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Joe Morgan was a professional boxer and later became a trainer.

He trained Ted Grant in the "sweet science" of boxing. Ted became a heavy weight champ and super hero Wildcat. Joe later became a wino on the streets of Calvin City were he became friends with Al Pratt a sophmore at Calvin College. Joe became the young man's personal trainer; they trained for a year at Pratt's family farm until Joe turned the 98 pound weakling into a "Lil Superman" and Al went on to become the Atom. Under the name "Nat Milligan", Morgan trained Jim Harper in various athletic endeavors. Harper would go from being a juvenile delinquent, to successful athlete, to policeman, to finally becoming the costumed hero the Guardian. Unlike his various proteges, Morgan struggled in life and was living in a tenement when he was contacted by an energy being known as Evil who offered him the chance to get back at the men he felt had abandoned him. Evil possessed Morgan and attacked the three superheroes and their allies. Morgan died in the struggle, and the energy being was exiled into space by Green Lantern.


  • Not to be confused with Joseph R. Morgan, the ex-husband of Cat Grant.
  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-Two 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 no longer apply.