QUALITY COMICS

Title

freedom Fighters
Created by Len Wein and Dick Dillin

FIRST APPEARANCE:
Justice League of America
#107 (September-Oct. 1973)

The Freedom Fighters is DC Comics team composed of characters originally published by Quality Comics. Decades after DC’s acquisition, these heroes were given a home in the DC Universe on a parallel universe called “Earth-X.” In their first appearance, they met the Justice League (Justice League of America #107). Later, Roy Thomas crafted a proper “Golden Age” backstory for them in All-Star Squadron #31-35 (1984).

In Quality Comics, no such team existed. Most of the Freedom Fighters’ early adventures relied heavily on events related to Earth-X, where the Nazis had won World War II. These stories were based on the legacy of their Nazi battle, and their travels between parallel Earths. When DC published Crisis on Infinite Earths, all parallel Earths were eliminated, and Earth-X was gone. This threw the Freedom Fighters’ original appearance, their 1976 series, and some All-Star Squadron appearances completely out of continuity. Roy Thomas was able to rectify the situation while All-Star Squadron was still being published. In the new, streamlined DC Universe, he chose to simply meld the Quality heroes’ histories with that of DC’s own Golden Age heroes.


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The first Freedom Fighters, of Pearl Harbor. From All-Star Squadron #32. Art by Rick Hoberg.
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Second Formation: Black Condor, Doll Man, Human Bomb, Phantom Lady, the Ray, and the Red Bee

The Modern Freedom Fighters

Doll Man III Human Bomb II Phantom Lady III The Ray III Firebrand IV

When the American Talisman was reassembled, Uncle Sam was reincarnated as Patriot. (Spectre vol. 3 #50) Patriot and other Freedom Fighter torchbearers united under the Justice Society as reservists during the Imperiex War. (JSA: Our Worlds at War) The next time the American Talisman appeared, it had again assumed the guise of Uncle Sam. (Superman vol. 2 #178) He formed a third team of Freedom Fighters that assisted the JSA against the sorcerer Mordru. It included his friend, the Human Bomb, as well as new successors, Phantom Lady II, Black Condor II, and the Ray II. Other members were Iron Munro, a veteran All-Star, and Damage, son of the Golden Age Atom. (JSA #49) This new team was again government funded and made their headquarters in the Pentagon. (#73) The team was short-lived and its members were among the most tragic of losses during the second Crisis (Infinity Crisis). It was caused by Alexander Luthor and Superboy Prime, whose group, the Society, attacked and killed Phantom Lady, Human Bomb and Black Condor in Metropolis. Uncle Sam was temporarily destroyed, Damage was left for dead, and the Ray was taken prisoner. (Infinite Crisis #1) A memorial for these heroes was constructed for this team at Arlington national cemetery. (Freedom Fighters vol. 2 #1)


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The New 52

Other Media

The Freedom Fighters made their television debut on Batman: The Brave and the Bold (episode 221, Nov. 12, 2010). The episode begins with a team-up between Batman and Plastic Man. When they discover Qwardians on Earth, Uncle Sam steps in to help. Another Qwardian warns them of further attacks, and Sam introduces the Freedom Fighters: Doll Man, Black Condor, the Ray, Human Bomb and Phantom Lady. He invites Plastic Man to join them (which the others discourage). They travel to Qward where they... fight for the freedom of its oppressed people. Nearly defeated, Uncle Sam fades away, which inspires Plastic Man to rally the locals to his side. Their growing spirit of freedom brings Uncle Sam back. He is even able to lend super-power and armor to Batman. Back on Earth, the President (ostensibly Obama) acknowledges Plastic Man’s bravery.

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List of Members

Note: The following data applies only to continuity before the "New 52" reboot of 2011.

MEMBER 1ST APP. JOINED STATUS + INFO
PEARL HARBOR

1.

Hourman (Rex Tyler)

Adventure #48

All-Star Squadron #31

Semi-active in adventuring

1.

Invisible Hood (Kent Thurston)

Smash #1

Killed by the Icicle and the Mist (Starman v.2 #2)

1.

Magno (Tom Dalton)

Smash #13

Deceased All-Star Squadron #31

1.

Miss America (Joan Dale Trevor, Miss Cosmos)

Military #1

Active in adventuring

1.

Neon the Unknown (Thomas Corbet)

Hit #1

Retired from adventuring; presumed dead publicly

1.

