The Seven Soldiers of Victory

Original team created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp
Modern team created by Grant Morrison and various artists
Joe Kubert drew the Seven Soldiers of Victory as a "try out" for DC Comics. From the Joe Kubert Collection (circa 1944). Courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

Golden Age: Leading Comics #1 (Winter 1941/1942)
Silver Age one-shot: The Silver Age: Showcase #1 (July 2000)
Post-Crisis, Team #1: Seven Soldiers of Victory #0 (Apr. 2005)
Post-Crisis, Team #2: Seven Soldiers of Victory #1 (July 2006)


The Seven Soldiers of Victory were assembled in 1941 by writer editor Whit Ellsworth in the pages of a new quarterly series titled Leading Comics. The formula for the series was the same as that of National's All-Star Comics, which began the year before. Each issue's story featured a group of heroes who divided into solo missions, then regrouped at the end. The editorial strategy was meant to cross-pollinate the characters from other comics, in this case: Action, Adventure, Detective, More Fun and Star Spangled Comics.

The solo chapters were usually drawn by each character's regular creative team: Crimson Avenger by Jack Lehti; Green Arrow by George Papp; the Vigilante by Mort Meskin; Shining Knight by Creig Flessel; and the Star-Spangled Kid by Hal Sherman.

The characters who starred in Leading Comics had better longevity than some of the characters in All-Star Comics, most lasting through the end of the Golden Age. But Leading dropped its super-heroes much sooner, after the war ended in 1945, while All-Star kept publishing the Justice Society's adventures into 1951.

The hero group in Leading Comics was dubbed "The Seven Soldiers of Victory," though quite often they were also referred to as "Legionnaires." Neither name appeared on the cover, but the closing text of the first issue concluded with: "And so we leave these Seven Soldiers of Victory..." Writers in Leading #4 used the two names alternately. Its cover touted "Law's Legionnaires" and the story concluded with the term "The Seven Legionnaires." Overall,
"Soldiers" was their more common name.

And this group's name was inherently unfair.

While the Green Arrow's sidekick, Speedy, was clearly considered one of the seven, the Crimson Avenger's partner, Wing (who was Chinese), was given no comparable status. Wing participated in every case but he was represented with insensitive stereotypes, and clearly not considered an official member. Some revisionist tales of the Soldiers' original adventures tried to repair this and honor Wing's contributions.

Beginning in Leading Comics #6 (Spring 1943), the book was written by Joe Samachson. In time, he played more with the chapter structure of the storytelling, though the stories were almost always about a mastermind whose plot involved pitting the heroes against five separate adversaries. The earliest installments featured thugs, historical baddies, and mad scientists, or borrowed characters from the heroes' own features.

As a group, the Seven Soldiers vanished in 1945. The Green Arrow has been published near-continuously since the 1940s, but the other heroes faded alongside the majority of Golden Age heroes. During the super-hero renaissance of the Silver Age, the Justice Society returned in The Flash #129 (June 1962), and Justice League of America #21 (Aug. 1963). But the Seven Soldiers were not reintroduced until 1972, by Len Wein and Dick Dillin. The epic story from Justice League of America #100-102 (Aug.–Oct. 1972) led to more Golden Age revivals like the heroes of Quality Comics in Justice League #107 (1973), and Fawcett Comics in #135 (1976).

The Soldiers' guest appearance in Justice League did not lead to anything major. Among its characters, the Star-Spangled Kid later joined the Justice Society, and the Shining Knight was a regular in All-Star Squadron (set during wartime).

In 2005, the concept of "Seven Soldiers" was reinvented by Grant Morrison. His opus was interwoven between seven interlocking mini-series. Each featured a new "Soldier" and they were bookended by Seven Soldiers #0 and #1. These Soldiers (Bulleteer, Frankenstein, the Guardian, Klarion, Mister Miracle, the Shining Knight, and Zatanna) never even came together as a group. Instead their efforts contributed uniquely to the defeat of the villain, the Sheeda Queen.

The Fairy Queen of the Sheeda

"Can you imagine a fantastic future civilization that preys on its predecessors? A nightmare world of scavengers ruled by a parasite queen? A twilight empire that refuses to die?"Frankenstein #4

"Seven will come, by roads unseen, unknown. And end the Queen of Terror's reign with a spear that never was thrown." —Guardian #4

The story of the legendary Seven Soldiers begins one billion years in the future! Here, the Earth has become barren and humankind's successors, the Sheeda follow a goblin queen, Gloriana Tenebrae. To survive, the Sheeda seek out points in Earth's past which are rich with life and resources. Once identified, they proceed with a "harrowing," where they feed upon whole populations and rob the land of resources. Just enough is left to seed a new generation of humankind. When it develops to its potential, they will return again.

Gloriana Tenebrae also had a husband, Melmoth, whose daughter was the heir to the Sheeda throne. After the Sheeda's great harrowing of the original Camelot, Gloriana usurped the throne completely and stranded Melmoth in the distant past. In his absence, the Queen ordered her servant, Neh-Buh-Loh the Huntsman to kill her stepdaughter, the princess. But Neh-Buh-Loh was weak of heart for this task, and he hid the princess in the 20th century instead. The princess took the name Misty Kilgore and was destined one day to meet one of the legendary "seven" who would bring the Fairy Queen to her end. (Zatanna #3)

Soldiers Past

Some members of the Seven Soldiers came from times long past. They encountered the Sheeda in their own eras...


The first known harrowing carried out by the Sheeda was 10,000 years ago, in the first Arthurian Epoch, 81st century BCE — the time of an early Camelot. The Sheeda brought the fall of this Camelot, turning the Knights of the Broken Table into their own undead soldiers.

At ancient Camelot’s last stand, six knights led the battle against the Sheeda: Gawain the Silent Knight, Lancelot, Caradoc, Peredur, Bors and Galahad. Lancelot was one of the first killed, by Gloriana's greatest herald, Neh-Buh-Loh. In Camelot's worst hours, Galahad made a seventh knight of a young warrior named Justin (what Galahad did not know was that "Justin" was actually a girl!).

