League of Super-Assassins
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Members of this group of super powered beings came from the planet Dryad. Tricked into thinking that the Legion of Super-Heroes were somehow connected to the destruction of their planet they set out to destroy the Legion. Controlling them was the "Dark Man" which was actually a clone of Tharok, the evil genius of the Fatal Five. The "Dark Man" subjected the youths to experiments giving them super powers.
While Blok defected to the Legion of Super-Heroes, many of the other members were either released from prison or escaped and joined the Legion of Super-Villains, starting with Legion of Super-Heroes (Baxter) issues 1-5.
- Blok - A silicon-based life form with a rock-like humanoid appearance and increased mass and strength. He also was able to absorb certain types of energy and had a life span much longer than that of humans. After capture by the Legion, Blok chose to aid the Legion against the Dark Man and was offered membership in the Legion.
- Silver Slasher - Real name Ki-Lan, a female with a metallically enhanced body and razor sharp fingers. She was also able to spin her body at increased speeds and her metallic body gave her strength and hardness to cut through most substances.
- Titania: A super strong female with increased invulnerability. She is Silver Slasher's cousin, and her strength rivaled that of Mon-El and Superboy.
- Lazon: Real name Chey-Nu. He can turn into any form of light.
- Mist Master: Real name Yer Sti-Tuan. He can turn into any form of gas or vapor.
- Neutrax: Real name Wi Kan Muur. He sits in a flying chair much like Metron of the New Gods. He has the ability to neutralize others powers for short periods of time.
Although some fans have speculated that the League of Super-Assassins were originally created as rough analogies for the membership of Marvel Comics' X-Men lineup at the time, by mutual agreement between the separate books' writers to have an inter-company crossover by proxy, this is unsupported by any evidence. The Shi'ar Imperial Guard was an homage to the Legion of Super-Heroes which appeared in X-Men #107 (cover-dated October 1977); at the time, there was an informal agreement between the respective writers of the two comics that the Legion might feature characters homaging the X-Men, but this did not take place. The League of Super-Assassins did not appear until Superboy and the Legion Of Super-Heroes #253, cover-dated July 1979, and written by Gerry Conway, who had not been writing the comic in 1977.
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