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|As a result of the New 52 in 2011, the entire line of DC characters was relaunched, incorporating properties belonging to the company's imprints: Wildstorm, Milestone, and Vertigo. As such, elements of this character's history have been altered in some way from the previous incarnation. For a complete list of all versions of this character, see our disambiguation page.|
- When it comes to all this superhero stuff...I'm not the best there is. I mean, I'm okay and all...but it's generally best that I work alone and handle low-level stuff. During my time with the Justice League I was a role player. Since confidence isn't exactly at the top of my skill set, I was fine with it. Working with Booster covers that because he has enough for both of us.
- — Blue Beetle src
Theodore "Ted" Kord is the Blue Beetle, a superhero and benefactor to the next Blue Beetle, Jaime Reyes.
New 52 Origin
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.
Following the cosmic upheavals of the Rebirth period, this character's history was revised.
At some point following the arrival of Booster Gold in the present day, Ted Kord, a genius inventor (and heir to Kord Industries) set out to become a hero in his own right, having been inspired by the deeds of Superman and Batman. He developed a high-tech suit, but was reluctant to strike out on his own just yet, as he feared that going out without distinct super-heroic identity would result in a repeat of the fate of the Bug-Eyed Bandit, who was stuck with an embarrasing name by the media. However, a chance encounter with his neighbor, archeologist and golden age Blue Beetle Dan Garrett, ended in him being inspired to take on the mantle of the Blue Beetle.
Later on, Ted would be a member of the original Justice League International, a group organized by Maxwell Lord. Early on, they faced off against the Royal Flush Gang, a battle during which they were aided by Booster Gold, who they then recruited into the group. Not long afterwards, Booster and Ted fought Blackguard, who overwhelmed them until they could be rescued by Guy Gardner, though both of them would later recall the event with heavy bias towards themselves being the hero of the day.
At some point during his membership in the JLI, Ted was present for a mission into the Ringbrak dimension. This resulted a harmless and minute, but distinct radiation signature that would cling to him (and all of the other leaguers present) for years.
Over the years, despite a somewhat rocky start, Ted and Booster Gold would become the best of friends. Booster would also befriend Trixie Collins, Booster's sometimes-assistant. During Ted's various adventures, he encountered the superheroine Nightshade, who had the power to manipulate shadow. Unfortunately, Ted suffered from reocurring cardiac issues, and his assorted health struggles eventually forced his retirement.
Some time after becoming the newest 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.
After Superman is framed and rendered comatose, Ted Kord joined the group of heroes heading towards Mars to confront their mysterious enemy. The heroes meet and engage Doctor Manhattan, but they are easily defeated.
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, and 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. He was later revived by Batman using a Black Lantern Ring.
Blue and Gold
Despite his heart problems being settled, Kord started to lose his confidence after a run in with the Suicide Squad. While visiting his father's grave, Skeets found him and told him that his friend Booster Gold needed help battling an alien craft on New York that was holding the Justice League as prisoners. Ted put on his suit and flew with the Bug to rescue his friend who was also streaming the battle online, the two then managed to rescue the Justice League though the Bug was destroyed during the fight. The Justice League later offered Blue Beetle a spot on the team but Ted refused when he found out that Booster was not invited.
After stopping some robbers from stealing advance tech from a Kord Industries truck. The two heroes decided to make a group that would strive closer to the people than the Justice League, with Booster announcing Blue & Gold Restoration on a public conference. Unfortunately, Ted couldn't get help from Kord Industries as he was fired due to his amateurish leadership that put the company on the edge of bankruptcy.
Powers and Abilities
- Business Management
- Genius Level Intellect
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Basic)
- The Bug (Formerly)
- Ted Kord was created by Steve Ditko and Gary Friedrich, 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.
- 71 Appearances of Theodore Kord (Prime Earth)
- 22 Images featuring Theodore Kord (Prime Earth)
- 6 Quotations by or about Theodore Kord (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Theodore Kord (Prime Earth)
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