Justin, stood fast with her winged steed, Vanguard, and they managed to penetrate the Sheeda’s flagship, the Castle Revolving. Through this ship flowed a river of time; it was capable of time travel. At its heart, Justin found a cauldron that could revive the dead. She found her friend, Olwen therein and cast the cauldron into the river. They were soon confronted by Gloriana herself, and Justin was able to draw Arthur’s sword, Excaliburn from her and stab her. To escape, Justin and Vanguard chose to follow the cauldron into the Castle’s river of time. Escape they did, but they emerged not above Avalon, but 21st Century New York City!

The Sheeda went on to rape Avalon. Galahad, Bors and Peredur fought for thirty years after Justin's departure, into the reign of Mordredd the Dead. In one last campaign, these knights allied with the Dwarros (dwarves) and fashioned an ancient atomic weapon. Despite this, they lost the war with Mordredd and Avalon was soon completely overtaken by the Sheeda. Galahad was taken as a slave for the goblin queen.

Even though the Sheeda ravaged Camelot, their Queen and kingdom withered without the precious Cauldron of Rebirth. After this, the Queen would dedicate herself to finding the Cauldron so that she could restore her vitality and lead the next harrowing. One might assume that this first harrowing resulted in what we currently consider the prehistoric state of our ancient world. It is likely that some of the Sheeda's fairy people were left behind in the past. There is evidence of their existence among the ancient Celts, who called the fairy people "Sidhe" (between 800-600 BCE).

After the fall of anceint Camelot, Melmoth began wandering the Earth. His plan was to amass enough power, wealth and resources to overthrow Gloriana when she returned. In the summer of 1590, he abducted the Puritan colonists of Roanoke, West Virginia. These people vanished except for evidence of one word: Croatoan. What happened, in fact, was that they’d encountered Melmoth, bred with them then took them deep underground where they established their dark, mystic religion. Part of their mythos is the legendary Croatoan, which was actually a sophisticated artificial intelligence system in the form of a pair of dice. This blue-skinned race came to call their home Limbo Town and their former home on the surface became the myth of "Blue Rafters." NOTE: Limbo Town is based on a great American mystery. In 1590, the first English settlement in America disappeared without a trace — except for the word “Croatoan” written on a tree.


Melmoth abandoned the people of Limbo Town and continued his wanderings. In 1816, he donated a sample of his own blood to Victor Frankenstein, who had come to him seeking the secret to life. Frankenstein used this blood to create a living monster from dead flesh. After Frankenstein's death, the monster took his creator's name and eventually settled in America. Frankenstein's monster was unaware of Melmoth's contribution to his origins but ironically, in 1870 he did clash with his "blood father" (and nemesis). Frankenstein shot off Melmoth's head while on-board a train that crashed in the American Southwest. Melmoth survived; Frankenstein lay buried in the desert for over a hundred years. NOTE: Frankenstein was published by Mary Shelley in 1831.

The Old West

In February 12, 1875, Greg Sanders, the legendary Vigilante stumbled across one of the Sheeda's main points of departure — the Miracle Mesa in the Arizona desert. With the aid of a friend called Johnny Frankenstein, he was able to defeat a wave of the Sheeda's spider drones. As it turns out, Sanders was himself lost in time. When he returned to the 20th century, he would be one of the first to recognize signs of the Sheeda's return.

The Golden Age: The 1940s

Crimson Avenger • Wing •  Green Arrow • Speedy • Shining Knight • Star-Spangled Kid • Stripesy • Vigilante

There was much super-hero activity in the 1940s, incuding the formation of two bands of Soldiers. One group actually called themselves such, but first they were known as the Law's Legionnaires. They included Justin, the Shining Knight; the Vigilante & his mentor Billy Gunn; TNT and Dan the Dyna-Mite; the Crimson Avenger and his partner Wing (an unofficial member); and the team of Star-Spangled Kid & Stripesy.

From Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #0 (1999); art by Chris Weston and John Stokes.
The Spider spins his final web for the Soldiers. From Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #9 (2000); art by Scott Kolins and Dan Davis.

The Soldiers were first brought together by circumstance, to defeat a group of villains assembled by the Hand, aka Ramon Solomano, who'd been given less than a month to live. Each hero converged on Gotham City then departed to engage one of the Hand's partners. The Star-Spangled Kid and Stripesy fought their enemy, the Needle; the Crimson Avenger and Wing against Big Caeser; the Shining Knight with Red Dragon; the Vigilante and Billy Gunn fought the Dummy; and the Green Arrow and Speedy brought down Professor Merlin. After defeating the "fingers," the heroes reconvened to bring down the Hand. The villain was crushed by his own electric ray after it was shot down by the Vigilante. (Leading Comics #1)

Their next case took shape in a similar manner. Dr. Doome used his powerful time machine to bring history's greatest conquerors to the present. The Soldiers found themselves pitted against the likes of Alexander the Great, Nero, Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, and Napoleon. When the heroes came back together, they followed Doome back to the 12th century BCE and the time of the Trojan War. (#3)

Common sense triumphed over the Sense Master. This villain was actually an artificial construct created by Dr. Brett, who used mental telepathy (the sixth sense) to manipulate five gems associated with the other five senses. His ultimate aim was to place the gems into an idol to create the powerful Lifestone; instead its power turned Brett into stone. (#4)

The Skull was a wealthy "Oriental" mastermind, who set thugs to acquire the components of a youth ray. He didn't set it properly, so it actually made him older, and he died. (#5) Note: This villain mentioned his admiration for Adolf Hiter.

