List of criminal organizations in DC Comics

The following is a list of fictional criminal and terrorist organizations that have been published by DC Comics and their imprints.


Academy of CrimeEdit

The Academy of Crime is a low rent "school for criminals" based in Hollywood, California. The villainous illusionist Mirage is a graduate of the Academy. First appears in Detective Comics #515 (June 1982).[1]

The AgendaEdit

The Agenda is an opposing organization in genetics to Project Cadmus that absorbed Darkseid's Evil Factory and is responsible for creating Match. The group appears to have ended with the death of their leader, Lex Luthor's ex-wife Contessa Erica Alexandra del Portenza. Their first appearance was in Superboy vol. 4 #36 (February 1997).

Altered StrainEdit

Altered Strain was formed after the Invasion, all its known members carriers of the metagene who manifest no powers. They saw themselves as natural leaders, and wanted the U.S. government to find a way to turn on everyone's metagene. They first appear in Wonder Woman Annual #3.[2]


The Neo-Nazi terrorist organization known as the ASP (short for American Supremacist Party) first appeared in Checkmate vol. 1 issue #1. The group was responsible for a series of fatal bombings and attempted to release a weaponized biological agent.

Assassination BureauEdit

The Assassination Bureau is an organization of metahuman assassins led by the mysterious Breathtaker, the Bureau was hired by the 2000 Committee to kill Firestorm. Known operatives are Stratos (aerokinetic), Mindboggler (telepathy), and Incognito (shape shifter). First appears in Fury of Firestorm #29 (November 1984).[3]


The Battalion of DoomEdit

The Battalion of Doom kidnapped a variety of influential journalists and businessmen and demanded "the complete surrender of all political, financial, and police power in Gotham". If the demands were not met, the Battalion was prepared to detonate a nuclear device within the city. After infiltrating the terrorists as a West Coast enforcer, Superman joined Batman in rescuing the hostages and locating the bomb. The members of the Battalion wore military browns with magenta hoods over their heads. First and only appearance, Brave and the Bold #150.[2][4][5]

The Black Dragon SocietyEdit

The Black Dragon Society is based on a real World War II organization of the same name; this society was not nearly as sinister as its comic book counterparts. Three different comics companies used the Black Dragon Society as villains in the 1940s: National Comics (DC Comics), Fawcett Comics, and Quality Comics. DC Comics came to own the other two companies, so all the different incarnations of the Black Dragon Society now belong to them. All-Star Comics #12 had "The Black Dragon Menace" in which a Japanese spy ring called the Black Dragon Society of Japan steals eight American inventions and kidnaps their inventors.

The modern versions of the Black Dragon Society show up in the pages of Power Company #1. This version appears to be made up of fanatical, east Asian eco-terrorists.

Black HoleEdit

Black Hole is a terrorist organization that has plans to harness the powers of the Speed Force so that they can use it for their own nefarious purposes.[6] While Gorilla Grodd was a former leader, other known members include Dr. Holt, Dr. Huskk, Joseph Carver, Multiplex, Negative Flash, and Raijin.

Black Hole in other mediaEdit

Black Hole appears in season six of The Flash. Black Hole is the organization that is responsible for using metahuman assassins like Doctor Light and Ultraviolet.

Black OpsEdit

Black Ops was a criminal organization devoted to accumulating power with sophisticated headquarters in both Metropolis and Washington, D.C. Its leader was Hazard, otherwise known as philanthropist Manuel Cabral, head of Rainforest Technologies (and secretly affiliated with weapons manufacturer AmerTek). His costumed operatives included his female second-in-command Shellshock, Flatline, Hardsell, Hotspot, Mainline, Quake, Shellgame, and Split. The techno-pirates had frequent clashes with Steel, who ultimately prevented them from seizing control of the United States' nuclear arsenal. The team first appears in Steel #6.[2]


