Codename: Kids Next Door follows the escapades of five eager, yet bumbling, ten-year-olds as they join forces against adulthood to fight for the right to enjoy all the fun things in life. ... See full summary »
In Dakota City, Virgil Hawkins is an ordinary kid who gets into big trouble, which gets him pressured into joining a street gang. That night, Virgil's gang has a major rumble at a chemical storage yard that the police interrupt by tear gassing the lot. That gassing accidentally detonates a series of chemical explosions that creates the infamous "Bang Baby Incident" that affects all the gangs and more. For instance, Virgil gains the powerful ability to project and control electricity at will. With the help of his inventive friend, Richie (who would much later get his own powers to become Gear), Virgil decides to become the superhero, Static. As it happens, this new career is well timed considering many of the surviving rumblers also become superpowered themselves and become dangerous supervillians. Against this new and growing threat, Static is determined to fight for justice, even while his personal life gets a major shock to its system. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In the pilot episode, Static is trying on different superhero outfits and briefly wears the outfit of Superfriends character Black Vulcan (another superhero with electricity powers). On Harvey Birdman, Attorney At Law, Phil LaMarr (who voices Static) has a recurring role as Black Vulcan. See more »
Gear, you okay, bro?
No! My one chance to tag team with Superman and I miss it because I bust my ankle!
[Superman looks at Gear's ankle with his x-ray vision]
Nothing's broken. Looks like just a bad sprain. You'll probably have to keep off it for a few days.
Wow, I just had my ankle x-rayed by Superman! I'm never gonna wash it again!
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I'm pleased that you all like the show. I love "Static Shock". It is indeed (or at least was) one of the better toons on TV. Though every now and then, it appears to go a little over-board with the whole racism awareness biz, the show was definitely an anchor point for individuals who felt that they were not equally represented in the pool of superheroes that we know of today.
However, I must bring forth the fact that Static is not a new character. He isn't the first African American superhero either. In fact, his character was taken from an earlier DC character named Black Steel.
Also, FYI Green Lantern, Cyborg, BumbleBee, Herald and HotSpot are all African American in addition to Static.
But I agree with all of you Bring Static back! Induct him into the Justice League as a matter of fact, BRING BACK THE JUSTICE LEAGUE!!!
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