Ted Kord as the second Blue Beetle
Art by Dick Giordano
|First appearance||Captain Atom #83 (November 1966)|
|Created by||Steve Ditko|
|Full name||Theodore Stephen Kord|
|Team affiliations||Justice League International|
Theodore Stephen Kord is the second Blue Beetle, a superhero who was originally published by Charlton Comics and later picked up by DC Comics. This version of the character was created by Steve Ditko and first appeared as a back-up feature in Captain Atom #83 (November 1966), with Gary Friedrich scripting from Ditko's conception and plot.
Publication history and fictional character biography
Ted Kord was a genius-level inventor and a gifted athlete, sharing much more in common with the Fox original than did Charlton's earlier reimagining of the character. Kord's signature equipment was his bug-shaped personal aircraft, which he entered and exited typically with a cable suspended from the cockpit. He also generally eschewed personal weaponry, except for a pistol that made a blinding flash of light and, additionally, a strong airblast to gain the advantage when he closed in for hand-to-hand combat.
The Ted Kord Blue Beetle ran as a backup feature in Captain Atom #83–86 (November 1966 – June 1967) before getting his own title, which ran for 5 issues between June 1967 and November 1968. A sixth issue was produced, but published in the Charlton Portfolio by CPL Gang. The Question ran as a backup series, with the fifth issue featuring a quasi-team-up in which the Blue Beetle story continues in part in the Question tale.
An origin was given in issue #2, linking Ted Kord to the previous Blue Beetle. Ted was revealed as a former student of Dan Garrett, and when they were investigating Ted's uncle, Jarvis Kord, they learned Jarvis was working to create an army of androids to take over Earth. Garrett changed into Blue Beetle, but was killed in the battle. As he died, he passed on the responsibility of being Blue Beetle to Ted, but was not able to pass on the mystical scarab, a convenient means for Ditko to explain his preference for a power-free character. There was a hint that one android was still left in stasis, but this would remain unresolved until the DC series of the late 1980s.
In the early 1980s, the first issue of Charlton's anthology comic Charlton Bullseye featured a team-up of the Blue Beetle and the Question. Later, AC Comics would publish a story intended for Charlton Bullseye in Americomics #3, and a one-shot of a team-up of all the Charlton "Action Heroes" called the Sentinels of Justice, as the company called its lineup. Upon losing Blue Beetle, AC Comics created a similar character called Scarlet Scorpion.
DC solo series
DC Comics acquired the Charlton heroes in the mid-1980s and used the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event to integrate them all into the DC Universe. During this period, Blue Beetle had his own series, written by Len Wein, which ran for 24 issues from June 1986 to May 1988. Also published during this time was Secret Origins #2 (cover illustrated by Gil Kane), which explained the origins and careers of the Ted Kord and Dan Garrett Blue Beetles in the post-Crisis continuity. They would also follow up on the hinted android in stasis from the Charlton series, which would eventually become "Carapax, the Indestructible Man".
In his monthly, solo series, Ted Kord was shown as an industrialist, the owner of KORD Industries; Which he took over from his father Thomas Kord and transformed it from a small R & D company to a scientific industry rivaling S.T.A.R. Labs Upon joining the newly formed Justice League (following the events in LEGENDS 1–6) Ted was more often portrayed as a second string joke. He was short on money, leading to his entering "get-rich-quick" schemes with Booster Gold, A brief appearance in JLA: Year One showed the young Ted working in Kord Industries R&D, where he designed the JLA HQ security system. Upon meeting the heroes, he thought, "Screw the family business. I want to be one of those guys," possibly explaining the company's fluctuating status since he took over. In recent comics, it has been implied that KORD Industries has become a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises, headed by Bruce Wayne (also known as Batman).
