Character Vault

Trying something new here – rather than writing up whole bios that have a tendency to get out of hand each week, I’ve collated everything into one post.

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Real Name: Kal-El
 The Justice League
First Appearance: Action Comics #1 (April 1938)

Born on the planet Krypton, ‘Clark Kent’ was sent to the planet Earth by his father, Jor-El, who feared their home planet’s destruction, but in their hubris, his peers would not listen to his warnings. Crash-landing on Earth, Clark was found by farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent, who instilled in Clark strong beliefs in ‘Truth, Justice and the American Way’. Under the Earth’s yellow sun, Clark developed miraculous powers (strength, speed, invulnerability, flight, enhanced senses, ‘heat-vision’) which he used to combat injustice from the likes of vile businessman Lex Luthor and other criminals around the globe. Wanting to stay close to the action, in his civilian identity, Clark took a job at the Daily Planet, where he used his knack for writing to report on his adventures as Superman, and met his wife and the mother of his child, Lois Lane.

Stories: All-Star Superman, Final Crisis, Justice League


Real Name: Bruce Thomas Wayne
The Justice League
First Appearance: 
Detective Comics #27 (March 1939)

As a child, Bruce Wayne wanted for nothing – the son of some of the wealthiest and most respected people in Gotham City, Thomas and Martha Wayne, Bruce was, in essence, heir to the throne of Gotham. But all that changed when Bruce’s parents were gunned down in front of him, instilling in him a deep hatred for criminals that would hang over his entire life. Committing himself to becoming skilled in multiple disciplines such as combat and detective work, Bruce used the wealth and resources of the company he inherited from his father to become the vigilante known as the Batman. A figure of fear, Bruce now wages a war against crime with his trusty Batmobile and high-tech armoury of weapons, assisted by his loyal butler and father-figure Alfred, police commissioner Jim Gordon and his extended ‘Bat-family’ of sidekicks like Robin.

Stories: Final Crisis, Justice League The Wedding

Wonder Woman.jpgWONDER WOMAN

Real Name: Diana
Affiliation: The Justice League
First Appearance: All-Star Comics #8 (October 1941)

12000 BC – during the time of the Olympians – the Greek Goddesses collected the souls of all women who had died at the hands of men, and reincarnated them as a fierce race of warriors. Many years later, on the hidden paradise island of Themyscira, Queen Hippolyta longed for a daughter. Sculpting a baby out of clay and praying to her Goddess, Hippolyta was gifted with a new daughter – Diana – the most powerful of the Amazons. But after a man named Steve Trevor crashed in paradise, Diana took on the role of Wonder Woman to escort Trevor back home and adventure through the world of man. Since then, she has become one of Earth’s most revered heroes, and has since discovered her true origins – not those of a mythic baby born from clay, but as the daughter of the all-powerful Zeus, God of the Sky and Lord of Olympus.

Stories: Blood, Final CrisisJustice League


Real Name: Orin
Affiliation: The Justice League
First Appearance: More Fun Comics #73 (November 1941)

The son of Lighthouse keeper Tom Curry and Atlanna, the former Queen of Atlantis. A son of two worlds, Arthur Curry soon discovered his secret heritage brought with it a host of abilities; such as being able to breath underwater, demonstrate incredible strength and even communicate with fish. Mentored in the use of his powers by another Atlantean outcast named Vulko, Arthur grew to be a powerful young man, and was eventually able to return to his destined home of Atlantis and confront Atlanna’s other son, and his half-brother, Orm, in a challenge for the throne. As King of Atlantis, Arthur hopes to one day unite the underwater kingdoms and the surface world, even if it means occasionally leaving his post as ruler.

Stories: Final CrisisJustice League

Green Arrow.jpgGREEN ARROW

Real Name: Oliver Jonas Queen
Affiliation: The Justice League
First Appearance: More Fun Comics #73 (November 1941)

As a child, Oliver Queen was fascinated by the exploits of the character Robin Hood, and practiced archery in the hopes of emulating his hero. Growing up to become a rich and reckless playboy, Oliver’s knack for archery came in handy when he found himself lost at sea and subsequently stranded on a desert island, with only his bow at hand. After a few years, Oliver had learnt to become self-reliant and not take things for granted as he used to; honing his archery skills to become a skilled hunter. Eventually returning to the western world, Oliver was a changed man, dabbling in politics, and using his skills to become the masked vigilante known as the Green Arrow. Very conscious of the man he used to be, the Green Arrow reinvented himself as an outspoken champion of social injustice, fighting crime alongside his partner Black Canary.

