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- Blue Beetle
- Mainstream Universe, 1986-2011
- Powers and Abilities
Mainstream Universe, 1986-2011
Theodore Stephen “ Ted ” Kord
( uncle )
Nat ( uncle ) [ 1 ] Thomas M. Kord (father) Jarvis Kord (uncle)Nat (uncle)
Living Assault Weapons, Super Buddies, Birds of Prey, Black Lantern Corps, Extreme Justice, Justice League Task Force
formerly Justice League International
Reading: Theodore Kord (New Earth)
Inventor · Businessman
Steve Ditko · Gary Friedrich
|First Appearance||Appearance of Death|
|Secret Origins Vol 2 #2
|Countdown to Infinite Crisis #1
- He was smarter than Bats, although nobody ever noticed.
- — Guy Gardner src
Ted Kord was the second Blue Beetle.
Growing up, Ted was inordinately bright. He was good at skill, business, and everything else he tried. In college, he received degrees in Physics, English Lit, and Theoretical Mathematics. [ 2 ] He considered joining his founder ‘s business, Kord Omniversal Research and Development, Inc in Chicago, but overall, he had no real direction. When Ted ‘s uncle made an attempt to take over the earth, Ted set out to stop him, recruiting the avail of his archeology teacher Dan Garrett – the first Blue Beetle, who could call on superhuman powers from an ancient scarab he had found in Bialya. In the run of the venture, Dan was fatally wounded and asked Ted to carry on the bequest of the Blue Beetle, passing the Scarab onto him. however, Ted could n’t get the scarab to work for him, and finally set it apart, electing to go ahead without it. Ted trained himself to his physical acme, constructed an forward pass fomite dearly nicknamed the “ Bug ”, made himself a Blue Beetle costume, and set out to establish his own identity as a superhero, using his brain, agility, and a large phone number of gadgets to stop evildoers. After losing his wife, Ted ‘s father neglected Kord Omniversal, letting it become a beat of its former self. Ted revitalized the party, building it up until it became one of the top R & D companies in the USA, rivaling S.T.A.R. Labs .
crisis on Infinite Earths
During the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Ted was recruited by the Monitor to help fight the Anti-Monitor ‘s shadow-demons. Ted discovered that Dan ‘s scarab was able to absolutely destroy the shadow-demons, but was sent back when the Monitor found the scarab could n’t be used as he wished. Ted kept fighting in the Crisis, but lost control of the scarab in the convulsion, and could n’t find it in the aftermath. The scarab resurfaced some time after the Crisis, obviously having resurrected Dan Garrett and sent him on a madden rampage. When Ted confronted Dan and the scarab, the scarab spoke to him, telling Ted it wanted him as it ‘s fresh master of ceremonies, and offering him the use of its powers. Ted refused and helped Dan break the Scarab ‘s control over him, shattering the Scarab ‘s physical form and letting Dan die a final death, leaving Ted to grieve for his mentor one final time. Ted ‘s church father finally recovered enough to take back Kord Omniversal, but the company was devastated by Carapax, one of Ted ‘s villains. Ted left to make his diagnose in the superhero occupation .
Justice League International
Ted joined the Justice League as it was being reformed in the wake of Operation Humiliation, and often served as the pilot burner for the League ‘s many vehicles. As part of the JLI, Ted met and befriended Booster Gold. The two had their differences, but served together for many years and had a shackle that went beyond their wisecracks and buffoonery. Ted ‘s mouth and sense of humor often got him into trouble with other members of the League, specially the women. however, behind his jokes was a earnestness of kernel, the cognition of his responsibility as the Blue Beetle, and a desire to make the world safe for all. Following his time in the League, Ted reasserted dominance of his occupation from his father, finally making Kord Omniversal a subsidiary company of Wayne Enterprises. He retired from super-heroics for a short clock but occasionally helped the Birds of Prey with fund and engineering, becoming friends with members of the team. While working with the Birds, Ted discovered that he had a heart condition, limiting the amount of effort he could manage without endangering his health. During Identity Crisis, Ted led a team in search of Heatwave, one of the initial suspects in the mangle of Sue Dibny. Soon subsequently, he came into possession of Dan Garrett ‘s scarab, which Hawkman had rediscovered in a Middle Eastern pyramid, untouched. however, the scarab was inert, as it had been when Ted had beginning received it from Dan and did not respond to him .
