Real Name: Hugh Fox
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-93060/Ultraverse) human mutate
formerly college student; high school student
Group Membership: Strangers (Atom Bob,
ElectroCute, Lady Killer, Spectral,
formerly the student cohort at San Francisco Art Institute
Affiliations: Kay Bartlett, Dr. Beniamino, Choice, Mr. DiStefano, Captain Christopher Dugan, Empire-7, Entity, Hardcase, Henrietta Hawkins (as Light Being), Bill Kern, Mantra (Lukasz), Marilee, Mike, Moe, Night Man (Johnny Domino), Prime (Kevin Green), Prototype (Jimmy Ruiz), Captain Jacob Rome, Supra (all Earth-93060)
Enemies: Aladdin, Chief Aula, Rob Bartlett, Bastinado and his demons, Boneyard and his wives, Boneyard's elite guard, Brazen, Byter, Deathwish, Dirt Devil, Foxfire (John Reynolds), Gangsta, Generator X, Grip, Gaius "Guy" Julius Hunt, J.D. Hunt, J.D. Hunt's bodyguards, Mr. Leopold, Lightshow, Notch, NuWare, Omega Team (Gun-Nut, Needler, Trouble), Pilgrim (Bob Hardin), Powerhouse, Quattro (Book, Death Dance, Gate, Meat Hook), Rafferty, Raiders (Centipede, Gecko, Jolly Roger, Sandblast, Sangre, Scar, Yardarm), Rodent, "space station aliens", T.N.T.N.T. (Naiad, Neuronne, Taboo, Torso, Tugun, Tyrannosaurus), Waddell, War Eagle, Zara (all Earth-93060)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: San Francisco, USA;
formerly Oakland, California, USA (all Earth-93060)
First Appearance: The Strangers#1 (June, 1993)
Powers/Abilities: Hugh Fox Hardin has the
to (quietly) blast shrapnel (of unknown substance) from his body; he
primarily from his chest for maximum coverage (and presumably because
this power first manifested from his chest, it also easiest). However,
Fox has honed this power so that he shoot shrapnel blasts from his
wrists and even foot soles; anger appears to increase the intensity of
the blasts. Regular use of blasts has slowly thickened his skin to be
bulletproof. Grenade's power appears to
manifest as an explosive blast barely a millimeter from his skin and
instantly draws compacted material from the air around the blast site
to expel like a grenade blast. He has athlete-level fitness and
endurance, and works out regularly with weights. He has excellent
combat skills, presumably from taking self-defense classes. Fox has a
history of team sports, but also taking risks for his team's victory.
He also has a creative talent that helped him
somewhat succeed in
visual art studies.
Weight: 175 lbs.
(The Strangers#19 (fb)) - As children, Bob Hardin and Hugh Fox (then aged 8) quickly became friends when Hardin's family moved into the Oakland neighborhood.
(The Strangers#19 (fb)) - In junior high, Fox was often busy with girlfriends and high school sports (football and baseball), but stayed friends with the shy Hardin.
(Strangers#14 (fb) - BTS) - Aged 15, Fox was caught
shoplifting a big book on football history by shop owner Moe at Moe's
Books. Moe sternly told him off and warned him never to return but
didn't call the police.
(The Strangers#5 (fb) - BTS) - Fox was star
quarterback for Bishop O'Dowd High School and won the match for his
minor fame at the time.
(The Strangers#19 (fb)) - While Fox wasn't sure what to do after finishing high school, Hardin encouraged him to try art classes.
(The Strangers#14 (fb) - BTS) - Hardin stayed good friends with Fox while studying in Oakland,California.
(The Strangers#1 (fb) - BTS) - Hardin and Fox enrolled at the San Francisco Art Institute.
- One Thursday morning on their way to class by tram, Fox and Hardin
action against the excessively sexual behavior by passenger J.D. Hunt
and his paramour Candy (secretly a sex android); fellow passenger Dave
helped Fox and Hardin throw him off.
An instant later, the tram was hit by the lightning-like
"Jumpstart" effect, which would later trigger superpowers in its 59
passengers (becoming "ultras"). The tram brakes failed and hit a car
driven by Johnny
Domino (later Night Man). They waited for ambulances and to report to
police. Rushing to class, Hardin inadvertently triggered his ultra
powers and his
satchel became a bag of gift apples. Shocked, Fox tried to see if could
trigger any powers and found he could shoot out shrapnel through his
skin that caused minor damage around him, but Hardin instinctively
turned the shrapnel blasting at him into rosebuds. But where Hardin
panicked at their predicament, Fox saw income opportunity.
