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Battles Of The Week: Static vs Sunspot (Hero vs Villain)

 

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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Writers and Artists

Scott McDaniel, John Rozum and Scott McDaniel.

SYNOPSIS FOR “RECHARGED”

In Harlem, Static makes his first appearance on the streets. The black teenaged hero as to stop an out-of-control S.T.A.R. Labs villain.

And as the superhero faces the public’s backlash, he is unaware of a plot against him.

IN ORIGIN STORIES

SCIENCE FAIR QUESTION: HOW MUCH POWER IS IN SUNSPOT’S SHORT-CIRCUIT?
Static Shock (2011) #1 DC Comics.

Enter the contestants in New York. On the left side is Static and on the right side is Sunspot.

Let’s look at the stats.

STATIC – PRIME EARTH
Super Strength: Athlete 8%
Super Speed: Subsonic 42%
Durability: Metahuman 17%
Energy Projection: Metahuman 17%
Fighting Skills: Combatant 33%
Intelligence: Genius 42%
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Static’s Uniform.
  • Holographic Interface.
  • Static Saucer.
WEAKNESSES
SUNSPOT – PRIME EARTH
Super Strength: Athlete 8%
Super Speed: Metahuman 25%
Durability: Metahuman 17%
Energy Projection: Metahuman 17%
Fighting Skills: Brawler 17%
Intelligence: Field Experience 25%

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THE FIGHT

In his first public appearance, Static must stop an out-of-control S.T.A.R. Labs employee named Sunspot.

The battle to decide who is the true genius! Toggle Sunspot’s Negative Damage under Damage Points, to find out the power of his short-circuit.

DAMAGE SCALE

DAMAGE POINTS
In 'Static Shock' (2011) #1, Static Shock contains Sunspot in an E.M. field to ionize the plasma suit in air.







A brawl between Static, the black superhero and Sunspot.
STATIC ENERGY MANIPULATION ATTACKS (x4): 6 DAMAGE PTS (x4) = 24 DAMAGE PTS.
SUNSPOT ENERGY MANIPULATION ATTACKS (x3): 6 DAMAGE PTS (x3) = 18 DAMAGE PTS.

TOTAL


STATIC’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-18 DAMAGE PTS.

Power of an Electrocution = 13200 V * 0.01 A = 132 W * 4 s = 1.25714286e-7 Ton of TNT.
-(18 DAMAGE PTS * 132 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -5.65714286e-7 ​PTS * Ton of TNT.
Static’s Durability = (-5.65714286e-7 ​PTS * Ton of TNT)/(1.25714286e-7 Ton of TNT) = -4.49999999205 PTS.
Durability = 2 – 4.49999999205 = -2.50 PTS = ATHLETE.



DURABILITY: ATHLETE

Durability: Athlete 8%
SUNSPOT’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-24 DAMAGE PTS.

Thermal Energy of a Gazillion Neon Lamps = 26980335 J = 0.00642388928 Ton of TNT.
Short-Circuit = 393.828 W * 3 = 1181.484 W.
-(24 DAMAGE PTS * 1181.484 W * 1 s * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -0.00000675133 ​PTS * Ton of TNT.
Sunspot’s Durability = (-0.00000675133 ​PTS * Ton of TNT)/(0.00642388928 Ton of TNT) = -0.00105097234 PTS.
Durability = 2 – 0.00105097234 = -1.99 PTS = METAHUMAN.



DURABILITY: METAHUMAN

Durability: Metahuman 17%

WINNER: STATIC WINS BY KNOCKOUT

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STATIC'S FIRST APPEARANCE

Static (1993) #1, marks the first cameo appearance of Static in DC continuity.

Static (1993) #1, marks the first cameo appearance of Static in DC continuity. DC Comics.

