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Altar Boy

 

Altar Boy[edit]

There isnt' exactly a blueprint for how to become a super-hero, but Brian Kinney has a plan. A high risk decision to move to Astro City, an area saturated with superheroes. There he hopes to mingle and learn, and with luck perhaps a chance as a side-kick or assistant to an already established mask. It's not like it hasn't happened before. His break comes sooner than he expected. The fact that the it was the Confessor making the offer, well that just made it all the more interesting.

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American Chibi

 

American Chibi[edit]

She's loud, she's super-strong, she's naive and innocent. She's a do-gooder, she's energetic, but mainly she's just LOUD!

She's relatively new to the Astro City super-hero scene, but despite(or because of) her naivety, she is proving to be a very accomplished doer of good deeds.

Her powers source from her mystic hair scrunchies, and that's just part of her strange and perplexing origin. All that aside, she is becoming a well known fixture. Her solo adventures are making headlines, and her involvement with high profile peers like Samaritan, Honor Guard, and others is impressive. She's got spunk!

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Featured Articles[edit]

Broken Man

"Hey You!!"


"What are you doing here? Didn't I tell you not to create attention? These guys are compromised!


"Now go on. Get out of here before it sees you. You're too valuable to risk! Go! Go!"

The Ongoing Oubor Crisis

The Oubor Conspiracy
Cleopatra (Sarah Brandeis)

 

Cleopatra (Sarah Brandeis)[edit]

Sarah was a regular working woman, assisting Dr. McGillicuddy, an archaeologist investigating a somewhat obscure historical site. But then they discover the Gem of Thebis, a necklace with great magical powers. After that, Sarah's life is changed forever.

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Crackerjack

 

Crackerjack[edit]

He has a cavalier, almost careless attitude towards crime-fighting. He doesn't strike one as being strongly passionate, or motivated by some kind of mission. Yet he is somehow, almost surprisingly, one of the most effective, popular and enduring of Astro City's superheroes. So what motivates him? Why does he do what he does? Risking so much for what would seem to be just the fun of catching crooks. Is it the excitement, the attention, the sense of being center stage? Most intriguing of all, what has kept him doing it for so long?

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Dame Progress

 

Dame Progress[edit]

One of the most incredible, absolutely amazing, stunningly beautiful battles of all time occurred on a cold winter's night over 100 years ago. Astro City was still called Romeyn Falls in those days. Along with trolley cars and horses, a rarely seen heroine by the name of Dame Progress wandered the city. Her weaponry and vehicles are finely crafted, state of the art instruments. She had a target that particular night, a target that was interfering with a special mission. The target, was a gentleman named...

Mister Cakewalk

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Dr. Gearbox

Dr. Gearbox[edit]

For many years Dr. Gearbox acted both as a supplier of robotics technology to the superhuman criminal community, and on his own, using his robots in numerous attempts to seize or extort wealth from banks, governments and other sources.

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Eth

 

Eth[edit]

"I am Eth. I am of the Quiqui-a.

We are Nothing. Nobody.

Our world... it is part of what you call the Moleculands. The largest of the microscopic realms that nest below your own. I am here after far too long to turn myself in. To see justice done for my crime. For the callous and immoral death of one of your own."

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Gundog

Gundog[edit]

He has an agenda. He wants to rob banks. Lots and lots of banks and he wants to do it all in one day.



Gundog

 

Gundog[edit]

He has an agenda. He wants to rob banks. Lots and lots of banks and he wants to do it all in one day.


The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man[edit]

Beware the Hanged Man's gaze. It is rare for him to acknowledge your presence, much less look upon you. A Gaze from him usually means a troubling future awaits you. Think of it perhaps as a warning that you are approaching a fateful crossroads in your life. A time of more than just change, but also one of great revelation, enlightenment or perhaps a salvation. Maybe you are nearing a crisis moment, one you may not survive.

Here is the look that he gave to ordinary citizen, Michael Tenicek. If you are curious about why, you can read about it here...

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Jack-in-the-Box

 

Jack-in-the-Box[edit]

Jack has been around and about for a long time. His colorful exploits and cavalier fighting style continue to captivate and delight the citizens of Astro City. Especially the youth from the poorer, economically challenged neighborhoods. Jack defends their turf on a regular basis, he seems to be "one-of-them" in many ways. Most of his battles are with street thugs and the lower tier costumed villains; those more interested in get rich schemes rather than world conquering aspirations. He has a long list of adversaries, a gallery of rogues villains, equally as colorful and original as himself. But on occasions, some of the strangest characters cross his path, and the encounters can be downright bizarre.

