It’s a little ironic that Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are playing second fiddle to their villains this year. In one of the buzziest films of the year, Warner Bros’ highly-anticipated Suicide Squad, we get to see a team of misfits take over the jobs usually handed over to superheroes. The recent trailers have won the interest of DC fans and, to be honest, not many people know anything about DC’s antihero crew. As Warner Bros. lifts the veil on their next big DC comic adaptation, we take a look at other DC Superhero Teams You’ve Probably Never Heard Of. Perhaps we might see the studios work their magic on these too.
The Newsboy Legion
Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, The Newsboy Legion are a gang of orphan kids who attempted to support themselves by selling newspapers and committing crime until they were taken in by police officer Jim Harper (whose alter ego was The Guardian). That original team consisted of Anthony “Big Words” Rodriguez (a genius), John “Gabby” Gabrielli (a talkative kid), Patrick “Scrapper” MacGuire (the tough kid) and Thomas “Tommy” Thompkins (the group leader). The Newsboys were involved in rescuing Kon-El from Cadmus, and later they rescued Jimmy Olsen. The boys eventually grew up and attended college, where each became a scientist.
The Secret Six
The Secret Six were an undercover operative team that has had many different team members at different times. Led by a mysterious figure named Mockingbird, the original team consisted of Mitch Hoberman, Ladonna Jameal, Tony Mantegna, Luke McKendrick, Vic Sommers and Dr. Maria Verdugo. The team spent most of their time fighting crime and defending democracy. Gail Simone’s Secret Six revealed a different team, which included Catman, Deadshot, Cheshire, Ragdoll, Scandal Savage, and a Parademon. This team was lead by Lex Luthor who posed as Mockingbird. Of course, the New 52 team changed again and saw anti-hero team Bane, Scandal Savage, Catman, Ragdoll, Deadshot and Jeannette together.
The Forever People
The Forever People are a group of young New Gods from New Genesis who were on a mission to oppose Darkseid on Earth. Throughout the years members have included Mark Moonrider, who carries the Megaton Touch, which emits energy; Big Bear, who has superhuman strength; Beautiful Dreamer, a woman who can create illusions; Vykin the Black with his magnetic powers; and Serifan, who can create force fields and anti-gravity waves with his Cosmic Cartridges. They were later joined by Infinity-Man.
The Wanderers were originally made up of Dartalon (an expert with blowguns and darts), Elvo (master swordsman), Ornitho (born with wings and is able to shapeshift into any other bird), Psyche (mistress of emotions), Immorto (expert marksman who cannot be killed) and the Quantum Queen (able to project or turn herself into any type of quantum energy) and are led by Celebrand. The team’s symbol was a mandala which their leader wore across his neck. In the continuity of the 2004 Legion series, the Wanderers are a black ops superhero team created by the United Planets to covertly combat the Dominators. Members of this version are completely different, however.
During an alien invasion of Earth, scientists kidnapped 50 humans and forced them to walk through a minefield. Of the fifty test subjects, only six survived. The humans that were able to survive tested positive for super powers. Together they formed a wandering superhero team that came to be known as The Blasters. The team was made up of Snapper Carr (power to teleport whenever he snapped his fingers), Churljenkins (A catlike green furred alien and space pilot), Jolt (a fashion model that could generate a gravimagnetic field that repelled anything near her skin), Looking Glass (who could transform his torso into a flat plane of living reflective and superefractive glass), Dust Devil (who could generate a miniature tornado), Frag (who could become living metal and fire explosive blasts), and Crackpot (could psionically influence the minds of the weak-willed).
After a few failed attempts to reach The Justice League, President Franklin Roosevelt calls on available superheroes (members of Justice Society of America, Freedom Fighters, and Seven Soldiers of Victory) to help after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Former All-Star Squadron members include Air Wave (Larry Jordan), Manhunter (Paul Kirk), Tor (Jim Slade), Shining Knight (Justin Arthur), Plastic Man, Hawkman (Carter Hall) and many many others.
The Young All-Stars first came into being in the spring of 1942 when the Nazi super-agent team Axis Amerika assaulted the All-Star Squadron in their own headquarters. The Young All-Stars made history by becoming the first teen superhero team. The Young All-Stars served for a time as a youth auxiliary of the main All-Star Squadron group. Members include Dan the Dyna-Mite, Flying Fox, Fury, Iron Munro, Neptune Perkins, Sandy the Golden Boy, Tigress, Tsunami.
Hero Hotline is exactly what it sounds like. If you’re in trouble and need the help of a superhero simply dial 1-800-555-HERO and they’ll come running. Basically, it’s a hero for hire service. The hero hotline crew includes Diamondette, Hotshot, Microwave Mom, Mr. Muscle, Private Eye, Stretch, Voice-Over and 500Z-Q. The Hero Hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and handles calamities beyond the range of normal emergency services.
The Global Guardians
Inspired by the Justice Society, Dr. Mist; the Knight and Squire, Percival and Cyril Sheldrake of England; Gaucho of Argentina; the Legionary of Italy; the Musketeer of France; and the Wingman from Sweden formed the Global Guardians. Debuting in June of 1982 in DC Comics Presents #46, their members come from all over the world. Hence, the name.
The Freedom Fighters
The Freedom Fighters are a team of American superheroes led by Uncle Sam. That’s right, Mr. America himself. Founding members also included Black Condor, Doll Man, Human Bomb, Phantom Lady and the Ray, later joined by Firebrand. Originally, they fought Nazis who won World War II in an alternate universe.