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DC Day: In “Tales Of The New Teen Titans,” Cyborg Tells How He Became Half-Man, Half-Machine

 

DC DAY

Writer(s)

Marv Wolfman


Penciler(s)

George Perez


Colorist(s)

Adrienne Roy


Cover

George Perez


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

June, 1982

IN ORIGIN STORIES

ON THEIR GRAND CANYON VACATION, CYBORG TELLS HIS ORIGIN STORY TO THE NEW TEEN TITANS

In Tales Of The New Teen Titans (1982) #1, we learn the origin story of Cyborg Pre-Crisis. On their Grand Canyon vacation, Kid Flash grills hot dogs for the New Teen Titans. During that time, Cyborg opens up to his “friends” and tells them his origin story.1 Previously, Victor Stone was the child of deceased Silas Stone and Elinore Stone. And his parents were research scientists involved on research to boost human intelligence. At a young age, the researchers experimented on their child.

Eventually, they boosted his intelligence to genius level. With an I.Q. of 170, Victor was tutored into the sciences with little external human contact. At age eight, Victor wandered the streets fascinated by the outside world. When Ron Evers save him from a car accident, the two forge a friendship. Soon, they would be involved in criminal activity. When the two were arrested for looting a grocery store, the seeds of Victor’s hatred for his parents were planted.

An adult Ron Evers.
An adult Ron Evers. DC Comics.

 

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IN PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL, VICTOR STONE BECOMES A STAR ATHLETE

Cyborg. DC Comics.

AFTER AN EXTRA-DIMENSIONAL ACCIDENT, VICTOR STONE BECOMES CYBORG

Previously, Robin received a vision of the New Teen Titans at S.T.A.R. Labs in DC Comics Presents (1980) #26. Mysteriously, Raven warns him of the accident that would result in Cyborg. In our issue, Victor Stone tells how he became Cyborg. In an extra-dimensional experimental accident, an alien spore killed Elinore Stone.

When Victor visited his parents on his morning jog, it was too late. Horrifyingly, the monster attacked digesting half of his body. In time, Silas Stone punched the recall button on the computer. In an explosion, the alien vanished in the dimensional rift. Quickly, Silas worked on grafting Victor’s muscles, bones and veins with army-grade molybdenum steel. Soon, he became Cyborg.

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Cyborg. DC Comics.

BECOMING CYBORG, VICTOR STONE IS HALF-MAN, HALF-MACHINE

After a month, Victor regained consciousness. Horrifyingly, he blamed his father for the accident and his monstrous condition. Despite his hatred, he worked with Silas to regain his mobility and grow in strength. After five months, Victor angrily cut ties with his father and moved out. At his new apartment, he soon lost his athletic career and his girlfriend Marcy Reynolds.

After a year in prison, Ron visited him. In fact, he offered him a job in a terrorist attack at the U.N. Though conflicted, Cyborg accepted. At night, the hero overheard the terrorists on the roof and their plan to scapegoat him. Courageously, he fought them and managed to send the bomb in the atmosphere. Though it blew safely, Cyborg could not save Ron, who fell off the building to his apparent death.

Cyborg. DC Comics.

LATER, VICTOR STONE JOINS THE NEW TEEN TITANS AND BECOMES CYBORG

THEMES

ORIGIN STORIES

REDEMPTION

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LINKS

Tales of the New Teen Titans Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
DC Comics Presents Vol 1 26 in DC Database.


FOOTNOTES

  1. Tales of the New Teen Titans #1.
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DC Day: Joining The New Teen Titans, Beast Boy Became Changeling

 

DC DAY

Writer(s)

Marv Wolfman


Penciler(s)

George Perez


Colorist(s)

Adrienne Roy


Cover

George Perez


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

August, 1982

IN ORIGIN STORIES

ON THEIR GRAND CANYON VACATION, BEAST BOY TELLS HIS ORIGIN STORY TO THE NEW TEEN TITANS

In Tales Of The New Teen Titans (1982) #3, we learn the origin story of Beast Boy. On their Grand Canyon vacation, Beast Boy grills hot dogs for the New Teen Titans. During that time, he tells them his origin story. Previously, Beast Boy was the child of deceased Mark and Marie Logan. Named Garth Logan, he contracted the deadly jungle disease named Sakutia in Lamumba.

