Jemm, Son of Saturn, was created by Greg Potter and Gene Colan and was introduced in Jemm, Son of Saturn #1 (September 1984). Jemm is the crown prince of the Red Saturnians which are clones of the Green Martians. After a coup led by the White Martians; Jemm escaped to Earth. Except for once being brainwashed by Lex Luthor, Jemm is essentially a hero in the comics. This is very different than the version portrayed on the show.
Martian Manhunter, J’onn J’onzz, was created by Joseph Samachson and Joe Certa. He first appeared in Detective Comics #225 in November 1955. He is the last of the Green Martians. His powers are shape shifting, super strength, flight, durability, regeneration, self-sustenance, intangibility, invisibility, telepathy, telekinesis, extrasensory input, and optic blasts. His one weakness is fear or fire, which depending on the era was inherent in all Martians or a personal peculiarity to J’onn. He was a founder of the Justice League of America and served in several versions of that team. From the early 1970’s to 1984, his appearances were rare and sporadic. In 1987 with the relaunch of the Justice League he gained mainstream exposure with the popularity of that title. He has appeared on Smallville, the animated Justice League shows, Young Justice, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and in the unsuccessful pilot for the Justice League of America proposed TV Show. He was in the Detroit Era of the Justice League of America which included Aquaman, Elongated Man, Vibe, Vixen, Gypsy, and Steel.
Weather Wizard was created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino, he debuted in The Flash #110 (December 1959). In the comics Mark’s brother Clyde invented the weather wand that gave him powers over weather. Clyde died of a heart attack soon after finishing his discovery. In the New 52, version has his powers made part of him and is named Marco Mardon. He is a member of a Latino organized crime family.
Trickster was created John Broome and Carmine Infantino, he first appeared in Flash #113 (June–July 1960). He is Giovanni Giuseppe, but goes by James Jesse. He was a former circus acrobat. He died protecting the Pied Piper who had become a hero. His successor, Axel Walker, broke the Rogues cardinal rule and killed a speedster. It is Axel who is in the New 52.
Captain Cold was created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino and introduced in Showcase #8 (June 1957). He was The Silver Age Flash’s (Barry Allen) first Supervillain. Until the New 52, Leonard “Len” Snart got his abilities from his cold gun. In the New 52 he and other members of the Rogues (Lisa Snart who later became the Golden Glider, Weather Wizard, Heatwave, and Mirror Master) had their weapons merged with their bodies. After the Forever Evil crossover Snart joined the Justice League.
Wally West was created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino and first appeared in The Flash #110 (December 1959). Wally was the first Kid Flash, the Flash’s (Barry Allen) sidekick and younger counterpart. He was Iris West’s nephew not her brother. After Barry Allen’s death at the end of the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Wally became the third man take up the mantle of The Flash. He was a founding member of the Teen Titans and New Teen Titans as Kid Flash. He later joined the Justice League in his own right as the Flash. His version of the Flash is who appeared in the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated series voiced by Michael Rosenbaum, Smallville’s Lex Luthor. He re-appeared in the New 52 as an African American young man, who is Iris’ nephew, and has not become Kid Flash as of yet.
Arrow Season 4 Episode 9: Dark Waters
Green Arrow was created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp. He debuted in More Fun Comics #73 (November 1941). Along with Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and Aquaman, Green Arrow’s Silver Age origin is almost identical to his Golden Age counterpart. In the 40’s and 50’s Green Arrow was like an Archery themed Batman with a kid sidekick named Speedy (Roy Harper), an Arrow Car, and an Arrow Plane. He had a long standing romantic relationship with the second Black Canary and friendship with Hal Jordan (Green Lantern). In 1969 his image was changed from the clean shaven with a red and green costume to the Van Dyke beard and solid green sleeveless costume. During the seventies Speedy (Roy Harper) was revealed to have a heroin addiction. It was one of the beginnings of more adult content in Comics and a relaxing of the Comics Code. In 1987 with Long Bow Hunters, creator Mike Grell brought him an edgier feel. In 1995 Oliver died, but was resurrected in 2000. The New 52 version is a tech billionaire and closely resembles the version from, the TV shows Smallville and Arrow.
