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This article is about the second Blue Beetle. For his predecessor, see Dan Garrett, and for his successor, see Jaime Reyes.

Ted Kord (1983[1]—2015) was a member of the Justice League,[4] Dan Garrett's chosen successor and Jaime Reyes's predecessor as Blue Beetle.[5]

Physical appearance

True to his name, Blue Beetle wore blue. His pants and shirt were of a light blue color, with darker blue trunks. The top section of his shirt was adorned with a dark blue cutout that resembled a bug's legs. He wore dark blue gloves and boots, and a belt with a golden buckle. To hide his face, he wore a dark blue cowl with yellow goggles.[6]


Early life

Ted Kord was a brilliant inventor and generally considered a good man.[5] When his mentor, Dan Garrett, died, he received the source of his power, the Scarab. Whereas Garrett had thought the object was mystical, Ted Kord correctly surmised it was alien in origin. Kord was not fond of the idea of having an extraterrestrial object latched onto his spine, so he kept it locked away. The heroics of Garret did inspire Kord to become a hero, though; he donned a costume and fought crime using equipment[7] in his home town of El Paso.[8]

He became a hero around November 1, 2011.[8][9]

Ted Kord fighting Sportsmaster and Deathstroke.

Around July 2015,[10] Kord suspected the Light was onto the Scarab. One fateful night, in the El Paso branch of Kord Industries, Blue Beetle was attacked by Sportsmaster and Deathstroke. He was killed in an ensuing explosion.[7]

The scarab was thrown clear, and latched onto the passing Jaime Reyes's spine.[10]


  • Beetle Gun:[3] A device shaped like a handgun, but with a wider barrel. It emits a beam of concentric circles.[7]


Background information

  • In the comics, Ted Kord was the second Blue Beetle, after his mentor Dan Garrett. He originated in a line of "Action Heroes" created for Charlton Comics in the 1960s, and acquired by DC Comics in the 1980s.
  • Ted was mostly a hobbyist hero, and during his time in the Justice League and Justice League International, he was primarily concerned with pulling pranks and flying everyone around. He was killed by Max Lord before Infinite Crisis.
  • This is his second animated appearance; he appeared first on Batman: The Brave and the Bold.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Weisman, Greg (2012-12-06). Question #17424. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2012-12-06.
  2. Weisman, Greg (2013-03-12). Interview with Greg Weisman. World's Finest. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jones, Christopher (2012-09-21). OUT NOW: Young Justice #20 – The INVASION Begins!. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  4. Weisman, Greg (w). Jones, Christopher (a). Atkinson, Zac (col). Sienty, Dezi (let). Gaydos, Sarah (ed). "Players, Chapter Two: Directly to Jail" Young Justice 21 (October 17, 2012), New York, NY: DC Comics
  5. 5.0 5.1 Weisman, Greg (writer) & Divar, Tim (director) (May 19, 2012). "Salvage". Young Justice. Season 2. Episode 4. Cartoon Network.
  6. Weisman, Greg (writer) & Murphy, Doug (director) (September 29, 2012). "Satisfaction". Young Justice. Season 2. Episode 8. Cartoon Network.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 David, Peter (writer) & Zwyer, Mel (director) (March 2, 2013). "Intervention". Young Justice. Season 2. Episode 18. Cartoon Network.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Scott, Sharon, Brandon Vietti, Greg Weisman (writers), Young Justice: Legacy (November 19, 2013): Red Arrow journal #3. Santa Ana, CA: Little Orbit
  9. Weisman, Greg (2013-01-31). Question #19473. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Hopps, Kevin (writer) & Divar, Tim (director) (Originally released on iTunes on October 14, 2012, broadcast on January 5, 2013). "Before the Dawn". Young Justice. Season 2. Episode 10. Cartoon Network.