Membership: Grim Reaper, Living Laser, Man-Ape, Power Man (Erik Josten), Swordsman

Purpose: The destruction of the Avengers

Affiliations: N'Gamo

Enemies: Avengers (Black Panther, Captain America, Goliath (Clint Barton), Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Vision), Monica Lynne

Base of Operations: An abandoned subway tunnel

First Appearance: Avengers I#78 (July, 1970)

History: (Avengers I#78) - To kickoff their attempt at destroying the Avengers, the Man-Ape lured Captain America into an ambush on the roof of Avengers Mansion, but the other Avengers came to Cap's aid, and Man-Ape fled aboard a helicopter piloted by N'Gamo. Later, the Man-Ape captured the Black Panther's lover Monica Lynne, and used her to trick the Black Panther into another battle. After the Man-Ape and N'Gamo had defeated the Black Panther, they brought him and Monica to the headquarters of the Lethal Legion and shackled them up before the other Lethal Legion members.

(Avengers I#79) - The Grim Reaper sent his allies off to prepare for their attacks on the Avengers, directing the Swordsman and Power Man to the water main below Avengers Mansion and the Living Laser and Man-Ape to a nearby power station, while the Reaper himself seemingly departed for Greenwich Village. After they had all departed the Black Panther managed to free himself and send a warning message to the Avengers, but it was actually part of the Grim Reaper's plan to lure the Avengers to the three locations T'Challa knew of. He then knocked the Black Panther out with a jet of gas from his scythe.

When Goliath and the Scarlet Witch came into the water main in search of the Lethal Legion, the Swordsman and Power Man attacked them with a laser weapon, and managed to defeat both Avengers. Quicksilver and Captain America journeyed to the power station, where the Living Laser and Man-Ape defeated them both.

(Avengers I#79 - BTS) - Power Man decided to deviate from the plan and raid Avengers Mansion. He was defeated by the Vision, who traded costumes with him.

(Avengers I#79) - The Grim Reaper loaded the five captured Avengers into a chamber and began to fill it with gas. When "Power Man" appeared with the Vision he was added to the chamber, but just then, the Grim Reaper learned from notes "Power Man" had brought that the Vision's mind was based upon that of his brother, Wonder Man. The Grim Reaper shattered the chamber to save the "Vision"'s life, only to realize it was Power Man. At that point, the Vision removed his disguise and aided his teammates in quickly defeating the Lethal Legion, who were all captured.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, John Buscema and Tom Palmer.

by Prime Eternal

This Lethal Legion should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Avengers I#79, page 4, panel 1

Avengers I#78-79 (July-August, 1970) - Roy Thomas (writer), John Buscema (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Stan Lee (editor)

Last updated: 02/07/05

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