Air Wave


Air Wave

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caption=Larry Jordan as Air Wave.
character_name=Air Wave
real_name=- Lawrence "Larry" Jordan
- Helen Jordan
- Harold Lawrence "Hal" Jordan
publisher=DC Comics
debut=(Larry)
"Detective Comics" #60 (February 1942)
(Helen)
"DC Comics Presents" #40 (December 1981)
(Hal)
(as Air Wave)
"Green Lantern" vol. 2, #100 (January 1978)
(as Maser)
"Firestorm, the Nuclear Man" #88 (August 1989)
creators=(Larry)
Murray Boltinoff or
Mort Weisinger
Lee Harris (aka Harris Levy)
(Helen)
Bob Rozakis
Alex Saviuk
(Hal)
Dennis O'Neil
Alex Saviuk
alliances=(Larry)
All-Star Squadron
(Hal)
Captains of Industry
Justice Society of America
aliases=(Hal)
Maser
supports=
powers=See below|

Air Wave is the name of three fictional superheroes in the DC Comics universe. The first two were active in the Golden Age of Comic Books; the current Air Wave is a modern super-hero.

Fictional character biographies

Larry Jordan

Law clerk Lawrence 'Larry' Jordan had recently graduated from law school and was an intern at the Brooklyn District Attorney office. Noticing the rise of crime, Jordan decided to become a costumed crimefighter using technology, and used his interests in radio and electronics to create his equipment, including a cowl radio system that allowed him to listen in on police reports and special skates that enabled him to travel along telephone lines. He was accompanied by an outspoken parrot named Static, who occasionally aided him in battle (and, for narrative purposes, gave him someone with whom he could converse in order to provide extrapolative information to the reader; parrot sidekicks served a similar purpose for Quality Comics's Madame Fatal, Hillman Comics's Twilight, and others). His superhero activities were noticeable enough for President Franklin Roosevelt to request his participation in the All-Star Squadron.

Larry Jordan retired from his career as Air-Wave in 1948 and married Helen soon afterward. Their son, Harold (Hal), was born as Jordan continued his research into radio wave conversion.

In "DC Comics Presents" #40, it was revealed that Larry was killed by a man he had once prosecuted as a district attorney. Joe Parsons was an escaped convict who took revenge by breaking into Jordan's home. Larry's costume malfunctioned as he tried to protect his family and he died from a shotgun wound to the chest.Citation | last = Beatty | first = Scott | author-link = Scott Beatty | contribution = Air Wave I | editor-last = Dougall | editor-first = Alastair | title = The DC Comics Encyclopedia | pages = 9 | publisher = Dorling Kindersley | place = London | year = 2008 | ISBN = 0-7566-4119-5]

Helen Jordan

Helen Jordan was the wife of Larry Jordan, the original Air Wave. After Larry's death, Helen donned the Air Wave costume and brought the killer, Joe Parsons, to justice, but never wore the suit again.

When her son Hal entered high school, Helen sent the boy to live with his cousins in Dallas as she slowly succumbed to mental illness.

Harold Jordan

At a young age, Harold was found to exhibit the power to transmute into energy. Just as his father had modified his helmet and was preparing to train him to use his powers, Larry was killed. Eventually, Harold decided to follow in the footsteps of his father's career and took up the mantle of Air Wave. When his character was introduced, it was also revealed that he was a cousin of the Green Lantern Hal Jordan. Air Wave continued as a supporting character, though not in every issue, of Green Lantern and his co-stars of the time, Green Arrow and Black Canary, showing young Harold how to be a superhero. ("Green Lantern" vol. 2 #100) Starting in "Action Comics" #488, Hal was featured in adventures of his own. For the next couple of years, he appeared in the secondary stories of "Action Comics" (the cover story almost always starred Superman), often alternating with the Atom. At some point, he became able to control his transmutation to energy without relying upon his father's equipment.Citation | last = Jimenez | first = Phil | author-link = Phil Jimenez | contribution = Wir Wave II | editor-last = Dougall | editor-first = Alastair | title = The DC Comics Encyclopedia | pages = 9 | publisher = Dorling Kindersley | place = London | year = 2008 | ISBN = 0-7566-4119-5]

When Air Wave was recruited by the Institute for Metahuman Studies to join a group of highly capitalist superheroes called the Captains of Industry ("Firestorm" #88), he used the code name Maser after undergoing extreme gene-modification at the hands of Doctor Moon. This group was relatively short-lived and he soon resumed using Air Wave as his moniker. His next major appearance was in the JSA story arc ("JSA" #11-12) involving super-villain Kobra's plot to seize control of the world's media resources. When freed by the JSA, the seriously weakened hero destroyed Kobra's satellites, which were targeted to annihilate many of Earth's cities.

Later, Air Wave joined the JSA reserve in battle during the Imperiex War ("JSA: Our Worlds at War" #1), as well as against the triumvirate of Mordru, Obsidian, and Eclipso.

During the Infinite Crisis. Air Wave joins a team of superheros, including Animal Man, Cyborg and others, that travel into space to help investigate a destructive spatial warp. Air Wave almost instantly detects the cries for help coming from the ships being affected. In "Infinite Crisis" #4 he is seemingly dispersed and presumed dead.

Powers and abilities

*Larry - Antennae in helmet and circuitry in belt allowed him to eavesdrop on police band frequencies or intercept telephone calls; travelled at the speed of electricity along telephone lines on collapsible skates built into boots; magnetic energies enabled him to climb walls or relieve criminals of their guns.
*Helen - Helmet allows her to change her molecular structure; can transform into energy and travel along television airwaves; can also fly at superspeed.
*Hal - Able to ride and transmute into energy, and fly at superspeed; inherited and initially used his father's suit and helmet to better control his abilities

References

Other sources

* [http://www.toonopedia.com/airwave2.htm A history of the first and second Air Waves]
* [http://www.dcuguide.com/who.php?name=airwave Info from DCUGuide.com]
* [http://www.comicbookdb.com/character.php?ID=2707 Profile from Comicbookdb.com]
* [http://www.mykey3000.com/cosmicteams/profiles/airwave.html Another profile]


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