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The Legion of Net.Heroes

"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."

Lewis Carroll
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

What is the LNH?

In May of 1992, a bored news reader posted to rec.arts.comics declaring himself Dr. Killfile and threatened to destroy the Net. In response, Ben Pierce (Marvel Zombie_Lad) send out a call for all net.heroes to oppose him. Out of this chaotic add-on story, where at least forty-four people got involved to one extent or another, the LNH was born. Originally, most of the stories were just role-playing of characters, but over time they have developed into much more. In many ways, the growth of the LNH parallels the growth of Superguy several years earlier, although at that time Superguy was largely unknown to the readers of rec.arts.comics.

Today, with over 100 characters in the roster and more than a dozen active writers, the Legion is going strong. With the creation of rec.arts.comics.creative, we can reach a larger audience than ever before, and it seems like a new member is joining every week. The complete archives are over five megabytes of gzipped text. The LNH at its heart is still the light-hearted parody that formed the core of the early LNH, but there are also occasional serious stories about the implications of superpowers and Vertigo-like explorations of deeper themes and ideas.

All LNH stories are posted to Usenet and archived, so anyone can start reading the current issues and then explore the archived back issues at their leisure. The LNH is and always has been open to all comers; anyone can start writing without the need for some kind of application process. We do ask that you read through the introductory information first and read LNH stories for a while before you start writing, so that you will be familiar with the universe and avoid the most common errors.

Where is the LNH?

Now the main newsgroup for all comics-related fiction, including the LNH. There are now at least eleven different comics universes with stories regularly posted to racc. See here for the latest stories online.
Our second home, alt.comics.lnh (aclnh) was created after the reorganization of rec.arts.comics and was the first newsgroup specifically created for superhero fiction. All LNH stories are still crossposted to it, and it is used for discussing internal LNH matters that aren't of interest to the wider audience on racc., run by Russ Allbery, automatically archives all LNH stories in the /pub/lnh hierarchy.
The old ftp site,, is now a mirror of It tends to be somewhat behind eyrie in terms of getting new stories, and should not be used between 700 and 1700 GMT (local working hours). LNH stories are in /pub/Comics/Fanfiction/lnh.
Various LNH writers' web sites
Several LNH writers past and present have their own web pages. Here are some links to them.
The LNH WWW Roster
A roster of LNHers, their enemies, their allies, and other assorted goofballs is maintained by Kyle Lucke. Note this is somewhat out of date. The new LNH wiki (below) is intended to pick this up.
The LNH Wikipedia
The Wiki-pedia entry for the LNH, which will probably become people's first exposure to this great Legion.
LNH Wiki site
New wiki site for adding LNH entries, including roster entries.

Where do I go from here?

The other universes on RACC can be found at and
LNH web people /

This page last updated: 18th November 1997.

LNH logo (c) 1994, 1996 by Todd Kogutt (Scavenger)