The group was founded by Vandal Savage to counteract the Justice League's role in preserving society's "calcified status quo". In his view, the League inhibited mankind by protecting it from disaster, crime, and tragedy—factors needed for humanity to evolve.
To counteract this, the Light created or co-opted networks of operatives, placed key individuals in key positions, and explored the boundaries of all new technology. Genetic engineering, biochemical engineering, robotics, nano-robotics, techno-sorcery, and all conceivable methods of mind control were all explored by the Light in its quest to accelerate human evolution.
The founder of "THE LIGHT" Vandal Savage was born around 50,000 years ago. He was bathed in the radiation of a mysterious meteorite, which gave him incredible intellect and immortality. Over the following centuries, he adopted different identities. He would then disappear from the public eye for decades, between identities, and change locations. This way, he managed to retain his anonymity well into the mid-20th century.
edit on 21-11-2012 by TheGrandWarlock because: (no reason given)