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Red Devil

Alias: Eddie “Gopher” Bloomberg
Formerly: Kid Devil

Titans Member
Joined:
Teen Titans [third series] #34 [2006]
Related Links: Blue Devil

Red Devil Quick Bio: Idolizing Blue Devil, Edward “Gopher” Bloomberg fashioned his own high-tech super-suit to become Kid Devil, Blue Devil’s unwanted sidekick. Eddie later made a devil’s bargain with Neron, who unlocked Eddie’s metagene and transformed him into a honest-to-gosh red-skinned Kid Devil. After proving his mettle with the Teen Titans, Eddie began calling himself Red Devil. He later sacrificed his own life to save San Francisco.

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History


Devil Of A Time

An assistant and general “gopher” for his Aunt Marla’s film company, twelve year old Edward “Gopher” Bloomberg developed an admiration for stuntman Daniel Cassidy that bordered on hero worship. When Marla produced the “Blue Devil” movie, Dan Cassidy became an actual Blue Devil when the theatrical costume merged to his skin through the magic of the evil demon, Nebiros.

Dan Cassidy works on the Blue Devil costume,
as Gopher watches, in FURY OF FIRESTORM #24 [1984].

A brilliant kid with an encyclopedic knowledge of super-heroes and the brains to understand the fundamentals of Cassidy’s electronic wizardry, Gopher dreamed of becoming Blue Devil’s sidekick. Sneaking into Cassidy’s workshop at night, Gopher concocted a miniature super-suit for himself that incorporated many of the design features of Blue Devil’s own costume. Blue Devil was uncomfortable with the idea of being regarded as a super-hero himself; Taking on a kid sidekick was the last thing he wanted. Nevertheless, Gopher was determined to prove himself as a perfect partner in crime-fighting.

Soon he was aiding the Blue Devil in foiling an airplane hijacking, and then assisted his idol in the fight against the manufactured hero-turned-menace, Verner’s Vanquisher. At the end of his first series of adventures, Kid Devil’s parents, Robert and Sylvie Bloomberg, threatened to whisk Gopher back home to Syracuse, New York.

Ultimately, the Bloombergs left Gopher’s education and supervision in the hands of a trio of professors from the Institute of Hypernormal Conflict Studies. While there, Kid Devil encountered Captain Cold. He also teamed up with his pen-pal, the second Robin [Jason Todd]. Whether or not Gopher was sanctioned by Blue Devil, he was determined to become a super-hero regardless.

Kid Devil debuts in BLUE DEVIL #14 [1985].

Sympathy For The Devil

Meanwhile, Eddie’s mentor Blue Devil began to accept his role as a full-fledged super-hero and joined the Justice League. But Dan Cassidy found he missed the Hollywood spotlight. Desperate to regain his fame, Dan made a deal with the demon trickster, Neron. Blue Devil had to accomplish one small favor in exchange for fame: Neron instructed him to destroy an automated electrical station in the desert. Little did Dan know that his friend, Marla Bloomberg, was scouting a location for a movie in that same desert . The destruction of the station led her helicopter to crash, as Blue Devil learned the terrible price for his newfound fame. Embarrassed by his role in Marla’s death, Blue Devil concealed this information from Eddie.

Determined to do his Aunt Marla proud, Gopher tried to carve a career for himself in the movie business. But his efforts met with a string of failed projects and botched assignments. Gopher still found time for an occasional adventure as Kid Devil. On one such adventure, he joined Young Justice and a cadre of young heroes in assaulting Zandia. Eddie had hopes of joining the teen team, but Young Justice disbanded less than a week later.

Kid Devil makes a devil’s bargain in TEEN TITANS (third series) #42 [2006].

Kid Devil-ution

After Superboy seemingly died during the Infinite Crisis, the Teen Titans faced a year of heartache and turmoil. Raven and Beast Boy held a membership drive at Titans Tower to restore their depleted ranks. Kid Devil saw this as an opportunity to become a respected super-hero at last, but was rejected for membership. Eddie hoped to gain an edge by enrolling in Lex Luthor’s Everyman Project, which granted super-human abilities to normal people. But Eddie washed out of the program due to “psychological problems.”

