LSH Ghost Story 1 (TP 2979)
- A beautiful young blonde girl soared through the skies over thirtieth
century Earth and smiled as she recognized a familiar row of noble
statues that lined a stately and busy boulevard. She flew with an
easy grace that entirely belied the fact that Kara Zor-El had only
gained the ability to fly after her arrival on Earth in her teens.
Before the combination of the sun's coloration and the planet's
gravity acted upon her Kryptonian heritage to grant her the
remarkable abilities she would later use as the heroic Supergirl,
Kara had only dreamed of such flight!
Now, the Maid of Steel was proficient enough with her super powers to
do far more than merely defy gravity. She could travel through time
itself and traverse the centuries between 1979 and 2979 with ease.
She smiled as a group of tourists on a passing hover bus pointed and
gasped in awe and admiration as her costumed form sped by. She waved
to them before increasing her speed and drawing nearer to one of the
most famous landmarks on the Earth of the future.
"Legion of Super Heroes HQ is such an inspiring sight! I know them
all as good friends but I still feel a real sense of awe at what
they've all accomplished and how much they mean to the United Planets
of this era! That's saying a lot from a girl who can call Superman
himself her cousin!" she thought.
Supergirl wore her customary costume which consisted of a long sleeve
blue blouse, red shorts, red boots, and a red cape. She shook her
head as she thought about how much fashion had changed between her
era of 20th century Earth and the Legion's own 30th century.
"I know styles have become more daring in my own time since I first
arrived on Earth as a survivor of the destruction of Argo City but I
doubt that my secret identity of Linda Lee Danvers would be welcome
at Vandyne University if she showed up wearing outfits like those
favored by Saturn Girl or Shadow Lass!"
She referred to the fact that her heroic role of Supergirl only took
up part of her time. With the help of a brown wig, she also enjoyed a
more routine life as Linda Lee Danvers although even Linda had gained
a lot of travel experience in her time as a college graduate student.
"Then, again drama majors are known for their colorful sense of
style!" she mused playfully before landing in front of the complex.
She glanced around and then spotted a young couple who had been
laughing amongst themselves until they saw her arrive.
"Chuck and Luornu seem to be closer than ever! I'm glad! They deserve
happiness! Poor Duo Damsel has suffered so much in the past. As a
native of Cargg, Triplicate Girl possessed the ability to replicate
herself into three separate bodies until one of those bodies was
killed by Computo. She should have died after such a loss but she
recovered and carried on her Legion career under the more apt name
Duo Damsel! Chuck "Bouncing Boy" Taine seems like the perfect guy to
bring a smile back to her face!"
Chuck was a rotund young man with a double chin and a broad grin. She
also knew that behind the manner of class clown, he was also a
sensitive and thoughtful man. He wore the solid blue costume that
expanded along with his own body when he employed his unique ability
to swell up like a human balloon!
Lu Durgo wore a striking costume of orange and purple with ornate
golden thigh-high boots. Her brown hair curled slightly on one side
to frame her face.
She called out a greeting to Supergirl as the pair approached her.
"Supergirl! Welcome back! It has been far too long since you last
visited us!" she said.
Supergirl embraced them briefly and said, "I'm happy to see you two
as well! Believe me when I say that it has only been due to my busy
and ever-changing schedule back home that I've been absent for so
Chuck grinned and said, "Brainy will be glad to hear that! I'd hate
for the poor guy to think you were too busy dating guys in your time
to see him!"
Lu elbowed him and said, "Seriously, Kara, since Superboy resigned,
we've missed having a Kryptonian around when things get dangerous!
Not that we don't like you for more than your muscles!"
Chuck rolled his eyes in mock lasciviousness and said, "Speak for
Supergirl said, "When you signaled me via the link in my dorm room at
the sorority, I was glad to come. Of course, I have to eventually get
around to thinking up an excuse to my roommates about why that one
lamp keeps blinking at odd moments!"
Lu said, "Supergirl, I think you'll find your stay here to be rather
dull. We only summoned you since we're extremely low on power right
now due to a mission that took almost all the others away from this
Supergirl said, "Really? Please tell me more!"
Chuck said, "Kara, recently the Fatal Five got their hands on a time
manipulation device that literally allowed them to go back to
Superboy's era and alter time itself so that the Legion never formed!
Well, naturally, Superboy and some of the others put things back to
normal and captured them but by that time, Mon-El in particular
became concerned about that kind of tactic become a frequent threat
to us! As team leader, he took nearly the whole team to secure all
existing time- manipulation technology and to check the time stream
itself to make sure the Fatal Five's tampering had not left any
Supergirl nodded and said, "My! I can imagine how risky that kind of
threat could be! When you consider how long Mon-El spent in the
Phantom Zone as a helpless observer of history, I can understand why
he'd want to do everything in his power to make sure that time itself
never becomes a weapon for your foes!"
Bouncing Boy said, "Of course, the Time Trapper and Glorith have both
used time against us before too so Mon's precautions may not be
enough. Still, we expect that kind of attack from the Trapper. We
didn't imagine creeps like Mano, and Persuader would ever pull such a
Supergirl said, "I'll be happy to spend some time here and help you
all deal with anything that pops up like the others are away! I do
hope to see Brainy before I return though! We need to talk."
Duo Damsel said, "I know our resident genius would love that! He !"
Before the pretty brunette could finish speaking, a shrill scream
echoed through the building.
- The three Legionnaires flew down the hall and soon reached the scene
of the cry.
Dream Girl (Nura Nal) the platinum haired beauty from Naltor had been
screaming and now, the trio rushed to calm her down as she recovered
from what could only be called a nightmare!
