Legion of Monsters

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Legion of Monsters
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceMarvel Premiere #28
Created byBill Mantlo
Frank Robbins
Steve Gan
In-story information
Base(s)Monster Metropolis
Member(s)Man-Thing
Manphibian
Morbius, the Living Vampire
N'Kantu, the Living Mummy
Werewolf by Night

Legion of Monsters is the name of different fictional superhero teams appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

The Legion of Monsters first appeared in Marvel Comics chronology in Marvel Premiere #28 (February 1976) and was created by Bill Mantlo, Frank Robbins, and Steve Gan.

A similar team appeared in a one-shot anthology Curtis magazine, Legion of Monsters #1, in September 1975, pre-dating Marvel Premiere #28 by five months. The line-up was almost identical; Ghost Rider was not present, but the magazine included Frankenstein's Monster, Dracula, Werewolf by Night, Manphibian, Man-Thing, and Morbius, the Living Vampire. The story continued in Marvel Preview #8.

Fictional team biography[edit]

Legion of Monsters (1976)[edit]

The first version of the Legion of Monsters were united by chance to investigate the appearance of a strange being called the Starseed. Although the being was benevolent, Morbius, the Living Vampire and the Werewolf by Night were overcome by their hungers and attacked it. The Ghost Rider intervened, as the Starseed was unable to overcome his fear of the Man-Thing and was burned by it. The dying Starseed attempted to cure the Legion of their monstrous forms, but was too weak and died minutes later. Tired of fighting, and disappointed in their actions, the team split up, although they barely acknowledged even being a team in the first place.[1]

Legion of Monsters (2010)[edit]

A new version of the Legion of Monsters was formed by Morbius the Living Vampire, the Werewolf by Night, and the Man-Thing. They are joined by N'Kantu, the Living Mummy and the Manphibian. They came together to protect monsters from the Hunter of Monster Special Forces and send the monsters into the Morlock Tunnels to the Monster Metropolis. They first appeared when the Moloids that work for the Man-Thing find the decapitated parts of the Punisher (who was sliced up by Wolverine's son Daken) and reassembled him as FrankenCastle.[2]The Punisher joins up with the Legion of Monsters to help protect the Monster Metropolis from the Hunter of Monster Special Forces where FrankenCastle fights the Hunter of Monster Special Forces' leader, Robert Hellsgaard.[3]

The Werewolf by Night and N'Kantu the Living Mummy are shown fighting the Dimensional Man. Elsa Bloodstone teleported to Monster Metropolis with a dead monster that was corrupted with evil energies.[4]

The Legion of Monsters later help the Red Hulk overcome the panicked monsters at the time when the Red Hulk had journeyed to the Monster Metropolis. With the help of Doctor Strange, the Red Hulk and the Legion of Monsters discover that the spirit that has been bothering the Red Hulk is the insane evil side of Doc Samson (referred to as Dark Samson) which has not passed into the next life. Using a ghost entrapment device, the Red Hulk and the Legion of Monsters were able destroy the Dark Samson spirit by ripping the Dark Samson spirit in half. The Red Hulk and the Legion of Monsters did a toast to honor Doc Samson after that.[5]

Members[edit]

Legion of Monsters (1976)[edit]

Legion of Monsters (2010)[edit]

In other media[edit]

The Legion of Monsters makes a cameo in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds during Jill Valentine's character ending. The Legion of Monsters is seen ambushing Blade and Jill forcing the two to team up to fight them.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marvel Premiere #28
  2. ^ Punisher vol. 7 #12
  3. ^ Punisher vol. 7 #13-16
  4. ^ Legion of Monsters vol. 2 #1
  5. ^ Hulk vol. 2 #52

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