The Journeymen

Tennyson 'Venture' Tellran! Laser-sword wielding, space-suited, two-fisted astronaut-adventurer and dispenser of justice!

Staroperaman! Radiant Czech dynamo, infused with a limitless source of spiritual energy and zeal in the name of defending humanity!

Delilah 'M-body' Hernandez! Temptress with a body of vaporous energy and a heart of gold!

~From the back cover of the Journeymen: Journey to the Stars 1971 concept album.

Three of Earth's greatest and most famous heroes of the 60's and 70's, Venture, Staroperaman and M-body are credited with making superpowered beings popular again in the public imagination after the bloody metahuman battles of WWII and Korea. Everything they did they did with an incredible energy: their battles with foes such as Psychodelius and Manifest Destiny, their selfless courage in carrying aid to the victims of wars and disasters across the world and their tireless activism for civil rights and freedom in all nations. Together, they pushed back the frontiers of space, science, dimensionality and understanding more than any heroes since the steam-powered geniuses of the Invention Age.

But it was not only their heroism and exploratory exploits that made them stand out: their cultural achievements won them great admiration from the public. Staroperaman was a master of almost every musical instrument under the sun, from grand piano to violin to sitar. People still speak in quasi-mystical awe about his legendary eleven-hour rock opera 'Embrace', played solely on the theramin. M-body was both an accomplished inventor and scientist of many stripes and a painter; her 1965 M-pute would have been the first colour-display computer that could both fit on a desk and be afforded by the average worker (of course, IBM held up the patent, manufacture and release with legal red tape, so the M-pute never saw market). Venture won gold in 27 events during two Olympic games, and donated all his medals and trophies to be held for 'the common glory of man' by the International Olympic Committee. He was also the only competitor in the prestigious, secret Field of Honour global martial arts tournament deemed so skilled that he had to fight three opponents at once.

With such a lust for life and wide-eyed, heroic innocence about them, it was tragically inevitable that they would one day outgrow the flawed world that loved them.

As the years wore on, the world grew a darker place. So-called 'heroes' and villains alike became more brutal and violent, and what was once simply humanitarianism became insidiously political. Some of the world's people, manipulated by propaganda and spin doctoring, turned against them; but for the most part, it was the Journeymen that felt themselves growing distant from the world. Eventually, they turned to the next place in search of new vistas to experience and realms to explore: the wider galaxy. The three departed after a small ceremony for their friends, families and allies, leaving in the Aster Itinerant, a ship designed and built by M-body.

Many alien travellers to Earth, including some of the victims of the Menagerie crash report their first contact with humans being a trio of explorers on some distant planet. It would seem the Journeymen remain true to form, seeking out injustice across the many civilisations of space, always in search of new wonders and dangers to expand the mind and spirit.

Earth could hardly ask for better ambassadors.

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