"Nura, are you okay? Did you have a bad dream?" asked Chuck.
Nura sat up and swung her bare legs off the side of her bed as she
regained her composure.
"Bad dream? Chuck, my bad dreams are equivalent to your light snacks!
You certainly have a gift for understatement! My nightmares aren't
just scary images drawn from my sleeping mind. They are often visions
of future events!"
She shook her head in disgust and then rolled her eyes before nodded
slowly as she gathered a new resolve.
"Sorry, I didn't mean to snap at you like that. I saw something that
truly frightened me. If this nightmare does come true in the way I
saw it unfold in my sleep, then I'm going to lose my closest loved
one!" she said.
Lu reached over to hand Nura a robe and then bit her lip as she
realized the filmy garment was nearly transparent in design. Nura was
something of an exhibitionist at the best of times.
"You mean your sister? You saw something happen to your younger
sister Mysa?" asked Supergirl.
Dream Girl whispered, "I saw her corpse! I saw Mysa's dead body!"
- She turned to Lu and said, "I have to go to her! I know the team has
been greatly reduced because of Mon's mission but I can not stay here
while she is in such danger! She and I are the ones left in our
family. I promised our mother that I would always look after Mysa.
As it is, I've failed them both!"
Supergirl placed one hand on the other woman's shoulder and
said, "Nura, you have not failed them! You saved Mysa when she had
been transformed into the Hag. You guided her back to Zerox where she
found her own destiny. She loves studying magic there with the
wizards of Teachers Isle. I know you've said that before!"
Nura nodded and said, "Thank you Kara. I appreciate your support but
I have to check on Mysa."
Duo Damsel said, "We understand. Why don't we meet with the others
who are still here and make some plans? Perhaps, a couple of us could
join you if we coordinate our efforts with the Subs!"
She referred to the group of brave young people who had failed to
gain membership in the true Legion but had found a place together as
substitute heroes who helped out the original team when need arose.
Dream Girl agreed and they hurried to where two other young men were
talking in animated tones.
The taller man had dark hair and wore a green and gold uniform. He
came from the planet Bismol and shared the ability to consume and
digest almost any quantity of any substance. As Matter Eater Lad,
Tenzil Kem had put those abilities to use as a Legionnaire in good
standing. He was a personable young man with an outgoing manner in
spite of a troubled family life; however, Kara had seldom seen him as
agitated as he was at the moment.
He turned away from his shorter friend Chemical King (Condo Arlik)
who wore a solid green costume and gazed at a computer screen.
"We've been getting calls from the Science Police! The whole system
is going crazy! We're under attack! An army is making its way through
the city! They seemed to just materialize as if by magic!" he said.
- Dream Girl pushed past him and looked at the screen.
She saw scenes from several different locations in the huge city;
however, while the exact locales differed from one another the events
displayed were frighteningly similar. Cloaked and hooded figures
were marching through the streets leaving a path of destruction in
their wake. Buildings, bridges, and vehicles all met with a swift
collapse or ruination as they passed!
"By the High Seer! They are plowing through the Science Police with
ease! They seem to just ignore laser fire!" she said softly.
Matter-Eater Lad said, "Exactly! The timing could not be worse! The
seven of us are on our own!"
Supergirl frowned and asked, "Seven? Is another Legionnaire here?"
At that moment a humanoid figure flickered into view in their midst.
He was a handsome man with brown hair and a thoughtful nature that
combined the body of the athlete with the introspected air of the
"Lyle, what's with you today? You've been spending more time
invisible than you have in plain sight!" said Chemical King as his
friend and mentor Lyle Invisible Kid Norg returned to his visible
Lyle nodded in a slow and almost distracted manner.
"I'm sorry, Condo. You are entirely correct. I have not been myself
lately. Something about those invaders disturbs me greatly. I'm most
disconcerted by them!"
Chemical King said, "We've got to stop them! With every moment, they
spread disaster! Even the areas not under attack are suffering from
congestion and emergency droids are being stretched to the limits as
regular crews are being torn away from dealing with fires, illness,
and other routine emergencies!"
Bouncing Boy said, "Leave it to our master of chemical reactions to
think in terms of the big picture!"
Supergirl said, "Nura, so much about this army suggests magic. Could
this relate to your vision about Mysa?"
Dream Girl's eyes stared vacantly for a moment and then she
said, "Yes! I had a brief vision just then! There is magic in the air
and it is tied to Mysa! I can sense as much. Call it part
precognition and part plain old female intuition but this group of
invaders has something to do with her! I'd even say that they are
using magic as their form of attack!"
Chemical King said, "Sure! I don't understand the details but I can
tell that the way they are breaking down matter in their path is a
form of magical manipulation! It's kind of like a mystical version of
my own mutant power!"
Supergirl said, "My super senses detect something equally weird about
these invaders. They are totally silent. They aren't speaking to
their victims or to one another. They aren't receiving orders from
any general. They just swarm like some kind of human bees!"
The Legionnaires flew out of their HQ and made their way to the heart
of Metropolis Park where the masked figures were systematically
attacking anyone who came within reach!
Science Police patrols were working desperately with hastily summoned
U.P. Fleet soldiers to try to stem the tide but the troops ignored
physical blows and delivered their own attacks with an uncanny ease!
Supergirl swooped down to catch a falling hover car as its driver
cried out in fear.
"The motor just died! That masked man just waved at my vehicle and it
stopped working!" he said as the Girl of Steel caught it and gently
lowered it safely to the ground.
"I saw the whole thing. Don't worry, we're going to get to the bottom
of this right now!" she vowed.
