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Blue Beetle (Charlton I)

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Blue Beetle
Dan garrett
From the Cover of Blue Beetle #1 (1964)

Real Name

Dan Garrett

First Appearance

Blue Beetle (1964 series) #1

Original Publisher


Created by

Joe Gill and Bill Fraccio

Silver Age Origin

The Silver Age version of Dan Garrett was an archaeologist based out of Egypt, who discovered an ancient tomb of the Pharaoh Kha-ef-Re which housed a magical blue scarab. The scarab gave Dan super strength, flight, and the ability to shoot lightning bolts. By uttering the words "Kaji Dha," he would be changed into the hero known as the Blue Beetle.

His enemies included the Giant Mummy, the Red Knight, Mentor the Magnificent, Praying Mantis-Man, Magno Man, Mister Crabb, the Chlorophyll Man, Mr. Thunderbolt, the Eye of Horus, and Jarvis Kord.

Later, his former student, Ted Kord, became the next Blue Beetle after Dan Garrett, was killed in battle with androids created by Ted Kord's Uncle Jarvis in order to take over Earth. As Dan died, he passed on the responsibility of being Blue Beetle to Ted, but was not able to pass on the mystical scarab which gave Garrett his powers.

Silver Age Appearances

  • Blue Beetle (1964 series) #1-5
  • Blue Beetle (1965 series) #51-54
  • Blue Beetle (1967 series) #1-2
  • Captain Atom (1965 series) #83-86 (mentioned/cameo appearances only)


  • Like many Charlton Characters such as Tyro Team, Spookman, and Shape; Ted Kord is in the public domain thanks to a lack of a proper copyright notice. This is because any work published without a proper copyright notice between 1923 and 1977 are in the public domain.
  • While the first appearance of Dan Garrett and all of his Silver Age Appearances are public domain, any appearances after 1977 of Blue Beetle produced by Charlton, DC, or other companies are NOT.
  • The Blue Beetle was Alan Moore's inspiration for his Watchmen character Nite Owl.

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