Apache Chief is a Native American superhero from the various Hanna-Barbera Super Friends cartoons and the DC comic book series of the same name. He was one of the new heroes added to increase the number of non-white characters in the Super Friends' ranks, he was voiced by Michael Rye in most of his appearances, Regis Cordic in his debut appearance, Al Fann in "History of Doom". In the Challenge of the Super Friends series, Apache Chief was seen in every episode except one, but had spoken lines in only nine out of the sixteen episodes of the series, his arch enemy from the Legion of Doom was Giganta, an enemy of Wonder Woman. By speaking the words "inuk chuk", Apache Chief could grow to unlimited sizes. In the episode "Colossus", Apache Chief grows to many times the size of the Earth, making himself able to battle the Colossus, a titanic space creature that plucked Earth from its orbit and placed it in a small glass bottle, his tribal powers limited his growth to only 50 feet tall. However, in one episode, "Man in the Moon", he used the Atom's knowledge of atomic size and was able to increase his growing to unlimited size.
He was able to grow to 1/5 the size of the earth, with one foot the size of the entire eastern United States and defeated the creature, sending it back inside the moon. He spoke in stereotypical "Native American English" and recited vaguely Native American philosophy. In the 1978 episodes, "Revenge on Gorilla City" and "The Time Trap", the 1984 short episode entitled "The Village of Lost Souls", it was shown that Apache Chief had exceptional tracking ability. Apache Chief's origin, shown as a recording in the episode "History of Doom", was thus: while still a young brave, he went for a walk with a Native American Elder, his mentor; the two men are attacked by a grizzly bear, but the Elder, recognizing that the young brave might be ready for a test such as this, gives the younger man a pouch of a special magic powder which will amplify the user's thoughts and abilities a hundredfold. The young man resolves to be strong and brave, upon sprinkling himself with the powder and invoking the magic phrase grows to fifty feet in size, becoming stronger and braver.
He disposes of the bear without violence. A girl horseback riding witnesses the entire affair and uses her lasso to steal the pouch. Despite the Elder telling her her thoughts were evil, she uses the magic powder on herself and becomes the evil Giganta, proclaiming: "The Medicine Man was right, Apache Chief! Your fifty feet of good are now matched by my fifty feet of evil!" In the comics, a somewhat similar character called Manitou Raven was created as an homage to him, joined the canonical JLA. Both Manitou Raven and his widow, Manitou Dawn, have been shown to use'inuk chuk' when casting spells or invoking powers; this character was voiced by Regis Cordic in the first episode of The All-New Super Friends Hour, but Michael Rye voiced Apache Chief in the rest of the episodes as well as in Challenge of the Super Friends. Apache Chief appears several times on Attorney at Law, voiced by Maurice LaMarche, he is one of the few heroes in the show to do superhero work, though he admits to taking various odd jobs to make ends meet.
He first appears as the subject of the episode "Very Personal Injury". After saving the Earth by using a telephone pole to deflect a fireball, he goes into a coffee shop named Javalux to buy coffee, he spills hot coffee on his lap, preventing him from "growing larger". He tries to sue Javalux that served the drink, but the case is dropped when the beautiful manager named Sybil Schussler makes an impassioned speech in court about his plight, causing him to become so "excited" that his power returns. At the end of the episode, Black Vulcan and Apache Chief form "The Multicultural Pals" with Juan Gigante, French Tickler and his sidekick Pitseleh, Jesse Jackson, he makes several sporadic appearances in the background of other episodes, now has a deep fear of coffee and other hot liquids. In Justice League Unlimited, the character Long Shadow is based directly on Apache Chief and is voiced by Gregg Rainwater. Here he is a member of the Ultimen. Long Shadow has the ability to increase his size, he gains enhanced hearing.