She scanned the army with her x-ray vision and frowned as she saw
their features beneath their masks.
"Great Krypton! Few of them share any common planetary origin that I
can detect! They seem to be from every known world in the U.P.! What
could unite so many diverse races?" she thought.
Meanwhile, her friends were doing their best to bring order to the
Bouncing Boy's expanded form was wildly careening off of objects as
he skillfully directed his movement and carried a few frightened kids
to safety by bouncing over the heads of the army below.
"Wheee! You're never too young or too old to ride the Chuck Taine
express!" he cried as he tried to cheer up the startled kids.
"Folks think being a morale officer is easy for a guy like me but
they don't know even I have to force myself to keep grinning when
things look as grim as this!" he mused.
His beloved Duo Damsel was fighting wildly below with only partial
"Having twice the strength of a girl my size helps a little but these
terrible soldiers barely feel my best punches and kicks!" she
She spun around and kicked a soldier across the chest but he
staggered briefly and then resumed his march!
Chemical King was having some luck as he concentrated and used his
mutant power to cause the pavement below the troops to decay at a
super fast rate!
They fell into a widening pit and he nodded in grim approval!
"Thank goodness none of them can fly!" he thought.
He used his power upon himself and briefly enjoyed boosted strength
and speed as he fought the cloaked figures before the enhanced
metabolic might wore off.
"I can't do that very often but it sure helps when I can!" he thought.
Nearby, Matter Eater Lad was clearing a path through a narrow gate
for some fleeing elderly couples.
"I'll just eat a path through the gate for you in no time!" he said
A hooded soldier raised his hands as Invisible Kid stumbled into his
Before bolts of blazing energy could strike the hero, Duo Damsel
split into two bodies and took action!
One Duo Damsel tackled the soldier even as her other body grabbed
Lyle Norg and pulled him away from the path of danger!
"Head's up, IK!" she warned.
Dream Girl was dodging attackers even as she dropped and rolled
across the ground to rise up and fire a discarded police blaster at a
"The stun setting just bounces off of them! I can't risk using kill.
That would violate the Legion code!" thought the platinum blonde
She flipped away from the hands of an attacker and then crashed into
him after gaining a bit of speed and altitude via her flight ring.
She fought on with her normal courage and impressive skill but she
also worried about her sister as she struggled to wrestle a female
away from a helpless victim.
Nura gasped as she pulled a mask away from the woman's head to reveal
the emotionless face of her own sister!
"Mysa! What have they done to you?" she whispered.
- The lovely Mysa Nal had her sister's beauty and grace but her
unnatural pallor and her silence marked her as one apart from the
She showed no emotion as she fought with her sister until Nura
realized that the girl was not truly there! Her physical form fought
like a machine but she displayed neither human warmth nor intellect.
Her eyes were cold and distant.
"She's dead! This is what I saw! Her corpse is being moved by some
magical puppet master! All of them are lifeless bodies!" she said as
tears filled her eyes.
Supergirl was busy as well as she spun around at super human speed
and created a whirlwind that swept many dozens of the invaders into
the air and in her flight path.
She swept them into an open lot where a building was going to be
constructed over the remains of an empty structure. Before they
could escape, she used super strength, speed, and friction to create
a solid metal box around them.
"That instant prison won't hold them long! They seem to be using
magic to dissolve any such restraints in which they are placed!" she
She turned to see Nura and Mysa and realized what was occurring as
her super brain processed the data.
"I see why so many of them come from different worlds. Magic is what
unites them. All of them must be or must have been pupils on Zerox
the magic planet! They've been enslaved and forced to use their
magic to attack the city!"
She raced down and tapped Mysa on the chin without any result except
for a monetary collapse by the enslaved girl who regained her feet in
"I tried to gently knock her out but she still fights on. They are
almost immune to pain!" she said.
Nura said, "But they do feel something! Lu and you are having a bit
of success against them due to your enhanced strength! That means she
is still alive!"
Supergirl nodded and said, "I detect a heart beat. All of them are
alive but it is like their minds or souls have been removed!"
Dream Girl said, "Help me get Mysa back to HQ! We can examine her
there and cure her! Any spell can be broken!"
Chemical King said, "Maybe, my power over reactions can speed up her
Dream Girl said, "Supergirl, the ones you captured are already
getting free! We can't do any good here. We need to regroup. Let's
return to HQ!"
Supergirl nodded and gathered the others along with a struggling Mysa
as she led them through the air to Legion HQ.
- Back at the Legion lab, Invisible Kid and Dream Girl exchanged
worried glances. The two of them were the most skilled scientists of
the seven currently left on Earth.
Dream Girl said, "Nothing Condo tried helped at all. Both slowing and
stimulating Mysa's metabolism failed to change her condition. She is
not suffering from a physical malady that might be responsive to his
powers. She is under a spell like all of her peers and teachers. I
think we both know that only one being in all the cosmos could take
control of the bodies of an entire planet of magic adepts!"
Invisible Kid replied, "Mordru! He once ruled Zerox before the Legion
defeated him. I guess he could have escaped from his entombment! He
certainly has the malice and the motive to pull such a stunt!"
Dream Girl said, "After we defeated him, his empire crumbled and his
forces dispersed. It was only his raw power and the fear he created
in his pawns that allowed him to hold them all to begin with!"
Supergirl said, "He doesn't need his old army now. He's turned all
the residents of Zerox into his soulless pawns. He's even granted
them all some limited invulnerability."
Dream Girl held Mysa's hand and looked at her still form.
"Daxamite sedatives have kept her out but not every sentient can
stand that kind of narcotic. We don't want to kill any of the
helpless victims he has enslaved!"