C.A.W. IEdit

C.A.W. (short for "Criminal Alliance of the World") specialized in archaeological forensics used for the retrieval of lost ancient technology. This brought them into conflict with Katar Hol and Shayera Hol, when the attempted to steal an artifact from the Midway City Museum. The paired artifacts they were attempting to steal were analyzed and led to the development of the Justice League of America's teleportation system which first appears in Justice League Of America #78.[7] The organization is ruled by an international triad of masked crime bosses; C.A.W. agents wear matching red and black costumes with a golden, razor-edged C.A.W. emblem on their chests that doubled as a weapon.[8]

C.A.W. IIEdit

A second organization calling itself C.A.W. (Crusading American Warriors) was encountered by Hawkgirl (Kendra Saunders) in JSA: All-Stars #2.[9]

Cell SixEdit

Cell Six was "the most notorious terrorist organization in Latin America," one responsible for the abduction of Wayne Enterprises' Lucius Fox while he was in the country of Hasaragua. They demanded $3 million in ransom, and a letter of apology from Wayne Enterprises for despoiling Hasaragua's environment and the exploitation of its people.

The kidnapping was eventually exposed as a collaboration between Hasaragua's finance minister and Cell Six. In Gotham City, Cell Six also staged a kidnapping attempt against the wife of a Hasaraguan ambassador. Cell Six troops could be visually distinguished by the Roman numeral "VI" (for 6) tattooed on their foreheads.[2]

Children of LightEdit

The Children of Light was a middle-eastern costumed terrorist group originally led by Kahman Abhood. Following Abhood's arrest, the group seized control of a S.T.A.R. Labs/Waynetech satellite, equipped it with a laser cannon, and threatened to destroy cities at will if their demands were not met. Batman and Supergirl defeated the group and discovered that they'd allied themselves with Doctor Light. They first appear in Brave and the Bold #147.[2]


Colossus was a mysterious organization that sought the secret of Alec Holland's bio-restorative formula to create an army of swamp men similar to the Swamp Thing. The organization was led by a mysterious council, each member of which wore a uniquely colored costume (Councilman Red, Councilman Blue). Colossus had the ability to mutate humans into monstrous agents known as "Elementals". Only one Elemental by the name of Thrudvang the Earth Master was ever actually depicted; he was a skid row bum who transformed into a hulking yellow monster with the "ability to disrupt the earth". Colossus' chief enforcer was Sabre, a red and blue costumed figure with a long thin blade replacing his right hand. They first appeared in Swamp Thing vol. 1 #23.[2]

The CouncilEdit

The first Council was an international secret society, which was responsible for the cloning of Paul Kirk (Manhunter) and was eventually brought down by him and his allies Asano Nitobe, Christine St. Clair, and Kolu Mbeya.

Under the leadership of Anatol Mykros they rebuilt themselves up again, to the point where their machinations brought them to the attention of various members of the Justice Society of America. Nemesis (Soseh Mykros), the daughter of Council leader Anatol Mykros, rebelled against them, enlisting the help of the JSA. It was eventually destroyed when Black Adam killed Anatol Mykros in order to have Nemesis join his pro-active super-team. The Council first appeared in Detective Comics #437 (February 1974).[10][11][12][13]

The Council in other mediaEdit

The first Council appears in Beware the Batman, with Anatol Mykros voiced by Bruce Thomas. As in the comics, they capture Paul Kirk and put him in suspended animation, using his DNA to create an army of robot Manhunter clones to take over the world. After Kirk's escape, Mykros and the clones kidnap his daughter Ava Kirk in Gotham City. However, they are eventually stopped by Kirk, Batman, Katana, and a disguised Alfred Pennyworth. The Council is still out there however with Kirk swearing to take them all down.

Council of SpidersEdit

The Council of Spiders is a cadre of metahuman killers-for-hire led by the mutant super-villainess known only as The Wanderer. When they debuted in Red Robin, they were hunting members of Ra's al Ghul's League of Assassins.


