Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Who's Who: LSV Ol-Vir

by Russell & Siskoid

Real Name: Ol-Vir
Super-Power(s): Super-strength, invulnerability, super-speed, enhanced senses, heat vision, super breath, flight
Planet of Origin: Daxam
Relationship to Legion: Villain

Legion Log
Ol-Vir made his debut against the Legion of Super-Heroes during The Great Darkness incident, when the planet Daxam was switched with the planet Apokolips and all Daxamites became super-powered slaves of Darkseid. Ol-Vir appeared on the planet Takron-Galtos and hunted sacrifices, intent on killing Chameleon Boy. Cham, however, out-witted the boy by imprisoning him in the same cage as Validus.

After the Daxamites were freed of Darkseid's influence and their planet was returned to its correct orbit, Ol-Vir refused to be re-repatriated. Ol-Vir not only stayed loyal to Darkseid, but he embraced madness and evil. The Legion interrupted a sacrificial rite that Ol-Vir was holding for Darkseid. They were on the verge of capturing the young teen when the Legion of Super-Villains interrupted, too, to recruit Ol-Vir for membership.

When the LSV attempted to "kidnap" the entire planet of Orando and to kill as many Legionnaires as possible, Ol-Vir was one of their leading muscle-men. However, Mon-El, Ultra Boy, and Element Lad were able to stop him from committing murder. When the War of the Legions was winding down, Element Lad turned an element in Ol-Vir's uniform into lead, which is poisonous to all Daxamites. Ol-Vir flew off naked and in severe pain.

Two years later Ol-Vir resurfaced, still devoted to Darkseid. At this time Ol-Vir was used as a pawn by Darkseid in his attempt to get vengeance against Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad. Ironically, Ol-Vir worked with Validus, who had nearly killed him several years previously. When Darkseid could not get the result he wanted, he no longer had any use for Ol-Vir, so turned the young teenager into dust.

Ol-Vir appeared in neither the Reboot nor the Threeboot.

After Infinite Crisis, Ol-Vir's original history has presumably been more or less restored. He turns up alive during the so-called Final Crisis, as a member of Superboy-Prime's Legion of Super-Villains, but given the temporal shenanigans during this event, he must have been pulled from before he was destroyed by Darkseid.

Important Ol-Vir stories:

Legion of Super-Heroes (v2) #294
(reprinted in The Legion: The Great Darkness Saga TPB)
Ol-Vir runs amok on Takron-Galtos

Legion of Super-Heroes (v3) #1
(reprinted in The Legion: An Eye For An Eye TPB)
Ol-Vir gives his name for the first time, 
just before he is drafted into the Legion of Super-Villains

Legion of Super-Heroes (v3) #2
(reprinted in The Legion: An Eye For An Eye TPB)
Ol-Vir is in the LSV, but sometimes his enthusiasm has to be tempered by Esper Lass

Legion of Super-Heroes (v3) #3
(reprinted in The Legion: An Eye For An Eye TPB)
Ol-Vir battles Mon-El

Legion of Super-Heroes (v3) #4
(reprinted in The Legion: An Eye For An Eye TPB)
Ol-Vir battles Ultra Boy

Legion of Super-Heroes (v3) #5
(reprinted in The Legion: An Eye For An Eye TPB)
Ol-Vir suffers from acute lead poisoning thanks to Element Lad

Legion of Super-Heroes Annual (v2) #2 (1986)
The final fate of Ol-Vir

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #2

Ol-Vir is a member of Superboy-Prime's Legion of Super-Villains


  1. Why, i wonder, did we need Superboy prime when Ol-Vir seemed to fill that role so well? (Especially his whiny "death scene.")

    It is possible that Darkseid didn't kill him, but merely displaced him through time--like he did with Batman.

    1. HA! You beat me to it (Superboy Prime reference).

    2. Ol-Vir was always shown as a pawn, either of Darkseid or the LSV. He was never the dark reflection of Mon-El that Superboy Prime was for Superman. Perhaps that's why Geoff Johns thought Prime was a better fit for the role of Time Trapper in LO3W