X-Men vs Legion of Superheroes: Why are they so similar?
Note: In nearly all cases except those marked with *, the Legionnaire came first.
Legion/X-man or enemy of
Saturn Girl/Professor X (telepathy)
Cosmic boy/Magneto (magnetism)
Lightning Lad/Storm (lightning/weather)
Phantom Girl/Kitty Pride (intangibility)
Triplicate Girl/Multiple Man (split into several people)
Ferro Lad/Colossus (change to metal)
Timber Wolf/Wolverine (agility, strength, claws, fangs, super senses, accelerated healing)
Sun Boy/Sunfire (heat and light generation)
Polar Boy/Iceman (cold generation)
*Dawnstar/Angel (wings allow flight)
*Nemesis Kid/Mimic (copies powers of others)
*Tyroc/Banshee (sonic abilities)
*Blok/Blob (strength, resistance, energy absorption)
And then, there's even more parallels in the 80's and 90's, mostly with Legionnaires copying established X-Men:
*Kono/Harry Leland (body density)
*Veilmist, Flederweb/Nightcrawler (wall adhesion, teleportation)
*Bloodclaw/Wolverine (strength, razor claws)
1. There's a limited number of superpowers so there's bound to be overlap.
2. Disgruntled former employees became new employees at the other company.
3. They willfully plagiarized from each other because the nature of the two universes required coming up with new powers almost monthly.
4. I'm seeing something that's not there.
Last edited by Superhal; 09-21-2009 at 05:24 AM.