This is the key to a piece of art in the main gallery.
Regardless of which costume I used, all Legionnaires have the L-belts popularized by Chris Sprouse's 1993 Legionnaires designs. The exact symbol is the slightly modified one introduced in 2005 (basically the only difference is the direction of the starburst)
Note to anal retentive Legion followers: like the costumes, the code names and biographical details are mixed and matched from the various different continuities.
0. Rene Jaques (R.J.) Brande (Ren Daggle of Durla)
Not technically a Legionnnaire, he's kind of like the Teddy Roosevelt of space. It was when the three founding Legionnaires saved him from terrorists that the Legion formed. He's rich, but grew up a member of the hated Durlan species before a disease stuck him permanently in human form. Grandfatherly, rich, but also tough and not afraid of getting his hands dirty.
Since I called him the "Teddy Roosevelt of space" his look tries to communicate that.--I changed his face some to make him look a little more like that President. The outfit is partially based on his post-Zero Hour look, though I tweaked it some, making it even more anachronistic.
1. Cosmic Boy (Rokk Krinn of Braal)
Rokk Krinn was a champion Magnaball player before saving RJ Brande from assassins. He can manipulate magnetic fields, and served as the Legion's first leader.
This guy's had some real fashion nightmares over the years--his first outfit was bright pink, and he spent the 70's in a ridiculous mankini. The Chris Sprouse 1993 design is my choice, though the 2005 Barry Kitson is good too.
2. Saturn Girl (Imra Ardeen of Titan)
Imra Ardeen was one of Titan's top telepaths and a Science Police Cadet before helping to save RJ Brande and found herself on a new path. She forms the Legion's most enduring romantic connection with Livewire.
I stuck with the 1993 Sprouse pretty close, though I added the cape from the 2005 Kitson design (which really wasn't too far away from the 1993, especially when they mis(?)colored it at first.
3. Livewire (Garth Ranzz of Winath; aka Lightning Lad)
Garth got his powers when he, his twin sister Ayla, and their older brother Mekt were blasted by Korbal lightning beasts. He's the third founder of the Legion, and fell in love with Saturn Girl at first sight.
1993 Sprouse all the way. Though that costume, in turn, has heavily influenced by his 1970's look. Even the current 2005 design still carries some of the same design elements.
4. Triad (Luornu Durgo of Carggg; aka Triplicate Girl)
Luornu's power is triplication--and she's considered an outcast by her people, the Cargggites, for manifesting different personalities in her three selves.
Basically the 1993 design with the 2005 cape--since Barry Kitson intentionally stuck close to Sprouse's design, it fit together pretty well.
5. Apparition (Tinya Wazzo of Bgztl; aka Phantom Girl)
Tinya Wazzo was the spoiled daughter of Bgztl politician Winema Wazzo, and both joining the Legion and falling in love with a Rimborian ex-gangbanger are her rebellion against her Mom. Her power is to become intangible.
Definitely the 1993 design. It's sleek, and has no ugly-ass bell bottom pants.
6. Chameleon (Reep Daggle of Durla; aka Chameleon Boy)
Cham is a member of the hated Durlan race of shape shifters. He joined the Legion to help counter that hatred, though he has a long way to go and often gets discouraged.
A mix of the 1993 and 2005 designs; the colors and cut of the 93, with the chest symbols of the 2005 (more or less.) Cham himself I proportioned a little less human--make him weirder and more unpredictable. I kept the blank eyes of the Kitson character design, which added to the wierdness.
7. Leviathan (Gim Allon of Earth; aka Colossal Boy, Micro Lad)
Depending on the version, Gim is either a Science Police cop who got the power to grow to giant size, or a member of a race of giants with the power to shrink to human size.
With this one I stuck with the 2005 design pretty closely, though I gave him back his goofy hat he wore throughout the 70's and mid-90's.
8. Invisible Kid (Lyle Norg of Earth)
Lyle Norg was a genius who invented a serum that gave him the power of invisibility. His scientific accomplishments are somewhat eclipsed by Brainiac 5, but don't count him out.
Not much choice, really--the current version doesn't even have a real costume yet, and the Silver Age Lyle wore a strange amalgamation of green and brown. 1993 Sprouse wins.
