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Blue Beetle (DC)(02 - Ted Kord)
Real Name: Theodore Stephen 'Ted' Kord
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Originally created by Steve Ditko for Charlton, this is the Blue Beetle active between Crisis on Infinite Earths and Infinite Crisis. He passed into the DCU following Charlton's sale to DC, and was an important part of the two Crises. Undoubtedly, though, he will always be remembered for his greater role in the run-up to Infinite Crisis.

Unlike the previous Blue Beetle, Dan Garrett, Ted was really not much more than a well-trained athlete, though he did have an exceptional mind. He was, thus, a somewhat redundant character in the DCU, given the greater prominence of the similar Batman and Mr. Terrific. His distinction was that he was possessed of a much lighter personality than these DC-created characters, and so tended to attract a unique following of his own, despite the sameness of his "powers". He was a more realistic version of the character archetype, struggling with weight gain as he got older, and poking fun at his own lack of super powers when in the company of "greater" heroes like Superman.

He and Booster Gold formed an alliance while in JLA service that was used, with varying degrees of fan reception, to illustrate what the JLA was like to those who were a little lower on the roster than Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and the Flash.

DC, new outright owner of both Blue Beetle II and Blue Beetle III, would eventually show that there was a relationship between the two men. Ted was shown to be a student of the archaeologist Dan Garrett. When a crisis struck, caused by Ted's uncle and his army of androids, Ted and Dan went to battle against them. Dan was killed by the threat, but, ostensibly impressed by Ted's willingness to do what was right even against the wishes of a close family member, Dan entrusted Ted with the legacy of the Blue Beetle. Unfortunately, Garrett was unable to pass his empowering scarab onto Ted, so Kord was forced to find another way to uphold the mantle.

Eventually, though, Kord did come into possession of the scarab, but the wizard Shazam took it from him in the 80-page story, Countdown to Infinite Crisis, just prior to Kord's now-famous death at the hands of Maxwell Lord.

When Shazam himself was killed by The Spectre in Day of Vengeance many of his "mystical trinkets" were shown to be scattered in the "real" plane of existence. The Garrett/Kord scarab landed in El Paso, Texas, opening the door for a future Blue Beetle IV.


First Appearance: Captain Atom (1965) #83

Other Identities:
Stupendous Silverfish

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Issue Appearances:
52 (2006)

