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Origin

The Freedom Brigade (a Justice League of America parody) was a successful superhero team. Many of the members of the original Brigade had children, and they expected these children to eventually take up their parents' roles as superheroes. However, while the parents were competent and powerful superheroes, the members of the Inferior Five were incompetent, none of them able to fight crime without the assistance of the others. 

Creation

The Inferior Five team was created in 1966 by E. Nelson Bridwell, Joe Orlando, and Mike Esposito.

Team Evolution

The membership of the Inferior Five is composed of Merryman, Dumb Bunny, The Blimp, White Feather and Awkwardman, each the child of a super-powered parent or parents. They had a number of adventures together that resulted, much to their surprise and the surprise of those around them, in victory. After the end of their own adventures, they appeared a number of times in the background of various other events. It was later revealed that their adventures took place on Earth-Twelve. After the Crisis, the team appeared briefly alongside Angel and the Ape, making no further major canon appearances, though they occasionally show up in the background. These appearances taken together suggest that the Inferior Five continues to exist in the post-Crisis universe.

In Other Media

The Inferior Five were referenced in the Batman: The Brave and The Bold episode "Mayhem of the Music Meister!" where their name appeared on a poster in the death trap scene. 

The Superior 5

A team that was obviously based on the Inferior Five, called the Superior 5, made their debut in the pages of Villains United. The members of the Superior 5 are clearly based on the Inferior Five. However, unlike the original team, the Superior 5 is a team of villains, and appears to be intended as a completely serious group.  


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