Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Who's Who: Chemical Kid

Chemical Kid
by Siskoid

Real Name: Hadru Jamik
Super-Power(s): Ability to control (speed-up or slow-down) all chemical reactions.
Planet of Origin: Phlon
Legion Seniority: Chemical Kid was the third Legion recruit after the Retroboot, joining with three other Academy members, but first among them alphabetically.

Legion Log
Chemical Kid is the successor to the fallen Legionnaire of his homeworld, Chemical King (Condo Arlik). His father was a scientist who genetically grafted Arlik's powers to his genes. He immediately applied to Legion Academy and got in.

A rebellious spirit, Chemical Kid got up to all sorts of shenanigans, like breaking curfew, charging his father's credit cards with outrageous expenses, ignoring punishments, etc. Despite his flippant attitude, he excelled at training exercises. After another attempt at spending his father's money and finding his credit declined, he and his Academy friends went back to Phlon to investigate, and fell upon blackmailer Black Mace and his cohorts. Upon returning home, they were waylaid by Cosmic King, who killed one of their own, Variable Lad.

Their mettle so tested, Chemical Kid and three other classmates were awarded full Legion membership after 7 Legionnaires were lost in time and believed dead. On his first mission, he was asked to pose as Dragonwing's lover, which he did not like at all. But though a difficult personality, he has held his own almost as well as veteran Legionnaires since joining. Certain Legionnaires' mileage may vary; Element Lad, for example, initially thought him careless and self-centered.

Important Chemical Kid Stories:

Legion of Super-Heroes (v6) #6
Chemical Kid makes his first appearance as a Legion cadet

Adventure Comics (v2) #523-526
Chemical Kid and friends get up to no good and return to Phlon to
help the Kid's father against Black Mace and Alchemical Girl

Adventure Comics (v2) #528-529
Chemical Kid and friends return to the Academy to find it under siege from Cosmic King

Legion of Super-Heroes (v7) #1-4
Chemical Kid joins the Legion on his first official mission

Legion of Super-Heroes (v7) #4
Chemical Kid fights alone and proves his mettle

Legion of Super-Heroes (v7) #13
Chemical Kid fails to impress Cosmic Boy and Element Lad

Legion of Super-Heroes (v7) #14
Chemical Kid bonds with Element Lad at last

Legion of Super-Heroes (v7) #21
Chemical Kid uses his powers to save Mon-El's life


  1. Pity this version of the Legion collapsed so quickly. I thought some of the new characters had potential. But the plots didn't seem to be firing on all cylinders and the characterization of the veterans wasn't quite right.

    - Boston Moss

  2. Chemical Kid was one of the WORST heroes in legion history and he , rather than Variable Lad should have bit the dust .