Invisible Kid said, "I imagine that the nature of the sedative is
what keeps Mordru from forcing Mysa to continue to fight us. He
knows that even his level of power could not animate an inert body
without serious harm coming to the being's cellular structure. He
doesn't want to lose his new army before he has gained his goals!"
Supergirl said, "And from what I've read about Mordru, those goals
can only spell serious trouble for the United Planets! He was a
tyrant who conquered all of the Sorcerers' World and tried to expand
his empire through space via his dark magic. The Legion trapped him
in an airless vault and that left him helpless since he has some type
of psychological phobia involving loss of air! Apparently, he escaped
from that vault and later ended up buried once more!"
Chemical King nodded and said, "His power is so great that even the
Legion has never been able to do more than contain him temporarily.
In a contest of sheer power, he'd win against all of us put together!"
Dream Girl said, "We have to cure Mysa and the others before the
strain of his magical control becomes too much for their bodies to
Invisible Kid had wandered aside and now brooded as he stared into
Chemical King slipped over to where his friend was standing and
"Lyle, what's with you? You were there for me when my own planet was
ready to write me off as a living menace. You helped me control my
powers and taught me to think of myself as more than a mutant freak!
I'd like to help you too. I can tell something is bothering you."
Invisible Kid said, "Condo, I am a man of science. There was a time
when I was giving Brainy a run for his money when it came to
inventive concepts. Well, I'm almost scared to admit this but I'm
Chemical King said, "You mean you're suffering from some type of
hallucination? That could be due to your constant hard work in the
lab. You push yourself too severely, pal!"
Lyle smiled ruefully and said, "I'm serious. When I use my power to
turn invisible I don't merely become difficult to detect. I think
I've breeched some portal to an otherworldly dimension. Now, when I
become invisible you can't see me but I can see them!"
Chemical King said, "Who? What is it you see?"
"I see phantoms or ghosts! I think my formula may be having serious
effects on my mind! I'm afraid I'm losing my sanity!" he said.
Supergirl stepped closer and placed her arm around him.
"Lyle, I would not eavesdrop for the world but I heard part of what
you just said to Condo. You know with the Phantom Zone where
Kryptonian criminals were imprisoned and Tinya's planet Bgztl, it is
not so strange to conceive that you are stepping into a dimension
that is out of sync with our own. You might just be getting a partial
glimpse into such a dimension and the ghosts are the natives of that
Invisible Kid said, "I've considered that possibility but why would
such an effect suddenly begin when I've used my invisibility formula
for years without experiencing anything like this before?"
Dream Girl said, "Because you aren't seeing ghosts and you're not
seeing into another realm. You're viewing the disembodied spirits of
Mordru's pawns! Perhaps, they are trying to communicate with us and
your unique power makes you especially receptive!"
Invisible Kid said, "The phenomenon did manifest itself recently and
that could have been when Mordru took over on Zerox! He drove their
spirits out of their material forms and enslaved their bodies as you
Dream Girl said, "Lyle, return to your invisible state and try to
talk to them! Perhaps, I could use your formula and talk with Mysa
Bouncing Boy and Duo Damsel rushed into the room and Lu
announced, "The Subs are doing their best to keep order with help
from the S.P's and the military but we can't do more than hold our
- At that moment green fire blazed through the room and the
Legionnaires saw a massive figure looming up over them! He had a long
white beard, eyes that blazed with a red intensity, and the costume
of a wizard.
"Mordru!" gasped Duo Damsel!
Mordru scowled and spoke in stentorian tones as he faced his foes.
None of them even had a chance to fight against him since his
incredible power contained each one in a tight glowing field of
magical energy. Even Supergirl could not break free from the prison!
"This day has been destined ere first you dared oppose me! Your peers
will not return from their sojourn through time and space. I have
banished them all! I will return them when and if a whim moves me to
do so and that will only be to torment and destroy them at will!"
Supergirl said, "You were buried! How did you escape?"
Mordru laughed harshly and said, "Maid of Steel, your hated kinsman
took advantage of my weakened state to bury me within the soils of
Smallville for it was in that spot that I fell victim to my own
power! My mystic might was ready to kill Superboy and his allies when
the raw energy of my spell broke down a cavern and left me trapped
beneath the rubble! I could neither move nor cast a spell!"
Duo Damsel nodded and said, "I was there! Shady, Mon, Superboy and I
Mordru glared at her and a small gesture from his hands tightened the
green energy sphere that held her. She cried out in pain as her body
was squeezed by the energy.
"Leave her alone! Isn't it beneath one of your power to torture a
helpless girl?" cried Bouncing Boy.
Mordru smiled coldly and said, "Everything is beneath me but such
measures bring me pleasure!"
He said, "I remained trapped beneath the soils of Smallville within
the twentieth century as you measure time. I could not escape but
once briefly I was able to manifest my powers through time itself and
create a duplicate of your Cosmic Boy with which to bedevil Superboy
and lure him to this era. While he was thus occupied in this eon, I
freed myself and sought to use blood crystals to turn his own race
against him in his time! I had to use mystical relics since my own
power had not fully returned as yet following my long entombment."
Chemical King said, "I remember hearing about that case from Rokk
Krin! He and Superboy disposed of the magical double you'd created.
When Superboy returned to his own time, he eventually stopped you
again and buried you right back where you were before!"
Mordru nodded and said, "And thus, I remained helpless and impotent
except for the fiery fury that burned in my heart!"
Dream Girl said, "And yet you were too smart to remain trapped for
Mordru said, "Do not try to play games of the mind with me, girl! I
see your motive all too clearly! I will answer since your Naltorian
stock comes from a race once dear to me!"