9. Andromeda (Laurel Gand of Daxam)
A descendant of Del Gand, the brother of the 20th Century hero Valor, under a yellow sun Laurel bascially has the same powers as Superman. She's protected from her race's vulnerability to lead by a serum Brainiac 5 invented.
I modified the 1993 Sprouse design with a cape, a common addition to Legionnaire costumes of the last few years. The buttons are intentionally the same as Valor's--she's descended from his brother (it also nods to her retcon "Valor Girl" costume)
10. Brainiac 5 (Querl Dox of Colu)
Querl Dox is the descendant of Vril Dox II, the son of the 21st Century villain Brainiac. He's inherited their Twelfth Level Intelligence and their arrogant attitudes, but he's a good guy (more or less.) He invented the Legion flight rings, and his force field belt.
Brainy gets his Silver Age jumpsuit back. Where I went a little wierd with him is his hair--a character design printed in 1993 had him with a ponytail, and I kind of went wild. I can't help it--Brainy reminds me of Egon from the Ghostbusters, so I gave him a haircut sorta like Egon's animated one.
11. Valor (Lar Gand of Daxam; aka Mon-El, M'Onel)
Lar Gand is a native to the 21st Century--his father died protecting Earth from the Dominators, and Lar was given his code name by the legendary hero Superman. After serving for a time in the 21st Century LEGION, he helped settle many of the 31st Century Legionnaires' homeworlds. He was forced to spend a thousand years in exile in the Phantom Zone when he contracted lead poisoning, before he was freed and given Brainiac 5's anti-lead serum.
Blue and red work so well for a legendary hero that is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, ect. doesn't it? This version of the hero with many names sports the modified Silver Age duds (looser pants, no superfluous blue shorts) seen some in the 90's.
12. Ultra Boy (Jo Nah of Rimbor)
Jo Nah was raised on the lawless frontier world of Rimbor, and was a member of the Green Dragon gang before being swallowed by a space whale and irradiated with "ultra energy", which gives him Superman-like powers, but only one at a time. He and Apparition form a classic "Upper Class/Wrong Side Of The Tracks" romance.
Barry Kitson didn't really change the 1993 Sprouse design much anyway, so I went back to that.
13. Star Boy (Thom Kallor of Xanthu)
Star Boy's power is to increase gravity, making objects heavier. He's the First Among Equals when it comes to Dream Girl's boyfriends.
I really liked the costume he sported for like three issues just before Zero Hour in 1994; they used a simplified version throughout the 90's, but I went back to the ZH design (though kept the simpler boots of the later design)
14. Atom Girl (Salu Digby of Imsk; aka Shrinking Violet)
A member of the microscopic Imskian race formerly enslaved by the Coluans, Vi's power is to grow to human size. She comes across as shy and introverted, but there's hidden ferocious streak hiding under the surface. As Ghostbusters fans might say, "It's always the quiet ones"...
Not being overly impressed with the current punk-rocker-with-guns Vi (though I love the new codename Atom Girl) I went back to the 1993 Sprouse design. It's so darn cute.
15. Inferno (Dirk Morgna of Earth; aka Sun Boy)
Dirk Morgna grew up the pampered son of businessman Drake Morgna, and was given control of one of his father's businesses. He managed it well, but neverthless one bitter employee--Zaxton Regulus--tried to kill him, but instead gave him the metahuman power to create and control heat.
I recently changed this one--Dirk showed up in the most recent issue (#22) with a buzzcut and a new costume, one that (to me) looked closer to the 1993 design. So I changed the Dirk in this picture to one that mixes the 1993 design with the 2006 one (though I definitely kept the long hair)
16. Bouncing Boy (Chuck Taine of Earth)
Chuck Taine got ahold of an experimental chemical and recieved the power to become a giant rubber ball. He develops the serious hots for Triad.
Chuck's look come more or less from the new LSH cartoon; before that, I'd drawn him in the costume the pseudo-SW-6 Bouncing Boy appeared in for three issues just before Zero Hour.
17. Matter Eater Lad (Tenzil Kem of Bismoll)
Tenzil is the Man. His mouth is his most powerful weapon, but not because of his power (He can Eat Matter In All Forms)--he barrages his opponents with zingers, wisecracks, and inane non-sequitors that have some enemies convinced he's far more dangerous than any Daxamite.
