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Grant Halford

Alias: The Magnet

Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black
Race: Metahuman

Occupation: Detective and adventurer
Marital Status: Married
Known relatives: Betty (wife)
Group affiliation: S.M.A.S.H.
Base of operations: Terra Obscura

Story: Grant Halford like many other men joined the army to fight in WWII. In the army he met and befriended Lance Lewis, a time traveler from the 22nd century, who had traveled back in time to 1942 to participate in WWII [2].

After the war, Lewis started using his equipment from the future, and he and Halford started working as science heroes [2]. Grant Halford had invented a machine called the geo-locator. The machine blew up in his face and gave him magnetic powers [3].

When the humans first set foot on the Moon on July 20th, 1969, they woke up an alien that had crash landed and been buried there since the Moon was formed. The alien killed the astronauts and went to Earth where it started mining for something on Antarctica. The members of S.M.A.S.H. tried to stop the alien but all except Tom Strange got killed or trapped in a force bubble and placed in orbit. In order to get help from the only source he knew, Tom Strange traveled through space on foot for 30 years until he reached Earth and Tom Strong in October 2000 [5].

Tom Strong and Tom Strange went back to Terra Obscura, where they found the imprisoned super-heroes trapped in their force bubbles [5]. In the force bubbles, time had stood still and Strange and Strong was able to rescue them all. The alien in the meantime had tried to convert the planet to a new space ship to replace the one it had crashed. While it was big, it had only used a small part of Antarctica, and Terror 2000 was able to rewrite the programming and make it take leave the planet with the size it had gained [6].

After the alien left Earth, the heroes had to find their place in the World. Halford's powers started to get out of control and he started The Magnetic Detective Agency with Lance Lewis [1]. Lewis was killed in 2003, and the search for his killer led Halford to Las Vegas where he met Betty, a woman with psychic abilities who knew Lewis [2]. Betty, Halford and several other heroes from S.M.A.S.H. did find Lewis' killer who turned out to be their old team mate Mystico [4].

Grant Halford was last seen in Las Vegas after getting married to Betty [4].

Skills & abilities: Magnetic powers, not clearly defined. Halford's body can become magnetic and attract metallic objects. His powers also enable him to locate anyone, anywhere on Earth as long as he holds an object used by the person he's looking for.

Continuity: America's Best Comics
Publisher(s): America's Best Comics
DC Comics
First app.: Tom Strong #11 (2001)
Country of origin: USA USA

Background notes: The Magnet is an old character from Better Publications in the early 1940s. At the present time no information is available regarding first appearance, creator etc. other than he appeared in the four issues of Mystery Comics from 1944.

Related links/characters:
- ABC Characters
- Adam/The Ape
- Archie Masters/American Crusader
- Bruce Carter/Fighting Yank
- Carol Carter/Yankette/Fighting Yank
- Diana Adams/Miss Masque
- Dick Martin/Pyroman
- George Chance/The Ghost/Green Ghost
- Lance Lewis/Space Detective
- Nelson Drew/The Liberator
- Peggy Allen/The Woman in Red
- Peter Ward/The Scarab/Thoth
- Princess Pantha
- Smenkhkare/Set/Mystico
- Terror 2000
- Tim Roland
- Tom Strange
- Tom Strong
- William Norris/The Grim Reaper

References: 1: Terra Obscura (vol. 1) #1
2: Terra Obscura (vol. 1) #2
3: Terra Obscura (vol. 1) #3
4: Terra Obscura (vol. 1) #6
5: Tom Strong (vol. 1) #11
6: Tom Strong (vol. 1) #12