Later at dusk that same day, and hearing
an incident at the tram accident location, Fox and Hardin rushed over
and found sorceress Yrial seemingly menacing onlookers. and
battling fellow former passengers also mutated with powers (speedster
Leon Balford, sharpshooter Elena La Brava, energy-spectrum manipulator
Castiglione, plus electricity-firing android Candy); eventually Yrial
fled. The police arrived but Balford
whisked his fellow ultras away. The six ultras compared notes and
considered that others on the cable car had been similarly affected,
yet only they had been responsible enough to confront the sorceress
(although Fox considered the fame and wealth potential).
They decided to stay
a team and pursue the
sorceress, focusing on the unusual cloud over San Francisco. La
Brava took them to the airport to her private plane.
- After banter in the plane,
they discovered the jungle
land of Sky Island in the protective cloud and landed. But they were
all soon captured and bound, their
powers manifested so far all negated, although Hardin transformed
sound waves, effectively translating their language so that they could
understand their captors, and heard Yrial and chiefs Aula and
Zara debate whether to remain a hidden people given the sudden rise in
super-powered humans. Castiglione tried red flame, which triggered
super-strength and led to their breaking free. Eventually an
understanding was reached with Aula, despite Zara's protests, and Yrial
was assigned to study and help the ultras. The group decided to remain
calling themselves the Strangers, and seek answers to their changes and
fellow former passengers. La Brava appointed herself leader given her
experience and the rest quickly assented.
(The Strangers#3 (fb)) - Back on ground, the
Strangers hid in Hardin's parents' home where they discussed their
powers over dinner. The team decided on their individual codenames
(Atom Bob (Hardin), ElectroCute (Candy), Grenade (Fox),
Lady Killer (La Brava), Spectral (Castiglione), Zip-Zap (Balford)). La
Brava, also a successful
fashion designer, created costumes for them. Yrial kept her name and
(The Strangers#3) - Wanting to protect his secrets, vengeful J.D. Hunt sent the villainous ultra team T.N.T.N.T. (Naiad, Neuronne, Torso, Tugun, Tyrannosaurus) after the Strangers. Initially almost overwhelmed, the team fought back. Victorious, the Strangers introduced themselves to the quickly assembled media.
(Hardcase#4 (fb) - BTS) - Suspicious of a connection
between J.D. Hunt and the Aladdin ultras they had just fought, the
sought help from prominent ultra Hardcase.
(Hardcase#3) - The Strangers arrived at Hardcase's
mansion, where the hero and his girlfriend Choice had just returned
from a battle.
(Hardcase#4) - Aggressively prepared for further
fighting, Hardcase and Choice calmed down when they realized the
Strangers were there peaceably. They discussed Aladdin's connections
with ultras and decided to join forces investigating an Aladdin secret
base at Groom Lake, Nevada. Landing in Nevada and nearing the site,
they split into three
teams for reconnaissance, but were all incapacitated by Aladdin ultra
agents (Dirt Devil, Foxfire, Grip, War Eagle); Distracted, Atom Bob,
Grenade and ElectroCute were
constricted by the energy-binding field of the Grip.
(The Strangers#4) - The Strangers, Hardcase and Choice were imprisoned inside a specially designed holding pen with a force field that resisted any direct attack from their powers. Senior Aladdin agent Mr. Leopold told them they would only gain freedom by joining Aladdin but they all refused. Grenade and Hardcase used their powers against each other to bring down the force field and the freed heroes fought Aladdin forces. They briefly escaped until Aladdin forces caught up with them in the labyrinthine base. A truce was reached between Aladdin and the Strangers (plus Hardcase and Choice) to keep out of each other's affairs.
(Flood Relief) - Feeling helpless, Grenade, Atom Bob,
ElectroCute and Lady Killer watched the devastating Iowa
floods (partially caused by Flood)
on TV as Zip-Zap, Prime, Prototype (Jimmy Ruiz) and Hardcase did their
best to mitigate the damage.
- After receiving emergency communication pagers from Lady Killer, the
Strangers went separate ways for personal time. Fox and Candy spent
time together and became closer. Alerted by Yrial, the
Strangers assembled against the near-undefeatable death-dealing ultra
arrived late, having failed to save an ill friend, and used his green
flame to make Deathwish seemingly
perish. Afterward, Spectral revealed he was gay to the group and Fox
voiced the team's support.
