Origin and First Appearance of Superheroes and Villains Beginning With L

Lady Blackhawk

Origin and First Appearance, Lady Blackhawk, Blackhawk #133, DC Comics, 1959. Click for value

Origin and First Appearance, Lady Blackhawk

Blackhawk #133, DC Comics, 1959

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The first Lady Blackhawk was Zinda Blake, a socialite with a conscience who trained herself as a pilot so that she could join the mysterious Blackhawks.

At first, she was told by Blackhawk himself that no woman can join, but after rescuing the entire team, she was given honorary Blackhawk status, and eventually became a full member.

Later, she was transported to the present in the events known as Zero Hour.

Lady Death

Origin and First Appearance, Lady Death, Evil Ernie #1, Eternity Comics, 1991. Click for value

Origin and First Appearance, Lady Death

Evil Ernie #1, Eternity Comics, 1991

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Lady Death appears to Evil Ernie in a vision, promising that she will love him if he kills every person on Earth.

Later, she becomes the ruler of Hell after she pushes Lucifer through the Gates of Heaven.

Lady Deathstrike

Origin and First Appearance, Lady Deathstrike, Alpha Flight #33, Marvel Comics, 1986. Click for value

Origin and First Appearance, Lady Deathstrike

Alpha Flight #33, Marvel Comics, 1986

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Yuriko Oyama's father Lord Dark Wind created the adamantium-bonding process that was used on Wolverine in the Weapon X project. 

Oyama hires the villain Spiral to magically bond adamantium to her own skeleton, giving her superhuman strength, durability, and healing factor, all similar to Wolverine's strengths. 

With her new powers, she works as mercenary with the ultimate goal of killing Wolverine.

Lady Flash

Origin and First Appearance, Lady Flash, Flash #7 (vol 2), DC Comics, 1987. Click for value

Origin and First Appearance, Lady Flash

Flash #7 (vol 2), DC Comics, 1987

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Lady Flash is the result of a Soviet experimental serum which gave users the same powers as the Flash.

Christina Molotova was the most successful user of the Soviet serum, and she and Vandal Savage become romantically involved.

After Vandal seemingly kills the Flash, Christina takes the costume and becomes Lady Flash.

Lady Spellbinder

Origin and First Appearance, Lady Spellbinder, Detective Comics #691, DC Comics, 1995. Click for value

Origin and First Appearance, Lady Spellbinder

Detective Comics #691, DC Comics, 1995

When Fay Moffit killed the original Spellbinder, she became Lady Spellbinder.

Seeing her potential, Neron grants her the ability to induce amazing and lucid hallucinations on her victims. 

Batman and Robin discover that if her eyes are closed or she is blinded, she can't create the hallucinations and they defeat her.

Later, she is killed during the Infinity Crisis storyline.


Origin and First Appearance, Lashina, Mister Miracle #6, DC Comics, 1972. Click for value

Origin and First Appearance, Lashina

Mister Miracle #6, DC Comics, 1972

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Lashina is a New God of Apokolips and a member of the Female Furies.

She is often at odds with fellow Fury member Bernadeth, and the two battle over the Female Furies leadership position.

Later, while on Earth, Lashina acts as prostitute in Granny Goodness' brothel.

Lava Men

Origin and First Appearance, Lava Men, Journey into Mystery #97, Marvel Comics, 1963. Click for value

Origin and First Appearance, Lava Men

Journey into Mystery #97, Marvel Comics, 1963

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Lava Men are a race of mutants who live in Subterranea, an area deep below the Earth's surface.

They are led by Grotesk.

Lava Men have rock hard red skin. Upon death, Lava Men immediately decompose into dust.

It is unknown if there are female Lava Men.


Origin and First Appearance, Law, Division 13 #1, Dark Horse Comics, 1994. Click for value

Origin and First Appearance, Law

Division 13 #1, Dark Horse Comics, 1994

Law was the first prisoner to ever escape from Block 13.

He was also imbued with super powers from Maelstrom.

Later, Law is killed by a Predator alien.

League of Assassins

Origin and First Appearance, League of Assassins, Strange Adventures #215, DC Comics, 1968. Click for value

Origin and First Appearance, League of Assassins

Strange Adventures #215, DC Comics, 1968

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The League of Assassins is Ra's al Ghul's elite group of killers.

Lady Shiva, David Cain, and Merlyn have all been members of the group.

After Ra's al Ghul's death, several people assume leadership of the League of Assassins, including his daughters Nyssa and Talia.

Legion of Super Heroes

First Appearance, Legion of Super Heroes, Adventure Comics #247, DC Comics, 1958. Click for values

Superboy is visited by three teenagers from the 30th century, who introduce themselves as members of a "superhero club" called the Legion of Super Heroes."

They had formed the club, inspired by stories of Superboy they'd read as children, and traveled to the 20th century to try to recruit him for their club.

Lightning Boy, Cosmic Boy, and Saturn Girl make the trip.