Joining the Justice League
Blue Beetle is probably best known as the wisecracking member of Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis' lighthearted, five-year run on various Justice League of America titles (notably Justice League International), where he was memorably partnered with fellow third-string hero Booster Gold, and the two quickly became best friends. Among fans, they were known collectively as the "Blue and Gold" team. For a while, Beetle grappled with a weight problem, but with sheer determination and coaching from the hero General Glory, as well as competing against Power Girl, he defeated it. After Giffen and DeMatteis left, Justice League America continued to run until issue #113. Dan Jurgens tied "The Death of Superman" storyline into JLA, in which Doomsday left Blue Beetle in a coma during his murderous rampage, as well as a six-inch scar on the back of his skull. Beetle and Booster both subsequently joined the short-lived Justice League offshoot known as Extreme Justice.
Blue Beetle then entered a period of relative obscurity. The miniseries The LAW (Living Assault Weapons) reunited Blue Beetle and the other heroes acquired from Charlton, but the series met with critical disfavor.
In July 2003, Giffen, DeMatteis, and original JLI artist Kevin Maguire reunited for the six-issue miniseries Formerly Known as the Justice League, where many of the original JLI characters re-teamed with a storefront office. Beetle, who had grown in maturity, was an important member of this new team known as the "Super Buddies". A sequel story arc, I Can't Believe It's Not the Justice League, was initially slated as a second miniseries, but instead ran, delayed, in JLA: Classified #4–9 (2005).
Ted made several appearances in Birds of Prey, at first as Oracle's internet friend and later in person. It was hinted in several issues that Ted had a crush on Oracle. Ted had gone back to his company, but still had many, many problems with it; problems Oracle tried to help resolve. During this time, it was revealed he had a heart condition (he had actually experienced multiple heart attacks while in action without noticing), but this did not stop him from assisting when it was needed. After his death, resulting in trying to impress Oracle, and ending up being shot in the head by Maxwell Lord, the Birds of Prey visited a statue in Valhalla Cemetery built in his honor. Black Canary revealed that being in the JLA was only fun when Blue Beetle was there. Oracle revealed that she had had a cyber crush on him.
In the 80-page special Countdown to Infinite Crisis, Blue Beetle discovers a revived Checkmate organization led by Maxwell Lord, former bankroller of the JLA, headquartered in a Belgian castle fortress, where Beetle is captured. Lord reveals to Blue Beetle that his intent is to use the organization to ensure that metahumans, including superheroes, will be kept under surveillance and controlled by humans. Lord then gives Beetle an ultimatum to join his organization. When Kord refuses with the reply "Rot in hell, Max.", Lord murders him with a bullet to the head.
That same story had earlier reiterated that Ted Kord had thought the scarab was destroyed back in Blue Beetle vol. 6, #18 (1987); however, it had been rediscovered, untouched, in a temple in Egypt and handed over to Kord. It is unclear as to whether or not this is the same scarab created from a piece of future technology magically infused by Nabu the Wizard in the Time Masters miniseries featuring Rip Hunter. Shazam took the scarab upon encountering Kord, fueling speculation about the possibility of the character's return during DC's Infinite Crisis series. This possibility was dashed when it was asked at the Wizard World convention if Kord would ever return. Writer Greg Rucka stated: "There was a breeze blowing through his brain, and he was incinerated. How much clearer can it be?"
The death of Ted Kord precipitated the events of Infinite Crisis. Brother Eye was reorganized and the OMAC project restarted. Max Lord was revealed as a villain and took telepathic control of Superman, which led to Wonder Woman, believing that it was the only way, stopping Lord by killing him. Shazam had warned Ted about Lex Luthor, who had supposedly straddled the worlds of both magic and science. Events in Infinite Crisis #3 revealed this to be Alexander Luthor Jr., in disguise. Booster Gold returned to the 25th century. He later returned to the present with Skeets to help find Brother Eye. The success of the mission put Booster back into the spotlight and set in motion the events of 52.