Stories: The Longbow HuntersFinal Crisis



Real Name: Bartholomew Henry Allen
Affiliation: The Justice League
First Appearance: Showcase #4 (October 1956)

Young Barry Allen’s life was thrown into upheaval when his mother was murdered and his father, Henry Allen, was arrested for the crime. The slow, laid-back man became determined to exonerate his father, and Barry spent years working towards becoming a Forensic Scientist, often working late nights and falling behind to the chagrin of his reporter girlfriend Iris West. But it was one of those late nights that changed Barry forever, as a bolt of lightning burst through his laboratory window, dousing Barry in chemicals. From that moment on, Barry was linked to the ‘Speed Force’, an extradimensional energy that allowed him to move at super-human speeds. Driven by that same sense of justice that lead him to try and prove his father’s innocence, Barry resolved to use his powers for good – becoming the Flash; the fastest man alive!

Stories: Final CrisisJustice LeagueRebirth,

Green Lantern.jpgGREEN LANTERN

Real Name: Harold Jordan
Affiliation: The Justice League
First Appearance: Showcase #22 (October 1959)

Based from the center of the universe, a group of alien beings known as the Guardians began dedicating themselves to creating an orderly universe, designing the ‘power rings’ – the most powerful weapons in the universe, and bestowing them upon chosen corpsmen to create an intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps, known for their ability to overcome great fear.
Hal Jordan, a former test-pilot, became the first human to ever join the ranks of the Corps, after he discovered the dying Abin Sur – former protector of space sector 2814. Now, Jordan patrols the space-ways – his power ring able to create anything that his imagination can conjure. After a stint of being possessed by an evil, universal force, Jordan has returned to the light and his place as the greatest Green Lantern in all creation.

Stories: Final CrisisJustice LeagueRebirth


Real Name: Victor Stone
Affiliation: The Justice League
First Appearance: DC Comics Presents #26 (October 1980)

Victor Stone was a High School football star who grew to resent his scientist father Silas Stone for prioritising his work over his son’s future sports career. However, when Victor was caught in a terrible accident, he became Silas’ new obsession, as Silas used experimental technology to save his dying sons life. Now part-man, part-machine, the young Cyborg tried to push past his pain and his hatred of his father, standing alongside his fellow super-humans to use his new powers for good. Now amongst others who could truly understand him, Victor rose up the ranks of the superhero community, becoming a respected figure and an important member of the Justice League. As their technology specialist, Vic can summon portals using Apokoliptian technology to transport the League wherever they are needed.

Stories: Justice League

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Real Name: Peter Benjamin Parker
Affiliation: The Avengers
First Appearance: Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962)

A teenage science prodigy bitten by a radioactive spider, Peter Parker initially used his powers (strength, speed, agility, wall-crawling and a intuitive ‘spider-sense’) as a showman. However, after he neglected his responsibility to stop a criminal, that same criminal killed his Uncle Ben, teaching Peter that he must always use his powers for the good of others. Juggling adventures with caring for his elderly Aunt May, an on-again, off-again relationship with Mary-Jane Watson and trying to hold down a job, Peter strives to take his bad luck in stride to become one of the most prolific heroes in New York, using his years of experience, self-made gadgets and spectacular abilities as the amazing Spider-Man!

Stories: Civil War, The Infinity GauntletUltimate Spider-Man


Real Name: Mathew Michael Murdock
The Defenders
First Appearance: 
Daredevil #1 (April 1964)

Even in the early years, Matt Murdock was on the path to become an upstanding member of society. His father, Jonathan Murdock – a boxer – was adamant that Matt wouldn’t follow in his footsteps, and pushed him towards a better job, forcing Matthew to study as hard as he could so he could transcend their lowly lifestyle. However, after saving a blind man from a careening truck full of radioactive waste, Matt himself was blinded will his other senses grew exponentially. This was the start of a long list of tragedies in Matt’s life, as his father was later murdered for refusing to throw a fight. Now alone, Matt strove to commemorate Jonathan by becoming a lawyer, while also honing his fighting skills under tutelage of another blind warrior named Stick. Becoming the masked vigilante known as Daredevil, Matt would fight for justice in the courts by day, while avenging those who the system failed at night.

Stories: Born AgainCivil War

Fantastic Four logo.jpegFirst Appearance: The Fantastic Four #1 (November 1961)
The ‘First Family’ of Super-Heroes, the Fantastic Four were a small group lead by Dr. Reed Richards, bombarded by Cosmic Rays during an unauthorised test flight. While other members have come and gone, the core four always reunite due to their familial connection.

