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And, yes, I am a massive snob, and there was no need for you all to think it at once. --EMMA FROST
Know Your CBM Character - EMMA FROST. Who She is? What are her powers and abilities? Who played her in live media.

EMMA FROST is the former Hellfire Club's WHITE QUEEN, a villainess of the X-Men. Now she fights in their ranks. She is a powerful telepath and can change her body into an organic diamond form.

Emma Grace Frost is a fictional character that appears in Marvel Comics. She first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #129 (January 1980), and was created by writer Chris Claremont and artist/co-writer John Byrne. An urbane, mutant telepath with a well-noted dry wit.

When we first meet EMMA FROST she was the Hellfire Club's WHITE QUEEN. As WHITE QUEEN of the Hellfire Club, Emma wore the outfit she had when hired as a dancer; a white corset and panties, thigh-high white boots, opera gloves and a fur-trimmed cape.


"On Mars I was a Manhunter, a police detective charged with protecting my people from telepathic crime." --J'onn J'onzz
Know Your CBM Character - MARTIAN MANHUNTER. Who he is? What are his powers and abilities? Who played him in live media.

MARTIAN MANHUNTER is J'onn J'onzz in his native tongue, John Jones in earth tongue but he has other identities due to his ability to shapeshift. He survived a telepathic plague that killed most of his kind, when he was transported to earth by a scientist. He now operates as one of Earth's greatest superheroes.

The MARTIAN MANHUNTER (J'onn J'onzz) is a fictional DC Comics character created by writer Joseph Samachson and artist Joe Certa, he first appeared in Detective Comics #225 (Nov. 1955). The character is known for being one of the core members of the Justice League.

First Appearance
1955: The MARTIAN MANHUNTER debuted in the back-up story "The Strange Experiment of Dr. Erdel" in Detective Comics #225. The character is a green-skinned extraterrestrial humanoid from the planet Mars, who is pulled to earth by an experimental teleportation beam constructed by Dr. Erdel.

Hank McCoy : The Bouncing Blue BEAST

"I'm a cute li'l furry Freak whose only Friends are other Freaks. Of course all of them can pass as Human, when they like. Is it any wonder I sometimes get the Blues? That wasn't meant to be a Pun." --BEAST
With X-Men First Class media hype blitzing along, let us take a closer look at one character who actually is part of the comicbook's First Class - Henry McCoy : The BEAST.

Who is the BEAST?
Henry "Hank" McCoy is the BEAST. One of the original X-Men. Has the perfect combination of brawns and brains. Someone with a ferocious exterior yet having a kind and gentle heart

BEAST (or The BEAST), Dr. Henry Philip "Hank" McCoy, is a Marvel Comics superhero and a member of the mutant team of superheroes known as the X-Men. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist/co-writer Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in X-Men #1 (September 1963).

First Appearance
1963: The BEAST is the most articulate, eloquent, and well-read of the X-Men to contrast with his brutish exterior. On his first appearance, he look like a regular person, but with unusually large hands and feet. His first costume, the blue and gold, is similar to all of his fellow X-Men but without boots or gloves, as they would hinder his ability to cling to or bounce off walls. Later on Jean Grey, their costume designer, will change the color of their belts into red, and streamline the yellow part on their chest.

GREEN ARROW : The Emerald Archer

"Tell your friends there's a hunter on the streets. This is my town now, and creeps like you are an endangered species." --GREEN ARROW
Know Your CBM Character - BLACK WIDOW. Who she is? What are her powers and abilities? Who played her in live media.

Oliver Queen is GREEN ARROW. Former Billionaire Playboy. Former Star City Mayor. Lover of Black Canary. Mentor to many other superhero archers. Fighter for the "little guy". Deadly accurate with a bow and arrow. A hunter. A modern day "Robin Hood".

GREEN ARROW is a DC Comics character created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp, he first appeared in More Fun Comics #73 in November 1941. Originally developed as an archery-themed analogue of the very popular Batman character, writers at DC have developed GREEN ARROW into a voice of left-wing and progressive politics very much distinct in character from Batman, with his own supporting cast.

First Appearances
1941: GREEN ARROW first appeared in More Fun Comics #73. His design is based on Robin Hood. His original costume was a plain long green shirt with a black belt running around his waist, a green tights, red gloves and boots, a domino mask, and the black strap of his quiver running across his chest.

