Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The Caped Crusaders of Kandor Part Three.

The Original Nightwing & Flamebird

Both Superman and Jimmy Olsen enjoyed their visits to the Bottled City of Kandor, especially if they got the chance to be Nightwing & Flamebird, however as Superman had obligations to protect all the people of Earth and Jimmy had his job at the Daily Planet both found that they did not always have the time to play Kandor Hero and do their "Day" Job so to speak.
Superman and his Best Pal Jimmy

One of the residents of Kandor was Kal-El's Cousin the Scientist Van-Zee. As Van-Zee was a double for Kal-El , and he had already helped the Man of Steel before as a double to both help protect Superman's secret identity and also to help save him from danger.

Van would adopt the Nightwing identity to fill in for Kal-El but soon found he liked the thrill of being a Crime Fighter and would take up the identity as his own, with his cousins blessing.
Van-Zee & AK-Var

His Flamebird was his Ak-Var the husband of Van-Zee's niece. Ak-Var had been a criminal who had been sentenced to a period of imprisonment in the Phantom Zone. When his sentence was over and Superman had released him from his Phantom Zone limbo, Ak accepted the offer to join the other Kryptonians in Kandor. At first he was shunned for being an ex con, but soon found love and a life with Thara, Van-Zee's Niece.  Ak-Var became Van-Zee's laboratory assistant, and with that he discovered the secret of Nightwing.

To most Kandorians, Nightwing and Flamebird were the same heroes as the originals. This was easy to pull off as Kal-El and Van- Zee looked the same, and apart from the hair change, Jimmy was Ginger and Ak-Van was brown, most people did not notice.
The New Nightwing & Flamebird

Over time small changes were made to the Costumes, a new Logo for Nightwing, and a change of cape colour for Flamebird, and both got up dated Rocket Belts thanks to Van-Zee's tinkering.

Nightwing and Flame Bird continued to fight crime on the streets of Kandor for many years, sometime they teamed up with the originals, but that's another story.

After the All Change of the 1980's Crisis on Infinite Earths, this history of Kandor was erased, but other heroes in the replacement histories of Kandor did adopt these names. Super Girl and Power Girl even spent a period as Nightwing and Flamebird.

And in the new 52 Universe sooner or later The Tiny Heroes of Kandor will most probably be  reborn again.

Here is a last look at our Nightwings and Flamebirds

Next Time some one new.

Until then ENJOY.

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