DAVID BEALER

Real Name: David Bealer

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: High school student

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Teri Cooper, Monica DeLuise, Freak of Science, Gladys, Chick Harris, Patty O'Donnels, Speedball (Robbie Baldwin)

Enemies: Jolly Roger

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Springdale, Connecticut

First Appearance: Speedball#2 (October, 1988)

Powers/Abilities: David Bealer was an average high school student.

History: (Speedball#2/2) - David and fellow student Robbie Baldwin were introduced by Gladys to a new girl at their school, Teri Cooper. David suggested that they play a game of volleyball together, but Robbie declined, needing to protect his secret identity as Speedball. Bealer did not understand Robbie's withdrawl, but was happy to entertain Gladys and Teri by himself.

(Speedball#3/2) - David attended a martial arts demonstration at their school hosted by film star Chick Harris. When David playfully pretended to strike Robbie, Robbie reacted in fear, needing to protect his identity, and David needled him for being a "sissy," but Teri suggested that threatening people wasn't funny. When a band of terrorists took Harris and Teri captive, Speedball came to their rescue, only to throw Teri right into David's arms.

(Speedball#4) - David was playing football with Robbie and others when they cracked open a hollow in Springdale high's wall which contained the remains of Alexander Bow. David and the others were so distracted that they did not notice Robbie's Speedball powers were beginning to activate.

(Speedball#5/3) - David was a briefly a classmate of Rico Gawren.

(Speedball#8/2) - With the prom only three days away, David and Teri were going on a date to Chez Louis, and suggested that Robbie double date with them. Robbie declined at first, but new student Monica DeLuise wound up coming as his date. Unfortunately, David's reservation was missing when they showed up. The teens were threatened by criminals who were after Monica because her father was a senator, but Speedball rescued them.

(Speedball#9) - When Robbie was chided by a teacher for not paying attention in class, David mocked him.

(Speedball#10) - Gladys, David, Teri and Robbie were going on a field study when they ran across a giant chicken mutated by the formula of Dr. Rarque. They escaped the creature, and later joked about the incident. David, Teri and Gladys all wound up wearing monster masks, kidding Robbie about confronting the "marvels of modern science."

(Marvel Super-Heroes III#1/5) - David was interviewed by Patty O'Donnels for her video report on student opinions of cafeteria cutbacks.

(Marvel Super-Heroes III#5/3) - Teri, David and Robbie were visiting their local museum's collection of pirate gold when the criminal Jolly Roger burst in and stole the gold, slashing David's shirt with his sword as a warning. The incident inspired Teri and David to go exploring at the town's caves, where they were nearly attacked by the Jolly Roger again, but Speedball came to their rescue.

(Marvel Comics Presents#122/2) - David and Robbie had just stepped out of school when they saw a gang of men hassling Patty O'Donnels. Robbie went after the men who roughed her up as Speedball.

Comments: Created by Tom DeFalco, Steve Ditko, Roger Stern and Jackson Guice.

In Speedball#8, Bealer gave his last name as "Beals."

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
David Bealer should not be confused with:


Images taken from:
Speedball#3, page 20 (numbered), panel 6


Speedball#2 (October, 1988) - Tom DeFalco (plotter), Steve Ditko (penciler), Roger Stern (scripter), Jackson Guice (inker), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Speedball#3 (November, 1988) - Steve Ditko (penciler/plotter), Jo Duffy (scripter), Bruce Patterson (inker), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Speedball#4 (December, 1988) - Steve Ditko (penciler/plotter), Roger Stern (scripter), Dan Adkins (inker), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Speedball#5 (January, 1989) - Jo Duffy (writer), Steve Ditko (penciler), Bruce Patterson (inker), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Speedball#8 (April, 1989) - Jo Duffy (writer), Steve Ditko (penciler), Bruce Patterson (inker), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Speedball#9 (May, 1989) - Steve Ditko (plotter/penciler), Jo Duffy (scripter), Jim Sanders III (inker), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Speedball#10 (June, 1989) - Steve Ditko (plotter/penciler), Jo Duffy (scripter), D. Day (inker), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Marvel Super-Heroes III#1 (May, 1990) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Steve Ditko (penciler), Chris Ivy (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Marvel Super-Heroes III#5 (April, 1991) - Steve Ditko (plotter/penciler), Jo Duffy (scripter), Mark Badger (inker), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents#122 (February, 1993) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Paris Karounos (penciler), Ken Branch (inker), Terry Kavanagh (editor)

Last updated: 06/12/07

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