> > 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.
> Since the two Dan Garret characters had completely different sources for their powers, it seems hard to say they're the same guy. But I guess that detail could be glossed over so as to claim the adventures and the villains as part of DC's mythos, which may be worth doing if the adventures and the villains were cool.
Going on memory here, but I think the way AC did it was that some Egyptian gods guided Dan Garrett behind the scenes, that it was his destiny to be the Blue Beetle. After he "died" in WWII, when the need arose for the Blue Beetle, he was basically reincarnated as the archaeologist and subconsciouslessly directed to the scarab. Then in the modern age, he was brought back again, this time being told of his prior incarnations. The end result with there now being 2 Blue Beetles. Sadly, they never got the chance to follow up with this. I liked the 2nd Dan Garrett Blue Beetle alot.
> I can definitely see your point. In my case, I've decided to embrace the threefold legacy (Dan, Ted, Jamie) and be a fan of all of it.
Wish I could. DC's gotten too kill-happy and replace lately for me to give a whit for the majority of the new "legacy" characters instead of actually writing characters decently to begin with. Maybe a character would work if they didn't feel the need to let every writer come in completely re-write the past of that character to the point does anyone really care? I don't doubt that the JLA-JSA "Lightning Saga" could chalk up some of its sales to some fans feeling like they finally had a book with a recognizeable Legion of Superheroes.
And then there's the fact they gave it to Keith Giffen who was the writer who helped create the impression that Kord was a joke and as a creator basically has a long history of NOT writing characters as they are created and often completely retooling the concept: Aquaman, Ragman, Doctor Fate, Booster Gold, Martian Manhunter, LSH. Notice how many have become the poster child of undergoing massive changes by each subsequent writer. No. I'm not buying any more books he works on. Now, he's at Marvel killing off and rewriting their space characters. Bleh.
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