The Global Guardians were first seen in DC Comics Presents #46 in June 1982, and the team consisted of members from all around the world. The concept came from the Super Friends Saturday morning cartoon. Black Vulcan, Samurai, Apache Chief, and El Dorado were added to the Justice League to bring in some ethnic diversity.
They were based in a United Nations financed headquarters called the Dome in Paris. Many of the Guardians individually assisted other international heroes during the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover and once teamed up with Infinity, Inc.. They lost their funding to the Justice League, and the Dome closed. Some of its members left the team to join the League, notably Green Fury and Icemaiden (who changed their names to Fire and Ice). Others just went out on their own.
In World War III, in 52 week 50, the Global Guardians assist the Marvel Family in an attack on Black Adam but were all easily and brutally defeated by the enraged villain. In the 2009 Justice League: Cry for Justice series, it was revealed that members of the Global Guardians had been targeted and killed by Prometheus, including Tasmanian Devil, Gloss, Sandstorm and Freedom Beast.
I found this team a little far fetched even when they were new. Many good things came from this team. The UN liked the idea of having a superhero team they could control, so the came up with the Justice League International initiative. I’m not a big fan of the current JLI, but that is mostly because I don’t agree with Booster Gold having a high leadership position. I’ve always thought he worked better as a supporting character.
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