In Leading Comics #6 (Spring 1943), Joe Samachson became the writer and he changed the structure of the stories somewhat. Each issue was now also drawn by a single artist or team. These artists included Maurice Del Bourgo, Pierce Rice, Jon Small, and Arthur Cazeneuve (who drew Leading #9-14). The effect was a story that was much more adventurous and cohesive. When a newspaper article called for the Seven Soldiers of Victory to accept a billion dollar mission, a legion of impostors showed up for the money. After sorting that out, the team met Mr. Milton who wanted to find Incan gold to add to America's war chest. As usual, the heroes split into teams but they were paired differently. (#6)

The Wizard of Wisstark manipulated them in a similar way, bringing the Legionnaires together for charity. They took the Wizard's see-through ship to an uncharted arctic land heated by radioactive minerals. The Wizard was at war with other fantastical peoples. Now at war with them, and they're true wizards while Wisstark is a fraud. Stars go to land of giants but fight midgets before they find them. They don't capture giants but do get film of them. G.A. fights three wizards. Avenger always on alert as FBI helper. They encounter invisible men. It gets to all out war but they're outwitted. (#7)

The Dummy was the only villain to return to fight the Soldiers. finds his minions are getting caught by the soldiers. They follow a path to him and are ensnared. He's secured a time machine and sends them all to other times in the distant past. Green Arrow to the time of the Three Musketeers. Crimson Avenger to Canton at time of Great Wall's construction. Star to time of the Vikings, Eric and Leif when they discover America. Vigilante to Rome in the time of Julius Caesar. Shining Knight meets Leonardo da Vinci experimenting with a flying machine and other inventions. As it happens he's made a time machine, similar to the Dummy's. He returns to 1943 and restores everyone and overpower the villain. "Seven soldiers"


Thugs who've been busted by the Soldiers meet a new boss, "Herman," who is actually the chameleon Mr. X. Both Seven Soldiers and Seven Legionnaires on same page. He battles all the Soldiers in the end unmasked as a hideous freak.


When Prof. Moresby alerts Sir Justin about a disappeared expedition. The 7 set out for the Hundred Isles on a ship that's cracked in two. The heroes fight in different combinations than usual find minions of King Baby-Face Johnson: Crimson and Speedy; Vigilante and Green Arrow; Stripesy and Wing rescued by descendants of pirates; Star-Spangled Kid and Shining Knight save Prof. Moran from the gangsters. Their allies help the soldiers escape and progressively free each other.


Superstitious gangster Handsome Harry won't go anywhere without his lucky hat. He's beset by all the Soldiers. He escapes and they learn the history of the hat. Star with his father goes to see Mr. Bilker about a job at his bank, just as mobsters are there to blackmail him. Bilker's house is sold and Gas-Pipe Grogan finds his hat. Vigilante impersonates the leader by wearing the inherited hat. It ends up in the trash and found by Bozo who fights Crimson Avenger and it goes back in the trash. Gust of wind carries it to home of inventor John Harrison who's saved from random crooks by Shining Knight and hat lands in woods. Found by Wilbur Timmins, purveyor of second hand clothes. A mobster buys the dummy that wears the hat.


Newspaper classified warns the Soldiers to stay away from the home of Weldon Darrel, so naturally they go. Their weapons are stoeln and they're blasted by water. If they can find hidden jewels he'll donate $1 million to charity. Vigilante returns to the hill country. Back together, they realize that Darrel had them do his own dirty work because he wasn't smart enough to figure out the clues himself. He's an impostor who wanted to get at the real Darrel's loot. When rescued, the real man still donates.


The Barracuda seeks to make a museum of crime and sends lackeys after 5 objects that are connted with great crimes. Naturally the Soldiers catch up to them and have to chase after the hunters. A stone from a prison wall, the cup used by the Borgias for poison; a rubber dagger; part of an ancient ship. Once they acquire them all, they donate to their own museum and the Barracuda tries to steal them.


Someone claiming to be Hamlet attacks an actor playing that part. Other anachronistic characters appear too: King Cole, Long John Silver, Shakespeare's Falstaff, Humpty Dumpty, Uriah Heep, the Old Man of the Sea, Jack's Giant, the Cheshire Cat, and a lion and unicorn from Alice, Lilliputians. Dr. Wimsett explains that he's found a world for fictional characters to step off the page; he can send them back as well but when demonstrating his formula doesn't work. When the chemicals are all mixed together by accident, the correct formula comes together and they disappear.




They shared many other adventures, both together and as members of the All-Star Squadron, a team of heroes assembled by President Roosevelt to help fight the Axis powers during World War II.

Their own rogues gallery tended to consist of other groups of villains similar to the Hand's first group. There was the Black Star and his partners Captain Bigg, the Rattler, Falseface, the Hopper, and the Brain (Leading #2); Dr. Wilfred Doome, who summoned past villains Nero, Attila the Hun, Napolean Bonaparte, Genghis Khan, and Alexander the Great (#3); the Sense-Master and his thugs Mickey Gordon, "Fingers" O'Fallon, "Human Bloodhound," Leo Palate, and "Eagle-Eye" Nelson (#4); and the Wizards of Stanovia. (#7)

Soon the Vigilante's second partner, Stuff the Chinatown Kid (Danny Leong), replaced Billy Gunn on the team. (#5) And on one mission, the Shining Knight's sidekick, the Squire, participated. (Young All-Stars #27)

Aside from the Hand, perhaps their most dangerous foe was the Dummy. The Dummy stepped out from under the Hand's shadow to become the first villain to scatter the Soldiers throughout the past. (Leading #8) This villain was also responsible for the team's first casualty. In 1944, the Dummy contracted Bugsy Siegel to kill the Vigilante's partner, Stuff. (Vigilante: City Lights, Prairie Justice #2) Danny Leong was then succeeded by his brother, Victor, Stuff II. (Stars And S.T.R.I.P.E. #1)

None of the hereos in this group possessed super-powers. Swords, arrows, fists and guns sufficed — but they were not enough to protect them from a betrayal by one of their own!

The Legionnaires kept in touch sporadically after the war was over. In late October 1948, the Seven Soldiers of Victory were called by the Spider to St. Louis for what would be their final adventure. On this last mission, Holloway's plan was to trick the Soldiers into building a "nebula rod" for him. He told them that their old foe, the Hand had planned a great attack and the rod would channel the cosmic energy needed to defeat him. Stripesy built the rod, but the Soldiers were suspicious of such a complex project.