Long Shadow comes off as the most innocent and selfless member of the Ultimen, a quality which sets him apart from his somewhat greedy teammates and catches the eye of Wonder Woman. He is the only member of the Ultimen to express interest in joining the Justice League, the others being more concerned with the material rewards of their current arrangement; when the team discovers that they are Homunculi and that their cellular structure is breaking down, Long Shadow remains the voice of reason as the others become unstable after finding their replacement clones, Wind Dragon in particular. When they are unable to find a cure, his teammates begin to destroy the building that serves as their headquarters in order to find Amanda Waller. Long Shadow assists in evacuating the civilians from the building tries to reason
El Dorado (Super Friends)
El Dorado is a Hispanic superhero featured in various incarnations of the Super Friends animated television series. He was voiced by Mexican actor Fernando Escandon. El Dorado was created for the Super Friends cartoons, he first appeared as minor character in the Super Friends animated shorts, which aired in 1981 season and in Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show as a full-time member. El Dorado spoke English with a Spanish accent, sporadically substituting common Spanish words or phrases, such as adding words like "rapido" and replacing nearly every instance of "yes" with "si". In El Dorado's debut episode "Alien Mummy" it is revealed; the narrator sets the scene by describing the location as'ancient Aztec ruins in the Mexican wilderness'. One of El Dorado's lines is "these are the mysterious ruins of my people". However, in the Prime Earth continuity El Dorado first appeared as part of the New 52 DC Universe in Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo and Amanda Waller #5 by Jai Nitz and Cliff Richards.
El Dorado makes an appearance in issue #1 of The Wonder Twins comic book released by DC Comics in February 2019. He is seen on the top panel of page 9 walking in the Hall of Justice, he makes an appearance in Doomsday Clock, the follow-up series to Watchmen as a member of Mexico's own super team, ¡Justica!. El Dorado's powers were not well-defined and were ambiguous, his most used ability was teleportation, which he accomplished by wrapping his cape over his body and vanishing. Anyone or anything he wrapped his cape around could be teleported with him, there appeared to be no limit to the distance he could travel. Another of his used powers was the ability to generate illusions. Defined as "holograms," these illusions were capable of fooling other senses, as they sometimes generated noise and could be touched, he exhibited some degree of mental powers, including telepathy. During the series' opening theme, he is at one point shown to be hovering, suggesting flight capabilities, he would sometimes enter from the side of the screen as if he were just landing.
He may have possessed superhuman strength, as he once competed directly against Kalibak in physical combat and was seen on several occasions to lift heavy objects with little effort. Knowledgeable about Pre-Columbian history, he assisted the Super Friends whenever they were forced to enter unfamiliar ruins or areas in Latin America. No official origin was given to explain El Dorado's past, nor the method through which he had acquired these powers, they may be mystical in nature and he is empowered by ancient magic and his people's warrior-spirit derived from ancestral "Ancient Aztec Sorcerers". Another possibility is that his powers are purely psionic, the Aztec elements are incorporated purely for thematic purposes. A modernized, teenage version of El Dorado appears in Young Justice: Invasion voiced by Freddy Rodriguez. Here, he is given the name Eduardo "Ed" Dorado Jr. and is seen as one of the teens kidnapped by the Reach. In the episode "Runaways", it is revealed that Ed has now begun to manifest teleportation abilities as a result of experimentation from the Reach.
His father Ed Dorado Sr. a S. T. A. R. Labs scientist whose life's work centres around Rannian Zeta Beam technology surmises that his metagene acquired this ability "opportunistically" as a consequence of his father's work, it was mentioned. After an argument with his dad and getting tired of the testing, Eduardo was among those who ran away from S. T. A. R. Labs, he and the other runaways are stopped by Blue Beetle convincing them to listen to him. Eduardo and the other runaways return to star labs to help Blue Beetle battle Red Volcano saving the scientists and staff with Eduardo saving his dad; when Blue Beetle ignores the potential harm he is causing during the battle, tries to forcibly take them with him and the others escape. The group return to the bus station they had destroyed in their earlier escape and are met by Lex Luthor who recruits them to become the Light's own team of enforcers. In "The Hunt", Eduardo and the other runaways destroy everything in sight relating to the Reach, he joins his friends in the attempt to rescue the Team and battles both the ship's enforcers and Black Beetle.
