Monday, July 12, 2010

1980's Flashback: Batman and the Outsiders

The Outsiders were founded by Batman, whose ties to the Justice League of America had become strained. As its name suggests, the team consisted of superheroes that did not comfortably fit the norms of the mainstream superhero community.

They first appeared in the final issue of The Brave and the Bold #200 in 1983 and then Batman and the Outsiders, which debuted in August of that year. The team was created by Mike W. Barr and Jim Aparo. After Batman left the group in issue #32, the title was changed to Adventures of the Outsiders and continued until its cancellation with issue #46.

The cast of the Outsiders consisted of new characters Geo-Force, Katana, Halo and Looker; plus two established characters who had previously refused membership in the Justice League (Black Lightning and Metamorpho), and the Batman.

The team faced a variety of "moniker-challenged" threats such as Baron Bedlam, The Masters of Disaster, The Force of July and the Bad Samaritan.

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