He said, "Your enemies the Fatal Five claimed a renegade time
manipulation device and used it to alter time so that your team of
paladins never came to be! That effect was undone by your petty band
but while such a restoration of time went unnoticed by most beings,
such was not the case with Lord Modru!"
"I was no longer trapped since your Legion had ceased to exist for
that moment in altered time. They never formed and we never fought. I
claimed my freedom in that fleeting instance and remained free when
all else returned to the way it had been once you undid the felonious
work of the Fatal Five!"
"I vowed to regain the hold I once had on Zerox and thus, I took them
by surprise and possessed them all! I banished their puny wills and
spirits and marched their enslaved bodies through space itself to
bring war and bloody ruin to this planet which alone defied my rule!"
Supergirl said, "And yet you want more power! I can tell you have
something more in mind! Why else would have trapped us instead of
ridding time of us like you did with our friends?"
Modru chuckled and said, "You are correct, Daughter of Argo City. I
did erect barriers to keep out your friends. They can no more return
to this timeline than you can free yourselves from yon sphere of
eldritch fire! I do offer you seven a chance to prolong your lives as
my slaves! I want you to seek out an item of magical power which will
give me a greater hold upon this world and many more to come!"
Duo Damsel said, "What is it? Why can't you claim it yourself?"
He said, "I am not yet at my full level of power. Thus, I must use
other lesser beings to do my bidding. The teachers and pupils of
Zerox will be my army while you Legionnaires will go a questing for
the Crystal of Chaos!"
Matter-Eater Lad said, "What is that? Why would we help you gain even
more power? Are you daft old man?"
He gasped as the magical fire blazed brighter and heat rose from his
"Stop! Don't hurt him!" We'll obey you!" cried Chemical King.
Mordru said, "Tis so and twas ever so! Mordru commands and all rush
He turned to glance down at Mysa and a strange expression crossed his
He reached down to caress her and at his touch she sat up and new
light returned to her eyes!
"Nura! By the Seer, I've been so helpless!" she cried.
Dream Girl struggled but could not move out of the energy that
"Mysa! Praise the Seer! You're restored!" she said.
Mordru said, "Aye! I restore this child since she and I have ever had
a special bond. I made her the Hag by touching her with mine own
essence and even in this comely form, she belongs to me!"
Mysa said, "I would die to stop you! I would die to see your power
Mordru said, "And yet while you burn with hatred for me, consider
this, fair Mysa, it is through my will alone that you retain
awareness and enjoy the use of your own body!"
He encircled her with his emerald fire and turned to face the
"The Crystal of Chaos was lost in the twentieth century when the
world then called New Mars came to a sudden end. Thus, I will bend
time itself once more and allow you passage to that era to retrieve
that mystical relic for me. Bring it to me and live as my pets. Defy
me and watch your fellows burn!"
He gestured and the green energy spheres flickered away to leave the
heroes free once more.
They started to move forward but another gesture from the wizard left
Dream Girl, Matter-Eater Lad, Chemical King, and Invisible Kid
trapped anew in one large bubble of arcane fire.
Supergirl, Duo Damsel, and Bouncing Boy vanished in another blaze of
Mordru took Mysa and led her away as she struggled helplessly to
"You and I will grow closer in time. You once carried my essence.
Perhaps, someday you will carry my seed!" he said.
He carried her off as she glanced back in despair at her sister and
- Dream Girl turned to face the three men.
"We know the secret behind the invasion now. We've even seen Mordru
reverse his spell in Mysa's case. That means we can still win. We
have to get out of here! Tenzil, can you eat your way out of the
He chomped down and shook his head as the opening he'd created,
merely resealed in seconds.
"It won't work, Dreamy. As you know Bismolian consumption and
digestion operates on an almost super fast level in comparison to the
way other races eat but I'm helpless since his magical field reforms
as soon as I take a bite!"
Dream Girl said, "I have an idea. Tenzil start eating while Condo
uses his power over chemical reactions to enhance the speed of your
Chemical King said, "Nura, that could work but it could also prove
dangerous for Tenzil!"
Tenzil said, "I'm willing to risk it! I've felt like my power was
rather useless at times and I'm more than willing to try to use it
for some real results for a change!"
They nodded in agreement and Chemical King placed his hands on his
"I'll do my best, Tenzil!" said a solemn Condo Arlik.
In moments, the mutant from Plhon's power began to work as Matter-
Eater Lad actively consumed the sphere with increasing results; his
power was beginning to outpace the magic!
Dream Girl wiggled through the opening as the others followed suit.
They were free but their work was cut out for them!
"Are you hurt?" asked Chemical King as he turned to a slightly dazed
"No. I'm fine but believe it or not I'm also full! It is a weird
sensation!" he said.
Dream Girl said, "You'll get used to it. Now, Chemical King, your
work is not done! Can you enhance the power of Lyle's formula of
invisibility? If it enabled him to see the disembodied spirits of the
Zeroxians before, then perhaps, a boosted version could enable him to
truly reach them!"
Invisible Kid said, "Good idea, Nura. I'm certainly prepared to try.
I'm rather fascinated by the prospect! I have to admit that my mind
has been preoccupied with the whole experience ever since it first
occurred! I feel like a real hypocrite since during my tenure as
Legion leader I was a real fanatic about getting the team to be as
prepared mentally and physically as possible!"
Dream Girl smiled and said, "I remember. I had a real grudge against
you back then. I resented all that extra time you made us spend in
Invisible Kid said, "I know but it paid off. You're one of the best
fighters on the team. Val says so himself!"
