Because of his perfect genetics, Project Cadmus cloned Guardian (Jim Harper). The clone escaped early on, but Cadmus created clones of him to keep the charade of Guardian going. As these were clones of a clone, their genetic structure was unstable. Many wore down after a year, and many did not even get that old. While some had the exact memories of the original Jim Harper, others had very little brain activity.
In addition to the Golden Guardian, Cadmus made other Harper clones as well. Auron was created from the original Harper. Adam was a clone with the body of the cloned Jim Harper and the mind of Dubbilex. Gwendoline Harper was a female clone of the Harper Clone, and one he took with him when he escaped.
The Harper clones served as chiefs of security for Project Cadmus, and mentors to the most prominent other genetic achievemements of the project, Superboy and the Newsboy Legion. They were apparently not aware of the multiple clones. After Paul Westfield's death, he had to share his functions with Adam Winterbourne, and later with reformed villain Heat Wave.
Powers and Abilities
- Unique Physiology: As a clone of Jim Harper, his body was enhanced to the peak of physical prowess.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced): Having the exact memories of the original Jim Harper. Guardian is such a well trained fighter, that even his clones impressed Superboy when it comes to combat ability. Knowing various katas combined with his agility, makes Guardian a very versatile combatant. He's known for training heroes such as Superboy and Sensor Girl. He has even fought a powerless and delusional Superman under the alias of Gangbuster, to a standstill.
- Guardian's Shield: Guardian has an indestructible shield.
- Guardian's Motorcycle: Guardian rode a custom motorcycle that was fitted with a slot at the front that could store his shield.
- 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.
- 200 Appearances of James Harper clone (New Earth)
- 27 Images featuring James Harper clone (New Earth)
- 4 Quotations by or about James Harper clone (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: James Harper clone (New Earth)
Superman Family member
|Justice League member|
This character is or was a member of the Justice League of America, or the Justice League in any of its various incarnations, sworn by a duty to act as guardians of America and the world by using their skills and/or superpowers to protect Earth from both interstellar and domestic threats.