Supergirl Season 1 Episode 6: Red Faced
Red Tornado was created by Gardner Fox and Dick Dillin and he first appeared in Justice League of America #64 (August 1968). He is the merging of an android body with a sentient tornado from the planet Rann. The Merger results in sentience. He was basically a sentient android/tornado trying to figure out his place in the world. He was built by T.O. Morrow, a mad scientist to infiltrate the JSA (Justice Society of America, Earth 2). He however could not betray them, so he turned on Morrow. He was a hero for most of his existence. In pre-Crisis DC Comics he was one of the few heroes to have been in both the JSA and the JLA (Justice League of America, Earth 1). In the New 52, Earth 2 continuity Red Tornado is Lois Lane in a robot body. There was a Golden Age hero who went by the name Red Tornado, but the version used on the show is the robotic Silver Age version.
This is the Silver Age version of T.O. Morrow who was created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino and was first introduced in Flash #143 (March 1964). He was an evil/mad scientist type Supervillain. He was able to view into the future and copy their technology. He also was known for robotics, specifically android (robots modeled after the human form). Morrow is from Earth 1, but ended up on Earth 2 and originally created Red Tornado to infiltrate and destroy from within the JSA. That failed and Red Tornado became a Superhero. In the new 52, Morrow is a S.T.A.R. labs scientist and colleague of Silas Stone, Cyborg’s father.
General Samuel Lane was introduced in Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane #13 (November 1959) by Robert Bernstein and Kurt Schaffenberger. Since 1987 he has been presented as wary of all aliens on Earth, specifically Kryptonians. He sees them as a threat to American security and way of life. At one point, his actions fueled a situation that led to a war between humans and Kryptonians. All of this occurred in pre-New 52. The New 52 version follows this same theme.
805 Grundy, Edward Nygma’s address, is a nod to Solomon Grundy, a Golden Age Supervillain. Grundy was introduced as the main villain to Golden Age Green Lantern (Alan Scott). He was the creation of Alfred Bester and Paul Reinman and was introduced in All-American Comics #61 (October 1944). Since the Golden Age Green Lantern’s base of operations was Gotham City. Grundy crossed paths with Batman. He was basically an animated corpse who walked the Earth. He has accelerated healing super human strength and stamina.
Leslie Thompkins was created by writer Dennis O’Neil and artist Dick Giordano. Her first appearance was in Detective Comics #457 (March 1976). She is a doctor and friend of Bruce Wayne’s parents. After his parents death she became a surrogate mother to Bruce Wayne. She ran clinics to help other children survivors of tragedies. She has helped several associates of the Batman after they appeared to be dead. She has never been in a relationship with James Gordon in any of the comics.
The figure at the end of the episode appears to be Mr. Freeze, Dr. Victor Fries. Originally he was called Mr. Zero. Later his name was changed to Mr. Freeze. He first appeared as Mr. Zero in Batman #121 (February 1959) and as Mr. Freeze in Detective Comics #373 (March 1968). It is said he was created by Bob Kane, but David Wood and Sheldon Moldoff are said to be his creators as well, although they have been never officially credited. He is a scientist who used cryonics to freeze his dying wife. He has a freeze gun of sorts.
The Flash Season 2 Episode 8: Legends of Today
Vandal Savage was created by Alfred Bester and Martin Nodell, first appearing in Green Lantern vol. 1 #10 (December 1944). In the comics he was a caveman who was bathed in the radiation of a meteor that increased his intellect and made him immortal in 50,000 B.C. His first opponent in the comics was the Golden Age Green Lantern (Alan Scott). In 1965, Immortal Man was introduced, a character that would die only to be reincarnated instantly to another living person. He received his powers during the same event that gave Savage his. Immortal Man was made Savage’s arch nemesis. In 1986, Immortal Man was erased from continuity after the Crisis on Infinite Earths. Savage has been the big bad for so many superheroes over the decades. He is also in the New 52, in both present and past incarnations.
Velocity 6 is not in the comics, but there is a drug that allows its users to tap into the speed force it is called Velocity 9. It was created by Vandal Savage and the drug burnt out the bodies of the users. It was introduced in Flash (Volume 2) #12 (May, 1988). Deathstroke at one point created a version without the negative adverse effects.
Hawkman and Hawkgirl/Hawkwoman have the most convoluted continuity in DC Comics. This was because after the Crisis on Infinite Earths there were some consistency issues. First there are two separate versions of these characters. The version seen on Flash, Arrow and the upcoming DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is based on the Golden Age/ Earth 2 version. There are the constantly reincarnated Prince Khufu and his love Chay-Ara. The wings come from the Nth metal. The evil rival priest is not Vandal Savage in the original version. Their names in the Golden Age era’s time is Archeologist Cater Hal and his girlfriend Shiera Sanders, they later marred and she was Shiera Hall. The Golden Age Hawkman and Shiera Sander Hall were created by Gardner Fox and Dennis Neville first appearing in Flash Comics # 1 (January 1940). Shiera as Hawkgirl was introduced in All Star Comics #5 (June 1941) with costume created by Sheldon Moldoff.
The Silver Age versions were aliens Katar Hol (Hawkman) and Shayera Hol (Hawkwoman), law enforcement officers and married couple from the planet Thanagar. They were created by Gardner Fox and Joe Kubert, first appearing in The Brave and the Bold #34 (February–March 1961). The Hawk was the symbol of their authority on Thanagar. Post Crisis they used the Silver Age versions and the Golden Age were also existent on the same world. The confusion is when DC rebooted the continuity in 1989 with Hawkworld. This was 3 years post-Crisis and the Silver Age Hawks had already appeared several times. With the serious convoluting of their continuity Hawkman and Hawkgirl/ Hawkwoman were considered ruined/ nuclear properties. It was not until Hawkwoman’s appearance in the animated show Justice League that things began to change.
The Kendra Saunders version of Hawkgirl was created by James Robinson, David S. Goyer, and Stephen Sadowski. She first appeared in JSA Secret Files and Origins #1 (August, 1999). She was the grand-niece of the Golden Age Shiera Sanders Hall. She committed suicide and her Aunt’s spirit took over her soulless body. In the New 52 she exists on Earth 2 as Kendra Munoz-Saunders as woman of color. The Thanagarians have appeared on the main Earth in the New 52, although Hawkman is the only one with a superhero identity.
Jurgens Industrial is named more than likely after comics creator Dan Jurgens. Dan Jurgens is famous for creating the following DC Comics characters: Booster Gold, Skeets, Goldstar, Doomsday, Monarch, Waverider, and the Linear Men. He was a key figure in the Death of Superman and Reign of Supermen storylines.
Until next week, enjoy your DC TV shows.