Relevantly, Mark Logan was an expert in many science fields. Though he claimed to have isolated the common genetic code between humans and animals. Unfortunately, Mark’s attempt at a cure granted Garfield animal shape-shifting powers with a green complexion. In an accident, his parents died with young Garfield unable to save them.

In 'Tales Of The New Teen Titans' (1982) #3, Mark Logan attempts to cure his son Garfield of Sakutia.
In Tales Of The New Teen Titans (1982) #3, Mark Logan attempts to cure his son Garfield of Sakutia. DC Comics.

THE NOTORIOUS FBI’S MOST WANTED 8 YEAR OLD JOINS THE DOOM PATROL

Doom Patrol.
The Original Doom Patrol. DC Comics.

 

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THE ARSENAL KIDNAPS BEAST BOY AND HIS GIRLFRIEND FOR RANSOM

After Beast Boy loses his movie career, he retreats to his mansion in West Hollywood. Soon, he begins a romance with Jillian Jackson, his childhood friend. Before his flame can return to school, she is kidnapped by the Doom Patrol enemy named Arsenal.

Then, it is up to Beast Boy to rescue her from the villain’s castle. There, the former Patroller learns his former guardian, Nicholas Galtry posed as the villain. Sinisterly, he imprisoned Garfield in an air-tight and electrified cage. With the ultimatum to pay him 25 million dollars to save Jillian’s life.

Nicholas Galtry. DC Comics.

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TO SAVE HIS GIRLFRIEND JILLIAN, BEAST BOY BECOMES CHANGELING

BEAST BOY TURNS INTO A PORCUPINE

In order to destroy the electrified glass, Garfield turned into a porcupine. With his spikes, Garfield short-circuited the cage.

Correctly, Dick Grayson guessed the transformation.

BEAST BOY TURNS INTO A GOAT

In order to knock down Arsenal, Beast Boy turns into a goat.

At high speed, he rams into his enemy. Powerfully, Arsenal is knocked through the wall into another room.

BEAST BOY TURNS INTO A STARFISH

Quickly, the battle turns into Beast Boy’s favor. When the teenage hero turns into a starfish, he holds Arsenal’s helmet in his powerful grip.

Then, unable to see, the villain panics. Fearfully, the villain flies outside of his castle. Finally, he ends in the lake where he resumes his attack.

BEAST BOY TURNS INTO AN ELECTRIC EEL

When in water, the villain’s face is free. Destructively, Arsenal delivers a blast which Beast Boy escapes by turning into a fish.

Quickly, Beast Boy turns into an electric eel. Powerfully, he shoots “a couple thousand volts through” Arsenal to knock him out.1

LATER, BEAST BOY JOINS THE NEW TEEN TITANS AND BECOMES CHANGELING

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LINKS

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FOOTNOTES

  1. Tales of the New Teen Titans #3.
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Image Day: Invincible’s Origin Story Is About A Viltrumite Teen Superhero With Daddy Issues Against Omni-Man

 

IMAGE DAY

Writer(s)

Robert Kirkman


Penciler(s)

Ryan Ottley


Colorist(s)

Bill Crabtree


Cover

Ryan Ottley, Bill Crabtree


Publisher

Image Comics


Publication Date

March, 2005

IN ORIGIN STORIES

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INVINCIBLE COMES OUT TO HIS GIRLFRIEND

Previously, in Invincible (2005) #22, Mark attempts to reveal his Invincible identity to Amber. After the Reanimen attacked, Mark left the scene to deal with them. Before Mark can come out, Cecil warns him of trouble. Then, he takes off.

In Invincible (2005) #0, Invincible reveals his secret identity to his girlfriend Amber Bennett. Surprisingly, Amber asks to tell her about his origins. After Mark has told her his origins, the two teenagers share a kiss in bed.

Invincible. Image Comics.