PROFESSOR X : The World's Most Powerful Telepath

"My name is Charles Xavier. I am a mutant. And once upon a time I had a dream...of a world where all Earth's children, both mutant and baseline human, might live together in peace. This isn't it. This is today's reality." --PROFESSOR X
With a new X-Men movie in the horizon it would be nice to feature some of its members, and where better to start than the mutant who started it all - PROFESSOR X.

PROFESSOR X is Charles Xavier, creator of the X-Men and founder the Xavier Institute for mutants. It is his dream and quest that baseline humans and mutants can live a peaceful coexistence. His powerful telepathy and indomitable will make him one of the world's strongest mutants.

PROFESSOR X is a Marvel Comics superhero known as the leader and founder of the X-Men.Throughout most of his comic book history, Xavier is paraplegic, although his body houses one of the world's most powerful mutant minds. As a high-level telepath, Xavier can read, control and influence human minds. A scientific genius, he is also a leading authority on genetics, mutation, and psionic powers. He was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and first appeared in X-Men #1 (Sep. 1963).

PROFESSOR X is not known for his costumes, but he has a fair share of colorful wardrobe that we would see later. A big portion of his comicbook career he spent seating because the loss of the use of his legs but recently he regained their uses. PROFESSOR X's iconic image is him on a wheelchair, wearing regular formal clothes, with his shiny bald head.

Regular Wheelchair
When he first appeared PROFESSOR X used regular wheelchair and at times returns to use these kind of wheelchairs. The look of these chairs are typical of the time period that they were drawn.


"I'm my own woman -- first, , last -- and always!"--BLACK WIDOW
Know Your CBM Character - BLACK WIDOW. Who she is? What are her powers and abilities? Who played her in live media.

Like many other comicbook characters, the name BLACK WIDOW is shared by several individual. But the most famous of them all is Natalia "Natasha" Romanova, Russian Super-Spy and later one of S.H.I.E.L.D.S. top agents.

BLACK WIDOW is a Marvel Comics Universe character created by editor and plotter Stan Lee, scripter Don Rico and artist Don Heck. She first appeared in Tales of Suspense #52 (April 1964).

First Appearance
1964: The BLACK WIDOW's first appearances were as a recurring, non-costumed, Soviet-spy antagonist in the feature "Iron Man", beginning in Tales of Suspense #52 (April 1964).

BLACK CANARY : The Blonde Bombshell

"Don't get me wrong. We're not freaks. We weren't born different. But we became different the moment we stepped into the hero role. Now we have to live up to it... or die trying." --Dinah Laurel Lance
Know Your CBM Character - BLACK CANARY. Who she is? What are her powers and abilities? Who played her in live media.

Black Canary is Dinah Lance (I hoped it was that easy to say who Black Canary is but this being comics it is a bit more complicated than that). Dinah Lance is indeed Black Canary but Dinah Lance is not a single person. There are two Dinah Lances, Dinah Drake Lance and Dinah Laurel Lance, they are mother and daughter (Again, it is not as simple as that). Though there are two characters now but they started as one character. In one of my features I talked about Earth 1 and Earth 2 continuities (scan some of my previous articles about this topic), Black Canary started out in 1947 which was part of comicbook's Golden Age, most of the DC Comic characters who started out in this era will later end up in Earth 2. A few years after this time, interests in superheroes waned but in the 1960's there was a revival, which marked the Silver Age of comicbook heroes. Golden Age heroes find themselves aged and adventuring in Earth 2, but it seemed like our Black Canary did not get the memo about aging and maintained her age. Black Canary then travelled to Earth 1 where she finds other young revamped heroes like the new Green Lantern - Hal Jordan replacing Alan Scott and the New Flash - Barry Allen replacing Jay Garrick. The discrepancy on her age still caused a lot of problem, actually by this time DC is having problems with their timelines by having several characters bearing the same name running around in several earths, having different adventures. Enters Crisis on Infinite Earths, a giant reboot button on the whole DC Universe, this was their device to iron out problems on their continuities by having them all meshed in one coherent continuity. The effect of this event to our Black Canary is the Golden Age Black Canary became the mother of the Silver Age Black Canary. Thus, the Black Canary is/are Dinah Lance, a martial arts expert with a deafening Canary Cry.