Desperate for super-powers, Eddie summoned the demon-trickster Neron with the help of Titans member, Zatara. Neron agreed to grant him powers if he was willing to make a deal: If Eddie ever lost his trust in Blue Devil, he would be forced to serve as Neron’s protégé on his 20th birthday. Eddie agreed to the devil’s bargain and was transformed into an honest-to-gosh red-skinned Kid Devil. Eddie’s excitement was shaken, however, when Neron encouraged him to investigate Blue Devil’s role in his aunt’s death.

Now super-powered, Kid Devil joined the Teen Titans as a full-fledged member. Kid Devil later confronted Blue Devil about his role in Marla’s death and was shocked to learn the details of Blue Devil’s bargain with Neron. Resolving to never trust him again, Kid Devil inadvertently sealed his deal with Neron. On his 20th birthday, according to the contract, Kid Devil’s soul would belong to Neron.

ABOVE: Kid Devil is revealed as a ‘missing year’ member in TEEN TITANS (third series) #34 [2007].
BELOW: Ravager and Kid Devil – the unwanted Titans – in TEEN TITANS (third series) #35 [2007].

Titans Ties

As a Teen Titan, Kid Devil developed a unique friendship with fellow outcast, Ravager. But whereas Eddie’s feelings began deepen, Rose’s emotions were less predictable. And when Blue Beetle started hanging out with the Titans, Eddie viewed him as a rival for Rose’s affections.

Later, the two mismatched teens reluctantly teamed up against Shockwave, and forged a new friendship and fighting team as “The Blue and the Red”. Following this adventure, Kid Devil donned a new costume and changed his codename to Red Devil.

ABOVE: Kid Devil and Blue Beetle put aside their differences in TEEN TITANS (third series) #61 [2008].
BELOW: Eddie becomes Red Devil in TEEN TITANS (third series) #61 [2008].

 Devil’s Due

During a Teen Titans membership drive, the team was attacked by a vengeful Brother Blood. The Titans drove Blood away, but not before the vampiric cult leader siphoned Red Devil’s supernatural abilities. The teen mystic known as Kid Eternity brought Eddie Bloomberg to hell to check the terms of Eddie’s contract with Neron in an effort to return his powers. The contract surprisingly 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 servitude.

But the mission was bittersweet, as Eddie failed to regain his meta-human abilities. Even de-powered, Eddie continued to aid the team, desperately hoping that one day his powers would return to him.

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 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.

ABOVE: The de-powered Eddie Bloomberg resolves to keep the Titans alive
in TEEN TITANS (third series) #68 [2009].
BELOW:  Eddie sacrifices his life in TEEN TITANS (third series) #74 [2009].


Powers & Abilities


While Kid Devil wore his super-suit, his strength was increased by a factor of ten. The suit enabled Kid Devil to leap great distances. It also increased his agility and endurance. In addition to the suit, Gopher fashioned a number of gadgets – including a bright-light burst, exploding bubbles, and night vision goggles. But his most effective weapon was his devil trident – which emitted an electroshock or flames, and contained a jet propulsion to aid Kid Devil’s air travel.

Later, Eddie transformed into an actual demonic creature. Red Devil has enhanced strength, endurance and agility. Red Devil also breathes fire and has collapsible bat-like wings. Eddie also learned, if he concentrates, he can teleport in a burst of flames.

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A 2007 Kid Devil commission by Andy MacDonald.

