Blue Beetle II
Nick Name
Civilian ID
Theodore "Ted" Kord



Research Scientist

Legal Status
Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.
Nation or Planet of Origin
Hub City
Group Affiliation

Birds of Prey

Justice League


Base of Operations

Hub City

Las Vegas, Nevada

5' 11"
185 lbs.
Eye Color
Hair Color
Known Powers

Normal human with skills of an Olympic level athlete.

Excellent hand-to-hand combatant.

Genius level intelligence with skills as a research scientist and engineer.


Bug: Multipurpose craft capable of hovering in mid-air or submerging underwater with pincers in the forward section and equipped with a lab, computers and living quarters that can be remotely controlled.

Blue Beetle Costume: High-tech uniform designed to interact remotely with Bug transport vehicle.

Strobe Pistol: Hand gun capable of emitting a brief strobe effect blinding those that view it.

Common Enemies


Chronos I



Glorious Godfrey




Queen Bee I

Regularly Appearing

Blue Beetle Vol. 1 & 2

Justice League America

First Appearance

Captain Atom Vol. 1 #83 (Nov. 1966)

Note: The Blue Beetle published in June 1967 by Charlton Comics only lasted for five issues before the publisher canceled its superhero line of comics.

Charlton's stable of characters was briefly controlled by independent publisher Americomics in the 1980's and then acquired by DC Comics, where Blue Beetle would see occasional reprints of poor quality. Blue Beetle along with other Charlton superheroes would appear in DC continuity during the Crisis on Infinite Earths and later be published in his own series from 1986 to 1988.

Gary Friedrich & Steve Ditko

Research scientist Ted Kord contacted an old college acquaintance, archaeologist Dr. Daniel Garrett (Blue Beetle I) to investigate the apparent murder of his uncle, Jarvis Kord, who he had been working with on a project so secret Ted did not even know what its purpose was.

Investigating, it was discovered that Jarvis had created an army of super-androids for which he intended to conquer the world. Kord recruited Dr. Garrett and they traveled to Jarvis' island hideout where Garrett used his sacred scarab to become the Blue Beetle, battling the super-androids. In the battle Jarvis was killed and Garrett mortally wounded.

Realizing death was near, Garrett made Kord promise that he would carry on the legacy of the Blue Beetle. Before Kord could evacuate the hero from his uncle's underground layer it collapsed burying Garrett and his sacred scarab beneath tons of rubble.

Ted Kord vowed that he would carry on the legacy of the Blue Beetle without the sacred scarab and set about training himself physically and using his technical expertise to design and build an arsenal to carry out his fight for justice as the Blue Beetle.