BLACK CANARY is a DC Comics superheroine created by writer Robert Kanigher and artist Carmine Infantino, the character first appeared in Flash Comics #86 (August 1947). In the 1980s, the character's history was rewritten to make her two entities: Dinah Drake, who took part in Golden Age adventures and married Gotham City detective Larry Lance, and their daughter Dinah Laurel Lance, who has appeared in modern stories and joined the Justice League.

First appearance
1947: first appeared as a supporting character in the Johnny Thunder feature of the Flash Comics anthology. Initially, she seemed to be a villain; Johnny Thunder was instantly infatuated with her and was reproached for this by his Thunderbolt. However, she was in fact infiltrating a criminal gang, a modus operandi she would follow throughout her career.In her debut appearance her costume consisted of a blond wig, fishnet stockings, pirate boots, bustier, an unbuttoned jacket and a domino mask.

BOOSTER GOLD : the greatest hero you've never heard of

"In the super hero game there's usually one fail-safe technique used to solve problems. Beat the stuffing out of the bad guys. Other times you gotta use your brains. Or lack of 'them " --BOOSTER GOLD
He just had his live appearance debut in Smallville, if you can not get enough of the guy in gold here's a few more tidbits about the character.

BOOSTER GOLD is Michael Jon Carter. A promising athlete in the 25th century, but disgraced after betting on and throwing his own games. Unable to get a good paying job, he finds himself as a security officer in a museum showcasing heroes of the 20th century. Planning to change his lot in life, he stole some powerful artifacts in the museum and travelled to the 20th century to become one of the superheroes he saw in the museum. He was always at odds with other superheroes because of his brand of superheroics which is based in making money than the goodness of his heart. Later on he became a guardian of the timestream, learning the qualities of a real hero, but he needs to continue to act as the careless and egotistical buffoon to protect the people he cares for. He adventures alongside his robot sidekick, Skeets.

BOOSTER GOLD is a DC comics character created by Dan Jurgens, and first appeared on BOOSTER GOLD #1 (February 1986).

Visual History
First Appearance:
1986: In his first appearance BOOSTER GOLD wears a sleek collared blue and gold powersuit that grants him several abilities. He also have a visor that enhances his visual and auditory functions. He was the first significant new character introduced into DC Universe continuity after the reboot of Crisis on Infinite Earths.

MAGNETO : Master of Magnetism

"Actually, m'sieu, you CAN. By telling the world how your family was saved by MAGNETO. MAGNETO the terrorist. MAGNETO the super-villain. MAGNETO the MUTANT. Remember me always, m'sieu. I could have let them perish -- but I chose LIFE!" --Max Eisenhardt
Know Your CBM Character - DEADPOOL. Who he is? What are his powers and abilities? Who played him in live media.

He is Magnus, Erik Lehnsherr, Max Eisenhardt, savior, terrorist, supervillain, antihero, hero, he is many more things. But whoever he is, he has serious powers to back up his talk of protecting mutantkind with whatever means necessary.

MAGNETO was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby. A powerful mutant with the ability to generate and control magnetism, MAGNETO has been the X-Men's most prominent enemy ever since his first appearance in X-Men #1 (Sept. 1963).

What are his powers and abilities?
Note: Due to the nature of comicbooks being an on-going tale, the character's powers along with his appearance, is in a constant state of flux.

Magnetic Field Manipulation: Superhuman power to channel and manipulate magnetic fields that exist naturally or artificially.

Magnetic Force-Fields: MAGNETO usually protects himself with a personal force field that he can quickly expand to protect large areas.

Magnetic Flight: MAGNETO is also capable of sustaining flight for very long distances and at varying speeds.

Matter Manipulation: MAGNETO is able to manipulate matter even to the subatomic level for a number of purposes.

Electromagnetic Sight: By concentrating, MAGNETO can perceive the world around himself as patterns of magnetic and electrical energy. He can perceive the natural magnetic auras surrounding living beings.

Metallic Bonding: MAGNETO has recently presented the power to atomically bond metallic substances to any designated surface material.

Organic Iron Manipulation: MAGNETO can control the traces of iron within organic matter, which allows him to have full control over an opponent's body.

Geomagnetic Link: Magnus is tied very closely to Earth's EM Field. As is it effected, so is he. He knows instinctively all that happens to it, and with this link, is granted an odd sort of immortality.

