Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human mutate (pre-modern era)
Group Membership: First Line (Black Fox/Robert William Paine, Blackjack, Doctor Mime, Effigy/Velmax, Firefall, Flatiron/Russell, Frank (see comments), Liberty Girl/Beverly, Major Mercury/Makkari, Mr. Justice/Timothy "Tim" Carney, Morph, Nightingale, Oxbow/Sam Matonabbe, Pixie, Positron/Veronica, Rapunzel, Reflex, Squire, Templar/Ian Fitzwilliam Dare, Vulcan, Walkabout/William Carmody, Yankee Clipper/Patrick "Pat" Carney, Yeti)
Affiliations: Captain Hip (Fred MacRae), Sunshine (Autumn MacRae), Thor (Thor Odinson), Venus
Enemies: Rumor and his gang
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: First Line headquarters, Colorado Mountains
First Appearance: Marvel: The Lost Generation I#5 (October 2000)
Powers/Abilities: The full array and nature of Rebound's superhuman abilities has not been revealed. She was seen flying under her own power and was durable enough to survive getting flung away by one of Thor's gales. If her codename is anything to go by, she is somehow able to absorb kinetic energy (the force from a blow or the impact from a fall) without ill effects. Rebound generates an invisible, possibly telekinetic, force field that shields her from damage. She wore a costume with an unusually large, oddly shaped mask that only showed her eyes. Rebound was a smoker.
Height: 5'6" (by approximation)
Weight: 110 lbs. (by approximation)
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#5 - (fb) - BTS) - At some point during the mid 1960s, the woman calling herself Rebound joined the First Line. In those days, the line up consisted of, among others, Black Fox, Effigy, Frank, Major Mercury, Mr. Justice, Oxbow and Pixie.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#5 - BTS) - Acting on a tip from Cap'n Hip and his partner Sunshine, Rebound and the other members of the First Line decided to investigate a youth oriented pop event hosted by Venus. Suspecting there might be mind control at work, Pixie and Effigy joined Hip and Sunshine on a fact-finding mission to the festival. There, Sunshine fell prey to the mental persuasion of both Venus and Rumor who was secretly adding his power to hers. While Cap'n went off to rescue his wife, only to succumb to its insidious influences as well, Pixie learned of Rumor's involvement moments before running into Thor (who had been ordered to Earth by Odin to deal with the situation as well).
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#5) - Rebound was relaxing in the First Line's temporary headquarters, enjoying a smoke and waiting for Pixie and the others to return. Black Fox, however, was less than relaxed and angrily lamented the fact Effigy had talked him into working with "those blasted hippies." Revealing that the reports suggested a mind altering agent was involved, Rebound wondered if he meant drugs. When the Fox explained he suspected the involvement of Rumor, an enemy he faced two decades ago, Rebound told him she'd read the file on Rumor. She described the villain as a mind-bending, behind the scenes type she thought was dead. Just then, Pixie arrived with Thor and confirmed Rumor was still very much alive. Before the First Line could properly process being in the presence of the actual Norse god of thunder, Rebound spotted a gigantic mob coming from the festival, led by Cap'n Hip and Sunshine who guided them in a planned take over of city hall and the state house.
Rebound, Thor and the First Line tried their best to
contain the mob but found it hard not to injure the basically innocent
mind controlled minors. When Rumor and Venus entered the fray, Thor
immediately felt the effects of her love powers and was about to switch
sides. Rebound yanked on the thunderer's cape, hoping to keep him
focused. Angered, Thor blew her away with a gust of wind. Rebound
returned just in time to help out Major Mercury, Mr. Justice and Frank,
the only First Liners still standing, while Rumor had Venus order her
subjects to kill the heroes.
Luckily, Effigy and the Black Fox disabled the Nazi's vocal cords, an act that immediately released Venus and everyone else he had swayed. In the aftermath, Rebound watched as Thor rather brusquely rejected Black Fox's invitation to join the First Line. He flew off, declaring he had carried out Odin's orders and now Asgard's mead houses awaited him. Watching him go, Rebound rather prophetically remarked his pop won't be pleased.
Comments: Created by Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks).
Does it get any more mid 60s superhero chique than Rebound's costume? I've always wondered why she wore that excessively large head gear that made her look like the third member of Daft Punk. It certainly wouldn't increase her peripheral vision...
Speaking of the outfit, Rebound's get up reminds me somewhat of comedian Phyllis Diller (1917 - 2012), who was already a famous star in those days. From the frilly gloves to the cigarette (though Diller's was actually a wooden prop), there are remarkable similarities. And wearing a mask that only showed the slightest bit of her face would have been an ideal choice for the self-deprecating Diller as well.
Having a superhero light up a cigarette is something unheard of these days, but perfectly acceptable in the 1960s. Stan Lee even had Tony Stark happily puffing away while he recharged the device that kept his heart ticking. Oh, the irony.
So where did Rebound disappear to after the mid 60s? She wasn't part of the First Line's massive assault on the Skrull invasion fleet which got just about every living First Liner out of retirement. Assuming she didn't succumb to any kind of lung disease caused by her smoking, she might have perished during a mission or lost her powers at some point. For my money, I'd like to believe that somewhere in the late 70s, Rebound developed a rebellious streak as she got into punk, shaved her head and became Riot-Act. One can dream, right?
It's not clear whether Frank from
the First Line is definitely the Frankenstein monster or not. The First Line
and Frankenstein Monster profiles in the OHotMU are contradictory in this
regard, with the former saying they are the same and the latter saying it is
As the head writer of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe at that time, I can tell you, the official policy is: Frank of the First Line is apparently either a Frankenstein monster - meaning a creature created in the manner of Victor Frankenstein's first creation - or just a being with a similar appearance and abilities who adopted the name Frank due to the notable similarities. However, it as yet remains unrevealed whether Frank is actually the original creation of Victor Frankenstein, aka "the Frankenstein monster." Previous entries referencing Frank as "Frankenstein monster" were unclear in specifying/clarifying this point.
Profile by Norvo.
Rebound should not be confused with
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Marvel The Lost Generation I#5, p17, pan2 (main image)
Marvel The Lost Generation I#5, p9, pan4 (enjoying a cigarrete)
Marvel: The Lost Generation I#5 (October 2000) - Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Last updated: 05/11/14
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