Legion of Substitute Heroes

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The Legion of Substitute Heroes

DC Comics Presents No. 59, July 1983

"Many young people have tried unsuccessfully to join the Legion of Super-Heroes, for it is no easy matter to be admitted to the mightiest crime-fighting group in the 30th century."

But Brek Bannin, known as Polar Boy, does not accept adversity without acting. Bannin contacts four other worthy applicants who, upon being turned down, had been given anti-gravity belts as "consolation prizes". With them, he forms the Legion of Substitute Heroes, a group "ready to take over whenever an emergency arose which the Super-Heroes could not handle" (Adv No. 306/2, Mar 1963: "The Legion of Substitute Heroes").

The Legion of Substitute Heroes initially consists of Polar Boy, Night Girl, Chlorophyll Kid, Fire Lad, Stone Boy, and Color Kid. Later, more heroes join the team, including: Infectious Lass, Porcupine Pete, Antennae Boy, Double-Header, and briefly Star Boy and Dream Girl from the main Legion (Adv No. 342, Mar 1966: "The Legionnaire Who Killed"; DCCP No. 59, Jul 1983: "Ambush Bug II"; and others).

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