Chemical King raised his hands and concentrated as Invisible Kid
willed himself to turn invisible!
The world became misty as Lyle's perceptions changed once more.
Normally, he saw and heard things around him as did any ordinary
person; however, something about his formula was now enabling him to
see beyond the purely material realm and into the spirit world. He
saw wraiths floating around the void and he gasped as his vision
became more acute.
"It's working! The metabolic enhancement of my formula by Condo's
power is producing a more concrete connection to the void!" he said.
He saw a blue skinned being of interdeterminate gender and he
said, "How may we help you? We know Mordru separated your spirit from
your physical body. What can we do to help you regain control?"
The wizard said, "We are nearly helpless since we've been deprived of
our material forms; however, our minds are still our own if we could
but act in unison much could be dared!"
Invisible Kid said, "I can only apply scientific concepts to this
kind of problem but that might be a valid way to approach the
situation. Some feel magic is merely a rarely tapped form of energy.
Is this realm limited by chronal barriers?"
The wizard said, "We seldom think in such terms since time is far
more a factor for the world of science than for the realm of
wizardry. I do believe you might use this place to traverse time and
space but such a venture would be dangerous. You might become lost
and never return to your own proper place!"
Lyle said, "I'm a Legionnaire. We take chances all the time. I feel
like I owe it to the others to place myself on the line. I've been
entirely too preoccupied lately."
The wizard said, "Young man, you are of noble heart. My fellow
teachers and our pupils wish you good fortune in what you seek to do!"
Invisible Kid said, "I thank you. Say a prayer for me if your
discipline allows for that kind of spirituality!"
He concentrated and began to fly across the misty void at a speed far
faster than any he could have matched under more material
- Elsewhen Supergirl, Duo Damsel, and Bouncing Boy walked across the
sands of a world recently christened New Mars. The Maid of Steel
looked around the nearly barren world and marveled at the courage and
fortitude the pioneers who dared to try to tame the savage wasteland
"Cousin Kal's friend the Martian Manhunter led the Justice League to
help his displaced people settle this new planet. I know he can be
counted on for any crisis but can he take time to help us when his
every moment is surely spent in a quest for daily survival here?" she
She briefly considered leaving this planet to summon her cousin
Superman and his allies from Earth but she dismissed the notion.
"I'm a grown woman now. I don't need to go running to Superman when
I'm faced with a problem!" she thought.
She used her super vision to locate the small colony where the
Martians had settled. It was crude and undeveloped but it represented
hope for a new life for the homeless aliens!
"You know if our era the planet Mars is a colony of Earth's. Gym
Allon lived there when his father was stationed there and Gym even
attended Science Police Academy on Mars! Plus, Nix Olympia is a real
posh resort there too!" said Chuck.
Lu added, "A lot of weddings are held there. "
She gave a meaningful look at the plump young man and he ran a hand
through his slightly mussed hair.
"Ah, well, sure. That's true! Of course, we all know that all that
kind of Earth led settlement happened long after the Martians who
originated there departed for this planet we're on now!" he said.
Lu said, "It is so sad to see this planet New Mars in its early
stages of development and realize that sometime before this 20th
century ends, this planet will be destroyed and the colonists will be
dispersed never to resettle as such again!"
Supergirl said, "Great Krypton! I'd love to warn them but I know that
kind of thing poses a potential threat to history and could alter
things in a terrible way! I can't follow the Fatal Five's recent
example! Their time manipulation caused all this to begin with by
She led her friends to the small community and frowned.
"How odd. I see some structures that clearly predate the ones the
Martian colonists built! Maybe, this Crystal of Chaos belonged to the
culture that first settled this world long ago!"
Duo Damsel said, "If so then that race has long since died out. The
Martians could not have settled on a world that was already
Three green skinned humanoid figures approached and one of the heavy
browed beings stepped forward to greet the trio from the future.
"Supergirl! What brings you here? Does the League require my help in
some way?" asked the Martian Manhunter.
Supergirl said, "No, J'Onn. I need your help along with my friends
from the Legion of Super Heroes of the 30th Century!"
J'Onn J'Onzz said, "I will give it gladly! Tell me what you require."
In a matter of moments the Legionnaires had explained their mission
and the Martian Manhunter had come to a conclusion.
"Duo Damsel is right. This Crystal is not a Martian artifact. We've
found many odd structures or tombs from the race that once lived
here. I wager this Crystal belonged to them. I believe we could find
it in time but I do not believe we should surrender such an item of
potential power to a being as evil as Mordru. Superman told me about
him once when I was with the League and we encountered another less
He stopped and said, "Wait! I sense something! Another mind is
He pointed to empty space and said, "Yes! My telepathy allows me to
sense the thoughts of one called Invisible Kid. He is here among us
and yet he is not! He walks some veiled limbo betwixt realms!"
Supergirl said, "Lyle! If you can communicate with us, tell us what
J'Onn said, "He came to this world and this time through a mystical
limbo his unique power allowed him to gain access to in some way. He
can not speak directly to us since he is truly still within that odd
realm. I take it this differs from how his powers normally work! I am
going to try to turn invisible as well. That make enabled me to
communicate with him through more than mental telepathy!"
He vanished and indeed managed to vaguely make out the outline of the
"Invisible Kid! I know you've come here to help your friends. What is
it you want to tell us?" asked J'Onn.
Lyle replied but even in his invisible form, J'Onn could only detect
a faint whisper like the wind; however, his telepathy enabled him to
receive Lyle's desperate message!
He returned to a visible state and said, "Lyle Norg is a remarkable
man. He has dared much and has succeeded in his goal. He learned
something of value to you and risked much to come here. Now, he has
returned to his own time and planet by returning to a visible state!"