One Year Later
The young teenager Jaime Reyes later discovers the scarab and becomes the new Blue Beetle. J'onn J'onzz has a statue of Ted Kord in his memorial to fallen Justice League members. When recruiting members for the new Justice League, Superman suggests Booster Gold, and Batman responds: "There are better ways to honor Ted".
After Ted Kord's demise, Shockwave, the enforcer of the 1000, is sent to destroy buildings of interest to the still active KORD Industries. Even though Red Devil and Reyes stop him, the 1000 manage to take over KORD Industries due to the property value plummeting.
In Geoff Johns' 2007/2008 ongoing Booster Gold series, Booster agrees to help Rip Hunter set right the timeline, but at a cost: Rip must help Booster go back and save Ted. Rip Hunter tries to shock Booster Gold into acknowledging his inability to change past "solidified" events, tricking him into witnessing Barbara Gordon's crippling assault over and over again. As Booster Gold prepares to accept his fate, a futuristic Blue Beetle appears with Dan Garrett and Jaime Reyes in tow to show him how to turn the time around Ted's death into "malleable time". Booster Gold betrays Rip Hunter and with the other Beetles' help, rescues Ted Kord from death at the hands of Maxwell Lord. The four Beetles escape together in time, the technology used to save Blue Beetle preserving the future events the way they were meant to unfold (thus enabling Jaime to keep his powers and his role as the "new" Beetle), with the world at large still believing Ted Kord to be deceased. The story arc "Blue and Gold" reveals that this act has altered the present, creating a timeline where Max and his OMACs have turned the world into a police state. The future Blue Beetle is also revealed to actually be Black Beetle, a supervillain allied with the Ultra-Humanite, Despero, Per Degaton, and Booster Gold's father (under the control of Mister Mind) as the Time Stealers, a time-traveling supervillain group. Facing the defeat of his former JLI teammates, the only free heroes in the new timeline, Ted Kord realizes that the only way to restore the timeline is to die the way he was supposed to. As Black Beetle tries to stop him, he grapples the villain and both of them are brought to the past in a Time Sphere. At the end of the issue, a shadowy figure enters an old KORD Industries storehouse, stocked with backup Blue Beetle equipment. The figure then laughs in Kord's distinct "BWA-HA-HA-HA!" style.
When a Black Power Ring reanimates Ted Kord's corpse as a Black Lantern, Black Lantern Blue Beetle is unable to locate Booster Gold due to his new time-travelling duties. He lures Booster into the open by targeting Daniel Carter (Supernova) and Rose Levin, Booster's 21st century ancestor. He is able to successfully pierce the Supernova costume shields with a Black Lantern BB gun, and holds Supernova in place while beating Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes) and staving off Skeets' attack until Booster Gold arrives. He then moves in for the kill, hoping to rip out Booster's heart.
He battles all of them, but is unsuccessful in killing anyone except a neighbor who complained about the noise from the fight. Jaime and Booster Gold remove Rose and Daniel from the scene and head to a KORD Industries warehouse where one of Ted Kord's hidden bases is located to collect special equipment to fight the Black Lantern. Booster Gold discovers that even though the doors were genetically coded, someone had accessed Ted Kord's hidden base a few months before his remains were reanimated. However to Booster's knowledge, only two people, had authorization to access it: Booster Gold and Ted Kord himself. They then head back, where Ted's corpse battles Booster until he is attacked by a light blast from a gun designed by Ted Kord himself, tuned to simulate the emotional spectrum. Separated from the ring, Booster Gold seizes his remains before the ring can reanimate them, takes them into the Time Sphere, and deposits them in a small grave at Vanishing Point Fortress.
