Newsboy Legion. Tommy, Scraper, Gabby, and Big Words, four tough street kids in Suicide Slum, “the toughest section of the city,” are caught stealing and are about to be sentenced to reform school when Jim Harper volunteers to become their legal guardian. The four discover that Harper is actually the costumed crime-fighter the Guardian. They can't let the Guardian take on crime by themselves, so they become his sidekicks (arguably, he becomes their sidekick). They have no superpowers but are tough and cunning. They appear in stories with titles like “Last Mile Alley,” “The Invasion of America,” and “Satan Wears a Swastika.”

First Appearance: Star Spangled Comics #7 (DC), Apr 1942. 60 appearances, 1942-1947. Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.










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