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Flamebird


Flamebird.
From Beast Boy #4 (2000).
Art by Justiniano Image File history File links Flamebird. ... Beast Boy (Garfield Mark Gar Logan) is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe, a shapeshifting superhero who is a member of the Doom Patrol and former member of the Teen Titans. ...

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance As Bat-Girl:
Batman #139 (1961)
As Flamebird:
Secret Origins #3 (1989)
Created by As Bat-Girl:
Bob Kane
Sheldon Moldoff
As Flamebird:
Marv Wolfman
George Perez
Characteristics
Alter ego Mary Elizabeth "Bette" Kane
Affiliations Teen Titans
Titans West
Young Justice
Notable aliases Bat-Girl (Pre-Crisis), Batwoman (Titans Tomorrow)
Abilities Skilled gymnast and martial artist
Lenses in mask fire blinding light blasts
Equipped with weapons such as her "Bird-A-Rangs" and electrified bolas

Bette Kane is a fictional character in DC comics. She first appeared in the sixties as "Betty Kane", the Bat-Girl. Later, her character history was retconned and she took on the mantle of Flamebird. DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to the date or issue of a characters first appearance. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still sometimes as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional character and superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Brian Bollands cover to the 1989 Secret Origins collection. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kane standing beside Michael Keaton as his creation, the Batman. ... Sheldon Shelly Moldoff (born April 14, 1920, New York City, New York) is an American comic book artist best known for co-creating such DC Comics characters as Hawkgirl and Poison Ivy, and as one of Bob Kanes primary ghost artists (uncredited collaborators) on the superhero Batman. ... Cover to Crisis on Infinite Earths #1, which was written by Wolfman. ... George Pérez (born June 9, 1954 in The Bronx, New York) is a Puerto Rican-American illustrator and writer of comic books. ... For the animated television series based on this comic book, see Teen Titans (animated series). ... Young Justice is the name of a comic book written by Peter David and published by DC Comics, and the DC Universe superhero team within it, created by Todd DeZago. ... Cover to Batman: Gotham Knights #43 (2003), featuring Barbara as Batgirl. ... Batwoman (real name Kathy Kane) is the name of a fictional character, the female counterpart to DC Comics popular superhero Batman. ... Gaucho Bolas Bolas (from Spanish bola, ball, also known as boleadoras) are a throwing weapon made of weights on the ends of interconnected cords, designed to capture animals by entangling their legs. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... The first appearance of Batgirl, from Detective Comics #359, January 1967. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Flamebird is the name of a number of different fictional comic book superheroes that have appeared in books published by DC Comics, specifically from the Superman and Batman mythos. ...

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Character history

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Pre-Crisis

Betty Kane as Bat-Girl
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Betty Kane as Bat-Girl

The original Bat-Girl was Betty Kane (first appearance: Batman #139, 1961), the niece of Kathy Kane, Batwoman. Image File history File links Bat-GirlBM141. ... Image File history File links Bat-GirlBM141. ... Cover to Batman: Gotham Knights #43 (2003), featuring Barbara as Batgirl. ... Batwoman (real name Kathy Kane) is the name of a fictional character, the female counterpart to DC Comics popular superhero Batman. ...


Batwoman and Bat-Girl were created to be romantic interests for Batman and Robin, respectively, as well as wannabe crime-fighting associates. Bat-Girl wore a red-and-green costume to "flatter" Robin. Bat-Girl appeared seven times between 1961 and 1964, but then disappeared in 1964 (along with Batwoman, Ace the Bat-Hound, and Bat-Mite) when new Batman editor Julius Schwartz decided she and other characters were too silly. It has been suggested by scholars that the characters of Batwoman (in 1956) and Bat-Girl (in 1961) were introduced in part to refute allegations of homosexuality in Batman comics; specifically, the enduring claim that Batman and Robin were homosexuals. [1] Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still sometimes as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional character and superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... A classic image of Batman and Robin reinterpreted by painter Alex Ross. ... Aces first appearance in Batman #92, June 1955 The comic book character Ace the Bat-Hound was the canine crime-fighting partner of Batman and Robin in DC Comics of the 1950s and 1960s. ... Bat-Mite, astride Ace the Bat-Hound, on the cover of Batman #133 (August 1960). ... Julius Schwartz, editor for DC Comics Julius Julie Schwartz (June 19, 1915 - February 8, 2004) was a comic book and pulp magazine editor, and a science fiction agent and prominent fan. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still sometimes as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional character and superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ...


