The team, formerly known as Task Force X, got their start in the post-WWII DC world. As written into The Brave and the Bold issue #25 in 1959, they were a team of scientists and military personnel gathered to fight the battles that others could not. During this time in DC comics, many of the “Golden Age” superheroes from the ’40s had retired, leaving the world unprotected from the forces of evil. This was manifested in the form of large monsters and creatures that would terrorize the people of the world. Without enough heroes left to stand up to these monsters, the U.S. government assembled Task Force X to combat these threats around the globe.
It may seem campy to think that a team that would eventually be called the Suicide Squad got its start in the monster hunter business, but monster hunting is no joke. Every member of the original team was just a regular human being that either had skills of the mind or the body. That is all! Fighting beings as large and destructive as these monsters was no small feat and this WWII team deserves recognition and credit for keeping the world safe while the heroes wouldn’t!
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