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.




Real Name: Mathew Michael Murdock
The Defenders
First Appearance: 
Daredevil #1 (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 Again


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


Real Name: Bruce Thomas Wayne
The Justice League
First Appearance: 
Detective Comics #27 (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: The Wedding, Final Crisis



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



Real Name: Bartholomew Henry Allen
Affiliation: The Justice League
First Appearance: Showcase #4 (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: Rebirth, Final Crisis

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Real Name: Harold Jordan
Affiliation: The Justice League
First Appearance: Showcase #22 (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: Rebirth, Final Crisis


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First Appearance: The Fantastic Four #1 (1961)

Spurred into being by the scientific hopes and dreams of genius inventor Dr. Reed Richards – the Fantastic Four’s story started as Reed hoped to demonstrate a spaceship of his own design, and was accompanied on his unauthorized jaunt into space by his girlfriend, Susan Storm, her kid-brother Johnny and Reed’s best friend and pilot, Benjamin Grimm. But upon leaving the atmosphere, the craft was bombarded by cosmic rays, which mutated the four, leaving them with fantastical abilities: Reed, now known as Mr. Fantastic, could stretch his body to amazing degrees; Susan, the Invisible Woman, could create force-fields as well turning invisible; Johnny gained mastery over fire – becoming a flying Human Torch; Ben, meanwhile, became a rock-hided monster imbued with incredible strength, a Thing. Reed promised he would one day return Ben to his former, human self, but in the mean time, further fueled by scientific curiosity, the Four decided to use their powers to become an unique blend of astronauts, inventors and explorers, while also looking out for their fellow human beings.

Stories: The Coming of Galactus, The Infinity Gauntlet


spider-man1.pngReal Name: Peter Benjamin Parker
Affiliation: The Avengers
First Appearance: Amazing Fantasy #15 (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: Ultimate Spider-Man, The Infinity Gauntlet


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

Before Spider-Man, before 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


Real Name: Anthony Edward Stark
Affiliation: The Avengers
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #39 (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 chauffer 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: Extremis, The Infinity Gauntlet


First Appearance: Annihilation: Conquest – Star-Lord #1 (2007)

When the universe itself seemed to be in danger, space-faring Earth-man Peter Quill (the self-proclaimed ‘Star-Lord‘) was conscripted into a task-force consisting of various dangerous warriors and mercenaries from across the galaxy. But once the danger had passed, Peter felt the need to keep the team going, bringing in new, capable members. And thus, the Guardians of the Galaxy were born – a rag tag team of humans and aliens, motivated, mostly, by greed, desperation and frequently bad luck. Seemingly the only sane member, Peter struggles to keep this strange gang together and drive them towards doing something good. But with members like Drax, a hulking killer; Gamora, the most dangerous woman in the galaxy; Rocket, a trigger-happy raccoon; and Groot, a talking tree who seemingly only says the words ‘I am Groot’ in different inflections, Quill often has his work cut out for him.

Stories: Guardians of the Galaxy, The Infinity Gauntlet


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