- The Strangers cleaned up the damaged street after the battle while
Deathwish's unconscious human host was ferried to hospital where
Deathwish was reborn. The villain again confronted the Strangers but,
having learned from the previous fight, was no longer affected by
Spectral's flame. The team were overwhelmed until Yrial intervened
releasing the power of the Light Being within nurse Henrietta Hawkins
and villain was vanquished.
(Break-Thru#1) - Aladdin's
Dr. Rains called in the
Strangers for their
views on the sudden unusual light-shifting activity of Amber Hunt,
suspended in the sky, which caused deranged behavior in many people.
and Mantra flew up to investigate Amber's situation and, despite
Prototype (Jimmy Ruiz)'s interference, Mantra determined it was the
Entity on the Moon calling for assistance through Amber. Powerful
hidden manipulator Rex Mundi sent his villainous teams Quattro (Book,
Death Dance, Gate, Meat Hook) and Omega Team (Gun-Nut, Needler,
Trouble) to eliminate Amber but his counterpart the Alternate sent in
the Solution team (Dropkick, Outrage, Shadowmage, Tech) to join the
Strangers and other heroes to protect Amber. With the Moon glowing to
match Amber, the heroes next course was to travel to the Moon and help
(Prototype#5) - The
Strangers broke into J.D. Hunt's base where they commandeered and
launched his nuclear-powered space shuttle, intending to use it to go
to the Moon, but it was preprogrammed to go to a Russian satellite
Meanwhile, J.D. Hunt had Prototype (plus heroes Empire-7 and Supra)
pursue them in an ex-Russian rocket.
Automatically docking, the Strangers investigated the space station;
they found it seemingly
abandoned until they were attacked by savage space
aliens that could quickly reconstitute themselves. Prototype's team
arrived to find the Strangers constrained in
the aliens' tentacles.
- Prototype's team helped free the Strangers. The
heroes fled into a dead
end but bickering led to Prototype unintentionally breaching the hull.
Spectral used his indigo flame to form a protective air bubble. Atom
Bob sealed the breach and the
heroes split into three to destroy the hungry aliens and find escape.
Grenade and ElectroCute joined the Vietnamese Empire-7; Grenade lightly
bullied the Asian, but they were all distracted and an alien grabbed
Empire-7. Grenade kept blasting at the alien until it could no longer
Prototype and the
Strangers evacuated the space station in their stolen shuttle, but
(Break-Thru#2) - The Strangers piloted the shuttle to
the Moon, where they joined Hardcase, Choice and the Solution. A battle
soon raged: the heroes versus and Quattro and Omega Team, although the
enhanced Prime was knocked back and secretly healed by Mantra, who
found out the Entity's secret. While the heroes addressed the chaos
unwittingly unleashed by the distressed Entity, Rex Mundi's two teams
fled. Several heroes downloaded data from the Entity but it exploded
before all could be retrieved. The heroes realized that the Entity
initiated many Jumpstarts throughout Earth's history, seeking help for
predicament on the Moon.
(The Strangers#8) - The Strangers left in the stolen Aladdin shuttle and landed it at Edwards Air Force Base, where Mr. Leopold confronted them but was dismissed by Air Force Captain Dugan. The Strangers were later confronted by Chief Aula, who demanded Yrial return to Sky Island. Yrial initially resisted with the Strangers' help, but acquiesced and left with Aula. The Strangers followed and landed by plane. Yrial considered herself a Strangers member and escaped with them but stopped as her people gave chase and briefly fought. Yrial chose to surrender, but secretly gave a clue about her people to Lady Killer. She accepted imprisonment in a mystical stone and the Strangers left. Finding the clue, they all resolved to help Yrial.
(The Strangers#9 (fb) - BTS) - Grenade and
ElectroCute traveled via Rio de Janeiro as part of the Strangers' plan
to get to the Caribbean separately to avoid raising suspicion.
- The Strangers (except Yrial) rejoined each other in the Caribbean to
investigate Yrial's clue. The
group anchored and relaxed while Atom Bob explored his powers on the
nearby island. Local ultra pirates, Scar
and his Raiders, who didn't realize their targets were ultras as well,
attacked the yacht.