Red Torpedo (Jim Lockhart)

Crack #1

Active as a civilian

1.

Uncle Sam (Minuteman, Brother Johnathan, Johnny Reb, Patriot)

National #1

Active in adventuring

SECOND TEAM

8.

Black Condor (Richard Grey, Jr., a.k.a. Senator Thomas Wright)

Crack #1

All-Star Squadron #34

Described himself as having moved on to a "higher plane of consciousness"; appears astrally

8.

Doll Man (Darrell Dane)

Feature #27

Semi-active in adventuring

8.

Firebrand (Rod Reilly)

Police #1

Uncertain; in pre-Crisis continuity he was killed by the Silver Ghost (Cancelled Comics Cavalcade #2)

8.

Human Bomb (Roy Lincoln)

Police #1

Killed by Bizarro (Infinite Crisis #1)

8.

Neon II (Langford "Happy" Terrill, The Ray I)

Smash #14

Semi-active in adventuring

8.

Phantom Lady (Sandra Knight)

Police #1

Active as headmistress of the Universte Notre Dame des Ombres

8.

Red Bee (Richard Raleigh)

Hit #1

Deceased (All-Star Squadron #35)

15.

Manhunter I (Dan Richards)

Smash #18

Young All-Stars #27

Killed by Mark Shaw (Manhunter v.3 #7)

15.

Midnight (Dave Clark)

Police #8

Unknown

15.

Quicksilver (Max Mercury)

National #5

Semi-active in adventuring

18.

The Jester (Chuck Lane)

Smash #22

Freedom Fighters v.2 #5

Deceased (Freedom Fighters v.2 #5)

MODERN TEAM

19.

Black Condor II (Ryan Kendall)

Black Condor #1

JSA #49

Killed by the Society (Infinite Crisis #1)

19.

Damage (Grant Emerson)

Damage #1

Killed by Jean Loring (Blackest Night #4)

19.

Iron Munro (Arnold Munro)

Young All-Stars #1

Semi-active in adventuring

19.

Phantom Lady II (Delilah "Dee" Tyler)

Action #636

Killed by Deathstroke (Infinite Crisis #1)

19.

The Ray II (Ray Terrill)

The Ray v.1 #1

Active in adventuring

INFINITE CRISIS

24.

Firebrand IV (Andre Twist)

Crisis Aftermath: The Battle for Blüdhaven #1

Battle for Bludhaven #5

Killed Freedom Fighters v.2 #7

25.

Human Bomb II (Andrew Franklin)

Crisis Aftermath: The Battle for Blüdhaven #2

Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters #2

Active in adventuring

25.

Phantom Lady III (Stormy Knight)

Active in adventuring

25.

Doll Man III (Lester Colt)

Crisis Aftermath: The Battle for Blüdhaven #3

Active in adventuring

25.

The Ray III (Stan Silver)

DCU: Brave New World #1

A triator, active

29.

Black Condor III (John Trujillo)

Uncle Sam & FF #3

Uncle Sam & FF #3

Active in adventuring

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Dr. Emma Glenn

Uncle Sam & FF #1

Uncle Sam & FF #4

An aide

30.

Invisible Hood II (Kent  Thurston II)

Uncle Sam & FF #5

Uncle Sam & FF #5

Killed by Ray III, Uncle Sam & FF #6

30.

The Red Bee II (Jenna Raleigh)

Active in adventuring

32.

Captain Triumph II (unrevealed)

Uncle Sam & FF v.2 #3

Uncle Sam & FF v.2 #7

Active in adventuring

32.

Citizen X (unrevealed)

Uncertain; struck by a blast in Uncle Sam & FF v.2 #6

32.

Libertine (unrevealed)

Deceased Uncle Sam & FF v.2 #8

32.

Magno II (unrevealed)

Active in adventuring

» FEATURED APPEARANCES:

All-Star Squadron #31–35, 50

Black Lightning vol. 1 #11

Cancelled Comic Cavalcade #1–2

DC Comics Presents #62

JSA #49

Justice League of America #107–108

Justice League Unlimited #17

Secret Origins vol. 2 #19, 26

Young All–Stars #27

» SERIES:

Freedom Fighters, 15 issues (1976)—no longer in continuity

Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters, 8–issues (2006–07)

Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters vol. 2, 8–issue limited series (2007–08)

Freedom Fighters vol. 2, 9 issues (2010–11)