Ted Kord was introduced as the new Blue Beetle in 1986! But since Booster Gold and Amanda Waller were also introduced in 1986 (both who have had their time in the History seat) let’s talk about 2005! Why 2005? Well Ted Kord was unfortunately killed in 2005 when Max Lord showed his true colors. Ted was unlike the other Blue Beetles as he wasn’t in anyway powered by the Blue Scarab. He was pretty much Batman with a sense of humor. His buddy, Booster Gold, would try several times to bring Ted back from the dead (through time travel) but Ted’s death would always need to be a fixed point in time.
What else happened in 2005?
Ted’s death was just the beginning of the Infinite Crisis. A follow-up to Crisis on Infinite Earths. In this tale the whole “let’s not have multiple Earths” thing that CoIE cause came undone as 52 Earths sprung into existence. The villains of the piece were Superboy-Prime and Alexander Luthor (of Earth-3) who just wanted their earths back. Who could blame them?
Being reintroduced into the DCU the previous year, Supergirl gets her own title. This was the 4th series for Supergirl and lasted up until it was wiped out by the New 52.
Green Lantern Hal Jordan had also been brought back from the dead thanks to Geoff Johns and given his own title in 2005. Johns epic tale survived the New 52 transition (I mean nothing would have been different with the Lantern saga if the New 52 hadn’t happens) only to wrap up last month.
Kal found out he wasn’t the only full size survivor of Krypton when his cousin Kara showed up in 1959. As Kara’s rocket descended to Earth, Superman remembered the time when he as Superbaby arrived on his new planet… I’m not making that up. That’s what the book says. Anyway Supergirl appeared across several titles until she sacrificed herself in 1985 during that Crisis I wrote about last time I did a History lesson. She’s return, of course. Can’t keep a good girl down.
What else happened in 1959?
The first Suicide Squad was formed but it wasn’t made up of a group of lovable miscreants from Belle Reve. No the first Suicide Squad was a band of World War II-era military misfits lead by Rick Flag and they appeared in the pages of The Brave and The Bold.
Hal Jordan was introduced in October of this year. His first issue told the story of Abin Sur’s death, introduced Carol Ferris, and also showed the tension between’s Hal’s new duties and his personal life. There was no Hector Hammond and no Parallax but there was a 2nd issue… hmmm.
Everyone’s favorite Batman villain Mr. Zero was introduced. You know Mr. Zero right? Likes ice puns, was the governor of California, wether you want him to or not he will be back. Oh I’m sorry, Mr. Zero was renamed Mr. Freeze in the 1960’s Batman show. I bet if they didn’t change his name a third of the puns from Batman and Robin would have had to be dropped.
This month in DC History Everyone’s favorite traitor Tara Markov, also known as Terra, was introduced in 1982 and came with plenty of daggers for people’s backs. She was the illegitimate daughter of the King of Markovia and grew up isolated hating the U.S. Her rues would only last for two years when her betrayal came to light in 1984 where she would die fighting the ones she betrayed.
What else happened in 1982?
The New Teen Titans teamed up with the Uncanny X-Men, although it wasn’t the first time DC and Marvel teamed up. In the issue, the two teams took on Darkseid, Deathstroke, and Dark Phoenix. It was a huge hit and there was going to be a sequel, however it was never completed because of good old editorial disputes.
Supergirl got a brand new series called The Darling New Adventures of Supergirl. In this series Linda Danvers (Supergirl) moved to Chicago to enroll in college. Unfortunately she never graduated because the title only lasted 23 issues.
Batman’s Detective Comics got a sidekick. Green Arrow’s adventures were shared as the 2nd story in the title. In his first issue, Ollie was a columnist for the Daily Star all the while renewing his war on crime. In Batman’s story, he had a dramatic confrontation with Catwoman. Although it might have been better if he tried to get a writing job at the Gotham Gazette, because all superheroes should work for newspapers.
Geeks Are Sexy reader and pinup model Rosalind Friday is on a mission to raise some money for a good cause; she and photographer Edson Carlos designed the poster above as an incentive for donations to Hero Initiative, an organization that raises funds for comic book creators, artists, and writers with medical expenses or other hardships.
The poster is only available at the Hero Initiative booth at DragonCon 2011 in exchange for a minimum $3 donation to the charity. Friday and Carlos are donating 100% of proceeds to the fund, and to help you decide whether you’d rather help someone in need or buy an overpriced bottle of water…