The group of international jewel thieves known as CYCLOPS, first appeared in Brave and the Bold vol. 1 #64. Known operatives are Marcia Monroe the first Queen Bee.[14]



The D.M.T. were an international weapons coalition who came into possession of an extraterrestrial craft and its pilot following the events of Invasion. Their field-agents wore gold armor that was equipped with weapons and flight-packs. The D.M.T. first appear in Superman #48.[2]


Eden CorpsEdit

Outwardly an above-board West Coast organization, the Eden Corps soon established itself as a radical terrorist cell dedicated to taking on "corporate America and its ravagers". Led by Hyrax (Veronica Dale), the Eden Corps committed terrorist styled crimes like bombing dams on its way to a bigger goal, unleashing a Russian-created weaponized germ that ate plastic. Before the Eden Corps could unleash the germ on Metropolis, Green Arrow intervened. Hyrax died in the battle and Green Arrow followed soon after. They first appeared in Green Arrow #97.[2]

Eden Corps in other mediaEdit

Eden Corps appears on The Flash season four episode "Enter Flashtime". Veronica Dale (portrayed by Bernadette Saquibal) and her terrorist organization Eden Corps set off a nuclear bomb that Flash and his crew must figure out how to stop. Team Flash is able to stop the bomb and Dale is arrested.

In Arrow's season seven flashforwards that take place in 2040, a company called Galaxy One operates as an Eden Corps front. It is led by Keven Dale (portrayed by Raj Paul) who acts as the CEO of Galaxy One. The company controls the Glades with an anti-vigilante security program called Archer and is looking to take over Star City as well.

Empire of DeathEdit

The Empire of Death was a terrorist group formed by a former Nazi SS colonel named Von Gross. Its agents wore skull masks, possessed a fleet of aircraft, and operated from a giant solar-powered flying skull. With "trained agents in every corner of the globe", the Empire of Death engaged in espionage and contract assassination with an eye towards world domination. Von Gross was eventually slain by Blackhawk but the Empire of Death remained a going concern through its operatives. The commander of the Empire of Death's undersea forces was Killer Shark, who retooled the War Wheel into an amphibious weapon of destruction. They first appeared in Blackhawk #249.[2]


Eurocrime is a European metahuman criminal organization that fought Elongated Man and Justice League Europe. First appears in Elongated Man #1 (January 1992).[15]



The Futuresmiths are a mysterious group of criminal scientists and high tech arms dealers who have an underground operation in Metropolis. Known operatives are Amok and Cir-El. They first appear in Superman: The 10-Cent Adventure #1 (March 2003).[16] It was later revealed to have been a front for Brainiac.



H.I.V.E. stands for The Hierarchy of International Vengeance and Extermination. During the first incarnation of the H.I.V.E., the H.I.V.E. Master gathered seven other unnamed criminal scientists to take over the world and eliminate their enemies in the form of Superman and the Teen Titans. The H.I.V.E. Master is later killed and replaced by the H.I.V.E. Mistress and they enlist Deathstroke to help them out.

The second Incarnation of the H.I.V.E. was established by Adeline Kane, Deathstroke's ex-wife. They were tracked down by Tartarus, an Anti-Titans led by Vandal Savage and made up of Gorilla Grodd, Lady Vic, Red Panzer, Siren, and Cheshire.



Intergang is a criminal cartel secretly organized by Darkseid who was using Intergang to help track down the Anti-Life Equation. Intergang first appeared in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #133 (October 1970).

International Crime CombineEdit

The International Crime Combine is a supraorganization made up of operatives from various other criminal organizations some based in the DC Comics universe, like CYCLOPS and O.G.R.E., and other fictional organizations such as THRUSH and SPECTRE. They opposed G.E.O.R.G.E., a covert agency of the United States, and the Blackhawks.[17][18]


Kobra CultEdit

Kobra is an international terrorist and mad scientist whose namesake organization has crossed paths with the majority of Earth's costumed heroes during his attempts to usher in the Kali Yuga (an age of chaos). His real name is Jeffrey Franklin Burr, and he was born part of a set of twins, but was stolen at birth by the Cult of the Kobra God, since a prophecy claimed he would lead them to rule the world. Under their teaching, he became a dangerous warrior and a sadistic criminal mastermind. Kobra led the cult into using advanced technology to menace the world.

