Adam Strange was an archeologist suddenly teleported from Peru, Earth to the planet Rann through a "Zeta-Beam". Upon his arrival, he was attacked by one of the planet's predators and rescued by a dark-haired woman called Alanna. Called on to protect the planet from extraterrestrial threats using Rann's technology, Strange grew to care for the planet and its inhabitants, especially Alanna.
Michael Jon Carter was a star quarterback at 25th century Gotham University until his father reentered his life and convinced him to deliberately lose games for gambling purposes. He was exposed, disgraced and expelled. Later he was able to secure a job as a night watchman at the Metropolis Space Museum used Rip Hunter's Time Sphere to travel to the 20th century and become the superhero Booster Gold.