Adventures in the DC Universe #10
Adventures in the DC Universe #10 cover


January 1998


“The Blobs!”


Steve Vance (Script) • John Delaney (Pencils) • Ron Boyd (Inks) • Tom McCraw (Colors) • Tim Harkins (Letters) • Frank Berrios (Editor Lad [Assistant Editor]) • KC Carlson (Editor Man) • John Delaney / Ron Boyd (Cover [assumed; unsigned])


While out in space, most of the members of the Legion are attacked by a protoplasmic blob which tries to absorb them, and which proves to be highly resistant to their powers.  Most of the members are trapped, and attempts to stop the rays the blob emits fail, until Saturn Girl realizes that it is a projection of Sensor, who was injured in a recent battle.  Meanwhile, back at Legion Headquarters, Ferro investigates 30th Century attitudes toward people who look “different”, and ends up defeating a thief who breaks into Brainiac 5’s lab.


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Tracking updates and corrections to 1998Q1 issues
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Character and Object Tracking



Previous Appearance

Next Appearance


Violet (Salu Digby) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #2) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #3)
Ultra Boy (Jo Nah) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #2) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #3)
Live Wire (Garth Ranzz) Legion: Secret Files #1 (story #1) Legion: Secret Files #1 (story #2)
Invisible Kid (Lyle Norg) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #2) Legion: Secret Files #1 (story #2)
Spark (Ayla Ranzz) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #2) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #3)
Kinetix (Zoe Saugin) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #2) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #3)
Sensor (Princess Jeka Wynzorr) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #2) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #3)
Chameleon (Reep Daggle)
     (also appears as a Krq’ll)
Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #2) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #3)
Saturn Girl (Imra Ardeen) Legion: Secret Files #1 (story #1) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #3)
Cosmic Boy (Rokk Krinn) Legion: Secret Files #1 (story #1) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #3)
Triad (Luornu Durgo) Legion: Secret Files #1 (story #1) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #3)
XS (Jenni Ognats) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #2) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #3)
Star Boy (Thom Kallor) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #2) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #3)
Apparition (Tinya Wazzo-Nah) Legion: Secret Files #1 (story #1) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #3)
Brainiac 5 (Querl Dox) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #2) Legion: Secret Files #1 (story #2)
Ferro (Andrew Nolan) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #2) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #3)
Gates (Ti’julk Mr’asz) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #2) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #3)
Element Lad (Jan Arrah) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #2) Legion: Secret Files #1 (story #2)
Umbra (Tasmia Mallor) Appears in flashback to Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #2)
M’Onel (Lar Gand) Appears in flashback to Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #2)


Benn Pares None None to date
White Triangle terrorists No appearance; mention only
White Triangle assassins (3; unidentifiable as to which of the five they are) Appear in flashback to Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #0

Supporting Characters

Koko Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #2) Legion: Secret Files #1 (story #2)
Shvaughn Erin Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #1) < >
Tenzil Kem Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #2) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #4)
Chuck Taine Legionnaires #< > Legion: Secret Files #1 (story #2)
R.J. Brande Appears in flashbacks to Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #2) and Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #0
One-shot Characters:
     unnamed Stargater passengers (4; none seen before)
     unnamed medical person


Sn’p’pn-3 No appearance; mention only
Vyz’nger Sector No appearance; mention only
Legion headquarters Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #2) Legends of the Legion #1
Monitor room, Legion headquarters Legionnaires #< > Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #5)
Library, Legion headquarters < > < >
Cafeteria, Legion headquarters Legionnaires #< > Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #4)
Brainiac 5’s lab, Legion headquarters Legionnaires #< > Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #4)
Medical bay, Legion headquarters Legionnaires #< > Legionnaires #68
One-shot Locations:
     Deep space
     Sn’p’pn-3 (planet)

