History Comicbook / DialHForHERO

23rd Aug '16 11:22:41 PM RacattackForce
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If you answered ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', well, you'd be right. But ''decades'' [[OlderThanTheyThink before that show premiered]], the concept was used in a Creator/DCComics series titled '''Dial H For Hero'''.

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If you answered ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'', well, you'd be right. But ''decades'' [[OlderThanTheyThink before that show premiered]], the concept was used in a Creator/DCComics series titled '''Dial H For Hero'''.
20th Jul '16 8:49:44 PM nombretomado
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In May 2012 a new version of ''Dial H For Hero'', titled simply ''Dial H'', and written by ChinaMieville, was introduced as one of the second wave of ComicBook/{{New 52}} titles, rebooting the canon. It introduced a new dial, this one identical to an actual rotary phone dial, and two new wielders. The first was Nelson Jent, who had lost his job, let himself go to seed, and was on the path to self-destruction, and the second was Roxie "Manteau" Hodder, an occultly trained electrical engineer who acted as his mentor. It was cancelled the following year, after sixteen issues. A postscript issue, titled ''Dial E'', followed as part of DC's "Villains Month" event.

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In May 2012 a new version of ''Dial H For Hero'', titled simply ''Dial H'', and written by ChinaMieville, Creator/ChinaMieville, was introduced as one of the second wave of ComicBook/{{New 52}} titles, rebooting the canon. It introduced a new dial, this one identical to an actual rotary phone dial, and two new wielders. The first was Nelson Jent, who had lost his job, let himself go to seed, and was on the path to self-destruction, and the second was Roxie "Manteau" Hodder, an occultly trained electrical engineer who acted as his mentor. It was cancelled the following year, after sixteen issues. A postscript issue, titled ''Dial E'', followed as part of DC's "Villains Month" event.
15th Jul '16 7:51:11 AM Pennyforth
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** Chris and Vicki's BigBad, The Master, discovered that their friend Nick, a budding comic book artist, was subconsciously influencing the Hero dial's transformations. So, The Master had Nick kidnapped and strapped into a machine that would force the dialers' next identities to be the most ineffectual characters Nick's mind could conceive of--changing Vicki into the immobile [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Raggedy Doll"]], and Chris into "Puff Ball", a living version of an in-universe CaptainErsatz for ''VideoGame/PacMan'' with no offensive capabilities but the ability to jump. The two manage to turn the tables on The Master when one of his minions, a power-draining villain, accidentally absorbs some of their perceived weaknesses and makes them effective enough to free Nick and escape.
15th Jul '16 7:31:39 AM Pennyforth
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* HourOfPower: Robby's dial had vague restrictions on its use; there was some ill-defined time limit to how long he would remain a given hero, and how long he had to wait before dialing again after time ran out. Chris and Vicky's dials had a flat one hour time limit on heroes. This didn't carry on into ''H-E-R-O'', where the only way to turn back to normal is to dial out.

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* HourOfPower: Robby's dial had vague restrictions on its use; there was some ill-defined time limit to how long he would remain a given hero, and how long he had to wait before dialing again after time ran out. Chris and Vicky's dials had a flat one hour time limit on heroes. heroes (deliberately imposed, among other restrictions, when Robbie's "Wizard" persona created them, trying to prevent the mistakes Robbie made with his dial). This didn't carry on into ''H-E-R-O'', where the only way to turn back to normal is to dial out.out.
** Averted once when Chris became the hero "Mr. Opposite", whose powers were ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. When Vicki's hour was about to expire, which would have caused her to revert to normal in public view, Mr. Opposite used his power on her dial so that her hour was just beginning.
16th Apr '16 2:54:45 PM erforce
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* FifthWeekEvent: DC's "[[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]]" comics crossover involved Robby and the Dial (transforming the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica into NEW heroes!)

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* FifthWeekEvent: DC's "[[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]]" comics crossover involved Robby and the Dial (transforming the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Comicbook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica into NEW heroes!)



** One of the offensive or creepy heroes mentioned by Manteau but not shown, Golliwog, is almost certainly a shot at Creator/AlanMoore for his use of a Golliwog character in some later parts of ''LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', and his somewhat dubious claims to be "reclaiming" what was good about the character from racists.

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** One of the offensive or creepy heroes mentioned by Manteau but not shown, Golliwog, is almost certainly a shot at Creator/AlanMoore for his use of a Golliwog character in some later parts of ''LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', and his somewhat dubious claims to be "reclaiming" what was good about the character from racists.
29th Feb '16 5:16:17 PM starofjusticev21
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** CallBack: Robby Reed actually dialed this hero during the Silver Age.

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** CallBack: Robby Reed actually dialed this hero during the Silver Age.Age (Twice, as a matter of fact).
20th Dec '15 8:07:12 PM nombretomado
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* FifthWeekEvent: DC's "SilverAge" comics crossover involved Robby and the Dial (transforming the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica into NEW heroes!)

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* FifthWeekEvent: DC's "SilverAge" "[[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]]" comics crossover involved Robby and the Dial (transforming the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica into NEW heroes!)
10th Oct '15 9:24:35 AM nombretomado
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In May 2012 a new version of ''Dial H For Hero'', titled simply ''Dial H'', and written by ChinaMieville, was introduced as one of the second wave of {{New 52}} titles, rebooting the canon. It introduced a new dial, this one identical to an actual rotary phone dial, and two new wielders. The first was Nelson Jent, who had lost his job, let himself go to seed, and was on the path to self-destruction, and the second was Roxie "Manteau" Hodder, an occultly trained electrical engineer who acted as his mentor. It was cancelled the following year, after sixteen issues. A postscript issue, titled ''Dial E'', followed as part of DC's "Villains Month" event.

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In May 2012 a new version of ''Dial H For Hero'', titled simply ''Dial H'', and written by ChinaMieville, was introduced as one of the second wave of {{New ComicBook/{{New 52}} titles, rebooting the canon. It introduced a new dial, this one identical to an actual rotary phone dial, and two new wielders. The first was Nelson Jent, who had lost his job, let himself go to seed, and was on the path to self-destruction, and the second was Roxie "Manteau" Hodder, an occultly trained electrical engineer who acted as his mentor. It was cancelled the following year, after sixteen issues. A postscript issue, titled ''Dial E'', followed as part of DC's "Villains Month" event.
15th Sep '15 7:45:13 PM nombretomado
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** In Chris and Vicky's team-up with Superman (''ComicBook/DCComicsPresents'' #44), the dials were implied to be magical as their powers affected (PreCrisis) Superman.

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** In Chris and Vicky's team-up with Superman (''ComicBook/DCComicsPresents'' #44), the dials were implied to be magical as their powers affected (PreCrisis) (pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}}) Superman.
15th Sep '15 4:46:18 PM StFan
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** In Chris and Vicky's team-up with Superman (DCComicsPresents #44), the dials were implied to be magical as their powers affected (PreCrisis) Superman.

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** In Chris and Vicky's team-up with Superman (DCComicsPresents (''ComicBook/DCComicsPresents'' #44), the dials were implied to be magical as their powers affected (PreCrisis) Superman.
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