The Captains of Industry
were a fictional DC Comics
superteam introduced in 1988's Firestorm the Nuclear Man
The Captains of Industry were originally formed as a small investigative task force for the IMHS
(Institute for Metahuman Studies) funded by a consortium
of corporate interests. This was back in the days before the DEO
were created by government mandate.
The IMHS was headed by a former Suicide Squad associate, chief psychiatrist Simon LaGrieve. The team's founders included Maser, Firehawk and a former small time costumed criminal named Catalyst. Firehawk herself recruited the Silver Swan.
The Captains later served alongside Black Adam and the Suicide Squad (issue #58) on an especially bloody mission. They met Major Victory while he was serving on Black Adam's team. Eventually, the group came to work directly for Alan Windsor head of the Sunderland Corporation.
- Maser - Harold Jordan, an electromagnetic posthuman Cousin of Green Lantern Hal Jordan also known as Air Wave. Team leader. Jordan was exposed to extreme gene modification at the hands of ex-villain Doctor Moon who was currently a Sunderland employee. Dr. Moon oversaw the process that magnified his already formidable powers by an unknown factor.
- Firehawk - Lorraine Reilly, nuclear powered heroine and former paramour of Firestorm.
- Silver Swan - Valerie Beaudry, was mutated by unscrupulous industrialist Hank Armbruster.
- Major Victory - Bill Vickers, the only surviving member of the original Force of July, he was recruited directly out of the Suicide Squad.
- Catalyst - Unknown, a former Blue Beetle II villain who body was modified to produce poisons and chemicals through skin contact. Catalyst went on to work as a freelance villain, aiding Kobra when he captured Maser. Most recently re-surfaced in Justice Society of America #1 working as an assassin for Vandal Savage.
Other Corporate Teams
Other corporate superhero teams have been active in the DC Comics
universe. The most well known are the Conglomerate
, Power Company
, the Blood Pack
, and Hero Hotline