Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom # 6 (November 1963) was an important issue – because not only do we get a new artist in Frank Bolle, we also get our first booklength story! A powerful android battles Doctor Solar with Gail’s life hanging in the balance!
*Damage Resistance 5
*Strike – Claws & Teeth 7 (Damage is 8)
Martial Arts (+1 bonus), Wrestling (+1 bonus)
“Let’s see how hard you hit after I rip your throat out!”
All force and no planning
Virtually nothing is known about Dino Rex, save for the fact that he’s a dinosaur man. We don’t know if he’s an altered human, an altered dino, an alien… could be anything. In his one appearance he battled the New Crusaders in Washington, D.C. and dealt the team a lot of damage before Darkling managed to use her shadowcasting powers to render him unconscious.
Personally, I think he’ s a great villain to add to your campaign. He would make a fantastic ‘strong guy’ for a group of bad guys. He talks tough and hits even harder but he’s not a schemer. A good villainous mastermind could point him in the right direction and make a very dangerous foe for your heroes.
*Binding 5 (Limit: Range of touch)
Wrestling (Expert +2 bonus)
Sticky Fingers of Evil
I need more practice with these powers!
Comic Book Guy
Adhesive-Man was originally a non-powered, costumed fan at a comic book convention when the evil Eterno the Tyrant transformed him and several others into super-villain henchmen. His mummy-like wrappings secreted a powerful glue-like property, allowing him to wrap up his enemies and gain incredible wrestling abilities. Unfortunately, he was not overly skilled in the use of his powers and accidentally became stuck to a tree.
Unbelievably, no one has brought him back since his debut in Fly-Man # 32 (July 1965).
aka James “Jimmy” Holland
Fireball is an android. His artificial nature gives him the following super-abilities:
*Immunity 10 (Heat & Fire)
*Fire Control 9 (Extras: Flight, Aura, Blast)
In addition, his articial blood means he can function as a universal donor.
Sparky is his sidekick – a human mutant with similar powers to his mentor. Sparky’s stats are:
P 3 C 4 S 2 I 3 A 2 W 3 Stamina 5
Immunity 10 (Heat & Fire); Fire Control 7 (Extras: Flight, Aura, Blast)
Aerial Combat (Expert +2)
*The world’s first artificial man
*Surrogate father to Sparky
*Stalwart member of the Crusaders
This version of Fireball was a fictional character on Earth-1 in DC’s pre-crisis multiverse. He was a member of a team of Nazi-busting heroes known as The Crusaders alongside his sidekick Sparky, the sea-king Barracuda, and the patriotic heroes Americommando and Rusty. At some point after the Freedom Fighters had made their trek from Earth-X to Earth-1, a group of people appeared claiming to be the actual Crusaders. They went after the Freedom Fighters, who were wanted for murder at the time, but eventually it was revealed that the Americommando was actually the Freedom Fighters’ arch-enemy, the Silver Ghost, in disguise. He had used technology to transform comic book fans into the other members of the Crusaders.
This writeup is of the fictional Fireball. Jimmy Holland is an artificial man, an android with combustible flame powers. If he reminds you of anyone, that’s purely by coincidence.
Well, not really.
You see, the same month that the Freedom Fighters fought these Invaders-like Crusaders, the Invaders at Marvel fought a group of Crusaders modeled after the Freedom Fighters. It was all part of a stealth crossover that the Big Two used to do from time to time. I based this writeup on what little we were told about the fictional hero in the Freedom Fighters’ storyline.
*Teleportation 7 (Extra: Usable on others)
*Damage Resistance 6
*Alteration Ray 6
*Negative-Psychotron Stimulator 6 (Limit: Only increases “negative” emotions that lead to criminal activities)
Science (Expert +2 bonus), Technology (Master +3 bonus)
Humans are weak and disgusting
My sworn enemies – the Mighty Crusaders!
It’s not entirely clear if Eternos is the same being as Eterno. They share similar fashion sense but it’s possible they are simply two different villains that both have ties to ancient Atlantis and whose names are simply one letter removed from each other.
Eterno the Tyrant was the ruler of Atlantis. When a missile blast sent shock-waves to the ocean floor, Eterno woke up from his self-induced five-million year sleep. When he found out that it was the Mighty Crusaders who were behind the explosion, he vowed to become their arch-foe. To this end, he battled the heroes on multiple occasions, most notably when he teamed up with the Brain Emperor to raise Atlantis back to the surface.
Eternos (with the ‘s’) was awakened from a self-induced five-million year sleep by the Druid, who conducted a blood ritual to restore Eternos to consciousness. Eternos was disturbed to see that humanity now ruled over the world and that the Atlantean genes had become corrupted in his absence. He swore to restore the natural order of things.
It’s really up to you if you want them to be the same person or not. Given the legacy nature of the current Crusaders, perhaps Eternos is the younger sibling of Eterno? Or maybe even his son? For the sake of this writeup, I’m going to assume that Eternos has access to all the same powers and weaponry as Eterno but with the enhanced physical attributes of Eternos.
To all my American friends, Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your day with family – and remember all the things that you have to be thankful for.
Around here, I remain thankful for each and every one of you that read my work – even those of you that leave negative reviews! Your feedback helps me get better and hopefully you see that in my newer releases. Also, big thanks to Pro Se Productions, for publishing my crazy rants.
