|First appearance||Adventure Comics #375 (December 1968)|
|Created by||Jim Shooter (script)|
Win Mortimer (art)
The Wanderers are a fictional group of superheroes appearing in comics published by DC Comics. They first appeared as allies of the Legion of Super-Heroes in Adventure Comics #375 written by Jim Shooter, illustrated by Win Mortimer with a cover by Neal Adams. DC published a thirteen-issue series featuring the team in the late 1980s.
In their first appearance, the Wanderers were introduced as a team of adventurers that had existed for several years before the Legion of Super-Heroes were formed. The team's symbol was a mandala which their leader wore across his neck. The Wanderers were:
After meeting the Legion, the Wanderers were accidentally exposed to radiation from the Nefar Nebula which turned them evil. They stole a valuable gemstone and faced various Legion members in contests of strength. The Legion managed to figure out what had happened to the Wanderers and reverse the process. The two teams parted as friends.
The Wanderers then reappeared as guests at Duo Damsel and Bouncing Boy's wedding, and also reappeared during the Legion's clash with Darkseid.
Artist Dave Cockrum's redesign sketch for the Wanderers was published in Marvel Comics' X-Men Anniversary Magazine (1993), which showed that one of the originally planned members was Nightcrawler, who Cockrum instead ended up using as a member of the X-Men after he moved to Marvel Comics.
In June 1988, the Wanderers appeared in their own eponymous title, written by Doug Moench, which ran for thirteen issues. Original artist Steve Dillon redesigned the characters, however he was replaced by Dave Hoover and Robert Campanella who redesigned them again. In this series, all the Wanderers were killed then recreated by Clonus, their Controller mentor, with upgraded powers and drastically different bodies with the exception of Celebrand, whose cloning attempt failed:
The new Wanderers ultimately solved the murder of their original selves and became agents of the United Planets. On their final mission, they successfully created a clone of their former leader Celebrand and opted to follow mysterious aliens into another dimension.
Inexplicably, Dartalon was later seen among Leland McCauley's collection of captive statues.
In the continuity of the 2004 Legion series, the Wanderers are a black ops superhero team created by the United Planets to covertly combat the Dominators. All of the Wanderers except Mekt Ranzz were killed fighting the Dominators. Mekt then recruited heroes such as Polar Boy, Inferno, White Witch, Nemesis Kid, and Plant Lad and recreated the team. The Wanderers then joined forces with the Legion to stop a Dominator invasion of the U.P. After helping the Legion defeat the Dominators, the Wanderers were offered Legion membership by Supergirl but fled when Mekt was later arrested for mind-controlling the population of Winath. Other members of the team included a figure resembling Tyr and the team's co-ordinator Tarik.
The members of this version of the Wanderers includes:
Following the events of Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds, the 1994 Legion, whose universe was destroyed during the events of Infinite Crisis, decide to travel the Multiverse under the guidance of Shikari Lonestar in an attempt to find and rescue survivors of other lost universes, and take the name "the Wanderers". XS and Gates decide to remain behind with the original Legion, the former to explore her new world and locate lost relatives & the latter to provide a non-humanoid voice for the group.