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HE BATTLED HIS FATHER OMNI-MAN IN A VILTRUMITE INVASION

In reality, Mark Grayson is the hybrid son of Nolan Grayson. Indeed, he was born from his Viltrumite father and his Earth mother. Before, Mark thought his father was a writer who traveled frequently.

At age seven, Nolan Grayson reveals he is Omni-Man. As matter of fact, he comes from the planet Viltrum and is originally on a mission to advance Earth. But, the World Betterment Committee loses interest in Earth for being too underdeveloped, and Nolan finally lives on Earth.

Omni-Man. Image Comics.

Around age seventeen, Mark develops super powers as a late bloomer. Soon, he goes on superhero missions with his father. After Mark finds a girlfriend, an unknown superhuman kills the Guardians of the Globe. A month later, Invincible discovers Omni-Man ripping a hole through The Immortal.

Immediately, the blow kills The Immortal who was the leader of the Guardians. That day, Invincible finds out about his father’s lies and the actual World Conquering Committee. In reality, Omni-Man is on a mission to conquer Earth. When Invincible refuses to join his cause, Omni-Man beats him to near death then escapes.

In Invincible (2004) #12, Omni-Man leaves Invincible near death. Image Comics.

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Fan Theory: In ‘The Mask Returns,’ The Mask’s Magic Comes From Death And Gives Its Wearer Blood-Lust

 

FAN THEORY

In 'The Mask Returns' (1993) #3, Katherine wears the mask.
In The Mask Returns (1993) #3, Katherine wears the mask. Dark Horse Comics.

IN ORIGIN STORIES

THE MASK WAS A SHAMANIC ARTIFACT THAT FED ON DEATH

In The Mask Returns (1993) #3, we learn the origin story of the Mask. Originally, the Mask was part of cult rituals. In fact, in Katherine’s dream, the ritual involved beheading a shaman wearing the Mask. After the shaman is beheaded, his headless body walks and puts the head back on the body. Probably, the Mask’s magic needed death in order to continue.

Then, the Shaman removes the Mask and places it on the altar. Criminally, a thief called Razziky steals and replaces the Mask with a fake duplicate. When his associates find him to request the relic, he gives them another fake one. Quickly, the thief wears the Mask and kills the hired men. Suddenly, Katherine wakes up and wonders if her dream was the Mask’s origin story.

The Mask. Dark Horse Comics.

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THE MASK GRANTS ITS WEARER SUPERNATURAL ABILITIES AND BLOOD-LUST

STANLEY IPKISS

In Mayhem, the Mask appears for the first time in Dark Horse continuity. To begin, low-life Stanley Ipkiss buys the Mask at a shop for his girlfriend Katherine. At night, he puts it on. And true to form, he gains supernatural abilities with added blood lust. Indeed, the anti-hero goes on crime sprees and even murdering law enforcement. When Katherine learns about the Mask, she breaks up with Stanley.

KATHERINE AND OTHERS

However, Katherine steals the Mask. And true to form, she gains supernatural abilities with added blood lust. Indeed, she kills her own ex-boyfriend Stanley Ipkiss. Other Mask wearers include Lieutenant Kellaway, Mob Boss and Rick. For the most part, the Mask seems to grant the user’s desires though it gives them blood lust and aggression. Other Mask wearers such as Ben, Hugo and Archie have distorted perceptions of reality and little blood lust.

Katherine. Dark Horse Comics.

 

 

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Fan Theory: The Swamp Thing’s Transformations Prove Levi Kamei Is A Homo Magi

The Swamp Thing.
 

FAN THEORY

SPOILERS AHEAD

Cover of 'The Swamp Thing' #1. Levi Kamei strangely transforms into Swamp Thing.
Cover of The Swamp Thing (2021) #1. Levi Kamei strangely transforms into Swamp Thing. DC Comics.

IN ORIGIN STORIES

LEVI KAMEI STRANGELY TRANSFORMS INTO SWAMP THING

After the demise of the previous Swamp Thing alias Alec Holland, our new series begins. In The Swamp Thing (2021) #1, Indian Levi Kamei is chosen to be the next Avatar of the Green. After a visit to his family in India, Levi becomes connected to the Green.