Alien Races and Creatures

Galactic Antibody No appearance; illusion only


Levitating furniture Legionnaires #< > Legion: Secret Files #1 (story #2)
Med table Legionnaires #< > Legion: Secret Files #1 (story #2)
Mark-459 cruiser Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #2) Legion: Secret Files #1 (story #2)
Transuits Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #2) < >
Mission Monitor Board Legionnaires #< > Legion: Secret Files #1 (story #2)
Omnicom Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #2) Legion: Secret Files #1 (story #2)
One-shot or Untracked Items:
     Emergency med table with localized gravity field
     Library Omnicom
     Benn Pares’ blaster


General The Adventures in the DC Universe comic largely shared the same continuity of the animated Superman and Batman cartoons, and moving forward, with the Justice League Adventures cartoon.  This issue, however, is an exception.  The character designs seen here – most notably that of Chameleon – differ from those seen in the “New Kids on the Block” episode of Superman, and from the Justice League Adventures series – but they match (with a “cartoony” influence) those of the current Legion comics.  Ergo, this issue will be tracked as though it occurred in the DC Universe, not the “Animated Universe.”

Analysis Notes

This story obviously occurs after Team 20 returns to the 30th century in Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 and apparently after the Legion Day celebration in that issue’s second story (based on the 13:5 flashback), but before several of the members leave to investigate the Fires of Creation in Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #101.  Despite Spark’s comment in 5:2, she never uses her lightning (which was restored in Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #101) in the story, so we may assume that the story occurs prior to that tale as well.  We will tentatively place it between the second and third stories in Legion of Super-Heroes v4#100, and between the first and second stories in Legion: Secret Files #1, which also occur between those two.
1 Saturn Girl and Live Wire are the ones who should be clutching each other.  This may indicate residual clearing of Saturn Girl’s influence over Cosmic Boy.  (This story was apparently drawn prior to the events of Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #94.)
As seen on pages 2-3, Sensor is not strapped down to the med table.  It must have a localized gravity field included as part of standard equipment, in lieu of physical straps.
The White Triangle terrorists Lyle mentions were presumably not actual Daxamites from the Direct Action Cadre, but just run-of-the-mill humans.
2-3 The role call panels here are not counted in the Panels/Speaking count.
2:1 First word balloon is from Invisible Kid, continued from the previous page.  We will attribute the other two to Violet and Ultra Boy, since they are piloting the ship.
2:2 Star Boy’s position: “Assume crash positions!” followed by people posing like that was a joke in the movie Airplane!  Star Boy has a reputation for being a lousy pilot — gaining the nickname “Crash” Kallor on the Internet — so the “crash position” isn’t out of bounds.
2:3 We can presume that, since Sensor is the most injured member of the team, she was specifically targeted as being the least human, and thus the most fitting for the xenophobic terrorists’ focus.
Note that the three in this panel are Chameleon, Spark, and Sensor: Chameleon is Spark’s “secret admirer,” and there is a love interest/friendship relationship between him and Sensor, as well.
2:4 Star Boy would have been sent out with the other “heavy hitters,” but his Daxamite-style powers are still largely untested, and Lyle probably wanted to retain one from that class in case they were needed.
4:2 Coloring goof on the top panel on the right side wing of the headquarters.
5:2 Spark is never seen using her lightning in this story.  As mentioned above, for this story to fit into continuity, it must occur while she still had her gravity powers.  As a result, “…our lightning blasts!” should be read as “…your lightning blasts!”  Further, Ayla’s personal issues with be separated from her twin, Garth, with different powers could well contribute to a feeling of joint ownership of the lightning powers despite her not possessing them in this story.
5:6 Interesting that they choose to draw in Ultra Boy’s stubble in the full-figure panel but not in the recent close-ups.
6:1 Saturn Girl spent too much time in the 20th century; she seems to think she is Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Deanna Troi.
6:3 Spark is misdrawn here; the band from her transuit should be on her left arm.
7:1 Spark is in the left foreground, speaking.
8:4 Gates’ speech here is a nice counterpoint to the typical “What do you mean, my appearance?  You humans are the most hideous things I’ve ever seen!” speech so often given by aliens in this circumstance.
9:1 One wonders how the Legionnaires got out of the ship, given that the ship is using all its power to fight the tractor beam.  Maybe they snuck out the back door?
9:6 “Krq’ll” = “Crackle” and “Sn’p’nn” = “Snappin’.”  What happened to “Pop?”
10:1 If the blobs are too mindless for Saturn Girl to get a fix on, they are probably too mindless for Chameleon to frighten.
10:3 Violet had grown large to be able to handle more blob at one time.  She appeared to be asking XS to work with her on the blob section she was gripping, so it seems counterproductive to shrink and release the blob segment just as XS starts running.
11:4 Of course they detected you, Lyle.  As we’ve seen with Banderkat and Tharok, your invisibility doesn’t extend much past the simple visual spectrum.
