How many Beetles are there? Well, If you look at things on the surface you might see just three Beetles (how many of you are already thinking of the “Paul is dead” conspiracy?) Like I mentioned in an earlier post though, there are two Dan’s; Dan Garret (single “t”, 1939) the police officer and Dan Garrett (double “t”, 1964) the archaeologist. Then there’s Ted Kord, and Jaime Reyes who bring our group to four. Or do they? After re-watching some episodes of “Young Justice” I started thinking…just how many Beetles are out there…quite a few it seems! There’s the Black Beetle (“Booster Gold” 2007, “Blue Beetle” 2006 , “Young Justice” the animated series…), a Green Beetle, B'arzz, a Green Martian (“Young Justice” the animated series…), a Red Beetle (JSA #49), the Scarab, an Injustice League double (Justice League Quarterly #7), Hector Hall, the Silver Scarab from DC’s “Infinity Inc” and the Scarlet Scarab (I) from Marvel’s “Invaders” (both created by Roy Thomas who acknowledges their inspiration as being the Dan Garrett BB), and the Scarlet Scarab (II) an evil double of Jaime from the animated “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”…that’s a number that would make Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel smile…eleven!
Shoot! Make it twelve! I almost forgot Alex Ross’ Scarab from “Project Superpowers”.
Did I get them all? Should I count “Dead Ted” aka “Blackest Night Beetle” as his own entry? The possible future Beetle, “Kingdom Come” Ted? Yellow Glove Dan? Did I miss anyone? What do you think Beetle-maniacs? Comment or message me!
See you next week!