Real Name: Possibly Bobby or Robert (see comments)
Identity/Class: Human magic user;
Group Membership: Braddock Academy
Affiliations: Captain Britain (Brian Braddock), Meggan Puceanu Braddock
Enemies: Loki Laufeyson
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: None (see comments)
Base of Operations: Braddock Academy, Essex, UK
First Appearance: All-New Marvel Now! Point One#1/7 (March 2014)
Powers/Abilities: Kid Copper's magical policeman's helmet could allegedly solve any mystery, once the wearer activated it using the mystic words "'Ello, 'ello, 'ello." However, its powers could be blocked by counter magics.
Height: 4'10" (by
Weight: 68 lbs. (by approximation)
History: (All-New Marvel Now! Point One#1/7) - Possessing a police helmet that apparently could solve any mystery, Kid Copper was a pupil at the Braddock Academy, a British school for youths who possessed superpowers. When staff member Meggan Puceanu Braddock realized that a key she had brought out of Hell, marked with the rune Ingwaz, was missing, headmaster Captain Britain brought Kid Copper on to the case, but despite trying to activate his helmet's sleuthing power, he was unable to find any clues. Deducing that the thief was using their own magic to block him (probably correct, as the culprit was Asgardian trickster god Loki), Kid Copper offered to use other methods to help find the criminal, hinting at beating information out of prisoners, for example. Still hunting for the key, Meggan either ignored this last or failed to register exactly what he was implying, and simply thanked him for his help.
Comments: Created by Al Ewing and Lee Garbett.
Though Brian and Meggan both call Kid Copper "Bobby" it is possible that isn't his real name. Given that he seems to either play up to or be taken over by a stereotypical British police officer, Bobby might be a reference to him being a policeman - London's Metropolitan Police Force was established in 1829 by Home Secretary (and late two times Prime Minister) Sir Robert Peel, and as a result got nicknamed both Bobbies (which, though declining somewhat in use in recent years, has largely stuck around to the modern day) and Peelers (which fell out of use a long time ago).
Kid Copper's clothing and equipment continue the stereotypes. His most obvious accoutrement is his police helmet. The Custodian Helmet, to use its proper name, came into use in 1863, replacing the stove pipe hats the police had worn prior to that (not as silly as it sounds - the hat was reinforced, so it could be used as a step). The Brunswick Star on the front of the helmet isn't clearly shown, but is definitely lacking the ER (Elizabeth Regina) identifying the current monarch, and may be lacking the small crown that should go at the top of the badge. It also appears to be lacking the rose top on the helmet's pinnacle, which hides a ventilation hole. The Custodian Helmets are much rarer now, usually replaced by peaked caps, with some police services within the U.K. having phased them out entirely. Similarly, his police cape stopped being standard issue in the 1970s. The magnifying glass was popularized as a detective's equipment by Sherlock Holmes, but isn't standard British police issue. And his short trousers, ending around the knee, carry a different stereotype, that of the British school boy.
The final stereotypes are the way he speaks. His "magic words" are a classic British cop phrase, popularized via (and perhaps originating from) the longrunning 1950s TV show Dixon of Dock Green, his missing Hs are (Dick Van Dyke) cockney, while his suggestion that "someone could 'ave a nasty fall in their cell" harkens back to the excuse given by brutal cops when asked to explain how an incarcerated suspect suddenly came by a variety of bruises.
Profile by Loki.
Kid Copper has no known connections to
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All-New Marvel Now! Point One#1/7, p1, pan2 (main image)
All-New Marvel Now! Point One#1/7, p1, pan3 (headshot)
All-New Marvel Now! Point One#1/7, p1, pan4 (fill body/uniform shot)
All-New Marvel Now! Point One#1/7, p1, pan2 - Al Ewing (writer), Lee Garbett (artist), Jon Moisan and Lauren Sankovitch (editors).
Last updated: 04/11/16
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