2) THE GUARDIAN


Officer Jim Harper protected the streets of Suicide Slum, whose name had double-meaning, thanks to his mentoring of a group of boys calling themselves The Newsboy Legion.  Years after his demise, Harper’s DNA was used by Project Cadmus to create a clone who shared many of Harper’s characteristics and serves as the Project’s strong right arm.  (His identity was borrowed by Mal Duncan of The Teen Titans, and is currently in use on CW’s ‘Supergirl’ as Jimmy Olsen’s costumed identity.)

The founder and original leader of Alpha Flight, Canadia’s premier super-team in the Marvel Universe, James MacDonald Hudson was killed in action when his own power-pack exploded in his hands.  Later stories gave us more than one muddled resurrection for the hero, none of which every really made a lot of sense, and he and his wife Heather switched the ‘Guardian’ and ‘Vindicator’ names back and forth like kids with Pokemon cards, further muddling the waters of his continuity.  (But darned if that costume isn’t cool as heck.)

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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