The pirates initially overwhelmed those on the yacht and several left
to tackle those Strangers on the island. But ElectroCute recovered and
knocked out the pirates on the ship while Atom Bob eliminated the other
pirates. The Strangers left victorious, having alerted
the Coast Guard to the bound pirates.
- The Strangers continued searching information for Yrial and chanced
upon a portal to a demon dimension. Spectral and ElectroCute were
dragged inside by
demons and the others followed through the breach as rescue; Grenade
blasted through the head of a serpentine demon. The demon realm's ruler
Bastinado blocked the Strangers'
ultra powers but couldn't stop Atom Bob's, who
created magick that
matched the demon's and left Bastinado defeated. The Strangers
rushed to escape, but instead fell off a deep cliff.
- All falling were powerless except Zip-Zap, whose hyper-metabolism saw
his powers returned earlier and he generated a vortex that slowed their
descent, landing on the enormous celestial body the Wold. During their
immediate analysis, Lady Killer suggested that Atom Bob had created
artificial magick, but he refuted this, stating it was real. Zip-Zap
scouted the patchwork domains over several days while the others slowly
recovered, during which Grenade and ElectroCute spent romantic time.
Meanwhile, Zip-Zap found the
Entity and was told where Sky Island was located. He rushed
back, gathered the Strangers in a vortex and zoomed them back through
the demon dimension and breach to Earth.
- The Strangers stormed Sky Island, confronting Chiefs Aula and Zara
with the truth. Recognizing the world beyond had changed, Aula freed
Yrial and the Strangers left united.
(The Strangers#13) - Back in their base, police Captain Rome sought the Strangers' help against the villainous sorcerer Boneyard, who had hijacked a flight to gain the heroes' attention to secure their help locking away the demons they had unintentionally released. Rushing to the airport tarmac, the Strangers were joined by sorceress Mantra, enemy of Boneyard, and a dramatic fight ensued, The powerful Boneyard kidnapped Atom Bob to siphon his power. Mantra detected Atom Bob's new location and they soon found Boneyard, but a new breach allowed Bastinado and other demons to come through.
(Mantra I#12) - The Strangers helped Mantra fight Boneyard and his minions; the demons were either destroyed or rounded up with Grenade's discharge blasting through the demons. During the demon hunt, Mantra chided Grenade's chauvinism. Eventually Boneyard was distracted and Atom Bob freed. Boneyard was forced to flee.
(Ultraverse Premiere#8/3) - Grenade and ElectroCute
were the drawcards for a charity event at a suburban shopping mall, but
urban terrorist Rob Bartlett jumped in and attacked the crowd to target
the two Strangers, who quickly disarmed him. Bartlett revealed that he
hated ultras because he had missed the cable car hit by the Jumpstart
that had triggered ultra powers. His resentment grew till he wanted to
kill the Strangers for their hero status, but Grenade berated the
gunman, stating that Bartlett could never be a hero because of all the
senseless injury, death and destruction Bartlett had caused.
(The Strangers#20) - Spectral, Lady Killer, ElectroCute, Grenade and Zip-Zap discussed the positives of the trading card deal for the Strangers' positive profile and income.
(The Strangers#14) - The Strangers
took personal time
off. Fox and Hardin went to their former college hangout area in
Berkeley, hoping to remain incognito, but were quickly recognized by
fans. Fox happily dealt
with autographs while Hardin ducked shyly into nearby Moe's bookstore.
But the jealous super-strong ultra Powerhouse leapt in
to confront the pair. Atom Bob instantly transformed their clothes into
Strangers' costumes and the fight began. Powerhouse knocked Atom Bob
backward; Atom Bob secretly created an unconscious duplicate of himself
and invisibly turned into his power-hungry Pilgrim identity to
investigate Powerhouse, but this left Grenade to fight Powerhouse's
strength by himself. Atom Bob reappeared, feigning a
weakened state as he watched Grenade fight Powerhouse alone (to gauge
Powerhouse's fighting skills). The fight ended at a stalemate and the
frustrated Powerhouse leapt away. After Grenade reconciled with
bookstore owner Moe, Atom Bob and Grenade then left.
- At their base, the Strangers reviewed those 16, including themselves,
whom they knew were ultras from the cable car Jumpstart. Lady Killer
revealed fashions she had developed to sell. They then went
their separate ways on personal matters. Having learned they were rich
from licensing deals, Grenade and ElectroCute got a red sports car; Fox
claimed it was a business expense. ElectroCute's behavior became
erratic and confused Fox.