Maxwell Lord, the former head of Justice League International and the murderer of Ted Kord, is restored to life and uses a device to amplify his mind control powers to erase his existence from the minds of almost everyone on the planet. He also influences the superhero community into believing Ted committed suicide, which enrages Booster Gold, one of the few who could remember Max's existence and also the best friend of Ted. Later, Power Girl regains her memories of Max and exhumes Ted's corpse in order to have Dick Grayson examine it. Dick refuses, still unconvinced about the existence of Max; Batman arrives to reveal that he remembers Max as well. Batman and Dick examine the body, which finally convinces Dick that Ted was indeed murdered.
During a battle between the Justice Society of America and Doctor Chaos in the city of Monument Point, Manhunter arrives with a team of heroes meant to help turn the tide in favor of the JSA. One of the new heroes introduced is a woman clad in a red version of Ted's Blue Beetle costume, and is shown swinging from what appears to be Ted's trademark Bug.
The New 52
Following DC's 2011 relaunch of its properties as part of its The New 52 publishing event, Ted Kord is not mentioned in comics until 2014, when he is reintroduced in the final pages of Forever Evil, DC's company-wide crossover event. At the beginning of the story, Lex Luthor threatens the owner of Kord Industries, Thomas Kord, and his entire family and company, as part of a plan to acquire the company but the helicopter loses control, and crashes into the side of LexCorp Tower. Lex later undergoes a change of heart after finding a message appearing on his phone's screen from the Crime Syndicate: "THIS WORLD IS OURS". Lex looks up to see that Thomas Kord is still alive, but dangling precariously from the helicopter's wreckage over a sheer drop to the street. He tries to save him but Ultraman accidentally causes Kord to fall to his death. Lex Luthor later promises Ted Kord (depicted as a grad student) that he will not be acquiring Kord Industries despite Ted's desire to sell it to him. Lex compliments Ted on his genius with nanotechnology and offers him his assistance should he ever need it again. Ted thanks Lex and praises him for living up to his reputation for benevolence.
A more traditional version of Ted Kord resembling Nite Owl from the Watchmen featured alongside other Charlton Comics heroes in stories set on the fictional world of Earth-4 in the "Pax Americana" issue of Grant Morrison's Multiversity series.
In DC Universe: Rebirth, Ted Kord is the owner of Kord Industries where he makes and designs technologies. After Jaime Reyes approached Kord for help to get rid of the Scarab, Kord is trying to figure out what the Scarab can do and help as many people in the process. However, Kord is warned by Doctor Fate that he does not know what he's dealing with as the Scarab is not xenotechnology but magic. In Blue Beetle, Ted Kord is established to have been Blue Beetle some time in the past, having worked alongside other heroes such as Nightshade.
In Heroes in Crisis, Ted Kord as Blue Beetle breaks out Booster Gold, who is one of the main suspects of the murders at the mental health institution Sanctuary, from a cell in the Hall of Justice.
In "Doomsday Clock", Ted Kord as Blue Beetle appears alongside Nightshade, the Question, and Captain Atom in the Bug airship as they travel to Mars. There, they and many of Earth's other superheroes confront and fight Doctor Manhattan. Blue Beetle rams the Bug into Doctor Manhattan. Then, Captain Atom tells the Question to get Blue Beetle and get clear as he causes Doctor Manhattan to explode. All the superheroes are, however, defeated and incapacitated by Doctor Manhattan.
During the "Dark Nights: Death Metal" storyline, Blue Beetle was among the prisoners in New Apokolips after The Batman Who Laughs and his Dark Knights took over Prime-Earth. They were freed when Wonder Woman, Batman, and Harley Quinn freed Superman from the control of Darkfather. During the heroes fight with Robin King, Blue Beetle accompanied Red Tornado and Blue Beetle into battle against Robin King. Robin King summoned a giant beetle which killed Blue Beetle. Batman later revived him with a Black Lantern ring.
