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Encyclopedia > Element Lad
Element Lad
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Adventure Comics #307 (April 1963)
Created by Unknown
Character Information
Real name Jan Arrah
Status Active
Affiliations Legion of Super-Heroes
Previous affiliations None
Notable aliases Mystery Lad, Alchemist
Notable powers The ability to transmute elements.

Element Lad is a fictional character in the thirtieth century of the DC Universe, a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. He is Jan Arrah of the planet Trom. He has the power to transmute elements, as did all natives of Trom. DC Comics (originally called Detective Comics, Inc. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to the date or issue of a characters first appearance. ... A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... The DC Universe (DCU) is the fictional shared setting where most of the comic stories published by DC Comics take place. ... The Legion of Super-Heroes is a DC Comics superhero team. ... A chemical element, often called simply element, is a chemical substance that cannot be decomposed or transformed into other chemical substances by ordinary chemical methods. ...

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Pre-Zero Hour

He first appeared in Adventure Comics #307 (1963). In this first story he was briefly known as Mystery Lad as the Legionnaires tried to guess what his power was. Jan was the last survivor of Trom, as the other Trommites had been massacred by the space pirate Roxxas in revenge for their refusal to transmute valuable elements for him. Jan survived because he had been in space at the time. Adventure Comics was a comic book published by DC Comics from 1935 to 1983. ...


With the aid of the Legion, Roxxas was brought to justice and Jan joined the Legion, using the codename Element Lad. He served with the Legion for many years, and served terms as leader and deputy leader. He was romantically linked to Shvaughn Erin, the Science Police's Legion liaison, who was revealed to be a transexual later in the series. When Shvaughn was forced to revert back to being a man, Element Lad revealed he stayed with her all this time not because of her being a woman, but despite it. This version of the character disappeared during Zero Hour. [1] The Science Police is the official police force of the United Planets in the 30th century in the DC Universe. ... Zero Hour was a weekly comic event miniseries/crossover published by DC Comics in the summer of 1994. ...


The Batch SW6 Jan Arrah later adopted the codename Alchemist. Look up Alchemist in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Alchemist may refer to— a person who practices alchemy. ...


Post-Zero Hour

In post-Zero Hour continuity, Jan is still the last survivor of Trom. This time the Trommites were killed by the heat vision of Daxamite White Triangle terrorists who decimated Trom from space. This version of Jan served with the Legion for some time. After an encounter with Mordru, his powers changed so that he could transmute himself into elements, so he was frequently seen in metal or crystal forms. The events of the "Widening Rifts" storyline caused him to become lost in deep space for millions of years, whereby he went insane and became the extremely powerful villain Progenitor and eventually had to be killed by Live Wire (the Legionnaire formerly known before ZH as Lightning Lad) who sacrificed his own life in the process. However, Live Wire later turned up alive, his consciousness housed in Jan's crystalline body. This plot was never resolved as the Legion's reality was shortly rebooted once again. Zero Hour was a weekly comic event miniseries/crossover published by DC Comics in the summer of 1994. ... The Daxamites are a fictional alien race in the DC Universe. ... Mordru is a fictional character, a supervillain in the DC Comics Universe whose main foes are the Legion of Super-Heroes in the future world of the 30th and 31st centuries and the Justice Society of America in the present. ... Hot metal work from a blacksmith Look up Metal in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... It has been suggested that crystallization processes be merged into this article or section. ... Live Wire, (Garth Ranzz of the planet Winath) is a comic book superhero in the DC Comics universe. ... Lightning Lad, or Live Wire, (Garth Ranzz of the planet Winath) is a comic book superhero in the DC Comics universe. ...


"Reimagined"

It has not yet been revealed whether the present incarnation of Jan Arrah in the Waid/Kitson 'reimagining' is still the last survivor of his people. This latest version of the character now has to touch things in order to transmute them, a limitation he never had before. It is speculated by Legion fandom that this limitation has been introduced to prevent him becoming insanely powerful, as happened in the last continuity. Fandom (from the noun fan and the affix -dom, as in kingdom, dukedom, etc. ...


Elseworlds and other versions of Element Lad

Element Lad appeared in the DC/Marvel Comics Amalgam book Spider-Boy Team-Up. He was merged with Fantastic Four villain Molecule Man to form Molecule Boy. He was a member of the Legion Of Galactic Guardians 2099. It has been suggested that Felicia (pseudonym) be merged into this article or section. ... An amalgam is any alloy of mercury. ... The Fantastic Four is Marvel Comics flagship superhero team, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and debuting in The Fantastic Four #1 (Nov. ... Molecule Man - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ...


Element Lad and Homosexuality

Early in Legion history, there existed much fan speculation that Element Lad was actually gay. In an attempt to dismiss this, a young Jim Shooter would introduce his first girlfriend, Shvaughn Erin. The eventual revelation of Shvaughn's being a transsexual is thought is many as an attempt by then-writers Tom and Mary Bierbaum to reintroduce this element of the character. Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... Cover image of Harbinger #1 from Valiant Comics Jim Shooter (born September 27, 1951 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an United States writer, occasional fill-in artist, editor, and publisher for various comic books. ...


Later incarnations of Element Lad have not shown any sexual tendencies.


External links

  • Element Lad at GayLeague.com

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Live Wire (DC Comics) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1328 words)
At the end, the three founders stood on Legion HQ as Saturn Girl called the Daxamites there, just in time for Element Lad and Brainiac 5 to send them to a planet where they would be powerless, ending the threat.
He was killed during the "Legion Lost" storyline, in battle with the Progenitor (actually an insane Element Lad) but actually was "stored" in Element Lad's crystalline body.
Since being revived in a crystalline version of Element Lad's body, in addition to his original electrical abilities, he possesses the ability to transmute objects from one form to another, including changing the elements they are composed of.
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