When Garth, Ayla and Mekt crash-landed their spaceship on the planet Korbal, Ayla suggested that they could use the local lightning beasts to recharce the batteries of the ship. They were unsuccessful, and they were attacked by the beasts. The beasts caused the siblings to gain electrical powers. Garth was later at the founding of the Legion of Super-Heroes.
Lightning Lad is considered the Legion's ID. He has a relationship with Saturn Girl and is the best friend of Cosmic Boy.
Of all of the Legionnaires, Lightning Lad's logged in the least amount of time on Earth. Garth says that he prefers to explore, but the other Legionnires feel that he's searching for something. After the Zero-Some encounter (an undocumented case), Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad took a break to Rimworld where they were among the first to encounter Terror Firma. The Terror Firma and Lemnos were defeated later, and then Cosmic Boy took leave to be with his family on Braal and appointed Garth as acting leader. Lightning Lad has made a deal with Saturn Girl's mother, Delegate Ardeen, to make the Legion an autonomous branch of Earthgov with rights and privileges equal to the Science Police.
Garth and his sister Ayla were recently reunited with their older brother Mekt during the Dominator War.
- Electrokinesis: Lightning Lad has the ability to manipulate electrical energy, which is often referred as "lightning". Lightning Lad can use his power destructively, to short-circuit electrical items, split boulders, destroy spaceships, burn objects with precision or shatter walls. He can also reduce the force of his bolts so that they will only stun a person or creature. The more powerful his bolts, the louder the thunder-noise they make, especially if they are directed skyward.
- Electro-Blast: Lightning Lad has the power to generate even greater voltage than the lightning creatures. He controls his energy by sending oppositely charged ions down his arms to his hands. Like the positive and negative poles of a battery, the resulting electric field causes lightning bolts to shoot forth from his fingertips to the target he is aiming at. Once, when he lost control of his super-power, the lightning bolts crashed out of his upper body.
- Electromagnetism: Lightning Lad can send his electricity through conductive metals.
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