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Action Comics v1 #267
Story 2

Preboot » Pre-Crisis
Cover by Curt Swan, Stan Kaye and Ira Schnapp
Story title The Three Super-Heroes
Previous story Superboy v1 #147: The Origin of the Legion
Next story Action Comics v1 #276: Supergirl's Three Super-Girlfriends
Publication date June 30, 1960
Cover date August 1960
Writer Jerry Siegel
Penciller Jim Mooney
Inker Jim Mooney
Letterer Joe Letterese
Colourist(s) Unknown
Editor Mort Weisinger
Cover artist(s) Curt Swan, Stan Kaye, Ira Schnapp

Supergirl is invited to try out for the Legion, only to be rejected after a mishap with red kryptonite.

The Three Super-Heroes

(13 pages/69 panels)

In events paralleling (and from the Legion's point-of-view, preceding) the initiation of Superboy, the Legion of Super-Heroes approaches Supergirl for membership, and brings her to the 30th century. There, she proves her worthiness by creating a Trans-Earth Tunnel that will lighten air traffic. Unfortunately, in doing so she encounters a piece of Red Kryptonite that temporarily transforms her into an adult. She is refused membership on the grounds that she now exceeds their 18-year old age limit.

Heartbroken, Supergirl is forced to return home and wait for the transformation to end, and to wonder if she'll have another chance at Legion membership.

Roll Call


In order of appearance:

Legion Applicants

Supporting characters

Other characters

  • Unnamed children of Midvale Orphanage (4 panels)
  • An unnamed bus driver (3 panels)
  • Unnamed citizens at Superman Fair (7 panels)

Planets and Settings

  • 20th century Earth, including:
    • Metropolis
    • The Superman Fair
    • Midvale Orphanage
  • 30th century Earth, including:
    • Metropolis
    • Nine Planets Ice Cream Shoppe
    • Legion Clubhouse
  • Mars (mentioned only)

Technology, Gadgets and Other Neat Stuff

  • Legion Time Bubble (5 panels)
  • A Linda Lee Robot (4 panels)
  • Legion Jet Packs (8 panels)
  • Legion Clubhouse (3 panels)
  • Trans-Earth Tunnel (1 panel)
  • Red Kryptonite (1 panel)

First appearances

This issue marks the first appearance of the following characters and recurring key Legion story elements:

  • Chameleon Boy
  • Colossal Boy
  • Invisible Kid
  • Age limit for membership (18 years)
  • The Trans-Earth Tunnel


Errors and Oddities

Here, the Legionnaires explain that they are actually the children of the original Legion members who inducted Superboy into their group. Why this was done cannot be known, but the concept was soon discarded with Superboy & Supergirl both serving on the same team.

It is said that the Legionnaires have super-powers because all their parents come from different worlds. Two of the Legionnaires introduced in this issue are later revealed to be from Earth.

Retcon Alert

It is mentioned that someone else was admitted in Supergirl's place. Secrets of the LSH erroneously stated that it was Chameleon Boy, who was already a member. For a time fans chose Star Boy by process of elimination. Finally, in LSH v.4 Tom & Mary Bierbaum introduced Kid Quantum, retconning him into the Legion's past in this role.

Other stories in this issue

There is an additional story that does not feature the Legion, "One Hour to Doom".


This Legion story has been reprinted in the following:

See also

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