Ray. Happy Terrill, a reporter, is caught in a runaway hot air balloon and is exposed to solar radiation when the balloon enters the upper atmosphere. This gives him the ability to transform into the Ray whenever he is exposed to light. His powers include flight, controlling magnetic rays, and the ability to turn into a light beam. In one story he teams up with Uncle Sam, Hercules (III), Neon the Unknown, Quicksilver, and Black Condor. The Ray fights the Hindu mystic Bela Jat, Cadava the Crumbler, the Mongol warrior Khan, and the pied piper of crime, Stradivarius. He appears in stories with titles like “The Atom Smasher,” “The Empire of Captain Blue,” and “The Man of a Hundred Heads.”
First Appearance: Smash Comics #14 (Quality), Sept 1940. 27 appearances, 1940-1943. Created by Will Eisner and Lou Fine.
To the Introduction • To the Character List • To the Taxonomy • To the Creator List