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  • Most of Iron Legacy's cards are thematic inversions of Legacy's:
    • "Final Evolution" - "Next Evolution."
    • "Superhuman Redirection" - "Superhuman Durability."
    • "Armored Fortitude" - "Fortitude."
    • "Rule From the Front" - "Lead From the Front"
    • "Iron Fist Strike" - "Back Fist Strike."
    • "Beat Down" - "Take Down."
    • "Former Allies" - "Bolster Allies."
    • "Flying Assault" - "Flying Smash."
    • "Demoralizing Presence" - "Inspiring Presence."
  • The scene pictured on "Galvanized" is mentioned in Iron Legacy's character profile.
  • Legacy is locked in combat with the Proletariat on "Lead From the Front."
  • The man that Legacy is punching on "Motivational Charge" is Citizen Anvil.
  • The Bizarro Reference on "Thokk!" is likely Dark Hero out of The Dreamer's deck
  • The scenes on the Incapacitated side of both versions of America's Greatest Legacy's character card show the death of the hero at the hands of Baron Blade. This was the villain's first major comics appearance.

Confirmed

  • In the main timeline of SOTM, Legacy is eventually killed by Baron Blade, after which Young Legacy assumes his role as a member of the Freedom Five. In an alternate timeline, Young Legacy dies instead, prompting Legacy to become Iron Legacy.
  • Counting "Young Legacy", there have been four Legacies. Current (America's Finest) Legacy, his daughter (America's Newest), his father (America's Greatest), and his grandfather, who was the first Parsons to take up the Legacy mantle. * Please note that these are not the only Parsons family members to have superpowers; they are simply the first ones to use the "Legacy" moniker.
  • Iron Legacy has the lowest HP of any solitary villain who can be defeated by dealing damage to him. (Despite this, he is generally not what you could call an easy fight.)
  • Iron Legacy is the nemesis of all the Freedom Five...except Legacy. (More specifically, he is the nemesis of the Freedom Six, an alternate-future version of the team in which Legacy has, obviously, left the team or been expelled from it, with Tempest replacing him and Unity upgraded from an intern to a full member.)
  • Powers for various Legacy family members per Letters Page for Legacy The Letter Page Episode 1 (Thanks to WalkingTarget who wrote this up)
    • Joseph Parsons - Revolutionary War - Danger Sense
    • Paul Parsons I - War of 1812 - Exceptional Athletic Condition
    • Paul Parsons II ("Lucky Paul Parsons") - No war/conflict - Super Speed (not Tachyon-level, but capable of moving noticeably faster than he should be able to)
    • Paul Parsons III - Mexican–American War - Super Strength
    • Paul Parsons IV - Civil War - Single Attack Negation (like, taking a cannonball to the chest, but has a recovery/recharge time before he can use it again)
    • Paul Parsons V (family moved to Chicago) - Spanish–American War - Vitality ("especially robust", recover from disease faster, age slower, hold breath for 10s of minutes, etc.)
    • Paul Parsons VI (first to go by the Legacy name) - World War I - Flight
    • Paul Parsons VII (America's Greatest Legacy, "Grandpa" Legacy) - World War II and Korean Conflict - Keen Eyesight
    • Paul Parsons VIII (America's Finest Legacy, founder of the Freedom Four/Five) - No wartime service (too young for Vietnam), certainly major conflicts as a Superhero - Bulletproof Skin (better against many small wounds as opposed to the Single Attack Negation they already had)
    • Pauline Felicia Parsons (America's Newest Legacy, Beacon in the Tactics timeline) - No wartime service - Laser Eyes/"Atomic Glare"
  • Mr. Fixer was originally a Blaxploitation character created in the '60s called Black Fist. He typically showed up as the "B" story in the back pages of Legacy's main comic book, Justice Comics, but they rarely interacted with one another.
  • Paul Parsons VIII and Pauline both have no siblings, but that's not true for previous generations. In such cases, only the first born of every generation gets the powers. Some of the non-powered siblings would be jealous, but it was more common for them to be relieved that they didn't have the responsibilities that came with the gift (Letters Page Interlude 3).

To Other Works

  • Paul Parsons' (Legacy's alter-ego) name is alliterative, i.e. his first and last name both begin with the same letter. Alliteration was a common device in the early Superman comics, most notably with the characters of Lois Lane, Lana Lang, and Lex Luthor. Clark Kent, the alter ego of Superman, did not technically share in this pattern, though his first and last names both started with a hard c/k sound. Peter Parker, the alter-ego of Spider-Man, also shares in this tradition; fittingly, Legacy borrows his danger sense from Peter Parker's spider-sense.
  • It should be noted that Paulina Parsons, Legacy's daughter, and Baron Blade, his nemesis, both follow the alliterative naming pattern.
    • Stan Lee has said that the reason he used alliterative names for so many early Marvel superheroes (e.g., Peter Parker, Reed Richards, Bruce Banner, Susan Storm, Matt Murdock) was because they made it easier for him to remember. (I've seen this in a video interview, probably attached to one of the X-Men or Sam Raimi Spider-Man films.)
  • The sunrise-sillhouted group shot on "Bolster Allies" may be a reference to the opening title animation of the "Justice League" animated series.
  • Legacy is fighting a doppleganger of himself with an inverted color scheme on "Thokk!" This is a reference to Bizarro, the backwards duplicate of Superman.
  • Legacy's "Danger Sense" is a clear homage to Spider-Man's "spider-sense." The "sense lines" that emerge from Legacy's head on the card are identical to the ones that emerge from Spider-Man's head when he senses danger.
  • Legacy's costume, powers, and demeanor are all clear references to Superman, the DC Comics superhero that started the superhero genre.
  • Appropriately enough, Legacy is the founding member of the Freedom Five much in the same way that Superman is the founder of the Justice League.
  • The lasers that Paulina Parsons is shooting from her eyes on "Next Evolution" are similar to those used by Superman.
  • The art on Greatest Legacy's incapacitated side appears to be an homage to this picture of Captain America when he was shot to "death" during Marvel's Civil War storyline.
  • As a corrupted, despotic version of a Superman analogue, Iron Legacy is similar to the oppressive Superman of the Justice Lords, an alternate version of the Justice League who protect the world through oppression. He is also similar to Regime Superman, another alternate Superman hailing from the Injustice video game and comic series; this version of the character went mad with grief after the Joker tricked him into killing Lois Lane, and subsequently established a dictatorship over the world to ensure that such a tragedy could never happen again.
  • The scene on "Vigilance" is likely a reference to Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar, which featured a Superman raised in communist Russia who became a dictator.
  • April 18th is listed as Legacy’s birthday which is also the date of Paul Revere’s ride who is the namesake for Paul Parsons.

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