Superhuman Strength: Under normal conditions, MAGNETO possesses the physical strength of a well conditioned athlete. However, he can channel vast amounts of magnetic energy through his body for the purpose of granting himself vast superhuman strength which limits are unknown. Whatever those limits might be, he is ultimately able to lift far in excess of 100 tons with ease.

Superhuman Stamina: As a result of increasing his strength, he dramatically increases the overall efficiency of his musculature. While magnetically enhanced, his muscles produce considerably less fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of a normal human. MAGNETO can exert himself physically for up to at least a few days before the build up of fatigue toxins in his blood starts to impair him.

Superhuman Durability: Under normal conditions, MAGNETO possesses the physical durability of a well conditioned athlete. However, he can channel vast amounts of magnetic energy through his body for the purpose of granting himself vast superhuman durability.

Superhuman Reflexes: He naturally possesses enhanced reflexes. He can further enhance this reflexes with magnetic energy.

Superhuman Speed

Electromagnetic Spectrum Manipulation: Although MAGNETO's primary power is magnetism, he has some ability to project or manipulate any form of energy that is related to the electromagnetic spectrum. He can fire and absorb bolts of electricity and magnetic force, reverse lasers and other forms of radiation or energy, create enough intense heat as infrared radiation to level a city, manipulate gravity, and become invisible by deflecting visible light around his body. Infrared radiation is part of the electromagnetic spectrum, which also includes visible light, radio waves, ultraviolet light, gamma rays and x-rays -- MAGNETO can project any of these. MAGNETO has demonstrated the capacity to produce a wormhole, and to safely teleport himself and others by means of the wormhole.

Telepathic Resistance: MAGNETO has trained himself extensively for fighting telepaths, and is resistant to telepathic attack although the effects are further augmented with the aid of his helmet.

Genius-level Intellect: A mastermind, MAGNETO is a genius within various scientific fields. He is an expert on genetic engineering and mutation, with knowledge far beyond that of contemporary science.

Military Training: MAGNETO is a skilled strategist and has more than a rudimentary knowledge of hand-to-hand combat.

Excellent Strategist: MAGNETO is an excellent strategist, both in actual battles and games of chess.

Multi Lingual: MAGNETO is fluent in English, French, Polish, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Ukrainian, German, and Yiddish

1963: First appeared in X-Men Vol 1 #1 (September, 1963) and a recurring villain throughout that series.

DEADPOOL - The Merc with a Mouth

"Yay, now is fighty time, fighty time, blood, blood, blood!" -- DEADPOOL
Know Your CBM Character - DEADPOOL. Who he is? What are his powers and abilities? Who played him in live media.

DEADPOOL is Wade Wilson. A former Weapon X program experiment, with fast healing powers but due to cancer is not able to totally fix his scarred face and body . He is insane but an expert swordsman and marksman who uses his skills as a mercenary. He knows that he is a comicbook character, and has that penchant of talking directly to comicbook readers. And he talks non-stop earning him the title The "Merc With A Mouth".

DEADPOOL was created by artist Rob Liefeld and writer Fabian Nicieza, and first appeared in The New Mutants #98 (Feb. 1991).

What are his powers and abilities?
Note: Due to the nature of comicbooks being an on-going tale, the character's powers along with his appearance, is in a constant state of flux.

Regenerative Healing Factor: DEADPOOL possesses a superhuman healing factor derived from that of the mutant Wolverine that allows him to regenerate damaged or destroyed bodily tissue with far greater speed and efficiency than an ordinary human. DEADPOOL is able to heal injuries such as slashes, puncture wounds, bullet wounds, and severe burns within moments. His healing factor is significantly more powerful than Wolverines as he can regrow missing limbs and organs and has survived blades through his brain on several occasions. His head or any other limb can be reattached using this ability, but has to be placed in the proper place.

Foreign Chemical Resistance: DEADPOOL's body is highly resistant to most drugs and toxins. For example, it is extremely difficult, though not impossible, for him to become intoxicated.

Disease Immunity: The unique regenerative qualities of DEADPOOL's healing factor also extends to his Immune System, rendering him immune to the effects of all known diseases and infections.

Extended Longevity: DEADPOOL's healing factor provides him with an extended lifespan by slowing the effects of the aging process to an unknown degree.

