Alias: Jed Silverman
Occupation: Driver, Adventurer
Group Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: New York
Weight: 215 lbs.
First Appearance: Silver Streak Comics #3 (Lev Gleason, March, 1940)
Known Creators: Jack Binder
Jed grew up in the Carson Orphanage and never knew his
family. Though he craved adventure and purpose, he lived a listless
existence as a taxi driver. Because of his lack of close personal connections,
he was selected by a wealthy swami to be a driver for his race car, the Silver Streak,
which had proven to be a very hazardous occupation. The swami's previous racers had all
been killed under mysterious circumstances. The swami prepared Jed for the
race through a combination of hypnosis and the use of an experimental drug
treatment that was meant to bolster his constitution against the poison that
had killed the other racers. When the day for the race came, Jed was
attacked by the same giant genetically engineered insect that had killed the
other drivers. The swami's efforts
prevented Jed from dying, but the strange poison secreted by the mutated
insect fundamentally changed his DNA, granting him superhuman
speed. After the swami revived him, Jed came to realize that he could run faster than the car
he was paid to drive. Feeling betrayed by the swami, Jed set out on his
own, and tracked down Dr. Katan, the man who had created the mutated
insect. After capturing Dr. Katan, Jed collected his notes and research
papers to figure out what had happened to him. Now imbued with fantastic abilities,
Jed decided to dedicate them to protecting the innocent. Jed had never
known where he had come from, but he had finally discovered his identity, as
Silver Streak, the fastest man imaginable.
Continuing the Story:
There is no telling how Jed's mutations might have effected his life
expectancy. They might have shortened it or prolonged it.
Assuming Silver Streak aged like everyone else, then the one who fought in
World War II probably would have retired by the mid 70's. His young
friend Mercury may have continued his adventures into the 80's, and Jed's
blood might have been used to mutate other heroes and villains.
In a modern retelling of the story, Jed might have been a volunteer guinea pig
in some kind of bio-physics experiment performed by Dr. Katan. Or
perhaps he was an astronaut instead of a race car driver, and was exposed to
some strange cosmic radiation.
Equipment and Abilities:
Silver Streak is able to run at incredible speeds, fast enough to appear as
nothing more than a blur and a gust of wind (in some stories, he can travel at
least 20,000 miles per hour, and is said to be capable of keeping pace with
light). He can run straight up or straight down
vertical walls with ease, and run across water as if it were solid. With
enough momentum he can make amazing leaps of at least 100m. He has been
known to throw dozens of punches in a single instant and throw bricks like
machine gun rounds. He often carries a pair of steel tipped gloves
which he can use to boar through the walls of enemy compounds by
spinning. He is unusually strong as well, though not to a truly
superhuman degree. He has demonstrated the ability to tip over a car,
using his momentum and "Herculean effort." He has also managed
to throw heavy objects unusual distances. Silver Streak recovers quickly
from injuries, although not necessarily to a superhuman degree (it takes him
several days to recover from a gunshot wound).
Eventually, Silver Streak's speed and jumping ability morphed into the ability
to fly and hover in the air. There is no explanation for it, except
Superman envy. In his last appearance he is depicted with dark hair and
a cape, much like Superman, but by then he was almost a totally different
MERCURY (Mickey O'Toole)
Mickey supported his mother and his kid sister Mary by shining shoes. His
father, "Slugger" O'Toole was a heavyweight boxer who was poisoned during a
championship bout, when he refused to throw the fight. Having learned to
fight from his father, Mickey was found beating up a notorious gangster and
Silver Streak quickly became friends with the boy. After a physical exam
to make sure his constitution was strong enough, Silver Streak injected Mickey
with the same formula that gave him his abilities. Now that Mickey was
able to keep up, he was ready to become Silver Streak's partner.
First Appearance: Silver Streak Comics #11
Whiz was a hunting falcon that belonged to an Arabian falconer named Ali Ben
Hassen. When Hassen captured Silver Streak, he injected Whiz with the
superhero's blood, making him the fastest falcon alive, and a true treasure. However, Whiz turned on his
master and became Silver Streak's new ally. In later stories, Whiz somehow
gained human speech (maybe it was Jed's imagination).
First Appearance: Silver Streak Comics #6
An old friend of Silver Streak from the orphanage, Kitty is a national radio
newscaster and popular newspaper columnist, who reports political news.
She has an apartment in Manhattan and works for Acme Broadcasting Co.
Silver Streak admires her and wonders why he never got serious with her.
First Appearance: Silver
Streak Comics #10
Jenny is an extremely friendly and outgoing woman, who can talk faster than
Silver Streak can run. She is in charge of the Carson Orphanage and would
do anything for her kids.
First Appearance: Silver Streak Comics #4
The daughter of Dr. Katan's partner. Silver Streak rescued her from
the mad scientist.
First Appearance: Silver Streak Comics #4
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