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Theodore "Ted" Kord was the Blue Beetle, a superhero and benefactor to the next Blue Beetle, Jaime Reyes.
Ted Kord was a brilliant scientist and the son of Thomas Kord, owner and CEO of Kord Industries. When he was only 16 years old Ted graduated high school and began to attend college. At age 19, he successfully developed drones the size of an insect, the first breakthrough in his nanotechnology studies that Lex Luthor referred to as "revolutionary". Unfortunately for Ted, when Luthor set his eyes on the acquiring of Kord industries, he invited his father to come see him. This resulted in Thomas' death when the Crime Syndicate arrived, setting off an EMP that Luthor himself only narrowly escaped from.
After the Syndicate's downfall, Ted reluctantly visited Luthor with the intentions to sell Kord Industries, reasoning that he was still a student, and now he'd need to take care of his mother by himself, and he had no experience running a business, but Lex, whose perspectives had been greatly shaped by his battles with the Syndicate, refused to steal the family business away, instead offering to serve as a mentor for Kord, promising to always be available for advice and any business help he could provide, much to Ted's surprise and happiness.
After becoming the Blue Beetle, Jaime reached out to Ted for help with the mysterious blue Scarab he was bound to. Ted quickly become his benefactor, creating a mobile command center and becoming his partner – much to Jaime's reluctance, as he did not intend to use the Scarab to become a superhero. After showing the Bug command ship to Jaime, a mysterious Doctor Fate appeared, declaring that Jaime's Scarab technology, created by the Reach, was really Magic, intriguing Ted.
Ted was imprisoned on New Apokolips along with other heroes after the Dark Multiverse's Dark Knights, led by the Batman Who Laughs, conquered Earth 0. They were however freed when Batman, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn freed Superman from Darkfather's control.
He along with Red Tornado and Animal Man later assaulted the Robin King, who had beaten up the other heroes. The Robin King would however unleash a giant blue beetle upon Ted, resulting in his death.
- Ted Kord was created by Steve Ditko, first appearing in Captain Atom #83. However, in the Prime Earth continuity, Ted Kord first appeared as part of the New 52 DC Universe in Forever Evil #7 by Geoff Johns and David Finch.
- 48 Appearances of Theodore Kord (Prime Earth)
- 9 Images featuring Theodore Kord (Prime Earth)
- 3 Quotations by or about Theodore Kord (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Theodore Kord (Prime Earth)