Nearly all of Ted Kord's Charlton Comics appearances as the Blue Beetle have been collected as part of the DC Archive Editions series.
|Title||Material collected||Publication date||ISBN|
|The Action Heroes Archives, Vol. 2||Captain Atom #83–89
Blue Beetle vol. 5, #1–5
Charlton Portfolio #9–10 (written for and presented as Blue Beetle #6)
The Charlton Portfolio material is in black and white as originally presented, while the rest is in color. The collection includes nearly all of the Charlton appearances of the Question, as well as a brief appearance by Captain Atom. Volume 1 of the archive contained nearly all of Captain Atom's Charlton stories and a brief appearance by Nightshade.
Powers and abilities
Ted Kord had no superpowers; he possess a genius-level intellect, with an IQ of 192. He was proficient in numerous sciences such as chemistry, physics, engineering, aircraft, and solar tech, as well as an understanding of alien tech. Despero once claimed that Ted's mind was second only to that of J'onn J'onzz. Former Justice League teammate Guy Gardner claims that Ted was smarter than Batman, "although nobody ever noticed". Kord was an Olympic-level acrobat and skilled hand-to-hand combatant, having studied in the martial arts of karate and aikido. Dick Grayson stated that Ted was very adept physically, to the point where he was almost ambidextrous. He is also highly skilled in espionage.
- Kord created numerous gadgets, including suction pads, sight-enhancing lenses, and a protective costume. To prevent being forcibly unmasked, especially if rendered unconscious, Kord's cowl had a lock mechanism that only opened when he touched the mask under his jaw with a chip in his glove, which would at least force an enemy to perform the more troublesome task of cutting through the material to unmask him.
- He also created a power armor suit for his friend Booster Gold. The suit contained a fully functioning artificial arm and also provided life-support for Booster as he recovered from potentially fatal injuries. He later converted a suit of alien power armor for Booster to use.
- His BB gun was a handheld weapon that could blind villains with a flash of light, or knock them back with a compressed air blast capable of felling a charging rhino. The original BB gun was designed with a security feature so that it would function only when the Blue Beetle held it, becoming inactive without contact with special circuitry in the Beetle costume's gloves. The BB gun is solar powered.
- Blue Beetle's airship, the "Bug", contained high tech equipment, could electrify or magnetize its hull, fire electrical energy, and fly at 600 mph. All models had booster jets hidden under the shell of the Bug. The boosters on the first two models could speed the Bug up to the speed of sound for a short period of time; no time limit was ever given for how long the burst lasted. Later models of the boosters were used for intercontinental travel at supersonic speed. It was also 90% solar powered. Later models also had energy weapons of various types, from lasers to plasma. The last two models were capable of reaching orbit and all models could operate underwater. No depth was ever given that they could go to, but one model Bug was seen operating on the sea floor after going through an underwater volcano. All models were remotely controllable from controls built into Kord's gloves.
- He also built flight pads similar to Mister Miracle's flight discs used throughout the entire Extreme Justice run and claimed to Barbara Gordon that he could keep the Birds of Prey jet flying 24-7 with technology based on the New Gods' Mother Boxes.
- As a Black Lantern, Blue Beetle is equipped with a "decayed", damaged version of the Bug, and black, power ring-derived constructs of his Blue Beetle suit and his BB gun. This iteration of the BB gun is an aggressive, rather than a defensive, weapon, able to pierce the powerful shields in the Supernova suit.
- He appeared in Kingdom Come, as one of Batman's three generals (alongside Oliver Queen, and Dinah Lance). His appearance has been updated with the Scarab making him look like a knight. He is killed in the climax.
- He appeared in the 1997 Elseworlds title, Justice Riders, as a Wild West-era inventor who teams up with Booster Gold.
- In Justice League America Annual #5, a future version has let his health, weight, and business ventures fall apart. He has sold the rights to his name. The stress causes a psychotic breakdown and he attacks his former team.
- Daniel Dreiberg (the second Nite Owl) is a stand-in for Ted Kord and appears in DC Comics' Watchmen maxiseries, created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, whose protagonists are analogues of the Charlton Comics characters acquired by DC. The original Charlton characters were to appear in the series; however, due to DC's plans to use the characters in the mainstream DC Universe, analogues were created.
