Blue Beetle (Fox/Charlton)
Real Name: Daniel (Dan) Garret
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The character begins his life as an un-superpowered crime fighter, rather like the cop he actually was. With issue #5 of Blue Beetle (1939), however, he gains some meta-human abilities. Like Hourman, his super-strength is dependent upon a chemical substance. In Garret's case, that was "vitamin 2-X". Unlike Hourman, the length of time he'd be so affected was undefined. His costume was actually bulletproof chain mail.
Basically mortal while on the junk, entirely mortal when not.
It's a good thing this version never made it to the DCU, because he just couldn't live there--except maybe in the 1990s. He didn't share the common superheroic value of never taking a life. Quite the opposite. He shot first and asked questions later. And this makes sense. He was, after all, a cop--and not some sorta namby-pamby, Barry Allen-esque forensic scientist. Nah, he was a cop of the line--trained that there are some instances in which taking a life saves other lives.
This character is not related, but by name and general costume, to the Blue Beetles created by Charlton, and then DC, Comics. (This version of the character, though, was briefly continued by Charlton, before they opted to start anew.) He has no less illustrious a lineage however, having been touched by comic greats Will Eisner, Chuck Cuidera, and Jack Kirby early in his run.
It was never satisfactorily explained why he was called the Blue Beetle, except that maybe "Blue" referred to his police background, and, like a beetle, his chainmail gave him a hard shell of protection. Blue Beetle (1939)
First Appearance: Mystery Men Comics (1939) #1
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All Top Comics (1946)
Ghost Manor (1971)
Good Girl Art Quarterly (1990)
Men of Mystery Comics (1999)
Mystery Men Comics (1939)
Phantom Lady (1947)
Project Superpowers (2008)
Project Superpowers (2009)
Space Adventures (1952)
The Next Issue Project (2008)
#1 Zago (1948)
- 'Fantastic Comics #24'
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