Telepathic Immunity: The healing factor causes his brain cells to be in a constant state of flux and regeneration, rendering him immune to psychics.

Peak human Strength: DEADPOOL possesses great, though not unnatural, physical strength. However, he does have at least the strength of an Olympic level weightlifter. He is capable of lifting at least 420 lbs but no more than 800 lbs.

Superhuman Stamina: DEADPOOL's musculature generates considerably less fatigue toxins than the muscles of an ordinary human being, granting him superhuman levels of stamina in all physical activities. He can physically exert himself at peak capacity for several days fatigue begins to impair him.

Superhuman Agility: DEADPOOL's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of even the finest human athlete.

Superhuman Reflexes: His reflexes are similarly enhanced, superior to those of even the finest human athlete.

What are the changes he underwent?
Early appearances:
DEADPOOL made his first appearance in the pages of New Mutants #98 published in February 1991. A big portion of DEADPOOL's design is based on a DC comicbook character, Deathstroke. The relationship between the two characters are strengthened by their real names, DEADPOOL is Wade Wilson while Deathstroke is Slade Wilson.

DEADPOOL and Deathstroke side-by-side:


"I've always done what I truly believed was right. At first, people called me a hero for it... and then a villain. As the memory of what I've done -- and been -- fades, I hope I will be seen... in a different light." --HAL JORDAN
With a looming GREEN LANTERN movie in the horizon, it's best to brush up everything we need to know about the Greatest of them all - HAL JORDAN.

HAL JORDAN is a test pilot. The succesor of Abin Sur as GREEN LANTERN in sector 2814 and the first earthman ever inducted into the GREEN LANTERN Corps. He is a hero, member of the Justice League. Then was disgraced as the villain, Parallax . He began his redemption in the form of Spectre. Rebirthed once more to the hero he truly is, The GREEN LANTERN.

Harold "Hal" Jordan is a founding member of the Justice League of America. Jordan is the second DC Comics character to adopt the GREEN LANTERN moniker. HAL JORDAN was created in the Silver Age of Comic Books by John Broome and Gil Kane, and made his first appearance in Showcase #22 (October 1959).

What are his powers and abilities?

HAL JORDAN posseses no superhuman powers, but with his GREEN LANTERN Ring , he can do many things that a normal human cannot; like fly, create solid light constructs, forcefields, and anything the ring and his imagination will allow him to do.

Indomitable Will

GREEN LANTERN Ring Mastery: Jordan's constructs are among the most powerful. When he creates them, one often witnesses an "afterburner" behind Jordan of all his stray thoughts unconnected to the job at hand.

Skilled Boxer

Expert Pilot

Strength level
Class 100+; while using constructs created by the ring Hal is effectively able to lift/move tremendous weights far heavier than 100 tons with little effort Without the ring Hal possesses the strength of a man his age,height and build who engages in regular exercise making him capable of press lifting at least his own weight.

What are the changes he underwent?

Early appearances:
Showcase (1959 - 1960)

HAL JORDAN was a recreation of DC's Golden Age GREEN LANTERN with a changed secret identity, origin, and personality than his 1940s counterpart. HAL JORDAN's GREEN LANTERN is sci-fi based as opposed to the mystical powers of the Golden Age GREEN LANTERN, Alan Scott. This new GREEN LANTERN was a member of an intergalactic constabulary made up of many different alien species who were given a device that provided them with great mental and physical abilities. Paul Newman was the basis for HAL JORDAN's likeness, and redesigned the GREEN LANTERN uniform into a sleek form-fitting green, black, and white outfit.

DICK GRAYSON : The Man Wonder

“Wonder rather than doubt is the root of knowledge” --Abraham Joshua Heschel
DICK GRAYSON has an impressive resume' of being ROBIN, NIGHTWING and BATMAN. Let us learn more about this colorful hero.

He was young circus acrobat whose family was murdered. He was taken in by the BATMAN and became the first ROBIN, the Boy Wonder. Became his own hero, away from the Bat's shadow, taking the name NIGHTWING. Now, wears a costume like his mentor's sharing equal footing with the BATMAN, as his own BATMAN.

Richard John "DICK" GRAYSON was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger and illustrator Jerry Robinson, he first appeared in Detective Comics #38 in April 1940.

What are his powers and abilities?
Note: Due to the nature of comicbooks being an on-going tale, the character's powers along with his appearance, is in a constant state of flux.

