By Anitra Jordan and Amelia Robinson
Fans of supernatural fiends and caped crusader-types are no doubt excited about the long list of DC and Marvel comic book-inspired movies hitting theaters: “Ant-Man,” “Fantastic Four” and “Deadpool,” followed later by "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice," "Suicide Squad" and "Captain American: Civil War," to name a few.
Wright State University student and comic book fanatic Anitra Jordan said not every occupant of the comic book universes hail from fictional cities, planets or realms such as Gotham, Krypton, and Asgard -- some hail from good ol' Dayton, Ohio.
Here's what Anitra had to say about four characters from Dayton.
Lori Zechlin is a teenage DC Comics character created by Gail Simone and Ed Benes, whose alias is Black Alice. Black Alice made her first appearance in “Birds of Prey #76” in 2005. Black Alice has the power of magic usurpation, which means she can usurp or absorb the powers and skills of any being, leaving them powerless. She uses her powers to combat the drug dealers of Dayton due to her mother’s drug-related suicide.
Cover of American Vampire, volume 5
Next is Tommy Glass from American Vampire volume 5, written by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque. This is set back in the 1950’s during the Red Scare (propaganda about the rise of communism). Tommy Glass is a secondary character that was first introduced in the fifth volume of the American Vampire series. This uncomfortably cheerful and touristic character is responsible for unleashing the most powerful vampire of all time. Whilst introducing himself to another character he marvels about London, and mentions how pretty Dayton is before revealing his true intentions.
A kid named Zack
Before turning to the final comic character from Dayton, one more character needs to be mentioned. In a ruined Dayton, a kid named Zack witnesses Marvel Comic character Ghost Rider confront the villain Sin. This character is only considered an honorable mention due to the lack of backstory and importance to any comic storyline (hence, no photo).
Bruce and the Hulk
(Source: Marvel's Facebook page)
The third and biggest character from Dayton is Bruce Banner, also known as The Hulk. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in “The Incredible Hulk #1”, The Hulk was an influenced by Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. When hearing about the Hulk, most people just know about the gamma radiation accident that happened to Bruce Banner that turned him into the Hulk. Most people wouldn’t have known that he was born in Dayton.