Blue Streak (comics)

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Blue Streak is the name of three Marvel Comics supervillains.

Publication history[edit]

Blue Streak first appeared in Captain America #217-218 (January–February 1978), created by Roy Thomas, Don Glut, and John Buscema. The character subsequently appeared in Captain America #228-229 (December 1978-January 1979). He was killed by the Scourge of the Underworld in Captain America #318 (June 1986). Blue Streak received an entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #16.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Don Thomas[edit]

Blue Streak
Blue-streak.jpg
Blue Streak battles Captain America. From Captain America #318
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Captain America #217 (December, 1978)
Created by Roy Thomas
John Buscema
In-story information
Alter ego Don Thomas
Team affiliations S.H.I.E.L.D.
Corporation
Abilities Jet-skating suit grants:
Ability to skate at 125 miles per hour
Various built in weapons
Rapid healing[1]

S.H.I.E.L.D. decides to put together a group of Super-Agents, of which Blue Streak becomes a member.[2] Captain America later outted Blue Streak as a spy for the Corporation.[3]

Justin Hammer later designed Blue Streak's equipment and funded his operations.[4] After leaving prison, the Blue Streak led a successful career as a professional criminal in the American Midwest. Blue Streak was contacted by Gary Gilbert about the serial killings of super-villains. Blue Streak was invited to join an underground network to locate and eliminate the killer, but Blue Streak refused. Later on, Blue Streak had a run-in with Captain America, and while making his escape, he was subsequently murdered by the Scourge of the Underworld.[5]

The shape-shifter Dead Ringer later obtained samples of dead tissue from Blue Streak's body so he could impersonate him.[6]

Blue Streak was later among the eighteen criminals, all murdered by the Scourge, to be resurrected by Hood using the power of Dormammu as part of a squad assembled to eliminate the Punisher.[7] Blue Streak wound up fighting the Punisher's partner Henry instead, who broke Blue Streak's neck and apparently killed him.[8]

Jonathan Swift[edit]

Blue Streak
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Heroes For Hire vol. 2 #3 (December, 2006)
Created by Justin Gray
William Tucci
Jimmy Palmiotti
Francis Portella
In-story information
Alter ego Jonathan Swift
Partnerships Ricadonna
Abilities Jet-skating suit grants:
Ability to skate at 125 miles per hour
Various built in weapons

Blue Streak (Jonathan Swift) first appeared during the height of the Civil War. He is the successor of the original Blue Streak.[9]

Bluestreak (psychic)[edit]

A new character named Bluestreak has appeared as a Superhuman Registration Act violator. When Mindwave was imprisoned by the Thunderbolts, he began a telepathic conversation with fellow prisoners Caprice, Bluestreak, and Mirage. Bluestreak only remarked that he wanted all of the Thunderbolts to die.[10]

Venom killed and ate a number of Thunderbolts Mountain guards,[11] and it was revealed that Bluestreak was telepathically controlling Venom. He also mentally prevented the Thunderbolts from remembering that they could stop the rampaging Venom, as well as the rebelling Swordsman, with the nanochains.[12] Bullseye killed Bluestreak and his allies in their cells by throwing scalpels into their heads.[13]

It is unknown at this time what connection, if any, the new Hellrazor has to these other prisoners of the Thunderbolts.

Powers and abilities[edit]

The original Blue Streak's equipment included rocket-powered roller skates which allowed forward and backward movement and leaping, lasers mounted on the arms of his suit, and caltrops that he used to puncture the tires of pursuing cars.

Other versions[edit]

MC2 Bluestreak[edit]

Bluestreak
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance A-Next #4 (1999)
Created by Tom DeFalco
Brent Anderson
In-story information
Alter ego Blue Kelso
Species Human Mutant
Team affiliations A-Next
Dream Team
X-People
Abilities Superhuman speed
Enhanced stamina

Bluestreak (Blue Kelso) is a fictional character who appeared in the Marvel Comics series A-Next. Though not related to Quicksilver, her powers and costume certainly invoke him, in the same way many of the MC2 universe characters resemble those of Earth-616.

Little is known about the energetic Bluestreak's past. It is known that she is a mutant gifted with incredible speed, who left the newest incarnation of the X-Men (the X-People) because they were not "flashy" enough for her. Bluestreak's real name is later revealed as Blue Kelso.[14]

Bluestreak joins the Dream Team, who soon become part of the new Avengers team. She quickly develops a crush on teammate J2 (a fact to which he is completely oblivious). Cocky and impulsive, Bluestreak often has problems following the orders of Mainframe. The only thing that surpasses her exuberant attitude is her skill at using her speed. When Mainframe's inert body needs to be taken across the city in less than a minute, she places him on a gurney and covers the needed distance in virtually no time at all, even remarking afterwards that she could have stopped for a sandwich, but did not want to show off.

Bluestreak is not to be confused with the deceased similarly named, techno-based villain Blue Streak.

Bluestreak is a mutant capable of running at superhuman speeds. Her top velocity is unknown, but she can exceed the speed of sound. She also possesses incredible stamina and can run for long periods of time without showing any signs of fatigue.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gruenwald, Mark (1994). Captain America #427. New York: Marvel Comics. p. 13. 
  2. ^ Captain America #217 (January 1978)
  3. ^ Captain America #218 (February 1978)
  4. ^ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Deluxe Edition #5
  5. ^ Captain America #318 (June 1986)
  6. ^ Captain America #427
  7. ^ Punisher Vol. 7 #5
  8. ^ Punisher Vol. 7 #9
  9. ^ Heroes for Hire Vol. 2 #3
  10. ^ Thunderbolts #117
  11. ^ Thunderbolts #118
  12. ^ Thunderbolts #119
  13. ^ Thunderbolts #121
  14. ^ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (2006) #2.

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