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Adam Strange (DC)

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His super-powers are all derived from a special suit that seems to have been made by Sardath, his eventual father-in-law, and the greatest mind of the planet Rann. This suit heightens his senses, gives him the power of flight and the ability to travel in space without a vehicle.

A human archaeologist, Adam Strange wanders into a beam of light near an excavation site in South America. Unbeknownst to him, this "Zeta Beam" is of alien origin, and it immediately transports him to its source: the planet Rann. There, he promptly meets Alanna, the woman destined to be his wife, and her father, Sardath, the man that will provide the technological toys that turn him into the "Defender of Rann". His trips to Rann are typically of limited duration, though, because the Zeta beam works by irradiating its passengers. Once that radiation wears off, Strange finds himself back on Earth. The beam comes to Earth at regular intervals, however, so he can, at least, know where and when to place himself so as to return to Rann. Stories tend to stress his status as a "man of two worlds", who spends the unfortunate bulk of his time on Earth--the one without his beloved Alanna.

His most frequent ally has historically been the various Hawkpeople since the dawn of the Silver Age. This perhaps unusual partnership has typically been explained by the fact that, on Earth, Hawkman and Adam Strange have practiced archeology when not superheroing. Also, the Hawks and Adam Strange have forged a bond over the similarities of their lives as superheroes: both are defending adopted planets. However, since 2004, DC has reworked things so as to display a relationship between the planets of Rann and Thanagar themselves--as the title Rann-Thanagar War suggests-- and it is currently uncertain what impact this inter-societal conflict will have on the interpersonal relationships of Hawkman/woman/girl and Adam Strange.


First Appearance: Showcase (1956) #17

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Issue Appearances:
52 (2006)
52: The Companion (2007)
52/WW III (2007)
Action Comics (1938)
Adam Strange (1990)
Adam Strange (2004)
Adam Strange Archives (2004)
Adam Strange Special (2008)
Adventures of Superman (1987)
Adventures of Superman: José Luis García-López (2013)
All-New Collectors' Edition (1978)
Avengers/JLA (2003)
Bloodwulf (1995)
Booster Gold (2007)
Cosmic Odyssey (1988)
Countdown (2007)
Countdown to Adventure (2007)
Countdown to Infinite Crisis (2005)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
Crisis on Multiple Earths (2002)
DC Challenge (1985)
DC Comics Classics Library (2009)
DC Comics Presents (1978)
DC Comics Presents: JLA - Heaven's Ladder (2011)
DC Comics Presents: Mystery in Space (2004)
DC Comics: The Sequential Art of Amanda Conner (2012)
DC Holiday Special '09 (2010)
DC Retroactive: JLA - The '70s (2011)
DC Sampler (1983)
DC Universe: Origins (2009)
DC Universe: Secret Origins (2012)
DCU: Legacies (2010)
Final Crisis Companion (2009)
Final Crisis: Requiem (2008)
Firestorm, The Nuclear Man (1986)
Green Arrow/Black Canary Wedding Special (2007)
Green Lantern (1960)
Green Lantern (1990)
Green Lantern Corps (2006)
Green Lantern: Circle of Fire (2000)
Green Lantern/Adam Strange (2000)
Green Lantern/Green Lantern (2000)
Hawkgirl (2006)
Hawkman (1964)
Hawkman (2002)
Hawkman Special (2008)
History of the DC Universe (1986)
Identity Crisis (2004)
Impulse (1995)
Infinite Crisis (2005)
Infinite Crisis Countdown (2006)
Invasion (1988)
JLA (1997)
JLA 80-Page Giant (1998)
JLA Secret Files (1997)
JLA: Heaven's Ladder (2000)
JLA: Secret Origins (2002)
JLA: The Nail (1998)
JLA: Welcome to the Working Week (2003)
JSA: Classified (2005)
Justice League Adventures (2002)
Justice League of America (1960)
Justice League of America (2006)
Justice League of America: Another Nail (2004)
Justice League Sourcebook (1990)
Justice League Wedding Special (2007)
Justice Society of America (2007)
L.E.G.I.O.N. (1989)
Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo (2012)
Legends of the DC Universe 80-Page Giant (1998)
Mysteries of Love in Space (2019)
Mystery in Space (1951)
R.E.B.E.L.S. (2009)
Rann/Thanagar Holy War (2008)
Rann/Thanagar War (2005)
Red Tornado (1985)
Secret Origins (1961)
Secret Origins (1986)
Showcase (1956)
Silver Age 80-Page Giant (2000)
Silver Age Secret Files (2000)
Silver Age: Showcase (2000)
Starman (1988)
Starman (1994)
Strange Adventures (1950)
Strange Adventures (2009)
Strange Adventures (2011)
Strange Adventures (2014)
Superboy & The Ravers (1996)
Superman (1987)
Superman: Our Worlds at War Secret Files (2001)
Superman: The Man of Steel (1991)
Superman: World of New Krypton (2009)
Swamp Thing (1985)
Tales of the Batman: Carmine Infantino (2014)
Tales of the Batman: Gerry Conway (2017)
The Brave and the Bold (1955)
The Brave and the Bold (2007)
The DC Universe by Brian K. Vaughan (2018)
The Essential Showcase 1956-1959 (1993)
The Flash Giant (2019)
The Golden Age (1993)
The Neal Adams Treasury (1976)
The Outsiders (1985)
The Saga of Swamp Thing (1982)
The World's Greatest Super-Heroes (2005)
Wednesday Comics (2009)
Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)
Wonder Woman (1987)
World's Finest Comics (1941)

Group Affiliation(s):
Justice League of America (DC)
Seven Soldiers of Victory (02 - Silver Age)

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"Anyway... I zetaed here...looked around...DEAD GUY on the floor."

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