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Max Mercury


Max Mercury
Art by Greg LaRocque Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Greg LaRocque is a notable American comic book illustrator. ...

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance as Quicksilver:
National Comics # 5
(Nov 1940)
as Max Mercury:
Flash (vol. 2) # 76
(May 1993)
Created by Jack Cole
Chuck Mazoujian
Revamped by:
Mark Waid
Characteristics
Alter ego Max Crandall
Affiliations Freedom Fighters
All-Star Squadron
Supporting
character of
Flash
Notable aliases Ahwehota, Windrunner, Whip Whirlwind, Lightning, Bluestreak, Quicksilver, Buckshot, The Zen Guru of Speed
Abilities Super speed; molecular control; time and dimensional travel.

Max Mercury is the name of a superhero in the DC Comics universe. He is based on the hero Quicksilver, who first appeared in Quality Comics' National Comics #5. However, since almost nothing was revealed about that character, except that he possessed super-speed and his secret identity had the first name "Max", writer Mark Waid was free to reinvent the character in The Flash, without contradicting anything. When the character reappeared in early 1990s issues of The Flash, his name had to be changed from "Quicksilver" to "Mercury" to avoid confusion with Marvel Comics' Quicksilver. 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. ... Jack Cole (December 14, 1918 - August 15, 1958) was an American comic book artist, and illustrator best-known for his creation of the superhero; Plastic Man and for setting the style for cartoons in Playboy. ... Mark Waid (born March 21, 1962 in Hueytown, Alabama) is an American comic book writer. ... Freedom Fighters #1 (April, 1976) Freedom Fighters is the name of a minor DC Comics comic book superhero team made up of characters acquired from the defunct company, Quality Comics, and the short-lived comic book series of the same name featuring those characters. ... The All-Star Squadron was an American comic book (1981-1987) created by Roy Thomas and published by DC Comics about the adventures of a large team of superheroes which comprised of most of the feature characters owned by the company that appeared in the Golden Age of Comic Books... Wally West is a superhero in the DC Comics Universe, the first Kid Flash and the third Flash. ... Batman and Superman, two of the most recognizable and iconic superheroes. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... The DC Universe (DCU) is the fictional shared setting where most of the comic stories published by DC Comics take place. ... Crack Comics #1 (May, 1940), featuring the Clock, previously introduced as the first masked comic book superhero. ... For other uses of this term, please see Secret identity (disambiguation). ... Mark Waid (born March 21, 1962 in Hueytown, Alabama) is an American comic book writer. ... Barry Allen as the Flash. ... Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Entertainment, Inc. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this comics-related article or section may require cleanup. ...


In Waid's origin of the character, he was originally a scout with the US Cavalry in the 1860s. A friend of the local Indian tribes, he was shocked and dismayed to find them massacred on the orders of his commanding officer. Enchanted by a dying Indian shaman, he gained super-speed. In the years that followed, he became known to the Indians as Ahwehota ("He Who Runs Beyond The Wind"), and to everyone else as Windrunner. The United States Cavalry was, in various forms from 1775 to 1942, historically a horse-mounted cavalry force. ... // Events and trends Technology The First Transcontinental Railroad in the United States is built in the six year period between 1863 and 1869. ... The shaman is an intellectual and spiritual figure who is regarded as possessing power and influence on other peoples in the tribe and performs several functions, primarily that of a healer ( medicine man). The shaman provides medical care, and serves other community needs during crisis times, via supernatural means (means...


Mercury has repeatedly travelled through time, seeking to enter the so-called Speed Force. He usually bounces off and finds himself decades in the future. His first attempt left him in the 1890s, where he created a new identity for himself as Whip Whirlwind. Later, he travelled ahead again, and was active in the 1930s and 1940s as Quicksilver, where he acted as a mentor to the fledgling Golden Age Flash and Johnny Quick. The Speed Force is a concept presented in various issues of The Flash published by DC Comics. ... The 1890s were sometimes referred to as the Mauve Decade, because William Henry Perkins aniline dye allowed the widespread use of that colour in fashion, and also as the Gay Nineties, under the then-current usage of the word gay which referred simply to merriment and frivolity, with no... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... // Events and trends World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrination, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons such as the atomic bomb. ... Superman, the catalyst of the Golden Age, from Superman #14, January-February 1942. ... Jay Garrick is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe and the first Flash. ... Johnny Quick is the name of two DC Comics characters, each with the power of superhuman speed. ...


In 1948, he had an affair with the wife of a doctor who had saved his life. When the doctor learned of this and his wife returned to her husband's side, Max fled into the future once more. He then reappeared in the early 1960s, where he battled Savitar and was bounced still further forward in time. In recent years, he has been the mentor of first Wally West and later Bart Allen (alias Impulse). While living with Impulse, Max learned that his earlier affair had resulted in a child, a daughter named Helen Clairborne. 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... Savitar is a DC Comics supervillain and an enemy to The Flash (Wally West). ... Wally West is a superhero in the DC Comics Universe, the first Kid Flash and the third Flash. ... Bartholemew Bart Allen II is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe. ...


At present, Max is missing in action, his body apparently possessed by the spirit of Golden Age supervillain The Rival who managed to escape to some unknown place in time. Doctor Doom, one of the most archetypal supervillains and his arch-enemies The Fantastic Four (in background). ... Reverse Flash is a title that has been taken by three supervillains in DC Comics. ...

In Infinite Crisis #4, Max appeared in the Speed Force, where his spirit was imprisoned after The Rival escaped from the very same peril by possessing Max's body. Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue comic book limited series published by DC Comics. ...


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Max Mercury - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (383 words)
Max Mercury is the name of a superhero in the DC Comics universe.
When the doctor learned of this, Max fled into the future once more, reappearing in the early 1960's where he battled Savitar and was bounced still further forward in time.
At present Max is missing in action, apparently possessed by the spirit of Golden Age supervillain The Rival.
Max Mercury (1182 words)
Max was born in the early 19th century.
Max's lungs were burned and his blood was tainted when he breathed in Morlo's mustard gas.
Max again showed up after Bart Allen had arrived from the 30th century, to teach Wally about the Speed Force, help train Bart, and lend a hand in defeating Kobra, who had unleashed Project Morpheus on Keystone City.
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