One of Jack “The King” Kirby’s most prominent pre-Fourth World DC enterprises was Challengers of the Unknown, a team of adventurers based out of Challengers Mountain, who experienced all manner of nutty and kooky adventures.
The original Challengers team consisted of Kyle “Ace” Morgan, Matthew “Red” Ryan, Leslie “Rocky” Davis, and Walter Mark “Prof” Haley, with June Robbins joining the team later on.
There have been subsequent teams of Challengers since their 1957 debut, with their most recent adventures being chronicled in the six issue New Challengers mini-series, part of the New Age of Heroes lineup of titles that debuted in the aftermath of Dark Nights: Metal.
Outside of comic books, the Challengers have been seen on television on Batman: The Brave and The Bold in the episodes “Revenge of the Reach!” and part one of “The Siege of Starro!”.
It can also be said that the worker uniforms of Watchtower personnel on Justice League Unlimited bear more than a passing resemblance to the classic Challengers uniforms.
Are you familiar with this fun and entertaining team of lesser known heroes from the DC pantheon?
Are the Challengers new to you? If they are, then (to quote a line from the movie Starship Troopers): “Would you like to know more?”
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