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BTW, the names I've mentioned are:
The Living Shadow
Madame Tomorrow (only twelve at the time til she was sixteen and joined the New Fighters for Freedom[/b]
Libra wrote:in any case, brilliant stuff Libra and Greycrusader re: The Golden Age Pryde.
Thank you very kindly - I hope that it's just the first of many fruitful collaborations to come!
Libra wrote:Why do I get a feeling that Walter Rand and Walt Disney had a few interesting discussions back in the day? (which probably didn't last very long before poor old Walt ran away at Light Speed!).
Excellent write-up of a fascinating piece of Heroic Earth's 20th Century legendarium Charles; I'll have to see what I can come up with in relation to his doubtless Massive Entertainment empire (sample shows, movies and theme parks!).
Assuming that the proper inspiration strikes when I have some free time from the other projects on my schedule!
libra wrote:The fact that she made more friends and enemies across the globe than she did profits, mostly due to the fact that she kept bumping into racism, sexism, fascism, communism et al across the globe and had OPINIONS about that sort of thing which she tended to back up guts alongside true grit in the course of some truly epic put-downs and the ensuing adventures so provoked (later with the help of her sidekick and certain other friends she'd made along the way).
greycrusader wrote:Following World War II, Ava and Trix's adventures followed the later course of the earlier Battle Aces, veering into weird science and the supernatural. During this period, their partnership blossomed into true love. Though discreet, their relationship eventually made them persona non grata in the States, especially after the House Un-American Affairs Committee targeted Ava for her "radical" ideas about racial equality and liberal politics. The two settled in France, which was proud to call the two heroines home for the rest of their lives.
Libra wrote:The fact that her ability to absorb kinetic force did nothing to protect her garments - and her fondness for CQC tended to result in them being extensively shredded - was, along with the favour of Eva Amazing, a striking beauty all her own and her reputation as quite the pistol, equally helpful in turning her into the first superhuman matinee icon in the Los Dios, courtesy of a rather massive number of much-impressed soldiers.
Greycrusader wrote:The Bombshell did pop up in a few movies during the later days of WW II and in the years thereafter. Unfortunately, her physique stereotyped her as a Carnival strongwoman, female wrestler, and the like. Her career mostly consisted of minor roles in studio films and bigger parts in B-move potboilers. She enjoyed a later-in-life revival as an actress in Mexico, starring in numerous "female wrestler vs gangsters/monsters/aliens" films.
Greycrusader wrote:Bombshell still runs a Gold Gym franchaise in Texas, as well as a popular saloon/burger-n-frieds joint. She ran through three husbands in her time, and had children with each, so Cassie Sunflowers has numerous cousins out in the world.
Libra wrote:Growing into a sturdy, plain graceful and rather no-nonsense young lady, Jade Tigress proved herself capable of deep thought, great sympathy for others and not a little suspicious of those in authority (which would prove helpful in making life more difficult for those agents in government of the Iron Hand at the mercy of the Dragon Lady Death, but also complicated relations between the Tigress and her elders), as well as in possession of a great stone-shattering roar all her own.
Greycrusader wrote:Jade Tigress remains a revered, venerable teacher of the White Lotus Society, though she takes on few new students this late in her life. She does sometimes have to deal with the odd Iron Hand assassin out to make a name for himself; she's less tolerant than she used to be, so Jade Tigress now makes such unworthies hop naked on one foot back to their base-camps.
