Jump to content
steriaca

The Unofficial Populating The Atomic And Silver Age Of Champions Thread

Recommended Posts

This is for your ideas for people who would live and work in the ages of comics known as the Silver Age, and the period before that currently refered to as the Atomic Age. Heros, Villains, other NPCs. All are welcomed.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tomb Keeper

 

This is an Atomic Age character.

 

A bairly obous undead man, he wears a huge fadora and trenchcoat, and always has a huge old book with him. He is attracted to individuals who commit brutal but cleaver murders and seems to be an agent of cosmic, macobe justice.

 

Rumor has it that the Tomb Keeper is just a projection of his book, The Tomb Of Horror.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Many Silver Age characters were updated versions of the Golden Age heroes, albeit with a heavier SciFi bent.

 

Green Lantern started as someone who forged a Lantern and a Ring from material found in a meteorite, and transformed into a hero who joined an intergalactic law enforcement organization who's beat was this sector of space.

 

Flash was a college student who breathed "Hard Water" and accidentally got powers, and became someone hit by lightning while doused with chemicals which gave him superspeed powers because of "Science!"

 

 

My versions

 

Starlet - Movie Actress and Amateur Astronomer sees a meteor crash nearby one night, goes out to investigate, and when it explodes gains superpowers.  She wanted to be known as "Starlight" but the reporters misunderstood her.

 

Star Ranger - Starlet's son who inherited her powers, and became the leader of the U.S. Star Command, a group of heroes who protect America's interests in Space.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

post-10891-0-23986400-1480450389_thumb.jpg

 

 

Starknight

 

 

This college student was returning home from a party one night when he was abducted by an as-yet

unidentified group of aliens and taken aboard their spacecraft, where they performed numerous ex-

periments upon him. When it appeared that he was about to be killed by them, he panicked and --

using the powers that the experiments had somehow given him -- fought his way free, destroying the

aliens' ship in the process.

 

Once he'd gotten over the terror of his experience, the now super-powered student took the time to

learn about his newfound abilities over the summer vacation. He soon discovered that, in addition

to being able to fly and project bolts of energy from his hands, he could also survive in outer space

without the need for life-support gear and was superhumanly strong as well.

 

Believing that the aliens' kin might one day come to Earth in search of their missing brothers, and --

given that the experiments they'd carried out upon him weren't the most benign -- were most likely

hostile to humanity, the student decided to take on a costumed identity, and prepared to defend

the planet against its as-yet unidentified enemy. As Starknight, he uses his abilities and powers to

protect the innocent.

 

 

Major Tom 2009 :cool:

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For some concepts, the era was characterized by two major themes:

 

-Future/Atomic Power/Technology (Captain Atom, Iron Man, Hulk, etc)

-Anti Communism (Red scare, etc) 

 

The second part was mostly played out in villain types, with red-x as a common enemy type.  Communist bad guys and infiltrators replaced third column Nazi saboteurs and spies.  The game Freedom Force has a lot of great types for this era.  Strange aliens were also a common enemy and hero type, with a fascination with flying saucers etc.  Magic was very downplayed and less common at the time.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For some concepts, the era was characterized by two major themes:

 

-Future/Atomic Power/Technology (Captain Atom, Iron Man, Hulk, etc)

-Anti Communism (Red scare, etc)

 

The second part was mostly played out in villain types, with red-x as a common enemy type. Communist bad guys and infiltrators replaced third column Nazi saboteurs and spies. The game Freedom Force has a lot of great types for this era. Strange aliens were also a common enemy and hero type, with a fascination with flying saucers etc. Magic was very downplayed and less common at the time.

True. Tomb Keeper is an odd man out because of that. This is because he is more of a Crypt Keeper homage than anything else, with a twist so he could be a 'hero' in the atomic age.

 

More common is the 'science detective', who is basically a gadgetear with some detective skills. Also the team of adventures, who wear the same outfit but don't take code names.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

post-10891-0-02421100-1480457254_thumb.jpg

 

 

The Nucleonic Man

 

 

A researcher with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, the man who would become known as the

Nucleonic Man was working at a nuclear power plant in the American West, where he was testing

a prototype for an antiradiation suit. Everything was going well, until one day when a malfunction

in the reactor's control rod system caused radiation levels to begin rising to dangerous levels.

Working alongside the plant's emergency staff to correct the malfunction, the researcher donned

the prototype suit, and went into the rod chamber itself to try and repair it before the radiation

rose to lethal levels.