A little while late, a dispatch of Kryptonite was stolen from one of Kord Omniversal ‘s warehouses. Ted ‘s versatile friends and allies looked into it for a while but soon returned to their own lives. If that had n’t been enough, Ted was then set upon by a gang of the Madmen. With Booster ‘s help, Ted set out to investigate the Kryptonite larceny. In so doing, he unwittingly ran up against the shadows of the at hand Infinite Crisis. During the course of his investigations, he lost the scarab to the ace Shazam, saw Booster blasted by a bolt of energy from Brother Eye, which landed Booster in the hospital and witnessed the begin of the Rann-Thanagar War. however, Ted found that no one else, apart from Wonder Woman, seemed bequeath or able to hear what he ‘d discovered about the larceny, leaving him to go it alone .
On the trail of his last stay lead – a bug placed on him by the Madmen – ted tracked the bespeak from the bug to Checkmate headquarters in Switzerland, where he discovered a series of files that held the identities, strengths and failing ‘ of all of Earth ‘s heroes. There, he confronted the originator behind Checkmate – its Black King, and Ted ‘s erstwhile ally, Maxwell Lord, who planned to kill Earth ‘s metahumans using Brother Eye and the O.M.A.C.s, making the planet dependable for humanity. Seizing his opportunity when Checkmate ‘s files were unexpectedly deleted, Ted made a pause for it – but was viciously beaten by an OMAC and locked up. After being offered a probability to change sides by Max, he told Max to “ rot in hell ” and was shot and killed by his erstwhile ally.
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Barbara Gordon, who had been a close supporter of Ted ‘s, established a memorial in his mention, with far plans on the way. The Blue Beetle name survived, excessively ; Hispanic adolescent Jaime Reyes became the fresh defender of the Blue Beetle scarab, following in Dan and Ted ‘s footsteps as the third Blue Beetle .
Blue and Gold
Main article: Booster Gold: Blue and Gold (Collected) The Blue Beetle of the twenty-seventh century, sensing a massive temporal disturbance caused by Ted ‘s death, traveled back in time to save Ted, recruiting Dan, Jaime, and Booster to assist him. together, they succeeded, managing to rescue Ted from Checkmate before Max could kill him. To preserve the timeline, however, no-one in the deliver could know Ted was alert. [ 3 ] however, this led to the universe of a timeline where Ted ‘s death had not alerted any of his former allies, and alternatively Maxwell Lord had managed to activate the O.M.A.C. project in its entirety, effortlessly subjugating the populace of New Earth. To erase the alter timeline, Kord fought his room second to the Time Sphere, which he programmed to send him to his death with Lord. however, a figure has since then reappeared, holding respective pieces of Blue Beetle gear, prowling around a K.O.R.D. Industries warehouse. The figure then laughs in Kord ‘s clear-cut “ BWA-HA-HA-HA ! “ .
When a Black Power Ring took monomania of his cadaver, Ted Kord, unable to locate Booster Gold due to his new time-travelling duties, lured him in the open by targeting Daniel Carter and Rose Levin, his twenty-first century lineage. He was able to successfully pierce the Supernova costume shields with a Black Lantern BB Gun and held Supernova in locate while beating Blue Beetle ( Jaime Reyes ) and staving off Skeets ‘ attack until Booster arrived. He then moved in for the kill, hoping to rip out Booster ‘s heart. He battled all of them but was unsuccessful in killing anyone except a neighbor who complained about the noise from the fight. Jaime and Booster removed Rose and Daniel from the scene, and headed to a KORD Industries warehouse where one of Ted Kord ‘s shroud bases was located, to collect special equipment to fight the Black Lantern. Booster discovered that person had accessed Ted Kord ‘s hide base a few months before his remains were reanimated. however, the only people, to Booster ‘s cognition, who had the authority to access it were Booster Gold and Kord himself. They then headed back, where Ted ‘s cadaver battled Booster until he was attacked by a light smash from a gun designed by Ted Kord himself, tuned to simulate the emotional spectrum. Separated from the ring, Booster seized his remains before the call could reanimate them, took them into the Time Sphere, and deposited them in a belittled grave at Vanishing Point Fortress
Maxwell Lord, the former pass of Justice League International and the murderer of Ted Kord, was restored to life sentence and used a device to amplify his thinker control powers to erase his being from the minds of about everyone on the satellite. He besides influenced the superhero community into believing Ted committed suicide, which enraged Booster Gold, one of the few who could remember of Max ‘s universe and besides the best supporter of Ted. late, Power Girl after regaining her memories about Max, exhumed the cadaver of Ted Kord so Dick Grayson can examine it. Dick refused, still unconvinced about the being of Maxwell Lord, but Batman arrived to reveal he remembered Lord as well. He and Dick examined the body with Batman making Dick realized Ted was actually murdered. thus, putting the debacle and Ted ‘s memory at still .
