Shadow Lass and Night Girl - Legion of Super-Heroes commission

This was a commission that was on the back burner for quite some time. I had done a bunch of sketches trying to nail down the composition but it was never working out. Finally it did.


The commission is for my friend Tom, another big time Legion fan. His idea was based on how these two characters powers complement each other. If you know know them, the one on the left is Shadow Lass. Her power is create shadow and complete darkness. Night Girl on the right, has super strength but only in darkness. The two of them stranded on a jungle planet with two suns mean they really have to work together to survive. The jungle has been rough on the costumes and barely represent how they look normally.

Since the commission was a story image, when I was done with the painting I decided to have some fun and recreate all the logos for a mock cover that might have come out back in the day. Tom is getting a print of this "cover" with the original. Thanks Tom!



Characters are © DC Entertainment

Acrylic and color pencil on 11" x 17" Arches Watercolor Board

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Infectious Lass (Legion) - Conventionless Convention Sketch


Infectious Lass © DC Comics

Infectious Lass was another Legion applicant that was rejected with Porcupine Pete. The people of her planet are immune to all disease and illness but they are also carriers. Even though she had the ability to incapacitate an enemy with a stomach flu or cold with a wave of her hand, she didn't have much control over it. So in her demonstration she managed to put poor Star Boy in the infirmary. Not a good start for her. But like Porcupine Pete, she kept showing up until the Five Years Later storyline where she fought side by side with the Legion of Substitute Heroes. She even popped up as a character in a Dr. Thirteen story who's title escapes me right now. Thanks to Michael for this commission!

I hope everyone has a fun and safe New Years Eve. Please be careful out there and I will see you tomorrow.

Last day

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Porcupine Pete (Legion) - Conventionless Convention Sketch


Porcupine Pete © DC Comics

Porcupine Pete was a Legion reject from the Dave Cockrum run of Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes. I have posted a piece I did of him before on this blog, but that was in his original costume. Years after his first appearance, Pete joined the Legion of Substitute Heroes. And even later he was included in the Legion's "Five Years Later" storyline. His appearance was more of a freedom fighter and he wore a commando type outfit. My depiction is a bit different because while he carries a weapon, the guy himself is a weapon by shooting the quills from his body. So I changed his shirt because bearing his arms makes shooting his quills easier. I also thought that those quills would be poking through is clothes in various places too. Thanks for Michael for the commission!

Last day.

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Chlorophyll Kid - Legion of Substitute Heroes / Five Years Later


Chlorophyll Kid © DC Comics

We are winding down to the last two Legion related requests from Michael. This one is Chlorophyll Kid, a founding member of the Legion of Substitute Heroes. In early appearances he carried seeds with him that he would grow extremely fast with his power, but in later years he seemed to have the ability to control plant life, not just the seeds he sowed. His attire fits the time period of the Legions Five Years Later series. The Subs were mostly a resistance force against the Dominators occupational force. Thanks again Michael!

Ink on 11" x 17" Strathmore Bristol Board

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Stone Boy - Legion of Substitute Heroes / Five Years Later


Stone Boy © DC Comics

The only real drawback to Stone Boy's power of turning himself into stone is he is completely immobile when he does. Really he should have been called Statue Boy. Which is why I drew inspiration from Michelangelo's Statue of David for this pose. :)

Thanks again Michael!

Ink on 11" x 17" Strathmore Bristol Board

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Fire Lad - Legion of Substitute Heroes / Five Years Later


Fire Lad © DC Comics

In the early days of the Legion lore, you would feel bad for the rejected Legion applicants who banded together secretly to become the Legion of Substitute Heroes. But time and time again they did help the Legion and prove themselves heroes. Then later the Subs were used as comedy relief. They were made fun of and treated without much, if any, respect. Granted some of those stories are pretty funny, but still. Then came the Five Years Later story line. There was no Legion on Earth and The Subs became a resistance force to the Earth-conquering Dominators. A race of aliens that had been after Earth and the United Planets for decades. Or centuries, depending on what rebooted universe you read. It was the first time the Subs were portrayed as, well, bad asses. Fire Lad is one of the original members of the Legion of Substitute Heroes. His ability is fire breath. His first appearance was in Adventure Comics #306, March 1963. Thanks to Michael for this request!

Ink on 11" x 17" Strathmore Bristol Board

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Rainbow Girl - Conventionless Convention Sketch


Rainbow Girl © DC Comics

Another of the Legion of Substitute Heroes for today's Conventionless Convention Sketch. This was requested by Travis. I have to admit that I really don't know much about this later addition to the team. She seems to have replaced Color Kid and seems to have the combined power of the various colored power rings. And each particular color affects her mood and personality. Sounds like a very complex character and a fun one too. It's too bad that there are certain characters that need color to really be effective. Not sure about it? Read the classic Superman-Red/Superman-Blue story in the black and white printed Showcase trade and try keeping up. Anyway, though most of Rainbow Girl's costume is a solid color, she does have rainbow accents on her boots, belt and chest. Plus her "aura" is usually the color of the power spectrum she is using. Thanks Travis!

This is ink on 11" x 17" Strathmore Bristol Board.

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Double-Header - Conventionless Convention Sketch


Double-Header © DC Comics (really)

Some more love for the Legion today thanks to Travis. Here we have Double-Header! These two will eventually split into two identical beings, but it's a slow process. And that is really the only thing they brought to the table when they tried out for the Legion. The lack of a real power and their constant bickering lead to their rejection. From there they joined the Legion of Substitute Heroes. I think the real ability they have is their staying power. They were introduced in Adventure Comics 323 (1964) as a throw away Legion applicant and forty seven years later they are still around. And they still don't get along. Thanks Travis!

Later today I will be posting info about Joe Pekar and my new blog.

Ink on 11" x 17" Strathmore Bristol Board.

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Chlorophyll Kid - Legion of Substitute Heroes


Chlorophyll Kid © DC Comics

Chlorophyll Kid is another founding member of the Legion of Substitute Heroes. He has the ability to make plants grow really fast. Yup, that's it. He carries a variety of seeds around too, just in case a particular plant is needed. Once he tossed some catnip seeds to the ground, made them grow, and used it to distract Streaky, the Super-Cat. Poor Streaky never had a chance. As they say, "If you don't tell your cat about catnip, who will?"

I've never been a big fan of what was done to the Subs in later years. Except when Ty Templeton drew it. When Chlorophyll Kid was drawn with an extra 80 pounds and put in the goofy tree suit, I really didn't care for it. Yes, the Legion of Substitute Heroes were goofy in powers, names, and costumes. But no more goofy than some Legionnaires. So to draw this piece, I went back to the simple costume that the Kid wore in some of the Adventure Comics run. Let's have a little respect for the Subs, shall we. :)

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Night Girl - Legion of Substitute Heroes


Night Girl & Cosmic Boy © DC Comics

Night Girl comes from a planet that is in perpetual darkness. Her scientist father gave her super-powers, and because of a crush she had on Cosmic Boy, she tried out for the Legion. Unfortunately her powers only work in darkness or deep shadow and she was rejected. Night Girl then became one of the founding members of the Legion of Substitute Heroes, a group of Legion rejects who have proved themselves as a valuable resource for the Legion of Super-Heroes on more than a few occasions.

This is ink, and Copic Marker on 11" x 17" Bristol Board.

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