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Kid Eternity

Alias: Christopher “Kit” Freeman

Titans Member
Joined:
Teen Titans [third series] #69 [2009]

Kid Eternity Quick Bio: After being killed by Nazis, young Christopher “Kit” Freeman was told he was not fated to die for another 75 years. In return, cosmic forces gifted the boy with the power to summon the dead by shouting “Eternity!” The spirit – now called Kid Eternity – was sent back to earth where he uses his unique abilities to help others.

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History


From Here To Eternity

While boating, young Kit Freeman was killed by Nazi machine gunners during World War II. The boy’s spirit was informed by a being from the higher realms named Mister Keeper that he was not fated to die for another 75 years. Because he could not be returned to life, Mister Keeper granted the boy a number of ghostly powers and returned with him to earth.

Kit learned he had the ability to call upon the deceased for assistance; All he had to do was shout the word “Eternity!” Through the years, the Kid would call upon King Arthur or Joan of Arc to clean up crime, Babe Ruth to teach him baseball, or Karl Marx to talk politics all night.

Kid Eternity’s origin is recounted in TEEN TITANS (third series) #31 [2006].

Order From Chaos

In reality, the spirit – now called Kid Eternity – had been duped by an Agent of Chaos and unwittingly served their interests. After nearly three decades of adventures, Kid Eternity became trapped in hell for thirty years. The Kid eventually escaped hell with Mister Keeper and later learned that he never went to heaven at all, but an illusionary paradise deep in the pits of hell.

When Kit learned he was being used, he rebelled and Mister Keeper attempted to strip him of his supernatural powers. Keeper nearly succeeded, but was prevented from doing so by Sister Sentry, a Lord of Order who intervened and offered Kid Eternity protection. The protection came with a condition: Kid Eternity could now only summon one dead soul at a time, and only for a minute or so. He also had to pledge his allegiance to the Lords of Order and become their servant. This led Kit into a battle with the mad sorcerer, Mordru, which claimed the soul of Kid Eternity and left his body a lifeless husk. But it still wasn’t Kid Eternity’s time to die.


Kid Eternity aids the Titans in TEEN TITANS (third series) #31 [2006].

Time For Titans

In the afterlife, Kid Eternity was ambushed by Brother Blood, who used the young mystic to force open the doorway separating life and death. Blood exploited the doorway’s opening, bringing back the soulless bodies of long-dead Titans. Kid Eternity used his abilities to help the Teen Titans defeat Brother Blood, earning their gratitude in return. Now free from death once again, Kid Eternity roamed the earth and helped those in need.

The Titans aided Kid Eternity on another occasion, where the team helped him stop the Keeper’s plans to control the dead. The details of this mission are uncatalogued.

Kid Eternity later responded to a Teen Titans membership drive, as the team was attacked by a vengeful Brother Blood,The Titans drove Blood away, but not before the vampiric cult leader had siphoned Red Devil’s supernatural abilities. Kid Eternity brought Eddie Bloomberg to hell to check the terms of Eddie’s contract with Neron and restore his powers. Once in hell, the contract revealed that Neron did not grant Eddie powers, he merely unlocked an already existing meta-gene. This loophole rendered Neron’s contract void, freeing Eddie from his eternal enslavement.

Kid Eternity’s trip to hell also sparked interest from Sister Sentry, whom Kit petitioned to release him from servitude to the Lords of Order. Sister Sentry begrudgingly granted the request, but warned the young mage that he was still considered a “tangible asset” to the Lords or Order. Worse yet, he would be unprotected from retribution from the Lords of Chaos. Kid Eternity was finally free from servitude, but the consequence of his mystical emancipation may prove most dire.

Kid Eternity decides to stick around in TEEN TITANS (third series) #69 [2009].

The End of Eternity

The Calculator later hired Mammoth, Shimmer and Jinx to free Nano and Rumble from Alcatraz Prison. His true objective was to exact revenge on the Teen Titans, whom he blamed for the death of his son, Marvin. To this end, Calculator’s prison breakout would trap the Titans on Alcatraz Island, where where a nuclear-powered inmate would reach critical mass and destroy San Francisco. Calculator’s plan was thwarted when Eddie Bloomberg used the T-jet to fly the inmate away – at the cost of Eddie’s own life.

