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Black History Month Day 10: Cyborg

Written by Greg Anderson-Elysee on Monday, February 15 2010 and posted in Features
The Teen Titan's Cyborg! Booyah!

Cyborg was born Victor Stone, son of research scientists Silas and Elinore Stone. At a young age, Victor was a subject of his parents experiment where they raised his IQ up to 170. Much to say, Victor didn’t quite live such a normal life. His parents continually pushed Victor to follow their footsteps in science despite not realizing Victor’s interests were elsewhere. Feeling smothered, Victor befriended a trouble maker by the name of Ron Evers and would get Victor into trouble with the law, including getting wounded in a gang fight. Elinore was able to persuade Silas into allowing their son to attend public school where he gained more friends and his interest for sports became visible, much to the dismay of Silas. This caused a rift between father and son. One day while visiting his parents at S.T.A.R. Labs, Victor was caught in a freak accident when Silas and Elinore opened a portal to another dimension, bringing forth a strange creature that heavily injured Victor and killed his mother.

Fortunately, the Stones were also working on a cybernetic suit for physically disabled soldiers. Silas rushed to save his son, implanting him with the cybernetic body. The surgery was a success and thus Cyborg was born. When Cyborg woke up, he was devastated to find himself to be half cyborg, half human. People grew frightened of him upon seeing him on the street and his girlfriend rejected him. Bitter at his life and father, Cyborg moved away to Hell’s Kitchen where he eventually met Raven who invited him to the Teen Titans. Cyborg felt welcomed in the group, feeling as if they were kindred spirits and outsiders just like himself. Cyborg for years has remained with the group who grew to be like family to him, especially growing a big friendship with team member Beast Boy. With the Titans, Cyborg used his abilities to impressive use. Cyborg’s powers includes enhanced superhuman strength, speed, durability, and endurance. He can also connect to computers, his body being a built in computer generator and adapter among many other goodies. Let’s not forget this boy’s amazingly high IQ as he’s known to create quite a few useful gadgets. He can even turn his arms into cannon to blast large amounts of energy beams, an ability he frequently used in the highly entertaining Teen Titans cartoon show.

Silas, feeling a purpose was given to his son by the Teen Titans, built the Titan Tower. Sadly, Silas caught radiation poison. Cyborg stayed by his father’s side until his death but was able to reconcile with him. Cyborg had continued to be part of the Teen Titans, even being included in a mentor position when original members of the Titans went their separate ways and the Teen Titans tower became home for the next generation of teen heroes.

Cyborg can now be seen as a much awaited member of the Justice League. I’m pretty sure I’m getting a lot of nods from readers thinking to themselves, “About damn time!” Outside of the comics, Cyborg was a main character of the Cartoon Network Teen Titans television show. The character was a lot more… ”cheery” and light-hearted and more of a jokester than the comic version. He also appeared in a few episodes of Smallville played by Lee Thompson Young. Also, back in the mid-80s, Cyborg was a member of the Super Friends in The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians cartoon show. So yes, this character definitely has done some dues and belongs with the big leagues. Can I get a “Booyah”?!

Cyborg Adventures can be found:

The New Teen Titans #1-39
The New Teen Titans Vol. 2 #1-49
Tales of the Teen Titans #41-91
Teen Titans Vol. 3 #1-current
Teen Titans Go! #1-55
Cyborg: Rage Against the Machine

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