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Essential Reading


Fury of Firestorm #24 [1984]: Special 16-page preview of Blue Devil. First appearance of Blue Devil. First appearance of Edward “Gopher” Bloomberg
Blue Devil #1 [1984]: Dan Cassidy is merged with the Blue Devil costume by Nebiros.
Blue Devil #14 [1985]: Gopher debuts as Kid Devil against Dan Cassidy’s wishes. Kid Devil saves his parents from a hijacking attempt.
Blue Devil #15-20, 30-31 [1985-1986]: Recurring Kid Devil appearances
Blue Devil #19 [1986]: Kid Devil spotlight issue! Three Kid Devil stories in this issue – including a team-up with Robin [Jason Todd].
JLA #105 [1995]: Blue Devil deals with the demon, Neron, to achieve fame.
Underworld Unleashed #2 [1995]: Marla Bloomberg is killed in a helicopter crash while scouting a location; Her death is the result of Blue Devil’s deal with Neron.
Young Justice #49-50 [2002]: Young heroes team up and attack Zandia
Teen Titans (third series) #30 [2005]: While the Teen Titans battle Brother Blood, Edward “Gopher” Bloomberg is hit with a mysterious energy blast. First appearance of Edward “Gopher” Bloomberg in Teen Titans.
Teen Titans (third series) #34-37 [2006]: One Year Later, it’s “The New Teen Titans!” A new year of exciting adventures begins with the “new” Teen Titans, the bizarre Doom Patrol and the mysterious and secretive Titans East! First Kid Devil as Teen Titan in Teen Titans #34.
Teen Titans (third series) #42 [2006]: Kid Devil searches for Blue Devil as he recounts the events that led to his transformation into a red-skinned demonic creature. In flashback, Eddie Bloomberg reveals the details of his deal with Neron, who granted his super-human abilities in exchange for a deal. The deal was this: If Eddie ever loses his trust in Blue Devil, he must serve as Neron’s protégé on his 20th birthday. In the present, Kid Devil tracks down Blue Devil and confronts him about his role in his aunt’s death. When Eddie learns Blue Devil was indirectly responsible, he inadvertently seals his deal with Neron by resolving to never trust Blue Devil again. Now, on his 20th birthday in less than three years, Kid Devil’s soul will belong to Neron. Origin of Kid Devil.
Teen Titans (third series) #61 [2008]: Kid Devil’s out to prove himself, but that won’t stop the latest object of his contempt (Blue Beetle) from getting in the way! The two mismatched teens team up against Shockwave, and forge a new friendship as “The Blue and the Red”. Following this adventure, Kid Devil dons a new costume and changes his codename to Red Devil. Robin offers Blue Beetle membership and he officially joins the Titans.
Teen Titans (third series) #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 (third series) #71 [2009]: Ravager wrestles with her role on the team, and asks Red Devil to join her on the road.
Teen Titans (third series) #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).

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A 2007 Kid Devil commission by Alan Kupperberg.

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 Blue Devil: The Series


Blue Devil was the brainchild of writers Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn. Originally conceived as a one-shot character for the Tales of the Unexpected series in 1981, the Blue Devil never quite made it into the anthology book. The concept eventually landed on the desk of editor Len Wein, who saw much more potential in the quirky concept.

The concept? Crafty stuntman Dan Cassidy developed a high-tech costume for the upcoming movie, “Blue Devil.” But when Dan faced the demon Nebiros while wearing the outlandish attire, the devil costume was magically fused to Dan’s body – making him an honest-to-gosh Blue Devil!

Blue Devil  was originally conceived with the notion that the tale would be drawn by Steve Dikto. Dikto passed on the project, which was ultimately given to artist Paris Cullins. Once Paris roughed out the designs of the character, the concept look another leap forward.

From the letter column of Blue Devil #2: “Len saw possibilities that had not yet been explored in the otherwise familiar, slightly scary, alienated schlemiehl hero that Gary and Dan had roughed out. In brief, Len saw Blue Devil as a fun character – a long-leaping, optimistic, high-IQ slugger who clambered each issue out of the wreckage of heavily armored bad-guys he had taken out of commission. He saw this, I’m sure, because of Paris’ flamboyant character interpretations. So Len told Gary and Dan to expand their story to a sun-filled 23-pager with a large, memorable supporting cast (Dan credits Len with turning on a lot of light bulbs for them). Marla, Gopher, Norm, Wayne and Sharon took shape pretty quickly.

ABOVE: The cast of Blue Devil, from BLUE DEVIL #6 [1984].
BELOW: The cast of BLUE DEVIL in a pin-up
by Paris Cullins – from BLUE DEVIL ANNUAL #1 [1985].

