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"The Greatest Hero Of Them All": Superboy and the Legion decide to directly attack the Time Trapper in a direct assault and go to the Smallville High School gym where the Time Trapper is waiting for Superboy to deliver the immobilized Legion members to him. As the Legion attack the Trapper revea


Quote1 He was the greatest hero of them all. Quote2
-- Cosmic Boy



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Synopsis for "The Greatest Hero Of Them All"

Superboy and the Legion decide to directly attack the Time Trapper in a direct assault and go to the Smallville High School gym where the Time Trapper is waiting for Superboy to deliver the immobilized Legion members to him. As the Legion attack the Trapper reveals his hold over Superboy to the assembled Legion members "This never was your past, Legionnaire. Only a whispery possibility I connected you to when you were presumptuous enough to try to travel through time. Each time you 'broke' the time barrier, I sent you here ... until this Earth began to fall apart and the jest paled." With that the time Trapper damaged the machinery that held back the destructive energies of the Crisis and left.

Once again the red skies began assaulting the Pocket Universe. As the heroes tried to repair the machine, Superboy realized that the only way to repair the machine is to find some way to channel its energies. Lacking the time to find a proper insulators to the enormous energies needed to safeguard an entire universe, Superboy jumps into the machine to act as the insulator and allows the universal energies to pass through him. He endures until the pocket universe is moved away from energy waves of the Crisis to some unknown safe locale in the cosmos. With the world safe, Superboy finally allows himself to collapse. Ma and Pa Kent watch in horror as the Legionnaires try to save the injured Superboy by taking him back to the 30th century. But arriving in the safeguarded future, Superboy dies from his injuries.



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  • During the funeral can be seen statues of all deceased Legionnaires, including Supergirl despite having been exiled from continuity two years earlier.



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Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes (1987)
Part I: Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 3) #37 Part II: Superman (Volume 2) #8
Part III: Action Comics #591 Part IV: Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 3) #38