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Subj: Paula was shown early in 2000 in Young Justice alive, retired & mentoring.........
Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 at 08:38:58 pm CDT (Viewed 2 times)
Reply Subj: JSA Classified #26 villain info [SPOILERS]
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> Actually Wildcat refers to this Sportsmaster as 'Vic' or 'Victor'. I suspect this is the one that was seen in the Suicide Squad during the War of the Gods crossover. I believe his name was Victor Gross and he did not die in that story. In that one though he was shown to have some type of armor and could imitate other people's movements. Has that version turned up anywhere else?

Victor Gover was introduced in John Ostrander and Kim Yale's Manhunter #14 as a pro athlete whose steroid use interacted with the metagene to grant him superior physical abilities and, it was implied, "photographic reflexes." Angered at being barred from pro sports, he assaulted his scheming manager and agent and was beaten by a feuding Batman and Manhunter.

Around this same time, Ostrander had shown flashbacks to the post-WWII period in which it was revealed that OSS -- the DC version from Showcase -- had metamorphosed into two agencies, Argent and Task Force X. TFX was the original Suicide Squad, but Argent was tasked with putting an end to metahuman and costumed crime in the aftermath of the JSA's disbanding. And in these flashbacks, the villain we saw Argent handle was the original; Sportsmaster. (Of course, Crusher Crock had been shown as alive and well in ROy Thomas's Legends crossover issues of Infinity, Inc., so Ostrander probably wasn't trying to retcon in a death for him.)

Gover turned up next in Suicide Squad #58's War of the GOds tie-in, where he was explicitly stated to have photographic reflexes. He survived the story's continuation in WotG #3, and was never seen again so far as I know, until JSA Classified #26.

In the interim, Crusher Crock's death has been heavily implied, if not outright retconned in thanks to Geoff Johns's making Crock the new gene donor for the Council...though how and where Crock died, and who killed him remain unclear, as does the fate of his wife, Paula "Huntress/Tigress" Brooks. (And let's not get into the tacit retcon that ran for some time implying that the Golden Age Huntress was always called Tigress.)

- Omar Karindu

"A Renoir. I have three, myself. I had four, but ordered one burned...It
displeased me." -- Doctor Doom

"It's not, 'Oh, they killed Sue Dibney and I always loved that character,' it's 'Oh, they broke a story engine that could have told a thousand stories in order to publish a single 'important' one.'" -- John Seavey

Tigress (Artemis). I'd say she's still alive.
> > Actually Wildcat refers to this Sportsmaster as 'Vic' or 'Victor'. I suspect this is the one that was seen in the Suicide Squad during the War of the Gods crossover. I believe his name was Victor Gross and he did not die in that story. In that one though he was shown to have some type of armor and could imitate other people's movements. Has that version turned up anywhere else?
>
> Victor Gover was introduced in John Ostrander and Kim Yale's Manhunter #14 as a pro athlete whose steroid use interacted with the metagene to grant him superior physical abilities and, it was implied, "photographic reflexes." Angered at being barred from pro sports, he assaulted his scheming manager and agent and was beaten by a feuding Batman and Manhunter.
>
> Around this same time, Ostrander had shown flashbacks to the post-WWII period in which it was revealed that OSS -- the DC version from Showcase -- had metamorphosed into two agencies, Argent and Task Force X. TFX was the original Suicide Squad, but Argent was tasked with putting an end to metahuman and costumed crime in the aftermath of the JSA's disbanding. And in these flashbacks, the villain we saw Argent handle was the original; Sportsmaster. (Of course, Crusher Crock had been shown as alive and well in ROy Thomas's Legends crossover issues of Infinity, Inc., so Ostrander probably wasn't trying to retcon in a death for him.)
>
> Gover turned up next in Suicide Squad #58's War of the GOds tie-in, where he was explicitly stated to have photographic reflexes. He survived the story's continuation in WotG #3, and was never seen again so far as I know, until JSA Classified #26.
>
> In the interim, Crusher Crock's death has been heavily implied, if not outright retconned in thanks to Geoff Johns's making Crock the new gene donor for the Council...though how and where Crock died, and who killed him remain unclear, as does the fate of his wife, Paula "Huntress/Tigress" Brooks. (And let's not get into the tacit retcon that ran for some time implying that the Golden Age Huntress was always called Tigress.)
>
> - Omar Karindu
>
> "A Renoir. I have three, myself. I had four, but ordered one burned...It
> displeased me." -- Doctor Doom
>
> "It's not, 'Oh, they killed Sue Dibney and I always loved that character,' it's 'Oh, they broke a story engine that could have told a thousand stories in order to publish a single 'important' one.'" -- John Seavey


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