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Chlorophyll Kid

Chlorophyll Kid
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Adventure Comics #306 (March 1963)
Created by Edmond Hamilton
John Forte
In-story information
Alter ego Ral Benem
Place of origin Mardru
Team affiliations Legion of Super-Heroes
Legion of Substitute Heroes
Abilities Ability to stimulate plant growth

Chlorophyll Kid is a fictional character, a superhero in the DC Universe.

Fictional character biography

Chlorophyll Kid was born Ral Benem on the planet Mardru. As a young man, he accidentally fell into a tank of hydroponic serum which gave him the power to stimulate plant growth. He can grow seeds into full grown plants in a second. Ral can also direct the growth of vines so that they wrap around a person, trapping them. He has also claimed that he can talk to plants. Ral possesses an extensive knowledge regarding all types of plants and seeds. He carries a variety of seeds in his costume for various uses. He tries out for the Legion of Super-Heroes, but is rejected when the Legion decides that his power would not be useful on missions. Along with several other failed applicants, he helps form the Legion of Substitute Heroes.

Chlorophyll Kid appears in the one-shot Legion of Substitute Heroes comic book, where he is portrayed in a more comical fashion. In this story, Chlorophyll Kid is shown to have put on much weight.

In the Action Comics storyline Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes, Chlorophyll Kid and his fellow substitutes are sent to distract the renegade Justice League. Chlorophyll Kid is shown to have much greater control over his powers, and he battles Storm Boy successfully. His hands now take on a plant-like appearance when he uses his powers.

In other media

Chlorophyll Kid appears in two episodes of the Legion of Super Heroes animated series, "Lightning Storm" and "The Substitute". His character was voiced by Alexander Polinsky.

External links

  • Chlorophyll Kid of the Legion of Substitute Heroes


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