After everyone is rescued thanks to the intervention of Arsenal, Nightwing offers the runaways a place on the team and plans to kick off Arsenal for his recklessness despite his saving the abductees, but the latter refuse and leave. After Arsenal convinces them that Lex Luthor is no good and the others depart on their own with Arsenal. In "Endgame", Ed teams up with Captain Atom to take down one of the Reach's magnetic field disruptors, he gets offered to join the Team, but refuses and decides to move back in with his father. In Young Justice: Outsiders, he works as a counselor at the Metahuman Youth Center. El Dorado makes a cameo in Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon as a banner in the Mega Mondo Pop! Comic ConApalooza. El Dorado makes a cameo in The Lego Batman Movie, he is seen as one of the dancing partygoers at Superman's Fortress of Solitude during the 57th Annual Justice League Anniversary Party. El Dorado was scheduled to be one of the few Hanna-Barbara original heroes to receive
DC Comics, Inc. is an American comic book publisher. It is the publishing unit of DC Entertainment, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. since 1967. DC Comics is one of the largest and oldest American comic book companies, produces material featuring numerous culturally iconic heroic characters including: Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern,Aquaman,Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, Hawkman and Supergirl. Most of their material takes place in the fictional DC Universe, which features teams such as the Justice League, the Justice Society of America, the Suicide Squad, the Teen Titans, well-known villains such as The Joker, Lex Luthor, Darkseid, Brainiac, Black Adam, Ra's al Ghul and Deathstroke; the company has published non-DC Universe-related material, including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, many titles under their alternative imprint Vertigo. The initials "DC" came from the company's popular series Detective Comics, which featured Batman's debut and subsequently became part of the company's name.
In Manhattan at 432 Fourth Avenue, the DC Comics offices have been located at 480 and 575 Lexington Avenue. DC had its headquarters at 1700 Broadway, Midtown Manhattan, New York City, but it was announced in October 2013 that DC Entertainment would relocate its headquarters from New York to Burbank, California in April 2015. Random House distributes DC Comics' books to the bookstore market, while Diamond Comic Distributors supplies the comics shop specialty market. DC Comics and its longtime major competitor Marvel Comics together shared 70% of the American comic book market in 2017. Entrepreneur Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson founded National Allied Publications in autumn 1934; the company debuted with the tabloid-sized New Fun: The Big Comic Magazine #1 with a cover date of February 1935. The company's second title, New Comics #1, appeared in a size close to what would become comic books' standard during the period fans and historians call the Golden Age of Comic Books, with larger dimensions than today's.
That title evolved into Adventure Comics, which continued through issue #503 in 1983, becoming one of the longest-running comic-book series. In 2009 DC revived Adventure Comics with its original numbering. In 1935, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the future creators of Superman, created Doctor Occult, the earliest DC Comics character to still be in the DC Universe. Wheeler-Nicholson's third and final title, Detective Comics, advertised with a cover illustration dated December 1936 premiered three months late with a March 1937 cover date; the themed anthology series would become a sensation with the introduction of Batman in issue #27. By however, Wheeler-Nicholson had gone. In 1937, in debt to printing-plant owner and magazine distributor Harry Donenfeld—who published pulp magazines and operated as a principal in the magazine distributorship Independent News—Wheeler-Nicholson had to take Donenfeld on as a partner in order to publish Detective Comics #1. Detective Comics, Inc. was formed, with Wheeler-Nicholson and Jack S. Liebowitz, Donenfeld's accountant, listed as owners.
Major Wheeler-Nicholson remained for a year, but cash-flow problems continued, he was forced out. Shortly afterwards, Detective Comics, Inc. purchased the remains of National Allied known as Nicholson Publishing, at a bankruptcy auction. Detective Comics, Inc. soon launched a fourth title, Action Comics, the premiere of which introduced Superman. Action Comics #1, the first comic book to feature the new character archetype—soon known as "superheroes"—proved a sales hit; the company introduced such other popular characters as the Sandman and Batman. On February 22, 2010, a copy of Action Comics #1 sold at an auction from an anonymous seller to an anonymous buyer for $1 million, besting the $317,000 record for a comic book set by a different copy, in lesser condition, the previous year. National Allied Publications soon merged with Detective Comics, Inc. forming National Comics Publications on September 30, 1946. National Comics Publications absorbed an affiliated concern, Max Gaines' and Liebowitz' All-American Publications.
In the same year Gaines let Liebowitz buy him out, kept only Picture Stories from the Bible as the foundation of his own new company, EC Comics. At that point, "Liebowitz promptly orchestrated the merger of All-American and Detective Comics into National Comics... Next he took charge of organizing National Comics, Independent News, their affiliated firms into a single corporate entity, National Periodical Publications". National Periodical Publications became publicly traded on the stock market in 1961. Despite the official names "National Comics" and "National Periodical Publications", the company began branding itself as "Superman-DC" as early as 1940, the company became known colloquially as DC Comics for years before the official adoption of that name in 1977; the company began to move aggressively against what it saw as copyright-violating imitations from other companies, such as Fox Comics' Wonder Man, which Fox started as a copy of Superman. This extended to DC suing Fawcett Comics over Captain Marvel, at the time comics' top-selling character.