Blue Devil took shape with enough ideas and concepts to support an ongoing series. Blue Devil premiered in a special 16-page preview insert in Fury of Firestorm #24 [1984], followed by Blue Devil #1 [1984]. The operative word was fun. “We are trying our darndest to to make this comic a lot of fun,” editor Alan Gold proclaimed, “For those of you who wince at anything resembling hype – yes, all comics are supposed to be first and foremost fun. Blue Devil, however, means to be sunnier and more exuberant than many, and it will be 100 percent non-preachy, non-artsy-shmartsy, and never self-important.”

The fun was infectious. Blue Devil was a hit with both fans and critics. In its first year, the book established its breezy charm, wild stories and ribald cast. But the series suffered its first loss when artist Paris Cullins left the book within the first year. The second year welcomed regular artist Alan Kupperberg, a fine artist but one who never quite matched Cullins’ gonzo-charm. The second year also introduced Gopher as Blue Devil’s wannabe sidekick, Kid Devil, in Blue Devil #14.

Soon, DC Comics was engulfed by the Crisis on Infinite Earths. As many major characters were retooled and revamped, Blue Devil began to quietly fade into the background. The series concluded with Blue Devil #31 [1986], an issue which contained an amusing series of dream sequences. Despite its relatively short run, Blue Devil is fondly remembered by many fans and pros. It was fun while it lasted.

The Blue Devil character has endured through the years and was even a member of the Justice League for a short time [Justice League of America #98-113 in 1995-1996]. After making a deal with the demon Neron [Underworld Unleashed #1-3 (1995)], Blue Devil became a darker character and later came under the possession of Satan’s trident [Day of Judgement #1-5 (1999) and JLA: Black Baptism #1-4 (2001)]. More recently, Blue Devil has joined a team of magic-based heroes known as Shadowpact [Day of Vengeance #1-6 in 2005].

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ABOVE: A 2011 Blue Devil and Kid Devil commission by Alan Kupperberg.

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The One Year Gap Titans


“You call this the Titans? Since Superboy died, the Titans have gone through over twenty new members. But no one wanted to stay very long. No one got along.”
– Wonder Girl (Teen Titans (third series) #36 [2006])

DC’s “One Year Later” event occurred March of 2006. In Teen Titans #33, Superboy and Nightwing are in the thick of the Infinite Crisis world-shattering event. With Teen Titans #34, a full year has passed since the Crisis. A comatose Cyborg awakens to discover the only active Titans were Robin, Ravager and Kid Devil. Cyborg is informed that the Titans had quite a few membership shake-ups during his “missing year.”

Readers shared in Cyborg’s confusion. Following the limited series, Infinite Crisis, every DC comic series jumped ahead by one year between February 2006 and March 2006. With DC’s March books, the characters’ histories resumed “one year later.” During the “missing year” between Teen Titans #33 and #34, over 20 new or returning members joined the group. They would come and go, most only serving on the team for a few weeks before quitting or getting kicked out or simply disappearing. One team was glimpsed at in Teen Titans #34. Then, Teen Titans #38 revealed all the “One Year Gap Titans” in a double page spread.

The “One Year Gap Titans” from TEEN TITANS #38 [click to enlarge].

Geoff Johns elaborated in an interview with Newsarama: “I wanted to shake the team up, and I was nervous doing it. I knew the reactions would be “Ravager?!” and “Who the #@$% is Kid Devil?” But because of Superboy’s death, it forced us to take chances, and I’m glad. For a long time our line-up seemed to look like the former Young Justice kids smashed together with the New Teen Titans. It was great for the first three years of the book but it was time for something new. And the OYL to me seemed like an opportunity, and a requirement, to seriously alter the status quo. Top on character development and mysteries and set the stage for the next year of adventures, with an emphasis on new characters and revamps like the Doom Patrol and Titans East.”

“In the comics themselves, the Teen Titans lost several of their members. Including a lot of main ones. Superboy. Kid Flash. Starfire is still missing. Cyborg was out of it. So since then, Beast Boy did his best to keep the team growing and stable, but it wasn’t working.”

“The Titans went through, I think at last count, 24 members during the missing year. They would come and go, most only being on the team a few weeks before quitting or getting kicked out or simply disappearing. Some members were previous Titans others were teens that Cyborg – and us – have never heard of before including Zatara, Miss Martian, Talon and Power Boy among others. Some of these we’ll be meeting in the next arc.”