Batwoman and Bat-Girl were later revived in the late 1970s. Bat-Girl even became a member of the Teen Titans West. However, she only appeared four times in this era.

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Post-Crisis

In the Post-Crisis DC universe, the character known as Batwoman was erased from existence (although her alter ego, Kathy Kane, is still murdered as Batwoman was); Batwoman's niece, Betty Kane, disappeared as well. Unlike her aunt, Betty's removal from history would not last long. Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12 issue comic book mini-series produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to clean up their 50-year-old, convoluted and confusing continuity. ...


For a brief moment in the 1970s, Betty had joined the west coast version of the Teen Titans under her Bat-Girl moniker. Though 'Bat-Girl' did not exist, her team did; therefore, a new version of the character was necessary. In the Teen Titans Secret Files and Origins Annual, the official post-crisis history of Titans West was revealed. Instead of Betty Kane's Bat-Girl, fans were introduced to a similar character: Mary Elizabeth "Bette" Kane, aka Flamebird. For the animated television series based on this comic book, see Teen Titans (animated series). ...


Bette was now a very driven and somewhat spoiled Los Angeles debutante who achieved professional-level proficiency at tennis at an early age. After witnessing the dashing young Robin on the news, Bette vowed that she would gain his attention and favor by becoming a masked adventurer herself. Training to Olympic-levels in gymnastics and some martial arts, she created the identity of Flamebird (and a costume that resembled her Pre-Crisis Bat-Girl identity) and joined Titans West in hopes of catching Robin's eye. While flattered, the driven young hero was not sure how to deal with her obsession and avoided her, much to her dismay. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ...

Betty (now "Bette") Kane becomes Flamebird, and teams up with her idol Nightwing
Betty (now "Bette") Kane becomes Flamebird, and teams up with her idol Nightwing

After briefly giving up her heroic persona, Bette found that neither winning tennis tournaments nor achieving perfect grades in school matched the rooftop thrills of the hero biz. She attempted several times to reunite the Titans West team, most notably after a journey into the afterlife with Hawk and Dove II, but was unsuccessful. Dove II (always perceptive about such things) noted that Bette was essentially a very lonely person, basically desperate for company and contact with others. Bette again gave up her obsession with the Titans until malfunctioning former Titan Victor Stone collected her, along with all former Titans everywhere, in an attempt to protect his soul from the Justice League. Hoping this would lead to a formal invitation to rejoin the team, Bette was crushed to learn they did not need (or want) her assistance. Image File history File links FlamebirdNightwing. ... Image File history File links FlamebirdNightwing. ... Hawk and Dove are the names used by a number of DC Comics superheroes who fight crime together as duos, despite their sharply differing methods and attitudes about violence. ... Cyborg (Victor Stone) is a DC Comics superhero, best known as a member of the Teen Titans. ... The Justice League, sometimes called the Justice League of America or JLA for short, is a fictional DC Universe superhero team. ...


A short time later, Gar "Beast Boy" Logan found himself alone in Los Angeles after the team neglected to ask him back. Landing himself in a bit of trouble by an impostor framing him for various crimes, Gar asked former teammate Bette for help. Having been recently chastised for her dedication (or lack thereof) to crime-fighting by Robin (now in his adult Nightwing identity), Flamebird seized the opportunity to better herself and her reputation, becoming more level-headed and boosting her crime-fighting arsenal. However, it's more than a little ironic therefor that her "adult" outfit has a LOT of similarities to Dick Graysons's current Nightwing outfit with a red tunic and gold V running across her chest. Beast Boy (Garfield Mark Gar Logan) is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe, a shapeshifting superhero who is a member of the Doom Patrol and former member of the Teen Titans. ... Gemini is a villain in the DC comics universe. ... Nightwing is a name used by seven fictional superheroes in the DC Comics Universe. ...