- Atom Bob and Grenade held a block party at Hardin's parents house for
friends and key guests to
give back to their Oakland neighborhood with media assembled outside
the property. All the Strangers attended
(except Spectral, who had personal matters) and briefly discussed the
ominous mystery of the Pilgrim. Villainous ultras Generator X,
Lightshow and Rodent, keen to attack the successful Strangers,
violently gatecrashed the party; Hardin had wandered away, leaving the
other Strangers to fight. With his toughening skin, Grenade shrugged
off Rodent's sharp claws, although he still felt slight pain. With the
foes soon defeated, Pilgrim suddenly appeared (with Byter) and
blasted the Strangers back before taking the three villains for his
small army, again threatening the heroes' destruction, then quickly
disappeared through a portal. Hardin returned from around a brick wall
happy guest. Lady Killer expressed the team's disappointment in Hardin
by chiding him.
- The Strangers held a tense meeting at their
headquarters to discuss strategy against the Pilgrim. Due to their
power set, Lady Killer put herself and Atom Bob on "shadow detail" to
Days passed and the Strangers joined Lady Killer's new
fashion line launch, acting as security, but the ultra killer Rafferty
stealthily broke through, almost murdering Lady Killer. In the chaos,
Atom Bob turned into the menacing Pilgrim and asked Rafferty to join
his army against the Strangers. Rafferty refused and it led to a staged
fight between Pilgrim and an Atom Bob construct behind a force field
during which Rafferty escaped.
(The Strangers#19 (fb)) - Pilgrim offered the
Strangers a vague clue as to his real identity, which they
misinterpreted in the heat of battle.
(The Strangers#17) - Spectral, Grenade and
ElectroCute blasted Pilgrim's force field; a blinding flash hid
Hardin's reversal from Pilgrim back to Atom Bob, and the Atom Bob
construct to a Pilgrim construct, so as to confuse the Strangers. Atom
Bob then made it appear that the
Pilgrim construct and Byter teleported away. Again ElectroCute's sudden
brusque manner confused Grenade (and the others).
(Firearm#17) - Grenade was amongst several Strangers
held back from intervening against Rafferty during a deadly siege
against the villain.
increasingly suspicious Strangers continued trying to work
Pilgrim was, possibly even one of their own. Grenade confronted
ElectroCute about her angry behavior but she rebuffed him with an
electric blast. Grenade returned to the Stranger's Pier 25 base, but
were soon caught in a surprise and coordinated attack by Scar and his
Raiders, and quickly overwhelmed (although Atom Bob feigned defeat and
secretly transformed into Pilgrim). Meanwhile, ElectroCute had
incorrectly concluded that the enigmatic android Teknight and Pilgrim
the same person and rushed backed to tell her colleagues. The Raiders
readied to kidnap the
Strangers but Pilgrim and his allies warped in, quickly defeating and
expelling them. As the Strangers recovered, Pilgrim promised his army
each a Stranger to slay the next day and they teleported away. Left a
misleading clue, the Strangers set off to find
Teknight, thinking he was Pilgrim in disguise.
(Night Man: The Pilgrim Conundrum
Saga) - The
Strangers found, fought and defeated Teknight but Night Man swung in
and let their would-be foe speak. Teknight was searching for the
Strangers to warn them of Pilgrim's nefarious plot to destroy the
Strangers, the Pilgrim having planted seven bombs around San Francisco
to force the
Strangers to work separately. Night Man helped as each Stranger
confronted one of Pilgrim's army. Yrial discerned the pattern of the
bombs' locations and, with all of Pilgrim's army defeated, the
Strangers homed in on her (while Night Man
quickly dismantled most of the bombs), although the Atom Bob arriving
with the group there was just
another construct while Hardin secretly went back to Strangers HQ.
(The Strangers: The Pilgrim Conundrum Saga) -
Arguing that there would be a second bomb at the twin peaks, Grenade
left ElectroCute behind with Teknight and raced back to Strangers HQ.
Grenade was frustrated that he hadn't fought a villain or found a bomb
on this mission. Realizing Pilgrim's plan, the Strangers raced back
to find Pilgrim there with Byter and a bomb. Yrial's magic forced
Pilgrim's retreat. Pursued by Grenade, Hardin changed suddenly while
briefly hidden into Atom Bob. Hardin then created a Pilgrim construct
to join Zara's attack on Grenade and subsequent escape, while the real
Hardin stayed with the group. By now,
Night Man had determined the identity of Pilgrim, shocking the other
Strangers that it was Bob Hardin. With his secret revealed. Hardin
transformed into Pilgrim and gloated, saying he had grown beyond them,
then fled. The Strangers, Night Man
Teknight all pursued and battled the power-mad Pilgrim to Coit Tower.