- In the series Countdown to Final Crisis, Ted Kord makes appearance on Earth-3, in a comedy club where the Jokester is playing. In the spin-off, Countdown: Arena features a version an anthropomorphic pet Blue Beetle of Mr. and Mrs. Kord in the conjurer world of Earth-33, named Ted. He along with 2 other versions of the Blue Beetle: Daniel Garrett (from Earth-39) and the Scarab (Earth-26) are forced to fight for a role in Monarch's army. He is later devoured by the Scarab.
- In the comic tie-in to Injustice: Gods Among Us sequel Injustice 2, Kord was retired as Blue Beetle and training his successor, Jaime Reyes. He is requested by Batman to assist in helping rebuild the world after Superman's Regime put it in a difficult place. He agrees to come to Batman's meeting, but is visited by Booster Gold, who reveals that he's about to die soon and Gold couldn't do anything to stop it. He is kidnapped by Ra's Al Ghul's henchmen along with a number of billionaires who own companies that Ra's deems environmentally destructive. Ra's broadcasts their buildings destroyed live and forces everyone including Jaime to watch Ted and the other billionaires killed by Orca and Killer Croc. When Booster Gold returns to Ted at his dying breath, Ted tells him to look after Jaime before dying from his wounds.
- In Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis, Kord manages to turn the tables on Maxwell Lord and kill him, subsequently taking Lord's position as the Black King. Using his own insight and his new access to Brother Eye, Kord is able to stop the OMAC assault, retrieve the Black Diamond before it can possess Jean Loring, and track down the new Secret Society of Super-Villains, as well as preventing the Raan-Thanagar War. When Kord manages to track down and confront Alexander Luthor and Superboy-Prime, Luthor kills the Earth-2 Superman and Lois before Prime kills him, allowing Kord to convince Superboy-Prime to help him in his own plans. However, when Brother Eye identifies the Justice League as the greatest threat to humanity as escalating superhumans lead to a rise in supervillain activity, Kord is convinced to cybernetically augment himself with the OMAC virus and infect other heroes with it to be a perfect peacekeeping force, escalating to the point of surrendering his own emotions after the OMAC system kills Booster Gold for trying to talk him down. As Kord's forces spread across Earth, the Tempus Fuginaut who observes the Dark Multiverse muses that Kord died a hero in the world we know and fell to villainy in this world due to the nature of the Dark Multiverse, but wonders if Kord would have been able to hold on to his better nature if he had lived past his original death.
In other media
- Ted Kord appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, voiced by Wil Wheaton. In the episode "Fall of the Blue Beetle!", he appears in flashbacks working together with Batman. When he is unable to get the scarab to work, he lends it to his scientist uncle Dr. Jarvis Kord (voiced by Tim Matheson) to activate. However, the insane Jarvis planned to use it to power Blue Beetle robots to take over Hub City, and Ted recruits Batman to help get it back. When Jarvis activates a rocket to send the robots to different parts of Hub City, Kord enters the rocket before it blasts off and blows it up, stopping the robot invasion, but he is killed in the process. Sometime after Ted's death, Jarvis takes his identity to trick Jaime Reyes into helping him on Science Island. However, Jarvis's master plan is foiled by Batman and Jaime. In the episode "Menace of the Madniks!", Booster Gold, having missed Ted since his death, travels back in time to help Ted defeat his old foes the Madniks (which resemble the Madmen of the original series). Though the mission appears successful, Booster Gold returns to the present to finds Hub City in ruins and Batman battling terrifying evolved forms of the Madniks. Batman and Booster Gold together return to the mission and manage to revert the Madniks to their original forms with Kord's help. Batman and Booster say a final goodbye to Ted, immediately before Batman of Ted's own time arrives to enlist him for what will be Kord's final mission.
