So, surfing the Internet looking for Blue Beetle stories, as you do when you run a BB blog, I stumbled on an interesting story. Apparently there were plans in the works about 10yrs ago to have Tim "Robin" Drake become a new Blue Beetle...mentored by Ted Kord!
Chuck Dixon, had made Ted a semi-regular character in "Birds Of Prey" which he was writing at the time. He'd also been writing Ted in a way that developed a bond of sorts with Tim Drake. The intent, and the rumored pitch, being that when Stephanie "Spoiler" Brown took over as Robin, Tim would move into the role of Blue Beetle! How cool does that sound? I'm going to admit, as of this writing, I haven't read any of Ted's appearances in "Birds Of Prey"...but this idea sounds amazing to me! It clicks...makes more sense than, oh I don't know...throwing away the entire legacy of the character like DC did in the New 52?
Sadly, DC turned down Dixon's idea, and now Ted no longer exists in the current DCU (neither does Stephanie for that matter)...so we'll have to file this under "could of, would of, should of been"
I wonder if we reached out to Mr. Dixon if he'd be willing to share any more details?