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Chicago Was Not Blue Beetle's Kind of Town At All | CBR

This is “You Act Like We Never Have Met,” which is a feature about one-time cast members of popular comic book series that have fallen by the wayside in the years since. Some of these are characters who would appear in comics routinely read by hundreds of thousands of people but are now effectively mysteries.

Today, we look at the time that the Blue Beetle ditched his entire Chicago supporting cast when his 1980s series ended! The featured image is from an issue Question guest-starred in. I am only using that for the featured image because it’s the only cover of the series to show the rest of the supporting cast on the cover.

In Blue Beetle #1 (by Len Wein, Paris Cullins and Bruce Patterson), we are introduced to the people who work with Blue Beetle in his secret identity as Ted Kord, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Kord, Inc.

First, we met his secretary, Angela Revere…

Then two of his top scientists, Jeremiah Duncan and Melody Case…

Melody was also Ted’s love interest…

Later, Ted went to visit his old college roommate, Murray Takamoto, who was an administrator at STAR Labs’ Chicago branch, which, of course, brought STAR Labs into plots when needed…

Finally, there was Detective Max Fisher, the main police presence in the series who believed that Ted Kord possibly murdered his predecessor as Blue Beetle, Dan Garrett…

Eventually, Melody became Ted’s second-in-command at the company and she instantly seemed to hate him. She also seemed to only have eyes for her new assistant, Randy Truman…

In Blue Beetle #21 (by Wein, Ross Andru and Danny Bulanadi), Melody basically tells Ted as much, while ripping on him again for not being around much…

That issue was the last time that we would see Jeremiah Duncan, who was worried about a villain named Klaus Cornelius, who would show up in some other DC titles later (maybe I’ll cover those)…

and Murray Takamoto, now gone from STAR, gets a new gig (like Duncan’s plot, Wein was clearly setting something up for the future, but it never went anywhere)…

Finally, in Blue Beetle #23 (by Wein, Don Heck and Bulanadi), we see the last appearance of Angela, as she tries to warn Ted that his father, Thomas Kord, has returned and decided to take back control of Kord, Inc.!

In the final issue, Ted is shocked that Melody brought Thomas in behind Ted’s back…

So Ted just quits…

Later, Melody discovers that Randy Truman is married…

She fires his lying ass…

As the issue ends, Kord, Inc.’s headquarters is destroyed in an attack on Blue Beetle. Max Fisher (who is still a bit wary of Ted, but knows he didn’t kill Dan Garrett now), Thomas Kord and Melody Case are all there when Ted basically tells them to buzz off after Thomas wants Ted to help him rebuild the company and Melody wants him to forgive her after the whole “Randy” deal flamed out…

And that’s the last we would see of all of Beetle’s supporting cast (his dad would make one more appearance, but I belieeeeve it was in a flashback. In a comic book written by Wein, of course. If he wasn’t such a minor character, I’d totally do a “Been Here Before” for that!).

Okay, that’s it for this installment of You Act Like We Never Have Met! Feel free to write in to brianc@cbr.com if you have suggestions for future installments!

In their feature on cast members in popular comics who have fallen into obscurity, CSBG sees how Blue Beetle dumped his whole Chicago supporting cast!

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