The Guardians of the Globe are a fictional superhero team in the , appearing primarily in the comic Invincible. The original team was based on DC Comics' Justice League of America.
The original Guardians of the Globe was a private organization funded by War Woman and Darkwing. This version of the Guardians was a pastiche of DC Comics' Justice League of America (JLA), with each of the Guardians (with the exceptions of Black Samson and the Immortal) having an obvious JLA analogue. Robert Kirkman explains, in his author notes for Invincible: The Ultimate Collection, Volume 1, that he went with these archetypes because he had only 18 pages to get the reader to care for the characters before their brutal deaths.
Along with the Immortal and Black Samson (who is in part based on Doc Samson), the team included: Darkwing (based on Batman); War Woman (based on Wonder Woman); a Russian named Red Rush (based on the Flash); Aquarus, the King of Atlantis (based on Aquaman); Martian Man (based on the Martian Manhunter); and the Green Ghost (based on Green Lantern). Omni-Man, although never an official member of the team, was a trusted associate of the Guardians, and knew the location and password of the Guardians secret headquarters in Utah. This trust let Omni-Man betray and murder the Guardians, after calling them to their headquarters on an emergency. The only member of the Guardians to survive the massacre was Black Samson, who was not actively a member at that time (due to the loss of his powers). The Immortal subsequently returns to life due to the nature of his power.
After the murder of the original team, the United States government re-established the Guardians of the Globe as a state funded agency. This new team was led by former Teen Team leader Robot, under the direct supervision of Donald, the government's superhuman liaison. Donald was ultimately responsible to Cecil Stedman. Along with Robot, the initial lineup for the new team included Dupli-Kate and Rex Splode from the Teen Team, Monster Girl, Shrinking Ray, and Black Samson, the only surviving member of the old team.
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