See, when they started in Leading Comics #1 (Winter, 1941-1942, overall story by Mort Weisinger and Mort Meskin, with chapters by Jerry Siegel, John Lehti, George Papp, Hal Sherman and Craig Flessel), there WERE eight members...the Law's Legionnaires included their sidekicks!
Leading Comics #1This bunch of heroes gathered in Leading Comics #1's "Blueprint For Crime" to fight the Hand, a criminal who thought he was dying, and gathered the greatest villains of the time (or at least those he had access to)...
…Green Arrow’s foe, Professor Merlin from More Fun Comics #75…Star-Spangled Kid’s adversary, the Needle, who first appeared in Star-Spangled Comics #4…Red Dragon, who fought the Shining Knight in Adventure Comics #69…and a few new villains, Big Caesar to fight Crimson Avenger and the Dummy to face the Vigilante; these were to be his “fingers of crime”…
...and the team continued to fight on!
Leading Comics #2 to #4
For 14 issues of Leading Comics (up until Spring, 1945), the 7 Soldiers fought many menaces, including criminal master mind Black Star in Leading Comics #2 (Spring, 1945, by writers Mort Weisinger and Bill Finger, and artists Mort Meskin, Craig Flessel, Harold Sherman, George Papp and John Lehti) who led small-time crooks False Face, Captain Bigg, Hopper, the Brain and the Rattler against the team; time traveling Dr. Wilfred Doome in Leading Comics #3 (Summer, 1942 by unknown writers, but art by Mort Meskin, Craig Flessel, Harold Sherman, George Papp and John Lehti and the story being adapted in All-Star Squadron #29); the Sixth Sense (aka Dr. Brett) in Leading Comics #4 (Fall, 1942, by Bill Finger and Ed Dobrotka and the story being adapted in All-Star Squadron #56).
Leading Comics #5 to #8
Master manipulator the Skull in Leading Comics #5 (Winter, 1942, with art by Ed Dobrotka and no identified writer); the treasure hunting Copperhead (Scrivener) in Leading Comics #6 (Spring, 1943, by writer Joe Samachson and artist Maurice Del Bourgo) and a new wrinkle of the heroes working in teams in individual chapters; the Wizards of Stanovia fighting to keep a country free in Leading Comics #7 (Summer, 1943 by Joe Samachson and Pierre Rice); the Dummy returns (after facing Vigilante alone in Action Comics) to send the team through time in Leading Comics #8 (Fall, 1943, by Joe Samachson and artists Jon Small and Maurice Del Bourgo).
Leading Comics #9 to #14
...and taking on fictional characters (like Long John Silver) freed from their books in Leading Comics #14 (Spring, 1945, by Joe Samachson and Arthur Cazeneuve, the last of the Golden Age adventures of the Seven Soldiers); getting aid from Vigilante’s partners, Billy Gunn (first in Action Comics #43, December, 1941) and Stuff the Chinatown Kid (Jimmy Leong, premiering in Action Comics #45, February, 1942) and the Shining Knight’s flying horse, Winged Victory!
No Longer Leading!
It was the Crisis on Infinite Earths that messed up the Law’s Legionnaires taking out Green Arrow and Speedy’s World War II tales (which we saw a little more of in All-Star Squadron) and, eventually having them replaced by the Squire, an English youth that befriended the Shining Knight in Roy Thomas‘ Young All-Stars (who would be a Knight of his own, who first appeared as the Knight in Batman #62, December, 1950)..
...but it is the end of our coverage for now!
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