- —Blue Blade[src]
Roy Chambers grew up in on a small farm, and as a youth growing up in the Great Depression he saw everything drying up and longed to be rich and famous. He desired to move to Hollywood and become rich and famous, even though others believed that he would find nothing but failure. By the 1940s he began trying to live that dream, inspired by the comic book character known as the Scarlet Sabre, he took on costumed heroics as a platform to his quest for fame and became the Blue Blade. However, the rest of the costumed hero community referred to him as a "tourist", a hero who was only in it for fame and glory.
World War II
Little is known the Blue Blade's career prior to the United States officially entering World War II. In his first recorded appearance, circa 1942, he saved a scientist and his atom smasher device from a Japanese spy named Sandai.
By 1945, Blue Blade drafted into the military, and while he did see combat in the war he managed to still keep his eye on someday becoming famous and was involved in many USO shows during the European tour. On August 25, 1945, he fought alongside the Invaders and many other heroes against the Nazis during the final days of the war.
He joined a group of super-heroes who stormed the headquarters of the S.S. searching for snipes. Along with him were the heroes Phantom Reporter, Mister E, the Witness, Black Widow, Electro, Dynamic Man, Mastermind Excello, Captain Wonder, Laughing Mask, Fiery Mask and Rockman. They were led into a Nazi trap and gassed and placed into suspended animation to be experimented on later. However, the Soviets soon stormed Germany and defeated the Nazis, killing all those who trapped the heroes and they were long forgotten....
... Until the 21st Century when the heroes were uncovered by a construction crew building a new condo project in Berlin. The U.S. Government was alerted and they had decided to revive the long lost heroes to present the to the public as heroes that would trust the government in light of the earlier super-hero Civil War. The heroes were kept thinking they were in the 1940s through clever staging in order to lessen the shock, but they eventually learned the truth. During a military briefing they were offered government service and all members, Blue Blade included, agreed to join and became loosely referred to as the Twelve. Blue Blade found this a perfect opportunity to find the fame and fortune he always wanted.
When the news about the groups' revival hit the airwaves, Blue Blade used his new found media appeal to begin talking to agencies in an attempt to get a job in television. He eventually gained the interest of the William Morris Agency who agreed to listen to his proposal for a television show. Seeking a sidekick to join the show, he offered the position to the Rockman while asking him to provide his origins to William Morris. After Rockman told Blue Blade of his home of Abysmia and his supposed origins, the Blue Blade thought it was too far-fetched and his suggestion to tell them that Rockman was found at a circus was not well received, causing Blue Blade to drop the offer. Later that night, Blue Blade was present at a going-away party for Mastermind Excello. The party went sour when Dynamic Man came and left Electro with them, starting a fight with the Phantom Reporter. Having a second look at the robot, Blue Blade realized that he finally may have found his co-star on his television series. Finally came the day to show off his idea for the networks; however, his jokes were considered dated and unfunny and it took his agent at William Morris a lot of convincing to land the Blue Blade a six episode deal.
On the premiere of his first episode, it seemed that the viewing public and critics had the same opinion about the Blue Blade show and ratings began to drop. With the show facing imminent cancelation, Blue Blade remained optimistic, believing that he had not yet captured his audience, although his agent did not believe that they would last much longer. Spotting the Electro robot as it was being placed in the temporary custody of Elizabeth Zogolowski, Blue Blade found the opportunity to get the robot on the show. He proposed to Elizabeth to let him use the robot and pay her money for her upcoming legal battle against the United States government to reclaim full custody of her father's invention. Elizabeth agreed and brought Electro and the robot's control panel to the television studio. There, Blue Blade was allowed to test out the robot. When Blue Blade accidentally activated the memory back-ups, his mind was flooded with the robot's memories, causing him to learn that Dynamic Man was using his connection to the robot to murder those he believed to be living in sin. He then called the Dynamic Man to make a deal. The details of this deal are unknown but were probably to further Blue Blade's desire of fame.
The following day, after Elizabeth ran her final diagnostics on the robot, she told the Blue Blade that her father, the late Philo Zog went mad before he died and warned him that the madness may have affected the robot as well. Blue Blade dismissed this, due to knowing the truth. However, Dynamic Man then used the robot to kill Blue Blade, crushing his throat before throwing him out the window and causing him to fall to the ground below. Eventually, the Phantom Reporter learned the truth and he and his group members eventually destroyed Dynamic Man, avenging Blue Blade and all his other victims.
Powers and Abilities
An expert fencer, tumbler and equestrian, Blue Blade's physical fitness surpassed most 1940s athletes. He was adept with advanced technology, quickly understanding and utilizing equipment like the Atom Smasher energy cannon or the Electro robot; whether he had formal training or simply a natural intuition remains unrevealed. Blue Blade was a skilled actor and celebrated entertainer.
The Blue Blade fought problems with alcoholism.
He wielded an eponymous sword of a durable, unidentified metal.
During the 1940s, he rode Grimaud, a well-trained white horse.
- 12 appearance(s) of Roy Chambers (Earth-616)
- 1 minor appearance(s) of Roy Chambers (Earth-616)
- 7 image(s) of Roy Chambers (Earth-616)
- 4 quotation(s) by or about Roy Chambers (Earth-616)
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