The heroes kept
wearing Hardin down, until eventually
he fell, finally expending his own physical energy.
Grenade delivered the final blow, firing an intense blast to answer the
betrayal. Hardin was made unconscious by Yrial's magic. All the
Strangers were devastated by Hardin's treachery.
(The Strangers#19) - Back at their base, the remaining Strangers all tried to cope with the betrayal of their teammate. Spectral tried to console Grenade, who was angry and lashed out at Spectral. Grenade later found ElectroCute unable to cope with her emotions and comforted her. Soon after, the other Strangers heard Teknight's pledge to help after he saved Lady Killer from Grip and they welcomed Teknight as a new teammate.
- At the airport, the other Strangers watched Lady Killer and Yrial
took Atom Bob's inert body
onboard a plane to Andorra. ElectroCute raced ahead to take the wheel
of the car for a carefree drive but a mafia-planted bomb severely
damaged her android body. The remaining Strangers took her to J.D. Hunt
at NuWare (where she had been created) and, quickly overcoming Hunt's
enhanced bodyguards, aggressively asked J.D. Hunt to repair her and he
complied. Spectral and Zip-Zap held J.D. Hunt hostage while Grenade and
Teknight monitored ElectroCute's repair under Waddell's guidance at the
NuWare labs. But Waddell had reprogrammed ElectroCute and when she
woke, she blasted her two friends.
(The Strangers#22) - Grenade and Teknight fought back against the weaponized ElectroCute but all three were rendered unconscious/inert. J.D. Hunt's son Guy Hunt confronted Spectral and Zip-Zap and demanded a simple hostage swap. Instead, Zip-Zap and Spectral rushed to NuWare to free their friends. Meanwhile, Grenade had recovered in the cell and could see ElectroCute for the first time as a non-human. Once at NuWare, Spectral and Zip-Zap freed Grenade, Teknight and ElectroCute while blasting away more bodyguards and Waddell. Back at the Strangers' base, ElectroCute was fully restored.
(The Strangers#24) - After leaving the comatose Atom Bob at the Andorran clinic and battling the voodoo menace of Taboo, Lady Killer and Yrial returned and rejoined their team at their pier base, comparing adventures; Grenade grew jealous of ElectroCute's growing affection for Teknight. Swearing vengeance, Taboo pursued the duo and assembled an updated T.N.T.N.T. villainous team (Taboo, Naiad, Tugun, Neuronne, Tyrannosaurus). Several days later. the Strangers reconvened and met Spectral's partner Bill Kern, but T.N.T.N.T suddenly attacked. Each villain targeted a different Stranger from their earlier encounter, although Grenade quickly overcame Tugun. The villains fled in a helicopter, but with the Strangers' flying members still unconscious, they were unable to give chase. Later, the Strangers, all recovered, wondered on the new T.N.T.N.T.'s future.
(The Phoenix Resurrection: Genesis) - When the
exhausted Phoenix Force from Earth-616 sought a local Ultraverse host,
it selected then dismissed multiple super-powered candidates,
including Grenade, Lady Killer and Zip-Zap from the Strangers.
Comments: Created by Steve Englehart, Rick Hoberg, Tim Burgard, Darick Robertson.
He first appears with blue eyes, then this soon
changes to brown. Maybe that's a side effect of the Jumpstart?
Protective layering to protect from the shrapnel? Do I get a No-Prize?
The "reboot" of the Ultraverse in the Black September event ended the Strangers run and virtually all the members disappeared, although their key ally Night Man continued and Zip Zap guest-starred in a speed race in Prime II#10 (Zip Zap's membership in the Strangers was recognized by the public, but it wasn't clear if the group was still active in a full capacity). The afterword in the final issue, Strangers #24, included finished covers for issues #25-27 in a possible 3-part storyline where the Strangers appear to encounter aliens. They definitely received new costumes, confirmed in the "next issue" box of issue #24, which states "celebration of the Jumpstart! With new costumes, and party guests from beyond the stars!" One can only speculate how many completed (or near-complete) issues were lost as Black September hit and what is left today decades later.