- Ted Kord is alluded in Young Justice: Invasion. In the episode "Salvage", Jaime Reyes stated that Ted was the creator of the Scarab's A.I. component. It is also mentioned that Kord was killed by The Light (Project Cadmus' Board of Directors) which led to Jaime taking up the Blue Beetle mantle. Superboy states that Ted was a good man. In the episode "Satisfaction", a holographic memorial of Kord is present in Mount Justice. In the episode "Before the Dawn", Jamie (during a dream sequence) is shown finding the Sacrab after an explosion at Kord Industries. In the episode "Intervention", Batgirl and Zatanna explain the scarab's history (having been pieced together in the previous months) to Jaime (after freeing Blue Beetle and Green Beetle from the Reach's control through a mystical ritual first performed thousands of years earlier). Dan Garrett had originally found the scarab in an archaeological dig which was used to be the first Blue Beetle, eventually passing the object on to his protege. Ted realized the scarab was not a mystical artifact, but an alien device. As such, Kord refused to use the device, but was inspired by his mentor to be the second Blue Beetle anyway. Having kept the scarab hidden for years, Ted died trying to stop Sportsmaster and Deathstroke from stealing the object for The Light after which ended up with Jaime after Kord Industries' resulting explosion.
- Blue Beetle appears in Mad, voiced by Keith Ferguson. He joins the other superheroes in a musical number that asks Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman about being called "Super Friends". In his part, he states that no one pokes the Super Friends page on Facebook.
- Ted Kord appears in season ten of Smallville, portrayed by Sebastian Spence. In the episode "Booster", it is revealed that Kord never takes the Blue Beetle identity from Dan Garret (who died after failing to control the scarab). Kord obtains the device and hopes to utilize its potential for good, but it later escapes and possesses Jaime Reyes. Kord then hires Booster Gold to find it. Kord keeps Booster on his payroll after the hero helps Reyes control the scarab-enhanced powers.
- Ted Kord is mentioned in Arrow. In a flashback of the season one episode "The Undertaking", Moira Queen remarks how quiet Robert Queen is after attending Kord's fundraiser. His company, Kord Industries, also made sporadic appearances throughout the series. Originally, Andrew Kreisberg revealed that his Blue Beetle alias was meant to appear during season three but were told that "DC has other plans for [Ted Kord]" and instead were offered the chance to use Ray Palmer which "worked even better".
- Ted Kord is again referenced in The Flash. In the season six episode "Dead Man Running", he is mentioned in passing by Ramsay Rosso as someone who supplied dark matter for experiments when questioned by Barry Allen.
- A Crime Syndicate of America version of Blue Beetle named Scarlet Scarab briefly appeared in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.
- Blue Beetle makes a brief appearance in Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.
- Blue Beetle appears in Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure.
- Ted Kord is mentioned in Injustice 2 by Jaime Reyes and Black Canary in a clash dialogue, in which Black Canary voices misplaced belief that Blue Beetle is still Ted Kord.
Blue Beetle has appeared in the Justice League Unlimited spin-off comic book, in issues #5 and #8.
This version of Blue Beetle has been ranked as the 61st-greatest comic book character of all time IGN also ranked this version of the Blue Beetle as the 61st-greatest comic book hero of all time stating that his intelligence, his "bwahahha" antics, his endearing partnership with Booster Gold, and his brave sacrifice during the build-up to Infinite Crisis all serve to cement this particular Beetle's legacy.
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- In many stories and character entries, it is noted that "Ted" is an abbreviated form of "Theodore". Although, in Chuck Dixon's Birds of Prey, Barbara Gordon states that "Ted" is actually short for "Edward" (e.g Senator Edward Kennedy, is known as Ted Kennedy). In Countdown to Infinite Crisis, the wizard Shazam repeatedly addresses Ted as "Theodore Kord"; and Checkmate's profile of Blue Beetle also lists him as such.
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