Cold War Champions
History of Super-Powered Beings
The first Super-Powered Being (SPB) that revealed his powers to the world was an American named Harold Garland. He came into the public eye at the 1915 World’s Fair in San Francisco. Garland was mostly a curiosity for the next decade, joining the Ringling Brothers Circus and touring the nation. In the mid-20s, he was recruited into the Bureau of Investigation to help stop the rising tide of gang violence in Chicago and New York. In 1939, he was recruited into the War Department, where he was first given the codename Legion. He fought for the British in World War II prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, at which point he transferred to the Army. A special unit called S Company was formed within the 1st Cavalry Division, comprised of Legion and the other American SPBs that enlisted after Pearl Harbor.
In June 1941, Germany unleashed its Nazi Ubermensch on the world in concert with Operation Barbarossa (the invasion of the Soviet Union). The Ubermensch were a group of fourteen SPBs. Each was less powerful than Legion, and therefore the German army generally kept them separate where they could not be easily countered by Legion. Over the course of the war, additional SPBs revealed themselves to join in the fighting. By the end of the war, the Allies had twenty-three (Legion and four other Americans, three from the United Kingdom, four from France, four Soviets, three Chinese, two Indians, one Australian, and one Ethiopian) and the Axis seventeen (the fourteen Ubermensch, two Italians, and Kuro Daimyo from Japan).
The nine members of the Nazi Ubermensch that survived the war were imprisoned following Germany’s surrender in 1945. The Italians ended up on opposite sides of the conflict leading to Mussolini’s death and both disappeared in the ensuing confusion. Kuro Daimyo died in Nagasaki when the second Atomic Bomb hit. Many of the Allied SPBs remained in service to their respective governments after the war.