I picked up Volume One for the second season of Batman: Brave and the Bold on DVD the other day. I really do like what they’ve done with that series, especially when they give heroes that might be considered second-stringers a bit of the limelight. Like they did with one of my favorite teams from the DC Universe, the Challengers of the Unknown. Enjoy this faux retro introduction they did to introduce the team!
When Walter Mark “Prof” Haley, Matthew “Red” Ryan, Kyle “Ace” Morgan, and Leslie “Rocky” Davis all miraculously survive a plane crash without injury, and upon noticing that each man’s watch is broken and they’ve stopped at the exact same minute and second…the four decide they are living on borrowed time and should band together as adventurers.
Challengers of the Unknown was created by Jack Kirby and possibly co-created by Dave Wood. It was also the Silver Age of comics so you didn’t really bat an eye when a situation like this occurred:
“When Red is killed, a teen rock star/engineering genius immediately wages a vendetta against the three-man team. “Tino Mannaray” turns out to be Martin Ryan, Red’s kid brother, who blames the team for his death. Red eventually returns; though blown up, he had been dosed with shape-changing Liquid Light and rendered amnesiac, but still nearly conquered the Pacific as a Tiki god.”
Not only does Red come back from the dead but he had nearly conquered the Pacific as a Tiki God. I love the comics I pick up every week but I sometimes miss those kinds of stories…I really do.
A big thanks Lethal Force the Movie for posting that Faux intro on YouTube and to Animated Superheros for that awesome screencap!