Superman Revenge Squad
|Superman Revenge Squad|
|First appearance||(as the Superboy Revenge Squad) Superboy #94 (January 1962)|
(as the Superman Revenge Squad) Action Comics #286 (March 1962)
Pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths
In Pre-Crisis continuity, the Squad originated as the Superboy Revenge Squad, debuting in Superboy #94 (January 1962); the Superman Revenge Squad subsequently appeared in Action Comics #286 (March 1962). Both Squads are composed of aliens from the planet Wexr II, whom Superboy had prevented from achieving galactic conquest. The Squad later grows to include members from other planets, all of whom are sworn enemies of Superman. Many of the Squad's plans to destroy Superman use psychological warfare, including red kryptonite-induced nightmares, hypnotising Superman into committing destructive acts, and tricking Superman into revealing his secret identity. They transferred the intelligence of a Superman robot into a super-powered body, making him Wonder Man, and hoping he would destroy Superman with some kryptonite that he was given and to which he was invulnerable. However he realised their plot and, with Superman, threw the ship with such force it would take years for the two members to break free, but Wonder Man then told Superman that his body would soon die. Once they lured Superman into following them to 1,000,000 AD, where he lost his powers and was trapped on the Earth, due to the Sun having turned red by then. He used a miniature Kandorian rocket left in his Fortress of Solitude, after shrinking himself with red kryptonite, to travel back to his own time. They appeared briefly in the first Superman Red/Superman Blue (July 1963) storyline, they were about to attack the Earth after teaming up with Brainiac, but, in that moment, the anti-evil rays Superman developed struck them and they reformed.
In their earliest appearances the Squad members appeared hooded in order to keep their identities a secret. Later versions of the Squad wore modified versions of Superman's costume, with the S-shield made of kryptonite and their heads shaved bald in tribute to Lex Luthor.
In one of their appearances during Crisis, in DC Comics Presents #87 (November 1985), the Squad sends Superman into a parallel universe, where he meets Superboy-Prime, the sole superhero of Earth-Prime.
Although Revenge Squad members went nameless in several stories, those who were identified include leader Rava and Scout 627 (Action Comics #287); Dixo and Vagu (Action Comics #295); Dorx and Krit (Action Comics #380); Dramx-One, Fwom, Jumrox, Klakok, Nryana (Superman #366); Nakox (Superman #367); and Tydru (Superman #368).
Post-Crisis on Infinite Earths
In Adventures of Superman #543 (February 1997), a new version of the Revenge Squad is introduced. The new Squad is established by Morgan Edge, who assembles various characters with a grudge against Superman and attempts to frame Lex Luthor as their leader.
In Action Comics #736 (August 1997), Edge assembles another version of the team, with the same purposes.
- Metallo, now armed with several kinds of Kryptonite, including gold.
- Lex Luthor
Following 2016's Superman Reborn events, a new Superman Revenge Squadron appeared after restructuring the reality introduced in 2011's The New 52, being recruited by a restored Eradicator and Hank Henshaw who regained his status as Cyborg Superman, of which it is formed as follows:
- Provisional Members:
- Hank Henshaw (Cyborg Superman I)
- Eradicator II
- Mongul (starting with Action Comics #978).
- General Zod
References in other comics
A Batman Revenge Squad appeared in World's Finest Comics #175 (May 1968) with Cash Carew, Barney the Blast, and the Flamethrower dressed in similar costumes to Batman with purple in place of gray and their symbol was a skull with bat wings.
In other media
- A version of the Superman Revenge Squad appears in the Justice League episodes "Hereafter" (Parts 1 and 2). While the members are largely different as they consisted of Metallo, Kalibak, Livewire, Weather Wizard (usually a Flash villain), and Toyman, their goal remains the same. After the other members are defeated by the Justice League, Toyman blasts Superman with an enormous energy cannon, apparently killing him. Flash prevents Wonder Woman from avenging Superman when she was about to punch a hole in Toyman's head. It is later discovered that Toyman's energy cannon had actually sent Superman 30,000 years into the future. Superman wandered the post-apocalyptic future Earth, until he returned home with help from immortal villain Vandal Savage, who was repentant for causing Earth's destruction with a weapon he stole from Ray Palmer.
- A version of the Superman Revenge Squad appeared in Superman 64. In this game, it consists of Lex Luthor, Darkseid, Parasite, Brainiac, Metallo, and Mala.
- The name Superman Revenge Squad was adopted by Nosferatu D2 frontman Ben Parker for his solo recordings.
- "The Jury of Super-Enemies!", Action Comics # 286 (March 1962)
- "Superman Goes Wild!", Action Comics #295 (Dec. 1962)
- "The End of Clark Kent's Identity!", Action Comics #313 (June 1964)
- Action Comics #977, 978, 979 and 980 (April-May 2017)
- Cyborg #3
- Dwayne McDuffie (writer); Butch Lukic (director) (2003-11-29). "Hereafter". Justice League. Season 2. Episode 19. Cartoon Network.
- Dwayne McDuffie (writer); Butch Lukic (director) (2003-11-29). "Hereafter (Part 2)". Justice League. Season 2. Episode 20. Cartoon Network.