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Mon-El (DC)(Earth-1)
Real Name: Lar Gand
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Powers:
Kryptonian power-set, but with some significant differences. The original version of the character is stronger than Superboy. The anti-lead serum has had the positive effect of allowing him to retain his powers even under a red sun, or on planets with heavier gravities than Earth.

Weaknesses:
Deadly reaction to lead. Ranged powers won't work through lead.

Affected by magic as a human would be.

While on Saturn Girl's anti-lead serum, he had about 24 hours of time before he had to return to the Phantom Zone.

While on Brainiac 5's serum, he had to continue to take a dose once every 48 hours.

Brainiac 5's serum itself had a weakness to a certain gas and Mon-El's ultima-gun.

Bio:
Lar Gand was many things in the DCU, perhaps because (in a way somewhat similar to Power Girl) he's a kind of "fault line" running between the different eras of the DCU.

Because his history is intimately tied to the original, Earth-1 Superboy, he's had to have his history rewritten as that character's fate changed.

He's also had more bouts of amnesia than just about any character in comic book history.

To begin with, he was briefly thought to be an actual Kryptonian. When he first landed on Earth 1, he was found by Superboy in an amnesiac state. Since he possessed a map given to him by Jor-El, and had powers like Superboy, the young Kal-El believed that he was a brother.

Thus Superboy named him "Mon" (because he fell to earth on a Monday), and "-El" because he was believed to be from the House of El.

This was quickly revealed to be a mistaken assumption on Superboy's part. After a series of tests, it gradually became clearer that he was not Kryptonian. After exposure to Kryptonite failed to produce an adverse effect in a sleeping Mon-El, Superboy thought him a fraud. To further "expose" him, Superboy painted some lead balls "kryptonite green", then hurled them at a now-awake Mon-El. Gand reacted with great fear, and then apparent sickness. Kal-El now thought he had definitively uncovered Mon-El's "deceit". In truth, though, Superboy had given Mon-El deadly lead poisoning. Now dying, Mon-El's memory returned, and he began to explain himself.

Mon-El (really named Lar Gand) had merely visited Krypton immediately prior to the planet's destruction. One of the people he met there was Jor-El, who warned the young Gand to leave Krypton and head for Earth.

Gand, in death's grasp, went on to explain that he was actually a Daxamite. As described in some post-Crisis texts, but not contradicted by pre-Crisis ones, Daxamites were beings who were originally Kryptonian, but who had settled on Daxam for a sufficient number of centuries for some genetic mutation to occur. Thus, while having a similar reaction to yellow sun radiation, Daxamites were different from Kryptonians in that they were weakened by lead, not kryptonite.

Now having directly exposed Mon-El to lead, Superboy had to think fast. He made Gand the only voluntary inhabitant of the Phantom Zone. There, at least, the lead poisoning would not be able to progress.

Ten centuries later, Mon-El was brought out of the Phantom Zone, after Superboy entreated the Legion of Super-Heroes to come up with some sort of antidote.

This medication was at first temporary. Saturn Girl came up with Serum XY-4 that could allow him exit from the Phantom Zone just long enough to participate in an occasional adventure. He was an honorary Legionnaire during this period, though full membership was bestowed on him while he still resided in the Zone.

Braniac 5 added his intelligence to the problem, and eventually a permanent antidote was found. He then became a more regular member of the Legion and even contributed the invention of "flight ring metal" to Legion lore.

Now a real resident of Earth, he quickly became the "conscience" of the Legion after Superboy returned to the 20th century, more-or-less for good.

He found love with Shadow Lass and married her after a protracted romance.

Post-Crisis
The Crisis on Infinite Earths would begin a series of major shifts in his character that have yet be resolved, even by the Waid/Kitson re-imagining in 2005.

The first major change came at the time of the Crisis. With Superboy no longer Kal-El, the writers had a huge problem. If Lar Gand never met Kal-El, why would his name be Mon-El? Answer: it wouldn't. Instead, he met Superboy (Kal-El) in a pocket universe created by the Time Trapper, but the experience was a more private one. In the "real" universe, he instead met Superman, who gave him the name "Valor".

Not content to stop there, though, DC kept on chipping away at his past. Now, a long 20th-century history was posited. He was a member of L.E.G.I.O.N., a group made up of the present-day ancestors of the Legion of Super Heroes. Vril Dox II, ancestor of Brainiac 5, administered the lead poisoning cure in the 20th century.