Moe's Books (shown in The Strangers#14) is considered an institution in Berkeley, California, and even has a small entry on TripAdvisor. Founder Moe Moskowitz passed away in 1997 and the shop is now run by his daughter Doris.
It's assumed that Fox left his art studentship to pursue his full-time role as adventurer with the Strangers.
The Strangers#23 issue is a story dedicated to Lady Killer and Yrial against Taboo. The other Strangers appear in one silent panel in battle (readers know it is against Hunt's forces in #22).
The Strangers#20 issue is a curious filler issue that doesn't quite fit between #19 & #21 and its "happy" feel doesn't sit well later, so I've slotted it in earlier.
The Ultraverse Origins 2-page story in January 1994
is a summary of the team's origins and offers no new information.
Artist Frank Fosco stated he did uncredited ghosting layouts for Rick Hoberg on The Strangers#5 on his Facebook page on 6/16/2021.
Englehart did some diligent research for real life placement; the cable car line passes near the San Francisco Art Institute with the appropriate crossing streets listed and nearby Coit Tower. Coincidentally, I caught a cable car on this line when I briefly visited SF a long while back, a few years before the Appendix gave me a proper introduction to the Ultraverse and welcomed me to explore further!
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Grenade has no known connections to:
Moe ran a popular bookstore in Berkeley, California. When Hugh Fox
was 15, he tried to shoplift a large book on football history, but was
caught by Moe, who severely told him off and warned him never to
return, but didn't call the police. In the current era, after Fox and
Hardin had been hit by the Jumpstart and gained ultra powers and became
stars, he welcomed Bob Hardin inside, who was passing by, and
introduced him to his buyer Laura and her children Sarah and brother
Paul, an avid collector of Ultraverse cards and Strangers comics. They
thanks Hardin for being an inspiration to the local neighborhood. Fox,
now codenamed Grenade, had just fought villain Powerhouse and was
recognized by Moe. Fox still felt guilty for the past crime and paid
Moe the cost of the
book, even though he didn't get it. Both recognized the lesson had been
learned and Moe admired him.
Moe is based on Moe Moskowitz, who ran Moe's Books in Berkeley (see
comments). Moe is not named by his full name in the comic, but the
likeness is unmistakable.
Mantra I#12, last page pin-up, (main image)
The Strangers#1, p10, pan2 (civilian attire)
The Strangers#16, p18, pan3 (chest blast)
The Strangers#10, p13, pan1 (wrist blast)
The Strangers#14, p21, pan6 (foot blast)
The Strangers: The Pilgrim Conundrum Saga, p47-48 (blasting Atom Bob)
The Strangers#14, p24, pan3 (Moe)
The Strangers#1 (June, 1993) - Steve Englehart (writer), Rick Hoberg (pencils), Tim Burgard (inks), Chris Ulm (editor)
The Strangers#2 (July, 1993) - Steve Englehart (writer), Rick Hoberg (pencils), Tim Burgard & Larry Welch (inks), Chris Ulm (editor)
The Strangers#3 (August, 1993) - Steve Englehart (writer), Rick Hoberg (pencils), Tim Burgard & Larry Welch (inks), Chris Ulm (editor)
Hardcase#3 (August, 1993) - James Hudnall (writer), Jim Callahan (pencils), Rodney Ramos (inks), Chris Ulm & Hank Kanalz (editors)
Hardcase#4 (September, 1993) - James Hudnall (writer), Roger Robinson (pencils), Larry Welch (inks), Chris Ulm & Hank Kanalz (editors)
The Strangers#4 (September, 1993) - Steve Englehart & James Hudnall (writers), Rick Hoberg (pencils), Tim Burgard (inks), Chris Ulm (editor)
Flood Relief (January, 1994) - D. Danko, Hank Kanalz, Tom Mason (writers), Aaron Lopresti, R. Pace (pencils); J. Lowe (inks), Chris Ulm (editor)
The Strangers#5 (October, 1993) - Steve Englehart (writer), Frank Fosco (layouts), Rick Hoberg (pencils), Dave Simons & Tim Burgard (inks), Chris Ulm (editor)
The Strangers#6 (November, 1993) - Steve Englehart (writer), Rick Hoberg (pencils), Dave Simons (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
Prototype#5 (December, 1993) - Steve Englehart, Tom Mason, Len Strazewski (writers), Roger Robinson (pencils), Jeff Whiting (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