52: The Companion (2007)
Action Comics (1938)
Action Comics (2001)
Adventures of Superman (1987)
All-Star Squadron (1981)
Ambush Bug: Year None (2008)
Americomics (1983)
Angel and the Ape (1991)
Animal Man (1988)
Aquaman (1991)
Armageddon 2001 (1991)
Avengers/JLA (2003)
Back Issue (2003)
Batman and Other DC Classics (1989)
Batman: Bruce Wayne - Murderer? (2002)
Birds of Prey (1999)
Blue Beetle (1967)
Blue Beetle (1977)
Blue Beetle (1986)
Blue Beetle (2006)
Booster Gold (1986)
Booster Gold (2007)
Captain Atom (1965)
Captain Atom (1987)
Charlton Bullseye (1981)
Clásicos DC (1990)
Conjurors (1999)
Convergence Aquaman (2015)
Convergence Booster Gold (2015)
Convergence Green Lantern/Parallax (2015)
Convergence Justice League International (2015)
Convergence: Infinite Earths (2015)
Convergence: Zero Hour (2015)
Countdown (2007)
Countdown to Infinite Crisis (2005)
Cover Run: The DC Comics Art of Adam Hughes (2010)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
DC Challenge (1985)
DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection [GER] (2015)
DC Comics Presents: Brightest Day (2010)
DC One Million (1998)
DC One Million Omnibus (2013)
DC Retroactive: JLA - The '90s (2011)
DC Retroactive: Superman - The '80s (2011)
DC Sneak Peek: Justice League 3001 (2015)
DC Universe: Origins (2009)
DCU Heroes Secret Files (1999)
DCU Holiday Special (2009)
DCU: Legacies (2010)
Deathstroke (1995)
Doctor Fate (1988)
Doom Patrol (1987)
Eclipso: The Darkness Within (1992)
Extreme Justice (1995)
Fate (1994)
Final Night (1996)
Firestorm, The Nuclear Man (1986)
Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint Featuring Superman (2012)
Green Lantern (1960)
Green Lantern (1990)
Green Lantern (2005)
Green Lantern 80-Page Giant (1998)
Guy Gardner (1992)
Guy Gardner: Warrior (1994)
Hawkworld (1990)
History of the DC Universe (1986)
Identity Crisis (2004)
Infinite Crisis (2005)
Infinite Crisis Countdown (2006)
Infinite Crisis Secret Files 2006 (2006)
Invasion (1988)
JLA (1997)
JLA - Die neue Gerechtigkeitsliga Sonderband (1997)
JLA - Die neue Gerechtigkeitsliga Special (1998)
JLA 80-Page Giant (1998)
JLA Gallery (1997)
JLA in Crisis Secret Files (1998)
JLA Secret Files (1997)
JLA-Z (2003)
JLA: Act of God (2000)
JLA: Classified (2005)
JLA: Incarnations (2001)
JLA: Our Worlds at War (2001)
JLA: The Ultimate Guide to The Justice League of America (2002)
JLA: Welcome to the Working Week (2003)
JLA: Year One (1998)
JLA/Avengers (2003)
Joker: Last Laugh (2001)
Justice League (1987)
Justice League America (1989)
Justice League Europe (1989)
Justice League International (1987)
Justice League International (1993)
Justice League International (2008)
Justice League of America (2006)
Justice League of America, Special (2009)
Justice League Quarterly (1990)
Justice League Sourcebook (1990)
Justice League Spectacular (1992)
Justice League Task Force (1993)
Justice League: Generation Lost (2010)
Last Days of the Justice Society Special (1986)
Legends (1986)
Manhunter (2004)
Martian Manhunter (1988)
Martian Manhunter (1998)
Martian Manhunter Special (1996)
Millennium (1988)
Mister Miracle (1989)
Mystery in Space (2006)
Nightwing (1996)
Power Girl (2009)
Power of the Atom (1988)
Red Robin (2009)
Robin (1993)
Secret Files & Origins Guide to the DC Universe 2000 (2000)
Secret Origins (1986)
Showcase '93 (1993)
Showcase '94 (1994)
Showcase Presents: Booster Gold (2008)
Stanley and His Monster (1993)
Starman (1988)
Steel (1994)
Suicide Squad (1987)
Superboy & The Ravers (1996)
Superman (1987)
Superman: Day of Doom (2003)
Superman: Our Worlds at War Secret Files (2001)
Superman: The Man of Steel (1991)
The Action Heroes Archives (2004)
The All New Atom (2006)
The Book of Fate (1997)
The Brave and the Bold (2007)
The Brave and the Bold 80 pg. Giant Annual (2001)
The Comic Relief Comic (1991)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
The Death and Return of Superman Omnibus (2007)
The Flash (1987)
The Fury of Firestorm (1982)
The L.A.W. (Living Assault Weapons) (1999)
The Multiversity: Guidebook (2015)
The Multiversity: The Deluxe Edition (2015)
The OMAC Project (2005)
The Power Company: Josiah Power (2002)
The Ray (1994)
The Sandman (1989)
The Weird (1988)
Time Masters (1990)
Total Justice (1996)
Underworld Unleashed (1995)
War of the Gods (1991)
Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)
Who's Who: Update '88 (1988)
Wonder Woman (1987)
Wonder Woman (2006)
Zero Hour: Crisis in Time (1994)

Group Affiliation(s):
Black Lantern Corps
Extreme Justice
Justice League America (DC)
Justice League International (DC)
L.A.W. (Living Assault Weapons)

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