Ted Kord was the second Blue Beetle.
Growing up, Ted was extraordinarily bright. He was good at science, business, and everything else he tried. In college, he received degrees in Physics, English Lit, and Theoretical Mathematics. He considered joining his father's business, Kord Omniversal Research and Development, Inc in Chicago, but overall, he had no real direction.
When Ted's uncle made an attempt to take over the world, Ted set out to stop him, recruiting the help of his archaeology teacher Dan Garrett - the first Blue Beetle, who could call on superhuman powers from an ancient scarab he had found in Bialya. In the course of the adventure, Dan was fatally wounded and asked Ted to carry on the legacy of the Blue Beetle, passing the Scarab onto him. However, Ted couldn't get the scarab to work for him, and eventually set it aside, electing to go ahead without it.
Ted trained himself to his physical peak, constructed an aerial vehicle affectionately nicknamed the "Bug", made himself a Blue Beetle costume, and set out to establish his own identity as a superhero, using his wit, agility, and a large number of gadgets to stop evildoers.
After losing his wife, Ted's father neglected Kord Omniversal, letting it become a shell of its former self. Ted revitalized the company, building it up until it became one of the top R&D companies in the USA, rivaling S.T.A.R. Labs.
Crisis on Infinite Earths
During the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Ted was recruited by the Monitor to help fight the Anti-Monitor's shadow-demons. Ted discovered that Dan's scarab was able to utterly destroy the shadow-demons, but was sent back when the Monitor found the scarab couldn't be used as he wished. Ted kept fighting in the Crisis, but lost hold of the scarab in the turmoil, and couldn't find it in the aftermath.
The scarab resurfaced some time after the Crisis, apparently having resurrected Dan Garrett and sent him on a crazed rampage. When Ted confronted Dan and the scarab, the scarab spoke to him, telling Ted it wanted him as it's new host, and offering him the use of its powers. Ted refused and helped Dan break the Scarab's control over him, shattering the Scarab's physical form and letting Dan die a final death, leaving Ted to grieve for his mentor one final time.
Ted's father eventually recovered enough to take back Kord Omniversal, but the company was devastated by Carapax, one of Ted's villains. Ted left to make his name in the superhero business.
Justice League International
Ted joined the Justice League as it was being reformed in the wake of Operation Humiliation, and often served as the pilot for the League's many vehicles. As part of the JLI, Ted met and befriended Booster Gold. The two had their differences, but served together for many years and had a bond that went beyond their wisecracks and buffoonery.
Ted's mouth and sense of humor often got him into trouble with other members of the League, especially the women. However, behind his jokes was a sincerity of heart, the knowledge of his responsibility as the Blue Beetle, and a desire to make the world safer for all.
Following his time in the League, Ted reasserted control of his business from his father, eventually making Kord Omniversal a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises. He retired from super-heroics for a short time but occasionally helped the Birds of Prey with funding and technology, becoming friends with members of the team. While working with the Birds, Ted discovered that he had a heart condition, limiting the amount of exertion he could manage without endangering his health.
During Identity Crisis, Ted led a team in search of Heatwave, one of the initial suspects in the murder of Sue Dibny. Soon afterward, he came into possession of Dan Garrett's scarab, which Hawkman had rediscovered in a Middle Eastern pyramid, untouched. However, the scarab was inert, as it had been when Ted had first received it from Dan and did not respond to him.
A little while later, a shipment of Kryptonite was stolen from one of Kord Omniversal's warehouses. Ted's various friends and allies looked into it for a while but soon returned to their own lives. If that hadn't been enough, Ted was then set upon by a gang of the Madmen.
With Booster's help, Ted set out to investigate the Kryptonite theft. In so doing, he unwittingly ran up against the shadows of the impending Infinite Crisis. During the course of his investigations, he lost the scarab to the wizard Shazam, saw Booster blasted by a bolt of energy from Brother Eye, which landed Booster in the hospital and witnessed the beginning of the Rann-Thanagar War. However, Ted found that no one else, apart from Wonder Woman, seemed willing or able to hear what he'd discovered about the theft, leaving him to go it alone.
On the trail of his last remaining lead - a bug placed on him by the Madmen - Ted tracked the signal from the bug to Checkmate headquarters in Switzerland, where he discovered a series of files that held the identities, strengths and weakness' of all of Earth's heroes. There, he confronted the mastermind behind Checkmate - its Black King, and Ted's one-time friend, Maxwell Lord, who planned to kill Earth's metahumans using Brother Eye and the O.M.A.C.s, making the planet safe for humanity. Seizing his opportunity when Checkmate's files were unexpectedly deleted, Ted made a break for it - but was brutally beaten by an OMAC and locked up. After being offered a chance to change sides by Max, he told Max to "rot in hell" and was shot and killed by his former ally.
Barbara Gordon, who had been a close friend of Ted's, established a memorial in his name, with further plans on the way. The Blue Beetle name survived, too; Hispanic teenager Jaime Reyes became the new guardian of the Blue Beetle scarab, following in Dan and Ted's footsteps as the third Blue Beetle.
