Tuesday, November 13, 2007

1970's Flashback: Freedom Fighters

The Freedom Fighters was a DC Comics team made up of characters acquired from the defunct golden age company Quality Comics. Uncle Sam, Black Condor, Doll Man, Human Bomb, Phantom Lady and the Ray were first revived in Justice League of America #'s 107 & 108 (October and December 1973) which was one of the popular Justice League of America/Justice Society of America annual team-ups, written by Len Wein and drawn by Dick Dillin. Their own ongoing series premiered with Freedom Fighters #1 (April 1976), written by Gerry Conway and Martin Pasko, and drawn by Rik Estrada. The series lasted for only fifteen issues. Another former Quality hero, Firebrand was added to the team ranks during the run of the series.

The concept has been revisited again in the wake of the original groups slaughter by various super-villains in the Infinite Crisis mini-series, with poorly updated, darker versions of the team taking over the roles of the "much better" golden age icons.

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