The Blue Diamond was just one of many costumed operatives active during World War II where were recruited into the United States military. The purposes was to enlist such individuals in order to publish propaganda in the form of comic books that were commissioned by the United States military and published by Timely Comics. These comics were used to convince Americans to support the war, and increase enlistment.
While Blue Diamond's origins are true, many of his early solo adventures were adapted into comic books. Presumably, like the Young Allies, they are works of fiction that are based on actual events.
Early Solo AdventuresProfessor Elton Morrow was exploring in the Antarctic when he found an enormous diamond which glowed with a blue light. He returned to the US via a ship, but when the ship entered the North Atlantic it was torpedoed by a U-boat. Morrow grabbed the box the diamond was in and used it as a flotation device, but the U-boat saw him and machine gunnned him, blowing up the box and the diamond and embedding the fragments of the diamond into his body. This gave him a mostly-diamond body, which made him bulletproof, mostly invulnerable, and superstrong. He used these powers to fight crime and evil.
The Blue Diamond's diamond was actually a sliver of a Lifestone Tree, a power gem created to form an evolutionary advanced group of the Guardians of the Galaxy; other figures who had slivers of the Lifestone included Man-Wolf, Moonstone, the Basilisk, Ulysses Bloodstone, Dr. Spectrum, and the Sphinx..
In his second and apparently last recorded solo adventure of the 1940s, Morrow stopped Nazi scientist Dr. Eric Karlin and his legion of undead zombies from stealing German assets frozen at the Federal Reserve Bank.
World War IIFollowing the United States entry into World War II, the Blue Diamond became involved with various groups of costumed and super-powered individuals to assist in the war effort.
In early 1942, after most of the Invaders were captured and brainwashed by the Red Skull, lone member Bucky recruited other heroes in forming the Liberty Legion, which included Blue Diamond as a member. After flashing with the brainwashed Invaders, Blue Diamond and the other members of the Liberty Legion freed the Invaders from the Skull's control and vowed to remain together as a team.
Later the Blue Diamond and the Liberty Legion would attempt to prevent the Iron Cross from capturing Professor Schneider, but were defeated by the Nazi operative. They were then captured and placed inside a sinking submarine and rescued by the Invaders who defeated Iron Cross and saved Schneider.
When Nazi operatives Skyshark, Master Man, Slicer, U-Man, and Brian Drain attacked New York City in a massive Nazi flying ship, the Blue Diamond and the Liberty Legion were there to respond to the danger, and with the aid of the time-travelling Thing destroyed the ship and turned back the invasion.
In late December 1943, the Red Skull had obtained the Cosmic Cube and used it to turn the entire world into a massive Nazi empire, using its power to slay many of the worlds heroes including the Blue Diamond. However the combined efforts of the Invaders, and the time traveling Mighty and New Avengers was history restored to its proper order, and Blue Diamond and the Skull's other victims were restored to life.
Later, in June 1944 Blue Diamond was drafted as a member of the Specialized Unit, Enhanced Soldiers (or Crazy Sue's) under the command of Captain America (Steve Rogers). Briefly under this units command, the Blue Diamond participated in the Battle of Normandy. Later he and and fellow teammate the Invisible Man were captured by Nazi forces for interrogation. When Blue Diamond refused to talk, their interrogator threatened to torture Gade to get the information out of the Blue Diamond. The pair were rescued by the timely arrival of the Young Avenger and Taxi Taylor. Blue Diamond's subsequent activities with this unit are unknown.
The Diamond, in costume, attended the funeral of Union Jack. The Diamond was in retirement on Cape Cod, having grown old though his powers remained. He was visited by the Star-Dancer and apotheosized by her, and left with her for outer space . Later, the Star-Dancer was captured by the alien the Stranger after she and the Diamond left Earth; what happened to the Diamond is not known. He has since been seen, apparently returned to his original human form, at the funeral of the Human Torch.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Superhuman strength and stamina, invulnerability to most physical and energy attacks, extended lifespan.
|Power Grid |
AbilitiesElton was a professor in an unspecified subject.
Strength levelSuperhuman with an unknown upper limit
Blue Universe travels the Universe in the same way Star-Dancer does; formerly Liberty Legion vehicles.
- 20 Appearances of Elton Morrow (Earth-616)
- 3 Images featuring Elton Morrow (Earth-616)
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- ↑ All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes #2
- ↑ Young Allies Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1
- ↑ Daring Mystery Comics #7
- ↑ Thunderbolts #46
- ↑ Daring Mystery Comics #8
- ↑ Marvel Premiere #29
- ↑ Invaders #6
- ↑ Marvel Premiere #30
- ↑ Invaders #35
- ↑ Invaders #36
- ↑ Invaders #37
- ↑ Marvel Two-In-One Annual #1
- ↑ Marvel Two-In-One #20
- ↑ Avengers / Invaders #11
- ↑ Avengers / Invaders #12
- ↑ All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes #3
- ↑ All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes #1
- ↑ Twelve #1
- ↑ Citizen V and the V-Battalion Everlasting #1, which does make me speculate about how long he remained active as a hero.
- ↑ Marvel Two-In-One #79
- ↑ In the pages of Quasar Vol 1
- ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 2