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Ed Love

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Subj: Re: Would you like it if the new Blue Beetle joined the JSA?
Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2007 at 08:32:40 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Re: Would you like it if the new Blue Beetle joined the JSA?
Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2007 at 08:02:31 pm EDT

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> It'd make sense to have him in the team -if- DC decided they owned the original 40's Blue Beetle ... otherwise there's no point.


Hasn't DC decided that? Ted Kord has mentioned Dan Garret in modern continuity, hasn't he?

I bought (and am waiting to receive) "The Blue Beetle Companion" which should make me more knowledgeable about a lot of this.


> He'd be better suited in the JLA or ... if they're in one of their 'Big 7' periods ... the Titans.


Why? The JSA has a bunch of youthful members now. I think Jamie would fit in nicely with them.




> > It'd make sense to have him in the team -if- DC decided they owned the original 40's Blue Beetle ... otherwise there's no point.
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> Hasn't DC decided that? Ted Kord has mentioned Dan Garret in modern continuity, hasn't he?
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> I bought (and am waiting to receive) "The Blue Beetle Companion" which should make me more knowledgeable about a lot of this.
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There were 2 Dan Garrett Blue Beetles. The original was a hero in the 40s for Fox Comics. He was a beat cop with powers that came from a super vitamin and a bulletproof costume. Some of Fox's material ended up at Charlton and after a couple of appearances, they totally retooled the character into Dan Garrett, archaeologist who through a magic scarab becomes a Superman-level superhero. These stories are crude but quite a bit of fun. There is no continuity connection between him and the previous one. Then Steve Ditko was brought in and he introduces Ted Kord, a student of Dan Garrett #2. When Garrett dies as BB protecting Ted, Ted uses his scientific knowhow and acrobatics to become the next Blue Beetle, the scarab being buried in a cave-in with Garrett's body.

Now, AC Comics who had the rights briefly, brought back Dan Garrett and revealed that both of those Blue Beetles were really the same. But, DC hasn't recognized the original Beetle from Fox apart from their card series.

And, as I loathe how DC treated Kord, no, I wouldn't want the new one to join the JSA as I can not bring myself supporting the character at all and I'd have to stop getting JSA. I gave up Birds of Prey when they decided to bring in Manhunter.


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