52 years ago - King Faraday is born.
34 years ago - 18-year-old King goes to college studying criminology & political science.
30 years ago - 22-year-old King graduates and is recruited by the Central Bureau of Intelligence into an elite military intelligence training program.
28 years ago - 24-year-old King becomes a CBI tactical operative.
21 years ago - 31-year-old King recruits Ben Turner & Richard Dragon as tactical assets for the DEO.
19 years ago - 33-year-old King is the first human to deduce J'onn J'onzz's identity. He agrees to help him.
15 years ago - 37-year-old King's daughter Emma is born.
6 years ago - 46-year-old King blackmails Christopher Chance into taking a job to get him back to work.
5 years ago - 47-year-old King becomes the new tactical head of the DEO when Director Bones takes control.
4 years ago - 48-year-old King temporarily serves in Luthor's cabinet but quickly steps down.
King Faraday was created in the pages of Danger Trail magazine in 1950, and continued to be one of DC's go-to spy characters. He thrived in an era that LOVED spies. We all know James Bond, but he was largely devolving into a cartoon character at the time. There were literally dozens of spy-adventurer archetypes thriving in popular media at the time, and Faraday was very much a part of it. For my money, the best representation of a classic King Faraday-like spy character was James Coburn's Flint character from his own movies.... a character that actually started out as a James Bond-style cartoon and somehow managed to steer right back into the 60's-era spy hijinks. all great stuff.
The evolution of Faraday's character in the pages of the comics come largely from the fact that he's often the character used whenever a specific book needs a classic g-man or spy character. He's the man recruiting Richard Dragon to become a government operative in his standalone series. In Darwin Cooke's New Frontier, he's the government agent who winds up befrending Martian Manhunter. he fills these roles incredibly well, so we chose to continue to use him the same way. He becomes a player in the ongoing behind-the-scenes dealings between the DEO and checkmate, eventually becoming the DEO's tactical head under Director Bones. We also used him as a member of the elite Team 7, a team fillled with future assassins and mercenaries, but also with several elite spies. Seeing a classic character like King Faraday in that lineup just makes it all the cooler.