After Bette helped Gar clear his name, his cousin Matt attempted one last recruitment drive for Titans West (dubbing the ill-fated team Titans L.A.). None of the recruits took the event seriously except for insane and uninvited former Titan Duela Dent, who crashed the party and was subdued by Bette. Content to remain a heroine on her own, Bette was unheard from until she was captured by a Brainiac-worshipping cult leader in Oregon and eventually rescued by Oracle's covert team of female operatives in Birds of Prey. She fought Doctor Light alongside the majority of heroes who had once been members of the Teen Titans. The Harlequin is the name of four clown-themed DC Comics characters. ... Brainiac is a fictional supervillain in the DC Comics universe, most often appearing as an opponent of Superman. ... Official language(s) None Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ... Oracle is a fictional character, the nom de guerre of a superhero appearing in the publications of DC Comics. ... If you are looking for other meanings of the term, refer to Bird of prey (disambiguation). ... Doctor Light is the name of several fictional characters in the DC Comics universe. ... For the animated television series based on this comic book, see Teen Titans (animated series). ...


Flamebird appeared again in Infinite Crisis #4 to fight Superboy-Prime. In this storyline, it was implied that Flamebird had originally been the Earth-Two counterpart to Bat-Girl, and that after the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Flamebird had replaced Bat-Girl on the sole remaining Earth. In issue 4 of the Infinite Crisis storyline, Flamebird, along with most of the Justice Society, disappeared when Earth-Two was reborn. Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue comic book limited series published by DC Comics. ... Superboy-Prime is a fictional superhero turned supervillain in the DC Universe. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a team of fictional superheroes whose adventures have been published by DC Comics. ...


In the Villains United special, Flamebird (and the other heroes who vanished to Earth-Two) had made it back to "New Earth" at some point after Infinite Crisis #6. She was among the many heroes gathered to fight off the invasion of Metropolis by the Society. Villains United is a six-issue comic book limited series, written by Gail Simone with art by Dale Eaglesham and Wade von Grawbadger, published by DC Comics in 2005. ... Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue comic book limited series published by DC Comics. ... The Battle of Metropolis is a fictional DC Comics event. ... The Secret Society of Super Villains (SSoSV) is a group of comic book villains that exist in the DC Universe. ...


Teen Titans #38 reveals that Flamebird briefly served on the Titans during the year-long gap. One Year Later event logo. ...

Flamebird assumes the mantle of Batwoman. Art by Mike McKone.
Flamebird assumes the mantle of Batwoman. Art by Mike McKone.
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Titans Tomorrow Future

In the alternate future storyline Titans Tomorrow, it was revealed that after her death at the hands of Duela Dent, Robin used the Lazarus pit to resurect the Flamebird, who assumed the alias of Batwoman and became his partner. But when he and the other Teen Titans (Superboy, Wonder Girl, Beast Boy, Raven and Aquagirl) began to take over the Western United States, Batwoman formed a Titans East with the Titans who opposed their rule (Cyborg, Terra, Bumblebee, and Captain Marvel Jr.) and helped the Titans' past incarnations defeat the dark adult counterparts. Teen Titans: The Future is Now by Mike McKone. ... The Harlequin is the name of four clown-themed DC Comics characters. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this comics-related article or section may require cleanup. ... Batwoman (real name Kathy Kane) is the name of a fictional character, the female counterpart to DC Comics popular superhero Batman. ... Conner Kent (or Kon-El) was the fictional superhero known as Superboy in the DC Universe. ... Cassandra Sandsmark is the current Wonder Girl, a superheroine from DC Comics. ... Beast Boy (Garfield Mark Gar Logan) is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe, a shapeshifting superhero who is a member of the Doom Patrol and former member of the Teen Titans. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this comics-related article or section may require cleanup. ... Aquagirl is the name of several fictional characters who were superheros from DC Comics. ... If you have been redirected here after viewing any statistical information, note that as defined by the Census Bureau, the western United States includes 13 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. ... Titans East is the name of several DC Comics teams. ... Cyborg (Victor Stone) is a DC Comics superhero, best known as a member of the Teen Titans. ... Terra is a fictional character in the DC Universe. ... Bumblebee is the superhero alias of Karen Beecher, a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... Captain Marvel Jr. ...

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Powers and weapons

Flamebird is an exceptional athlete, trained for strength and endurance. She has also trained in several forms of martial arts, with kick-boxing as her specialty.


Like Robin, Flamebird has a utility belt containing the following: grappling hook with line, gas grenades, gas mask, flares, flashlight, radio/transmitter, handcuffs, throwing discs, and an emergency medical kit.


The future Batwoman presumably had all these abilities and paraphenalia; in addition, her cape was shown to attach to her costume's gloves and boots and serve as a short-range parachute/glider.

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