The Kobra Cult first appears in Kobra #1, cover dated March 1976. Kobra created two separate teams of superpowered mercenaries called Strike Force Kobra.



Leviathan is an organization founded by Talia al Ghul upon leaving her father Ra's al Ghul's League of Assassins. Leviathan's liturgy is staunchly anti-capitalist, and seeks to dismantle society and impose itself as the leaders of a new way. The organization has served as a threat to Batman Incorporated.

League of AssassinsEdit

The League of Assassins is a cultlike organization of trained killers formerly led by Ra's al Ghul, an enemy of Batman. The League of Assassins was founded by Ra's al Ghul (exactly when is unknown) to be "the fang that protects the head" (Batgirl #67, 2005). Members of the League demonstrated willingness to die at a word from Ra's. They have included some of the most dangerous assassins in the world including Lady Shiva, David Cain, and master archer Merlyn.

Legion of DoomEdit

The Legion of Doom is a group of supervillains that originated in Challenge of the Super Friends, an animated series from Hanna-Barbera based on DC Comics' Justice League.[19] The Legion of Doom has since been incorporated into the main DC Universe, appearing in comics, as well as further animated and live-action adaptations.


Locus is an international group of criminal scientists which conspired with the Appelaxian aliens to take over the world. Locus placed members of the Doom Patrol, Justice Society of America, and Justice League into special internment camps and stole their limbs in order to create perfect bodies for themselves. They first appear in JLA: Year One #1 (January 1998)[20]

Les Mille YeuxEdit

Les Mille Yeux, "The Thousand Eyes", was a major international crime cartel involved in drugs, arms smuggling, and political blackmail. Phantom Lady fought and blinded their Washington, D.C. leader, Edwin Guerrehart. Their first appearance was in Action Comics Weekly #636. Les Mille Yeux later hired Colonel Computron to kidnap Starman.[2]



MAZE was an international espionage agency, that stole information from around the world to sell to the highest bidder. They also undertook assignments to discredit political dissidents and assassinate world leaders. MAZE had access to a number of super-weapons and was constantly seeking new items for its arsenal. Their first appearance is in Superman #268.[21] MAZE operatives frequently fought Batgirl and Robin in the pages of Batman Family in the 1970s.

Monster Society of EvilEdit

The Monster Society of Evil is an organization formed by Mister Mind to carry out his evil plots.


Network IEdit

The original Network members were a band of small-time villains whose metagenes were triggered by the Monitor shortly before the Crisis on Infinite Earths. The six criminals drew on broadcast power beamed down from a special satellite owned by the rock video channel RTV. The Network members were Blue Matt (invisibility), Cathode (electrokinetic), Erase (acid touch), Fast Forward (enhances kinetic potential), UHF (manipulates audible and inaudible soundwaves), and Volume (can increase mass and density). The first Network was defeated by Superman and Batman. Network I first appeared in World's Finest Comics #311 (January 1985).[22]

Network IIEdit

The second Network is a black market for supervillains based in Keystone City. This Network has been run by a villainess named Blacksmith. Its services are frequently used by Kobra. The Network's base is protected by the Rogues, and Colonel Computron units.[23]

Network IIIEdit

The third Network is a widespread organization of criminals who recently appeared in Gotham City. Businesswoman Celia Kazantkakis (Athena), used the Network to get her revenge against the Gotham Rossetti mob. After a clash with Batman and his allies the Network was crippled, but Kazantkakis escaped. Known Network operatives are: Tracker, Technician, Doctor Excess, Bugg, Suicide King, Mister Fun, and Freeway.[24]

