Friday, February 5, 2016

Oddball Super Heroes: Infectious Lass

Hi there! Welcome to I'm So Glad My Suffering Amuses You, the leading blog for dentists whose patients chew gum. I'm Dave-El and I am vengeance but I'm not the night, just the late afternoon.  

Today is another Wednesday installment of my look at "oddball super heroes". Right now I'm focusing on DC's Legion of Super Heroes, a team that works to live up to the "legion" part of that name with many super beings with varying power types and levels.  Some of the would-be heroes who seeks membership in the Legion are so out there, they don't make the cut.  Many of these rejects find a home with the Legion of Substitute Heroes. But are there super powered beings that even this collection of misfit heroes wouldn't want to take in? 

If so, Infectious Lass would be among that number. 

Drura Sehpt is from Somahtur, a planet whose inhabitants' bodies are home to micro-organisms that can quickly infect other living bio-organism's while the host remains unaffected. 

In short, she makes people sick.  

This may sound like a pretty good set up for a super villain, taking on a name like Plague Girl or Princess Pestilence. But Drura decided to use her powers to make people sick for good, not evil. So she adopted the name Infectious Lass and tried out for the Legion of Super Heroes.  How did that go?  

Not too good. Star Boy volunteered to help Infectious Lass demonstrate her powers. But he got really, really sick as it seems Drura really can't control her powers that well. So ixnay on membership with the Legion of Super Heroes.  

However Polar Boy of the Legion of Substitute Heroes thought Drura would make a fine addition to the Subs. That may have seem like less of a good idea after Infectious Lass exposed one of the male Subs to Granderian Gender-Reversal Germs.  

Granderian Gender-Reversal Germs? Man, you gotta love comics and/or the future! 

A couple of things about Infectious Lass

1) She was not part of the wild and wacky characters created in the 1960s but was an early 1970's creation of writer Cary Bates and artist Dave Cockrum. Dave would go on to co-create the All New X-Men for Marvel

2) Drura would eventually find both true love and full Legion membership when she married Jacques Foccart (Invisible Kid II).

A remarkable destiny for a minor character in Legion lore whose mission statement is "I make people sick." 


Next Wednesday, an actually rather powerful not so goofy super heroine from the 30th century. So how does she make it to this topic of Oddball Super Heroes? We'll shed some light on that next week.

In the meantime, another new post is coming up tomorrow on some dumb thing or another. Until then, remember to be good to one another. 


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