His facial features are inspired by the Giffen and Sprouse versions, while he's back in his Silver Age costume (with the 1993 tooth symbol added)
18. Alchemist (Jan Arrah of Trom; aka Element Lad)
His entire race of gentle transumters was wiped out by the vicious (and Fabulous) space pirate Roxxas the Butcher. Jan is the philosopher of the Legion...and sometimes comes across as a bit flaky.
I started with the 1993 design, though I added a couple of elements of the 2005 one: the cape and the soul patch. I think the simple colors and the cape are quite striking together.
19. Gossamer (Ayla Ranzz of Winath; aka Light Lass, Lightning Lass, Spark)
Gossamer is the younger brother of Livewire, and originally had the same powers (and was called Spark), until Dream Girl changed them to gravity cancellation. She's calmer than her hotheaded brother, and much perkier.
After some thought, I went with the 2005 design with some slight modifications inspired by the 1993 Sprouse and 1994 versions. Like her older brother Mekt, I really prefer she not dress exactly like her twin brother.
20. Dream Girl (Nura Nal of Naltor; aka Dreamer)
Nura Nal is the daughter of the High Seer of Naltor, and is one of the best at seeing the future. She's the Legion's resident sexpot, though Star Boy is kind of the Most Equal of her boyfriends.
I took the 1994 design, and...well, sorry boys, closed up the front. I'm not sure she'd really want to fight a four hundred pound guy with an atomic ax worrying about falling out of her top.
21. Karate Kid (Val Armorr of Earth)
Val Armorr has no "super power": he was trained in the martial arts, and has attained a degree of mastery that lets him beat up the likes of Ultra Boy or Valor with his bare hands.
Okay. I admit it--this one is not based on any of Val's comic book looks. His taped hands in the 2005 design were the starting point...so I found myself crossing Val with another master of the martial arts: Rock Lee from the anime Naruto. Whether I should or not, I really really like the effect.
22. Princess Projectra (Wilimena Morgana Daergina Annaxandra Projectra Velorya Vauxhall of Orando)
The spoiled daughter of King Voxyv of Orando, she has the power to create illusions.
Not a snake this time, I'm sure you noticed. Leans very heavily on the 2005 Kitson design, though...well, since in the pre-Zero Hour continuity Projectra and Karate Kid got married, I gave Jeckie the hair style from Rock Lee's beloved Sakura Haruno. And if Val and Jeckie never get together in this version, hell, it still works because Rock really doesn't stand a snowball's chance on Tharr of getting Sakura anyway.
23. Ferro (Andrew Nolan of Earth)
Andrew Nolan and his twin brother Douglas (Ingot) have the same power and curse--they can turn into living metal, but their faces are deformed and hideous. Ironically enough, Ferro's mother, Nancy, was a glamorous actress until she retreated from society because of her mutant sons. And I have to say it--Ferro predates that Russian guy with a similar power.
For Ferro's appearance, I started with the Chris Sprouse 1993 design, though I changed the boots. Actually, he's wearing Leviathan's 1993 boots--even though, er, you can't see them in this picture (lol).
24. Umbra (Tasmia Mallor of Talok VIII; aka Shadow Lass)
The Shadow Guardian of Talok VIII, she is the descendant of 21st Century LEGION members Lyrissa and Lydea Mallor. She's a bit standoffish and xenophobic, but life in the Legion (especially developing a relationship with Valor) temper her.
For Shady I leaned a little on the 1996 version (presumably designed by Jeff Moy) but kind of simplified some parts I thought were too "busy"
25. Timber Wolf (Brin Londo of Zuun)
Brin Londo's father shot him up with the drug Zuunium, which turned him into a werewolf. He pre-dates that Canuck with the claws, by the way, by a few years, but lacks the mutant powers to sell his company's comic books and be a member of every one of their teams simultaneously.
I started with the 1992 version (that appeared in a Timber Wolf mini series) but (to my eyes at least) mixed in a bit of the 2001 version (the one that hung out with Rimborian gangs). It's because of that I gave him the exact same boot design as Ultra Boy.
26. Gates (Ti'Julk M'rasz of Vyrga)
Gates was drafted for the Legion by his homeworld of Vyrga, and spends a lot of time complaining about that. Gates is also a conspiracy theorist and devoted Marxist, convinced that The Man is out to keep The Masses down.
The only post-Zero Hour character in this picture, he joined in 1996 and was probably designed by Lee Moder (or possibly Jeff Moy) with the costume continuing the 1993 motifs.