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Your Top Marvel Heroes part 21

Written by Chris Mitchell on Tuesday, April 20 2010 and posted in Features
Three more characters in two slots, and one of them should be higher imo. {nomultithumb}

176. Marvel Boy the Uranian/Yondu (13 points)

Marvel Boy
marvelboy.jpgThe original mini of this theme was great, people should really pick it up. The series that followed, I found it kinda meh. But pick up the series, I highly recommend it.

Robert Grayson was the son of astrophysicist Dr. Horace Grayson, a German Jew who fled from Germany when Hitler began his rise to power in Germany. Seeking to flee the Nazi powers before a world war would take place, he begun work on a private spacecraft for both him and his infant son (his wife died in child birth).

Originally, Horace Grayson had planned simply to circle the moon until the crisis had passed, but after he was denied a loan from the bank, he started to search for an extra-terrestrial race by monitoring radio broadcasts. He found one such race of Eternals, a genetic off-shoot of humanity who left Earth thousands of years before and had found a home on Uranus in an ancient Kree city. They gave Grayson the knowledge to build his space ship, thus Grayson left the Earth just weeks after his loan application was rejection and before the war broke out.

The Graysons were greeted with open arms by the Eternals. They would be safe living under the tiny dome which contained the city, roughly 5 miles in diameter. They were also given small wrist devices which emitted anti-gravitons which allowed them to resist Uranus's intense gravity. The Eternals helped Bob reach the peak of his potential and gave him a headband granting him telepathic abilities, but he nevertheless longed to return to the planet of his birth. While Robert Grayson was happy, being raised as an Eternal, he often wondered what it would be like back on Earth. When he was seventeen, his father relented. So, with his father's blessing, he was given a ship called "The Silver Bullet", more powerful set of wristbands that could be used as defensive weapons, and a tunic that would evoke Apollo, the god of light, and allowed to leave the colony. These wristbands contained the ability of absorbing sunlight and releasing it to blind his opponents. Robert Grayson would be become the hero of the 1950's known as Marvel Boy II.

For three years, Robert Grayson battled crime under the name of Marvel Boy, he even would answer the call to join Jimmy Woo's team known as the Agents of Atlas. The team worked for the government for only six months before it was disbanded. Shortly after Woo's team of heroes disbanded, Marvel Boy received a distress call from Uranus. It wouldn't be until he received the urgent summons to return with aid to the Uranian colony. Denied a loan for medical supplies, he eventually received enough funding for his return to Uranus.

He finally made his return to find the city in ruin only to learn the horrible truth that the city was actually a penal colony for rogue Eternals who had once attempted to conquer the Earth. The Earth Eternals exiled the Uranian Eternals to the inhospitable world of Uranus and forbade them from returning to Earth. Native Uranians live at the core of the planet. The Uranian Eternals made a pact with the native Uranians. The Eternals would stay forever, providing byproducts the Uranians could use. Should they try to return to Earth, they would be stopped.

Banished by the Earth bound Eternals, the Uranian Eternals saw the Grayson's as a loophole to be exploited. The Uranian Eternals would make Robert Grayson into a great hero. He would become an ambassador who would pave the way for Earth's "lost race." The Eternals, of course, could not control Robert so they required a different "Marvel Boy." The Eternals chose one of their ranks that was close to Robert's appearance and modified his body. They altered his memories and rewrote his life. As Robert Grayson began his career as Marvel Boy, his headband transmitted his experiences into the Eternal copy as well as the message that the High Council of Uranian Eternals was infallible. He would be their true champion - a pureblooded Eternal. The Council thought that if the people of earth invited them, it wouldn't violate the terms of their exile. The Uranians disagreed with this assessment, thus dooming the Uranian Eternals.

While the Eternal's colony was being destroyed around him, all the technology the Eternals gave Robert failed. His headband, however, did not fail - only the inhibitor protocol preventing Robert from learning the truth stopped. Without his wristbands to absorb energy and strengthen Robert, he would die. The Uranian's, taking pity on Robert Grayson, offered to take him into their community, but the Uranians live as part of a communal organism. Marvel Boy had to be genetically reborn, and he spent decades in a membrane/chrysalis.

During the Eternals' destruction, they rushed to completion a duplicate of Marvel Boy. The duplicate arose too late to be of any help, however - it was born an unstable creature with false and fractured memories. It believed that the Eternals' protective dome was destroyed, and it was the fault of bankers of Earth who stalled him when they denied his request for a loan to purchase medical supplies for his father. He rushed back to Earth to exact revenge, calling himself The Crusader, and he began a rampage. With a more powerful version of the bands, called " Quantum Bands", he faced the Fantastic Four. When he lashed out in rage against the Fantastic Four under the name 'Crusader', and nearly defeated them, but in his madness the bands found him to be unworthy and disintegrated him, leaving just the Quantum Bands behind. These would be retrieved by Reed Richards, given to SHIELD, and passed down to Wendell Vaughn, the hero would take the name Marvel Boy and then Quasar.