Faced with declining sales and the prospect of bankruptcy if it lost, Fawcett capitulated in 1953 and ceased publishing comics. Years Fawcett sold the rights for Captain Marvel to DC—which in 1972 revived Captain Marvel in the new title Shazam
Batman is a superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Named the "Bat-Man," the character is referred to by such epithets as the Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight, the World's Greatest Detective. Batman's secret identity is Bruce Wayne, a wealthy American playboy and owner of Wayne Enterprises. After witnessing the murder of his parents Dr. Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne as a child, he swore vengeance against criminals, an oath tempered by a sense of justice. Bruce Wayne trains himself physically and intellectually and crafts a bat-inspired persona to fight crime. Batman operates in the fictional Gotham City with assistance from various supporting characters, including his butler Alfred, police commissioner Jim Gordon, vigilante allies such as Robin. Unlike most superheroes, Batman does not possess any inhuman superpowers, he does, possess a genius-level intellect, is a peerless martial artist, his vast wealth affords him an extraordinary arsenal of weaponry and equipment.
A large assortment of villains make up Batman's rogues gallery, including the Joker. The character became popular soon after his introduction in 1939 and gained his own comic book title, the following year; as the decades went on, differing interpretations of the character emerged. The late 1960s Batman television series used a camp aesthetic, which continued to be associated with the character for years after the show ended. Various creators worked to return the character to his dark roots, culminating in 1986 with The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller; the success of Warner Bros. Pictures' live-action Batman feature films have helped maintain the character's prominence in mainstream culture. Batman has been licensed and featured in various adaptations, from radio to television and film, appears in merchandise sold around the world, such as apparel and video games. Kevin Conroy, Rino Romano, Anthony Ruivivar, Peter Weller, Bruce Greenwood, Jason O'Mara, Will Arnett, among others, have provided the character's voice for animated adaptations.
Batman has been depicted in both film and television by Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale, Ben Affleck. In early 1939, the success of Superman in Action Comics prompted editors at National Comics Publications to request more superheroes for its titles. In response, Bob Kane created "the Bat-Man". Collaborator Bill Finger recalled that "Kane had an idea for a character called'Batman,' and he'd like me to see the drawings. I went over to Kane's, he had drawn a character who looked much like Superman with kind of... reddish tights, I believe, with boots... no gloves, no gauntlets... with a small domino mask, swinging on a rope. He had two stiff wings, and under it was a big sign... BATMAN"; the bat-wing-like cape was suggested by Bob Kane, inspired as a child by Leonardo Da Vinci's sketch of an ornithopter flying device. Finger suggested giving the character a cowl instead of a simple domino mask, a cape instead of wings, gloves. Finger said he devised the name Bruce Wayne for the character's secret identity: "Bruce Wayne's first name came from Robert Bruce, the Scottish patriot.
Wayne, being a playboy, was a man of gentry. I searched for a name. I tried Adams, Hancock... I thought of Mad Anthony Wayne." He said his suggestions were influenced by Lee Falk's popular The Phantom, a syndicated newspaper comic-strip character with which Kane was familiar. Kane and Finger drew upon contemporary 1930s popular culture for inspiration regarding much of the Bat-Man's look, personality and weaponry. Details find predecessors in pulp fiction, comic strips, newspaper headlines, autobiographical details referring to Kane himself; as an aristocratic hero with a double identity, Batman had predecessors in the Scarlet Pimpernel and Zorro. Like them, Batman performed his heroic deeds in secret, averted suspicion by playing aloof in public, marked his work with a signature symbol. Kane noted the influence of the films The Mark of Zorro and The Bat Whispers in the creation of the character's iconography. Finger, drawing inspiration from pulp heroes like Doc Savage, The Shadow, Dick Tracy, Sherlock Holmes, made the character a master sleuth.
In his 1989 autobiography, Kane detailed Finger's contributions to Batman's creation: One day I called Bill and said,'I have a new character called the Bat-Man and I've made some crude, elementary sketches I'd like you to look at.' He came over and I showed him the drawings. At the time, I only had a small domino mask, like the one Robin wore, on Batman's face. Bill said,'Why not make him look more like a bat and put a hood on him, take the eyeballs out and just put slits for eyes to make him look more mysterious?' At this point, the Bat-Man wore a red union suit. I thought that black would be a good combination. Bill said that the costume was too bright:'Color it dark grey to make it look more ominous.' The cape looked like two stiff bat wings attached to his arms. As Bill and I talked, we realized that these wings would get cumbersome when Bat-Man was in action and changed them into a cape, scalloped to look like bat wings when he was fighting or swinging down on a rope, he didn't have any gloves on, we added them so that he wouldn't leave fingerprints.