 

The researcher was successful in his attempt to repair the damage that had caused the malfunction,

but his success came with an unexpected price: the suit which had been designed to protect against

high levels of radiation had done its job after a fashion, in that it had stopped the known forms of

radiation from penetrating and causing harm to the wearer. What it hadn't stopped was an unknown

form of radiation which was also present in the chamber, and which had caused the researcher's

body to mutate, transforming his organic body into one composed of living energy. All that was keep-

ing his body from dissipating was the suit, which was somehow containing it and allowing it to retain

its human form.

 

Realizing that he could no longer have a normal life outside of the suit, the researcher -- with help

from some of his fellow scientists at the AEC -- set about designing and creating an improved ver-

sion of the suit, one which would allow him to use the energy-projection abilities that he'd discovered

he now possessed as a result of his transformation, as well as giving him a degree of armor protect-

ion and flight capability (in the form of a dual-engine jetpack mounted on the suit's back). For months

following the incident, the researcher trained himself both in the use of his new suit and his powers,

while creating the superhero identity of the Nucleonic Man.

 

 

Major Tom 2009 :dyn

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Because of comics code stuff they avoided a lot of creepy things, but there were light hearted version of spooky guys out there too.  There was even a Frankenstein's monster-as-a-hero comic.

 

 

When you say "creepy things", I take it you're referring to the kind of stuff that went on in the Creepshow movies?

 

 

Major Tom 2009 :shock:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

the suit which had been designed to protect against[/size][/size]

high levels of radiation had done its job after a fashion, in that it had stopped the known forms of

radiation from penetrating and causing harm to the wearer. What it hadn't stopped was an unknown

form of radiation which was also present in the chamber, and which had caused the researcher's

body to mutate, transforming his organic body into one composed of living energy. All that was keep-

ing his body from dissipating was the suit, which was somehow containing it and allowing it to retain

its human form.

 

Realizing that he could no longer have a normal life outside of the suit, the researcher -- with help

from some of his fellow scientists at the AEC -- set about designing and creating an improved ver-

sion of the suit, one which would allow him to use the energy-projection abilities that he'd discovered

he now possessed as a result of his transformation, as well as giving him a degree of armor protect-

ion and flight capability (in the form of a dual-engine jetpack mounted on the suit's back). For months

following the incident, the researcher trained himself both in the use of his new suit and his powers,

while creating the superhero identity of the Nucleonic Man.

 

 

Major Tom 2009 :dyn

How did he survive the transfer from one suit to another?

 

Lucius Alexander

 

Feeding radioactive peppers to a palindromedary

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Because of comics code stuff they avoided a lot of creepy things, but there were light hearted version of spooky guys out there too.  There was even a Frankenstein's monster-as-a-hero comic.

 

 dell comics also had a grey faced strongman called frankenstein

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When you say "creepy things", I take it you're referring to the kind of stuff that went on in the Creepshow movies?

 

 

Major Tom 2009 :shock:

Which was inspired by EC's line of horror comics, Tales From The Crypt, The Vault Of Horror, and The Haunt Of Fear.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Blue Knight 2/Arthur, King Of Science

 

Durring the Atomic Age, Arthur Pen Dogon, the former Blue Squire, after gaining many degries in collage, becomes a science detective. He refused his mentor's "magic" armor, and refused to use the name The Blue Knight (prefering the adventuring name Arthur, King of Science). The media refused that name, constently calling him Blue Knight till Blue Knight 3 comes along in the Silver Age. And Arthur's identity is public by choice (he is careful not to reveal that his now maried sister was The Blue Maiden, and her husband was his mentor and the first Blue Knight).

 

Arthur is assisted by American plane piolt Lance Lot, two fisted science assistant Glen A. Vear, and "secerity" Lady Morgana DeLake. Arthur has a three way romantic relationship with Lance and Gwen, and Morgana acts as his beard.

 

He adventured from the Atomic age till 1973, where chronic sickness forced him to step down. He died from complications from AIDS in 1982.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For some concepts, the era was characterized by two major themes:

 

-Future/Atomic Power/Technology (Captain Atom, Iron Man, Hulk, etc)

-Anti Communism (Red scare, etc) 

 

The second part was mostly played out in villain types, with red-x as a common enemy type.  Communist bad guys and infiltrators replaced third column Nazi saboteurs and spies.  The game Freedom Force has a lot of great types for this era.  Strange aliens were also a common enemy and hero type, with a fascination with flying saucers etc.  Magic was very downplayed and less common at the time.

don't forget extraterrestrials with seemingly magic powers

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Golden Age

 

Ultraman - Millionaire Industrialist who has superpowers because mother is an Ancient Goddess.