Later, more than 100 heroes would travel in and out of the various versions and reboots of the Legion.

Legion of Super Villains

Origin and First Appearance, Legion of Super-Villains, Superman #147, DC Comics, 1961. Click for values

Origin and First Appearance, Legion of Super-Villains

Superman #147, DC Comics, 1961

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The Legion of Super-Villains is a group from the future and serves as the villain-led version of the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Lex Luthor develops a radio that can communicate with beings in the future, and finds the group. 

The Legion of Super-Villains was founded by Tarik the Mute.

Legion of the Unliving

Origin and First Appearance, Legion of the Unliving, Avengers #131, Marvel Comics, 1975. Click for value

Origin and First Appearance, Legion of the Unliving

Avengers #131, Marvel Comics, 1975

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The Legion of the Unliving is a team composed of once-deceased Marvel villains.

Kang the Conqueror assembled the team by pulling Marvel characters from time right before their death. 

The first group was composed of Baron Heinrich Zemo, Flying Dutchman's Ghost, Frankenstein's Monster, Human Torch, and Midnight.

Several other versions of the group have come into existence as well.

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Origin and First Appearance, Letha, Marvel Two-in-One #54, Marvel Comics, 1979. Click for value

Origin and First Appearance, Letha

Marvel Two-in-One #54, Marvel Comics, 1979

Hellen Feliciano, AKA Letha, was a member of the female wrestling group the Grapplers.

She is killed by Scourge of the Underworld (along with 18 other people), but is later resurrected by Hood.

Lethal Legion

Origin and First Appearance, Lethal Legion, Avengers #78, Marvel Comics, 1970. Click for value

Origin and First Appearance, Lethal Legion

Avengers #78, Marvel Comics, 1970

Lethal Legion is a group of villains bent on the destruction of the Avengers.

Over the years, five versions of the Lethal Legion have appeared.

The first Lethal Legion was created by Grim Reaper (the brother of Wonder Man) and consisted of Man-Ape, Power Man, Living Laser, and Swordsman.

Lex Luthor

Origin and First Appearance, Lex Luthor, Action Comics #23, DC Comics, 1940. Click for value

Origin and First Appearance, Lex Luthor

Action Comics #23, DC Comics, 1940

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Lex Luthor is Superman's archenemy.

Most often, he is pitted against Superman and other superheroes as they try to stop his world domination tendencies and evil schemes.

However, on a number of occasions, he has collaborated with the heroes.

Over the years, Luthor's motives and back story has changed, but he is usually depicted as a wealthy businessman or scientist. In one storyline, he becomes the President of the US.

Luthor doesn't possess any super powers, but he is extremely intelligent and capable of creating extraordinary inventions.

He is considered one of the smartest humans in the universe, and a master of space and time travel, genetics, and robotics.


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Origin and First Appearance, Liberator

Exciting Comics #15, Nedor Comics, 1941

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When mild-mannered Professor Nelson Drew discovered an ancient Egyptian formula called "Lamesis," he used it to give himself super-powers and became The Liberator.

With his increased strength and speed, and his red, white, and blue outfit, The Liberator battled the usual array of spies, saboteurs, and fifth-columnists for three years, before fading into obscurity and the public domain.

Lion Mane

Origin and First Appearance, Lion Mane, Hawkman #20, DC Comics, 1967. Click for value

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Hawkman #20, DC Comics, 1967

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Ed Dawson was an archaeologist and lion aficionado.

One day, while exploring, Ed touches a mystical meteor which transforms him into a were-lion.

Throughout the years, Ed battles Hawkman, and even joins the Secret Society of Super Villains.


Origin and First Appearance, Livewire, Superman Adventures #5, DC Comics, 1997. Click for value

Origin and First Appearance, Livewire

Superman Adventures #5, DC Comics, 1997

Leslie Willis was once a prominent radio personality in Metropolis until she was electrocuted during a lightning storm.

As a result, her skin turned pale, her hair blue, and she found that she could manipulate electricity.

Blaming Superman for the accident, Willis adopts the alias Livewire and goes on a spree throughout the city, taking over power lines, TVs, and communications.

Living Laser

Origin and First Appearance, Living Laser, Avengers #34, Marvel Comics, 1966. Click for value

Origin and First Appearance, Living Laser

Avengers #34, Marvel Comics, 1966

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Arthur Parks was a scientist who studied lasers.

Using his research, he develops arm-mounted lasers that can fire projectiles, absorb energy, and help him turn invisible.

Using his new powers, Parks becomes the Living Laser and begins life as a mercenary for several crime syndicates, including A.I.M. and the Lethal Legion.

Eventually, his powers grow so strong that he is able to cause Iron Man to go into cardiac arrest.


Origin and First Appearance, Lizard, Amazing Spider-Man #6, Marvel Comics, 1963. Click for value

Origin and First Appearance, Lizard

Amazing Spider-Man #6, Marvel Comics, 1963

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Ever since Curt Connors lost his right arm in war, he had been trying to find a way to repair himself.