Kane signed away ownership in
Animation is a method in which pictures are manipulated to appear as moving images. In traditional animation, images are drawn or painted by hand on transparent celluloid sheets to be photographed and exhibited on film. Today, most animations are made with computer-generated imagery. Computer animation can be detailed 3D animation, while 2D computer animation can be used for stylistic reasons, low bandwidth or faster real-time renderings. Other common animation methods apply a stop motion technique to two and three-dimensional objects like paper cutouts, puppets or clay figures; the effect of animation is achieved by a rapid succession of sequential images that minimally differ from each other. The illusion—as in motion pictures in general—is thought to rely on the phi phenomenon and beta movement, but the exact causes are still uncertain. Analog mechanical animation media that rely on the rapid display of sequential images include the phénakisticope, flip book and film. Television and video are popular electronic animation media that were analog and now operate digitally.
For display on the computer, techniques like animated GIF and Flash animation were developed. Animation is more pervasive. Apart from short films, feature films, animated gifs and other media dedicated to the display of moving images, animation is heavily used for video games, motion graphics and special effects. Animation is prevalent in information technology interfaces; the physical movement of image parts through simple mechanics – in for instance the moving images in magic lantern shows – can be considered animation. The mechanical manipulation of puppets and objects to emulate living beings has a long history in automata. Automata were popularised by Disney as animatronics. Animators are artists; the word "animation" stems from the Latin "animationem", noun of action from past participle stem of "animare", meaning "the action of imparting life". The primary meaning of the English word is "liveliness" and has been in use much longer than the meaning of "moving image medium"; the history of animation started long before the development of cinematography.
Humans have attempted to depict motion as far back as the paleolithic period. Shadow play and the magic lantern offered popular shows with moving images as the result of manipulation by hand and/or some minor mechanics. A 5,200-year old pottery bowl discovered in Shahr-e Sukhteh, has five sequential images painted around it that seem to show phases of a goat leaping up to nip at a tree. In 1833, the phenakistiscope introduced the stroboscopic principle of modern animation, which would provide the basis for the zoetrope, the flip book, the praxinoscope and cinematography. Charles-Émile Reynaud further developed his projection praxinoscope into the Théâtre Optique with transparent hand-painted colorful pictures in a long perforated strip wound between two spools, patented in December 1888. From 28 October 1892 to March 1900 Reynaud gave over 12,800 shows to a total of over 500.000 visitors at the Musée Grévin in Paris. His Pantomimes Lumineuses series of animated films each contained 300 to 700 frames that were manipulated back and forth to last 10 to 15 minutes per film.
Piano music and some dialogue were performed live, while some sound effects were synchronized with an electromagnet. When film became a common medium some manufacturers of optical toys adapted small magic lanterns into toy film projectors for short loops of film. By 1902, they were producing many chromolithography film loops by tracing live-action film footage; some early filmmakers, including J. Stuart Blackton, Arthur Melbourne-Cooper, Segundo de Chomón and Edwin S. Porter experimented with stop-motion animation since around 1899. Blackton's The Haunted Hotel was the first huge success that baffled audiences with objects moving by themselves and inspired other filmmakers to try the technique for themselves. J. Stuart Blackton experimented with animation drawn on blackboards and some cutout animation in Humorous Phases of Funny Faces. In 1908, Émile Cohl's Fantasmagorie was released with a white-on-black chalkline look created with negative prints from black ink drawings on white paper; the film consists of a stick figure moving about and encountering all kinds of morphing objects, including a wine bottle that transforms into a flower.
Inspired by Émile Cohl's stop-motion film Les allumettes animées, Ladislas Starevich started making his influential puppet animations in 1910. Winsor McCay's Little Nemo showcased detailed drawings, his Gertie the Dinosaur was an early example of character development in drawn animation. During the 1910s, the production of animated short films referred to as "cartoons", became an industry of its own and cartoon shorts were produced for showing in movie theaters; the most successful producer at the time was John Randolph Bray, along with animator Earl Hurd, patented the cel animation process that dominated the animation industry for the rest of the decade. El Apóstol was a 1917 Argentine animated film utilizing cutout animation, the world's first animated feature film. A fire that destroyed producer Federico Valle's film studio incinerated the only known copy of El Apóstol, it is now considered a lost film. In 1919, the silent animated short Feline Follies was released, marking the debut of Felix the Cat, being the first animated character in the silent film era to win a high level of popularity.