This section of the history takes place during Convergence, a massive crossover event revisiting characters from past eras and realities. The villains This department of the history takes stead during, a massive crossing event revisiting characters from past eras and realities. The villains Brainiac and Telos plucked them from their own timeline and stored them together, causing them to cross over into each others ‘ world. Its precise chronological placement and canonicity may be ill-defined. Pre-Zero Hour Ted Kord and Metropolis were taken to Convergence by Brainiac and Telos, where he was trapped for a class. Prior to the dome going down, he encountered an aging Booster Gold and attempts to save him. He late witnessed him become Waverider and was teleported back to his city. [ 4 ] He led the Justice League International and managed to defeat Metallo and his automaton army, but his arm was broken in the procedure. When the dome came down, he confronted Wonder Woman of Earth 22. [ 5 ] When negotiations failed, Ted and the Justice League International fought her and her Justice League. He former bonded with his counterpart while fighting Telos ‘ security drones. He then returned to the conflict, alone to find his team had been defeated but was placid alert. After the conflict, he returned to his base and was pranked by Booster Gold, who left him a note to have a felicitous birthday. [ 6 ] Expand
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Powers and Abilities
- Genius Level Intellect
- Gadgetry: Rivaling Batman’s inventive mind, Ted was the creator of many inventions and crime-fighting technologies, like his solar-powered “Bug” vehicle, BB gun, and much more. He also ran a company, Kord Industries, which produces hundreds of new technologies.
- Acrobatics: Kord was an accomplished acrobat, who more often than not, used this greatly into his hand-to-hand fighting style.
- Martial Arts: Had studied with several martial arts masters, and can outfight just about any group of thugs or criminals with his fighting skills alone.
- Computer Hacking: When Ted was 13 years old, he hacked into the U.S. Defense servers.
- Baby-Bugs/Snoopies: Small bug-shaped flying surveillance drones used for spying or for hazardous areas e.g. radiation zones.
- Costume: Kord’s Blue Beetle’s costume includes a special locking mechanism for his mask that engages or disengages when he touches it with a special microchip in the fingertip of his glove. Thus any attempt to unmask him against his will without knowing of that mechanism would require forcefully cutting or tearing at the mask’s material.
- Radiation Suit: The “Bug” also contained a radiation suit similar to his standard suit.
- The Bug: A multipurpose 80% solar powered beetle-shaped craft, capable of operating in air and water and built with a mobile lab, blasters, magnetic manipulators, grasping “claws” and defense shields.
- Beetle Gun: could produce a blinding flash or a blast of compressed air capable of knocking down several grown men. He also had other weapons and gadgets in the “Bug” to deal with larger numbers of opponents.
- In Ted’s Charlton Comics origin, and again in his first DC origin, the Blue Beetle Scarab was lost with Dan. However, when Ted appeared in Crisis on Infinite Earths #3, he had the scarab in his possession. This was resolved following Infinite Crisis. 52 #52 confirmed that Ted had the scarab during Crisis on Infinite Earths, while Blue Beetle (Volume 7) #8 explained where Ted had got the scarab by retconning his origin. In Ted’s new origin, Dan had managed to pass the scarab on to him, but Ted found he couldn’t make the scarab work for him.
- Ted once met recording artist Stevie Wonder during a “JLI for Africa” charity function.
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