The Crimson Avenger · Wing · Green Arrow · Speedy
The Shining Knight · Winged Victory
The Seven Soldiers of Victory, also known as the Law's Legionnaires, are a team of costumed
"mystery men" who were principally active during the 1940s.
In 1941 a criminal mastermind known as the Hand was told that he was gravely ill and had less than a month to live. The Hand decided to make the world remember him ling after his death by giving his greatest, unused plans for crimes to other criminals to commit for him. He sent these plans to the Dummy, the Needle, Big Caesar, Professor Merlin, and the Red Dragon, whom he called "the Hand's Five Fingers." Then the Hand challenged the heroes known as the Crimson Avenger, the original Green Arrow and Speedy, the Shining Knight, the Star-Spangled Kid and Stripesy, and the original Vigilante to stop them.
Thus the Vigilante fought and bested the Dummy for the first time, and the Star-Spangled Kid and Stripesy again defeated their old foe the Needle. The other heroes likewise overcame their opponents. The Hand decided too kill the heroes himself, and invited them to his home, which was filled with traps. The Hand then learned from a doctor that a surgeon had just discovered a means of curing him. Now the Hand realized he had to defeat the heroes so he could live out the rest of his life with out being in prison.
During the ensuing battle the Hand aimed a "lightning-ray" machine at the heroes. The Vigilante shot the machine down, and the Hand was seemingly killed by electrocution as a result. (However, the Hand survived.) After their victory, the Shining Knight proposed that they become a regular team. Thus the seven "mystery-men" became the Seven Soldiers of Victory; the Crimson Avenger's aide Wing became the unofficial "eighth Soldier." All eight Soldiers also became members of the wartime All-Star Squadron.
Years later, after the Seven Soldiers had worked on many cases together, they battled a strange and immensely powerful being called the Nebula-Man. Wing sacrificed his life to defeat the Nebula-Man with a weapon called the nebula-rod. The tremendous forces released in this climactic battle hurled the Seven Soldiers into different time periods in Earth's past. Decades later, members of the Justice League of America and Justice Society of America went back in time to rescue the Soldiers and bring them back to the League's and Society's own present time. The Seven Soldiers had only spent a comparatively brief time in these past time periods. Hence, when the JLA and JSA members brought the Soldiers to recent times, the Soldiers were only a little older then they were when they left the 20th Century.
Since the Seven Soldiers return, the Crimson Avenger met a heroic death. The remaining Soldiers assembled for the Crimson Avenger's funeral services, but they no longer work together as a team.