Review: Superboy #204

Superboy #204 cover
Cover by Nick Cardy

Superboy #204
Published and © by DC, September-October 1974

Title: “The Legionnaire Nobody Remembered”
Synopsis: When a future glitch disrupts the formation of the Legion, “Anti-Lad” travels back in time to put things right.

Writer: Cary Bates
Artist: Mike Grell

Review: While well received and much needed at the time, the Legion’s early-’70s visual upgrade was not without the occasional misstep. Anti-Lad is one such example. Then-newcomer Mike Grell’s choice to make the arrogant hero from the future an actual butthead takes readers out of this otherwise serviceable time-travel story.


Title: “Brainiac 5’s Secret Weakness!”
Synopsis: Brainiac 5 resigns to run off with the recently returned Supergirl – but all is not as it seems.

Writer: Cary Bates
Artist: Mike Grell

Review: The Supergirl relationship often humanizes the cold – and sometimes crazy – Brainiac 5, but this backup tale flat crosses into creepy.

Anti-Lad, as drawn by Mike Grell in Superboy #204.

Grade (for the entire issue): B

Cool factor: Mike Grell is a fantastic fit for the Legion.
Not-so-cool factor: Seriously. Take a look at Anti-Lad’s head.

Collector’s note: According to MyComicShop.com, there is a Mark Jewelers variant of this issue.

Character quotable: “Test me, and I guarantee you’ll have your new member!” – Anti-Lad, possessor of super-arrogance  (and an interesting noggin’)

Editor’s note: This review was written Jan. 28, 2024.

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