The Calculator gained some measure of revenge by kidnapping Teen Titans member, Kid Eternity. Calculator forced Kid Eternity to continually summon the spirit of his Marvin in a ghoulish attempt to bond with his dead son. This proved too much a strain for the Kid, who seemingly perished.

Calculator gloats over killing Kid Eternity in TEEN TITANS (third series) #92 [2011].

Powers & Abilities


Kid Eternity has the power to summon any historical or mythological figure he chooses, by speaking the word “Eternity.” Initially, Kid Eternity could summon several individuals at once for long periods of time. When Kid Eternity pledged his services to the Lords of Order, Kid Eternity could only summon one dead soul at a time, and only for a minute or so. Currently, when Kid Eternity summons a dead soul, it replaces his own corporeal form.


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Essential Reading


Hit Comics #25 [1942]: First appearance of Kid Eternity.
Shazam! #27 [1976]: Shazam teams up with Kid Eternity for the first time. First appearance of Kid Eternity in a DC Comic.
World’s Finest Comics #268 [1981]: Kid Eternity’s real name revealed: Christopher “Kit” Freeman
World’s Finest Comics #279-280 [1981]: Kid Eternity revealed as Freddy (Captain Marvel Jr.) Freeman’s long-lost brother. Origin retold.
Kid Eternity (mini-series) #1-3 [1991]: Comics visionary Grant Morrison re-imagines Kid Eternity in a three-issue Vertigo mini-series in 1991. Aspiring stand-up comedian Jerry Sullivan joins Kid Eternity on a quest to free his Keeper from Hell, only to find himself swept up in a much larger struggle between the Lords of Order and Chaos.
JSA #1 [1999]: Kid Eternity is killed by Mordru, who is acquiring Chaos magic. First appearance of Kid Eternity since Vertigo series.
Teen Titans [third series] #31 [2005]: Kid Eternity is used by Brother Blood to force open the doorway separating life and death. Blood returns with a zombie Omen and a horde or dead Titans. The dead Titans are returned to dust when Kid Eternity is freed. Kid Eternity summons the previous Brother Bloods to descend upon the current one.
52: Week Twenty Thirty-Four [2006]: Osiris mentions that Argent and Molecule just went through an “awful break-up.” He also mentions a recent Titans mission where the team helped Kid Eternity stop the Keeper’s plans for controlling the dead.
Teen Titans #68 [2009]: Siphoned of his supernatural abilities by Brother Blood, Red Devil is brought to hell by Kid Eternity in an effort to restore his powers. Once there, Eddie learns that his contract with Neron is void because Neron did not grant Eddie his powers, he merely unlocked an already existing meta-gene. Eddie’s eternal soul was free, but he was unable to restore his lost powers. Meanwhile, Kid Eternity petitions the Lord of Order known as Sister Sentry to release him from servitude. She begrudgingly abides, but warns Kid Eternity that he is no longer protected from retribution by the Lords of Chaos. Kid Eternity’s origin is retold with new details. First appearance of Sister Sentry.
Teen Titans #69 and Teen Titans Annual 2009 [2009]: The remaining Titans – Wonder Girl, Kid Devil and Blue Beetle – hold a membership drive, but are secretly attacked by Jericho, who turns Titans Tower against them! Miss Martian rejoins the team. Static, Bombshell, Aquagirl II and Kid Eternity officially join the Teen Titans.
Teen Titans #72-74 [2009]: The Calculator seeks revenge against the Teen Titans on behalf of his children, Wendy and Marvin. The genius criminal kidnaps Kid Eternity and hires the Fearsome Five to assault the Titans – a battle which results in the death of Eddie Bloomberg. First appearance of Rumble. Nano and Rumble join the Fearsome Five. Death of Kid Devil (Eddie Bloomberg). Kid Eternity’s fate unknown.
Teen Titans #92 [2011]: The Teen Titans take down the Calculator. Death of Kid Eternity confirmed.


 

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Kid Eternity’s Publishing History


Kid Eternity: Golden Age Hero [1942-1956]

Created by Otto Binder and Sheldon Moldoff, Kid Eternity made his debut in 1942 in the pages of Hit Comics #25. Published by Quality Comics, Hit Comics was an anthology series that featured a variety of heroes such as Hercules, Neon the Unknown and the Red Bee.

