IQ flying with his jet shoes

IQ aka I.Q.

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


I.Q. (Ira Quimby) is a very DC Comics Silver Age  villain, first seen in 1963. These notes represent his scattered XXth century appearances, as they were taken before the bulk of his 2000s/2010s semi-unexpected returns.


Ira Quimby was a small-time crook, and not a very good one. His fellow thugs nicknamed him “I.Q.” because of his initials, and because of his habit of proposing ridiculous, impossible schemes.

But that all changed when he was exposed to a combination of sunlight and the radiations of an alien stone.


The brilliance of the sun

Suddenly, he had the inventing skills to make his wild ideas a reality. With his newfound ability, he took leadership of his gang and began a series of high-tech crimes. He was finally thwarted by the team of Hawkman and Hawkgirl.

Over the years, I.Q. has also matched wits with the likes of Superman, the Metal Men, Batman, and the JLA.

Originally, I.Q. had to be in the presence of both sunlight and the alien rock in order to get his “flashes of brilliance”. But after repeated exposures, he now only requires sunlight.


I.Q. is a man of average height and build, with wavy brown hair.

His costume consists of a purple jacket, white gloves, a yellow scarf, black leather boots, and blue jodhpurs with a yellow stripe running down each leg. He also wears white goggles with dark lenses. His gang wear similar outfits, except their jackets are blue.


Despite his inventive genius, I.Q. is still a small-timer at heart. As long as he keeps his sights low (simple robberies, etc.) he is fairly effective.

But he is extremely cocky and arrogant, and his reach often exceeds his grasp. His Unluck represents the tendencies of his grandiose schemes to go awry, or his gadgets to not quite work the way he intended.

Over the years, he has become obsessed with increasing his intelligence further by tampering with the Sun. He believes that increased solar activity would cause a corresponding boost to his genius. Whether this is true remains to be seen.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 06 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 08 Wil: 05 Min: 06 Occupation: Thief
Inf: 03 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 017 HP: 070

Gadgetry: 10, Thief*: 06, Vehicles (Land, Air)*: 06

Genius, Expansive Headquarters (various).

SIA (Increasing his intelligence), Unluck, Loss Vulnerability (I.Q.’s Mental Attributes drop to 2 APs and his Gadgetry Skill drops to 0 APs if he is not in direct sunlight.)


  • Lifting Rod [BODY 07, Gravity Decrease: 17, Heat Vision: 10].
  • JET SHOES [BODY 06, Flight: 05].
  • Air-Cycle [BODY 05, Flight: 08, Drawbacks: The user must constantly pedal in order to stay airborne ; if their legs are immobilized, the Cycle will immediately plummet. The Cycles are also dependent on air currents, and successful RAPs of Air Control, Super Breath, et. al. can cause them to “stall out”.]
    These compact flying machines look like a cross between a unicycle and a paddle wheel. Highly impractical, but cool as all get-out. 🙂
  • Light-Deflector Pinwheel [BODY 04, Invisibility: 10, Drawbacks: Because light is bent away from the user, he is completely blind while he remains invisible ; treat as if the user is affected by 10 APs of Darkness ; I.Q. once mounted several of these pinwheels in a room, which caused everyone inside to become Invisible (and blind) ; this version of the gadget has the Area Effect and Usable on Others Bonuses].
  • 10 AP ACD Omni-Gadget.

By J. Kevin Carrier.

Source of Character: Mystery in Space #87.

Helper(s): Dan.