DC owns the rights to all Blue Beetles, including the original 1940s vitamin-powered hero, published by Fox Features Syndicate. He was acquired and retooled by Charlton Comics in the 1960s. This '60s Beetle possessed a magic amulet and was the basis for DC's Garrett Blue Beetle.
Blue Beetle I, Dan Garrett
Written by John Censullo
With the help of a pharmacist friend, Dr. Franz, police officer Dan Garrett acquires temporary super-powers from a secret experimental substance called Vitamin 2-X. The amazing Vitamin 2-X bestows upon its user such powers as super-strength, rapid healing, increased speed, heightened senses, and enhanced intelligence. Garrett dons a costume made of a bullet-proof chain-mail and becomes the Blue Beetle. In 1942, Sparkington J. Northrup becomes the Blue Beetle's boy sidekick, Sparky, wearing a simplified version of the Beetle's costume.
In DC continuity, Garrett was initially portrayed by DC as a Silver Age hero (in the 1986 Blue Beetle series). After the Infinite Crisis Booster Gold v.2 #2 (2008) depicted the original Blue Beetle as active in 1939.
When Dan Garrett died, he passed his mantle on to Ted Kord, Blue Beetle II. After Kord's death, young Jaime Reyes became a very different kind of Blue Beetle.
Fox Features Syndicate, Golden Age
- All Top Comics #4, #8–13 (Jan-Feb 1947, Nov 1947–Sep 1948)
- Big 3 #1–7 (Fall 1940–Jan 1942)
- The Blue Beetle #1–41 (Spring 1940–Mar-Apr 1946), #43A (May-Jun 46),
#43B (Jul-Aug 46), #44 (Sep-Oct 46)–60 (Aug 50)
- (#1 includes new material plus reprints from Mystery Men #1-5)
- (#2 includes new material plus reprints from Mystery Men #6,8)
- Mystery Men Comics #1–31 (Aug 1939–Feb 1942)
- Phantom Lady #13 (Aug 47)
- Real Hit Comics #1 (1944) (reprints from??)
- Tegra, Jungle Empress #1 (Aug 48)
- Zago, Jungle Prince #1 (Sep 48)
- ? 1940?–? 1940? (? installments)
- Weekly Comic Magazine (12 May 1940, 2 versions) (undistributed newspaper inserts)
- 15 May 1940–13 Sept. 1940. 36 episodes, aired Wednesdays and Fridays.
Charlton Comics (reprints of Golden Age Fox Comics)
- Space Adventures v.1 #13 (Oct./Nov. 1954) (reprints #35, 59)
- Space Adventures v.1 #14 (Jan 1955) (reprints #59)
- Blue Beetle v.1 #18 (Feb 1955) (reprints #40)
- Blue Beetle v.1 #19 (Apr 1955) (reprints #38,55)
- Blue Beetle v.1 #20 (June 1955) (reprints #??)
- Blue Beetle v.1 #21 (Aug 1955) (reprints #??)
- Nature Boy #3 (Mar 1956)
I.W. Enterprises/Super Comics (reprints of Golden Age Fox Comics)
- Human Fly #1 / I.W. Reprint #1? (?? 1963) (reprints#44?)
- Human Fly #2 / Super Reprint #10? (?? 1964) (reprints #46?)
- Americomics #3 (Aug 83)