About Ted Kord/Blue Beetle

Quoted from Wikipedia:

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.

Ted Kord was sometimes shown as an industrialist, the owner of KORD Industries

Blue Beetle is probably best known as the wisecracking member of Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis’ lighthearted, five-year run on various Justice League of America titles (notably Justice League International), where he was memorably partnered with fellow third-string hero Booster Gold, and the two quickly became best friends.

Ted made several appearances in Birds of Prey, at first as Oracle’s internet friend and later in person. It was hinted in several issues that Ted had a crush on Oracle. Ted had gone back to his company, but still had many, many problems with it; problems Oracle tried to help resolve. During this time, it was revealed he had a heart condition (he had actually experienced multiple heart attacks while in action without noticing), but this did not stop him from assisting when it was needed. After his death, the Birds of Prey visited a statue in Valhalla Cemetery built in his honor.[5] Black Canary revealed that being in the JLA was only fun when Blue Beetle was there. Oracle revealed that she had had a cyber crush on him.

In the 80-page special Countdown to Infinite Crisis, published on March 30, 2005, Blue Beetle discovers a revived Checkmate organization led by Maxwell Lord, former bankroller of the JLA, headquartered in a Belgian castle fortress, where Beetle is captured. Lord reveals to Blue Beetle that his intent is to use the organization to ensure that metahumans, including superheroes, will be kept under surveillance and controlled by humans. Lord then gives Beetle an ultimatum to join his organization. When Kord refuses with the reply, “Rot in hell, Max,” Lord murders him with a bullet to the head.

That same story had earlier reiterated that Ted Kord had thought the scarab destroyed back in Blue Beetle vol. 6, #18 (1987); however, it had been rediscovered, untouched, in a temple in Egypt and handed over to Kord.


2 Comments on “About Ted Kord/Blue Beetle”

  1. jbensch says:

    Ted Kord as Blue Beetle was my absolute reason for collecting the JL series in the 80’s. A little part of me died when his future self (10 years out) was revealed to be as the balding, overweight Stupendous Silverfish in annual #5. I still can’t believe Max killed him off.

    • Donald says:

      @jbensch: I’ve always felt killing Ted Kord was unnecessary, especially since we have 3 or 4 flashes running around, 4 green lanterns of earth, and the whole superman gang! What ever happened to bringing back unknown or lesser-known characters with great writing and solid artwork?! Hell, DC proved it could be done with All-Star Western (Which by the way if you’re not reading it, you should be!)


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