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Real Name: Reed Richards
The Fantastic Four
First Appearance: The Fantastic Four #1 (November 1961)

One of the world’s foremost scientists (and potentially the smartest man on the planet), Reed Richards continually strove to solve life’s greatest problems and create a better Earth through his various scientific inventions. However, when one such invention – a space shuttle – lead to him and three others (his girlfriend Susan, her brother Johnny and Reed’s best friend, Ben) to become mutated by cosmic rays, Reed became the leader of the Fantastic Four! Blessed with elasticity and varying degrees of shape-shifting abilities, Reed was dubbed Mr. Fantastic, using his powers not only to save lives, but also to help complete his various experiments and solve every scientific problem, no matter how impossible.

Stories: Civil WarThe Coming of Galactus

Invisible Woman.jpgINVISIBLE WOMAN

Real Name: Susan Victoria Storm
The Fantastic Four
First Appearance: The Fantastic Four #1 (November 1961)

The loyal girlfriend of Reed Richards, Susan Storm did not hesitate to follow her genius boyfriend on a quest into space, where she (along with her brother Johnny, Reed, and Reed’s friend Ben) were mutated by cosmic rays, which allowed Susan to become invisible and manipulate force-fields. As the most powerful member of the Fantastic Four, Susan also acts not only as a superhero, but also as a mother figure, not only to her and Reed’s children Franklin and Valeria, but also to her squabbling team-mates Johnny and Ben and her science-obsessed husband Reed.

Stories: Civil WarThe Coming of Galactus

human-torch.pngTHE HUMAN TORCH

Real Name: Jonathan Lowell Spencer Storm
The Fantastic Four
First Appearance: The Fantastic Four #1 (November 1961)

The hot-headed younger brother of Susan Storm, Johnny‘s desperation for excitement and adventure drove him to join his sister, her boyfriend and his best friend on a quest into space, where the four were mutated by cosmic rays, and Johnny gained power over fire. Excited to use his powers to become a superhero, Johnny took on the name of the old World War II android superhero, The Human Torch. While an important member of the team, Johnny is also the most excitable and reckless, and while he will often risk certain death to save lives, he also delights in irritating his rock-hided teammate Ben, much to the annoyance of his sister.

Stories: Civil WarThe Coming of Galactus

The Thing.jpgTHE THING

Real Name: Benjamin Jacob Grimm
The Fantastic Four
First Appearance: The Fantastic Four #1 (November 1961)

Although not as scientifically savvy as his peers, Ben Grimm was a necessary component in the creation of the Fantastic Four. A childhood friend of Reed‘s, Ben was selected to pilot Reed’s craft, and was the most harshly affected when he and the other passengers were mutated by cosmic rays. Morphing into a rock-hided monster, Ben was dismissed as a ‘Thing‘, who, unlike the other members of the Fantastic Four, could not deactivate his powers. Wracked with guilt, Reed promised to cure his friend of his affliction, but until the day that happens, Ben has chosen to use his amazing strength to protect the innocent and squabble with Johnny.

Stories: Civil WarThe Coming of Galactus


Avengers LogoFirst Appearance: The Avengers #1 (September 1963)
Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, who banded together to fight the common foe of Loki. Financed by Tony Stark and based out of Avengers Mansion in New York City, the Avengers are the world’s premiere super-team.


Real Name: Steven Grant Rogers
Affiliation: The Avengers
First Appearance: Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941)

As it became obvious America was destined to join the war that had consumed the world in the late 1930s, Steve Rogers became determined to do his part for the war effort. Continuously rejected due to his sickly stature, Steve was eventually found by Dr. Abraham Erskine, and enlisted into the army under ‘Project: Rebirth’. Injected with a serum of Erskine’s own design, Steve was transformed into a super-soldier; his body and mind enhanced to the peak of human potential. But tragedy struck, as Erskine was assassinated, leaving Steve the first and only in the proposed wave of super-soldiers. Fighting on the front lines as Captain America alongside his sidekick Bucky Barnes, Steve was eventually lost at sea, and frozen for several decades.
Eventually awakening in the modern era, Captain America returned to the spotlight as a symbol of hope and American power; his new mission – to protect both America, and the world, from any and all threats as the leader of the Mighty Avengers!

