Membership: Father Darklyte (leader), others unnamed

Purpose: Destruction of all beliefs

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Son of Satan (Daimon Hellstrom/Hellstorm), actually, they don't really like anybody

Base of Operations: A cavern and a mansion on the outskirts of St. Louis, Missouri

First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight I#16 (July, 1974)

History: The Legion of Nihilists are a group that lives by the philosophies that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless. Their origins are unknown, but they worship the teachings/ramblings of Father Darklyte. Several of them sacrificed their own lives to him to give him the energy for his creations.

(Marvel Spotlight I#16) - Several members of the Legion gathered at Forest Park, where 4000 identical holes had been dug in a pattern which had been rumored to be of magical origin. The Legion attacked Daimon Hellstrom when he arrived, blaming in for bringing demons into their midst. Hellstrom transfomred into the Son of Satan and easily overpowered the Legion. Katherine reynolds had to intervene to stop him from slaying them when his darksoul began to take control of him.

(Marvel Spotlight I#20-21) - A demonic creation of Madame Swabada brought the Son of Satan to the mansion which was the meeting place of the Legion. They were swift to attack him, but he again overcame them with minimal difficulty. However, he then collapsed from the strain of dealing with Swabada's attacks. The Legion members revived first and attempted to skewer him where he lay, but he revived in time to dodge their attacks.

(Marvel Spotlight I#23) - The Son of Satan traced Father Darklyte to the cavern in which he was holding a ritual with the Legion. He absorbed the life force of one of the members, but then the Son of Satan attacked them. After some struggle in futility against Darklyte, Hellstrom allowed his darksoul to take ascendence once again, and blanketed the entire cavern with flames. The entire Legion was incinerated, except one woman, who had taken shelter behind Hellstrom. The woman thought that this would be the perfect time to slay him from behind, so in keeping in sense with her beliefs, she decided to wait for another chance at a later date.)

COMMENTS: Created by Steve Gerber and Jim Mooney

CLARIFICATIONS: The Legion of Nihilists are not to be confused with:

The Nihilist Order, a group serving as pawns of the Red Skull, @ Captain America I#261

Marvel Spotlight I#16 (July, 1974) - Steve Gerber (writer), Jim Mooney (pencils), Sal Trapani (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Marvel Spotlight I#20-21 (February, 1975) - Steve Gerber (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Al Williams (inks), Len Wein (editor)
Marvel Spotlight I#21 (April, 1975) - Steve Gerber (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Joe Giella (inks), Len Wein (editor)
Marvel Spotlight I#23 (August, 1975) - Steve Gerber & Mike Friedrich (writers), Sal Buscema (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Len Wein (editor)

Last updated: 06/23/13

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