12:5 It is convenient that the people left at headquarters for Ferro to talk to are some of the ones who know him best from their experience with Team 20: first Brainiac 5, then Gates, and now Shvaughn Erin.
13:3-4 The seating of the founding Legionnaires, the other passengers, and the clothing worn does not match what was seen in Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #0, to which these are a flashback.
13:5 Based on the presence of members of Team 20 and Umbra and Sensor, this scene occurs after Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #1).  The most logical place for the scene would the during the Legion Day celebration in the second story in that issue.
In the preboot continuity, Chameleon was R.J. Brande’s son.  Their proximity in this flashback should not be read as indicating any such relationship in the current continuity, however, unless we want to also read significance into other character placements: Sensor and Brande both have telepathic powers; XS is the granddaughter of Barry Allen, and Brande has well-established interests in the 20th century heroic age; Brainiac 5 is a former Brande employee; M’Onel and Brande have displayed a certain friendship; but there is no special connection to be made with either Umbra or Gates, except as representatives of non-human members of the United Planets, of which Brande is the current President.
14:4 Hard to identify, but the rightmost characters in the antibody bubble are Invisible Kid and Kinetix, although Chameleon and XS should be in there as well.
14:5 Triad could be referring to any number of “B” science fiction movies, but this “blob” plot is reminiscent of the Star Trek (original series) episode “The Immunity Syndrome,” where the Enterprise is being sucked into a single-celled organism the size of a planet.
15:1 “Vyz’nger” is a Tuckerization of “[Mort] Weisinger,” longtime Legion editor during the Silver Age.
16:4 Brainy blowing up labs is standard operating procedure.  He probably does it to test catastrophic conditions for some experiments, since equipment is replaceable where lives are not.
16:5 Technically, the text behind Ferro should be in Interlac, but that would go counter to the introductory-level accessibility focus of Adventures in the DC Universe.
17:3 Never happened before?  Yeah, right.
17:6 Benn Pares previously appeared in the preboot continuity in Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #213, trying to steal the Miracle Machine.  In that story, he was revealed to have some sort of a 6th sense that alerted him to traps and alarms, plus powers that allowed him to overcome them.
18:1 Pares’ blaster looks very fat and squat here.  Comparing to later appearances, especially in 19:1, it is clear that an added ink line resulted in a coloring error to cause the warped appearance; the top curve of the rear two-thirds of the blaster should not be present.
18:2 Chuck Taine is drawn a lot fatter here than his usual merely chubby appearance.
18:3 Since this story occurs after the Legionnaires stranded in the 20th century return home, Pares’ tunnel must not have been completed until after their return.  (Man, that’s bad timing.  Maybe Pares’ trap-detection powers can detect incipient time travel; on the other hand, maybe they let him know when the bulk of the team would be away on a mission.)
18:6 It is entirely probable that Gates’ recent stay in the 20th century, with its increasing attention being paid to the effects of tobacco smoking, has intensified his focus on the effects of second-hand smoke.
19:4 It is unclear whether the physical discontinuity of Ferro’s arm can occur with Gates’ powers, which are usually seen as providing full teleportation.  What probably occurs is that Ferro’s entire body is teleported across the room, with his fist leading the way.
19:5 The blaster bounces, but Chuck Taine (“Bouncing Boy” in the preboot) does not.
20:1 No way to tell which of the guys is speaking here; we’ll give the nod to Invisible Kid, as leader.
One Legionnaire is partially hidden by the word bubble.
20:5 Note that the affected transuits belong to Ayla and Garth.  As twins with the close linkage they have shown, it makes sense for Sensor’s projection to be affecting them both in the same way.
Jo and Tinya, the Legion’s #1 co-dependent couple.
XS is presumably hidden behind 20:4.
20:7 All nine Legionnaires in the antibody bubble are accounted for here.  (Who’s who cannot be generally identified for most of them.)  Sensor and Triad can be seen above the Stargater, too.
21:1 Only twelve Legionnaires are seen here, but thirteen were out of the ship.  Since all the bodies seem to be segmented, we will assume that Sensor is the one not seen here.  Neither word balloon can be associated with an individual, so both are uncredited.
21:2 Ayla is observing that her transuit isn’t damaged after all.
Coloring errors: Ayla’s face, Rokk’s ear, Lyle’s forehead.
21:4 Lyle’s logic leap that the Galactic Antibody was a projection of Sensor’s initially seems to be a bit sudden, but the seeds were present in 21:2.
22:1 This is apparently the Medlab at Legion headquarters.  If it were Medicus 1 (where Sensor might get transferred to once the doctors examine her), one may be sure that Dr. Gym’ll would be shooing everyone out of the room.
Coloring Error: Tenzil is in the lower left, colored like M’Onel.
22:1-2 Poor Element Lad.  He gets to appear in a non-speaking role in two panels here, not even getting named back in the role call at the beginning of the issue.  (On the other hand, Umbra and M’Onel only got to appear in a flashback cameo, and Monstress and Dyrk Magz don’t get any appearances at all.)
22:2 Spark and Brainiac 5 developed something of a friendship while in the 20th century, to the point that she can probably get away with a comment like this.
Note again the friendship/love interest relationship that Chameleon and Sensor have.
22:3 Ultra Boy is to the far right.