Stories: Born AgainCivil WarThe Infinity GauntletThe Ultimates


Real Name: Henry Jonathan Pym
Affiliation: The Avengers
First Appearance: Tales to Astonish #27 (January 1962)

Dr. Hank Pym has had a somewhat troubled time as a superhero. An expert in biochemistry, tragedy entered Pym’s life early, when his first wife, Maria, was murdered. Retreating into his work, Pym discovered a unique particle, which he dubbed ‘Pym Particles’, that allowed him to shrink and grow in size. Experimenting with his new discovery, Pym created a cybernetic helmet that would aid him in his adventures – one that allowed him to communicate with and control insects such as ants. Driven to use his discovery for good, Pym became the Ant-Man, a miniature super-hero, who would only share his Pym Particles with a select few, including his second wife Janet van Dyne (the Wasp), who would become a hero in her own right. Together, the pair helped found the Mighty Avengers, but would soon be split apart as Hank’s mental issues lead him to become abusive, and later, accidentally create a psychotic robot called Ultron; one of the Avengers’ greatest foes!

Stories: Civil WarThe Ultimates


Real Name: Robert Bruce Banner
Affiliation: The Avengers
First Appearance: Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962)

Dr. Robert Bruce Banner was one of the world’s foremost experts on nuclear physics, and his vast knowledge and prowess in his field taking him into the employ of the United States military, in the hopes he would gain funding for his other, more humanitarian projects, in turn. There, Banner was stationed under Airforce General Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross, who had him work on an experimental Gamma Bomb. During this time, Bruce met and fell in love with Ross’ daughter, Betty Ross, starting a relationship that would endure despite Bruce’s dark future.
When the day came about to test his new bomb, Banner was horrified to see a young man, Rick Jones, had broken onto the testing grounds. Sacrificing himself to save Rick, Banner rushed onto the grounds and pushed Rick into cover, but was caught in the explosion. His cells irradiated by the Gamma radiation, Bruce was cursed with a monstrous, dim-witted alter-ego with God-like strength; becoming an anti-hero of sorts, ‘the strongest one there is’… the ‘Incredible’ Hulk!

Stories: The Infinity GauntletThe Ultimates



Real Name: Thor Odinson
Affiliation: The Avengers
First Appearance: Journey Into Mystery #83 (August 1962)

Before Captain AmericaSpider-Man, or the Fantastic Four – the world had a different type of hero, the mighty Thor! Son of the almighty All-Father Odin and sworn enemy of his own half-brother, Loki, Thor – the Norse ‘God of Thunder’ – hailed from the Golden City of Asgard, and would often come to Earth seeking adventure and glorious combat. But when his arrogance proved too much, Thor was stripped of his power and his enchanted Uru hammer Mjölnir, and cast down to Earth under the mortal guise of the handicapped doctor, Donald Blake. There, he was forced to learn humility, which he did so with the help of his love Jane Foster, and in turn, reclaimed his Godhood and thunder-casting weapon, becoming one of the greatest and most powerful heroes in the universe.

Stories: Thor, The Infinity Gauntlet, The Ultimates


Real Name: Anthony Edward Stark
Affiliation: The Avengers
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #39 (March 1963)

Genius. Billionaire. Playboy. Philanthropist. Former weapons designer Tony Stark often found himself at the center of all heated conflicts across the globe, providing munitions to the military and more covert organisations like S.H.I.E.L.D., alike. But when that heat proved too extreme, and Stark was mortally wounded and kidnapped by terrorists, he used his genius to build himself a suit of armour that would keep him alive, and allow him to escape captivity. Returning to the western world a changed man, Tony Stark, aided by his butler Jarvis, his assistant Pepper Potts and his chauffeur Happy Hogan, started continually upgrading his armour, forgoing his former bloody path as an arms dealer, instead hoping to make the world a better place as the invincible Iron Man.

Stories: Civil WarExtremis, The Infinity Gauntlet, The Ultimates 


Real Name: Janet van Dyne
Affiliation: The Avengers
First Appearance: Tales to Astonish #44 (June 1963)

A fun-loving, care-free socialite, Janet van Dyne was sucked into the world of super-heroics after her scientist father, Vernon van Dyne, was murdered. Seeking the help of his associate, Hank Pym, Janet was given her own Ant-Man-esque powers and a set of wings to help her in finding justice for her father. After apprehending the killer, Janet opted to become Hank’s partner as the winsome Wasp! Together, the pair helped found the Avengers and were later wed. However, Janet would soon move on to become a hero in her own right. Overcoming Pym’s domestic abuse, Janet separated herself from her former partner, growing into the role of a mature and capable hero, and one of the leaders of the Mighty Avengers!

Stories: Civil WarThe Ultimates

Guardians of the Galaxy logoFirst Appearance: Annihilation: Conquest #6 (April 2008)
A rag-tag group of criminals, mercenaries and outcasts brought together to help end an intergalactic war, the Guardians continued on as a strike-force, hoping to preemptively protect the galaxy from any and all threats. In recent years, they have devolved into soldiers of fortune, with hearts of gold.


