Hyper Speed: Speed Demon’s powers are based on speed. His movement is at Class 1000 landspeed. His normal movement is usually set to Shift-X unless pushed. In addtion James can perform the following:
Deliver 100 “Good” Blows in a round
James moves so fast he is able to perform 5 actions a combat round.
Resist Cold: Excellent
Air Walking: up 90ø inclines (I.E. up or down buildings): Unearthly
Invisibility: by moving extremely fast, Red intuition FEAT to notice
Water Walking: Unearthly by skimming along on surface tension
Considered Unearthly rank for Fighting for multiple attacks and evading.
Considered Unearthly rank for Agility for dodging and catching projectiles.
Considered Unearthly rank for Intuition for initiative.
When attempting to hit him the attacker must have initiative or succeed in an Unearthly Intuition FEAT, otherwise he will have moved out of the way. This FEAT is not required if the attacker also has Hyper-speed powers.
He may percieve any object’s momentum as though it were moving at Feeble speed
Spectrum Shifting: James can run so quickly as to cause light to begin to slow, and experience Red Shift, which will allows him to view the lower spectrum of light that is normally invisible to the unaided human eye.
Air Control: By moving his limbs at super speed, James can generate gale-force winds (Amazing speed – 375 mph) and can create Amazing wind shields or wind blasts. These cannot penetrate Force Fields or air-based shields of higher rank.
Speed Demon is considered to have Unearthly Endurance for movement and tiring purposes.
Enhanced metabolism: Incredible resistance to drugs or alcohol.
Many years ago, the alien known as the Grandmaster played a tournament of powers with the time traveler known as the Scarlet Centurion. The Scarlet Centurion used his enemies from an alternate Earth, the Squadron Supreme, as his pawns in the contest. A few years later, the Grandmaster became involved in the same type of contest with the time travelling Kang the Conqueror. The Grandmaster contacted four humans and offered them powers similar to the Squadron Supreme. One of the humans was James Sanders, a chemist for the Hudson Pharmaceutical Company of West Caldwell, New Jersey. The Grandmaster gave him a formula for a pill that would give him superhuman speed. Sanders agreed to play in the Grandmaster’s tourney in return for the formula.
The Grandmaster gave him a costume and called him the Whizzer. Sanders and the other Squadron Supreme copies were beaten in the contest by Kang’s team of pawns, the hero team Avengers. After the defeat, the Grandmaster kept his word and returned Sanders and the others to Earth with their powers. A few months later, Sanders and the other members of the Squadron Sinister were hired by the alien geographer, Nebulon. Nebulon and the Squadron Sinister tried to melt the polar ice caps, but they were stopped by the hero team Defenders. Doctor Strange cast an amnesia spell over the Squadron members, causing them to forget their powers.
Sanders got his job back at Hudson Pharmaceutical and worked there for awhile. His memory was accidentally restored when the Avengers questioned him about one of the other Squadron members, Dr. Spectrum. Sanders experimented with the original formula that had given him his powers, creating a variant that increased his super speed even more. He took a new name, Speed Demon, because of the recent return of the WWll hero called the Whizzer. He then began to use his powers in various thefts, and most often clashed with the hero Spider-Man.
Later, Speed Demon joined a super villain team, the Sinister Syndicate, led by the Beetle (now the hero MACH-3). During this time he developed a rivalry with various other members of the team. The team proved short-lived and Speed Demon rejoined their later incarnation led by the wife of the villain Ringer, which was similarly disbanded shortly after.