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Kid Quantum
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance (James)
Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 4) #33 (September 1992)
Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 4) #82 (July 1996)
Created by Tom Bierbaum
Mary Bierbaum
David A. Williams
In-story information
Alter ego - Protean
- James Cullen
- Jazmin Cullen
Place of origin Xanthu
Team affiliations (all)
Legion of Super-Heroes
(James, Jazmin)
Abilities (Protean)
Shapeshifting, telepathy (deactivated as "James Cullen"); used belt to stop time
Ability to stop time (externally augmented)
Ability to manipulate time.

Kid Quantum is the name of three comic book superheroes in the DC Universe, who were members of different incarnations of the Legion of Super-Heroes.



James Cullen, the first Kid Quantum, was retconned into the Legion's past, ostensibly as a result of a history-changing disaster. He was described as having been the first Legionnaire to die in action, as well as the reason for the Legion's rule against members whose superhuman abilities were solely technological; however, it was later revealed that "James Cullen" was a constructed identity used by a cluster of shapeshifting amoeboid "Proteans", who were seeking to protect their race, and that, instead of being killed, Cullen had simply gone into hiding until such time as it was safe. This plotline was never fully resolved, as the Legion's universe was subsequently "rebooted" with the Zero Hour mini-series.


James Cullen

The second Kid Quantum was also named James Cullen; however, this one was an actual person rather than a constructed identity. Like his historical counterpart, he used a so-called "stasis belt" to augment his power to freeze time within a limited area to useful levels. He became a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes and became its first member to die between his overconfidence and a belt malfunction. His death also caused the "no technology powers" rule to be implemented when later characters were recruited.

Jazmin Cullen

The third Kid Quantum was Cullen's sister Jazmin. After her brother's death, she underwent surgery to augment her power to a level where she would not require the belt. Despite initial hostility to the Legion when she first joined, she eventually grew within the role to the point where she was elected leader of the team, thanks in large part to Cosmic Boy's recommendation of her; she later entered into a relationship with him. Jazmin is a native of the planet Xanthu.

Post-Infinite Crisis

Following the Infinite Crisis, the DC Multiverse was reborn, now with 52 alternate Earths. In the recent Countdown: Arena miniseries, Monarch, formerly Captain Atom, began assembling a team made up of alternate versions of heroes from various Earths. In the final issue, he killed every single alternate version of himself in order to gain their power. James Cullen was seen among the various Captain Atoms.

Jazmin returns from limbo, alongside the rest of the Earth-247 Legion in Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #2 to fight the new Legion of Super-Villains.

Other media

In Superman: The Animated Series, Kid Quantum made a cameo appearance in the episode "New Kids In Town".

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