Captain Wonder (Timely Comics)
debut="Kid Komics" #1 (Feb 1943)
Captain Wonder (Professor Jeff ["The Twelve" #1] Jordan) is a fictional
comic bookcharacter, first published by Timely Comics, the forerunner of Marvel Comicsduring the period known to fans and historians as the Golden Age of Comic Books. He is superhero who possesses the power of super strength. He first appeared in "Kid Komics" #1 in February 1943.
He appeared in "Kid Komics #1-2". He made the cover of "Kid Komics #1", but by #2 he had faded into the shadow cast by the
Young Allies, and he disappeared altogether in issue #3.
He has returned in "The Twelve". [ [http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=11312 Mystery Men's Dozen: Brevoort Talks "The Twelve"] , July 26, 2007,
Comic Book Resources] [ [http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=123753 12 Days of the Twelve: Captain Wonder] , August 2, 2007, Newsarama]
Comparison to Captain America
Besides the obvious link of his name, Captain Wonder has other similarities to
Captain America, and may have been derivative of that character. There are some uniform similarities, they both fought against the Axis powers, and the origins are very similar.
Fictional character biography
Accounts differ on how exactly Captain Wonder got his powers, but the basic story is that Professor Jordan invented a miracle drug that gave the user the strength of twelve men. A young man named
Tim Mulrooneysomehow ended up at his laboratory, where the Professor was to show him the drug. However, there was an accident in which the vial containing the drug was dropped, causing Tim and Jordan to pass out, with Tim saving Jordan's life. When they awoke, Jordan had superhuman strength, and Tim may or may not have had the same power. Jordan decided to use his powers as a superhero, fighting crime and the Nazis. He took Tim as his sidekick.
Captain Wonder is among the heroes who fought the Nazis at the end of World War II and while searching a base, was captured and put in suspended animation.
When they are awoken 60 years later, Captain Wonder is one of the two who discover that it is the 21st Century. He also discovers that his wife died 20 years earlier and his two sons were killed in the
Vietnam War["The Twelve" #1] . Later he meet his old sidekick, now a old man ["The Twelve" #7] .
Powers and abilities
Captain Wonder had, at one time, been described as having "the strength of twelve men." This power level has clearly been revised in modern times, since Captain Wonder has recently demonstrated sufficient strength and flying power to carry a damaged space shuttle, an object with thousands of tons of mass.
*"Kid Komics" #1-2
*"The Twelve" #1-6
* [http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/wonder.html A Guide To Marvel's Golden Age Characters profile for Captain Wonder & Tim] , by
* [http://internationalhero.co.uk/c/captainwonder.htm International Catalogue of Superheroes profile for Captain Wonder]
* [http://timely_goldenage.tripod.com/captain_wonder.html Captain Wonder & Tim page]
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