DICK GRAYSON doesn't have any superpowers, he has peak athletic strength and endurance of a man who regularly engages in intensive physical exercise.

Master Detective: GRAYSON is a world class detective. He was rigorously trained by the Bruce Wayne in everything from escapology to criminology, fencing, stealth, disguise, and numerous other combat/non-combat disciplines.

Master Acrobat: GRAYSON is a prodigious natural athlete, possessing a peak human level of agility/acrobatic skills. He is regarded as the greatest human acrobat in the DC universe. He is the only non-powered person on Earth who can do the quadruple somersault.

Intimidation: He has the ability to instill fear into others.

Master Martial Artist: He is a master of dozens of martial arts disciplines, with an emphasis on Aikido and Escrima. His preferred fighting style combines Escrima, Judo, Savate, Capoeira, Aikido, Boxing, Wing Chun, Jujutsu, Tae Kwon Do, Jeet Kune Do, and Bojutsu with his acrobatic abilities. Other styles he has knowledge of include Tai Chi, Kenpo, Muay Thai, Ninjutsu, Krav Maga, Kobudo, and many others. He is considered one of the finest human combatants in unarmed combat. He has fought, and held his own or defeated some of the best fighters in the world.

Weapons Master: Through his martial arts training with BATMAN, he has become an expert on almost all types of weaponry. He has mastered knife throwing, as well as melee weapons, having trained in and mastered Kobudo. Since his earliest days as ROBIN, he has been trained and become proficient with all firearms. He was soon taught and he learned expanded melee weapon techniques and he has learned expanded weapon/device sciences during his training. His most preferred weapon is a pair of Escrima sticks which he has mastered, in incorporated into his own unique style of fighting. He is a proficient swordsman.

Master of Stealth: His training has made him a master at stealth capable of easily breaching high security facilities without being detected.

Expert Marksman: As a result of his training in ninjutsu and with Bruce Wayne, he almost never misses his targets, 9/10 times he's successful. He has been practicing accuracy since the early days of his training as ROBIN.

Tracking: NIGHTWING has been trained and mastered hunting and tracking techniques.

Master of Disguise: He is proficient in the art of disguise.

Escapologist: he is a master escape artist, still part of his training with Bruce Wayne.

Peak Human Conditioning: DICK GRAYSON possesses the peak athletic strength and endurance of a man who regularly engages in intensive physical exercise. His physical attributes exceed that of any Olympic level athlete that has ever competed. His strength, speed, stamina, reflexes, agility and coordination are at peak human perfection.

Multi-lingual: Having had the finest education as Bruce Wayne's ward, he speaks with fluency in English, French, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, German, Swahili, Mandarin, Cantonese, and is possibly fluent in other languages. He has some knowledge of Romany and the alien language of Tamaran.

Skilled Leader: He is also a brilliant and experienced strategist with superlative leadership skills. DICK's efforts to remain in contact with other heroes makes him a master at rallying, unifying, and inspiring the superhero community, a skill in which he has surpassed his mentor.

Tactical Analysis: Like his mentor, GRAYSON is a brillant, albeit looser tactican who relies more on intuiton and timing, rather than meticulous preparation.

What are the changes he underwent?
Detective Comics Vol 1 #38 (April, 1940)
We were first introduce to DICK GRAYSON as ROBIN in Detective Comics #38 (1940), his presence was an effort to make BATMAN a lighter, more sympathetic character. The name "ROBIN were inspired by the legendary hero ROBIN Hood, as well as the red-breasted American ROBIN. He wears a colorful costume; A domino mask, a red shirt with green sleeves, green gloves, green pixie shoes and green "speedo". This costume was inspired by his time as an acrobat in the circus.

Early Detective Comics appearances:

When BATMAN got his own series in the 1940s, Robin was a part of it since day 1:

In Star Spangled comics we see ROBIN having his first solo adventures:

Worlds Finest comics had ROBIN running around with BATMAN and Superman.

2. Earth 2
(If you don't know what Earth 2 is, read my Zod article to give you a small idea). The first time we see an older DICK GRAYSON, he is still carrying his ROBIN nickname but his costume is a mishmash of his ROBIN costume and BATMAN's.

Earth 2 second costume. (Finally realizing why people around kept on pointing at him and laughing, he decided to change his costume =P). His new costume is an mature version of his younger ROBIN outfit.

