125 – Beetle Vitamins

Mystery Men Comics #13 (June 1940) makes the first mention of Blue Beetle having super-powers by ingesting “Vitamin 2X”. Wow, having a sidekick like Dr Franz, the pharmacist, who can make costumes bulletproof and invent vitamins that give super-energy is really making Blue Beetle more exciting 😛

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111 – Beetleproof

In Mystery Men Comics #10 (March 1940), the Blue Beetle reveals that his costume is actually bullet-proof. Maybe Dr. Franz, the drug store owner / sidekick who helps Dan Garret, made this happen? Or maybe Fox wanted to make their hero as exciting as Superman?

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74 – New Beetle Duds

Mystery Men Comics #2 (July 1939) was the second outing for the Blue Beetle and Dan Garret decides to wear a new costume while crime-fighting, featuring a blue textured tunic printed with a beetle insignia, blue gloves, and… curly-toed leggings? Inexplicably, the costume does not include a mask, though in his next outing a domino […]

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71 – The Blue Beetle?!?

June 1939 saw another important superhero moment in the publishing of Mystery Men Comics #1 (Fox Feature Syndicate) which included the first story of The Blue Beetle. I was first introduced to the spandex-wearing, powerless-but-gadget-loving Ted Kord version of the Blue Beetle in the 1980s after DC decided to fold its Charlton comic characters into […]

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