Here's the next cover in the ongoing Legion of Superheroes series that I'm doing. The story revolves around the death of Saturn Girl at the hands of The Legion of Crime.
Looking at the cover now, it reminds me an awful lot of the cover to LSH 258...but this was totally unintentional. When I sketched out the art I didn't know, at that time, who the two main figures would be. I drew and inked the cover pretty quickly.
I decided on Saturn Girl because of a mix of convenience and gravitas. Death in comics is pretty irrelevant. It never lasts and if it ever does, they're minor characters. I remember reading LSH 206, got it second hand back in 1981 from a market stall, and finding out that Ferro Lad and Invisible Kid were dead, they were clones in the stories. I became slightly obsessed with collecting the issues they'd appeared in. It was years before I found a copy of LSH 203, the death of Invisible Kid. But the point is, they remained dead. It gave the Legion stories an edge, people could die, the adventures had consequence.
Until the Legion became a book that rehashed the past stories over and over and over again. But we're talking about when the Legion was great here...
And so Saturn Girl is dead. She's one of the founding members obviously and her death will change The Legion...it also establishes the Legion of Crime as major enemies...after this storyline, which ends in issue 5, they'll be back. There are a few storylines I want to address inbetween, the adult Legion and also a storyline about clones.