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Base of Operations: (currently incarcerated) D.E.O.
First Appearance: JLA: World Without Grownups #1 (1997)
A mad and malefic sorcerer, conjuring before an Earth-well, summons
to him a power only alluded to in crumbling tomes, only whispered in the
Now Matthew Stuart has let loose the spirit. Now he calls himself Bedlam
--(he calls his New World that, as well)-- and the air crackles and
bends with violent violet magik as he exercises his newfound near
infinite powers, his every whim and desires instantly realized before
his darkly glowing eyes!
The imagination of a thirteen-year-old kid brought to life with his
giant, nameless benefactor standing nearby in silent attendance, the boy
who was Matthew Stuart boggles at the possibilities of this power he now
wields and realizes now... the boy is now a god. After the disappearances
of the adults, Superboy, Robin, and Impulse were left on there own, to
take control of the situation, and after defeating Bedlam, the adults of
the world were returned, Stewart was placed into the control of the
D.E.O., and the team Young Justice was born.
Bedlam again appeared to confront the complete team of Young Justice (Robin, Superboy, Impulse, Wonder Girl, Secret and Arrowette), but happened to be with them since they became a team. At the end of "World Without Grown Ups", Bedlam wasn't captured or contained inside the body of Matthew Stuart, no he hid inside the thought deactivated Red Tornado. After the team had noticed a severe change in attitude by the Tornado, Secret had remembered seeing something "inside of him". While looking for a bomb inside the body of Red Tornado (planted by Harm in issue 5), Secret had stumbled upon the Bedlam and forced him to leave the body of Red Tornado. The team could barely attack the purple genie before he enveloped them in a tornado that Bedlam had become. Exploring the minds of all of the members of YJ, Bedlam sent them into different periods of time. The first scene that played out took the team to the Old West, changing "Young Justice" into "Young Frontier Justice". After fighting the Claxtons, the team "leaped" into there next scene a 50's black and white movie about "Bart Allen: Private Eye", followed by the girls of YJ staring in a black and white vampire flick and finally into a futuristic world where they must stop the Earth from being destroyed by giant monsters and giant robots. The last "leap" sent the boys into the middle of World War II, where they aided one of the regiments that was under heavy fire, The boys jumped in and took on the German Army giving our boys a chance to back the wounded, but learned a harsh lesson that there are no winners in war. A Nazi launched a grenade into the US wounded, taking out there unit leader, but giving Superboy one last moment of understanding before the boys "leapt" again, this time escaping from the tornado and lading unconsciously in the tender seat of the Super Cycle. Bedlam's main objective now was to do away with humanity all together. With YJ down, Red Tornado wanted to know what "he got for all of his suffering". The Red Tornado screamed that "if humanity is to perish, let me go with them" as so Bedlam granted his wish. With but a thought, Bedlam brought the Tornado to the ground, who then removed his mask to revel the human face of John Smith. This action changed Bedlam. Never knowing what it was like to be human. To be bounded to evil and to never know the feelings of goodness and love and then it happened Bedlam's energy began to release and the curse that had been placed on him hundreds of thousands of lifetimes ago had been lifted and the world exploded around him. His next vision was one of looking up into the faces of Young Justice, and as he tried to speak, all that would come out was a tiny little wail. For Bedlam the genie and giant was gone, now only left a Bedlam who'll experience life truely for the first time starting as a little baby boy.
* JLA: World Without Grown Ups #1