Later, the Spider feigned weakness and told his teammates that the Hand had summoned a powerful cosmic entity. The Spider then "collapsed," conveniently leaving the Soldiers a a map of the Hand's hideout. The Soldiers left the Spider in the care of Wing. But shortly after they left, the Vigilante's mentor, Billy Gunn arrived with troubling news about the Spider (the Vigilante had secretly given him the task of running a background check on Holloway). Gunn told Wing that the Spider had set them up, but he was then killed by an arrow through the neck. The Spider then revealed his true colors to Wing; he had also removed a critical component from the nebula rod. Wing subdued the Spider and took the component from him.

By this time, the other Soldiers were engaged in battle against the Nebula Man, who had been summoned by the Hand. The Crimson Avenger grabbed the nebula rod and ran towards the creature, stabbing it with the rod. The resulting explosion teleported everyone to the Himalayas. Then Wing, who had just arrived, revealed Gunn's death and the Spider's betrayal. Wing took the nebula rod and inserted the missing piece, then attacked the Nebula Man again. The resulting blast banished the Nebula Man but killed Wing and scattered the rest of the team throught time and space.

The Crimson Avenger arrived in Aztec Mexico; the Shining Knight in Genghis Khan's China; Stripesy in ancient Egypt; the Vigilante in the American Old West; the Star-Spangled Kid in a prehistoric cave; Stuff in ancient Greece. Afterwards, the monks at a nearby monastery buried Wing. They marked his grave with a tombstone bearing the epitaph "Here in Honored Glory Lies an Unknown Soldier of Victory Who Died that His World Might Live."

Years later, under interrogation, Ramon Solomano admitted that he did not create the Nebula Man, but that the being answered his call. He said the entity was looking for "seven soldiers" to kill, and for a long lost treasure in a Himalayan citadel. (Bulleteer #2)

The Newsboy Army

The Newsboy Army was another World War II-era group of seven kid heroes. Their tragic demise began when their friend, Uncle Mo was bitten and controlled by a tiny Sheeda. He was caught beating a police officer and ultimately shot to death. The Army discovered that this Sheeda had latched onto Mo's central nervous system. Note: This group is named similar to DC's Newsboy Legion, a true Golden Age feature created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, which ran in Star-Spangled Comics #7–64 (1942–47).

News reports of other fairies led them to investigate Slaughter Swamp, north of Gotham City (the site that birthed the terrible Solomon Grundy). They found a cabin where the strange Terrible Time Tailor — who was actually the renegade Time Tailor known as Zor — told them the prophesy about "seven soldiers" who would defeat the Queen of Terror.

The young Newsboys were changed by this encounter and many fell into tragic lives or early deaths. Captain 7 was found to have killed a child, and imprisoned in the Cabinet of Ali-Ka-Zoom. Chop Suzi and Millions the Mystery Mutt (the richest dog on Earth) both died at the age of 14, of causes unrevealed. The other four were destined to cross paths with future Soldiers, in their adulthood:

  1. Ali-Ka-Zoom, the Merlin of the Ghetto. Ali was a friend of the master mage, Zatara, and once met his young daughter, Zatanna. According to Zatara, Ali went crazy after the mission in the Swamp. Years later, Zatanna's friend, Cassandra Craft came into possession of the Cabinet of Ali-Ka-Zoom. The circumstances of Ali's death are unrevealed, but he managed to keep his spirit alive long enough to find his old Cabinet and burn it to release its energies and keep himself alive a bit longer. Ali told Zatanna about the Fairy Queen and the Magic Cauldron of Rebirth and Plenty, lost since King Arthur's day. He then led them to the home of Don Vincenzo (the former Kid Scarface) in Los Angeles. Ali escorted Vincenzo to the afterlife and directed Zatanna to find the Seven Unknown Men of Slaughter Swamp.

  2. When he was 10 years old, Baby Brain (Ed Stargard) created the Golems Four, a team of elementals. Though he never grew to normal adult size, Stargard did grow to became the head of the Manhattan Guardian newspaper. Recently, he ran an ad seeking to hire a hero — the Guardian — to work for the paper, to provide adventurous stories for their readers. (When Project Cadmus folded, the U.S. government sold the rights to the name "Guardian" to the paper.) He found the perfect Guardian (IV) in Jake Jordan. For his "job interview," Jordan successfully dodged several attacks and ascended the Guardian's tower to meet Stargard — but not in person. Jake eventually learned about Ed's diminutive form and the former Baby Brain told him about the Sheeda — not a moment to soon. The Sheeda came for Baby Brain, but Jordan stood ready to protect him...

  3. Kid Scarface grew up to become a powerful crime lord, Godfather Vincenzo, the Undying Don — undying because he came into possession of the Sheeda Queen's legendary Cauldron of Rebirth. The Cauldron is known to have come from Slaughter Swamp. Presumably, Kid Scarface found it there after it fell from Castle Revolving. The Sheeda eventually tracked down the Cauldron and I, Spyder killed Don Vincenzo. Vincenzo resurrected himself one last time but his efforts were in vain, and he is slain for good by Neh-Buh-Loh. Zatanna found Don Vincenzo in Los Angeles, dying. His Newsboy Army friend, Ali-Ka-Zoom escorted Vincenzo to the afterlife.

  4. Li'l Hollywood maintained her celebrity by forestalling the aging process and appearing at super-hero conventions. At one convention, she met a future Soldier, Alix Harrower, the Bulleteer. It was here that she also learned of Don Vincenzo's death. According to Lucian Crawley (the Mindgrabber Kid), Hollywood somehow maintained her youth artificially.

The Silver Age

The Hand survived to plague Earth's heroes another day. Decades later, Solomano invented a powerful mechanical hand that again channeled cosmic energies and called himself the Iron Hand. He created a giant cosmic hand to encircle the Earth and demanded total dominion, or he would crush the world! The Justice Society tried but failed to stop this hand, and so they sought the aid of Zatanna and the Justice League. Together, Zatanna, Dr. Fate and Johnny Thunder's Thunderbolt summoned a mystic being called the Oracle. This Oracle told them that the secret to stopping this hand lay in the recovery of the Seven Soldiers of Victory.