Libra wrote:One of the keenest investigative reporters of her day, all but tireless, quite fearless and not unacquainted with the technicalities of beating the snot out of low-lives with her bare hands (her father had been extremely concerned about her safety, she'd been tomboyish in her youth and more than willing to learn what she needed to survive two dangerous professions), Miss Metropolitan distinguished herself in a low-key sort of way as a street-level sleuth and occasional vigilante.
greycrusader wrote:Miss Metropolitan retired uneventfully after V-E day, and returned to her life as a full-time reporter. A dedicated career woman in a time when females had to work twice as hard to get half as far in the profession, the ex-Miss Metropolitan never married, but had numerous eligible suitors even into middle-age. Sadly, she had an occasionaly smoking habit even when actively adventuring, and this escalated into a two-pack a day addiction by the time she was forty. She died at the premature age of 57 of lung cancer.
libra wrote:How all this motivation led to her adopting a costumed guise and adopting a habit of sniffing out evidence which could truly settle cases caught up in uncertainty lack of it, then leaving it for her Father to find is an interesting question - suspicions that Athena may have noted the young lady's resolve, then decided that some tutoring from one of her new friends amongst the Liberty-Men are unsurprisingly rife.
greycrusader wrote:Owlgirl and the others went along with this grudgingly, as the alternative was not being allowed to serve at all; Jade Tigress protested vociferously, but eventually consented as even she saw the team being much more effective in the fight against tyrrany with official US backing. Greycoat quit the team in anger, severing her friendship with Owlgirl.
Libra wrote:Born on the US/ Canadian border, the US Maiden was a young woman possessed of courage, determination, the power to raise and lower ambient temperatures, sufficient to create a mist - and, if she was in a particularly bad mood freeze an area within a radius of considerable size (though she always felt uncomfortable using that ability on Human Beings or those she thought to be Human, preferring to use her abilities to conceal her movements, then rely on stealth,cunning and as small an amount of violence as she could get away with to carry the day).
greycrusader wrote:US Maiden favored the Frost Giant lineage of her biological father.
Charles Phipps wrote:In 1955, he created the first of his famous theme parks that were designed to subtly influence human beings to embrace SCIENCE! and superhuman abilities as the best possible future of mankind. It was during this time that his friendship with Doctor Aeon began to deterioriate, Doctor Aeon believing that Walter's philosophy of science was increasingly moving towards the unethical. Walter Rand believed that any of the damage done in the meantime would be worth it for the future they achieved. He sponsored several "utopia experiments" in the meantime, some of them ending quite badly.
Sadly, in 1966, he discovered that he was dying of cancer and none of his brilliant associates could save his life. Young scientist, Jack Washington Junior, offered an alternative. Having created functional cryogenic slumber for Manhattan Project proceeded to offer the technology for Walter Rand. Signing over a substantial portion of his mammoth estate to Jack Washington Junior through proxies, Walter Rand entered cryogenic slumber and slept for the better part of thirty years. In the meantime, AmeriCorp was managed by General Venom and expanded to become one of the most influential media empires in the world. It also continued its patronage of science, becoming instrumental in private underwater and space colonization programs.
Awakening in 1999, Walter Rand cured his cancer and has extended his longevity to the point that he is likely to live for another thirty years. Retaking AmeriCorp, he is currently outraged by the treatment of Metamen and became one of the chief financiers of Geneis Island, an investment which has paid off several hundred fold. While the Patriots are aware that Walter Rand is a supervillain with ties to several of their opponents, they have so far refused to smear him. Part of this has to do with the fact that Walter Rand is not actually EVIL, even compared to individuals like General Venom, he's simply profoundly misguided with a profound anger at the way the world is run.
Walter Rand has served as an opponent to the Aeon Family, Black Wing II, the Last Ranger, and the third Steel Commando. It's gotten to the point that none of them are comfortable visiting theme parks as "they're probably going to come to life and try to kill us or reveal the horrible all-volunteer human experiments or failed utopias beneath."
Charles Phipps wrote:Yes, Andrew Ryan was a big influence on Walter Rand.
Ditto Walt Disney, Howard Hughes, and Mister House.
Suffice to say while I said he's not evil in the description, even *I* have to wonder what I was thinking typing that.
And to think he started as Perry White.
Out of curiosity inspired by the revelations about Wally Rand, I would be interested in learning more about Antaeus himself and his supporting cast, should you have anything lying about.
Please, Mr Phipps, may we learn more about the first Golden Age Superhero?
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