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Character Template Character Template
Real Name
Thomas Hugo Strange
Current Alias

Aliases

Identity

Alignment

Affiliation

Universe

Base Of Operations
Strangelands, New Lancaster, Earth

Characteristics
Gender

Hair

Status
Citizenship

Marital Status

Occupation
Scientist, Science Hero


Original Publisher
Nedor Comics

First appearance

Contents

History

"Doc" Strange in WWII Action!
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1940s

Strange frequently partnered with The Terror, a team dubbed "The World's Best" by the press.

1950s

Benton designed and built a spaceship, The Terrorizer, and flew to Venus on a test flight with Tom Strange. On their way back, they were captured by two lawmen from another world who based their crime-fighting identities on the Terror Twins. Unfortunately, there was also a version of Black Satan on the planet, and the Terror Twins and their counterparts were imprisoned and about to be killed when Strange and a local police officer rescued them. Strange showed the cop how to make Alosun to become that world's version of Tom Strange.

The World's Best in action!

2000s

Tom Strange is revealed to have run across the Milky Way for 30 years to reach Tom Strong for help in stopping an alien menace which killed or imprisoned most of the science-heroes of Terra Obscura. It is judged Strange had set off on his task soon after Tom had left. The leaping from world to world temporarily drives Strange mad and he battles Tom before being subdued and sleeping for about a fortnight.

Once he awakens, he is of a much more calmer mind. The two set off back home in Tom's new ship, Tom shows Strange an array of comic books, produced on his earth, which matches the history and events on Strange's earth.

One of the comics Strong shows his friend. L. to r. Tom Strange, Black Terror, Fighting Yank

Tom helps Strange revive his surviving allies, who have been trapped in time by the alien menace for the thirty years, unaware and unaging. With the contents of a lab hidden deep in Invertica City, the assembled science heroes manage to neutralize the alien menace.

He operates with the modern incarnation of SMASH.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

He is described by Strong as the most powerful being he's ever met, and "in a different league" from Strong entirely. Based on Tom Strong's assessment, this would place Strange above Tom Strong and below The American Crusader in terms of powers. Tom Strong describes Alosun as giving Strange the ability to store nuclear solar energy as mass. Physically, Strange is "as dense as uranium".

  • Invulnerability such that he can easily survive in the vacuum of space unaided.
  • Energy Projection: Can project beams of energy from his hands.[2]
  • Enhanced vision: Exact extents unknown, but was able to see surface features from space beyond normal vision.
  • Flight/leaping: It is somewhat unclear if Strange can fly, or only leap great distances based on this strength. He is described (and shown) as "running" across the Galaxy, but is later depicted as flying ahead of Strong's hypersaucer, as well as retrieving the members of SMASH from their time-prisons in space, which would imply the ability to control his movements in zero gravity.

    Abilities

  • Enhanced intellect: Discovered Alosun, developed a copy of Tom Strong's hypersaucer.

    Strength level

  • Superhuman Strength: Exact limits unknown.

    Weaknesses

None known. He remained awake and operated with continual exertion for thirty years without rest.

Paraphernalia

Equipment

  • Alosun, a magical chemical elixir which is the source of his great strength.[3]
Strangelands, Tom's Headquarters
  • Strangelands: Tom's New Lancaster base in Powhattan, located at the corner of West 71st Street and Nexus Park West.

Transportation

A spaceship, The Strange Adventurer, based on Tom Strong's hypersaucer.

Trivia

  • The character of "Doc" Hugo Strange actually does date back to the 1940s, when the character appeared in comics published by Nedor Comics. When the company went out of business, the character eventually entered the public domain. Alan Moore revived him for an appearance in Tom Strong, along with other heroes published by Nedor. As Marvel Comics holds the trademark on the name "Doctor Strange", ABC likely chose to avoid legal hassle and re-dub him, "Tom Strange".

See Also

Recommended Reading

Links and References

Footnotes

  1. Historical First Appearance: Thrilling Comics #1 (1940)
  2. Used defensively against Tom Strong, Used against the Terror 2004
  3. Presumed magical in nature as he was unaffected by Mystico's science dampening field (Terra Obscura #6)
ABC Character(s)

This character, team, organization or group of characters exists under the continuity of the America's Best Comics company/imprint, and its respectively owned titles. America's Best Comics was originally an independent publisher, started by notable creator Alan Moore, but was bought by WildStorm Productions, a subsidiary of DC Comics, making all its material DC property. This template will categorize articles that include it into the "Earth-ABC Characters category."


This article uses material from the "Thomas Hugo Strange (Earth-ABC)" article on the DC Comics wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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