Because of the warp in time, no one in the JSA or JLA actually remembered the Soldiers. The Oracle briefed them on what had transpired in 1948 then helped them find the time-lost heroes. Although the Soldiers had been time lost in time for only a short while, they were shocked to find they'd returned to the 20th century decades after they'd left. The sole exception to this was the Vigilante, who spent 20 years in the Old West before his return (this was blamed on Johnny Thunder's inept command of the magic Thunderbolt). It was only then that they also learned that Wing did not survive his brave act against the Nebula Man.

To defeat the Iron Hand they rebuilt the nebula rod, but they knew another hero would have to risk their life in delivering the blow to the cosmic hand. The android Red Tornado chose to sacrifice himself, and was believed to have been destroyed by the blast, though he resurfaced later, alive. (JLofA #100-102, Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. #9)

After their return to the 20th century, the Soldiers went their separate ways...

  • After learning that he was dying of an incurable disease, the Crimson Avenger (Lee Travis) went into action one final time to save the life of a boy. He died while steering a burning chemical tanker away from New York harbor, saving countless lives at the cost of his own. (DC Comics Presents # 38) He was memorialized by his former teammates. (Infinity Inc. #11)
  • The Star-Spangled Kid (Sylvester Pemberton) went on to join the Justice Society, then to lead Infinity, Inc. He died from the poison touch of Mister Bones during a battle with Injustice, Unlimited. By this time, he was calling himself Skyman. (Infinity Inc. #51)
  • Pat Dugan (Stripsey) contented himself with civilian life for a long time. He married Maggie Shaw and had a son, Mike; that marriage didn't last long. He later became Infinity, Inc.'s resident mechanic. He attended Sylvester's funeral and held on to Syl's cosmic rod. (Infinity Inc. #51) Then he married Barbara Whitmore, whose daughter, Courtney eventually discovered the rod and took up Sylvester's codename. Pat created a suit of armor called S.T.R.I.P.E. to watch over her. (Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. #9) The two of them now serve with the Justice Society. (JSA #1)
  • The Shining Knight has been active in adventuring nearly the whole time. He currently answers the call of the Justice Society reserves.
  • The Vigilante (Greg Sanders) retired from adventuring and started a restaurant chain with Stuff (Victor Leong) called Round-Up, Inc. (El Diablo #12) His original partner and mentor (and unofficial Legionnaire), Billy Gunn, was murdered by the Spider in 1948. The Vigilante may have been the only one of Law's Legionnaires to glimpse the importance of the Soldiers' role in the battle against the Sheeda. Years later, he would be one of the first to recognize the Sheeda's return, and attempt to form a new Seven Soldiers...

"The Silver Age," DC Event

In 2000, writer Mark Waid created an event called "The Silver Age" which told the story of DC's heroes against Agamemno. The one-shot titled Silver Age: Showcase featured a group of heroes billed as "Seven Soldiers of Victory" on the cover, though they never actually used the name in the story.

This group consisted of heroes that are associated with DC's Silver Age of publishing. They were brought together for one case, by Deadman. It included Adam Strange, Batgirl, Metamorpho, Blackhawk, Mento and Shining Knight II (Gardner Grayle, better known as the Atomic Knight).

Qwewq / The Nebula Man / Neh-Buh-Loh

The Nebula Man encountered by the Seven Soldiers was in fact the "adolescent" form of an ancient time-traveling being. Called cosmo sapeins by the Justice League, this entity began life as an infant universe, Qwewq. Qwewq was originally held in a petrie dish by the inhabitants of Wonderworld. (JLA #12) When Wonderworld was destroyed by Mageddon, the JLA moved Qwewq to the safey in their remote lab on Pluto. (JLA #36)

Qwewq eventually grew into the Nebula Man, who was manipulated by the Iron Hand to defeat his enemies, the original Seven Soldiers of Victory. By the time the Nebula Man grew to adulthood — 3 billion years later — he found himself at the end of time. This land of Summer's End was ruled by the Sheeda. Their queen, Gloriana, called him Neh-Buh-Loh, and he served her as herald to the Sheeda's harrowings.

The next time Neh-Buh-Loh appeared in the JLA's era, it was to make preparations for the Sheeda's next harrowing. When he arrived, he mentioned the importance of "striking down the seven," a group which was foretold to have a role in stopping the Sheeda.

He allied with Gorilla Grodd in order to distract the JLA and sent an agent called Black Death into the infant universe of Qwewq — into himself! The JLA followed Black Death and Neh-Buh-Loh contended instead with the Ultramarines instead.

Neh-Buh-Loh, however, was partially unaware of events that occurred in his infancy. It seems that he knew Qwewq was his infant form, but what escaped him were the ramifications of this ploy. Inside Qwewq, the JLA managed to stop Black Death, but its presence had somehow poisoned him. It would prevent him from becoming a full-fledged universe. Further, he did not konw that the JLA had charged the Ultramarines to relocate to Qwewq and "unpoison" the universe. The JLA had recognized the link between Qwewq and Neh-Buh-Loh and hoped that the Ultramarines' positive influence would prevent his fate. (JLA: Classified #1-3)

The Ultramarines were unsuccessful in this mission. Realizing they could not fix Black Death's poison, they gave Qwewq some sort of "medicine" that would help to hasten his own end... Frankenstein #4)

The Harrowing: Signs of the Sheeda's Return

Having seen the signs of the Sheeda's presence in 1875, the Vigilante recognized the signs of their imminent return. He tried his best to recruit a new Seven Soldiers to combat this menace. His classified ad, calling for heroes, drew six more:

  1. I, Spyder (Thomas Ludlow Dalt), son of the Golden Age Spider, and brother of the Spider II. Before heading to Arizona to meet the Vigilante, Dalt first ventured into Slaughter Swamp searching for secret power. There he was bitten by one of the tiny, fairy-like Sheeda. The Seven Unknown Men who lived in the Swamp knew this bite was fatal, and so they set about "fixing" him. Their gifts gave him perfect aim and a spiritual connection to spiders. But they also gave Dalt a strange prophesy: that he’d be helping to kill... himself! Tom is also suspected to have killed his older brother, Lucas (the Spider II). (Bulleteer #2)

  2. Boy Blue, a Hispanic teenager was a spy within the group. In fact, he was Ramon Solomano's (the Hand's) nephew, sent to infiltrate Sanders' group and call the Nebula Man back to destroy them all. (Bulleteer #3) He had a ghost suit that affected his density and a horn with sonic power. Two ot her Boy Blues were also seen at a superhero convention. (#3)

  3. Dyno-Mite Dan (Harris D. Ledbetter), a hero fan who possessed — he thought — original powered rings that belonged to TNT & Dyna-Mite's rings. (Zatanna later learned that her friend, Cassandra Craft, sold Harrris the rings, and that they were magical fakes.)

