Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Who's Who: Infectious Lass

Infectious Lass
by Siskoid

Real Name: Drura Sehpt
Super-Power(s): Transmit any disease
Planet of Origin: Somahtur
Legion Seniority: Infectious Lass was the ninth recruit to join the Legion in the mostly-unchronicled era known as the Five-Year Gap.

Legion Log
Infectious Lass is from Somahtur, a planet whose inhabitants' bodies are homes to colonies of microorganisms. These colonies can infect other people while the host remains unaffected. Drura was the first of her race to travel to the United Planets, but was immediately confined to the Medicus One satellite orbiting Earth. She escaped to apply for Legion membership, but demonstrated a lack of control and was rejected. After a while, she joined the Legion of Substitute Heroes, but spent little time refining their powers before Polar Boy disbanded the Subs.

During the so-called Five-Year Gap, Polar Boy recruited Infectious Lass to bolster the Legion of Super-Heroes' dwindling ranks. Unfortunately, her power made her a lightning rod for the kind of harassment that Dominion-controlled Earthgov was inflicting on the Legion, and she was forced to flee to avoid arrest. She eventually joined the anti-Earthgov underground movement led by Jacques Foccart, the second Invisible Kid, and there she fell in love with Jacques, and he with her. They got married.

When the war against the Dominators was won, she joined Jacques in the presidential palace, but he soon left New Earth in the hands of Tyroc and rejoined the Legion. She followed him there as well, though not as an official member. She and Jacques were appointed the Legion's advocates on Weber's World after the Legion was framed for treason by Universo, and it was she who stopped the villain from escaping Weber's World. She and Jacques then proceeded to New Earth to help in the transporting of the pocket dimension's Earth to the real universe, whereupon they disappeared due to Zero Hour.

After the Reboot, Infectious Lass appeared on a cover, which implies she (unsuccessfully) tried to apply for Legion membership. She does not, however, appear in the story itself. She was later seen as a Legion Academy student.

After the Threeboot, Infectious Lass does not seem to exist.

After Infinite Crisis, Infectious Lass' original history was more or less re-established, but she was then tossed into the time stream by Earth-Man, and appeared as part of a group of forgotten comic book characters, including Doctor Thirteen, with whom she battled the Architects in the Tales of the Unexpected limited series. She's fallen in love with the deceased pirate Captain Fear.

Infectious Lass has appeared on the Legion of Super-Heroes animated series, voiced by Kari Wahlgren.

Important Infectious Lass Stories:

Superboy (v1) #201
Infectious Lass' first appearance, a failed try-out for the Legion
 
Superboy (v1) #218
Infectious Lass tries out for the Legion again
DC Comics Presents #59
Infectious Lass shown to have joined the Legion of Substitute-Heroes
 
Legion of Substitute Heroes Special #1
Infectious Lass gives Color Kid the sex change virus

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #16
Five Years Later, Infectious Lass is a member of the Earth Resistance and 
Invisible Kid II's lover and conscience
 
Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #36
Infectious Lass continues to counsel Invisible Kid when he becomes Earth President
 
Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #43
Infectious Lass helps Invisible Kid work on the Legion's rebranding

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #59
Infectious Lass and Invisible Kid expose Universo's plot to frame the Legion
 
Valor #22
Infectious Lass appears to be erased from continuity during Zero Hour

Legionnaires #43
After the Reboot, Infectious Lass appears on a Legion try-outs cover

The Legion #37-38
Infectious Lass is a cadet at Legion Academy

Doctor Thirteen: Architecture & Mortality TPB
(reprints her appearances from Tales of the Unexpected v2 #4-8)
A time-lost Infectious Lass joins other forgotten heroes from across history to fight
the Architects

Legion of Super-Heroes animated series
Infectious Lass voiced by Kari Wahlgren

3 comments:

  1. Infectious Lass! I loved her-- She should have been allowed to join earlier!

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  2. You know how some people are. Purex at every doorway...

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  3. I thought she was a interesting character when I read her first appearance in Superboy #201 !

    An original concept of having the ability of " germ warfare " but turned down because the legion couldn't afford the team coming down with bad diarrhea while fighting the Fatal Five .

    Would have been a fun member in the early 1970's had she been made a member !

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