Blue and Gold
Main article: Booster Gold: Blue and Gold (Collected)
The Blue Beetle of the 27th century, sensing a massive temporal disruption caused by Ted's death, traveled back in time to save Ted, recruiting Dan, Jaime, and Booster to assist him. Together, they succeeded, managing to rescue Ted from Checkmate before Max could kill him. To preserve the timeline, however, no-one in the present could know Ted was alive. However, this led to the creation of a timeline where Ted's death had not alerted any of his former allies, and instead Maxwell Lord had managed to activate the O.M.A.C. Project in its entirety, effortlessly subjugating the populace of New Earth. To erase the altered timeline, Kord fought his way back to the Time Sphere, which he programmed to send him to his death with Lord. However, a figure has since then reappeared, holding several pieces of Blue Beetle paraphernalia, prowling around a K.O.R.D. Industries warehouse. The figure then laughs in Kord's distinct "BWA-HA-HA-HA!".
When a Black Power Ring took possession of his corpse, Ted Kord, unable to locate Booster Gold due to his new time-travelling duties, lured him in the open by targeting Daniel Carter and Rose Levin, his 21st century ancestry. He was able to successfully pierce the Supernova costume shields with a Black Lantern BB Gun and held Supernova in place while beating Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes) and staving off Skeets' attack until Booster arrived. He then moved in for the kill, hoping to rip out Booster's heart.
He battled all of them but was unsuccessful in killing anyone except a neighbor who complained about the noise from the fight. Jaime and Booster removed Rose and Daniel from the scene, and headed to a KORD Industries warehouse where one of Ted Kord's hidden bases was located, to collect special equipment to fight the Black Lantern. Booster discovered that someone had accessed Ted Kord's hidden base a few months before his remains were reanimated. However, the only people, to Booster's knowledge, who had the authorization to access it were Booster Gold and Kord himself. They then headed back, where Ted's corpse battled Booster until he was attacked by a light blast from a gun designed by Ted Kord himself, tuned to simulate the emotional spectrum. Separated from the ring, Booster seized his remains before the ring could reanimate them, took them into the Time Sphere, and deposited them in a small grave at Vanishing Point Fortress
Maxwell Lord, the former head of Justice League International and the murderer of Ted Kord, was restored to life and used a device to amplify his mind control powers to erase his existence from the minds of almost everyone on the planet. He also influenced the superhero community into believing Ted committed suicide, which enraged Booster Gold, one of the few who could remember of Max's existence and also the best friend of Ted.
Later, Power Girl after regaining her memories about Max, exhumed the corpse of Ted Kord so Dick Grayson can examine it. Dick refused, still unconvinced about the existence of Maxwell Lord, but Batman arrived to reveal he remembered Lord as well. He and Dick examined the body with Batman making Dick realized Ted was actually murdered. Thus, putting the fiasco and Ted's memory at ease.
Pre-Zero Hour Ted Kord and Metropolis were taken to Convergence by Brainiac and Telos, where he was trapped for a year. Prior to the dome going down, he encountered an aging Booster Gold and attempts to save him. He later witnessed him become Waverider and was teleported back to his city. He led the Justice League International and managed to defeat Metallo and his robot army, but his arm was broken in the process. When the dome came down, he confronted Wonder Woman of Earth 22. When negotiations failed, Ted and the Justice League International fought her and her Justice League. He later bonded with his counterpart while fighting Telos' security drones. He then returned to the battle, only to find his team had been defeated but was still alive. After the battle, he returned to his base and was pranked by Booster Gold, who left him a note to have a happy birthday.
Powers and Abilities
- Genius Level Intellect
- Gadgetry: Rivaling Batman's inventive mind, Ted was the creator of many inventions and crime-fighting technologies, like his solar-powered "Bug" vehicle, BB gun, and much more. He also ran a company, Kord Industries, which produces hundreds of new technologies.
- Acrobatics: Kord was an accomplished acrobat, who more often than not, used this greatly into his hand-to-hand fighting style.
- Martial Arts: Had studied with several martial arts masters, and can outfight just about any group of thugs or criminals with his fighting skills alone.
- Computer Hacking: When Ted was 13 years old, he hacked into the U.S. Defense servers.
- Baby-Bugs/Snoopies: Small bug-shaped flying surveillance drones used for spying or for hazardous areas e.g. radiation zones.
- Costume: Kord's Blue Beetle's costume includes a special locking mechanism for his mask that engages or disengages when he touches it with a special microchip in the fingertip of his glove. Thus any attempt to unmask him against his will without knowing of that mechanism would require forcefully cutting or tearing at the mask's material.
- Radiation Suit: The "Bug" also contained a radiation suit similar to his standard suit.
- The Bug: A multipurpose 80% solar powered beetle-shaped craft, capable of operating in air and water and built with a mobile lab, blasters, magnetic manipulators, grasping "claws" and defense shields.
- Beetle Gun: could produce a blinding flash or a blast of compressed air capable of knocking down several grown men. He also had other weapons and gadgets in the "Bug" to deal with larger numbers of opponents.
- In Ted's Charlton Comics origin, and again in his first DC origin, the Blue Beetle Scarab was lost with Dan. However, when Ted appeared in Crisis on Infinite Earths #3, he had the scarab in his possession. This was resolved following Infinite Crisis. 52 #52 confirmed that Ted had the scarab during Crisis on Infinite Earths, while Blue Beetle (Volume 7) #8 explained where Ted had got the scarab by retconning his origin. In Ted's new origin, Dan had managed to pass the scarab on to him, but Ted found he couldn't make the scarab work for him.
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