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When trapped on the planet [[Korbal]] with his brother, [[Mekt]] and their youngers sister, [[Ayla]], Garth was blasted by lightning beasts that endowed them with the powers of super lightning.
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'''Lightning Lad'''
  
Lightning Lad (nee [[Lightning Boy]]) was one of the three founding members of [[The Legion of Super Heroes]] along with [[Saturn Girl]] and [[Cosmic Boy]].
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A member of the [[Legion of Super-Heroes]]. A native of the planet [[Amarta]] (also referred to as the planet [[Winath]]), Lightning Lad possesses, like his brother [[Lightning Lord]], the "power of super-electricity," the ability to discharge controlled bolts of "super-lightning" from his body. Lightning Lad's real name is [[Garth Ranzz]]. The adult Lightning Lad is called [[Lightning Man]].
  
Lightning Lad's career has been the most tragic of any of the Legionaires. He died on a mission combatting the rays of Zaryan the Conqueror, was brought back to life, lost an arm while battling "The Super Moby Dick of Space", and was fitted with a robotic arm. He finally had his real flesh and blood armed restored by a physcian who betrayed Evillo and "The Devil's Dozen".
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According to Superman No. 147/3, Lightning Lad and his brother acquired their awesome powers when, as youngsters exploring a wooded area on the planet Korbal, they were attacked by a fearsome "lightning monster" which had "the frightful ability to transfer some of its lightning power to its victims ... like an infectious disease!" Lightning Lad vowed to devote his newly acquired powers to helping others, joined the Legion of Super-Heroes, while Lightning Lord decided to use his powers for crime, and ultimately joined the [[Legion of Super-Villains]].  Later accounts of this story include Garth's twin sister, Ayala, who becomes [[Lightning Lass]].
  
When [[Superman]] visted the 30th Century to visit the [[Adult Legion of Super Heroes]], he discovered that happiness had finally come to Lightning Lad - as the adult [[Lightning Man]] he wed long time sweeetheart, [[Saturn Girl]] ([[Imra Ardeen]]).  
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In August 1961, Lightning Man and two other adult legionnaires, [[Cosmic Man]]  and [[Saturn Woman]] , join forces with [[Superman]] in his battle with [[Lex Luthor]] and the Legion of Super-Villains (S No. 147/3: "The Legion of Super-Villains!").
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In April 1962, Lightning Lad is among the six Legionnaires who play an elaborate hoax on Superman and [[Supergirl]] as a prelude to celebrating the anniversary of Supergirl's arrival on Earth (S N 152/1: "The Robot Master!").
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In August 1962, Lightning Man and Cosmic Man pose as [[Samson]] and [[Hercules]], "two of the mightiest men of all time," as part of an elaborate ruse, devised by Superman, for uncovering the hiding place of [[Duke Marple]]’s stolen loot and bringing the "notorious gang-leader" to justice (S No. 155/2: "The Downfall of Superman!").
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In October 1962, when Superman is believed to be dying of an incurable malady, Lightning Lad is among the Legionnaires who are summoned to the twentieth century by Supergirl to help carry out gigantic super-tasks that Superman hopes to fulfill as his final legacy to humanity, including the destruction of a "vast cloud of fungus in distant space, that will some day reach Earth and blight all plant life  it and the melting of the Antarctic ice, "to make Antarctica a fit place for millions to live in the future," thus ensuring "a home for Earth's expanding population ... !" (S No. 156: "The Last Days of Superman!" pts.  I-III-"Superman's Death Sentence!"; "The Super-Comrades of All Time!"; "Superman's Last Day of Life!") (TGSB).
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Lightning Lad (see [[Lightning Boy]]) was one of the three founding members of The [[Legion of Super-Heroes]] along with [[Saturn Girl]] and [[Cosmic Boy]].
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Lightning Lad's career is among the most tragic of any of the Legionnaires. He dies on a mission to combat the rays of [[Zaryan the Conqueror]], is brought back to life by the sacrifice of [[Proty]], loses an arm while battling "The Super Moby Dick of Space", and is then fitted with a robotic arm. Finally, his real flesh and blood arm is restored by a physician who betrays [[Prince Evillo]] and "The Devil's Dozen".
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When [[Superman]] visits the 30th century to see the [[Adult Legion of Super-Heroes]], he discovers that happiness has finally come to Lightning Lad - as the adult [[Lightning Man]] has wed his long-time sweetheart, Saturn Girl (now [[Saturn Woman]], [[Imra Ardeen]]).
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==External Links==
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightning_Lad Wikipedia entry on Lightning Lad]
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*[http://www.studiosanning.shawbiz.ca/legion_of_super-heroes/membership/lightning_lad/index.htm Garth's entry at the LSH Clubhouse]
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*[http://www.majorspoilers.com/archives/8115.htm/ Hero History: Lightning Lad]
  
