Who's Who in the Superman Comics

The Legion of Super-Villains

The Legion of Super-Villains is essentially an evil counterpart of the 30th Century team known throughout the cosmos as The Legion of Super-Heroes. As the story goes, it was initially organized by a man named Tarik the Mute. Once an honorable citizen, he lost his vocal chords when he was accidentally shot by a police blaster beam. Feeling wronged by society, Tarik the Mute formed a sort-of crime academy. Out of this union was born the Legion of Super-Villains, which includes a number of super criminals, all dedicated to the destruction of the Legion of Super-Heroes!

Concurrently, there exists a trio of villains - Lightning Lord, Cosmic King, and Saturn Queen. They are adult, rogue versions of the teenage Lightning Lad, Cosmic Boy, and Saturn Girl - the original members of the Legion. This particular trio has repeatedly battled not only the good Legion, but also Superman himself! Early on in the so-called Silver Age, Lightning Lord, Cosmic King, and Saturn Queen were established members of Superman's Rogues Gallery. They have managed to plague him in more recent times as well, and remain a deadly threat to mankind, originating in the far future.

First Appearance: Adventure Comics #372

Source: Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe Volume XIII (issue #13)



Who's Who in the Superman Comics

Introduction

This is a listing of many of the notable characters and a few places that have appeared in the Superman comics from the 1986 revamp up until around 2008.

NOTE: A new, and more current version of the Who's Who is currently being worked on and can be accessed by clicking here.

Although Superman often appears in other DC Comics, this text's information is limited mainly to what has occurred in the regular Superman comics.

Many thanks to Scotty V, Derrick Lyle Coleman, Dean Vanek, Genevieve Clemens and Benjamin Grose who all helped out at one time or another with writing and updating these Who's Who descriptions.

The listings are displayed as follows:

  • Surname, Firstname - Text describing the character, place, object, etc...

Relevant issues of the Superman comics are listed as such:
  • SUP = Superman
  • MOS = Man of Steel
  • AOS = Adventures of Superman
  • ACT = Action Comics
  • MOT = Man of Tomorrow

The Issue Number for each of these titles is written in this manner: “#000”. (e.g. SUP #123)

“First Appearance” refers to the issue since 1986 unless otherwise noted.



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