The Global Guardians are a team of superheroes whose members hail from countries around the world.
They first came together in late 1977, to defeat an alien villain called Grax (an old Superman foe). Grax had planted bombs on Earth's seven continents to destroy it. Thanks to a warning from the Wonder Twins the SuperFriends discovered the plan in time and recruited the heroes of the countries affected to find the bombs before they exploded.
It wasn't until 1982 that they were introduced as the team known as Global Guardians, in which they helped Superman stop an evil sorcerer.
The Original Global Guardians
- Doctor Mist (Nommo of Kor, Africa) - Leader and Visionary
- The Little Mermaid (Ulla Paske of Denmark)
- Jack O'Lantern (Daniel Cormac of Ireland)
- Owlwoman (Wenonah Littlebird of Oklahoma, United States)
- Rising Sun (Izumi Yasunari of Japan)
- Tasmanian Devil (Hugh Dawkins of Australia)
- Seraph (Chaim Lavon of Israel)
- Tuatara (Jeremy Wakefield of New Zealand)
- Thunderlord (Liang Xih-k'ai of Taiwan)
- Olympian (Aristides Demetrios of Greece)
- Godiva (Dorcas Leigh of England)
- Impala (M'Bulaze of South Africa)
- Wild Huntsman (Albrecht Von Mannheim of Germany)
- Bushmaster (Bernal Rojas of Venezuela)
- Fire, formerly Green Fury / Green Flame (Beatriz da Costa of Brazil)
- Icemaiden (Sigrid Nansen of Norway)
Continuity Related Appearances
- Earth-1A Appearances:
- Earth-One Appearances:
- DC Comics Presents, #46 (June 1982)
- The characters that would form the Global Guardians first appeared in the SuperFriends comicbook series, issues #7, #8 and #9.
- The concept of international-heroes originated in the Super Friends Saturday morning cartoon, in which several heroes (Black Vulcan, Samurai, Apache Chief and El Dorado) were added to the Justice League to give it more ethnic diversity.
- DC Comics Presents, Vol. 1 #46 (June 1982) marks the first official Earth-One appearance. In this story, they helped Superman to stop an evil Atlantean sorcerer named Thaumar Dhai. This is also considered to be these characters' first canonical appearance in the DC Universe.
- As revealed in DC Comics Presents, #46 (June 1982)
- Greenberger, Robert (2008), "Global Guardians", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 138, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5, OCLC 213309017. Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 197. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. The DCU's newest superhero team, the Global Guardians, was formed in this Superman tale by writer E. Nelson Bridwell and penciler Alex Saviuk.