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Thomas Hugo Strange

Alias: Tom Strange

Eyes: Green
Hair: Brown
Race: Human

Occupation: Adventurer and scientist.
Identity: Publicly known
Group affiliation: S.M.A.S.H.
Base of operations: Terra Obscura

Story: 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 [4].

Tom Strong and Tom Strange went back to Terra Obscura, where they found the imprisoned super-heroes trapped in their force bubbles [4]. 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 Antartica, and Terror 2000 was able to rewrite the programming and make it take leave the planet with the size it had gained [5].

After the alien had left the heroes had to move on with their life. Tom Strange back to Antarctica to study the parts of the city/spaceship the alien left behind, helped by the Ape (now calling himself Adam) [1]. He and Adam didn't return to the States until 2003 when Smenkhkare started to kill heroes to become ruler of the World [2,3].

Skills & abilities: Tom Strange stores solar energy as mass, making him dense as uranium and giving him super strength and invulnerability. His powers comes from some sort of elixir named Alosun.

Continuity: America's Best Comics
Publisher(s): America's Best Comics
DC Comics
First app.: Tom Strong #11 (2001)
Creator(s): Richard E. Hughes
Alexander Kostuk
Country of origin: USA USA

Background notes: In the series Tom Strong, Alan Moore liked to play with the concept of alternate realities and versions of Tom Strong. Also he generally liked to use some of the old public domain characters, e.g. from Better Publication, in his series from ABC. One of the characters he used the most was Thomas Hugo Strange, renamed to Tom Strange, slightly alteret to look a little more like Tom Strong and placed on a copy of Earth called Terra Obscura.

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
- Grant Halford/The Magnet
- 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 Strong
- William Norris/The Grim Reaper

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