[[caption-width-right:199:Did he just notice his costume?]]

Adam Strange is a Creator/DCComics [[RaygunGothic space hero]] character from the [[TheFifties 1950s]], who still appears occasionally in their comics and cartoons. He was created by Gardner Fox, and first appeared in ''Showcase'' #17 (November, 1958). After three try-out issues in ''Showcase'', he became a regular feature in ''Mystery in Space'' beginning with #53 (August, 1959).

Adam was an ordinary Earthman, an archeologist who was [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleported]] to the planet Rann (located in the Alpha Centauri solar system, the closest to Earth) accidentally after being hit by the zeta beam, a communications beam invented by a Rannian scientist named Sardath that was somehow altered en route to become a teleportation effect. Adam fell in love with Sardath's daughter, Alanna, but it turned out that the zeta-beam's effects only lasted a few hours, and then he was returned to Earth. Adam then calculated where the next zeta beam would strike Earth, and made sure to be at that spot so he could return to Alanna, even if only for short intervals at a time. In addition, he helped protect Rann from various menaces, monsters and aliens, using a Rannian jet pack and a raygun, plus, most notably, his wits and scientific knowledge.

In other words, this series was essentially a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]], UsefulNotes/ComicsCode-friendly version of Literature/JohnCarterOfMars.

Adam is a long-time ally of the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, though not a member.

Eventually, a way to make the z-effect permanent was found, and Adam stayed on Rann, and married Alanna.

A two-issue story in the Creator/AlanMoore run of ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' stated that Adam was not transported by accident, but rather that the Rannians needed him to help repopulate their species as nuclear war had rendered them sterile. The idea was further developed in a three-issue miniseries by Richard Bruning in which Adam learned the truth, Sardath went mad, and Alanna was killed off. This RetCon was quietly undone in the late 1990s by Creator/MarkWaid, who revealed Alanna was [[DeathIsCheap still alive]] and casually had Adam mention curing Sardath's madness. The "sterile Rann" RetCon has gone unmentioned since, and associated miniseries seems to have tacitly slipped into CanonDiscontinuity.

In the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'', Adam and Alanna are members of Justice League United, and their origin is tied to the team's. However. Alanna was given a RaceLift as a black female from earth, [[spoiler: at least HalfHumanHybrid child of Sardath born on Earth by Issue 16.]]

No relation to [[Franchise/{{Batman}} professor Hugo Strange]] or the Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}} character Comicbook/DoctorStrange.

!!This series provides examples of:

* AdventurerArchaeologist: Adam is an archaeologist but it rarely plays into his adventures.
* BattleCouple: Adam Strange and Alanna.
* BadassBookworm: Adam is quite smart but also pretty tough.
* BadassNormal: Alanna, who did not have the same aptitude as her husband Adam but still able to hold out on her own.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Adam's two issue appearance in Creator/AlanMoore[='=]s ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' and the three-issue miniseries "The Man of Two Worlds". Although Moore is often blamed for driving this change, [[WordOfGod it was revealed in the letter column of]] ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' that the mini-series was already in the works when Moore came to write his stories, and he was asked to reflect its nature.
* DeathByChildbirth: Alanna until {{Retcon}} by Mark Waid in his [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]] run with her being in coma after giving birth to their daughter.
* FasterThanLightTravel: The Zeta Beam
* GeniusLoci: Adam once fought Yggardis, a sentient planet that stole other lifeforms to populate itself, which then died within 24 hours.
* GoalOrientedEvolution: The Rannians are further along than Earth humans (no appendix, no hair except on the head), leading to the "ape" epithet for Adam in the Creator/AlanMoore comics.
* GuileHero: As fits a DC Comics hero of UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, Adam mostly defeated the menaces he encountered with science and trickery.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Aleea Strange is half-Rannite and half-Human.
* HappilyMarried: Adam and Alanna soon became betrothed later in the comics.
* HumanMomNonhumanDad: An Inversion to this trope with Adam (Human) and Alanna (Rannite) for Aleea Strange.
* HumanAliens: The Rannians. As typical of DC, no explanation for this was ever given. Though ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' made them a little more alien.
* InconvenientSummons: Often happened at the end of many stories: just when the crisis in question is over, Adam and Alanna barely have any personal time when the Zeta Beam would wear off and send him back to Earth.
* JetPack: Adam Strange has one of these.
* MeaningfulName: Adam is the first human on Rann.
* MightyWhitey ([[AC:[[RecycledInSpace In Space]]]])
** Adam used Rannian technology to fight his enemies. Why couldn't they do likewise? Because they're not as well-suited to heroics and violence as Earth people.
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Alanna (subverted in that Sardath isn't mad, in most versions of the character.)
* MonsterOfTheWeek: The oddest variety this side of {{Toku}} shows. (Example: a giant flying magnifying lens.)
* PlanetaryRomance: In some versions.
* RayGun: Adam Strange has one of these, too.
* RaygunGothic
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Kanjar Ro went from fighting the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} to repeatedly clashing with Adam for awhile.
* ScienceHero
* TeleportersAndTransporters: The Zeta Beam.
* TookALevelInBadass: Alanna Strange would become less of a DamselInDistress thanks to her relationship with Adam Strange.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Inverted: he ''wanted'' to stay in Rann, but couldn't for long.
* WeaponsThatSuck: One enemy alien race used this form of sucking weapon.