WB Animation Character Design, YOUNG JUSTICE: INVASION, Blue Beetle Hologram. Pencil, Digital color.
In the Second Season episode, "Satisfaction," a few new members of The Team visit a solemn grotto deep within the Mount Justice headquarters where they find a holographic shrine dedicated to fallen heroes. Among these holograms are images of the slain Artemis, Tula, Jason Todd/Robin, and the original DCU Blue Beetle, Ted Kord.
The Ted Kord Blue Beetle is my favorite version of the character, and I used the designs by my friend Steve Rude as a main source of inspiration (as well as those by Paris Cullins).
I realize that realistic continuity is the double-edged sword that provides us with fictional characters and worlds of more dimension, as well as providing fresh approaches to those classic properties that endure through the generations. But I'm not a big fan of "legacy" characters, as certain heroes are frivolously killed off to be replaced by other people who take up their mantle. While there is some romance to it, too often there is an exploitation attached that feels cheap, a tawdry sensationalism that merely panders to commercialistic trends, or political correctivism. In the stubborn purist view, there is only one Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Captain America, and only one Blue Beetle: Ted Kord. Hahaha!
*Blue Beetle, Ted Kord, and all related images are the copyrighted property of DC Comics, and Warner Bros Animation.