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Garth Ranzz

Lightning Lad Alias: Lightning Boy
Lightning Lad

Date of birth: November 10
Place of birth: Winath

Eyes: Blue
Hair: Red
Height: 6' 2''
Weight: 190 lbs.
Race: Winathean

Occupation: Legionnaire
Marital Status: Married
Known relatives: Imra Ardeen Ranzz (wife)
Graym Ranzz (son)
Validus (son)
Ayla Ranzz (sister)
Mekt Ranzz (brother)
Group affiliation: Legion of Super-Heroes
Base of operations: 30th Century Earth

Original story:
Garth and his brother Mekt was out exploring the on the planet Korbal when they encountered a Lightning Monster. The monster hit them with its electrical charges resulting in Garth and Mekt getting electrical powers [Superman (first series) #147].

First retcon:
Garth and his twin sister Ayla were out flying near the planet Korbal when the space-flyer ran out of power and they had to land. The planet was considered dangerous and shunned due to the lightning monsters living there. Seeing a chance to getting the energy cells recharged, Garth tried to trick the monsters into discharging lightning bolts at the space-flyers antenna. Instead of getting the energy cells recharged, the monsters beasts discharged the electrical energy at Garth and Ayla and gave them electrical powers [Adventure Comics #308].

Second retcon:
Garth, Mekt and Ayla were on Kobal and were exposed to the discharges of the lightning monsters, when they tried to get the flier's fuel cells recharged [Adventure Comics #331].

Garth stayed active as Lightning Lad in the Legion of Super-Heroes until the birth of his and Imra's first son Graym in 2984. He and Imra stayed with the Legion, but only in a supportive role [Legion of Super-Heroes (1984 series) #3].

Skills & abilities: Electrical manipilation; control and generation of electrical fields, including the ability to project bolts of electrical energy similar to lightning. Garth has completed the Legion's personal combat training.

Equipment: LSH flight ring.

Continuity: Pre-crisis DC Universe
Company: DC Comics
First app.: Adventure Comics #247 (1958)
Creator(s): Otto Binder
Al Plastino
Country of origin: USA USA

Background notes: The name Lightning Boy was only used at his first appearance. From his second appearance in Adventure Comics #267 from 1958, the name was changed to Lightning Lad.