El Carim. “Read backwards, El Carim’s name spells ‘miracle.’ The name fits the man, for El Carim is the worlds’ greatest miracle-maker.” El Carim performs as a stage magician, but uses real magic both on stage and in real life, to fight evil. In his first appearance he uses a spectrograph (to transform written names into “radio ‘vision’ waves”), a magic monocle (to farsee and to attract and deflect bullets), conjures self-propelling ropes and the world’s most powerful magnet out of nowhere, anbd freezes men with his Arrestor. In later stories he uses a "cloak of magic might" and utters Zatara-style backwards-recited magic. El Carim’s master is "Wizzar, the father of all magic," and when some great crime has been committed Wizzar's spirit visits El Carim and directs him. El Carim is assisted by the lovely Gladys. El Carim fights pirates on the Mississippi, the murderous make-up artist the Firehawk, a Mad Scientist hunchback and his “house of monsters,” Olbaid, the “greatest of evil magicians,” and Thuggee. He appears in stories with titles like “The Flaming Circle,” “The Twister,” and “Monsters of Monterlay.”
First Appearance: Master Comics #1 (Fawcett), Mar 1940. 32 appearances, 1940-1942. Created by Carl Formes and Sven Elven.
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