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Trivia / Blue Beetle

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  • Follow the Leader: Jim Steranko, in Superheroes: A Never Ending Battle, says he once asked Blue Beetle's creator how he came up with the character. "He told me in two words: Green Hornet."
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The pre-New 52 Jaime run of the comic. The bound volumes are out of print, and Amazon only has a handful of copies of each volume, with the exception of the first—for that one you're at the mercy of resellers, and used copies are a minimum of $37. There are always the digital copies sold at Comixology, but $1.99 per issue adds up fast.
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  • Name's the Same: Jaime Reyes, the most recent Blue Beetle, is not to be confused with JC Denton's doctor.
  • Screwed by the Network:
    • Jaime's solo title was a victim of bad timing from the publishers; it was canceled due to low sales just before Batman: The Brave and the Bold was released with Jaime featured in the very first episode, an event which would likely have generated interest in the series.
    • Same thing when Jaime became a major character in the second season of Young Justice. His second series was canceled right as the season began airing. Granted, Young Justice was infamous for its many inexplicable hiatuses, so there was never a guarantee that it would air.
    • Averted in the Ted Kord run of the comic, however; the DC higher-ups liked the book and gave it much more of a chance than a book with its sales would normally have gotten.
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  • Stunt Casting: When Ted Kord guest starred on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, he was voiced by Wil Wheaton.
  • What Could Have Been: Ted Kord was originally going to be a prominent recurring character in Arrow, but the higher-ups stopped it due to having "other plans". Ray Palmer eventually took his place, but his character and background still heavily derives from Ted.


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