While few people would associate The Suicide Squad with heroism, the inception of the Suicide Squad was removed from the superhero genre altogether. Debuting in the Silver Age of Comics in a time when superhero comics were in decline, the original Suicide Squad had more in common with older pulp magazine teams that came before it, and the unmasked Fantastic Four team that would come shortly after.
The team's first appearance would be in The Brave and the Bold #25 and would span for three issues until #28, which would mark the emergence of the now iconic Justice League of America.
DC would gravitate toward superheroes once more with the success of the JLA's debut. But Stan Lee and his co-collaborator Jack Kirby would take the unmasked superhero approach into their first breakout success in The Fantastic Four.