Warlock 2.jpgADAM WARLOCK

Real Name: Hitm
The Guardians of the Galaxy
First Appearance: 
Fantastic Four #66 (October 1967)

Forever trapped in a cycle of death and rebirth, the android known as Adam Warlock was originally created by a conclave of scientists on Earth to be the ‘perfect’ human being. After becoming the possessor of the ‘Soul’ Infinity Gem/Stone, Warlock became a champion of the galaxy, and using his miraculous ‘Quantum Magic’ to keep powerful objects, such as the other Infinity Gems/Stones out of the hands of beings who would abuse them, such as his respected rival Thanos, and his own, darker self, the Magus. Although he works in service of life and creation, he is rarely afraid to sacrifice others for what he believes to be the greater good.

Stories: Guardians of the GalaxyThe Infinity Gauntlet


Real Name: Arthur Sampson Douglas
The Guardians of the Galaxy
First Appearance: 
Iron Man #55 (February 1973)

Formerly an ordinary human leading an ordinary life, Arthur Douglas; the being that would become Drax the Destroyer; was killed during the Mad Titan Thanos‘ first excursion to Earth alongside his daughter, Heather (or so he believed). Thanos’ grandfather, Kronos placed Arthur’s soul in a new, more resilient alien body, and gave him a new goal – destroying the Mad Titan. Fueled by rage and the death of his family, Drax has since become one of the most dangerous and feared beings in the cosmos, cutting a bloody swathe across the Galaxy. After finally achieving his goal, Drax was offered purpose and direction as a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Stories: Guardians of the Galaxy, The Infinity Gauntlet


Real Name: Gamora
The Guardians of the Galaxy
First Appearance: 
Strange Tales #180 (June 1975)

A merciless killer, Gamora was the last surviving member of a race slain by the Badoon. The young alien orphan was later found by ‘the Mad Titan’, Thanos, who trained her to become ‘the deadliest woman in the Galaxy’, giving her cybernetic implants and driving her to become efficient with various weapons. Through the influence of characters (and lovers) like Adam Warlock and Nova, Gamora has since begun fighting for good, and after fighting in the Annihilation Wars, agreed to join Peter Quill, the Star-Lord, in preventing future wars from breaking out as a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, hoping that she may one day make up for the many innocent lives she has taken.

Stories: Guardians of the Galaxy, The Infinity Gauntlet


Real Name: Peter Jason Quill
The Guardians of the Galaxy
First Appearance: 
Marvel Preview #4 (January 1976)

Born to a young American woman and the alien Spartoi emperor, Peter Quill was always destined to live among the stars. His desperation to see space took him to a low-level position working for NASA, during which, he stole a space-craft and left the planet. After leaving Earth and tangling with pirates lead by Yondu Udonta, the infamous ‘Star-Lord, developed into somewhat of a scoundrel with a fondness for seventies music. However, after fighting in several intergalactic wars, Peter was drafted into a strike-force to clean up a problem he had a hand in creating, and in the aftermath decided that there needed to be a group of people who could stop such wars from breaking out in future, and in response, founded the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Stories: Guardians of the Galaxy


Real Name: Rocket
The Guardians of the Galaxy
First Appearance: 
The Incredible Hulk #271 (May 1982)

Originally from ‘Halfworld’, Rocket Raccoon was one of many animals genetically altered to serve as companions to the residents of the planet – an abandoned colony for the mentally ill. After leaving his post as ‘security officer’, munitions-expert Rocket began travelling the galaxy, and can often be found in the company of the Flora Colossi, Groot, with Rocket being one of the few beings who can understand’s the true meaning behind Groot’s seemingly indistinguishably inflections of the phrase “I am Groot”. As a capable marksman and leader, Rocket is one of the stalwart members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and will often take over as leader when Star-Lord is absent.

Stories: Guardians of the Galaxy


Real Name: Groot
The Guardians of the Galaxy
First Appearance:
 Annihilation: Conquest – Star-Lord #1 (September 2007) / Tales to Astonish #13 (November 1960) [Separate characters retconned into one]

A member of the Flora Colossi, the monstrous seeming Groot hails from a planet of tree-people, who possess incredible strength and can regenerate themselves from the tiniest of twigs. Exiled from Planet X, Groot travelled around the cosmos, and terrorized Earth for a brief time. After a while, he was rehabilitated, and became firm friends with a gun-totting raccoon called Rocket, who was one of the few beings capable of understand his seemingly indistinguishably inflections of the phrase “I am Groot”, unlike the other members of their fellow Guardians of the Galaxy.

Stories: Guardians of the Galaxy


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