Black Superhero Almanac: Blue Marvel, Created in Era Too Racist to Accept a Black Superman; Ally of Iron Man, Black Panther, & many other Avengers

Written by: Jeff Williams – April 28th, 2020 11:27pm pst

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Black Hollywood Live’s Black Superhero Almanac covers all the great superheroes since the beginning of superhero comics.  Our goal is for fans to remember and get to know these fantastic and powerful warrior creations.  With any luck Hollywood will get to know them, too, so we can see more on screen.  Until then we have the Black Superhero Almanac.

Debuting in Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel #1 (November 2008) by actor/writer Kevin Grevioux, Adam Brashear was born and raised in Chicago. From an early age, Adam was gifted, inside the classroom and out. He would eventually become a fullback at Cornell University, then graduating magna cum laude, and earning two Ph.D.s. in electrical engineering and theoretical physics. (IMG_002_AdamLegend2008)

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Following college, Adam joined the United States Army, where he would face a lot of adversity. After carrying three men to safety from a hot zone of enemy fire, Adam was awarded two Silver Stars. Despite his actions, he was still confronted with racism while serving.

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He would, however, find a friend in Conner Sims, after they met in the Marine Corps. Adam became the project lead on a scientific attempt to harness anti-matter through the creation of a Negative Reactor, which created a bridge between the Negative Zone and the positive matter universe. 

Unfortunately, that experiment would result in an explosion of the reactor, with both Adam and Sims inside. The two men were subjected to mutagenic radiation disassembling Sims’ body into energy, but leaving Adam, rather injury free, becoming a stable “antimatter reactor,” with superhuman abilities. 

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Becoming “Blue Marvel,’ Adam would wear a full face helmet as a disguise, hoping to never have to tell the public their hero is a black man. That day inevitably did come, and in 1962, President John F. Kennedy asked him to retire, due to public outrage, on the same day Adam would receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Although Kennedy personally approved of Blue Marvel’s actions, many didn’t, and Adam conceded, which quickly became a massive controversy in an era too racist to accept a black super-man. 

Once settled into civilian life, Adam fell in love,and eventually married Candance. They would have three children together, Daughter, Adrienne, and two sons, Max and Kevin. Unbeknownst to the family, Candace, real name Marlene Frazier, was a  government agent undercover, because of fear Blue Marvel would resurface. (IMG_006_AdamFamly)

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Adam’s former friend Connor Sims would show up down the line, and this time as ‘The Anti-Man.’ Connor was now a radical who violently hated racism and in his power-fueled insanity sought to eradicate it…and probably humanity right along with it. When Anti-Man returned and defeated the Avengers, Tony Stark tracked down Adam and with the help of Reed Richards, came up with a plan to stop Anti-Man. Old friends would eventually come to blows, when an extended fight resulted in the death of Candace Brashear. 

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Blue Marvel would continue to have family issues fighting both with and against his sons in storylines following Candance’s death. In the Infinaut’s second manifestation in 1998, Adam and his son Kevin used an anti-matter powered rig to interrupt it, saving Earth. 

Max Breasher would later bring Blue Marvel and the Mighty Avengers into a conflict, luring them to his base to activate a portal to the Neutral Zone in order to bring Kevin back. Kevin, now under the alias ‘Doctor Positron’, started emerging from the portal, hideously enlarged and distorted, as Max attempted but failed to stabilize the portal. Blue Marvel realized the only way to save him was to push him back, so it could be deactivated without any risk. 

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Adam ‘Blue Marvel’ Breasher has been seen fighting along some of earth’s mightiest heroes, and facing their worst foes. From Black Panther asking him to join his government-sanctioned proactive task force, to being a reanimated corpse fighting against Thor, under the control of the God of Mischief, Loki, Blue Marvel’s story has  been intertwined with the storylines of many characters that have already made their MCU debut.  Do you think he’s next?

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