DCTV Easter Egg Report 04/17/2016

Supergirl Season 1 Episode 19: Myriad
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Maxima was created by Roger Stern and George Pérez in Action Comics #645 (September 1989). She was the heir to the throne of the planet Almerac. She was searching for a suitable mate and consort. Superman was her first choice, later she was betrothed to Ultraa. She joined the Justice League. She then attempted to court Captain Atom. He like Superman rejected her advances. She tried to court Superman again; after he rejected her she joined the Superman Revenge Squad. She had been both a hero and a villain. She died trying to protect the world from Brainiac 13. Cat Grant’s remark about Harrison Ford is ironic since the actress portraying Cat Grant, Calista Flockhart, is married to him.

 

Gotham Season 2 Episode 17: Into the Woods
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Selina Kyle AKA Catwoman was first introduced in Batman #1 (Spring 1940) by Bill Finger and Bob Kane. She was originally called the Cat. She had various origins during the Golden and Silver Ages. Post Crisis on Infinite Earths, her origin was remade in Batman: Year One. She was a dominatrix who fought her abusive pimp. Selina in this version committed crimes in order to survive and help others. She ran afoul of Batman. This began her anti-hero status that continues till today. This was also where her current costume and subsequent versions started as well.

 

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 1 Episode 11: The Magnificent Eight
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Jonah Hex was created by John Albano and Tony DeZuniga in All-Star Western #10 (Feb.–Mar. 1972). Jonah grew up with an alcoholic father who sold him to the Apache when he was 13. After saving the Chief from a puma, he was made a full fledge member of the tribe. His adopted brother, Noh Tante, was jealous of him; they both sought the affections of the same girl. Noh Tante betrayed Jonah during their manhood ceremony and left Jonah for dead in Kiowa territory. The Kiowa were enemies of the Apache. He was rescued by the U.S. Cavalry, but they did not heed his warning for a possible massacre. He was left for dead again. He was saved by an old trapper.

He went on to become a U.S. Cavalry scout. After the Civil War commenced, he joined the Confederate Army. After Lincoln freed the slaves, Hex did not feel right to support a system that enslaved others. He snuck into the nearest Union camp to surrender. The commanding officer wanted the location of Hex’s unit. Jonah refused, but the commanding Union officer was able to deduce the location. When Hex’s comrades were brought to the prison camp the commanding officer claimed Hex betrayed them. He escaped the prison camp before the massacre that the Union perpetrated on the prisoners. He tried to reunite with his old tribe. After he accused his adopted brother of the previous wrongs, he was forced to a trial of combat with his brother. He killed his adopted brother after his brother sabotaged his weapon. The sabotage forced Hex to cheat to live. His adoptive father not believing Jonah and blaming Jonah for Noh Tante’s death in a dishonorable manner punished Johan with a mark of the demon. This is the nasty scar Jonah has. Hex left only to return years later to retrieve a female settler who had been kidnapped. This final confrontation led to his killing his adopted father. Jonah soon became the Bounty Hunter he was known for being.

Jonah Hex had several adventures out of his own time. He fought with several other warriors from other time periods against the Justice League of America and Justice Society of America. He and his teammates rebelled against the one who gathered them together. After Crisis on Infinite Earths, he found himself in a post apocalyptic future fighting ruthless desperadoes in scenes reminiscent of Mad Max. In the 1990’s Joe R. Lansdale wrote three stories of Hex dealing with the occult, mystical, and mythical. He was in the New 52, in All-Star Western. In that run, Jonah teamed up with Amadeus Arkham, the founder of the Arkham Asylum, to fight crime in 19th century Gotham City. Two thirds into the run, Hex went to the 21st century and met Batman. At the end of the run he returned to the 19th century. A warning to folks wanting to read Jonah’s adventures, most of his appearances from the 1990’s to the present are categorized as being mature audiences only.

Hannibal Hawkes was mentioned by Kendra’s past self. In the comics Hawkes was the masked western hero Nighthawk. Nighthawk first appeared in Western Comics #5 (Sept./Oct. 1948). He was created by Robert Kanigher and Charles Paris. He was a traveling repairman that donned the mask to solve mysteries. Post-Crisis he was retconned into one of the incarnations of Prince Khufu, the Golden Age Hawkman. In the New 52, he was given the origin of having left home as a child. He later ended up on a whaling ship where the captain, a former salve, became a father figure to him. He witnessed hi second father’s death and vowed to fight oppression everywhere.

Even though they never said the name, in the comics Kendra’s Old West self is Cinnamon. Cinnamon debuted in Weird Western Tales #48 (September-October 1978). Her creators were Roger McKenzie, Jack Abel, and Danny Bulanad. Her real name is Katherine “Kate” Manser. Her father was a Sheriff, after he was killed by bank robbers she was sent to an orphanage. She secretly trained herself in gunfighting. After she left the orphanage, she became a bounty hunter and hunted down her father’s killers. She is known for using her father’s Sheriff’s badge like a shuriken, a Japanese throwing star. Post-Crisis she was made into one of Chay-Ara’s incarnations and made Nighthawk’s partner. In the New 52, her origin is mostly the same, but in this version she was taught martial arts by a wandering samurai, named Ichi.

 

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