Mid-way through his 2-year solo title, Valor's continued refusal to become romantically involved with the the new post-Crisis female Time Trapper, Glorith, incurred her wrath.

Glorith was the source of his 1000-year incarceration, sending him to a new kind of "zone" called the Buffer Zone. It had much the same effect as the Phantom Zone, in that it explained how he got from Kal-El's time to the Legion's century.

When he emerged in the 30th century, he found himself to be revered almost at a religious level by the citizens of that century. In a substantive way, therefore, he was now the inspiration for the Legion, in the same way that Superboy had been for the original Legion.

However, during and after his stay in the Zone, Glorith kept tampering with history, perhaps in a bid to find some way to get him to love her. These temporal incursions backfired. The original Time Trapper was brought back into existence, and she eventually created a paradox that led to Lar Gand's death.

She then sought to bring him back into existence, but instead created multiple copies of Valor. The effect of these multiple Valors running around was a fundamental destabilization of the timeline so huge that it created the backdrop for Zero Hour.

After Zero Hour, Gand was again amnesiac, and again on-course to visit Superboy. Nevertheless he did retain some memories from before Zero Hour, indicating he was the same person.

This time, though, the Superboy he met was Connor Kent. Due to Connor's more erratic nature, the two ended up fighting, and Gand realized that the cure given to him so long ago was wearing off. Now he goes into a thing called the "Stasis Zone" and again comes out 1000 years later. Brainiac 5 gives him an improved version of the serum, and he's once again "immunized".

But, just as before Zero Hour, the inhabitants of the 30th century believe Valor to be an almost god-like figure—something that again suggests the pre- and post-ZH Gands are actually the same person.

To avoid the adulation that went with being a god, Gand decided on a new name for himself. He chose "M'Onel", which he claimed was Martian for "Wanderer".

Soon after, the Legion was "rested" once again. When it came back, this time in the Waid/Kitson re-imagining, Gand was nowhere to be found.

In other words, in the post-Infinite Crisis/One Year Later-era, Lar Gand is not (yet?) with us.

Notes:
Lar Gand is one of the few people in the DCU to have a different name in each era.
On Earth-2, he's Halk Kar.

On Earth-1, he's Mon-El.
Pre-Zero Hour (but post-Crisis), he's Valor.
Post-Zero Hour, but pre-Infinite Crisis, he's M'Onel.
And now, One Year Later, he's (so far) nothing.

Like Power Girl, he's one of the few character concepts to debut on Earth-2, but to be mainly explored on another Earth.

He's the only non-founding Legionnaire to be admitted as a full member without having to take a qualification test. However, he made up the test later, inventing "flight ring metal" as his special "challenge".

First Appearance: Superboy (1949) #89

Other Identities:
Mon-El (DC)(Earth-0)
Valor (01 - Earth-0)

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Issue Appearances:
52 (2006)

A DC Universe Christmas (2000)
Action Comics (1938)
Adventure Comics (1938)
Adventures of Superman: José Luis García-López (2013)
All-New Collectors' Edition (1978)
All-Star Squadron (1981)
Christmas With the Super-Heroes (1988)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
DC Comics Classics Library (2009)
DC Comics Presents (1978)
DC Retroactive: Flash - The '70s (2011)
DC Sampler (1983)
DC Special Series (1977)
Elson's Presents Super Heroes Comics (1981)
Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds (2008)
Heroes (1991)
Justice (2005)
Karate Kid (1976)
Karate Kid (1977)
La Legion Des Super-Heros (1984)
Legends of the DCU: Crisis on Infinite Earths (1999)
Legion of Super-Heroes (1980)
Legion of Super-Heroes (1984)
Legion of Super-Heroes (1989)
Legionnaires (1993)
Secret Origins (1973)
Secret Origins (1986)
Secrets of the Legion of Super-Heroes (1981)
Superboy (1949)
Superman (1939)
Superman (1987)
Superman-Batman (1966)
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (1954)
Tales of the Legion (1984)
The Phantom Zone (1982)
The Super Heroes Monthly (Volume 2) (1981)
The Superman Family (1974)
The Superman Story (1983)
The World of Krypton (1979)
Who's Who in the Legion of Super-Heroes (1988)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
World's Finest Comics (1941)

Group Affiliation(s):
Daxamites (DC)
Legion of Super-Heroes (DC)(Earth-0)
Phantom Zone (DC)(Earth-1 - Pre Crisis)

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