  4. The Whip IV (Shelly Gaynor), who'd taken to the streets partly to honor her grandfather's legacy, partly to satiate of her own thrill-seeking deathwish. Shelly was a writer for the New York Daily Recorder who'd also written books about adventuring, but wanted more. With the Vigilante, she hoped to help save the world.

  5. Gimmix (Jacqueline Pemberton, 26), the estranged daughter of Merry the Gimmic Girl. Jackie wore a red wig and claimed to have met many B-List heroes. Gimmix unknowingly met the Vigilante's absentee seventh soldier at a hero convention. This soldier got cold feet and never showed; she was…

  6. Alix Harrower, the Bulleteer. Alix's husband, Lance was obsessed with developing technology that would give him super powers. Eventually, he perfected a "smartskin" that would change normal skin into something stronger than steel. What Alix didn't know was that Lance also had a fetish for super-hero women. He hoped that Alix would help him complete his fantasy and join him as modern-day successors to the Golden Age Bullet Man and Bullet Girl. In an erotic stupor, Lance tested the smartskin on himself, but it reacted badly. When he touched Alix, it spread to her. She was able to call an ambulance, but Lance died at the hospital. Alix's former career was ruined, as she worked with children who were now frightened of her. She entertained thoughts of suicide but the task was impossible. Quite by accident, Alix came upon a burning building from which she saved several people. She then realized that her future, despite her distaste, may lay among super-heroes after all…

These Six Soldiers met the Vigilante in Arizona where they spent several days acclimating. Sanders briefed them about the history of the Miracle Mesa and the monsters he'd fought in the 19th century. The monster spiders had returned and he prepared by ordering powerful flying machines to help them hunt the Mesa. As they embarked on their first — and last — mission Dan noted that it was unlucky to have only six members. They tracked one monster spider to the outskirts of Pepper City, where Gimmix handily stopped it with a freeze spray.

The Soldiers were elated, but their victory was short-lived. The first spider was merely the advance wave of the Sheeda’s “harrowing.” Led by Neh-buh-Loh. Afterwards, the Unknown Men set to work assembling a new Seven: Plan B.

The fate of the Vigilante's band did not go unnoticed. Agent Helen Helligan, an FBI metahuman specialist met the Vigilante's seventh soldier, the Bulleteer.

Bulleteer • Zatanna • Guardian

Bulleteer is shown images of the Vigilante s dead soldiers. She was supposed to be a part of that group but decided at the last moment not to go. Lucas Dalt was the oldest child, his brother Tom the youngest. Tom was reported missing and Lucas was murdered dead in his secret HQ. Gimmix was the estranged daughter of Merry (no mention of her father). She meets and assists on the case. Vigilante had recently gotten bad news about his health which may have prompted his mission. Alix and the agent visit the old Soldiers enemy, The Hand (Ramon Solomano) in prison. They interrogate him about the Nebula Man s return, producing his old iron hand, which was taken from the Manhattan Museum of Superhumanity. It s proof of Solomano s early advances in science, and the Bulleteer breaks one finger off at a time, prompting him to spill. He claims that in the 40s, the Nebula Man emerged looking for seven soldiers to kill and sought a lost citadel in the Himalayas. Further, he claims that Saunders was a racist, because of comments he overheard. In truth, Helligan knew that Saunders kept the secret that he was a werewolf (four years into his career) and he could recognize other ones. He always kept a silver bullet in his pistol: for himself. Solomano claims that Saunders visited him in a dream and shot his soul then falls in pain, his hand bleeding. Helligan then stops her sister from marrying a werewolf, information about which she gleaned from the interview. Alix takes on a sinister new roommate names Sara.

She then encounters the ghost of Greg Saunders who tells her she s the seventh soldier and that she is a direct descendant of Earth s first super-hero. He fails to convince her and she renounces her adventuring career.

For her protection, Justin was arrested; Vanguard was left for dead.Part 9 of 30: After leaving Limbo Town, Klarion encounters the beast, Horigal. He orders a Grundy to fight him and is ultimately saved by Ebeneezer Badde, who coaxes Horigal into the path of a subway train. Badde leads him further up the Klarion is the son of Mordecai and Charity of Bleak Villa, Shackle Street. His step-father, Ezekiel is also dead. Badde's Draaga, a crocodile named Fearnaught takes them higher, to the house of their god, Croatoan. Then encounter Leviathan, a band of lost children who live as a single creature. Klarion reveals that he possesses another magic die. He learns that Croatoan does not exist and continues on to Vanity Fair. With the help of his cat, Teekl, he learns the Badde has been hunting the children of Leviathan. Klarion leads Leviathan to Badde, who is consumed. He continues up and reaches the "blue rafters" of the surface world. He meets Mister Melmoth (who'd been awaiting Badde's next catch).

Part 13: Mister Melmoth is a Sheeda and recognized Klarion immediately. He and his allies plan to use Klarion to lead them to Limbo Town. Klarion is thrust into a gang of Melmoth’s teen “wards” and has some fun joyriding with them. They steal a WWII underground drilling machine. then the gang’s leader, Billy Beezer is told he must pass on to Team Red: where all 16-year-olds go to mine gold for Melmoth. Klarion refuses to lead them and departs, heading back down to Limibo Town.

