In 1953 the European democracy of Balvania was invaded by a neighboring nation's air and ground forces. The world-roving Blackhawk Squadron participated in the repulsion of this invasion. Blackhawk himself organized and trained a special group of Balvanian operatives for counter-terrorism, but this team, the "Badgers," were secretly a cell of anti-democracy revolutionaries. Their leader, Dr. Ganso, attempted to shoot Blackhawk, but his scheme actually had been seen thru by Blackhawk, whose team of fist-fighting aviators had already been called in. Ganso and his Badgers were arrested alive.
- Dr. Ganso, world-famous surgeon
- The original Balvanian Badgers were disbanded and imprisoned.