 
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Lightning Lad

A member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. A native of the planet Amarta (also referred to as the planet Winath), Lightning Lad possesses, like his brother Lightning Lord, the "power of super-electricity," the ability to discharge controlled bolts of "super-lightning" from his body. Lightning Lad's real name is Garth Ranzz. The adult Lightning Lad is called Lightning Man.

According to Superman No. 147/3, Lightning Lad and his brother acquired their awesome powers when, as youngsters exploring a wooded area on the planet Korbal, they were attacked by a fearsome "lightning monster" which had "the frightful ability to transfer some of its lightning power to its victims ... like an infectious disease!" Lightning Lad vowed to devote his newly acquired powers to helping others, joined the Legion of Super-Heroes, while Lightning Lord decided to use his powers for crime, and ultimately joined the Legion of Super-Villains. Later accounts of this story include Garth's twin sister, Ayala, who becomes Lightning Lass.

In August 1961, Lightning Man and two other adult legionnaires, Cosmic Man and Saturn Woman , join forces with Superman in his battle with Lex Luthor and the Legion of Super-Villains (S No. 147/3: "The Legion of Super-Villains!").

In April 1962, Lightning Lad is among the six Legionnaires who play an elaborate hoax on Superman and Supergirl as a prelude to celebrating the anniversary of Supergirl's arrival on Earth (S N 152/1: "The Robot Master!").

In August 1962, Lightning Man and Cosmic Man pose as Samson and Hercules, "two of the mightiest men of all time," as part of an elaborate ruse, devised by Superman, for uncovering the hiding place of Duke Marple’s stolen loot and bringing the "notorious gang-leader" to justice (S No. 155/2: "The Downfall of Superman!").

In October 1962, when Superman is believed to be dying of an incurable malady, Lightning Lad is among the Legionnaires who are summoned to the twentieth century by Supergirl to help carry out gigantic super-tasks that Superman hopes to fulfill as his final legacy to humanity, including the destruction of a "vast cloud of fungus in distant space, that will some day reach Earth and blight all plant life it and the melting of the Antarctic ice, "to make Antarctica a fit place for millions to live in the future," thus ensuring "a home for Earth's expanding population ... !" (S No. 156: "The Last Days of Superman!" pts. I-III-"Superman's Death Sentence!"; "The Super-Comrades of All Time!"; "Superman's Last Day of Life!") (TGSB).

Lightning Lad (see Lightning Boy) was one of the three founding members of The Legion of Super-Heroes along with Saturn Girl and Cosmic Boy.

Lightning Lad's career is among the most tragic of any of the Legionnaires. He dies on a mission to combat the rays of Zaryan the Conqueror, is brought back to life by the sacrifice of Proty, loses an arm while battling "The Super Moby Dick of Space", and is then fitted with a robotic arm. Finally, his real flesh and blood arm is restored by a physician who betrays Prince Evillo and "The Devil's Dozen".

When Superman visits the 30th century to see the Adult Legion of Super-Heroes, he discovers that happiness has finally come to Lightning Lad - as the adult Lightning Man has wed his long-time sweetheart, Saturn Girl (now Saturn Woman, Imra Ardeen).

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