#DC / #Marvel #MashUps: Ben Reilly, the Blue Beetle

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My 1st design for Ben’s outfit.
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The 2nd design, closer to Ted’s costume.

   Before we had the awesome Jaime Reyes take up the mantle of the Blue Beetle, I had an idea for a Marvel / DC crossover. In my version I had envisioned that Peter Parker’s clone, Ben Reilly, instead of dying, would have been presumed dead after an apparent self-sacrifice to save New York. He believed that he was a dead man until he woke up in a new world, a new reality, the DC universe. He felt that he should lie low and give up the mask for a while.

   After years of making a quiet life, working for Kord Industries, and becoming a fan of several of the heroes of his adopted dimension, something tragic happens. Ben sees the news about the death of Ted Kord and finds out that Ted was the Blue Beetle. Ben wanted to discover what had happened to his former boss and created a new outfit as an homage to Ted’s costume.

   Ben Reilly became the Blue Spider.