Well, the suggestions for new Legionnaires continue to pour in from you fans. So here we are, back with a new batch of these “Bits of Legionnaire Business.” This page represents only a fraction of the thousands of ideas that have deluged us. Of these, we’ve selected the ones we liked best – some intriguing “straight” heroes, others wild and kookie. We’ll just pass along the top choices to our writers for possible use in future stories. One word of caution – try to get really original ideas. Many otherwise good heroes were rejected because they were similar to some we’d used before. Send your brainstorms to: BITS OF LEGIONNAIRE BUSINESS, National Periodical Publications, 575 Lexington Ave., New York, N.Y. 10022, preferably on a postal card. And now for this issue’s collection:
Robert L. Chambers, Caro, Mich. – “Monster Boy can assume any wierd form he chooses.” . . . David Low, Florissant, Mo. – “The Traveler has the power to transport himself and others anywhere he wills, including other time-eras and dimensions.” . . . Rudolph Valentino, Cedar Brook, N.J, – “Inertia Kid can increase the resistance that a body has to moving, and thus render it motionless.”. . . Kim Boyce, Chicago, Ill. – “Pajama Pat can put anyone to sleep for any length of time.”
Billy Brennan, Collingdale, Pa. – “Fingertip Fred can make his fingers as long as he wants. Also, they can drill through stone or metal.” . . . Mark DeWolfe, San Antonio, Tex. – “Cat Kid has the strength of a tiger, the courage of a lion, the speed of a cheetah, the ability to see in the dark – and when he falls, he always lands on his feet.” . . . Paul Miller, Oakdale, Conn. – “Dynamite Dan can make anything explode.” . . . Dan Solla, Freeport, Pa. – “Liquid Lad has the power to turn any solid, unliving thing into any form of liquid.”
Adventure Comics 354, March 1967
Lately, much attention has been given to Jeff Greenberg for his creation of Color Kid, now a member of the Legion of Substitute Heroes. It is my sad duty to inform you that he did not create Color Kid. In issue No. 311, Leslie Leibow, of Fairlawn, N.J., sent in Color Kid as a Bit of Legionnaire Business. When will you give credit where credit is due?
-Elizabeth Kane, East Meadow, N.Y.
(We already have, Liz – by crediting the first fan to send the idea in. Jeff’s Bit of Business appeared in No. 309. And speaking of Jeff, read the next letter. -Ed.)
Thank you! Thank you! I am so proud! You have made Color Kid one of your most vivid and exciting new characters. Even though he is only a Substitute Legionnaire, he was the hero of “The Forgotten Legion” (which was one of your best stories in months). And why am I so proud? Because he’s my character – I created him in your Bits of Legionnaire Business column. Well, I’ve made my contribution!
-Jeff Greenberg, Los Angeles, Calif.
(You sure have, Jeff! We fell your boy adds a great deal of color to the Substitute Legion – so there’s no telling when he’ll pop up next. -Ed.)
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