The “One Year Gap” New Titans include:

1. Kid Devil: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
2. Aquagirl II: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
3. Dove II: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
4. Hawk III: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
5. Miss Martian: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
6. Zatara: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
7. Offspring: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
8. Talon: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
9. Power Boy: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
10. Little Barda: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
11. Molecule: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
12. Mas: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
13. Menos: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
14. Bombshell: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
15. Young Frankenstein: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
16. Riddler’s Daughter: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
17. Osiris: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.

The “One Year Gap” Returning Titans include:

18. Ravager: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
19. Joker’s Daughter : Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
20. Argent [with new costume]: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
21. Mirage: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
22. Flamebird: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
23. Red Star: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
24. Hotspot [formerly Joto]: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
25. Captain Marvel Jr.: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.

Kid Devil Timeline: Closing the “One Year Later” Gap
Here’s a list of major events revealed during the “Missing Year:”

  • The Titans aid the heroes during the Infinite Crisis. While saving the universe from Superboy-Prime and Alexander Luthor, Superboy is killed in battle. [IC #1-7] With Superboy, Wonder Girl, Robin, Kid Flash, Starfire and Cyborg gone, Raven and Beast Boy try to keep the Teen Titans together. [TT #34]
  • Raven and Beast Boy hold a membership drive for the Teen Titans after their ranks have been depleted. Outside Titans Tower, many would-be Titans and current-Titans gather for the team, including Argent, Flamebird, Mirage, Red Star, Joker’s Daughter, Captain Marvel Jr., Aquagirl II, Kid Devil, Talon, Miss Martian, Bombshell, Offspring, Young Frankenstein, Mas Y Menos, and Molecule. Osiris arrives to join, only to have Captain Marvel Jr. doubt his intentions. After pleading his case, Osiris is granted probationary membership. [52w32]
  • After being rejected as a Titan during open auditions, Eddie Bloomberg seeks aid from Zatara, who gives Eddie advice that leads them both to the wishweaver, Neron. Eddie makes a dangerous deal with the devilish trickster, who transforms him into a honest-to-gosh red-skinned Kid Devil. [52w32, TT #42]
  • Zatara helps the now-super-powered Kid Devil join the Teen Titans. Zatara and Kid Devil both fight Kid Crusader. [TT #42]
  • Kid Devil becomes lost in New Azarath for two weeks. He is rescued with the help of Zatara, although the two teens are almost eaten by the Phantasm. Following this adventure, Zatara quits the team. [TT #39]
  • Black Adam ignites World War III. [52w49]
  • A large group of heroes – including a powerless Bart Allen, Donna Troy (as Wonder Woman), Wonder Girl, Robin, Ravager and Kid Devil – gather to mourn Superboy, Terra and Young Frankenstein. Donna comforts Wonder Girl. Ravager meets Kid Devil for the first time. Kid Devil is anxious to meet Robin. [52w51]
  • “One Year Later” begins. A rebuilt Cyborg awakens. The only active Titans members are Robin, Ravager and Kid Devil.  Wendy and Marvin have become caretakers of Titans Tower. The team encounters the new Brotherhood of Evil. Wonder Girl is angered at Robin for abandoning his friends after Superboy’s death. [TT #34]

Note: Kid Devil joined the Teen Titans shortly after the events in 52: WEEK THIRTY-TWO. For a complete timeline of the “one year gap,” click here.

 

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A 2010 Red Devil commission by Eddy Barrows.

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 Geoff Johns on Kid Devil


Geoff Johns: Graduation Day 
[By Ben Morse – Posted February 1, 2007 – at www.wizarduniverse.com]

Was it a conscious choice to get rid of Beast Boy following the “One Year Later” jump?