The earliest extant feature-length animated film is The Adve
Samurai (Super Friends)
Samurai is an Asian superhero in the Super Friends animated television series. His real name is Toshio Eto, he is of Japanese descent, he was one of the additions to the team along with other ethnically diverse heroes in an effort for the show to promote cultural diversity. His voice actor is Jack Angel. In addition to being a prominent figure in several other animated shows, Angel did the voice for The Flash and Hawkman. Samurai appears in The All-New Super Friends Hour, Challenge of the Super Friends, Super Friends, Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians. Besides being inserted to create diversity, Samurai, in a sense, took the place of Red Tornado with whom he shares similar wind-based abilities. After sporadic guest appearances, Samurai grew into a prominent team member in the series' seasons. Samurai appeared in the DC Comics Mini Series Super Powers, he had an action figure in the Super Powers Collection line produced by Kenner. A character resembling Samurai appeared in a double page spread in the Infinite Crisis hard cover trade collection.
The actual Samurai made his first appearance in the comics several years during the Brightest Day event. Although not outwardly resembling a traditional samurai, Samurai upholds the code of the Bushido, sometimes relating everything he or someone else does to the ancient tradition. Although he displays a good number of powers, the one he relies on most is the ability to manipulate wind, he can fly by creating a small tornado around his lower body and can conjure powerful gusts from his hands that can knock back large objects. In addition to controlling wind, Samurai can call upon other abilities he learned during his years of training in the ancient arts, he invokes them by speaking a phrase in Japanese: Kaze no Yō ni Hayaku — The most used of Samurai's powers. All of Samurai's body becomes a powerful tornadic wind that allows him to travel at superspeed and use his winds to pick up objects or blow them around. In episodes of the series, he would appear with only his lower body transformed into a tornado.
The phrase translates to "swift as the wind". Tōmei Ningen — This allows Samurai to turn invisible; the phrase translates to "transparent man/human". Igo Moen — Only used once or twice throughout the series, Samurai engulfs himself in flames; the first half of the phrase is not proper Japanese, but the second half can be read as "great fire/flame". Hi ga Moe - Also used only twice; this allows Samurai to cast illusions. Both times, he created the illusion of fire to frighten his captors, he first appeared in The All-New Super Friends Hour and he appeared in the Challenge of the Super Friends series as a active member of the team. He made sporadic appearances in the The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians series, his real name is Toshio Eto, he was a history professor prior to becoming a superhero. One day, Eto was struck by a beam of light sent by the New Gods of New Genesis, who were trying to create more superheroes to defend the world from Darkseid. Although Eto ran wild with his new powers, the New Gods explained their intent to him and he vowed to become a superhero.
Samurai made DC comics appearances during the Justice League/Justice Society of America crossover featured in the Brightest Day event. Toshio appears as one of the heroes driven insane by Alan Scott's Starheart powers, is shown using his winds to destroy the city of Tokyo, he is knocked unconscious by Jesse Quick and Congorilla. Prior to Samurai's appearance in Brightest Day, an alternate version of the character named Toshio was introduced into the DC Universe in the Justice League of America 80-Page Giant one-shot; this version was an actual samurai from Japan in the 13th century, granted mystical abilities by a sorceress. After a brief battle with the time-displaced Superman and Doctor Light, Toshio teamed up with the heroes to defeat Steppenwolf. In the Watchmen sequel Doomsday Clock, a Samurai is a member of Japan's superhero team called Big Monster Action. In Justice League Unlimited, the character Wind Dragon is based on Samurai, he is the leader of a government-sponsored superhero team called the Ultimen.