Supergirl said, "What did he tell you?"
J'Onn said, "I'll explain it all to you but we have much to do if we
are to stop Mordru!"
Duo Damsel said, "We? You'd risk yourself to help us in a time not
J'Onn said, "All we do here is designed to forge a brighter and
better tomorrow. Surely, freeing your era from a tyrant is part of
that mission on a larger scale!"
Bouncing Boy smiled and whispered to Lu, "Boy! Those Justice Leaguers
are something else! History didn't exaggerate their nobility one bit!"
- Back in the future Mordru led Mysa Nal into a throne room he had
created in Legion HQ and laughed in a harsh manner.
"Mysa, you would make a fitting bride for one of my power. Thus, I've
granted you new life! You will thank me in time!" he said.
Mysa flushed with anger and said, "Your evil magic turned me into a
Hag. That outer ugliness was just a reflection of your inner evil.
You see me now as I have been changed again but by the residual magic
of Zerox. My flesh is pale and other less evident changes have come
over me. These changes are welcome and they speak of my progress in
mastering the arcane arts you pervert so freely! By these same arts,
I defy you!"
The girl in white tore away from his grasp and began to chant in a
Mordru stood before her and waited with a look of amusement.
"You show much spirit which befits a bride of Mordru but in the end
you will see that all your petty teachers have taught you will avail
you little before my unlimited power!"
"We have power too!" cried Chemical King as he, Invisible Kid, Dream
Girl, and Matter-Eater Lad rushed in to confront the wizard.
Dream Girl flew to her sister's side and embraced her as Matter-Eater
Lad slammed into Mordru and was deflected like a human projectile!
Mordru cursed and send a wave of black flame rushing toward the
fallen hero from Bismol but Chemical King jumped between his friends
and Mordru's imposing form as he raised his hands and used his mutant
"Fire is nothing more than oxidation. I can dampen your flames by
reversing the process!" he cried.
He smothered the blaze and then gasped as a magical backlash swept
"I can't do that trick again!" he thought.
Mordu roared with anger and said, "You miserable gnats! I will teach
you to defy my power and the lesson will be one taught by pain and
suffering on a scale beyond your puny imaginations!"
At that moment Supergirl, Bouncing Boy, and Duo Damsel returned.
Duo Damsel split into two separate bodies as she joined her friends
to face the wizard who loomed above them.
"Mordru! We have returned with your Crystal!" she cried.
Mordru nodded as he saw Supergirl lift a round multi-faceted object
in one hand.
He smiled and reached out to grab it away from the Kryptonian beauty
when his expression changed and he staggered.
"What madness is this?" he gasped.
Supergirl smiled and said, "There's more method than madness to
One of Duo Damsel's bodies suddenly replicated and three Luornu
Durgo's stood before the startled wizard!
Dream Girl said, "Lu, how'd you do that? You lost your third body
Lu said, "What you see isn't always what you get!"
The third Lu that had initially seemed to separate from her original
body changed shape and became the hulking form of the Martian
He said, "Your plan worked Supergirl. I was able to join you in my
invisible form and then return to view as Luronu. That made Mordru
believe me to merely be one of her multiple forms! She in truth had
not replicates at that time at all!"
Supergirl nodded as she punched Mordru repeatedly at super speed!
Her efforts were helped by some unseen force that kept him from using
his own magic against her!
"This can't be!" he gasped as she knocked him backward.
Mysa beamed as she felt the raw power of all her teachers and their
pupils being focused through the crystal Supergirl had brought back!
"That is not a mystical relic!" she cried.
Duo Damsel said, "No! It's something called Jewel Kryptonite! It
enables phantoms to focus their minds through its facets! Supergirl
learned of it when the Phantom Zone criminals once used it to fight
Superman! Once Lyle tipped us off to the fact that the Zeroxian minds
were still free but unable to touch this plane of reality unaided,
Supergirl and J'Onn came up with the idea of substituting Jewel
Kryptonite for this Crystal Mordru wanted!"
Mordru cried out in pain and magical fire touched all the heroes!
"My curse is upon you all! You will all die or suffer for this
treachery in time!"
Chemical King said, "Now, maybe I can help them too! Respiration is a
form of chemical reaction and I'm going to try to inhibit Mordru's
breathing! Loss of air cripples him!"
He gestured and as beads of sweat formed on his brow, Chemical King
slowly helped the combined mind of Supergirl and the mental attacks
of the Martian and the united population of Zerox in their
disembodied state to confound Mordru in every way!
He fell to his knees and thought, "I can't breathe! I can't defend
myself against the entire mental power of the Zeroxians! Against all
of them united as one potent force, even I must quail!"
Supergirl smiled as her own punches staggered him.
"He's beaten!" she cried as Mordru finally toppled to the ground.
Bouncing Boy said, "We got him! Now what do we do with him?"
Mysa said, "The Zeroxians will handle that!"
In moments a glow surrounded Mordru and his body flickered from view.
"What happened?" asked Duo Damsel.
"We have buried him once more in a fitting resting place known as
Doom Crater. Our alien magical might created it while we fought him
and it is in its depths that he will remain for all eternity!" said
the blue hued wizard as it appeared before them!
"You regained your body!" said Invisible Kid.
"The Zeroxians are free! They're all regaining their bodies!" said
Mysa said, "My Teachers and fellow pupils were too much for even
Mordru's power. He could not fight a world united as one mental
Invisible Kid said, "Mordru is dead! I can't say I'm sorry!"
Supergirl said, "The Jewel K. did the trick! Thank goodness!"