That was tons better than that first one, but it doesn't matter, because this look will later on be dissolve because of the Infinite Crisis… (read my Zod article so that you'll have an idea what I'm taking about).

3. Teen Titan
Back in Earth 1, DICK GRAYSON is still a teenager, running around with tights along with Superman and BATMAN. He also now has other kids to play with, in his own supergroup the Teen Titans.

The young DICK GRAYSON begins to feel that he is older now to wear a whimsical ROBIN costume set out to find a new identity for himself. He met up with Superman who told him about this Kryptonian hero, DICK GRAYSON inspired by the tale took on the name of that hero, thus born DICK GRAYSON - NIGHTWING.



A few years later he will improve on the design make it more sleeker, and stealthier.

5. Renegade
While trying to infiltrate a group of villains, DICK GRAYSON changed his code name and costume and briefly became "Renegade".

Nowadays, DICK GRAYSON is operating as the BATMAN of Gotham City while his mentor is busy globetrotting looking for other individuals to become part of his BATMAN Inc. DICK GRAYSON's costume is undistinguishable from his mentor's previous costume, only the batsymbol on his belt buckle indicates that its GRAYSON who is under the hood.

Who played DICK GRAYSON in Live Media?
In all of his live incarnation DICK GRAYSON is portrayed as ROBIN.

1. Douglas Croft
Douglas Croft was the first person to portray a live version of ROBIN, in the 1943 serial BATMAN, which dealt with BATMAN and ROBIN's struggle against Dr. Daka, a Japanese scientist who invented a device that turns people into pseudo-zombies.

2. Johnny Duncan
Johnny Duncan took over the role in the 1949 serial BATMAN and ROBIN. The plot dealt with the Dynamic Duo facing off against the Wizard, a mysterious hooded villain.

3. Burt Ward
Actor Burt Ward played DICK GRAYSON/ROBIN in the BATMAN television series that ran from 1966 through 1968. In the series, DICK was Bruce's ward and attended "Woodrow Roosevelt High School". Ward also reprised the role for the feature film produced in 1966 in conjunction with the show, as well as for the 1979 NBC television special, Legends of the Superheroes.

4. Chris O'Donnell
DICK GRAYSON/ROBIN was played Chris O'Donnell in 1995's BATMAN Forever. His costume in the film uses the familiar red and green coloring of the traditional ROBIN costume. He wore his circus costume first when he saved the BATMAN from a fire, later on when BATMAN agreed that GRAYSON can be his partner he gets a more armored suit but retains his colorful motiff.

Chris O'Donnell reprised his role as ROBIN in 1997's BATMAN and ROBIN. He wears a new costume, similar to that of NIGHTWING except that it is molded rubber, has a cape, a utility belt, and a mask; the emblazoned logo is a deep red instead of blue. Also, for the finale where he, BATMAN, and Batgirl unveil new costumes, the logo is changed to an ice-blue color.

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[I loved his kendo costume in the Father series and kinda wish they stuck with the secret wars costume too.] But great article how about one on Iron Fist or Dick Grayson the man wonder.
[@Hellsing - Here's Dick Grayson for the meantime I'll wait for an Iron Fist movie before I'll make an article on him]

Your a Filipino? I didn't know that, but I'm a Filipino too. And please feature more DC characters like Robin. Oh please do Robin

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Scott "Slim" Summers : CYCLOPS - The X-Men's Fearless Leader

“People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” --John C. Maxwell
Overshadowed by the more popular Wolverine, let us learn more about this X-Men CBM Character - CYCLOPS. Who he is? What are his abilities? What are the changes he underwent? Who has portrayed him in Comic Book Movies?

CYCLOPS is Scott Summer, first a reluctant leader but now an effective commander of the X-Men. He shoots concussive blasts from his eyes. CYCLOPS has been deputy leader of the X-Men since his teen years, and has seen the team go through a myriad of changes.

CYCLOPS was created by writer Stan Lee and artist/co-writer Jack Kirby, he first appeared in The X-Men #1 September 1963. Scott is the first X-Man recruited by Charles Xavier, and as one of the original five X-Men.

What are his powers and abilities?
Optic Blast: CYCLOPS possesses the mutant ability to project a powerful beam of concussive, ruby-colored force from his eyes.