New OrderEdit

The New Order was a group of metahumans named Cain, Ammo, Corona, and Scud who commandeered a nuclear facility and demanded "one billion dollars and all mutant wild life freed". The Flash and Green Lantern took them down in Justice Society of America vol. 2# 1.[2][25]

Ninth CircleEdit

The Ninth Circle is an international group of corrupt business executives, originally founded by Robert Queen and Dante.[26] The group's leaders have their meetings wearing masks to prevent any of them from betraying the others, should they get caught. The Ninth Circle has a private army called the Burned, who are created through a baptism in lava and turned into mindless servants.[27] The Ninth Circle serve as prominent villains throughout Green Arrow: Rebirth.[26]

Ninth Circle in other mediaEdit

The Ninth Circle appeared in season seven of Arrow. Its notable members include Emiko Queen, the group's leader in the present timeline until the season finale, Beatrice who became the new leader, Dante, and Virgil.


Oblivion FrontEdit

The Oblivion Front, whose forces were clad in blue, red, and gold armor, was "a terrorist splinter group" led by Dominion (Dominique Duchamp). Dominion herself wore a similar, less-armored costume and had a scar down the right side of her face. Dominion later led the Oblivion Front in an assault during which they intended to raid a weapons vault. Instead, the entire group was taken down by Gunfire. They first appeared in Showcase '94 #1.[2]


O.G.R.E. is an acronym used by two different groups in the DC Universe.

O.G.R.E. IEdit

Created by Bob Haney and Nick Cardy, this group first appeared in Aquaman #26 (July 1976).

Within the context of the DC Universe, the first incarnation of O.G.R.E. (short for Organization for General Revenge and Enslavement) is a small mercenary terrorist group, led by the black-hooded Supreme One. Operating for an unnamed foreign government, they have confronted Aquaman in a number of occasions and worked through either hired agents, such as Black Manta, or coerced ones, such as Typhoon and Huntress.

O.G.R.E. IIEdit

First appearing in Aquaman vol 4, #9 (August 1992) and within the context of the DC universe, the second incarnation of O.G.R.E. (short for the Ocean Going Resource Exchange and also referred to as the Exchange) is a corporate extension of Merrevale Oil created by Jordan Wylie. Publicly presenting itself as an environmental firm, its actual activities bring it into conflict with Aquaman and the Sea Devils. This results in Wylie being removed from public positions at Merrevale and the Exchange.


The murders of several foreign intelligence agents led Batman on an international search for answers. In the course of the case, Batman learned of the abduction of Hungarian physicist Lucas Nagy and eventually pieced together clues that indicated that a terrorist organization known as Omega had forced him to build a 20-megaton nuclear bomb. When the terrorists threatened Gotham City with a nuclear holocaust, Batman's own experiences seemed to back up their claims. Eventually, Batman discovered that Omega's leader had manipulated everyone. Unable to force Nagy to create such a bomb, the leader realized that no one would know whether Omega truly had a bomb and set out to convince everyone that it did exist, with Batman as "Omega's prime witness". Their only appearance is in Batman #283.[2]

The 100Edit

Originally based in Metropolis, the 100 kept a firm grip on the city's criminal underworld for years, indulging in crimes such as drug trafficking and racketeering. Their first appearance was in Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane #105. A recent retcon in Superman #665 (September 2007) shows that during Superman's early years in Metropolis, the 100 was a smaller organization called the 10, with ties to Intergang.

The 1,000Edit

The former Director of the 1,000 was a US senator named Henry Ballard who shepherded the organization's new direction and goals. Under Director Ballard, the 100 changed its name to the 1,000, attempting to expand their reach to even the Oval Office with Director Ballard as the presidential candidate. The 1,000 first appear in Booster Gold #2 March (1986).


The Onslaught is a team of superpowered international terrorists-for-hire operating out of the outlaw nation of Qurac. The team was created and guided by Qurac's President Marlo and had accepted, as its first commission, the assignment of killing the President of the United States. Former Suicide Squad member Jess Bright, now a Soviet operative named Koshchei helped bioengineer candidates for the team.

