With DC’s sorceress Zatanna winning the first round of this fanatic, unscientific and only reasonably fair competition of 2nd String Comic Book Characters, it is time to move on to the 2nd round for 2nd Stringers. The new updated voting box is in the sidebar. So now it is time to …
MEET THE NOMINEES
BLUE DEVIL (DC hero)
Created by writers Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn and artist Paris Cullins. First appeared in a preview story published in Fury of Firestorm #24 (June 1984). That story led directly into Blue Devil #1, also cover dated June 1984. Daniel Patrick Cassidy is a special effects wizard and stuntman hired to create and play the title character in the movie Blue Devil. To that end Cassidy creates a full-body costume with a hidden powered exoskeleton and built-in special-effects devices. When two of his co-stars accidentally free a demon named Nebiros, Cassidy uses his costume to drive the demon back, but not before being blasted with mystical energy. After the fight, Cassidy finds that the blast had permanently grafted the Blue Devil costume to his body.
RAGMAN (DC hero)
Created by writer Robert Kanigher and artist Joe Kubert. First appeared in Ragman #1 (August 1976). Rory Regan is a ragman, doing good in his community by buying used items from people who need money. The suit of rags that he wears was originally just a costume made from materials found around the rag shop, Rags’n’Tatters. This was retconned in a 1991 limited series, and currently each of the patches in the suit is made from the soul of an evildoer that the Ragman had punished and absorbed.
RED WOLF (Marvel hero)
Created by writer Roy Thomas and artist John Buscema. First appeared in Avengers #80 (September 1970). Red Wolf is one of those characters (just like El Aguila) that existed in both the Marvel Westerns legends and in the modern day. Old West Red Wolf was a Cheyenne man, Johnny Wakeley, who was granted powers by a Cheyenne god and used his power to promote peace between Native Americans and white settlers. This version was first depicted by writer Gardner Fox and artist Syd Shores in Marvel Spotlight #1 (November 1971). The modern version, William Talltrees, who took up the totem of Red Wolf to exact revenge on Avengers villain Cornelius van Lunt, who had killed Talltrees’ family.
SPEEDBALL (Marvel hero)
Created by plotter/artist Steve Ditko and co-writer Tom DeFalco. First appearance Amazing Spider-Man Annual #22 (1988). Robbie Baldwin’s origin and early exploits as Speedball were depicted in a solo series. Baldwin has spent most of his time as a member of the superhero team the New Warriors. Baldwin became a featured character in Civil War: Front Line, after it was revealed that he was the only New Warrior to survive the Stamford disaster.
STILT-MAN (Marvel villain)
Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Wally Wood. First appearance Daredevil #8 (June 1965). Wilbur Day, a scientist, engineered a pair of extremely long, telescopic metal legs, which allowed him to tower high over the ground. Stilt-Man had a long, unsuccessful career against Daredevil. In his most memorable storyline, Stilt-Man had the armor stolen by Turk, a small-time crook and an even greater loser than Day, who took on the Stilt-Man identity. Stilt-Man attacked the Fantastic Four, probably in an attempt to impress the Kingpin, during the Acts of Vengeance. Even though he had several other villains with him, he failed miserably. Enraged by Turk’s audacity, Day contacted Daredevil and informed him of a weakness in the armor. Thanks to Day’s information, Daredevil easily disabled the auto-gyroscopes necessary for the armor to keep its balance and brought Turk down.
(All above information thanks to on-line encyclopedia Wikipedia. Check the links below yourself for additional voting research details.)
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