Martian Manhunter said, "I am glad. My own mental power was barely
enough to guide them to the Kryptonite. I am drained as well!"
Duo Damsel said, "Why don't you stay here for a while? We'd love to
show you our world. You could return to your own time in a few weeks
and manage to arrive mere moments after you first departed!"
J'Onn said, "I believe I will do so! It would do me good to see the
promise of a new life brought to fruition in this era!"
He flew off with a final wave to the heroes below.
Mysa said, "I must leave though. I wish to join my Teachers and
friends on Zerox. Now that Mordru is no more we can all return to our
She kissed Dream Girl and then vanished along with all of the
liberated and now material bodied Zeroxians.
Dream Girl said, "The Legion has a lot to do though. Even with Mordru
beaten and his slave army freed, Earth has a lot of damage to deal
with from their invasion."
Matter-Eater said, "We'll have plenty of help! The barrier Mordru put
up to keep Mon-El and the others away is down! Our pals will be back
Supergirl said, "Then, I better return to my own era. I have to
admit that my life is pretty complicated as well and this visit has
been about all the time I can spare!"
"Kara, you'll always be welcome!" said Duo Damsel.
Supergirl hugged her and then flew away and glanced backward sadly.
"I also avoiding seeing Brainy by leaving early. The truth is I don't
look forward to facing him and telling him that I don't think I'm
going to be able to come here much anymore. The demands of living my
own double life in my own time have increased greatly since I was
just little Linda Lee Danvers high school girl in Midvale!"
As the Girl of Steel returned to her own era, the others prepared to
greet their friends upon their return and to help the Science Police
restore order and rebuild after the rampage of Mordru's enslaved
Bouncing Boy held hands with Duo Damsel as she walked on each side of
his plump form.
"Seeing all this danger, makes me wonder if maybe it's time this
rubbery rube settled down with Lu once and for all! I've got some
thinking to do!" he thought as an uncharacteristically serious
expression crossed his face.
Dream Girl watched him go and frowned.
"I just had a glimpse of Chuck's future! He's going to lose his
powers soon!" she thought.
She shook her head sadly and walked into the lab.
"Maybe, Mordru's curse is already starting! If Chuck does lose his
powers in a way Bouncing Boy will die! I hope that all of us that he
cursed only meet such lesser dooms!" she thought.
Chemical King was busy clearing away rubble with his powers of decay
while Matter-Eater Lad was doing his own part to remove the mess.
Invisible Kid was staring dreamily into space and slowly fading from
"I can't enter that same limbo anymore! Chem's enhancement of my
power has faded. Still, I can almost detect something like a ghost
when I turn invisible! I'm going to have to investigate this
experience in time!"
As he retuned to normal and walked into his lab, Lyle failed to see a
ghostly girl appear and watch him with a look of interest on her
If she could be seen, an observer would say the girl's eyes were
sorrowful as well!
NOTE: Soon after this story, Bouncing Boy lost his powers and left
the Legion to marry Duo Damsel. The visiting Martian Manhunter
attended their wedding before returning to his own time. Invisible
Kid continued to explore the nature of his power and met the ghostly
girl before dying at the hands of Validus.
Chemical King would later die saving the U.P. from the Dark Circle.
Matter-Eater Lad would lose his sanity for a time after consuming the
Miracle Machine to stop Omega. Supergirl would resign from the
Legion and rarely rejoin them until her own death in Crisis. Duo
Damsel would experience severe injury at the hands of the Re-Animator
before eventually being cured. How or if Mordru's curse will affect
Dream Girl and the White Witch has yet to be revealed.
- --- libbylawrence <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Excellent story that told so much of the behind the
stories to come and explored an interesting time
period in LSH history!
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- Thanks. It was fun to use characters like Supergirl, Chemical King,
Invisible Kid I, Matter-Eater Lad etc. that are not in current Legion.
- --- In Earth1AftertheCrisis@yahoogroups.com, libbylawrence
>This story used a very unique combination of Legionaires, and you
> NOTE: Soon after this story, Bouncing Boy lost his powers and left
> the Legion to marry Duo Damsel. The visiting Martian Manhunter
> attended their wedding before returning to his own time. Invisible
> Kid continued to explore the nature of his power and met the
> ghostly girl before dying at the hands of Validus.
> Chemical King would later die saving the U.P. from the Dark
> Circle. Matter-Eater Lad would lose his sanity for a time after
> consuming the Miracle Machine to stop Omega. Supergirl would
> resign from the Legion and rarely rejoin them until her own death
> in Crisis. Duo Damsel would experience severe injury at the hands
> of the Re-Animator before eventually being cured. How or if
> Mordru's curse will affect Dream Girl and the White Witch has yet
> to be revealed.
tied them together in a great way based on their coming fates. Your
handling of Invisible Kid and Chemical King stand up well to
anything that Shooter or Bates ever wrote, especially for Chemical
King whose powers are better used here than I ever saw in a comic.
This also tied in well with the development of Supergirl and
proveded a logical explanation for he lack of activity with the team.
- Another great story, Libby. I love the way you've tied the
known 'dooms' of Chemical King, Invisible Kid, Luornu etc into
Mordru's curse. Some very imaginative use of CK's powers here, too --
I can't remember him ever being portrayed as such a useful member of
the team before. This was a character with terrific potential who was
never really exploited to the full; he was brought in only because of
that stupid statue in the 'Adult Legion' story which showed he had
died, and everyone knew he was only there to be killed off. A shame.
- --- libbylawrence <email@example.com> wrote:
> Thanks. I like Chemical King.Me to.
Infact your story featured several of my favorites!
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