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His super-powers are all derived from a special suit that seems to have been made by Sardath, his eventual father-in-law, and the greatest mind of the planet Rann. This suit heightens his senses, gives him the power of flight and the ability to travel in space without a vehicle.
A human archaeologist, Adam Strange wanders into a beam of light near an excavation site in South America. Unbeknownst to him, this "Zeta Beam" is of alien origin, and it immediately transports him to its source: the planet Rann. There, he immediately meets Alanna, the woman destined to be his wife, and her father, Sardath, the man that will provide the technological toys that will turn him into the "Defender of Rann". His trips to Rann are typically of limited duration, though, because the Zeta beam works by irradiating its passengers. Once that radiation wears off, Strange finds himself back on Earth. The beam comes to Earth at regular intervals, however, so he can, at least, know where and when to place himself so as to return to Rann. Stories tend to stress his status as a "man of two worlds", who spends the unfortunate bulk of his time on Earth--the one without his beloved Alanna. His most frequent ally has historically been the various Hawkpeople since the dawn of the Silver Age. This perhaps unusual partnership has typically been explained by the fact that, on Earth, Hawkman and Adam Strange have practiced archeology when not superheroing. Also, the Hawks and Adam Strange have forged a bond over the similarities of their lives as superheroes: both are defending adopted planets. However, since 2004, DC has reworked things so as to display a relationship between the planets of Rann and Thanagar themselves--as the title Rann-Thanagar War suggests-- and it is currently uncertain what impact this inter-societal conflict will have on the interpersonal relationships of Hawkman/woman/girl and Adam Strange.
First Appearance: Showcase (1956) #17
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