The Strangers#7 (December, 1993) - Steve Englehart, Tom Mason, Len Strazewski (writers), Rick Hoberg (pencils), Tim Eldred (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
Break-Thru#1 (December, 1993) - Gerard Jones, Mike W. Barr, Steve Englehart, Steve Gerber, James D. Hudnall, Tom Mason, George Perez & James Robinson & Len Strazewski (writers), Gerard Jones (script), George Perez (pencils), John Lowe (inks), Chris Ulm & Hank Kanalz (editors)
Break-Thru#2 (January, 1994) - Gerard Jones (script), Gerard Jones, Mike W. Barr, Steve Englehart, Steve Gerber, James D. Hudnall, Tom Mason, George Perez, James Robinson & Len Strazewski (plot), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Hank Kanalz & Chris Ulm (editors)
Prototype#6 (January, 1994) - Len Strazewski & Tom Mason (writers), Roger Robinson (pencils), Jeff Whiting (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
The Strangers#8 (January, 1994) - Steve Englehart (writer), Rick Hoberg & Steve Skroce (pencils), Tim Burgard (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
The Solution#5/2 (January, 1994) - Steve Englehart (writer), Adam Hughes (pencils & inks), Roland Mann (editor) (reprinted in Ultraverse Origins the same month)
The Strangers#9 (February, 1994) - Steve Englehart (writer), Rick Hoberg & Steve Skroce (pencils), Tim Eldred (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
The Strangers#10 (March, 1994) - Steve Englehart (writer), Rick Hoberg (pencils), Tim Eldred (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
The Strangers#11 (April, 1994) - Steve Englehart (writer), Rick Hoberg (pencils), Tim Eldred (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
The Strangers#12 (May, 1994) - Steve Englehart (writer), Rick Hoberg (pencils), Tim Eldred (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
The Strangers#13 (June, 1994) - Mike W. Barr & Steve Englehart (writers), Mike Gustovich (pencils), Thomas Florimonte (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
Ultraverse Premiere#4/2 (June, 1994) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Kris Renkewitz (pencils), Jeff Albrecht (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
Mantra I#12 (June, 1994) - Steve Englehart & Mike W. Barr (writers), Terry Dodson (pencils), Jasen Rodriguez (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
The Strangers#14 (July, 1994) - Steve Englehart (writer), Rick Hoberg (pencils), Tim Eldred (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
The Strangers#15 (August, 1994) - Steve Englehart (writer), Rick Hoberg (pencils), Tim Eldred (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
The Strangers#16 (September, 1994) - Steve Englehart (writer), Rick Hoberg (pencils), Tim Eldred (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
The Strangers#17 (October, 1994) - Steve Englehart (writer), Rick Hoberg (pencils), Tim Eldred (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
The Strangers#18 (November, 1994) - Steve Englehart (writer), Rick Hoberg (pencils), Tim Eldred (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
Night Man I#14 (November, 1994) - James Robinson & Steve Englehart (writer), Dean Zachary (pencils), Bruce McCorkindale (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
The Strangers#19 (December, 1994) - Steve Englehart (writer), Steve Ellis (pencils), Tim Eldred (inks), Roland Mann & Kara Lamb (editors)
Sludge#12/Ultraverse Premiere#8/3 [flipbook] (December, 1994) - R.A. Jones (writer), Steve Scott (pencils), Larry Welch (inks), Hank Kanalz (editor)
Night Man: The Pilgrim Conundrum Saga (January, 1995) - Steve Englehart (writer), Rick Hoberg (pencils), Jack Keefer (inks), Roland Mann & Kara Lamb (editors)
The Strangers: The Pilgrim Conundrum Saga (January, 1995) - Steve Englehart (writer), Rick Hoberg (pencils), Barb Kaalberg, Scott Reed, John Strangeland (inks), Roland Mann & Kara Lamb (editors)
The Strangers#20 (January, 1995) - Len Strazewski (writer), Sam Payne (pencils), Thomas Florimonte (inks), Roland Mann & Kara Lamb (editors)
The Strangers#21 (February, 1995) - Steve Englehart (writer), Paul Abrams (pencils), Thomas Florimonte (inks), Roland Mann & Kara Lamb (editors)
The Strangers#24 (May, 1995) - Steve Englehart (writer), Rick Hoberg (pencils), Barbara Kaalberg (inks), Kara Lamb (editor)
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