Part 18: Upon his return home, Klarion is set to be burned at the stake. Melmoth follows him, though and overwhelms the hidden people. They cut Klarion free and order him to ring the Sabbat Bells nine times. This revives their grundy men from the dead. His old mentor, Submissionary Judah bids him to become the next submissionary and gives him a rod to bring forth the terrible Horigal—which is actually formed when Klarion binds to Teekl to form a savage creature. He drives Melmoth off and sets out in the drilling machine to the surface. Melmoth reveals that Croatoan is an artificial intelligence in the forme of a pair of dice.

It is not clear how many harrowings have taken place in human history. The most recent was certainly out of memory — for most. Legends tell of a great gathering of sevens, who would rise to challenge the Sheeda. These Seven Soldiers were always doomed to failure. When signs

In the 21st century, Seven Unknown Men watched carefully for signs of the Sheeda's return. To guard against the harrowing, the Unknown Men attempted to form their own Seven Soldiers, thus bring the prophesy to fulfillment.

Justin appeared in the 21st century, ... escapes, but is plagued by Guilt: A Mood 7 Mind Destroyer. Guilt tells Justin that Camelot fell and was enslaved after he left. Vanguard is captured by Godfather Vincenzo, the Undying Don and his henchmen Crazyface and Strato. He is attacked by Neh-Buh-Loh.

Part 10: Galahad was also plagued by the monster, Guilt. In modern day, the Queen disguises herself as a government agent, Dr. Gloria Friday. She meets Agent Helen Helligan, a metahuman specialist who was called when Justin surrendered himself to authorities. The Queen identifies his sword, made . When the Queen reveals herself, the Sheeda take Justin's Sword of Aurakles then summon Galahad back to life. Simultaneously, their ally, Spyder helps kill Don Vincenzo. He is revived in the second of their prized "seven treasures," a cauldron that brings the dead back to life. The Queen bites Helligan.

Part 14: The Queen forces Justin to battle his old friend, Galahad. He bests Justin and it’s revealed that Justin is actually a girl! Justin is forced to slay Galahad. The Queen receives word that her husband is alive: Melmoth. Don Vincenzo (the former Kid Scarface) resurrects himself in his cauldron. He surprises Neh-buh-Loh but his efforts are in vain, and he is slain.

Frankenstein confronted Neh-Buh-Loh, who was feasting on winged horses. He has new Internet capabilities insalled. Neh-Buh-Loh tells his story: he is a living universe, 3 billion years old. He might have grown to replace the current universe, but there was a flaw in him. Frankenstein cripples him with knowledge even Neh-Buh-loh does not possess. He knows that Neh-Buh-Loh began as an infant universe, the Nebula Man, his early form, capable of only rudimentary sentience. He progressed to become Qwewq, the mini-universe that was poisoned by the Black Death. the Ultramarines went into Qwewq (stored on Pluto), but realizing they could not fix Black Death’s poison, they gave it “medicine” to hasten his own end. Frankenstein shoots him with something that exploits the flaw and the being collapses.

Frankenstein plants bombs on her harvester dreadnoughts then confronts her. He tells of Melmoth’s death. She argues that they are Earth’s rightful inheritors, great survivors and children of their fathers — super-survivors. They intend to posion the water supply and excavate the earth. Frankenstein is unimpressed and blows up her ships and attempts to capture her.

In the 21st. Congress reopens the SH.A.D.E. nerve center under the United Nations Plaza in response to the Sheeda’s attack. Sidhe by the Celts. S.H.A.D.E. directs him to head for Miracle Mesa for time transport. He finds the Sheeda’s ships there and stows away aboard Castle Revolving (the flag ship) to the end of time, the Sheeda’s home. The queen is making ready to return for the harrowing.

One of the Time Tailors, who was transforming the renegade Time Tailor, Zor (paralyzed in Zatanna #4), into Cyrus Gold. After the nearby townspeople torched him and threw him in the water, he became Solomon Grundy.

Notes + Continuity Changes

In original continuity, the Golden Age Seven Soldiers were heroes from Earth-2: the Crimson Avenger & Wing, Shining Knight, Green Arrow & Speedy, Star-Spangled Kid & Stripsey and the Vigilante. After the Crisis on Infinite Earths, the Golden Age Green Arrow and Speedy were removed from continuity. To preserve "Seven" Soldiers, DC announced in Young All-Stars #27 that Wing was an official member as well as the Vigilante's partner Billy Gunn, who was later replaced later by Stuff, the Chinatown Kid. Also, Shining Knight's sidekick the Squire was said to have been an unofficial member.

In The Shade #3, a former Quality Comics hero, the Spider, was retconned as a rogue super-hero — a criminal whose crimefighting career diverted all suspicion. He gained the trust of the the SSoV. The Spider was soon retconned into SSoSV membership in Stars and STRIPE #9. This put Wing back to unofficial status.

The original Seven Soldiers made apocryphal cameos in JLA: Year One #11-12 (11-12.98). That story took place when the Soldiers were scattered across time.

The Spider was inserted into Soldiers continuity between the Crisis, retconned out by DC Legacies #2 (2010).

After every Crisis, the Seven Soldiers' history has changed, with writers attempting to fill the void left by the Golden Age Green Arrow and Speedy.

In 1951, when the Golden Age Flash retired, the Spider became Keystone City's resident super-hero. Buy when the Shade discovered his true nature, he killed Holloway. (Shade #3) One of his sons, Thomas, would play a key role in the Vigilante's future Seven Soldiers.

The Legionnaires kept in touch sporadically after the war was over. In late October 1948, the Seven Soldiers of Victory were called by the Spider to St. Louis for what would be their final adventure. Unbeknownst to his comrades, the Spider had been using his crimefighting career to divert suspicion from his criminal endeavors for years. On this last mission, Holloway's plan was to trick the Soldiers into building a "nebula rod" for him. He told them that their old foe, the Hand had planned a great attack and the rod would channel the cosmic energy needed to defeat him. Stripesy built the rod, but the Soldiers were suspicious of such a complex project.

