Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Who's Who: The Unkillables

The Unkillables
by Russell & Siskoid

Real Name: Various; see below
Super-Power(s): Advanced strength
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Adversaries

Legion Log
The Unkillables were a group of super-strong assassins who faced off against the Legion of Super-Heroes when they were assigned to escort a group of Dominators to a peace conference.

The Unkillables were created by the deposed leader of the Dominion, who did not want the United Planets and the Dominion to end their war. However, he did not want the Dominators blamed for sabotaging the peace talks. He therefore used advanced Dominion technology to create this group of human assassins, actually a group of human men descended from historical Earth assassins such as Lee Harvey Oswald, Marcus Brutus, Cassius Longinus, and John Wilkes Booth. The Dominator then used a combination of RNA-transfer and hypnosis to make them super-strong and to make them believe that they were their famous ancestors.The Unkillables were thwarted by the Legion.

According to the Who's Who entry they were then turned over to the United Planets and eventually deprogrammed.

The Unkillables never reappeared, in any continuity.

After Infinite Crisis, the Unkillables' original history has presumably been more or less restored.

Only Unkillables story:

Adventure Comics #361
(reprinted in The Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 7
and Showcase Presents: The Legion Vol. 3)
The sole appearance of the Unkillables


  1. Coming only four years after the murder of JFK, I always thought the use of Oswald was in poor taste. It's not like there weren't plenty of other assassins that could have served, unfortunately.

  2. It was a lousy story and I did not understand their title.
    They were mucho killers yes, but why are they un killables?

    1. It was a play on "Untouchables". (They could be touched, by the way.)

    2. Also, the idea that Brutus, Booth, Oswald, etc were still alive was supposed to be part of the terror, I guess.