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The original line up from Action Comics #775. Clockwise: Menagerie I (foreground), Hat, Manchester Black and Coldcast.
|First appearance||Action Comics #775 (March 2001)|
|Created by||Joe Kelly (writer)
Doug Mahnke (artist)
The Elite made their first appearance in the story "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?", published in Action Comics #775 (March 2001). The story, which was voted number 1 in Wizard Magazine's "Top Ten Comics of the Decade", was written by Joe Kelly, inked by Tom Nguyen and penciled by Doug Mahnke and Lee Bermejo. They appeared as antagonists before some of the characters merged with members of the Justice League to form the Justice League Elite.
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Manchester Black was the team's first leader. A British telekinetic vigilante, currently inactive after realizing that he'd become as bad as the villains he wanted to fight.
Vera Black was a British psionic cyborg, sister of Manchester Black and the second leader of the Elite.
Coldcast was a very large and muscular African-American man who wore dreadlocks and chains and manacles around his neck and wrists. He is capable of manipulating electromagnetism. He was eventually inspired by Superman to fight on the side of heroes.
Menagerie was a Puerto Rican woman with a symbiotic suit of armor that allowed her to transform into a chimeric creature. She was lobotomized and placed in a coma.
The Hat was a young Asian and a powerful Earth elemental with a measure of invulnerability and an ability to breathe fire. He was armed with a magic hat from which he could pull any item he wanted. He quit the team shortly after Vera Black took over.
Bunny was a bacterial colony that became a floating fortress before The Elite brought her to their universe to use as a base of operations. It contains many wonders such as Excalibur and the skeleton of Pegasus.
All appearances of The Elite apart from Action Comics #795 have been reprinted in trade paperbacks:
- Justice League Elite:
- Superman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told Volume 1 (includes Action Comics #775, 192 pages
The Elite appeared in Superman vs. The Elite, with Manchester Black voiced by Robin Atkin Downes, Vera Black voiced by Marcella Lentz-Pope, Coldcast voiced by Catero Colbert, Menagerie voiced by Melissa Disney, and Hat voiced by Andrew Kishino.
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- Titan ISBN 1-84576-191-X
- DC ISBN 1-4012-0481-3)
- JLE Vol. 1 profile at DC Archived October 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- Titan ISBN 1-84576-632-6
- DC ISBN 1-4012-1556-4)
- JLE Vol. 2 profile at DC Archived April 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Titan, 2006 ISBN 1-84576-399-8
- DC, 2004 ISBN 1-4012-0339-6)
- Superman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told profile at DC Archived October 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
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