Aryan Brigade (comics)

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Aryan Brigade
Cover art for Justice League Task Force #10. From left to right: Heatmonger, Blind Faith, Iron Cross, Golden Eagle II, and Backlash
Art by Sal Velluto.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Justice League Task Force # 10 (March 1994)
Created by Michael Jan Friedman
In-story information
Base(s) mobile
Member(s) Iron Cross
Golden Eagle
Blind Faith

The Aryan Brigade is a group of fictional supervillains in DC Comics. They were also known as the Purifiers of the Aryan Nation.[1] The first version of the Aryan Brigade first appeared in Justice League Task Force #10 (March 1994) and were created by Michael Jan Friedman.

Fictional character biography[edit]

First Aryan Brigade[edit]

The DC Universe's version of the Aryan Nation is a white supremacist terrorist organization that created a designer virus which would attack and destroy "non-white" DNA in humans. They were secretly led by U.S. Senator Sanders Hotchkins. When several noted chemists began disappearing, they drew the FBI's attention. The FBI contacted Hannibal Martin, the Justice League Task Force's liaison, and the Martian Manhunter assembled a covert team to infiltrate the terrorists. While undercover, Hourman was forced to use his powers and drew the attention of the Aryan Nation's superhuman enforcers who call themselves the Aryan Brigade. Thanks to Blind Faith's mental powers, the Aryan Brigade was able to uncover and surprise the Task Force. They captured all but Hourman who returned to free them. In the meantime, the Nation had readied its virus for delivery into the atmosphere. J'onn followed the rocket and forced it to detonate in space. All members of the organization were subsequently arrested.[2]

Following this, the Aryan Brigade's members were recruited by the Overmaster to be part of his new Cadre.[1] Golden Eagle II and Heatmonger popped up in one of the incarnations of the Suicide Squad.[3]

In Infinite Crisis, Iron Cross was seen as a member of Alexander Luthor Jr.'s Secret Society of Super Villains where he is among those who took part in the Battle of Metropolis.[4]

One Year Later, Iron Cross was seen amongst the recent incarnation of the Injustice League.[5]

Heatmonger and Iron Cross were among the villains transported to another world in Salvation Run. Iron Cross was killed by the Joker.[6] Heatmonger is used by Lex Luthor as a power source for a teleportation device, and is seemingly killed when it self-destructs.[7]

Blind Faith and Backlash appear as part of a group of villains seeking to avoid being sent to the prison planet.[8]

Second Aryan Brigade[edit]

A new version of the Aryan Brigade appears and is composed of Backlash and new members Rebel, Bonehead and Luftwaffe. They attack a casino in Las Vegas, but are swiftly defeated by the Freedom Fighters.[9]


First Aryan Brigade members[edit]

The members of the first Aryan Brigade are:

  • Backlash - A supervillain who had elastic whip-like arms.
  • Blind Faith - A female blind psychic supervillain who serves as the group's seer.
  • Golden Eagle - A supervillain equipped with an exo-skeleton and artificial wings. Not to be confused with the first Golden Eagle.
  • Heatmonger - A supervillain with robotic arms that shoot out blasts of thermal energy.
  • Iron Cross - A supervillain with super-strength.

Second Aryan Brigade members[edit]

The members of the second Aryan Brigade are:

  • Backlash - A supervillain who had elastic whip-like arms.
  • Bonehead - A bulletproof man with spikes protruding from his skull.
  • Luftwaffe - A powerful metahuman in full World War II German pilot attire.
  • Rebel - A superstrong white supremacist.


  1. ^ a b Wallace, Dan (2008), "Aryan Brigade", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, London: Dorling Kindersley, p. 28, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5 
  2. ^ Justice League Task Force #10. DC Comics.
  3. ^ Secret Files & Origins To The DCU 2000 #1. DC Comics.
  4. ^ Infinite Crisis #7. DC Comics.
  5. ^ Justice League of America vol. 2, #13. DC Comics.
  6. ^ Salvation Run #3 (March 2008). DC Comics.
  7. ^ Salvation Run #7 (July 2008). DC Comics.
  8. ^ Justice League of America #17. DC Comics.
  9. ^ Freedom Fighters #1. DC Comics.

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