In today’s edition of Blacks in Comics, I am going to talk about Hardware. Hardware was created by Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan for Milestone Comics. Hardware debuted in Hardware #1(Feb. 1993). Hardware was the first of the Milestone characters to debut, and was one of the flagship characters.
Hardware’s real name is Curtis Metcalf. Curtis was a child prodigy, graduating from high school at the age of 14, and earning his first degree at the age of 15. He went on to earn six more degrees. All of this was paid for by Edwin Alva, probably the most powerful man in Dakota. Curtis became an inventor, creating many lucrative items for Alva Industries. Eventually Curtis wanted to earn more based on the money his inventions generated. Alva rebuffed Curtis, basically saying he made Curtis, and owned Curtis. Curtis was angry, and wanted to quit. However, due to his contract with Alva Industries, Curtis couldn’t continue to invent if he left.
Curtis started digging into Alva Industries, trying to find some leverage so he could leave nod profit from his genius. What he found out was much worse than he ever imagined. Curtis discovered that Alva was a criminal mastermind, profiting from all types of criminal endeavors. Curtis forwarded his findings to law enforcement agencies, thinking to take down Alva that way. When nothing happened to Alva, Curtis decided to take matters into his own hands. He created the Hardware, identity using many of the things he created for Alva.
Hardware became a one man army against Alva, taking his organization down piece by piece. It was pretty ironic that Hardware was fighting Alva with his own equipment. Hardware occasionally teamed with Milestones other heroes. Hardware was integrated into DC universe with the rest of the Milestone characters in 2008. He has teamed up with the Justice League of America. In the New 52, Hardware is a mentor to Static Shock.
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