Daniel Grove, the Seventh Second, was the son of world-renowned broadcast journalist Gardner Grove. He had a twin brother named Ken. His mother’s name was never revealed, and she died when Dan and Ken were infants, meaning that Dan never knew his mother. While Ken was eager to follow in their famous father’s footsteps, Dan was not, becoming a cameraman instead. On one of their assignments together, Ken was killed by the terrorist Scabbard, decapitated as Dan filmed. Despondent and depressed, he was preparing to jump from the Brooklyn Bridge when Angie Thriller appeared to him and recruited him to be a member of her Seven Seconds. The early issues chronicle how he found his niche and came to terms with his past, and a great deal of the first story arc (#’s 1-4) is seen through his perspective. Since he has no powers or special abilities, he is the “everyman” through whose eyes we get acquainted with Angie and her world.
Bill DuBay, in issue 12, gave us a possible future for Dan- as Ronald Morris’ replacement as SNN News anchor.
Anthony Salvotini, nicknamed “Salvo”, is the son of Peter and Marietta Salvotini, as well as brother to Angeline Salvotini Thriller. He is a weapons expert and phenomenally good marksman.
When Tony was a young boy, he started a fire in his house which resulted in the death of his father and the blinding of his mother. Later, when he was in the military in a Rapid Deployment Force stationed in the Middle East, three men took an ambassador hostage, and Tony was ordered to shoot the three kidnappers from a rooftop three blocks away. He shot and killed three men, but because of the distance involved he couldn’t distinguish their features, and he accidentally shot the man he was sent to save. Because of the political furor that resulted, the government was forced to give him a dishonorable discharge. This made him decide to become such a good shot that he wouldn’t need to kill- not out of pacifistic urges, but because killing could be so “inconvenient”. He soon adopted the motto “Only flesh wounds…only outpatients! I won’t kill a fly, so don’t ask me!”
Salvo is romantically involved with Janet Valentine, aka White Satin.
Tony is also one of a select few people who Angie can merge with to manifest herself, due to their similar genetic structure. She and Salvo often converse as Angie makes her face appear in his palm. His sister also helps him perform difficult stunts such as leaping from a skyscraper rooftop and landing on a moving vehicle, as in issue #2.
Born Angeline Marietta Salvotini to parents Marietta and Peter Salvotini, Angie married scientist Edward Thriller. She is Tony (Salvo) Salvotini’s sister. The couple has one child, Scotty.
As a result of one of her husband’s genetic experiments gone awry, Angie became merged with Edward, becoming “spirit” to his “flesh”. She gained the ability to see glimpses of possible future events, and she can become part of any inanimate object. The only living beings she can merge with and manifest herself through are her brother, due to their similar genetic structures, and Beaker Parish, due to his being an artificially created life form. When she appears, Edward disappears, a situation which Fleming had only begun to explore the ramifications of before he left the series.
Paging M.C. Escher! From #3.
She is the de facto leader of the Seven Seconds, due to her godlike nature and her precognitive glimpses that set events into motion. In the text pages that appeared in various DC books at about the time issue 4 came out, Fleming describes her as “An omnipotent, ethereal female who performs the godlike function of manipulating and coordinating Earthly events…sort of a cross between Jesus Christ and my mom”.
Angie manifests in broken glass, issue #5. Dick Giordano inks.