Meteor Man (comics)
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|First appearance||August 1993|
|Created by||Robert Townsend|
|Alter ego||Jefferson Reed|
Superhuman strength, speed and hearing|
Ability to communicate with dogs, temporarily absorb a book's content via physical contact and imbue fertility
Meteor Man is a comic book spin-off of the 1993 MGM film The Meteor Man. Marvel Comics produced a six-issue limited series written by Bert B Hubbard and Dwight D Coye, and illustrated by Robert Walker and Jon Holdredge, where Meteor Man met Spider-Man and Night Thrasher. The fictional superhero was created by director/actor/writer, Robert Townsend.
Fictional character biography
The Meteor Man is a formerly cowardly schoolteacher named Jefferson Reed living in Washington D.C. One day, he witnessed a robbery by two kids who were trying to join the local gang called the Golden Lords. After hiding in a dumpster to evade the pursuing members, he emerges and is struck by a chunk of green meteor that grants him superpowers. He eventually uses his new-found powers (with the help of the fed-up residents) to clean up the neighborhood and put the Golden Lords out of business.
However, Simon Cain, leader of the Golden Lords, has also been exposed to the same meteor. Both men try to avoid getting drained of their powers and need constant exposure to a meteor fragment or they will lose their powers. In an effort to gain a constant supply, Simon Cain has volunteered himself for study to a secret government facility, and one storyline had Jefferson Reed going to Arizona as it is rumored that a larger hunk of the same meteor had landed near the Grand Canyon.
Powers and abilities
The meteor that struck Jefferson Reed gave him superpowers that ranged from superhuman strength, speed and hearing, healing powers, flight, x-ray/laser vision, invulnerability, telekinesis, super breath, weather manipulation and the ability to communicate with dogs and imbue fertility.
When Meteor Man touches a book, he can temporarily absorb the contents of the book and use it for 30 seconds.
The one weakness to Meteor Man is that his powers are easily drained that he must recharge by touching a meteor fragment.
- Looter, a Marvel Comics supervillain who gains his powers from meteor gas.
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