Art by Steve Lightle
|First appearance||Legion of Super-Heroes (third series) #9 (April 1985)|
|Created by||Paul Levitz
|Place of origin||Hykraius|
|Team affiliations||Legion of Super-Heroes
Fictional character biography
Tellus, real name Ganglios, is a native of the methane-atmosphere planet Hykraius. All Hykraians are methane-breathers and cannot survive outside a liquid methane environment without special breathing apparatus (in Tellus' case, a special helmet). Like all members of his race, Tellus was both telepathic and telekinetic, and it was his skill with these powers that helped gain him entry into the Legion Academy and later the Legion itself. He joined the Legion alongside Polar Boy, Magnetic Kid, Sensor Girl and Quislet in Legion of Super-Heroes (third series) #14.
He was the second non-humanoid Legionnaire. (Quislet, who joined at the same time, did not have a body in the normal sense).
Tellus served in the Legion for many years and re-appeared in Legion of Super-Heroes (fourth series), where it was revealed that Tellus had joined Dark Circle, a criminal organization that by then had transformed itself into a quasi-religious organization.
The events of the Infinite Crisis limited series have restored a close analogue of the pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths Legion to continuity, as seen in "The Lightning Saga" story arc in Justice League of America and Justice Society of America, and in the "Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes" story arc in Action Comics. Tellus is included in their number.
This version of Tellus first appeared in the Adventure Comics Special Featuring the Guardian (2008) one-shot as a prisoner of Cadmus. He was seen briefly in Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #5 (September 2009), as multiple versions of the Legion battled Superboy-Prime, the Time Trapper and the Legion of Super-Villains. In Superman #690 (September 2009), he was seen in the 21st century, urging the Green Lantern known as Sodam Yat to avoid contact with his fellow Daxamite, Mon-El.
In 2011 DC Comics rebooted their entire line, including the Legion (again). It has not been clarified which (if any) of the tales noted above are still canon. Tellus is currently a regular character in the current Legion Lost book, where he and several Legion comrades are trapped in the twenty-first century.