 

Ultralad - Son of Ultraman, and served as his side kick.

 

Silver Age

 

Ultraman II - Grown up Ultralad who took the mantle when his father was elected President of the United States.

 

Ultragirl - Daughter of Ultraman II, and his sidekick.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Golden Age

 

Champion - Flying Brick District Attorney

 

Lady Justice - Martial Artist/Weapons Master Reporter

 

 

Silver Age

 

Captain Justice - Flying Energy Projector/Brick District Attorney son of Champion and Lady Justice

 

Ms. Justice - Flying Energy Projector/Brick FBI Agent daughter of Champion and Lady Justice

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is a good place for my "cool plane names" superhero group.

Air force pilots caught in a strange lightning storm while trying out experimental radioactive bullets (hey, its the 50s comics) crash and are hospitalized, but upon recovering have amazing new powers!  After the war, they form JUSTICE SQUADRON:

 

Airacobra - flight, poison blasts, tough scales, stretching

Mixmaster - flight, blades he can deflect and strike with (never killing, of course)

Dauntless - The team brick; flight, tough and dour, quiet, but always there and never stops

Supermarine - flight, swim, breathe water, use water as TK and blasts, strong, tough 

Nighthawk - flight, invisibility, see in darkness, blind people

Scramjet - flying speedster

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Blue Knight 3

 

Ryan Renalds-Dogon is the son of Raymond Renalds and Penelope Renalds-Dogon (The Blue Knight 1 and The Blue Maiden), and the nephew of Arthur Pen Dogon (The Blue Knight 2/Arthur, King Of Science). He proudly wears his father's 'magic' armor and fights crime. He fights for the noble cause against injustice.

 

He fought crime from 1969 to 1983, protecting England from all evil. His daughter Rebecca becomes The Blue Knight 4.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The first "modern era" superhero after WW2 in my campaign was DYNAMO!  He could turn himself into electricity and travel through wires, teleporting instantly between connections like telephone calls, blast things, etc.  He basically set the standard for hero behavior and how they dress etc.  WW2 guys were more pulp crime busters and costumed soldiers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Excalibur

 

An inheritor team started by Blue Knight 3 durring the Silver Age, based upon the legacy of The Knights Of Excalibur. Members include, of course, Blue Knight 3 and Young Animal (now teenage hero and one of the last surviving members of the Freek Force of the Atomic Age).

 

Feal free to suggest members, much like Knights of Excalibur.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Young Animal

 

A young boy who was struck down with an extremely rair disease and saved by Blue Knight 2, Mike Maters was gifted with purple skin by the cure, and the ability to harness the powers of animals within his body. His parents dead, he was adopted by Professor Hebert "Handy" Mann (whoes arms were destroyed in a lab accident which also gifted him with minor superpowers), and his group of heros known as the Freek Force.

 

After the team's fated last mission, which spaired the lives of Hebert and Mike, they went there seperate ways. Mike became a Teady Boy (english slang for greaser), then joined Excalibur.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Freek Force

 

Durring the Atomic Age, scientist Hebert "Handy" Mann gathered a group of superpowered "freeks", and formed a superhero team.

 

I already told you about Young Animal, the purple animal power user. Here are the rest.

 

Professor Harold "Handy" Mann lost his arms in a lab accident, but gained slight telekinesis abilities, and combined with his advance mind, is the brains of the group.

 

Jim Foster is Slim Jim. He is able to grow into giant size, but he does not gain weight. Instead, his body elongates to the appropriate hight.

 

Janet Kane is Sticky Wicket. Her body secreates a sticky substance which is not always in her control.

 

David Durant is Diver, who can go into and through solid objects without harm, but only if said object is not moving.

 

The final member is Mister Tin, a human brain in a robotic body.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

How did he survive the transfer from one suit to another?

 

Lucius Alexander

 

Feeding radioactive peppers to a palindromedary

 

The dissipation wouldn't have been instantaneous; he would've retained his energy-form's cohesion long enough

to make the transfer from the prototype suit to the improved model.

 

 

Major Tom 2009 :dyn

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


×