Spatial Awareness: CYCLOPS possesses an uncanny sense of trigonometry, in this sense used to describe his observation of objects around himself and the angles found between surfaces of these objects. CYCLOPS has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to cause his optic blasts to ricochet and/or reflect off those objects in a trajectory to his liking. This is commonly called a "banked shot" when applied to this talent. CYCLOPS has been observed causing beams to reflect from over a dozen surfaces in the course of one blast, and still hit his intended target accurately. It is his sense of superhumanly enhanced spatial awareness that allows him to perform these feats as well.

Energy Resistance: CYCLOPS is resistant to the effects of his own powers. This is linked to him being capable of withstanding his brother's ability with no ill effects. This is a result of their close genetics, a quirk of mutant genetics that is common among siblings.

Expert Pilot: CYCLOPS is an expert pilot of fixed-wing aircraft, a skill he appears to have inherited from his father. It has also been implied that his trigonometric sense improves his abilities in the air.

Master Strategist and Tactician: CYCLOPS has spent most of his superhero career as the leader of either the X-Men or X-Factor and has developed exceptional leadership skills. It is notable that regardless of their general attitude towards him, all of the X-Men tend to obey his orders in battle - because they know that he's usually right.

Master Martial Artist: CYCLOPS also has extensive training in martial arts and unarmed combat, holding black belts in judo and aikido.

What are the changes he underwent?
1. First Class
X-Men #1 (September, 1963)
In his first appearance CYCLOPS and the other X-Men wore a simple blue and yellow uniform.

Later on Jean Grey, their costume designer change the color of their belts to red and modified the yellow part of their shirts.

2. Individual Costume
X-Men #39 (December, 1967)
After the team had proved themselves in several battles, Prof. Xavier rewarded them with the right for individual costumes. CYCLOPS did not veer away too much from their previous costume just removing the yellow part on his torso.

3. Erik the Red
X-Men #51 (December, 1968)
On a secret mission, CYCLOPS has to infiltrate a villainous organization. He came up with the cover identity of Erik the Red, who shoots powerful beams from his hands. This is made possible by special circuits built into the helmet and costume that redirects his optic beams.

4. X-Factor
X-Factor #1(February, 1986)
When the original first class of X-Men reunited, they came up with the idea of X-Factor. To the media, they acted as a mutant hunting group, while secretly they were trying to help mutants to handle their powers. Scott’s teammates wore similar dark shades so that he wouldn’t stick out. In situations that required the use of their powers, the team used the cover identities of the X-Terminators along with a new set of costumes.

in X-Factor costume:

Later on he'll change the yellow of his costume into white:

Feeling a little more confident about himself, CYCLOPS removed the skullcap and let his hair out.

In the last few issues of the original X-Factor, CYCLOPS went back into wearing the gold blue X-Factor uniform but with his hair out.

5. Back in the X-Men
X-Men Vol 2 #-1 (July, 1997)
After X-Factor disbanded all of the members returned to the X-Men, CYCLOPS became the leader of the X-Men blue team. He wears one of his iconic costume that was made famous by the 90s X-Men cartoons.

6. Apocalyptic CYCLOPS
In "the Twelve" storyline Apocalypse is busy gathering 12 mutants that he need to gain more power and a new vessel for himself. CYCLOPS in saving the vessel found himself bonded with Apocalypse.

7. Apocalypse Free
CYCLOPS was then extracted from the merged body by Jean Grey, Scott returned to the X-Men as a changed man. He acts were more ruthless and his new black costume reflected this change in personality.

8. The New CYCLOPS
With the popularity of the X-Men movie, the whole group in the comics are now wearing black leather outfits. CYCLOPS by this time is grimmer and edgier still due to the effect of Apocalypse on him.

9. Astonishing
A back to basics approach to superheroics. CYCLOPS reasoned out that they are descriminated because they are mutants, so they dress up colorful again that the general public may associate them to superheroes. CYCLOPS is back wearing a fully body suit that hides his hair, similar to his early costumes, with additional modern flair.

Who has played CYCLOPS in live media?
1. James Marsden
In the X-Men trilogy CYCLOPS is played by James Marsden. His characteristic is pretty much lifted from the comics.

2. Tim Pocock
Tim Pocock portrayed a younger version of CYCLOPS, that has been experimented upon by William Stryker.

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