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Quote1 Am I the hero of Rann, dreaming he is an old man on Earth? Or is it the other way around? Quote2
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Adam Strange is an archeologist transported to the planet Rann by a stray Zeta-Beam. With the help of scientist Sardath and his daughter Alanna, Adam had many adventures on the distant planet.


Adam Strange was once a mere human archaeologist, one day while working on a dig in Caramanga, South America, Adam was transported to the planet of Rann via the Zeta-Beam. Their leader Sardath had invented the Zeta Beam, which could teleport matter over light years of distance. He immediately befriended the Rannians and took up a flight pack and raygun to assist them. While there, he also fell in love with Sardath's daughter named Alanna.[2]


As the Zeta Beam's teleportation effect wore off, Adam was returned to Earth. However, he was able to return to Rann by following a schedule of where the Zeta beam would next hit. He scheduled his archeological trips to coincide with the location and time. He also married Alanna.

It was initially believed that the Zeta Beam was used simply as a friendly communication between Rann and Earth. However, it was later hinted that Rann was searching for suitable mates from other planets as more and more of the Rannians were found to be sterile.

Adam met the Justice League after helping them battle Kanjar Ro, but declined their membership offer.[3] He continued to act on both Earth and Rann, helping to improve relations among different planets.

The Cosmic Conspiracy of Adam Strange

After he was married to Alanna,[4] Adam seemingly became a permanent resident of Rann, until the Zeta-Beam radiation that lingered in his body wore off and he was transported back to Earth in the 73rd century, full of destruction.[5] This would occur several times, coming back more exhausted and battered with each trip until he fell into a coma. The Justice League would be sent to the 73rd century after Alanna contacted them for help. Adam would attack them soon after they were transported and the League was approached by an alien Green Lantern, who told the League that Adam Strange was the greatest menace in the 73rd century. Adam's trips to the 73rd century mutated the Zeta-Energy in his body and warped his mind and he would return to normal later.

It would be revealed that Kanjar Ro altered the Zeta-Energy in Adam's body, which was absorbed by the Justice League during their altercation with Adam in the 73rd century. The Justice League would later battle Kanjar Ro and defeat him in the 73rd century after he was revealed to be the alien Green Lantern which helped them regain Adam's mind.[6]

While still on Earth, Adam was falsely told that Alanna had died during childbirth. He was later reunited with his wife and daughter but briefly as the Zeta Radiation had worn off, leaving him back on Earth after preventing an invasion of Rann.

Adam was later told Rann had been destroyed in a suprenova, but in truth this was actually a ruse planned by Sardath who teleported it to a different universe through an upgraded zeta device called an 'Omega Beam.'

To protect it from Thanagarian fanatics serving the deadly Starbreaker, Adam was able to prevent Rann's destruction with the help of the Omega Men and the few remaining Darkstars. However, they were all transported into the orbit of Thanagar which ended up destroying much of the planet. Many surviving refugees settled on Rann as the two worlds went to war.

Rann-Thanagar War

The Thanagarians and Rannians recently began to fight each other after being manipulated by Blackfire. Adam and Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner) were able to halt the war.


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Adam Strange was stranded on a paradise-like planet with fellow heroes Animal Man and Starfire after the battle with Alexander Luthor and Superboy-Prime, an incident that resulted in the loss of his eyes. After several weeks, Adam was able to get his spaceship working, and they departed for Earth. Their ship, however, was attacked by Devilance, who they had encountered on the planet and who had pursued them into space. Lobo appeared just in time to destroy Devilance, and after a some negotiation, agreed to help them out.


  • Enhanced Vision: Due to losing his eyes from a failed Zeta-Beam attempt. Sardeth cloned new eyes for Adam using his daughter as a template donor.
    • Electromagnetic Spectrum Vision: Sardeth had augmented Adam's new eyes so he can naturally see into all of the EM Spectrum.



  • Contagious Environment: If Adam Strange remains on Rann for more than a year without returning to Earth, he will die.(Formerly)


  • Adam Strange's Flight Suit: Fireproof insulated costume and helmet. The helmet is also equipped with a shield that protects Adam from harmful atmospheric conditions and has a HUD (Head's Up Display) for easy targeting slaved to his blaster.
  • Zeta-Beam Module: A compression of the zeta-beam device used by Rann, it's a portable mobile drone which can be programmed with the coordinates of the desired destination Adam wishes to get too.



  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
  • Adam Strange was created by Julius Schwartz, who named the character after the first man on Earth according to the Abrahamic faiths, since Adam Strange was the first Earthman on another planet and the surname "Strange" was taken from Schwartz's previously edited science-fiction comic Strange Adventures (Volume 1). The character design was first created by Murphy Anderson and the design was first used by Gil Kane and Mike Sekowsky on Strange's first appearance in Showcase #17.[11][12]
  • While his wife Alanna was pregnant with Adam's child, Adam had an affair with an Earth woman named Doctor Evelyn Fox.[13]
  • Much of Strange's early history seems to have been inspired by Edgar Rice Burroughs' A Princess of Mars, in which prospector John Carter is pulled across space to the planet Barsoom (Mars) and becomes a hero, his strength and agility increased by the planet's weaker gravity.



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