The Phone Ranger was a would-be hero. A.G. Bell was a telephone repairman who was sent to fix a phone that, unknown to anyone, was actually acting as a prison for a small race of aliens known as the Seltas. The Seltas had left the day before, accidentally freed when the phone was broken, but Bell found the Selta's technology in the phone. Replicating it in his home, Bell found it could be used to tap into any communications technology. He decided to use it to fight crime as a superhero: the Phone Ranger. However, in one of his first adventures, he was a victim of the Scourge of the Underworld. Miraculously, that headgear deflected the bullet and saved his life.
During the Civil War, he was arrested by Iron Man, Spider-Man, and the NYPD, alongside Lectronn, Lightbright, and Wildstreak. After Captain America surrendered, he accepted the offered super-hero amnesty.
Powers and Abilities
Bell is skilled at repairing and innovating upon analog and digital telephone technology.
His costume is outfitted with audio bugs, copper wire and fiber-optic cables that could hook into any standard telephone circuit, telephone exchange system that automatically handle multiple calls, voice activated recorders that encode multiple electric signals simultaneously, and high-powered radio receivers and transmitters that intercept mobile/cellular phone communications. His costume's plastic cable insulation provides him with enhanced durability.