Strangely, he transforms on different occasions into the Swamp Thing. In The Swamp Thing (2021) #2, he finds a guide in Jennifer Reece. As Levi struggles to make sense of his transformations, his new guide eventually helps him face past family trauma and a trip into the Green.

Cover of 'The Swamp Thing' #1. Levi Kamei strangely transforms into Swamp Thing.
Cover of The Swamp Thing (2021) #1. Levi Kamei strangely transforms into Swamp Thing. DC Comics.

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LEVI’S FAMILY CONNECTION TO THE GREEN PROVES HE IS A HOMO MAGI

In The Swamp Thing (2021) #9, we learn the truth about Levi and the Green. In the issue, The Green has a powerful connection to Levi and his hometown in India. Originally, Levi and his brother were bonded to the Green growing up. However, Levi soon forgot about it and became a scientist as an adult working for Prescot Corporation. Determinedly, Prescot Corporation took an interest in the Green. In fact, before Levi’s birth, the company had acquired information on the Avatar of the Green.

Now, using Jennifer Reece, they baited Swamp Thing into their trap. In addition, Levi’s trauma is revealed when he recalls his father’s murder over the company’s plans to develop land in his village. Initially, Levi sided with his company’s plans despite the residents’ opposition. Evidently, given Levi’s transformations which change Swamp Thing’s permanent transformation, and his connection to the Green, we can assume the hero is a Homo Magi.

The Swamp Thing.
The Swamp Thing. DC Comics.

 


LINKS

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Fan Theory: In ‘War Of The Bounty Hunters,’ Qi’ra’s Time With Crimson Dawn Sets Up Her Solo Series

In 'Star Wars: War Of The Bounty Hunters' (2021) #3, Q'ira duels with Darth Vader.
 
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SPOILERS AHEAD

In ‘Star Wars: War Of The Bounty Hunters’ (2021) #3, Q’ira duels with Darth Vader. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

IN ORIGIN STORIES

BOBA FETT HAS TO RESCUE HAN SOLO’S CARBONITE BODY

Originally, ‘War of the Bounty Hunters’ has been promoted as a slugfest between the deadliest bounty hunters in the galaxy. Really, the comic centers on Boba Fett’s mission. In fact, the bounty hunter has to deliver Han Solo’s carbonite body to Jabba the Hutt on Tattoine. As it would happen, Boba runs into trouble.

Secretly, an organization named Crimson Dawn has stolen Solo’s body. In addition, it has put a bounty on Boba’s head. Hence, Boba deals with the onslaught of bounty hunters some of whom he thought were his friends. Finally, the bounty hunter realizes the organization has put a price on Solo’s body. To this effect, it has set a meeting with Jabba and all the major crime lords in the galaxy.

Han Solo's carbonite body.
Han Solo’s carbonite body. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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QI’RA’S CRIMSON DAWN INVOLVEMENT SETS UP HER SOLO SERIES

In ‘Star Wars: War Of The Bounty Hunters’ (2021) #3, Qi’ra is revealed to be the mysterious figure behind Crimson Dawn. If you remember, Qi’ra is Emilia Clarke’s character in “Solo.” In the film, she is introduced as Han’s love interest and childhood friend from Corellia. Working her way, she ascended through the galactic crime world. Eventually, she worked for Darth Maul.

In the issue, Darth Vader interrupts the Han Solo auction. Dramatically, his ultimatum is to hand over Han’s body or die. Defiantly, Qi’ra duels with Vader. But, Darth Vader gains the upper hand. As the Sith Lord prepares the killing blow, he senses Luke Skywalker. Quickly, Qi’ra makes her retreat. Nevertheless, Qi’ra’s Crimson Dawn involvement sets up her solo series. In fact, “Crimson Reign” occurs between “The Empire Strikes Back” and “The Last Jedi.”