Order of St. DumasEdit

The Order of St. Dumas, originally part of the Knights Templar and also called the Sacred Order of Saint Dumas, were a group of soldier-monks that were formed during the Crusades. The Order enriched itself, though, during the Crusades, then went into hiding. The Order's first champion was an Asian man named Stephen Forrest Lee, the assassin known to Mark Shaw as Dumas. The failure of this champion splintered the order. The main branch retreated and the violent splinter elements created a new champion called Azrael, a hereditary title given to the splinter Order's near-superhuman enforcer and assassin. Members of the splinter Order enlarged the organization's power by killing their enemies, hoarding knowledge, and kidnapping some of the greatest thinkers in the world. The Order also invented "disinformation", to ensure that the theories of the kidnapped geniuses would look so silly that nobody would miss them or examine their research. With a large amount of help from the most recent Azrael, Jean-Paul Valley, the splinter group was apparently scattered.[28]

Order of St. Dumas in other mediaEdit

The Order of St. Dumas appears in the second season of Gotham. In this show, the Dumas family were one of the founders of Gotham City until Caleb Dumas had an affair with Celestine Wayne. After cutting off Caleb's hand with a knife, the Wayne Family forced the Dumas into exile where some of them took refuge with a religious extension of the family while others remained behind and their last names were changed to Galavan. Years later, Theo Galavan and his sister Tabitha began their family's plans for revenge on the Wayne Family by targeting Bruce Wayne.

The Order of St. Dumas is mentioned in Batman: Arkham Knight.


People's Liberation ArmyEdit

The People's Liberation Army (commonly known as the "Death’s Head") first made its impact on Gotham City with a ten-week assault that included "bombing banks, federal office buildings, and courthouses. Their terror campaign paralyzed the city. They were led by Thanatos, clad in a skull mask, a green costume and red cape, gloves and boots, and secretly an Italian terrorist named Sophia Santos.

The PLA later resurfaced in Washington, D.C., agreeing to "accidentally" kill an anti-crime senator during one of their attacks in exchange for a delivery of weapons and explosives from syndicate queen Irene Scarfield. The leader of this PLA operation was Bloodclaw, a bald, bearded man with crimson steel fingernails. He disappeared into the Potomac River following a fight with Batman and was presumed dead.[2][29]



Spyral is a UN covert operations agency founded during the Cold War. Its original head, Agent Zero, decided to avoid getting involved in politics, and rather than recruiting from among the espionage services of NATO or Warsaw Pact countries, instead recruited rebels: iconoclastic daredevils and rogue geniuses, and got them to use their mental and physical gifts to serve the agency.

At some point, it was revealed that Agent Zero was really a Nazi master spy codenamed Doctor Dedalus, and had been betraying the agency for his own ends. Soon after, the agency collapsed... or so it seemed.

Demon StarEdit

In response to the escalating war between Batman Incorporated and the Leviathan terrorist organization, the UN decided to reform Spyral, recruited Doctor Dedalus' long-thought-dead daughter, Kathy Webb-Kane, as its leader. Using her personal resources, she recruited enough of a force to convince Batman, Inc. to disband as soon as the conflict was done.

The New 52Edit

In the history of Prime Earth, Doctor Dedalus was revealed to have created both Spyral and Leviathan as part of a deranged attempt at immortality, setting up the two organizations to oppose each other in a never-ending cycle of vendetta, and grooming his children to manage the two agencies.

Spyral received more funding and new members in the wake of the "Forever Evil" incident. With the organisation firmly re-established, the subsequent Directors of Spyral followed varying goals, unknowingly influenced by the agency's real leader, an entity called Spyder, who was eventually revealed to be a computerized copy of the mind of the late Doctor Dedalus.

Agent Obscura is tasked with convincing Plastic Man to infiltrate a multi-dimensional conspiracy.