As Kid Eternity’s origin story goes, the kid (never named, by the way) was traveling on a boat with his grandfather that was sunk by a German torpedo. Heaven made an error, however, and the kid was not supposed to die for another 75 years. The “Keeper” in Heaven granted the boy certain powers to use for 75 years to make up for the error. By saying the word “eternity” he could summon up historical figures from the past to aid him.

Kid Eternity was a hit with readers. He remained a headline feature in Hit Comics until issue #60, and was even spun off into his own solo series. Kid Eternity last 18 issues between Spring 1946 and November 1949.

Essential Reading:
Hit Comics #25-60
Kid Eternity #1-18

The origin and first appearance of Kid Eternity in HIT COMICS #25 [1942].

Kid Eternity: Joining The Marvel Family [1976-1982]

Quality Comics sold their line to DC Comics in the mid-1950′s. Kid Eternity mostly languished in comic book limbo, until the 1970s, when DC Comics also acquired the rights to Fawcett’s Captain Marvel Family of characters. Kid Eternity was made a supporting character in DC’s Shazam! series, making his debut in Shazam! #27 in 1976. The logic was fairly simple… Kid Eternity fit in perfectly with the magic-word-speaking Marvel Family.

After the cancellation of the Shazam! series, the Marvel Family began to appear regularly in World’s Finest Comics beginning with issue #253. Kid Eternity did not appear again until World’s Finest Comics #268 [1981], where he was actually given a name for the first time in his published history: Christopher “Kit” Freeman. Similarities to Freddy (Captain Marvel Jr.) Freeman proved more than coincidental when Kid Eternity was revealed as Captain Marvel Jr.’s long-lost brother in the pages of World’s Finest Comics #279-280.

The Marvel Family was featured next in the pages of Adventure Comics #491 [1982], in an attempt to revive the mainstay DC title. Kid Eternity appeared in Adventure Comics #491-492, which marked his last appearance as a member of the Marvel Family. When DC rebooted Shazam and the Marvels after the events of the Crisis on Infinite Earths, their reset continuity did not include Kid Eternity.

Essential Reading:
Shazam! #27
World’s Finest Comics #268, 279-282
Adventure Comics #491-492

Kid Eternity: Vertigo Visions [1991-1994]

In the late 80s and early 90s, DC’s Vertigo line had begun to make a name for itself by dusting off old comic book properties and relaunching them with a darker, more mature spin. Characters such as Swamp Thing, Animal Man, Shade The Changing Man and Black Orchid discovered newfound notoriety in these bold new interpretations. And an obscure hero known as Kid Eternity was about ready for his own makeover.

Comics visionary Grant Morrison re-imagined Kid Eternity in a three-issue Vertigo mini-series in 1991. Aspiring stand-up comedian Jerry Sullivan joined Kid Eternity on a quest to free his Keeper from Hell, only to find himself swept up in a much larger struggle between the Lords of Order and Chaos. The dark and surreal journey was bolstered by dreamlike painted images from artist Duncan Fegredo. It was a far cry from the Kid’s origins way back in 1942.

The relaunch was popular enough for Kid Eternity to earn a Vertigo series of his own in 1992. Written by Ann Nocenti with art by Sean Phillips, Kid Eternity started to veer from Morrison’s recreation in favor of a more “everyman” approach to the character. Kid Eternity lasted 16 issues before being canceled in 1994.

Essential Reading:
Kid Eternity (mini-series) #1-3
Kid Eternity (ongoing series) #1-16

Kid Eternity gets a Vertigo makeover in 1991.

Kid Eternity: A Titan Among Teens [1999-2011]

Kid Eternity resurfaced again in the opening pages of JSA #1 [1999], and was promptly killed by Mordru. But death was never enough to keep Kit Freeman down… He later returned in the pages of Teen Titans (third series) #31 [2006]. The kid mystic was being used by Brother Blood to force open the doorway separating life and death. Blood exploited the doorway’s opening, bringing back the soulless bodies of long-dead Titans. Kid Eternity used his abilities to help the Teen Titans defeat Brother Blood, earning their gratitude in return. Kid Eternity later joined the Titans in Teen Titans #69 [2009].

Essential Reading:
JSA #1
Teen Titans (third series) #31, 68-75, 92

Kid Eternity and Static by Andrew Robinson – from the collection of Jeff Streeter.


 


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