For years, Bob Grayson lived a solitary existence, despite the Uranian collective, since he regarded himself a separate entity by nature. He passed the time by building a new flying saucer, although the Uranian culture forbade him from leaving the planet. Robert Grayson, feeling that he was not truly a part of the Uranian culture, eventually left when he received a distress call from his previous teammates of the Agents of Atlas. Jimmy Woo, of the team was near death, which Robert Grayson hurried to Earth to help, thus severing all ties between him and the Uranians. With the aid of Jimmy Woo, the Agents of Atlas once more became a team and would eventually become a powerful force for good.

yondu.jpgYondu Udonta was a game hunter of the primitive Zatoan tribe of humanoid beings who were native to Centauri IV, the first planet system to be colonized outside of the Sun's solar system; the colonization took place some time during the 29th century. Intimidated by Earth's superior technology, most Centaurian tribes established peaceful relationships with the settlers. Yondu's tribe, however, migrated from their ancestral forests to the less accessible plains in order to avoid contact with the outworlders. 200 years after the Centaurians first contact with Earth, a ship bearing Vance Astro arrived on Centauri IV, using an antiquated mode of star travel. Finding that Earth had beat him to his destination centuries before, using advanced star-drive engines, Astro set about to perform his reconnaissance mission of the planet, despite the fact that it was now obsolete. While performing his geophysical survey, Astro came across Yondu, who was in the midst of his ritual of manhood ordeal. Although Yondu tried to avoid contact with the outworlder, the planet-wide attack by the extraterrestrial Badoon brought the two men together. The Badoon massacred the entire settlement and began circling the planet, trying to eradicate the scattered tribes of native Centaurians. With the first evidence of hostilities, Astro took Yondu aboard his survey ship and set out for the nearest known planet in the Centauri trinary star system.

Due to the antiquated nature of Astro's ship, however, the two were swiftly overtaken by the Badoon. Intrigued by the ancient vessel, the Badoon did not annihilate it upon sight, but instead captured it and took its passengers captive. The two were taken prisoner under Badoon escort to the Badoon's base of operation on Earth (the Earth having been recently conquered). On Earth, the two were taken before Drang, head of the Badoon militia, but managed to escape. They soon encountered two other fugitives of the Badoon invasion: Charlie-27 of the Jupiter colony, and Martinex of the Pluto colony. Banding together to battle Badoon oppression, the four founded the Guardians of the Galaxy. For the next few years, the four survivors attacked the Badoon's outposts in the solar system. With aid from the time-traveling Defenders, they managed to repel all the Badoon from Earth's dominion. Having secured the freedom of their people, the Guardians remained together to safeguard the galaxy.

Yondu would later leave the team when it is discovered a small enclave of his people have survived. It had been thought for some time that Yondu had been the lone survivor of his planet, but circumstances, such as radio-wave absorbing caverns, had allowed some of his species to survive. During their farewells, Vance apologizes for what he had thought was unacceptable treatment of Yondu during their earlier adventurers.

175. Nighthawk (13 points) nighthawk.jpg

Kyle Richmond is a playboy and President of Richmond Enterprises who became bored and was offered an opportunity by the Grandmaster for a life of excitement. At first a villain and a member of the Squadron Sinister, created by the Grandmaster to battle the Avengers. Then after a brief stint as a solo villain trying to be a hero, but was thwarted by Daredevil.

He later recruited the Defenders to stop his former team mates and went on to become a member, finance the team, and then lead it. While in the Defenders he had his brain removed by Doctor Nagan and the Headmen, his then girlfriend Trish Star loses her arm in a car bomb set by her uncle Egghead, and even was put into a coma for several months.

He recently joined, but only briefly, the Thunderbolts, then, opposing Baron Zemo, he re-joined the Squadron Sinister. During the Superhero Registration Act, he joined Captain America's resistance movement, but switched sides after Bill Foster was killed by the Thor Clone.

After the Civil War was over, Richmond joined the Initiative as an instructor, before being asked to lead a new team of Defenders as New Jersey's team. Recently he has been forced to retire by Tony Stark.

In the possible future, he has passed the mantle to Joaquin Pennysworth. Who is the son of the late J.C. Pennysworth. J.C. was a good friend that ran Richmond Enterprises, whom also financed the third incarnation of the Sons of Serpent.


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