Centennial (Character)

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Real Name: Ruthford “Rudy” B. Princeton III

Alias: Captain Tomorrow, Justice Man, Flying Fossil, Old Man

Created by:  Scott Lobdell and Clayton Henry

1st appearance: Alpha Flight #1, 2004        

Nationality: Canadian

Team Affiliations: Alpha Flight

Legal Status: Unknown

Height: 5’3              Weight: 110 lbs

Eyes: Brown             Hair: grey

Relatives: Agnes (Wife, deceased), Malcolm/Blacque X (Great Grandson)

Skills and abilities: He has armed and unarmed training from his years in the police academy.

Powers: Centennial possessed superhuman strength and durability. He could fly and had the ability to project a highly concentrated beam of heat from his eyes.


Rutherford Princeton began his life of crime fighting as a police officer in Canada. During prohibition, he was loaned out to the Chicago force. At some point, his lover, Amelia Weatherly, disappeared and he believed her to be dead, erecting a gravestone for her. Easing into civilian life, the former policeman and army officer living many years before slipping into a coma roughly twenty years ago. In need of superhumans, the hero Sasquatch became aware of Princeton’s latent mutant powers and managed to revive the 96 year old. The now elderly Princeton initially declined Sasquatch’s offer to join Alpha Flight but eventually accepted. The newly formed group helped rescue the original Alpha Flight, fought Big Hero 6 and later stopped the machinations of the criminal manimator.

During his last known adventures have yet to be revealed, though a vision showed centennial and nemesis as having died and been buried side by side.


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  • February 8, 2015 at 12:43 am

    This series came and went without my noticing, but I caught vol.2 in a discount bind and loved it. I wish I had seen more of Rudy before he was set adrift in character oblivion.


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