Later, the Spider feigned weakness and told his teammates that the Hand had summoned a powerful cosmic entity. The Spider then "collapsed," conveniently leaving the Soldiers a a map of the Hand's hideout. The Soldiers left the Spider in the care of Wing. But shortly after they left, the Vigilante's mentor, Billy Gunn arrived with troubling news about the Spider (the Vigilante had secretly given him the task of running a background check on Holloway). Gunn told Wing that the Spider had set them up, but he was then killed by an arrow through the neck. The Spider then revealed his true colors to Wing; he had also removed a critical component from the nebula rod. Wing subdued the Spider and took the component from him.

Other Media

Mister Terrific sends a b-squad to make a parade appearance. When they're attacked by the General, reinforcements are called. From Justice League Unlimited, season 3, episode 7 (25 Feb. 2006).

In one episode of Justice League Unlimited (season 3, episode 7, 25 Feb. 2006), acting leader Mister Terrific called together a group of Justice League members — Stargirl, S.T.R.I.P.E, Shining Knight, the Vigilante, and Green Arrow — to stand in for Superman at a parade.

The parade was attacked by the General and two reinforcements arrived: the Crimson Avenger and Green Arrow's former sidekick, Speedy. This cleverly completed the roster of the original Seven Soldiers, though of course they were not referred to by that name in this episode.

The episode begins with a stylized black-and-white sequence starring Spy-Smasher, who steals a formula from the Nazis that was intended to create a "Captain Nazi."

List of Members

Members First Appearance Final Status
1. Crimson Avenger (Lee Walter Travis) Detective Comics #20 Deceased in DC Comics Presents #38 (Oct. 1981)
2 Green Arrow (Oliver Queen) More Fun Comics #73 Gone with the Crisis.
3. Speedy (Roy Harper) More Fun Comics #73 Gone with the Crisis.
4. Shining Knight (Sir Justin, Justin Arthur) Adventure Comics #66 Active in adventuring
5. Star-Spangled Kid (Sylvester Pemberton, Skyman) Action Comics #40 Deceased Infinity, Inc. #51 (June 1988)
6. Stripesy (Pat Dugan) Action Comics #40 Active in adventuring
7. Vigilante (Greg Sanders) Action Comics #42 Active in adventuring
post-Zero Membership, realigned
1. Crimson Avenger (Lee Walter Travis) Detective Comics #20 Deceased in DC Comics Presents #38 (Oct. 1981); succeeded by a new Avenger in JSA #33
—. Billy Gunn Action Comics #42 Unofficial member; killed by the Spider in 1948 (Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. #9).
2. Shining Knight (Sir Justin, Justin Arthur) Adventure Comics #66 Active in adventuring
3. The Spider (Tom Ludlow Hallaway) Crack Comics #1 Revealed as a villain & killed by the Shade in The Shade #3 (June 1997)
4. Star-Spangled Kid (Sylvester Pemberton, Skyman) Action Comics #40 Deceased Infinity Inc. #51. Succeeded by Courtney Whitmore in Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. #0 (July 1999)
5. Stripesy (Pat Dugan, S.T.R.I.P.E.) Action Comics #40 Active as S.T.R.I.P.E.
6. Stuff, the Chinatown Kid I & II (Daniel & Victor Leong) Action Comics #45 Daniel murdered by the Dummy in 1945. Victor is retired (Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. #9)
7. Vigilante (Greg Sanders) Action Comics #42 Deceased Seven Soldiers #0
--. Wing (Wing How) Detective Comics #20 Unofficial member; deceased, revealed Justice League of America #102 (Oct. 1972)
--. The Squire (Percival Sheldrake, the Knight) Batman #62 Unofficial member; killed by his arch-enemy, Springheeled Jack, ??
1. Ali-Ka-Zoom   Deceased
2. Baby Brains   Active
3. Captain 7   Fate unrevealed
4. Chop Suzi   Deceased after the War
5. Kid Scarface   Deceased, Seven Soldiers: Shining Knight #??
6. Li'l Hollywood   Retired
7. Millions the Mystery Mutt   Deceased after the War
1. Vigilante (Greg Sanders) Action Comics #42 Deceased Seven Soldiers #0
2. Boy Blue (unrevealed) Seven Soldiers #0 Deceased Seven Soldiers #0
3. Dyno-Mite Dan Deceased Seven Soldiers #0
4. Gimmix (Jacqueline Pemberton) Deceased Seven Soldiers #0
5. I, Spyder (Thomas Ludlow Dalt) Deceased Seven Soldiers #0; revived by the Sheeda
6. The Whip IV (Shelly Gaynor) Deceased Seven Soldiers #0
7. The Bulleteer (Alix Harrower) Active in adventuring
1. The Bulleteer (Alix Harrower) Seven Soldiers: Bulleteer #1 (Jan. 2006) Active in adventuring
2. Frankenstein Seven Soldiers: Frankenstein #1 (Jan. 2006) Active in adventuring

Ystina (Justina aka Sir Ystin), the Shining Knight III

Seven Soldiers: Shining Knight #1 (May 2005) Active in adventuring
4. Klarion the Witch Boy The Demon #7 (Mar. 1973) Active in adventuring
5. The Manhattan Guardian (Jake Jordan) Seven Soldiers: Guardian #1 (May 2005) Active in adventuring
6. Mister Miracle III (Shilo Norman) Mister Miracle v.1 #15 (Sept. 1973) Deceased and resurrected Seven Soldiers #1
7. Zatanna (Zatanna Zatara) Hawkman v.1 #4 (Nov. 1964) Active in adventuring

Appearances + References


  • Adventure Comics #438–443 (Mar.-Apr. 1975)
  • All-Star Squadron #29
  • Justice League of America #100-102
  • Young All-Stars #27


  • Leading Comics, 14 issues (1941-45)
  • Crimson Avenger, 4-issue mini-series (1988)
  • Vigilante: City Lights, Prairie Justice, 4-issue limited series (1995)
  • Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E., 14 issues (1999-2000)
  • Seven Soldiers of Victory, 2 issues + seven 4-issue limited series (2005–06)