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Suicide Squad

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The Suicide Squad became a famous DC Comics team thanks to the 2016+ movies.

Diving into the comic book roots of the Squad leads to strange, convoluted lore. It involves robot soldiers and cowboy marines who fight dinosaurs.

Understanding how it works is fun. But we’ll have to discuss a lot of things.

Oh yes, all these articles have S P O I L E R S. It’s not mentioned in the articles since all of these stories are at least 30 years old (and it goes all the way back to 1959), but they’re there.


We’ll start by distinguishing several eras.

  1. The Suicide Squadron of the 1940s and 1950s.
  2. The Silver AgeSuper-hero comics from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. Suicide Squad of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
  3. The Amanda Waller Suicide Squad of the 1980s and early 1990s.
  4. Subsequent eras for which we don’t have articles yet.

The articles about the Suicide Squadron, then Suicide Squad, are meant to be read IN THE ORDER GIVEN BELOW.

Otherwise we’d have to cover the same information over and again. Which would suck.


1940s/1950s – the Suicide Squadron

The ancestor of the Suicide Squad was a World War Two American special military unit.

Our article about the Suicide Squadron is presented in three parts, for everybody’s reading comfort.

If you enjoyed reading that, we suggest that you also read the character profile for Richard Montgomery Flag, the Squadron’s CO.

1950s/1960s – Silver Age Suicide Squad

In the late 1950s, the Squadron was recreated as a much smaller unit.

First a military special ops squad. Then a team of four technical/scientific/military experts.

The main article about the Silver Age Suicide Squad is presented in two parts :

If that catch your interest, we suggest also reading the profiles for the members :

1985/1992 – Waller’s Suicide Squad

This is the point where the Squad evolves into a bunch of criminals thrown into volatile situations.

The main sequence about that goes :

From there you can check :