Appearance Counts

Character Name


Panels / Speaking

Violet (Salu Digby) X 14 / 9
Ultra Boy (Jo Nah) X 27 / 17
Live Wire (Garth Ranzz) X 19 / 3
Invisible Kid (Lyle Norg) X 25 / 32
Spark (Ayla Ranzz) 22 / 7
Kinetix (Zoe Saugin) X 17 / 5
Sensor (Princess Jeka Wynzorr) 11 / 1
Chameleon (Reep Daggle)
     (also appears as a Krq’ll)
X 22 / 7
Saturn Girl (Imra Ardeen) X 25 / 17
Cosmic Boy (Rokk Krinn) X 27 / 12
Triad (Luornu Durgo)
X 13 / 9
XS (Jenni Ognats) 15 / 4
Star Boy (Thom Kallor) 12 / 2
Apparition (Tinya Wazzo-Nah) X 17 / 7
Brainiac 5 (Querl Dox) X 12 / 5
Ferro (Andrew Nolan) X 28 / 24
Gates (Ti’julk Mr’asz) X 12 / 11
Element Lad (Jan Arrah) 2 / 0
Umbra (Tasmia Mallor) 1 / 0
M’Onel (Lar Gand)
X 1 / 0
Benn Pares 7 / 6
White Triangle assassins (3; unidentifiable as to which of the five they are)
1 / 0
Supporting Characters
Koko 7 / 1
Shvaughn Erin 3 / 7
Tenzil Kem 10 / 4
Chuck Taine 10 / 5
R.J. Brande
3 / 0