Created by Robert E. Wronski, Jr.
Real Name: Adam Rubinstein
Current Occupation: College Student
Group Affiliation: Heroes of the People
Place of Birth: Hadenville, OH
Current Place of Residence: Amherst, MA
First Appearance: Powerman # 263, September 2010
Adam Rubinstein has been called the John Barstaman of his time.
Adam's grandfather was the villainious Dr. Rubinstein who was the chief enemy of Captain Hero during World War II. Dr. Rubinstein also menaced the Mystery Men, All-Star Squadron, and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen during that period.
Adam himself grew up with a super-intellect, just like his grandfather. However, Adam chose early on that he would use his brains in the opposite ways of his grandfather. (The one exception was that Adam had no problems using his brains to gain access to money if he needed it for the "greater good.")
When Adam turned 18, he went to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where his roommate was fellow freshman Jonathon Stanford (who was secretly Powerman, minus the powers).
Shortly after arriving on campus, Adam recruited several new and young heroes to form a team called the Heroes of the People, who would have a more proactive mission than the Heroes of Earth. The two teams would clash often.
Adam recruited Jonathon to work with team. At the time, Jonathon had become well known in the area for solving mysteries, but Adam had also deduced Jonathon's true identity and sought out his experience.
Adam currently is the brains behind the team, although ironically a new Captain Hero had been handpicked by Adam to be the face of the team.
See my comments for Pretty Gal II.
Adam is in a way a remaking of an 80s hero in that he very much filling the role that John Barstaman held with the Heroes of Earth. Dr. Rubinstein (and the original Captain Hero) are retcons added in recent Powerman stories.
It should be noted that the Heroes of the People do not have their own title. They appear frequently in the pages of Powerman, Heroes of Earth, and Justice.