Thursday, November 19, 2015


Here's the issue we've been waiting for, my personal favorite in the series, the origin of Ted Kord as the new Blue Beetle. Weird that it came in the second issue of the series though.

Charlton Comics Golden Age version of Blue Beetle #18 by Louis (Whizzer) Ferstadt & Dick (Batman, Nukla) Giordano.
Early Charlton Comics Silver Age version of the Blue Beetle #1 from prolific Joe Gill, Bill (Dracula) Fraccio & Tony (Werewolf) Tallarico.
 Ted Kord was a genius-level inventor and a gifted athlete. Kord's signature equipment was his bug-shaped personal aircraft, which he entered and exited typically with a cable suspended from the cockpit. He also generally eschewed personal weaponry, except for a pistol that made a blinding flash of light and additionally, a strong airblast to gain the advantage when he closed in for hand-to-hand combat

So, without any further ado, let's get on with all the secrets and mystery surrounding the origin and fate of the old and new Blue Beetle!


Blue Beetle #2
"The End is a Beginning"
Origin and relation to Dan Garret, the previous Blue Beetle, is dramatically revealed.

Written (as D.C. Glanzman) & illustrated by Steve (Static, Mocker) Ditko.
The Modern Comics reprint series (comic 3-packs) skipped the second issue. 

This splash page totally blew me away at the time! Still does!

The Action Heroes Archives Vol. 2"The End is a Beginning"
Blue Beetle figure taken from page 12 of Blue Beetle #2.
Written (as D.C. Glanzman) & illustrated by Steve (Creeper, Stalker) Ditko.

I enjoyed the Captain Atom #84 makeover. Amazing splash page!

This issue contains my favorite Blue Beetle splash page, ranking right up there with my favorite Captain Atom splash page just a couple of months prior. Ditko was always at the top of his game, in my book!

The Beetle's Nest letters page from Blue Beetle #2.
Live Large My Friends!

Thank You! 

Nice Blue Beetle pin-up!
Head shot by the master!

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