Scorpio is a mercenary group of terrorists-for-hire. Scorpio is a well-equipped organization always on the look out for advanced technology that can easily be weaponized. They were first seen in public fighting off both the Sea Devils and the Challengers of the Unknown.


S.C.Y.T.H.E. was an anti-government terrorist organization from a European country called Lugwainia. They abducted brilliant aeronautics engineer Robert Selkirk, who'd spent years as a political prisoner in a pseudo Soviet nation before gaining asylum in the United States, and they demanded an exchange with their imprisoned leader, Alexander Sorkhan. A United Nations team consisting of Diana Prince and Steve Trevor were assigned to go with Selkirk to the exchange, but they were waylaid by the terrorists and betrayed by Selkirk himself who helped Sorkhan escape. Their first and only appearances were in Wonder Woman #244.[2]

Secret Society of Super VillainsEdit

The Secret Society of Super Villains is a criminal organization that antagonizes the Justice League.


Shadowspire supplied South American drug cartels with the necessary tools of their trade: weapons, transportation, high technology, and reliable intelligence. Shadowspire's tentacles penetrate every corrupt government and drug cartel on two continents. They even had the resources and know how to create their own weaponized viruses. Shadowspire's first appearance was in Deathstroke #53. The group was created by Tom Joyner and Mike Collins.[2]

Silicon SyndicateEdit

The Silicon Syndicate operates in the fictional city of Platinum Flats, which is most likely based on Silicon Valley. The Syndicate's principals were all metahumans felt they had a free run of the city since no major superhero teams operate on the West Coast of the DC Comics universe. Known principals were Visionary, Gizmo, the Kilg%re, Matchmaker, Calculator, Collector, and the Joker. The group came into conflict with the Birds of Prey, who clashed with street level operatives such as: Carface, Diamond, Gangly Man, Mind Bullet, Topaz, and Tuatara, before working their way up to the principals.


The SKULL organization actively recruited discredited geniuses and outcast scientists at the behest of Albert Michaels, the first Atomic Skull. Their criminal agenda often brought them into conflict with the terrorist organization known as Kobra. They later expanded their criminal empire to the West Coast. Albert Michaels was one of the sleeper agents of rogue SKULL scientist Alysia Damalis. SKULL was introduced in 1976's Superman #301.

Skull was seemingly inactive until Simon Pons revitalized the group; Pons first appears in Outsiders vol. 1 #6, but does not take an active role until Outsiders Annual vol. 1 #1 in a story entitled "The Skull..., The Serpent... and the Outsiders". In this story Simon Pons rebuilds SKULL and renews their long standing feud with Kobra.[2]


S.P.I.D.E.R. (short for Society for Political Instability and Diverted Economic Resources) was an international crime organization based in a hidden grotto near the Riviera. The eight "legs" of the organization were devoted to Arson, Drugs, Extortion, Fraud, Gambling, Theft, Assassination, and Terrorism.

The organization was led by a green costumed albino woman named Morella. S.P.I.D.E.R.'s stated intention was to ultimately destabilize all world governments and then use the chaos to make themselves rich. Most of Mortalla's operatives wore standard green, yellow, and red uniforms but her division chiefs, including the Spider and the Widow had distinctive costumes. S.P.I.D.E.R.'s first and only appearances were in Catwoman #48 and #49.[2]

The SyndicateEdit

The extraterrestrial crime cartel known as the Syndicate was a loose alliance of alien interests operating on Earth. Known members included drug dealer Byth Rok and smuggler Kanjar Ro. The Syndicate's operations were highlighted during the Crimelord/Syndicate War a storyline which ran through the titles Darkstars #32 (March 1995), Deathstroke #48-50 (June–August 1995), and New Titans #122 (June 1995). The Crimelord was eventually revealed to be Steve Dayton and the Syndicate was crushed by a collection of Earth's heroes including Extreme Justice, the Outsiders, and the Blood Pack.[30][31]


