Base of Operations
Satannish’s Hell dimension; formerly Grim Reaper's cavern lair, Nefaria’s laboratory, a subterranean chamber beneath New York City
Avengers #78 (1970)
As years passed, the Reaper’s ongoing enmity with the Avengers was complicated by his love-hate relationships with both the Vision and a resurrected Wonder Man, neither of whom Eric fully accepted as the “real” Simon Williams. Meanwhile, the Legion regrouped under the leadership of crime lord Count Nefaria, whose associate Professor Sturdy boosted the powers of Legion members Living Laser, Power Man, and the Whirlwind; however, this temporary power boost was actually part of a process that Nefaria soon used to drain the Legion’s power into himself, becoming a near-unstoppable superman. Despite his new power, Nefaria was defeated by the Avengers after a long and desperate battle, and the entire Legion was captured a second time.
Allied with Ultron, Black Talon, Goliath (formerly Power Man), Man-Ape, and Nekra, the Reaper menaced the Avengers again as part of a bizarre scheme to re-create the “real” Simon Williams by transferring portions of the minds of Vision and Wonder Man into a zombie altered to resemble Simon’s original human form. The plan failed and the Reaper-having belatedly realized that Vision and Wonder Man were truly his brothers-fell to his death while fleeing in shame. The rest of the Legion escaped except for Goliath, who was captured yet again. The Reaper would later be reborn as a supernatural menace.The next Legion arose from a completely different mystical source when the demon lord Satannish stole the souls of infamous killers Lizzie Borden, Josef Stalin, Lucretia Borgia, and Heinrich Himmler from the realm of rival demon lord Mephisto, transforming them into the super-beings Axe of Violence, Coldsteel, Cyana and Zyklon. With the Hangman (a movie star who had sold his soul to Satannish) as their field leader, this Legion was assigned to kill Satannish’s Avengers foes and capture their souls, in exchange for which Satannish would supposedly restore the Legion fully to life. The Legion finally managed to lure the Avengers to Satannish’s realm, but a vengeful Mephisto slipped in with them and fought Satannish for the four stolen souls, all of which were destroyed in the battle. The Avengers escaped, but not before Mockingbird died shielding Hawkeye from Mephisto’s spiteful parting blasts. Satannish himself was later destroyed by Mephisto, but whether Hangman, Nefaria, the Reaper or anyone else will rebuild the Lethal Legion remains to be seen.