Supergirl Saturday: Action Comics #267, “The Three Super-Heroes!”
|January 4, 2014||Posted by Jess under Comics, Supergirl Saturday|
Ahaha oh man you guys. Time to meet the Legion of Super-Heroes! They are dicks.
Now, this isn’t the Legion’s first appearance and this isn’t the first time they’ve been dicks; a good chunk of their adventures revolve around them pranking and excluding other teenagers for arbitrary reasons. Basically, wherever you see “Cosmic Boy,” read “Regina George.” But this is the first time they’ve been dicks to Supergirl. Also one of her major iconic love interests will eventually be a Legionnaire (though not in this issue), so this is an important moment.
Our story opens with Linda and the other Midvale orphans on a trip to the Superman Fair, dedicated to honoring Superman. The man himself shows up for a display of how electricity ain’t no thang to him, but events take a sharp turn downhill:
Side note: I love how Linda is determined to save lives no matter what it means for her personally. Superman would dither way more.
But wait! That guy called her Supergirl!
Mysteries abound, if you haven’t read the beginning of this post or looked at that splash page!
This appears to be a wildly unsafe fair, because the very next panel brings another crisis:
You guys have figured out the pattern by now, right?
Anyway, Linda finally confronts the three teenagers as Supergirl and learns who they are:
This whole “children of the iconic characters who look and act exactly like their parents” was a beloved Silver Age chestnut – one of my favorite Lois Lane stories of all time revolves around exactly that conceit – but in this case it was abandoned the very next time the characters met, which is good because it was unnecessarily complicated. (Despite “unnecessarily complicated” being the guiding principle of the Silver Age, and comic books in general for that matter.)
Anyway, Linda is stoked:
And since befriending super-teens from The Future won’t break Superman’s “you must be alone and miserable” rules, off they go to the 30th century! There Linda experiences many marvels:
So, what, do you think Cos actually paused in the middle of that sentence long enough to walk over to the clubhouse, go inside, and assemble the whole team in the conference room?
Anyway, even though the Legionnaires have already given Linda an initiation and invited her to join, she’s not a member yet:
Linda digs a tunnel through the Earth as if that’s a sane or feasible solution to air-gridlock, but it has unforeseen consequences:
As usual, red kryptonite is the answer:
Is it just me, or does Saturn Girl look incredibly not-sorry there? I can’t help but read her dialogue in the voice of Stacy from Daria’s Fashion Club. “Oh…sorry.”
So Linda flees back home…sort of:
Is there anything more pathetic than Supergirl sobbing with eagles on a barren mountain somewhere because the popular kids were mean to her? Poor Linda. Also, yikes at her thought bubble in that panel. How much pressure is she under to be perfect?
Anyway, next week we’ll see what happens when Supergirl does manage to join the Legion, but in the meantime I leave you with this gem: