Neon the Unknown. Tom Corbet, a member of the French Foreign Legion, is ordered by his cruel Lieutenant to cross the unforgiving desert with his troop and attack the savage Mbangi tribe. Corbet is the only survivor of the trek, the rest having died of thirst and heat, and he's about to perish when he finds a strange pool covered with glowing vapors. Corbet drinks from the pool and instantly gains powers and a superhero costume. He uses his powers to kill an attacking tiger, stops a would-be world conqueror, and goes on to fight crime and evil and the Germans, as well as Darmus the Wizard, the Tibetan Four Lamas, a “Batzi” scientist who drops “insanity spores” on the United States, and the scientist Fritz Cardiff and his invisibility ray. Neon has "neonic" powers, which boil down to glowing, being able to fly, and being able to shoot bolts of energy from his hands. In one story he teams up with Uncle Sam, Hercules (III), Quicksilver, the Ray, and Black Condor. He appears in stories with titles like "In a Metropolis of Madmen," "The Four Lamas," and "The Plot to Blow Up New York City."

First Appearance: Hit Comics #1 (Quality), July 1940. 18 appearances, 1940-1941. Created by S.M. Iger and Alex Blum.

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