There are so many things in the two-part story starting in Adventure 350 (Nov 66) that I am going to make fun of, you’d think this was a terrible story. And I suppose it is, but I love it dearly. E. Nelson Bridwell steps in to write this tale that has new villains, new members, and nonsense galore, but it’s more than just Curt Swan’s lovely art that makes this a lot of fun.
Superboy and Supergirl discover their powers fading, and Brainiac 5 explains that a cloud of kryptonite dust has encircled the Earth, and despite the efforts of the Legion, it will remain there for years. Since the two heroes will not be able to stay in the 30th century during that time, the Legion give them a going away party, and some nifty presents.
“Hey, Supergirl, remember when red kryptonite made you try to kill all the female members of the team? Wasn’t that fun? ” Or better yet, Saturn Girl giving Superboy a memento of the time the Legion wound up at each others throats. “Remember how you were on my side, until you met that Atlantean bitch and betrayed me? So many laughs.”
But it’s not as if they get to keep the gifts anyway. Invisible Kid immediately takes them all back, so they won’t have any foreknowledge of the future. And to make sure the Kryptonian cousins do not accidentally remember the Legion, he has Shrinking Violet implant kryponite capsules in the parts of their brains that control memory.
She flies up Superboy’s nose and gets stuck in….ummm…antibodies. Yes, thats what that is. Not snot. Antibodies.
So before they leave, Superboy and Supergirl appoint replacement members for themselves. Two being sealed up in metal uniforms that make them look like robots, who go by the names Sir Prize and Miss Terious. Because those are the best names they could come up with, I guess.
Meanwhile, on the planet Tartarus, Evillo summons the four people he calls his Devil’s Dozen. Either there is a completely different math system on Tartarus, or Evillo’s vision is so bad he sees three of everyone. At any rate, he sends each of them off on separate criminal endeavours, cause that’s the kind of thing you do when your name is Evillo, even if you rule your own planet.
Sir Prize accompanies the group who head to defend the Interplanetary bank against Apollo. Apollo’s charms are almost enough to sway Saturn Girl, and Lightning Lad has his robot arm eaten by crystal creatures. The Legionnaires thwart the robbery, but Apollo’s men take Lightning Lad back to Tartarus with them.
R.J. Brande makes his first appearance. The financier of the Legion, he is referred to as the richest man in the Universe in this tale, although later stories would amend that. All he does in this story is appear briefly calling for help, setting up his appearance next issue.
The story ends as Ultra Boy plans to use his penetra-vision to determine the identities of the new members, and concludes next issue.