JOHNS: Yes. I wanted only one character who was going to be an older, experienced Titan, and that was Cyborg. I also wanted to do something with the Doom Patrol. I also thought we had so many characters coming in that I really wanted to whittle the team down to start. Starting with only three—Robin, Kid Devil and Ravager—allowed us to really focus on those characters. If we just lost Superboy and Kid Flash and have friggin’ Kid Devil on the team, a character nobody has heard of or if they have think he is a joke, he needs to have enough spotlight for people to really get to know him. I remember initially when we said Kid Devil was on the team, people thought, “Who the hell is that?” but we managed to really turn a lot of people around on that character, which some people thought would be impossible, and I liked that challenge.

A 2009 Kid Devil commission by George Pérez,
from the collection or Eric Sellers.

A Titan Looks Back: Geoff Johns on Leaving Teen Titans 
[by Vaneta Rogers – courtesy of http://www.newsarama.com – 02-01-2007]

NRAMA: You had so many fun new characters running around once you hit One Year Later. We’d never seen a lot of these teens before.

GJ: That was the really interesting thing about One Year Later. Yeah, we lost two of our best characters. But the good thing was that we got to create a bunch of new characters, and add a lot of mystery about them. All these weird and wild characters that some people have heard of and some, you’ve never heard of.

[…]

NRAMA: Yeah, but nobody is as sad as Kid Devil after that issue where you wrote his origin. Talk about heartbreaking. And although he wasn’t a brand new character, this kid almost came out of nowhere.

GJ: Well, he appeared only eight times or something before Teen Titans. And he was just this rolly poly kid.

NRAMA: In comparison to the cool-looking character he is now, he was kind of a horrible little character.

GJ: Well, I don’t think he was a horrible character, because I actually — I thought he was interesting. There’s something there that made me gravitate toward the character. He was kind of the sidekick who no one wanted. And the idea of saying, “Let’s take the worst sidekick the DC Universe has, and let’s make him into a Teen Titan.” It was so interesting. And he knows he’s the worst. It’s no secret that he’s the worst.

NRAMA: He wants people to think he’s a good sidekick though, and hides behind the idea of Blue Devil at first…

GJ: Yeah. When he shows up in the Teen Titans, his first gag is that he’s always saying he has to go call Blue Devil. “He’s calling, he’s writing, he’s always telling me what to do and giving me advice.” And then Robin finds out, he hasn’t talked to Blue Devil in two years. Because Blue Devil doesn’t even see him as a sidekick anymore. And Kid Devil went through all this trouble to try to turn into something that Blue Devil would want to hang out with. He gives his soul up and turns into a red demon, becoming trapped in demon form like Blue Devil.

And you think, what could possibly make a kid give up his humanity like that? And you see him throughout the issue say, I think Blue Devil needs my help and I’ll do whatever I can to help him. And then he finds out that Blue Devil was somewhat responsible for the death of his aunt. And the deal was that if he ever lost trust in Blue Devil, when he turns 20, he’s screwed. He loses his soul completely. And I think it’s a great set-up for those two characters.

NRAMA: For Blue Devil and Kid Devil?

GJ: Yeah, because nobody knows this except Zatara. At some point, Blue Devil’s going to have to find out about this or Kid Devil is going to have to tell somebody about this when he gets closer to that date when he turns 20. And they might deal with this now or years from now — I don’t know. But we’ve set it up for a future story because Kid Devil’s going to have to trust Blue Devil again to get his soul back. I think that’s going to be a great story. Just think about it — Blue Devil getting this kid’s trust back again in order to save his life — it will be a great story between a sidekick and a hero.

NRAMA: You sound like you want to write it!

GJ: I’d love to! But that’s not up to me anymore. That’s part of what comes with leaving a book. You give up the right to write any of those characters again. And Kid Devil’s just one of the characters I could talk about this way. I could do the same thing for any of them. I could go through Ravager’s or Wonder Girl’s state of mind, I could go through Robin’s state of mind — and just talk about where the characters are and what stories it can lead to. And that’s the thing that’s going to be hardest for me, is giving that up. That’s going to be really difficult. I just think the characters are so freaking awesome, and there’s so much to them, that I literally could be on this book for another 25 issues — if I didn’t have to sleep!

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A 2010 Kid Devil commission by Gabriel Hardman.

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Sources for this entry: DC Whos’ Who series, supplemented by titanstower.com


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