Well, I'm pretty late in getting today's post up...but here we go...! [EDIT: Well, I seem to be a little dense. I've finally realized that Sundays aren't part of the daily A-Z blogging...so I guess I'm on track. How did I not notice that something was up when everyone else was a letter behind me? That's a really good question...]
I consider myself a fan of DC Comics' 1950s and 60s non-superheroic adventure comics...even though I'll admit to not having read a ton of the stories. There's something that's irresistible about teams like the Challengers of the Unknown and the Sea Devils; I love the idea of non-powered, non-costumed heroes at work in a world where Silver Age comic book science is in full effect. Today, it's pretty cool to see Rip Hunter getting a shot at fame in Legends of Tomorrow. (Now...can Cave Carson get a similar moment in the spotlight...?)
Today's character is Dogwood City's first entry of this style: Explorer Joe.
It appears that Explorer Joe only appeared in a couple of comics back in the early 50s. He really didn't predate the DC adventurers by all that long, and in fact is sort of a transitional character in that gray area at the intersection of the Golden and Silver Ages of comics. Joe is a former officer in the Army who travels the world with his sidekick, Gadabout Swanson. One of his motivations seems to be the mysterious disappearance of his father in the Congo 20 years earlier; Joe is convinced he's still alive.
At any rate, exploration has become a big enough part of Joe's life that he's now known as Explorer Joe. So, exploration is his thing, you see.
These days, a lot of us would probably see Explorer Joe as an Indiana Jones-style character, and he can certainly fill that role when needed (although it doesn't appear that Joe has the academic background of the good Dr. Jones). At the very least, as you can see above, Joe has a solid right hook.
I'm going to propose that Explorer Joe has a permanent residence in Dogwood City (as permanent as a globetrotter like him can have one), having stayed there after graduating from the prestigious Dooley University. You can read a bit more about him in his PDSH entry.
3 Hero Dice
Handgun (ranged) +3 (2D damage)
2 fists (melee) +3 (1D damage)