Supergirl Season 1 Episode 3: Fight or Flight
Reactron was created by Paul Kupperberg and drawn by Carmine Infantino where he first appeared in The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #8 (June 1983). Pre-Crisis of the Infinite Earths, he was Ben Krullen, a Vietnam era Army Sergeant who was seemingly destroyed by a member of his unit, Doom Patrol’s Tempest, whose powers activated during an attack on a Vietnamese village during the war. He was transformed into a living reactor. He fought both Supergirl and the Doom Patrol. Post-Crisis, he was Benjamin Martin Krull. Since Kara Zor-El was no longer part of the continuity He fought Power Girl (formerly the Earth-2 version of Kara Zor-El) instead. He went on to become one of Superman’s villains during the New Krypton storyline. He has not appeared since the New 52.
Lucy Lane was created by Otto Binder and Curt Swan and first appeared in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #36 (April 1959). She is Lois Lane’s younger sister. She has been romantically linked to Jimmy Olsen. During the New Krypton storyline she became Superwoman. In the New 52, she never was Superwoman.
Gotham Season 2 Episode 8: Tonight’s the Night
Barbara Kean is allegedly based on Barbara Gordon. Not Batgirl, but James Gordon’s wife. The earliest version of this was created by David Vern Reed, Dick Sprang, and Charles Paris in World’s Finest #53 (August, 1951). This was the Golden Age version. In the Silver Age Barbara Gordon AKA Batgirl was James’ daughter and Thelma was his wife’s name. Post-Crisis she was re-created as Barbara Eileen Gordon by Frank Miller and Dave Mazzucchelli where she first appeared in Batman #404 (February, 1987). This version was James Gordon’s wife. She adopted her husband’s niece Barbara Gordon (the future Batgirl/Oracle), the daughter of James’ brother Roger. She divorced James Gordon and left with their young son. This version is almost identical in the New 52, except she is the mother of Barbara Gordon AKA Batgirl.
The Flash Season 2 Episode 6: Enter Zoom
Harrison Wells comments about his daughter, “That’s my Jess, always so quick” and later “You’re my joy, Jesse Quick.” Those remarks are allusions to speedster Jesse Quick later known as Liberty Belle II. She was the daughter of Speedster Johnny Quick and the original Liberty Belle, both Golden Age Superheroes. She was created by Len Strazewski and Mike Parobeck and first introduced in Justice Society of America (vol. 2) #1 (August 1992). She worked with the Flash (Wally West) for a long time. She is another character that has not appeared since the New 52.
The Arrow Season 4 Episode 6: Lost Souls
Ray Palmer AKA the Atom was created by Julius Schwartz, Gardner Fox and Gil Kane. He was introduced in Showcase # 34 (Oct. 1961). He is the second DC Comics character to use the name the Atom. When he was introduced in Arrow I was expecting the version like the comics instead we got the A.T.O.M. power armor. Lost Souls shows the more iconic version. His powers are he shrinks, but his gains strength the smaller he gets. He pre-dates Marvel Comics’ Ant Man by 3 months. He was a member of the Justice League for decades. During the Green Lantern Blackest Night crossover he became a member of the Indigo Tribe, the wielders of indigo light which corresponds with compassion. In the New 52 he appeared in Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. as S.H.A.D.E.’s science advisor. S.H.A.D.E. stands for Super-Human Advanced Defense Executive. He is also slated to appear in the upcoming DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
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