|The volley of needles harmlessly bouncing off of Superboy's mug is hilarious.|
Superboy Starring the Legion of Super-Heroes No.201 (April 1974)
“There’s just one slight drawback…”
The Legion try-outs have been a tradition in the Legion books practically since the team’s inception, as is the tradition of the applicants who are utter, grotesque, explosive failures.
Above is pictured Porcupine Pete, the superhero who inaccurately but dynamically shoots super-tough porcupine quills from his body. Other Legion rejects from this particular tryout include Green Boy (can turn anything green), Polecat (smells bad), and Lester Spiffany (a rich idiot).
Many of the Legion’s rejected applicants, including Petey there, end up joining the Legion of Substitute Heroes (an unofficial Legion cavalry which holds their meetings in a cave because they have general low self-esteem and probably clinical depression).