In ‘Star Wars: War Of The Bounty Hunters’ (2021) #3, Qi’ra duels with Darth Vader. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

 


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Marvel Day: Kang The Conqueror Was Right! The Avengers Were Founded To Take On Hulk

In 'Avengers' (1963) #1, the Avengers form for the first time.
 
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MARVEL DAY

In 'Avengers' (1963) #1, the up-and-coming Avengers assemble to bring down the Hulk.
In Avengers’ (1963) #1, the up-and-coming Avengers assemble to bring down the Hulk. AP Photo/Marvel Comics
Official Name

Avengers.

Universe

Earth-616.

Heroes

Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Ant-Man, Wasp.

Villains

Loki, Rock Trolls.

Creators

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

IN ORIGIN STORIES

KANG THE CONQUEROR CORRECTLY DISCOVERS THE AVENGERS WERE FORMED TO STOP HULK

In the 41st century, Kang the Conqueror plots in order to become master of all time. However, one obstacle remains in his conquest: the Avengers! In order to finally defeat his foe, Kang peers through time with his tempovision. Finally, he has a plan. Quickly, he hurtles through in a spheroid to World War I. However, he is trapped in a time-storm. Since it might damage his craft, he returns to the 41st century. In order to find someone strong enough to survive the time-storm, Kang locates Hulk in the 20th century. Then, bringing him to his time, Kang tells Hulk his plan.

Slyly, the Green Goliath must travel to World War I. Specifically, his mission is to stop the Phantom Eagle from destroying a cannon of the Axis Powers. What Kang, however, does not say is that, the cannon will destroy a town where Hulk’s ancestors lived. Indeed, Kang correctly determined that the Avengers were formed to stop

In 'The Incredible Hulk' (1971) #135, Hulk punches through time to World War I.
In ‘The Incredible Hulk’ (1971) #135, Hulk punches through time to World War I. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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IN 1963, LOKI MANIPULATES HULK IN ORDER TO FIGHT THOR

In ‘Avengers’ (1963) #1, the Avengers make their spectacular debut. To begin, Loki is imprisoned on the Isle of Silence on Odin’s order. Sinisterly, the God of Evil blames Thor. In his latest scheme, he plans to bring Thor to the Isle to get his revenge. Using thought projection, Loki travels to Earth and after long hours, he located the incredible Hulk. Mentally, he creates an illusion before Hulk’s sight of dynamite on the train tracks. Misjudging his super strength, Hulk leaps and destroys the train tracks.

In order to save an incoming train, Hulk stands on a boulder and supports the damaged tracks. Though the train passes safely, Hulk is once again a wanted man. Finding out about recent reports, the Teen Brigade contacts the Fantastic Four. Unbeknownst to them, Loki intercepts their radio wave, sending it to Dr. Blake’s office. Hearing the signal, Dr. Blake strikes the ground with his cane and transforms into Thor.

In 'Avengers' (1963) #1, Loki schemes to get revenge on Thor.
In ‘Avengers’ (1963) #1, Loki schemes to get revenge on Thor. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Meanwhile, other super heroes intercept the radio waves. Soon, Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man and Wasp join the Teen Brigade at their headquarters. During the meeting, Thor spots Hulk outside.

Springing into action, Thor hurls his hammer at Hulk. Incredibly, it passes through Hulk. Seeing it is a mental image, Thor realizes he has been duped by Loki. On the rainbow bridge, the God of Thunder travels to Asgard.

In 'Avengers' (1963) #1, the future Avengers assemble at the Teen Brigade headquarters.
In ‘Avengers’ (1963) #1, the future Avengers assemble at the Teen Brigade headquarters. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

FEAT: DURING HIS FIGHT AGAINST LOKI, THOR DEFEATS A ROCK TROLL

In 'Avengers' (1963) #1, Thor defeats a rock troll.
In ‘Avengers’ (1963) #1, Thor defeats a rock troll. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

IRON MAN, ANT-MAN AND WASP HUNT DOWN HULK AT A CIRCUS

Since the heroes are hunting him down, Hulk disguises as Mechano the robot-man and works at a circus. Unfortunately, his incredible feats of strength draw the attention of Ant-Man’s army of ants. Pym suspects he is Hulk. Quickly, he heads to the location with Wasp and Iron Man. Within moments, the heroes arrive at the circus.

