Below are listed the sources for several characters I have used as heroes, villains, and supporting cast NPCs in my various DC Heroes Campaigns.
The Tarantula's background is based on the Golden Age Tarantula character and on the Infinity Inc. comic series, both from DC Comics.
Manhunter is based on the various Manhunter characters that have appeared in DC Comics over the years.
Lupin and Cat's background was partially based on the old Kamandi stories from DC Comics.
Visionary of the Arcane is based on the Prince Ra-man character from DC Comics.
Solitaire is loosely based on the character of the same name from the Champions RPG, published by Hero Games.
Atlas of the Adventurers is based on the character Captain Atlas from the Champions RPG supplement Golden-Age Champions, published by Hero Games.
The Human Bomb was inspired by the hero of the same name from DC Comics.
Thunder was inspired by the hero Flying Fox from the Young All-Stars comic from DC Comics.
Shockwave was the character Damage from the Titans comic from DC Comics.
Wonder Girl, Maya, Ferro, and Damage of the Seven Thunders are characters from DC Comics.
The second General Glory first appeared in Justice League Quarterly from DC Comics.
Pantheon is based on the old Captain Action series (not the actual toy) from DC Comics.
Red Bee of the Adventurers is based on the character from DC Comics.
Ultra-Humanite and the Injustice Syndicate are based on characters from DC Comics.
The concepts for Chain Reaction and Deathbolt came from characters from the All-Star Squadron comic from DC Comics.
The concept for the Fearsome Five came from the New Teen Titans villain team of the same name from DC Comics.
The Grandmaster is based on the character of Manhunter (Paul Kirk) from DC Comics.
The background of the character Annihilator is based on the history of the Manhunter android characters from DC Comics.
Thrasher of the Backbeat is based on a character who appeared in the Hawkworld series from DC Comics.
The Northguard name comes from the Canadian comic book of the same name, trademark and copyright Mark Shainblum and Gabriel Morrissette. For more info see the www.northguard.com web site.
The background for the character Nemesis is based on the setting for the Japanese animated show Sailor Moon series. (Yes, it is possible to integrate this into the DC Universe: wherever Sailor Moon uses the term Negaverse replace it with "Anti-matter Universe" and the rest falls into place).
The following characters are based on or inspired by characters found in the GURPS Supers supplement from Steve Jackson Games:
The following characters are based on characters from the GURPS Supers Super-Scum supplement from Steve Jackson Games:
The villain group Deathwish comes from the GURPS Supers module of the same name, published by Steve Jackson Games.
The character concepts and technology used by Mystère and the Silver Path were inspired by and partially based on concepts from the novel Count Zero by William Gibson and from the GURPS Voodoo: Shadow War gamebook published by Steve Jackson Games.
The following characters are based on or inspired by characters found in the Gramercy Island supplement published by Palladium Books.
And a special acknowledgement to everyone from my old, old Marvel Super Heroes game, a lot of those 300+ heroes & villains we came up with have found their way in some form or other into this DC campaign more than 15 years after their creation. So three cheers for Jason Grimmer, my brother Brennan, Brad Neustaedter, Chris Baker, Terry McCallum, Donald McCallum, Weh Ming Cho, Peter Gilbert, and Tommy Lyons. Whether they contributed 1 character or 100, this DC campaign owes them all a debt of gratitude.