The leader, the bomber, the muscle, the brain, and the looker (guy/gal). The Fightin' Five debuted first in #28 of their Charlton Comics publication (their actual first issue, which they took over from another publication) and lasted until issue #41 when their backup feature Peacemaker took over the book, then they switched to his backup feature for another five issues. The other covert cabal of crimebusters, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Squad, appeared originally in Tower Comics' issue #1 of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, of which they were a feature then turn into supporting cast for its own superheroes.
One team susceptible to mind control, the other using mind control. And each attracted the attention of sinister sultry sisters. And no, the masked brunette is *not* the Baroness. But perhaps her inspiration?
Both provided backup when the chips were down for their comrades. In all kinds of elements, whether under the sea or above the surface. While neither particularly stood out, they each had memorable battles that reflected the hysteria and hype of the cold war and sabotage that was so in vogue during this historical period of time. While both operated in the background, supporting the super power set, they themselves featured every men (and women) challenging evil with raw human courage.
Still, their story is not yet done. Tragedy is upcoming in their chronicled mythos, and significant femme fatales that will shape the course of events yet to come. Upcoming in our next installments. Stay tuned for action.