1000 years into the future nudity and modesty are viewed differently so they wouldn’t be hurt by his actions.

Charlie Dougherty

February 3, 2016 at 3:40 pm

And judging by the costumes Shadow Lass and night Girl wore during the Grell era of Legion, nakednesss wouldn’t be that much of a stretch.

Oh man, I’d forgotten that Night Girl also went through a skimpy-costume phase. That didn’t last long. But I guess that was at the same time that her boyfriend was wearing a corset and no shirt.

“Don’t be a Hoover!”

Why did that catch phrase not stick?

The whole point of having powers is to get people to get naked for you, isn’t it? Willingly, of course, though.

I guess it just didn’t reach, Herbert.

But this guy’s a nozzle, he should have totally made it work!

After watching Jessica Jones, the part where Jamm tells Night Girl to “leave Kid Embryo with the Nanny” leaves me with uncomfortable echoes to Killgrave telling the guy to leave his baby on the curb.

Pyro, they might be more laid back about nudity but I doubt they’re casual about mental coercion.

I always thought Jamm was the Bierbaums making fun of what DC wanted them to do. “Give us a new character who is cool, extreme, maybe a skateboarder who does whatever he wants.”

Like a version of The Simpsons’ Poochie. Unlike Poochie it doesn’t really work as particularly funny, or even as a send-up of what was going on at Image but in my mind it was meant in that vein.

Not saying what he did was okay in any way shape or form but I read it more as him not really believing he had this power at first fully not expecting Night Girl to obey so just saying the most outrageous thing he could think of in order to know for sure. To his credit it doesn’t look like he took advantage of the situation and never tried anything like that again. Sill a slimy move of course, having her pretend she was a chicken or something would have been just as effective and a whole lot less skeevy

I agree with Freedy. Seemed like Jamm was a deliberate parody of shallow 1990s anti-heroes. But it actually seems more like a parody of characters like leather-jacket Superboy and Gen 13 than the violent Image heroes.

@NotAnElf- except he DOES do it more than once.

I do find the “nudity not a big deal in the future” an interesting thought game. Sure, the mental coercion stinks in any regard, but if nudity is no bigger deal than “dancing like a chicken” then would it still be a big deal?

Of course, nudity DOES matter in the future, because he doesn’t ask any of the male Legion members to drop trou.

Haven;t read the issue so were there any incidents beyond Shady and Night-Girl? I already talked about Night Girls case and Shady’s was definitely not deliberate though he didn’t seem at all sorry about the incident either.

Haven;t read the issue so were there any incidents beyond Shady and Night-Girl? I already talked about Night Girls case and Shady’s was definitely not deliberate though he didn’t seem at all sorry about the incident either.

How in the world was it not deliberate with Shadow Lass? It was clearly deliberate.

It’s a little telling that you have a character who mind-controls women to get naked and some commenters are looking for reasons why what he did wasn’t so bad, really.

Guys: nothing about the situation can remotely be said to be OK in any way. It is unambiguously sexual assault, clearly sexually motivated and deliberate (the dialogue in the story makes this clear), and it is not in any way to the character’s ‘credit’ that he didn’t rape them afterwards. Stop apologising for him. And yes, you are.

I would say that neither Night Girl nor Shadow Lass have BIG issues with nudity (so have often worn skimpy and/or tight outfits) – if they did Jamm would have probably ended up with broken limbs (rather than mere sensory deprivation)

When I read the story I could not understand the point of the story or the character
it wasn’t exciting or funny
it was just a jerk abusing his powers in an understandable but totally unacceptable and morally reprehensible way mistreating/disrespecting women who were not only beautiful but also dangerous.
(Jamm should consider himself lucky he did not encounter any of the more hot-tempered women in the Legion)

IainC –

Hell, yeah.

I actually expected many more comments along the line of “it’s all Obama’s fault, and the Beta Male millennial generation that is so politically correct that they see harm in some goofy fun, like mind controlling women out of their clothes.”

I mean, there are apologists for Ms. Marvel’s rape and forced impregnation, and that was scales of magnitude worse.

However, it’s not an apology to say that people in past decades had funny ideas about consent. I’m not saying those ideas were right. They were totally fucked up and dismissive of the traumatizing nature of such events.

@John King. There is a world of difference between wearing an outfit that shows some skin and going full nude. Not to mention these girls DID NOT chose to go nude. Some creep with powers made them do it.

Eric L. Sofer, the Silver Age Fogey

February 11, 2016 at 3:05 pm

And yet, this seems pretty obvious to me. Under what conditions is it right to force someone to act against their will? Call it slavery, call it rape… it’s wrong. If this is what the Bierbaums did with the Legion (I couldn’t read the new Legion past about 10 issues), it’s a good thing they were yanked off the book. All that potential… ANY hero they wanted… and they go with an slaver/rapist. Makes no sense to me.

@Agent_Z
I said it was not a big issue for the women- and I placed emphasis on the BIG to acknowledge that it was still an issue.
My point was that these are formidable women
Night Girl has nocturnal super strength, Shadow Lass is the champion of her world and joined the Legion after demonstrating her effectiveness in combat (she defeated one of the fatal five literally single-handed and played a pivotal role in defeating the other four).
Sexually harassing these women is not only wrong but it is also dangerous.
Jamm got off incredibly lightly
(Though he now knows not to disrespect Tasmia’s powers)

Jamm was a pretty ghastly attempt a new superhero from a year where Marvel and DC were like “Hey, let’s come up with new, godawful characters!”

On a scale of 1-10, with Jamm being at the bottom end of the scale, where do Battling Bantam, Mongrel, Annex, and Geist fall in relation to him? Because Jamm is like some perfect form of horribleness that transcends being from the 90’s.

He’s a special kind of timelessly terrible.

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