The Comic Book History Of The Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5, so we’ve been digging through our comic book collections and laying out the history of the team members for those that haven’t delved into the DC Universe quite yet.

This is a strange ā€” and often obscure ā€” group of characters, so get all the background you need to know before you enter the theater.

Amanda Waller

First Appearance: Legends Issue 1 (1986)

Rick Flag

First Appearance: The Brave and the Bold Issue 25 (1959)

Harley Quinn

First Appearance: Batman: The Animated Series ā€” “Joker’s Favor”


First Appearance: Batman Issue 59 (1950)

Killer Croc

First Appearance: Batman Issue 357 (1983)


First Appearance: The Brave and the Bold Issue 200 (1983)

Captain Boomerang

First Appearance: Flash Issue 117 (1960)

El Diablo

First Appearance: All-Star Western Issue 2 (1970)


First Appearance: Fury of Firestorm Issue 28 (1984)


First Appearance: Strange Adventures Issue 187 (1986)

Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5.

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Joey Esposito is a writer and hoarder of things from New England, living in Los Angeles with his wife Amanda and their cat Reebo. He thinks Cheers is the greatest television show ever made. Twitter: @joeyesposito