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Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceLegion of Super-Heroes
(vol. 4) #33 (September 1992)
Created byTom and Mary Bierbaum (script)
In-story information
Alter egoXao Jin
Place of originEarth
Team affiliationsLegion of Super-Heroes
AbilitiesSpellcasting for a variety of effects.

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Xao Jin, known as Dragonmage, is a fictional character, a DC Comics superhero who is a member of the Legion of Superheroes ("Legion").

Publication history[edit]

Dragonmage first appeared in 1992,[1] in Legion of Super-Heroes volume 4, issue 33,[2] created by Tom Bierbaum, Mary Bierbaum, Chris Sprouse, David Williams, and Karl Story.[citation needed]. This was during the Legion's Five Year Gap period, published 1989-1994.

Dragonmage then appeared in many of the issues of the subsequent version of the Legion (the "Batch SW6" version), which was published under the title Legionnaires[3] and which ran for 85 issues, published from 1993 to 2000.[4] Along with Computo and Catspaw, Dragonmage was one of three new characters to be introduced as members of the Legion during this publication run.[5]

After the creation of a new Legion in the Threeboot (published 2004–2009), Dragonmage does not appear to exist. But in the Post-Infinite Crisis story arc (published 2007–2015) – featuring a version of the Legion which has same history as the original Legion of 1958, up to the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths[6] (published 1985–1986) – Dragonmage does not appear, but his existence is briefly mentioned by Mordru.[2]

Additionally, the Dragonmage from the original collapsed timeline[clarification needed] would appear in Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds,[3] a five-issue limited series published 2008–2009.

Roger Stern and Tom McCraw (writers), Jeff Moy (pencils) and W.C. Carani (inks) are among the talent who have worked on Dragonmage stories.[7]

Fictional character biography[edit]

In pre-Zero Hour, Xao Jin became a member of the "SW6" version of the Legion of Superheroes – time-displaced duplicates of the regular, adult version of the Legion, who become key participants in a war to free Earth from the control of the Dominators.[2][5]

Xao Jin was born in China, with inborn magical abilities. He was apprenticed to the magician Chu Hua, and later was captured by the Dominators and then rescued by Danielle Foccart (Computo) with whom he joined the Legion. But, his training having been interrupted by these adventures, he was not yet fully in control of his powers, which could thus be sometimes dangerous to his allies.[2][5]

Dragonmage fought against the Fatal Five and helped save Kid Quantum (James Cullen) and the Proteans, and later disappeared from the time line at a pivotal point in a battle against Glorith and the Dark Lord Mordru, in the aftermath of Zero Hour.[2][5]

After the Reboot,[clarification needed] Dragonmage tried out for Legion membership but was rejected, the Legionnaires being leery of magic after the Eye of Ekron had sent part of the team into the past. Disgruntled, he left seeking more power, fell into battle against Mordru, aided by Mordru's daughter Mysa (the White Witch) and was badly injured, but survived and became Mysa's apprentice. To recover, he foolishly used ancient scrolls inscribed with elemental magic which he could not control, and which had to be suppressed by the Legion; Dragonmage aided the Legion in this fight, was again injured, then turned himself over to the authorities in shame.[2]

Dragonmage from the original collapsed timeline appeared in Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds[3] fighting Superboy-Prime's Legion of Super-Villains.[2]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Xao Jin is a sorcerer[2] who can cast magical spells[8] usually manifested with holgrams of Chinese dragons.[9][1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 4) #33 (September 1992)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Siskoid (December 30, 2015). "Who's Who: Dragonmage". The Legion of Superbloggers. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "[Dragonmage appearances]". Grand Comics Database. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  4. "Legionnaires (1993-)". DC Universe. DC Comics. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Matthew Peterson. "Hero History: Dragonmage". Major Spoilers. Archived from the original on February 16, 2009. Retrieved September 11, 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. Phillips, Dan (October 19, 2007). "Superman/Green Lantern Interview". IGN. Archived from the original on August 5, 2012. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  7. "Legionnaires (1993-) #71". DC Universe. DC Comics. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  8. Jesse Murray (June 12, 2016). "Every Member of the Legion of Super Heroes, Ranked: #102-50". SyFy Wire. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  9. Michael Kooiman. "Legion of Superheroes: The SW6 Legionnaires". Cosmic Teams. Retrieved September 8, 2019.

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