Quote1 Your work is going to be revolutionary. And Kord Industries is a family business. And is important. I can't take that away from you or from the people who now work for you. But I will be here if you ever need any advice. I'm only a phone call away. Quote2
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Theodore "Ted" Kord is 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.[1]


Some time prior to meeting Jaime Reyes, Ted himself acted as a superhero named Blue Beetle. During his adventures, he met other heroes such as Nightshade.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]





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