There, Ant-Man and the Wasp engage Hulk in battle. Soon, they manage to get Hulk out of his disguise. When Wasp is held within Hulk’s giant hands, Iron Man intervenes. Incredibly, a duel follows that takes both fighters across states. In Detroit, Hulk and Iron Man are locked in battle. Finally, Iron Man manages to imprison Hulk in a steel grapple. At that moment, Thor arrives.

In 'Avengers' (1963) #1, the up-and-coming Avengers assemble to bring down the Hulk.
In ‘Avengers’ (1963) #1, the up-and-coming Avengers assemble to bring down the Hulk. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

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AFTER LOKI IS VANQUISHED, THE AVENGERS FORM FOR THE FIRST TIME

In the last pages, Thor reveals Loki to be the mastermind of the hunt. Wickedly, he used Hulk to gaud Thor into a combat on the Isle of Silence. When Hulk attempts to fight Loki, the God of Mischief turns radioactive.

Then, it’s up to Ant-Man and Wasp to save the day. Silently commanding his army of ants, Ant-Man orders a trap door beneath Loki’s feet. Amazingly, Loki is imprisoned in a lead-lined tank. For a few minutes, Loki will remain radioactive until Thor returns him to Asgard. In the end, the Avengers form in order to be an unbeatable team.

In 'Avengers' (1963) #1, the Avengers form for the first time.
In ‘Avengers’ (1963) #1, the Avengers form for the first time. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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LINKS

Incredible Hulk Vol 1 135 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
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DC Day: “Nightwing: Year One” Shows Nightwing’s Solo Career Is About Building Bridges

In 'Nightwing' (2005) #106, Nightwing takes first flight.
 
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DC DAY

In 'Nightwing' (2005) #106, Nightwing takes first flight.
In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #106, Nightwing takes first flight. AP Photo/DC Comics
Official Name

Nightwing: Year One.

Universe

New Earth.

Heroes

Batman, Superman, Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin.

Villains

Clayface, Joker, Penguin, Killer Croc.

Creators

Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon and Scott McDaniel.

IN ORIGIN STORIES

ROBIN LATE ON A MISSION LEADS TO A SNOWBALL EFFECT: BATMAN FIRES HIM

“Nightwing: Year One” is a tape recording Nightwing sends through Batgirl to Batman about his decision to go solo. In the tape, Nightwing tells his story from his perspective about his departure from Batman. In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #101, Nightwing begins his story. He tells that the event that snowballed his dismissal has been his recurrent late tardies on missions. In fact, he had been struggling with school, his work with the Titans and his responsibilities as Robin.

Suddenly, Robin arrives and realizes Batman is protecting a child from Clayface. Apparently, the situation was the result of a domestic dispute. In reality, the baby was Clayface’s baby. Asked to watch the baby, Robin rejects Batman’s order and goes after Clayface. Eventually, Robin defeats Clayface and the baby is returned to the mother. Back at the Batcave, Alfred welcomes Batman and Robin and goes to make some peanut butter and marshmallow cream on toast. Vociferously, Bruce tells Robin needs to be totally devoted and that he is Batman’s lieutenant. Angrily, Batman fires Robin. Robin departs leaving behind his new costume.

In 'Nightwing' (2005) #101, Nightwing late on mission to an argument with Batman, then his firing.
In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #101, Nightwing late on mission to an argument with Batman, then his firing. AP Photo/DC Comics.

BRIDGE ONE: ROBIN MEETS WITH SUPERMAN TO TAKE UP THE NIGHTWING MANTLE

In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #102, Robin starts building bridges in order to start his solo career. Seeking to come out of the shadows into the light, Dick meets with Clark Kent at the Daily Planet. Lois Lane is curious about who Richard Grayson is. Interestingly, she does some digging and finds out he is the adopted relative of billionnaire Bruce Wayne. Clark’s and Dicks conversation is cut short by police reports. Clark changes to Superman while Dick rushes to the scene with a hoodie, jumping on rooftops. On the scene, Superman meets with two terrorists who want to prevent the then current presidential election.

