LEGION ACCURSED

Membership: 99 super-villains; pictured within the issue: Abomination, Absorbing Man, Anaconda, Baron Mordo, Batroc, Blastaar, Crimson Dynamo (Dmitri Bukharin), Diablo, Dr. Doom, Dr. Octopus, Electro (Maxwell Dillon), Graviton, Hobgoblin (Roderick Kingsley), Juggernaut, Kang, Kraven, Living Laser, Mole Man, Rhino, Silver Samurai, Titania, Ultron-11, Vanisher, Vulture, White Queen, Wizard, Wrecker
pictured only on cover: Blob, Enchantress, Executioner, Grim Reaper, MODOK

Purpose: To destroy the Beyonder

Affiliations: Bitterhorn, Mephisto

Enemies: Beyonder, Thing

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: Secret Wars II#7 (January, 1986)

History: (Secret Wars II#7) - The Legion Accursed were an army of 99 super-villains which were brought together by Bitterhorn, an agent of Mephisto. As each villain shook hands with Bitterhorn they were given an invisible brand which linked them to Beyondersbane, an infernal machine designed by Mephisto. Should any of the Legion Accursed touch the Beyonder, the Beyonder's power would close the circuit between himself and Beyondersbane, destroying him.

(Incredible Hulk Annual#15 (fb)) - Mephisto also enlisted the Abomination, whose remains were drifting above the Earth as a cloud, and returned him to life.

(Secret Wars II#7) - Mephisto gathered the Legion Accursed and placed them into stasis as he prepared to awaken them and target the Beyonder, but when he sensed that the Beyonder was about to leave the pacific island where he had been dwelling, he quickly tricked the Thing into signing a contract which increased his power a hundredfold so that the Thing would occupy the Beyonder until the Legion Accursed awakened.

However, the Thing wound up defending the Beyonder against the Legion Accursed, and used his increased powers to hold off their entire ranks. By the time Mephisto thought to destroy his contract with the Thing, nearly all of the Legion Accursed had fallen. The Juggernaut nearly reached the Beyonder, but the Thing managed to hold him back with all his strength, and Beyondersbane experienced a meltdown, ruining Mephisto's plan. Mephisto returned all of the Legion Accursed to where they had been prior to his scheme.

(Incredible Hulk Annual#15 (fb)) - The Abomination was, in turn, returned to his orbit above Earth, his body again demolished.

Comments: Created by Jim Shooter, Al Milgrom and Steve Leialoha.

In Hobgoblin (Kinglsey)'s last Handbook profile it was revealed that he was part of the Legion Accursed and not Leeds.

The complete ranks of the Legion Accursed are not known.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Legion Accursed should not be confused with:


Images taken from:
Secret Wars II#7, cover


Secret Wars II#7 (January, 1986) - Jim Shooter (writer), Al Milgrom (pencils), Steve Leialoha (inks), Bob Budiansky (editor)
Incredible Hulk Annual#15 (1986) - Danny Fingeroth (writer), Sal Buscema (artist)

Last updated: 11/03/07

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