As leader of the Ultimen, Wind Dragon serves as both their field commander and their spokesman to the public. While he appears clean-cut and moralistic, he is quite an egotist, doesn't object at all to "selling out" his team's image for money, his power is the manipulation of wind to allow flight as well as creating gusts of wind to knock back opponents or lift heavy objects. He remembers idolizing Superman when he was growing up, says that he was inspired by him to become a superhero. In the Ultimen's first appearance, Wind Dragon got his chance to fight alongside his lifelong hero while saving an oil platform from lava monsters. Though he made a crack about Superman being old, he still acted respectful for him. However, his obligation to his benefactors disallowed him from joining the Justice League, despite pleas from his teammate Long Shadow. During the fight, Wind Dragon was able to create a cyclone of chilling wind to freeze the lava monsters attacking the platform, a power he had never exhibited before.
Concerned, but not willing to dwell on it, he turned his attention back to the media, giving them a speech that made Superman himself groan. Maxwell Lord, concerned over Wind Dragon's newfound ability, gathered him and the rest of the Ultimen for testing. During this test, Long Shadow overheard Lord talking about certain experime
Neil Ross is a British-born American voice actor and announcer, now resident in the United States, working in Los Angeles. Noted for his Trans-Atlantic accent, Ross has provided voices in many American cartoons, most notably Voltron, G. I. Joe and Transformers, he has done voice work in numerous video games, including Mass Effect and Leisure Suit Larry 6 and 7. Ross has provided voice roles for many movies, including Back to the Future Part II, Quiz Show, Being John Malkovich. Neil Ross was the announcer for the 75th Annual Academy Awards Telecast in 2003, the Emmy Awards Telecast in 2004, he has narrated numerous episodes of A&E's Biography, many editions of NOVA on PBS. Neil Ross was born in London, England, on 31 December 1944 and subsequently raised in Montreal, Canada, his family moved to California when he was 12 years old. When they moved to San Diego, a young Ross started listening to KFWB, became obsessed with becoming a disc-jockey, he started working in radio. His first station was KMUR in Utah.
Following this, he moved on to KORL, KGMB and KKUA in Honolulu, before moving to KCBQ in San Diego in 1969. He stayed in California, working on KMPC Los Angeles, he made his last broadcast in 1985. He began his voice-over work in 1978, his first role was as a salesman in an episode of Richie Rich for Hanna-Barbera. Ross has voiced radio and television commercials for companies including Wal-Mart, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Goodyear, Hoover, Anheuser-Busch, Southwest Airlines, Kelloggs, has done promos for CBS, NBC, ABC, TBS and Fox Kids, using an American accent in all performances. Neil Ross lives in Los Angeles with his daughter. Cap'n O. G. Readmore - Cap'n O. G. Readmore - others G. I. Joe: A Real American Hero – Shipwreck / Dusty / Heavy Metal / Buzzer / Thunder / Monkeywrench / Hector Ramirez Garfield and Friends – Jon's cousin, announcer Hulk Hogan's Rock'n' Wrestling – Mean Gene Okerlund Little Dracula – Maggot Pac-Man – Clyde Pinky and the Brain – Marvin the Martian Planet Sheen – Helmb Robotix – Jerrok / Flexor / Gaxon / Steggor Rugrats – Judge Secret Squirrel – Morocco Mole SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron – Mac Mange The Legend of Prince Valiant – Duncan Draconarius1987Spiral Zone||Overlord, Wolfgang'Tank' Schmidt||Unknown episodes Voltron – Keith / Jeff / Pidge / Chip / Prince Bandor Wild West C.
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E. R. O. – Grandfather Garfield Gets Real – Wally / Charles Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight – Fizban / Paladine Garfield's Pet Force – Charles The Outback – Monty The Reef 2: High Tide – Schliemann Baldur's Gate – Eldoth Kron, Scar Call of Duty - Ending Voice Disney Universe – VIC Doom 3 – Sergeant Kelly Enemy Territory: Quake Wars – Stogg Nexus – AI Fax Anchor Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem – Dr. Edwin Lindsey Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist – Narrator Grand Chase - Dungeon of Monsters Kinetica – Crank Legacy of Kain – Rahab, Malek the Sarafan, King Ottmar, Elzivir the Dollmaker Leisure Suit Larry series – Narrator Mass Effect – Codex Narrator Mass Effect 2 – Codex Narrator Mass Effect 3 – Codex Narrator Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty – Navy SEAL Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – Colonel Volgin Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge – Wally B. Feed The Curse of Monkey Island – Wally B. Feed Ninja Gaiden – Murai Onimusha 3 – Guildenstern Return to Castle Wolfenstein – Higgs / Nazi Soldier No. 2 Spyro: Year of the Dragon – Moneybags, Bentley Spyro: Enter