Blue Beetle
Blue Beetle
Personal Info:
Real Name: Theodore Stephen Kord
Also Known As:
Place Of Birth: Chicago, Illinois
First Appearance: Crisis on Infinite Earths 1
Died: Countdown to Infinite Crisis 1
Resurrected: Booster Gold Vol.2 26
Known Associates:
Group Affiliation: Black Lantern Corps, Justice League International, Living Assault Weapons, Super Buddies, Birds of Prey
Base Of Operations: Chicago, Illinois
Grudges: All sentient life
Creators: Steve Ditko
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Blue Beetle has a genius level intellect, is a skilled acrobat and an expert martial artist.
The Bug: The Bug is a multi-purpose 80% solar powered beetle-shaped craft, capable of operating in air and water and built with a mobile lab, blasters, magnetic manipulators, grasping "claws" and defence shields.
Beetle Gun: The Blue Beetle carries a gun that can produce a blinding flash or a blast of compressed air capable of knocking down several grown men.
Black Power Ring: The Black Lantern Rings are capable of wielding the black energy outside of the Emotional Electromagnetic Spectrum. When Black power rings choose wearers, they present themselves to the deceased without a charge. The rings (which constantly ask for "flesh") are recharged by killing living beings and removing their hearts; each heart restores .01 percent power to every ring in the Corps. Black Lanterns are also able to read the emotions of the living as a coloured aura that correlates to the emotional spectrum (red for rage, violet for love, etc.). Black Lantern Rings will regenerate a corpse each time it is damaged, they can create constructs, but this ability is rarely used and they allow flight.
Growing up, Ted was extraordinarily bright. He was good at science, business, and everything else he tried. In college, he received degrees in Physics, English Lit, and Theoretical Mathematics. He considered joining his father's business, Kord Omniversal Research and Development, Inc, of Chicago, but overall, he had no real direction.
When Ted's uncle made an attempt to take over the world, Ted set out to stop him, recruiting the help of his archaeology teacher Dan Garrett - the first Blue Beetle, who could call on superhuman powers from an ancient scarab he had found in Bialya. In the course of the adventure, Dan was fatally wounded and asked Ted to carry on the legacy of the Blue Beetle, passing the scarab onto him. However, Ted couldn't get the scarab to work for him, and eventually set it aside, electing to go ahead without it.
Ted trained himself to his physical peak, constructed an aerial vehicle affectionately nicknamed the "Bug", made himself a Blue Beetle costume, and set out to establish his own identity as a superhero, using his wit, agility, and a large number of gadgets to stop evildoers.
While investigating a theft of Kryptonite from one of his warehouses, Ted ended up in Switzerland at the head quarters of Checkmate. There, he confronted the mastermind behind Checkmate - its Black King, and Ted's one-time friend, Maxwell Lord, who planned to kill Earth's meta-humans using Brother Eye and O.M.A.C.s, making the planet safe for humanity. Lord shot Kord in the head killing him instantly. He was resurrected by a Black Lantern Power ring.