Thea Queen is loosely based on Speedy (Mia Dearden). Mia Dearden was created by Kevin Smith and Phil Hester. Her first appearance was in Green Arrow (vol. 3) #2 (May 2001). Thea’s middle name is Dearden and she went by the name Mia when she was living in Corto Maltese. Mia Dearden has been mentioned by someone looking for her in the New 52.
Black Canary was created by Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino. She arrived in Flash Comics #86 (August 1947). She was in her Golden Age version Dinah Drake; she later married and became Dinah Lance. She was re-introduced with many Golden Age DC characters in the 1960’s. She ended up in a relationship with Green Arrow (Oliver Queen). It was retconned that the Black Canary in a relationship with Green Arrow was Dinah Laurel Lance, daughter of Dinah Drake Lance, the original Black Canary. Pre-Crisis of Infinite Earths, Black Canary was one of the rare characters to have been a member of both the JSA and JLA. The New 52 version is closer to the Golden Age character than the Bronze Age. Her maiden name is Dinah Drake.
Supergirl Season 1 Episode 8: Hostile Takeover
Before Kara Zor-El’s version of Supergirl was introduced there were a few stories with characters called Supergirl or Superwoman. Lois Lane dreamed she gained Kryptonian abilities after a blood transfusion with Superman and she was referred to as Superwoman (Action Comics #60/ May 1943). Superboy (a young Kal-El) met Queen Lucy from the imaginary Latin American country Borgonia. Superboy helps her win a contest by faking her having abilities similar to his; in the contest she is called Super-Girl (Superboy #5/ November–December 1949). Jimmy Olsen used a magic totem to wish into existence a companion and helper for Superman called Super-Girl (Superman #123/ August 1958).
Kara Zor-El was created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino; she was introduced in Action Comics #252 (May 1959). She was Superman’s older cousin whose rocket took longer to get to Earth. She became the Earth 1 version of the character. She used the Alter Ego of Linda Danvers. She like her cousin as Superboy had been a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes from the 30th Century. During Crisis on Infinite Earths, Supergirl died and was removed from Continuity.
During the Seventies, on Earth 2 their version of Kara was Kara Zor-L was introduced. She was called Power Girl and a member of the JSA and Infinity, Inc. (a team of second generation legacy characters to the JSA). Her Alter Ego was Karen Starr. She survived the Crisis on Infinite Earths, but was changed to be the descendant of Arion the Atlantean sorcerer. With the re-introduction of multiverse in Infinite Crisis her original origin was brought back. Since the New 52, she is Earth 2’s Supergirl not just the analog, when on Prime Earth (the earth that the main New 52 books occur on) she called herself Power Girl.
After Crisis there was a Supergirl created from synthetic protoplasm to fight the Phantom Zone Kryptonians in a Pocket Continuum. She is referred to as Matrix or Mae. In 1996 Peter David re-vamped her and merged her with human teenager Linda, Danvers (Kara Zor-El’s old alter Ego’s name). The merging of two souls creates and Earth-bound angel.
In 2005, Kara Zor-El/Supergirl was re-introduced to the DC continuity. She became a member of the Teen Titans and the Justice League. In the New 52 Supergirl is Kara Zor-El, She is Superman’s cousin who arrives when her baby cousin is older biologically. She in the New 52 became a Red Lantern, the Red Lanterns are like the Green Lanterns but fuel their energy with rage.
Non was created by Mario Puzo, author of the Godfather and script writer for Superman: the Movie, for 1978 for the film. Non did not appear in the comics until Action Comics #845 (January 2007). He was one of the three Kryptonians who wad trapped in the Phantom Zone in Superman: The Movie and escaped the Phantom Zone in Superman II. In the Comics it was revealed Non was a friend and colleague of Jor-El’s. He was lobotomized after he was part of a separatist movement. This turned a brilliant scientist into a brutal thug. He retained his kindness for children and would never harm one purposely. The TV show’s version seems to be the non-lobotomized equivalent.
Until next week, enjoy your DC TV shows.