was created by Gardner F. Fox
and Carmine Infantino
and first appeared in DC Comics
#17, Nov-Dec 1958. He is a classic silver-age
The Adam Strange tales were unusual in that their hero had no super powers. He was an idealistic scientist
, an archaeologist
, who tried to help people and solve problems.
Adam Strange's costume is a brilliant red, like other Infantino heroes such as The Flash
. The twin jet packs on his back look like angel's wings in traditional art. Since Adam Strange is a figure of 100% virtue, this is not inappropriate imagery. He can indeed seem like an angel figure, trying to help the people of Rann
Adam Strange did his work on the planet Rann. Its largest city Ranagar
was a typical example of Infantino's futuristic Art Deco
Most Adam Strange stories have a menace
. This is a science fictional catastrophe that threatens the people of Rann. For example, in "The Planet That Came to a Standstill
" (1962) an evil scientist
uses a device that freezes people in their tracks, making them unable to move. Adam Strange always comes up with an approach that frees Rann from the menace. This is seen by the other characters in the story as his main job: he is the "Champion of Rann
", the person who protects it from harm.
Adam Strange continues to play a role in the DC Universe
, having in the last year made some significant guest appearences in Starman
Strange is married to Alanna
and travels from Earth to Rann using the zeta beam
created by his father-in-law Sardath
There is a new Adam Strange mini-series being produced by DC at this time (October 2004). It is written by Andy Diggle; Art and cover by Pascal Ferry.