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Captain Midnight. Captain Midnight was created by Robert M. Burtt (Jimmie Allen) and Wilfred G. Moore (Jimmie Allen, Howie Wing) and appeared in radio programs, comic books, comic strips, movie serials, and television shows from 1938 to 1956, beginning with the radio show Captain Midnight (1938-1949).

Captain Midnight is a Costumed Avenger. “Captain Midnight” is actually Captain Jim “Red” Albright. During World War One he was an aviator with the U.S. Army and gained the nickname “Captain Midnight” both because of his nocturnal operations for the Army and because, during one mission, he returned to his home base at midnight. Before the United States entered World War Two Midnight fights the evil Russian Ivan Shark and his daughter Fury, but beginning in December 1941 Midnight leads his Secret Squadron ("hardy, adventuresome fellows who laughed at danger") against the worst the Germans and Japanese have to offer.

Captain Midnight is under the command of Major Berry Steel, Midnight’s friend from World War One, and is aided by mechanic Ichabod "Ikky" M. Mudd and the junior members of the Secret Squadron, Joyce Ryan and Chuck Ramsey, Midnight's teenage wards. The Secret Squadron is managed by Steel, and the Squadron have a government sanction to do what they like. Midnight leads various independent missions, shooting down enemy planes, fighting the Axis' worst villains, the Yellow Perils Barracuda (who is Japanese) and Ivan Shark (who is now Eurasian), and carrying out clandestine missions behind enemy lines. Midnight also has various encounters with his Loving Enemy, Luna White, the "Moon Woman," an Allied agent and a mysterious, sultry woman who came close but never quite got romantically involved with Midnight.

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