Turning to advanced scientific study, Connors finds his answer with a serum made of reptilian DNA.

The serum regrows Connors' arm, but transforms him into a reptilian humanoid.

Later, Spider-Man helps develop a serum to transform Connors back into a human, but it is short-lived.

Over the years, Connors and Spider-Man have been both allies and enemies.


Origin and First Appearance, Lloigoroth, Avengers #352, Marvel Comics, 1992. Click to see value

Origin and First Appearance, Lloigoroth

Avengers #352, Marvel Comics, 1992

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Lloigoroth is a villain who battles the Avengers

He takes the form of a clawed hand with eyes on the fingertips and a mouth on the palm.


Origin and First Appearance, Llyra, Sub-Mariner #32, Marvel Comics, 1970. Click for value

Origin and First Appearance, Llyra

Sub-Mariner #32, Marvel Comics, 1970

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Llyra is a mermaid-humanoid (Homo-mermanus) with shape-shifting abilities.

She possesses superhuman strength and durability, and can breathe underwater.

She is a sometime member of the Female Furies.


Origin and First Appearance, Lobo, Omega Men #3, DC Comics, 1983. Click for value

Origin and First Appearance, Lobo

Omega Men #3, DC Comics, 1983

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Lobo is an intergalactic mercenary and bounty hunter who loves to get drunk and create mindless violence.

He has super-strength, stamina, and invulnerability, as well as a highly-developed sense of smell, and a great degree of intelligence.

He has a chalk-white face and while initially portrayed in orange-and-purple tights, ended up in leather biker gear.

He is often used for comic effect, and has in recent years been made into something of a "biker" type.

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Origin and First Appearance, Lock-Up, Robin #24, DC Comics, 1996. Click for value

Origin and First Appearance, Lock-Up

Robin #24, DC Comics, 1996

Lyle Bolton, AKA Lock-Up, is head of security at Arkham Asylum, and uses brutal tactics to keep his prisoners in line.

Bolton's methods were so extreme that even the Scarecrow was afraid of him.

Bolton and Batman were once friends, until Bolton's lethal and cruel ways put him at odds with the Dark Knight.


Origin and First Appearance, Loki, Journey into Mystery #85, Marvel Comics, 1962. Click for value

Origin and First Appearance, Loki

Journey into Mystery #85, Marvel Comics, 1962

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Loki is the adopted son of Odin and brother of Thor.

Although raised together, the differences between Loki and Thor were evident, with Thor being a strong, brave, and fierce in battle, while Loki was more cunning, clever, and slowly becoming a sorcerer.

As Loki became more angry and resentful, he began dreaming of ruling Asgard. Briefly, he held the throne, but was overthrown by Surtur.

Later, Loki joins forces with Thor and Odin to fend off Surtur.

After the events of Ragnarok, Loki was killed, but has been reborn several times.

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Origin and First Appearance, Longshot, Longshot #1, Marvel Comics, 1985. Click for value

Origin First Appearance, Longshot 

Longshot #1, Marvel Comics, 1985

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Longshot is an artificially created human from the alternate world Mojoverse.

His maker created him so that he would be self-aware with free will, hoping that someday, Longshot would rebel against the tyrannical leader Mojo.

After fleeing Mojoverse, Longshot suffers amnesia and eventually joins the X-Men.

Longshot has the ability of extremely good luck, which sometimes backfires.

He is also extremely strong and fast, and has unique telepathic and psychic abilities.

Origin First Appearance Luke Cage (Power Man)

Origin and First Appearance, Luke Cage (Power Man),  Luke Cage, Hero For Hire #1, Marvel Comics, 1972. Click for value

Origin and First Appearance, Luke Cage (Power Man)

Luke Cage, Hero For Hire #1, Marvel Comics, 1972

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Lucas was a man wrongfully imprisoned, set up by an old buddy from the neighborhood for a crime he didn't commit.

When the chance came to volunteer for an experimental program run by a Dr. Burstein, Lucas took it.

Rackham, a mean-spirited guard who hated Lucas, turns up the controls on the machine, causing an explosion.

This gave Lucas super-power enough to break out of Seagate Prison (off the coast of Georgia) and move to New York City.

There he decided to use his new powers of super-strength, invulnerability, and almost unbreakable skin as a Hero for Hire, a superhero who took on private-detective-style jobs.

Later, he took to calling himself Power Man and after temporarily replacing Ben Grimm in the Fantastic Four and joining the Defenders, formed a duo with Iron Fist.

Still later, he formed a group called Heroes for Hire.


Origin and First Appearance, Lynx, Robin #1, DC Comics, 1991. Click for value

Origin First Appearance, Lynx

Robin #1, DC Comics, 1991

Lynx was a leader of the Chinese gang the Ghost Dragons who served King Snake.

Most often, she clashed with Robin who had secret romantic feelings for her.

Later, she is accidently killed by a fellow gang member while fighting Batgirl.

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