Finally, thanks to my own family and friends, both of whom do their very best to keep me (mostly) sane. I love and appreciate you.
I’m currently working on the second Dark Society novel (who’s the Dark Society?? Stay tuned) and next year will mark my 20th year as a professional writer so expect lots of great celebratory events!
aka Frank Verrano
*Flame Breath 6 (Extra: Inferno can use his flame breath when underwater)
Athletics (+1 bonus), Performance – Circus Act (Expert +2 bonus), Sleight of Hand (+1 bonus), Wrestling (+1 bonus)
“Steel Sterling saved my life and gave me a chance to go straight! Now, I’m ready to go to jail and take my medicine! I’ve learned it’s more fun to work on the side of the law than against it!”
Inferno was once a circus performer and villain. Early in his career, he and Twisto the Rubber Man did crime sprees together that had Steel Sterling on their trail. After a few jobs, Twisto wanted to go solo, upsetting Inferno.
Inferno was able to hide from the police, but gained the confidence of a disguised thug (Steel Sterling) who was after another wanted criminal — Pig Pan Wood. At a local bar, Inferno overheard Steel’s intentions of finding Pig Pan, and they teamed up for the search. When they entered a building, Pig Pan Wood (now known as the Rattler) jumped on Steel and wrestled him to the ground. Inferno came to the rescue, but was shot with snake venom. The Rattler escaped, while Steel went to Dr. Cummings home to seek medical attention for Inferno.
After a successful operation, Steel confessed to Inferno that he was the disguised “thug” whose life he saved earlier. Inferno then asked Steel to consider allowing them to work together “in the interest of justice.”
The now reformed Inferno and Steel Sterling teamed up and defeated the Rattler. Afterward, Inferno went to jail for his earlier crimes and Steel was at the trial helping his new ally.
Because of Steel’s recommendations, the Parole Board gave Inferno a short prison sentence. When he came out, Inferno continued to fight crime as a costumed hero. He left the circus, becoming a private investigator and remained loyal to his girlfriend Virgina Ames.
Inferno made a brief appearance in the comic Superteens vs Crusaders as a member of the Mighty Crusaders.
Doctor Solar invents a new element that attracts the attention of the evil Nuro — and Gail finally learns our hero’s secret! It’s an important issue, especially when the Man of the Atom dons his trademark uniform for the very first time! All of this happened in September 1963’s Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom # 5.
aka Albert Potter
Hurricane wears a battlesuit that protects him from harm and focuses his powers. The battlesuit provides him with Damage Resistance 6. Without the battlesuit, Hurricane’s powers have the Limit: Overload with a failed Willpower roll.
*Air Control 7 (Extras: Flight, Blast)
For a brief time, Hurricane had these additional powers. He no longer has access to them:
*Mind Control 2 (At one time he exhibited some mind-control abilities after being infused with the DNA of a soldier ant)
*Weather Control 5
Aerial Combat (+1 bonus), Pilot (+1 bonus), Science – Meteorology (Expert +2 bonus), Technology (Expert +2 bonus)
*”Britain’s first super-villain!”
*Unwitting pawn of the Nethergods
*Likes to speak in the third-person
Albert Potter was an embittered meteorologist who was fired for overspending and achieving no results. To prove his theories he flew an experimental weather control craft into a hurricane and tried to end the storm. However the Nethergods, seeking to create a foe for their adversary Merlyn’s agent, Captain Britain, caused the storm to destroy Potter’s vehicle and imbue Potter with energy. Unaware of the Nethergods’ involvement, an unhinged Potter developed a suit to help him control his new weather-based powers, which he used as a super villain. He made a splashy debut and referred to himself as “Britain’s first super-villain,” a rather dubious claim considering Captain Britain had already fought the Reaver in the same series.
Defeated by Captain Britain, he later gained new powers from medical experiments conducted on him by Dr. Samuel Merrick while he was incarcerated in Darkmoor Prison. He used these as a servant of the Mys-Tech corporation for a time after they had released him from suspended animation, fighting the Gene Dogs. During this time, he was quite insane.
Eventually cured of his insanity and apparently of his extra powers (which had damaged him physically), Potter was released. He married, emigrated to America, but was unable to find work and considered returning to crime until the Fantastic Four convinced him otherwise.
After the Civil War, he was listed as a potential recruit for the Initiative.
Longtime reader Ray Bara has posted a new review of The Chronicles of Lilith on Amazon.com. He gave the book 5 stars and titled his review “Another Wonderful Barry Reese Romp!” Here’s his full review:
“Another epic Barry Reese novel. He never fails to deliver a great tale. I love the Lilith character and would love to see more of her. My only complaint about this story, and it’s a small one, is that I would’ve liked to see more of Lilith’s Crimson Ladies. I feel they are big part of what makes Lilith interesting. More of them would’ve made the book even more interesting. I also loved the way Reese brought in an old favorite character, very ingenious! All in all, a great adventure. Go read it!”
Thanks, Ray! Sorry you didn’t feel we got to see enough of the Crimson Ladies. I definitely agree that they’re a key ingredient in the Lilith recipe. Since this was Lilith’s first solo book, I did want to keep the emphasis on her as much as possible but if there are future volumes, I’m sure we’ll explore more of the Crimson Ladies. Glad you enjoyed the guest appearance by Max Davies 🙂
The image accompanying this post is of actress Mia Goth.