2000 CommitteeEdit

A vast criminal organization which planned to take over the world by the year 2000. The 2000 Committee gave a criminal named Breathtaker the task of killing Firestorm (Ron Raymond), and he passed the task on to a villainess named Mindboggler. Firestorm defeated both Breathtaker and Mindboggler and handed them over to the authorities. Mindboggler later led Firestorm to the headquarters of the Committee. The Committee was founded by corrupt industrialist Henry Hewitt, AKA Tokamak, and first appeared in Fury of Firestorm #15. Other operatives of the Committee were the Enforcers (Leroy Merkyn and Mica) and Multiplex.[32]



An American-based xenophobic anti-alien organization, the Veil is led by several influential industrialists and politicians, but was secretly founded by Pylon an agent of the alien H'San Natall. The Veil used mercenaries such as Dark Nemesis and Deathstroke the Terminator to attack the Teen Titans. The organization was later disbanded due to the efforts of the Teen Titans. First appears in Teen Titans vol. 2 #3 (December 1996).[33]


The organization known as Vulture was a vast international crime cartel that was infiltrated, thwarted, and eventually completely destroyed by J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter. Their secretive leader had a number of aliases: Mister Vulture, Mister V, and Faceless (a.k.a. Marco Xavier). Vulture first appeared in House of Mystery #160 July (1966), created by Jack Miller and Joe Certa.[2]


Wildebeest SocietyEdit

The Wildebeest Society was an international organization led by a mysterious figure. The society repeatedly came into conflict with the Teen Titans. As a result of certain genetics programs within the Society X-24 (Pantha) was created. A later program created the creature known as Baby Wildebeest. The Titans were later shocked to discover that the Wildebeest leader was former Titan Jericho. Jericho had created the Society in order to grow bodies for the tainted souls of New Azarath which were currently in possession of his body. Jericho had used the Society as a front to kidnap the Titans and use their bodies for this end. Jericho's body was destroyed by his father, Deathstroke the Terminator but his consciousness survived, hidden in his father's mind.

Recently, a new Wildebeest Society has appeared, consisting of new 'beests grown by Goth and the Contessa, using schematics and technology created by the original Society. First appears in New Teen Titans vol. 2 #36 (October 1987).[34]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The Unofficial Academy of Crime Biography
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s See Fanzing #49
  3. ^ The Unofficial Assassination Bureau Biography
  4. ^ Brave and the Bold #150 (May 1979)
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  6. ^ The Flash Vol. 5 #1. DC Comics.
  7. ^ Justice League Of America #78 (December 1969)
  8. ^ Hawkman vol. 1 #7 (May 1965)
  9. ^ JSA: All-Stars #2 (August 2003)
  10. ^ The Unofficial Council, The Biography
  11. ^ JSA Annual #1
  12. ^ The Unofficial Anatol Mykros Biography
  13. ^ The Unofficial Asano Nitobe Biography
  14. ^ Brave and the Bold vol. 1 #64 (March 1966)
  15. ^ The Unofficial Eurocrime Biography
  16. ^ The Unofficial Futuresmiths, The Biography
  17. ^ Blackhawk #233 (May 1967)
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  19. ^ "The Legion of Doom's Comic Book History". Screen Rant. 2017-01-25. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
  20. ^ The Unofficial Locus Biography
  21. ^
  22. ^ The Unofficial Network Biography
  23. ^ The Unofficial Network Biography
  24. ^ The Unofficial Network Biography
  25. ^ The Unofficial New Order Biography
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  27. ^ Morrison, Matt (February 3, 2019). "Theory: Arrow Season 7's Real Villains Are In The Present And Future". Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  28. ^ Manhunter v.3 #28
  29. ^ The Unofficial People's Liberation Army Biography
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  31. ^
  32. ^ Firestorm index
  33. ^ The Unofficial Veil Biography
  34. ^ The Unofficial Wildebeest Society Biography

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