Payne, Perisphere. “It is the year 2000 and the American Interplanetary Transport Company has established regular air routes to all the major planets. Suddenly the peaceful air waves are menaced by a fleet of black-hearted slavers combing the universe for victims!” Perisphere Payne is a freeland space opera hero similar to Flash Gordon who is hired to “clear out” villains like the slavers. He appears in stories with titles like “Chongo, Lord of the Hidden Empire,” “Peril Off Pluto,” and “Ling’s Plot to Kill Payne.”

First Appearance: Science Comics #1 (Fox), Feb 1940. 9 appearances, 1940-1941. Created by Arnold Haney and ?

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