Hi there! Welcome to I'm So Glad My Suffering Amuses You, a stalagmite blog in a Bat Cave internet. I'm Dave-El and I have the power of positively charged protons.
Today is Wednesday which is the holy sacred day of the week known as New Comic Book Day. You know what I really like about a brand new comic book? That brand new comic book smell! It's like having a new car!
Here on the blog thing, we mark the return of a weekly recurring feature I like to call Oddball Super Heroes where I take a look at some of the odder costumed cohorts who have burst forth from the brightly colored paged of funny books, heroes greeted by comic book readers with a collective "What the hell?"
Today, I'm going to look at 4 heroes who have 3 things in common.
1) They are DC Comics characters although 2 of them started at Quality Comics, the original home of Plastic Man, Blackhawks, Phantom Lady and more.
2) They all do not have super powers.
3) They all have "Red" as part of their super hero name.
Let's get started with the dumbest of this group.
The Red Bee
Assistant District Attorney Rick Raleigh decided to work outside the courtroom to deliver justice to evildoers. So he put on a costume and fought crime as...the Red Bee.
The Red Bee did not have any super powers but he did have gimmick. He had a trained bee.
That he kept in a pouch on his belt.
The bee, by the way, was named Michael.
Michael the Bee was a clever little insect who would distract crooks or sting them. Michael would even summon nearby bees to help out.
And no I'm not making any of this up. The Red Bee was a real comic book character who's solution to crime was...a trained bee.
And I feel I can't stress this enough, the Red Bee kept that bee in a pouch on his belt. I mean, what did Michael the Bee do in there while awaiting his cue to go out and buzz bad guys?
The Red Bee was swept up with a bunch of other minor
heroes when DC acquired Plastic Man, etc from Quality. Roy Thomas, a writer at Marvel and DC who would never let a comic book character go to waste, no matter how obscure, did bring back the Red Bee for his World War II super hero series at DC, All Star Squadron.
Where the Red Bee was promptly killed. Even Roy Thomas didn't know what else to do with him.
So water (giggle!) you gonna use such an amazing ship for? Well, to fight crime of course! And if you're going to fight crime, you need a cool name and a costume. So Jim Lockhart became... the Red Torpedo!
And when in dire need, Jim would retrieve from his belt pouch a specially trained torpedo named Edgar.
OK, I made that last part up.