From Adventure #372. Legion rejects are always interesting to me. You know that these are characters that the writers came up (a la Dial H for Hero) that didn't get editorial approval. This particular story introduced us to the Legion of Super-Villains, which was chock-full of Legion rejects.
One guy who I'm surprised made the cut was Chemical King, who saw action for the first time here. I suppose if you got the boot and Chemical King made the cut, you'd have license to be a little ticked off.
Wouldn't you hate to write stories with Chemical King in them? I mean, you'd have to know science and stuff (like the very neat science about fire and rust being the same thing - blows my mind, hepcats!). That's why all of my characters would consist of rival bloggers criticizing the works of other people while having no discernible talents of their own.
Nemesis Kid was a reject, but only because he betrayed the Legion. I think they did that because, like Superboy, he's just too dang hard to figure out a way to beat on a monthly basis. Check it out as he schools Superboy:
That rocked my world! But, to be fair, they already came up with Kryptonite to keep Superboy in mortal peril all the time, so I guess all they could do was bring Nemesis Kid back every so often whenever the writers could figure out a new way to deal with him.
And, hopefully, their solutions wouldn't be as lame as this:
Okay, I readily acknowledge that it was well-established that Nemesis Kid could only defeat one opponent at a time. But, technically, isn't Duo Damsel one opponent, even if she had split into two selves? It seems like Nemesis Kid could have also split himself into two selves and given her a sound thrashing. Heck, even without adapting to her powers, I can't help but think your average teenage boy could avoid a beatdown by two teenage girls.
Unless he was Chemical King, in which case he would be so freaked out that a girl was looking at him that he would run back to his Thursday Night Dungeons & Dragons Club meeting in fear.
I think about this kind of thing way too much.