Snapper Carr

Created by Gardner Fox & Mike Sekowsky

NAME + ALIASES:
Lucas "Snapper" Carr, Star-Tsar

KNOWN RELATIVES:
John (father), unnamed mother, Janet (sister), Jimmy (brother), Simon Carr (uncle)

GROUP AFFILIATIONS:
Justice League of America, Blasters, Young Justice

FIRST APPEARANCE:
Brave & Bold #28

+ History

The young boy, Lucas Carr, was affiliated with the Justice League from its very beginnings. He was not a super-hero, but a gifted mechanic and handyman. As luck would have it his uncle, Simon Carr, approached the new JLA on behalf of Oliver Queen and provided them with the resources to set up a headquarters. Lucas — called "Snapper" for his penchant for snapping his fingers — also lived in Happy Harbor, Rhode Island, which was the site of the JLA's Secret Sanctuary. He quickly became a fixture around JLA headquarters and in time he was considered a sort of honorary member of the League. (JLA: Year One #2, Brave & Bold #28)

During this time, Simon Carr had become the host for an Apellaxian alien, and the founder of the organization called Locus. Eventually, it was Snapper who uncovered his uncle's betrayal, just in time to warn the JLA. Locus were defeated, and Simon was returned to normal. (Year One #12)

Carr was present for most of the League's early adventures and came to know them quite well. Three Leaguers even dedicated humanitarian hours to help Snapper write a paper about "brotherhood." (JLofA #57) His time with the JLA ended in tragedy, however. Snapper was tricked by the Joker into betraying the location of the Secret Sanctuary. After this, Carr subsequently resigned his honorary membership and the JLA relocated to a new satellite headquarters. The shame of his failure still haunts him today. (JLofA #77, Hourman #16)

Still, the JLA rescued Snapper Carr and his family, when they were kidnapped by Anakronus. (#114) He suffered further humiliation when the Key seemingly bestowed him with the powers of the Star-Tsar and set him against the JLA. Eventually, it is revealed that Mark Shaw (the Privateer) was the real Star-Tsar. (#149-150)

He aided the League only one more time. When Thorak turned the JLA into giants, he and Superman returned them to normal size. (Legends of DCU #12-13)

He dropped largely out of the adventuring scene until he was kidnapped by the alien Dominators. The Dominators sought human test subjects to discover how prevalent the "metagene" was in the human genome. To this end, they lined up 50 humans and initated their "blaster field." To their horror, a staggering six humans survived the carnage by developing latent metahuman powers. Snapper was among these six. (Invasion! #1)

His metagene had been activated; he could now teleportat by snapping his fingers. Soon afterwards, the Dominators and their allies were driven from Earth and the captives were freed. Snapper and the other five survivors termed themselves the Blasters and joined the struggle to reverse the effects of the Dominators' gene bomb. (Invasion! #3) Snapper became the group's leader and they hung around with the Omega Men for a time. Soon the Blasters returned to Earth, but discovered an alien black market for arms. The Blasters were reunited and afterwards, they all decided to return to space. (Blasters Special #1)

They encountered Valor and fought Kanjar Ru and the Unimaginable. At the end of these adventures, the Blasters were trapped inside a crumbling prison (Valor #5-8), but Snapper was separated from his teammates. While searching for them, he was captured by some Khunds, who cut off his hands — thus removing his teleporting ability. He was rescued by the L.E.G.I.O.N., but knew nothing about the fate of the Blasters. Vril Dox gave Snapper new hands and was returned to earth. (Hourman #20-21)

Since then he has served as an advisor to aspiring heroes. First, to the the android Hourman (Hourman series) and most recently, to the teens, Young Justice. (Y.J. #38-55) Young Justice has disbanded and Snapper's next move is unknown.

Notes

In JLA: Year One, Snapper is regarded by the JLA as a nuisance — far from his historical "honorary" status. In post-Crisis continuity, it is uncertain if or when he officially earned this distinction.

He graduated high school during JLA Year One, which would make him roughly 30 years old. (Atom #4)

+ Powers

Snapper Carr's metahuman abilities have been removed, although he still carries the genetic potential. He used to possess the ability to teleport by snapping his fingers. When his hands were cut off, this ability was excised.

Appearances + References

» FEATURED APPEARANCES:

  • Atom #
  • Blasters Special #1
  • Brave & Bold #28
  • Hourman #1-25
  • JLA: Year One #2
  • Justice League Europe #26
  • Justice League of America #1, 6-8, 10, 12-13, 18-20, 27, 29-31, 33-35, 43, 57, 63, 65-66, 77
  • Invasion! #1, 3
  • Legends of DCU #12-13
  • Valor #5-8

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