Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Who's Who: Storm Boy

Storm Boy
by Siskoid

Real Name: Myke Chypurz
Super-Power(s): Control weather systems
Planet of Origin: Earth
Legion Seniority: Storm Boy was the fourteenth recruit to join the Legion in the mostly-unchronicled era known as the Five-Year Gap.

Legion Log
Myke Chypurz was dared to try out for the Legion of Super-Heroes in order to get into a fraternity. Myke kept a device hidden in his clothes that could create storms and harsh winds, and called himself Storm Boy. When his ruse was discovered by Cosmic Boy, he was rejected on account of the Legion Constitution rule against tech-assisted powers.

During the so-called Five-Year Gap, Storm Boy, now a weatherman, proved good at his job, but when he tried reporting the Dominion-controlled EarthGov's orders to give its opponents catastrophic weather to the authorities, and was fired. Looking for a way to strike back, he noticed a newspaper headline that read, "Legion Admits Former Rejects." Re-making and improving his old device, he offered the Legion his services, and their old rule was waved to allow him in. He stayed with the Legion until it disbanded, and then, like most former Legionnaires, joined the underground movement formed by Jacques Foccart, the former Invisible Kid. His expertise in matters of climate was valuable, especially after the moon was destroyed. When the Dominators were driven from Earth, Jacques appointed him to the top weather-control post. (These events were textually told, without him ever appearing on-panel.)

After Infinite Crisis, Storm Boy's original history has more or less been re-established. Bitter and obsessive about his rejection, he had wind and lightning generating machines implanted in his chest cavity and joined Earth Man's Justice League, which then took over Earth. In battle with the Legion of Substitute-Heroes, he was defeated by Polar Boy and sent to Takron-Galtos.

Storm Boy and the rest of the Justice League of Earth were freed by Superman-Prime during the Final Crisis, so they could join his Legion of Super-Villains. During the battle of Metropolis, Night Girl used the dark clouds that Storm Boy was creating in order to enhance her super-strength. He was later subdued by Saturn Girl and returned to Takron-Galtos.

Important Storm Boy Stories:

Adventure Comis (v1) #301
Storm Boy applies for Legion membership under false pretenses

Action Comics #859
Storm Boy is a member of Earth Man's xenophobic Justice League

Action Comics #862
Storm Boy is taken out by the Subs

Adventure Comics (v2) #2
Lightning Lad gives Storm Boy a well-deserved zap in prison

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #2
Storm Boy as a member of Superman-Prime's Legion of Super-Villains

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #3
Storm Boy is taken out by Saturn Girl in his last appearance to date

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