In an underground cavern on a small island just off the Mediterranean coast of France, Armand Clermont---millionaire playboy, sportsman, Tour De France contender, occasional TV actor and the star of his own reality show (Armand, Veuillez être le mien or Armand, Please Be Mine, where eight beautiful women competed for the honor of being his girlfriend) found an ancient wooden chest inscribed with Greek letters and the image of a lute carved into the lid--the best known symbol of the Olympian god Apollo. Inside the chest was a magnificent bow made of some strange material he couldn't recognize. The moment he took up the bow a drawstring appeared, which looked to made of pure sunlight, and an arrow which looked to be made of gold materialized in the bow, nocked and ready to draw. No stranger to the bow and arrow, Clermont took aim at a remote point in the cavern and let fly. The arrow impacted exactly where Clermont meant it to go, and exploded in a bright burst of sunlight that briefly turned the dark cavern to brightest day---and then the arrow materialized in the bow once more.
Clermont took the bow home and experimented with its use. He discovered that just by thinking about it he could make the arrow strike with concussive force, light enough to knock a man down or strong enough to knock down a stone wall or knock over a tank. Or he could make the arrow hot as the sun itself, able to cut through the strongest steel like the proverbial warm knife through butter. Or he could make the arrow explode in a blinding flash, able to incapacitate one or more adversaries simultaneously. But the most important aspect of the bow that he discovered was that no matter how distant or minuscule the target, the arrow would always find its mark.
Clermont had heard of costumed adventurers who turned out to be millionaire playboys in their civilian lives, so he decided to carry on that particular tradition. Calling himself Zenith X--a name that was distinctive, unmistakable, and most important, trademarkable---he had a costume made up and started chasing muggers and street thugs, then worked his way up to bank robbers, terrorists, and other lawbreakers with even greater potential for danger. With contact lenses to change the color of his eyes and a ponytailed wig to cover his dark hair, he has managed to conceal his true identity from prying eyes and inquisitive minds---so far.
Clermont could not get very far as Zenith X without some rather significant help from two important people. The first is Genevieve Janvier, a former girlfriend who is now a senior detective with the Police Nationale. She provides him with leads and access to information and resources, and in return she gets the credit for the arrests precipitated by his actions. The other person who helps him is Frederico "Rico" Bartoletti, an old school friend who Clermont rescued from a situation involving a gorgeous yet angry debutante, her equally gorgeous aunt, their light duty maid, and the maid's husband. ("As the Americans like to say--It's Complicated.") Unable to return to his native Italy, Rico now chauffeurs Zenith X around France in their custom sports car--Le Corsaire--and provides backup when the situation gets especially dangerous--although given a choice, he would rather be far away from the danger, not rushing towards it.
As Zenith X, Clermont has proved himself to be an effective crimefighter and a brave and able hero. He has received several offers from European superteams to join with them, and is strongly considering the offer from the French team Les Defenseurs. Whatever happens, Zenith X promises to be a relentless and stalwart ally in the war against evil for a long time to come.