Superman manages to stop the first terrorist by removing in the air and destroying the bomb that was strapped to him with his heat vision. Meanwhile, Dick apprehends the second one and when he jumps down a building to prevent the bomb from detonating, Superman saves him and and catches the other terrorist. Back at the Fortress of Solitude, Dick and Superman have a discussion. Asked for advice, Superman tells Dick his inspiration for his crime-fighting is a Kryponian hero named Nightwing. Since Dick is committed to remaining a superhero and one day becoming Batman, Superman tells him to find his own “place of solitude.”1

In 'Nightwing' (2005) #102, Superman tells Dick Grayson about the story of the Kryptonian hero named Nightwing.
In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #102, Superman tells Dick Grayson about the story of the Kryptonian hero named Nightwing.. AP Photo/DC Comics.

BRIDGE TWO: ROBIN BECOMES NIGHTWING AND ANNOUNCES IT TO COMMISSIONER GORDON

In 'Nightwing (2005) #103, Robin announces his new Nightwing code name to Commissioner Gordon.
In ‘Nightwing (2005) #103, Robin announces his new Nightwing code name to Commissioner Gordon. AP Photo/DC Comics.

BRIDGE THREE: NIGHTWING AND BATGIRL PROMOTE HIS NEW SOLO CAREER

In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #104, Nightwing and Batgirl are on a date to promote his new solo career. After announcing to Commissioner Gordon, Nightwing debuts his solo career by apprehending thugs on the streeets of Gotham City. However, he is being watched. When Nightwing finds himself in a difficult situation, Batgirl intervenes riding a Batcycle. In reality, she is Batman’s informant. Nevertheless, Nightwing and Batgirl attempt to rekindle their romance.

Then, they decide to announce Nightwing’s solo career to the criminal elements in Gotham City. At Arkham Asylum, Nightwing roughs up Joker to put him on notice. At a strip club, both heroes take down wanted felons and seem to be having fun. They even head out to Penguin’s nightclub and send the GCPD on his tail. Nightwing shows he wants to build bridges within the superhero community and be better than Batman.

In 'Nightwing' (2005) #104, Nightwing and Batgirl promote his solo career by taking down wanted felons.
In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #104, Nightwing and Batgirl promote his solo career by taking down wanted felons. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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BRIDGE FOUR: NIGHTWING AND THE NEW ROBIN TEAM-UP TO TAKE DOWN KILLER CROC AND SAVE ALFRED

In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #105, the philosophical differences between Batman and Nightwing are clear. Batman does not trust his proteges and wants to control them. However, Nightwing is optimistic and believes in teaching and passing down his knowledge and skills to his proteges, friends and teammates. When Batman decides to test Jason Todd, he disguises himself as a villain and Alfred as Two-Face. Unfortunately, as they drive in Gotham City to their destination, Batman is hurt and Alfred is captured by Killer Crocs henchmen.

Jason Todd meets Nightwing and prepares to fight him thinking it is a gauntlet. However, Batman contacts Nightwing and Robin telling them it is not a gauntlet. He tells them to find Alfred somewhere on the estuary. In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #106, the conflict finds its resolution. Nightwing and Robin team-up to find Alfred and take down Killer Croc and his henchmen. As the Bat-family reconvenes at the Batcave, Nightwing sends Batman a tape. There, he tells him about his decision to go solo. The following day, Batman sends Dick his new Nightwing costume with a letter showing his support.

In 'Nightwing' (2005) #106, Nightwing and the new Robin team-up to take down Killer Croc and save Alfred.
In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #106, Nightwing and the new Robin team-up to take down Killer Croc and save Alfred. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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LINKS

Nightwing Vol 2 106 in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Nightwing #102.