|Technically this is Cyborg from an alternate Earth|
But it's a cool image nonetheless
First Appearance: DC Comics Presents #26 (1980)
History: As a child Vic Stone’s scientist parents used him as a test subject in an experiment that granted him greatly enhanced intelligence. However as he gets older he comes to resent his parents for their manipulation and rejects scholarly pursuits for athletics and the occasional criminal engagement. One day Vic visits his parents at S.T.A.R. Labs only to get caught in an interdimensional experiment gone wrong that kills his mother and destroys most of his body. Desperate to save his life his father fits him with incredibly advanced, but experimental, prosthetics, essentially making the teenager a half-man, half-machine. Greatly depressed and suicidal following the surgery Vic’s finds himself unable to reallocate into his old life. Now an outsider Vic finds his place when he foils an attack on the United Nations headquarters. With renewed purpose the newly dubbed "Cyborg" becomes a crime fighter and soon joins and becomes a key member of the superhero team known as the Teen Titans.
Beta Says: Jesus Christ, where do I start with this guy? Well I suppose to should mention that Cyborg is one of the longest serving members of the Teen Titans and their Titan spin-off groups. Before the Teen Titans cartoon Cyborg was pretty below the radar as far as pop culture went. His stock greatly rose when he suddenly was a cast member of a hit cartoon show. Recently DC Comics have taken things even further by promoting him to the Justice League. In fact he’s a founding member of the team in the
More on Cyborg after the jump.
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Sadly Cyborg didn’t amount to much more than a steadfast and loyal member of the team, but honestly none of the newly introduced characters one really broke out from that version of the Titans back then anyway (at least not as a big solo character). Vic was just sort of the reliable, if angst filled, part of the squad in the way a lot of characters sort of filled a space on a superhero group. At some point however the 90s happened and DC took a big dump on the character, as both they and Marvel loved to do to their characters enduring into that decade. As I understand it Cyborg, through a weird encounter with the Technis, an alien robotic collective, he ended up being way more robot in appearance and personality and renamed himself Cyberion before leaving Earth with the Technis for no other reason than DC wanted the reader to feel as down as possible (probably). Cyberion later returned to Earth, this time as a super villain that fought both the Teen Titans and the Justice League. Because, you know, when a machine intelligence goes to find itself in space it inevitably goes insane and decides to attack Earth. Anyway Cyberion is stopped and Victor’s restores consciousness is placed into the Omegadrome which makes him yellow and gives him shape shifting powers that make him more like Plastic Man than Cyborg. Ah, 1990s comic books: you can’t go very long without trying to “update” or “improve” on old characters with your own brand of senselessness can you? Other heroes the 90s tried to ruin include Spider-Man (the Clone Saga), Hal Jordan (Parallax) and Iron Man (Teen Tony, the worst thing you forgot existed).
|I feel like Cyberion might not be black anymore|
Eventually Cyborg made it to the Justice League but it didn’t really feel like DC was ready to get behind him until some years later in Flashpoint/The Great DC Reboot of 2011. In Flashpoint, which was a “Oops, I time traveled to do something good but instead ruined the present” story Cyborg is depicted as America’s greatest superhero, taking the spot form a nonexistent Superman. I’m not sure why they thought Cyborg of all characters would fit that role, but I also don’t care so I guess it’s fine. When the timeline was
Now this is all on paper. After all Plastic Man and Superman knock-off Steel were both in that same spot in the JLA book from the late 90s and neither of them got an ounce of benefit from it. (Seriously, why the hell was Plastic Man even there?) So Cyborg could end up being placed right back in the Titans doing the “Big Smart Guy” routine he’s done for over twenty years but perhaps within a few years we’ll be hearing about the critically acclaimed Cyborg comic or casting news of a from a future Justice League film featuring Victor Stone. All I know is that in a world where so many black superheroes are underused it’s nice to see one that the company is taking a chance with. We’ll see how long that lasts.
|Interestingly Starfire is actually wearing more clothes than Cyborg|