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Blue Beetle


With the live-action Blue Beetle movie release this month, it's time to unearth everything you need to know about the extraterrestrial phenom.

Dan Garret/ Dan Garrett

The original Golden Age Blue Beetle went by Dan Garret. Fox Comics created the superhero in 1939 as a police officer character who gets his superpowers from Vitamin 2X. 

During the Silver Age of comics, Charlton Comics updated the character to be Dan Garrett, spelled with two T's, and gave him a brand-new back story. This version is an archaeologist who finds a scarab in Egypt which gives him his powers.

Ted Kord

The second Blue Beetle is Ted Kord, a genius inventor and athlete. He is the owner of Kord Industries, a company he grew to be as large as STAR Labs. As a member of the Justice League of America, he frequently teamed up with Booster Gold by using his bug-shaped aircraft to join in on the action. Ted's Blue Beetle is known to be charismatic, wise-cracking, and just a ton of fun to be around.

Jaime Reyes

The third, and most recent version of the Blue Beetle, is Jaime Reyes. We'll see him on the big screen in the new Blue Beetle movie.

Jaime hails from El Paso, Texas where he stumbles across the scarab that gives him his powers. The alien scarab fuses itself to Jaime's spine giving him the ability to use the armor suit when needed. Jaime is a young teenager in this series, but quickly becomes friends and allies with Booster Gold (Ted Kord's old partner) and joins the Teen Titans and the Justice League.

Jaime Reyes

Blue Beetle Vol 7, #1

I got magic armor... dunno how it works. Got a magic rock inside my body... can't get it out... Went into outer space n' helped them... but now the superheroes hate me, gonna kill me... I'm the Blue Beetle.

The Reach

The Blue Beetle's origin lies with the Reach, a hive-like alien race that conquers planets through high-tech scarabs that attach to host bodies and control them. The hosts become heroes of their planet at first but are then turned into "infiltrators". After becoming an "infiltrator", the host turns against their race and conquers them for the Reach. The Blue Beetle scarab was meant to be one of the "infiltrators", but the scarab became faulty and disconnected from the hivemind, becoming symbiotic with Jaime to be a power for good in the world. 

Jaime Reyes

Blue Beetle Vol. 7, #12

These are my rules. No one hurts innocent people. Got that? Good!

A Symbio-tech Relationship

The scarab eventually chooses the name Khaji Da. "Khaji" meaning infiltrator, as it was supposed to be before it disconnected from the hive mind, and "Da" which was its serial number. Khaji Da provides Jaime with an amazing array of powers using its alien tech. You've probably seen the super suit it provides, which is basically an expandable exoskeleton that can protect the host from anything, including re-entering Earth's orbit after taking out a satellite. The suit can also create weaponry of all shapes and sizes including sharp blades, cannons, and grappling hooks. Khaji Da shows its own personality through its reluctance for harming nature or going into Infiltrator Mode to fight more aggressively. 

What teams has he been on?

The Justice League

Blue Beetle stands with Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman

Teen Titans

The Blue Beetle uses long swords to fight Robin from Teen Titans

Young Justice

Animated Blue Beetle looks angry wearing his full costume in the Young Justice show

Secret Six

The Blue Beetle looks angry while smiling evily


Like what you read? Then, check out the Blue Beetle movie trailer. Blue Beetle hits theaters on August 18th and stars one of our faves from Cobra Kai, Xolo Maridueña, as Jamie Reyes.