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Jack-in-the-Box

 

Jack-in-the-Box[edit]

"Jack-in-the-Box debuted in 1964 -- or 1989, if one assumes that the current one is a different man."
--- Mr. Bridwell (Enelsian Spy)


Jack has indeed been around and about for a long time. His colorful exploits and cavalier fighting style continue to captivate and delight the citizens of Astro City. Especially the youth from the poorer, economically challenged neighborhoods. Jack defends their turf on a regular basis, he seems to be "one-of-them" in many ways. Most of his battles are with street thugs and the lower tier costumed villains; those more interested in get rich schemes rather than world conquering aspirations. He has a long list of adversaries, a gallery of rogues villains, equally as colorful and original as himself. But on occasions, some of the strangest characters cross his path, and the encounters can be downright bizarre.

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Joey Lacroix

 

Joey Lacroix[edit]

Joey Lacroix, badly beaten, damaged emotionally, makes his way into the central compound of Samothrace, a training school for women, sponsored and run by none other than Winged Victory, one of the most powerful and most controversial super-heroes that call Astro City their home. But someone or something is out to destroy her. Could Joey somehow be part of that sinister plan, or is he just an innocent bystander? A pawn that might be elevated to a higher role in the salvation of Winged Victory's reputation and her very life purpose.

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Korzinn

 

Korzinn the Lost[edit]

One of the greatest warriors of recent times, destined to become an equally great leader until his life was cut short by vile menaces from another planet.

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The Living Nightmare

 

The Living Nightmare

Its history has been its namesake. It is a nightmare, living an existence that is parasitic in nature, and deriving its energy from the fear around it. Some of its history has been peaceful, emotionally controlled by a strong soul able to calm its ravenous desire for raw, cold, primitive, horrific, and unbridled fright.



Loony Leo

 

Loony Leo[edit]

In the 1940s, Fago's Funny Features was a small animation company that created many cartoon characters, including Loony Leo. These cartoons were distributed to movie theaters and shown as shorts before the main feature film. The Loony Leo cartoons featured Leo, his rascally nephews, and Leo's romance with Lola the lioness.

Now take one real life, Astro City sinister villain named Professor Borzoi. Add a wacky invention called a Belief Ray which has many applications, including bringing imaginary movie characters to life. In this case; Loony Leo.

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M.P.H.

 

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A hero with super-speed powers. His DNA is 85% human, with a 15% overlay of something alien, from another world. He's been a member of Honor Guard since at least 1991. Detroit, Michigan is his base of operation and he is appropriately nicknamed "The Acceleration Ace of the Motor City."

Quoting Quarrel, "Yeah, yeah, big deal! Like we don't already know you're fast..."

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Marella

Marella Cowper[edit]

She was looking for work. Something stop-gap to help with day-to-day expenses until a real job came along. So who knows. It might have been just the right tag word in her resume, or perhaps someone already working for the company marked her as a strong candidate for the position as a Call Center Specialist. Then too, they put her through a large battery of tests when she applied for the position. Endlessly long tests, and even a psych exam. She was really getting suspicious.

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Marella Cowper

Marella Cowper[edit]

She was looking for work. Something stop-gap to help with day-to-day expenses until a real job came along. So who knows. It might have been just the right tag word in her resume, or perhaps someone already working for the company marked her as a strong candidate for the position as a Call Center Specialist. Then too, they put her through a large battery of tests when she applied for the position. Endlessly long tests, and even a psych exam. She was really getting suspicious.

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Martha Sullivan

 

Martha Sullivan[edit]

"I found out I had telekinetic powers when I was fourteen. I've never been sure where I got them."

"So I decided I was going to be a super-hero. I even sewed myself a costume, kind of. I was going to call myself "MIND-OVER-MATTIE..."

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Monstro City

 

Monstro City[edit]

Monstro City's citizens vary widely in form, color, size, appendages, organs, and other bodily parts and pieces. Looking not so much like one species within a very narrow range of DNA encoding, but instead, almost like multiple species, with a very broad and dynamic DNA "footprint." They are still very much a part of the hominid branch, but they seem to stretch the genetic extremes to their limits. They (some? most? all?) can (and do) produce offspring from homo sapient relationships. For all intents and purposes they are human. To date, no published Astro City stories have studied their ancestry and DNA makeup in depth.

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Quarrel

 

Quarrel (Jessica Darlene Taggart)[edit]

Her early years were spent working with the Street Angel and then the Omega Rangers. It was the proving grounds for her later invitation to join Honor Guard. Quarrel is the epitome of hard work leading to realized ambitions. Her story starts at a young age, daughter of an infamous and not so successful criminal...

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Roustabout

 

Roustabout[edit]

"HMPH! A third-rate generic outlaw hero, farting around with two-bit bank jobs."

--- Cammie(sushigirl3@acity.com)

Caplinville is a small rural town located in a totally different cultural landscape from Astro City. But they do have a super-hero of their very own. One which they are mighty proud to brag about to any and all who come for a visit.

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Samaritan

 

Samaritan[edit]

The man who is arguably the greatest hero of the modern era is in fact not from this era at all. Samaritan was a time-traveler from the 35th century sent back to 1986 to prevent the wasteland Earth he was born into from coming about. The transit suffused him with "empyrean fire," giving him enormous physical power as well as the ability to project an "empyrean web."

Samaritan has been a member of the elite superhero team Honor Guard since at least 1991. He is in a romantic relationship with Winged Victory and yes, it is complicated.

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The Silver Adept

 

The Silver Adept[edit]

She's one of Astro City’s most powerful mystic heroes. A newspaper article among the Broken Man's odd and mysterious collection details the heroine Silver Adept's recent move to Astro City and her assisting the Honor Guard in their battle with Mister Mystoro. But that is just part of her very hectic life style. She is so busy being an "adept" authority on all things mystical, she even has a small staff assisting her.


Stockton and Moreton
They're not cats (that's for sure) and they're not exactly dogs. But they are something cute, sensitive, friendly and while not demonstrated yet, no doubt very protective. Not sure which is Stockton and which is Moreton. Except for color and perhaps gender, they source from the same species. While their position in Silver Adept's entourage seems to be that of pets, with mystics, you can never be sure, and you should never assume...


Silver Agent

 

Silver Agent[edit]

He burst upon Astro City and the world in the late 1950s. Part of a growing wave of good masks dedicated to protecting society from the bad masks. Only one problem, sometimes society in its desire to see things in simple terms like win or lose, and black and white, overlook the human aspects behind the masks, showing little to no appreciation for their efforts, especially during the bad times. The Silver Agent, more so than any other good mask, endured those harsh judgements, and during the Dark Age of Astro City they peaked...

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Starbright

 

Starbright[edit]

The name suggests hope. It also hints at a youthful, fresh vibrant kind of energy. Starbright is certainly all of that and more.

But hope, youth, and the feeling of being invincible are sometime accompanied with disappointment. Starbright's story also contains those bits of bitterness. And yet above its emotional pain, a sweetness emerges. It rises above the sadness of the moment and becomes something more precious, long-lasting and endearing. Starbright, his closest friends, and his deepest enemy are all about to experience life's highs and lows. How they handle it will surprise and delight.

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Starfighter

 

Starfighter[edit]

Starfighter has been "around" for decades. He has a doppelganger bad self, or is it the good self that's the doppelganger? Was it some cosmic incident that created the identity schism, or was it just the pressure of being Cosmic? Speaking of cosmic, how is it that some get chosen to be a Cosmic Guardian anyway?

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Starpower

 

Starpower[edit]

He makes a one panel appearance and then mixes it up a bit on the cover of issue #4 of Astro City. Now he features himself on the Main Page of Herocopia. Some super-heroes sure are pushy.

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The Streel Angel

 

The Street Angel[edit]

His career as a crime fighter began in the 1960s. He was dealing with street problems, crimes, corruption, the mob. He was light-hearted, a bit of a smart aleck, and always making jokes. In general, he was having fun while making the streets a safer place to live.

Then the Dark Age arrived. The streets got tougher, the violence escalated, and the crime-fighting got deadly serious. The Street Angel answered in kind. Even his uniform changed, reflecting an almost sinister edge to a soul whose main interest was still seeing justice served, but in a different way...

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Thatcher Jerome

Thatcher Jerome[edit]

In the foreground you see a man who understands the rules of running businesses along the riverfront of Astro City. It's not easy, in fact it is a tough business. It also has its opportunities, especially for those who open the right doors and take the risks when they come knocking.

What you see in the background is the ultimate door. It's huge, and it's not from Astro City. In fact, most people are pretty sure that it is extraterrestrial in nature. Where it leads? Well so far only one person has ventured across its threshold and he hasn't been seen since. So the risks are equally as huge, and perhaps so are the opportunities. It's just a matter of getting up the nerve to knock...

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Winged Victory

 

Winged Victory[edit]

One of the most controversial heroes of Astro City, Winged Victory is also one of its most powerful and well known superhero citizens. She is dedicated to championing women's rights, and prioritizes her missions to helping women first and foremost. She sponsors several shelters and schools dedicated to helping women abused or in need of special help. Although she declined invitations in the past, Winged Victory is now a member of Honor Guard.

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Wolfspider

 

Wolfspider[edit]

A size-shifting superhero out of Australia, Wolfspider is one of Honor Guard's newest members. Besides size shifting he also projects a venom "burst" that can stun others or melt objects, including steel. His powers formed in his youth and developed and matured as he grew into adulthood.

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Ms. Ellie

 

Ms. Ellie[edit]

If you like robots (who doesn't?) then you need to visit Ms. Ellie's Robot Museum, just a few miles off of Interstate-25. There you will find the most complete set of robots ever collected in one location. Some of them may not be in very good shape, some are one of a kind, but they all have interesting histories. Why some of them have even battled members of Honor Guard.

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