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The Red Bee's secret identity was Rick Raleigh, assistant to District Attorney Tom Darrow. He grew tired of seeing criminals escape justice due to the slowness of the court system and other technicalities, so he created a costumed identity to bring criminals to justice. Thus, the Red Bee was born. In his first reported case, the Red Bee brought about the conviction of “Boss” Storm, head of a corrupt political machine.
He became a member of the All-Star-Squadron soon after the beginning of World War II. He was called upon by Uncle Sam to join his group of Freedom Fighters in order to turn back an invasion on the by Axis forces led by Baron Blitzkrieg. secretly followed Baron Blitzkrieg back to his hideout where Blitzkrieg threatened the captured Freedom Fighters in order to get Hourman to give up the formula for Miraclo. Red Bee revealed his presence and attacked Blitzkrieg to save the lives of his teammates. He was killed in the ensuing battle, but his sacrifice allowed the other Freedom Fighters to escape and defeat Blitzkrieg.
He next appeared as a ghost who befriended David Knight. The focus of this appearance is a dinner party attended by many deceased heroes and Starman (Jack Knight). The topic discussed is the appeal of the superhero life.
Red Bee was one of the characters Animal Man met in Comic Book Limbo.
- Height: 5' 9.5"
- Weight: 147 lbs.
- Eye Color: Blue
- Hair Color: Reddish-blond
Powers and Abilities
Rick Raleigh was a good athlete and a skilled hand-to-hand combatant. He carried a “Stinger” gun and kept a swarm of trained bees in the belt buckle of his costume that he released and used in battle. How trained the bees and controlled them has never been revealed.