Spectre. Tough cop Jim Corrigan gets set up by mobster "Gat" Benson and thrown into the river in a barrel of cement. Corrigan dies, but instead of going on to heaven his spirit is met by a "Voice," which tells him he must return to Earth as a ghost to fight against crime. Corrigan returns as the revenant the Spectre, and fights against criminals mortal and occult. The Spectre's powers are immense, and he can do almost anything; when he is faced with someone or something more powerful than he, he approaches the "Voice" and gets help and extra power. He is assisted by Percival Popp, "Super Cop," and is a member of the Justice Society of America. The Spectre’s enemies range from his evil opposites, Azmodus and Zor, to the evil sorcerer Deeja Kathoon, to the alchemist Gustaf Gilroy, to the evil super-scientist Xnon, to the magic alien Oom, who commands a magic dragon. The Spectre appears in stories with titles like “The Curse of Kulak,” “The Mad Creation of Professor Fenton,” and “Dr. Mephisto.”
First Appearance: More Fun Comics #52 (DC), Feb 1940. 100+ appearances, 1940-1945. Created by Jerry Siegel and Bernard Baily.
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