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Doctor Thirteen debunking a ghost,
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Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Star Spangled Comics #122 (November 1951)
Created by
Characteristics
Alter ego Terrence Thirteen
Affiliations Zatanna
Notable aliases Ghost-Breaker
Abilities His skepticism makes him somewhat resistant to magical effects.

Dr. Terrence Thirteen, known simply as Doctor Thirteen, is a comic book character in the DC Universe. DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to the date or issue of a characters first appearance. ... Zatanna Zatara is a fictional wizard and a superheroine in the DC universe. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... The deepest visible-light image of the cosmos, the Hubble Ultra Deep Field. ...


Origin

Terrence was a parapsychologist who investigated reports of supposed supernatural activity with the goal of proving that that allegation is groundless. Parapsychology is the study of the evidence involving phenomena where a person seems to affect or gain information about something through a means not currently explainable within the framework of mainstream, conventional science. ... Look up Supernatural in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


He first appeared in Star Spangled Comics #122 (November, 1951), and would later appear through issue #130 (1952) of that title. He would next appear in Showcase #80 in 1969, as a guest star in the Phantom Stranger story, and then appear as a regular guest star in the new Phantom Stranger series that began in 1969, then moving to a backup series in that title. The Phantom Stranger is a fictional character of unspecified paranormal origins who battles mysterious and occult forces in various titles published by DC Comics, sometimes under their Vertigo imprint. ...


Naturally, since he does dwell in the DC Universe, his eventual discovery of actual supernatural beings such as the Spectre and Deadman proved most disconcerting. Cover to the History of the DC Universe trade paperback. ... The Spectre is a fictional cosmic entity and superhero who has appeared in numerous comic books published by DC Comics. ... Deadman is a DC Comics superhero created by Arnold Drake and Carmine Infantino in the comic book series, Strange Adventures, specifically in issue #205 (October 1967). ...


Current Status

Today, his activities are explained that he is unconsciously drawn to supernatural hoaxes and while disproving those, he equally unconsciously ignores the real thing. It was explained by DC's sardonic, down-to-earth mage John Constantine in the mini-series The Books of Magic that since Thirteen does not believe, magic and the supernatural truly do not work for him. In the DC Universe, if you think little of the Tarot, for example, you get nothing out of it; whereas if you do accept its power, it will work for you. (This is akin to the thesis found in such DC titles as Hellblazer and Neil Gaiman's Sandman that everyone makes his or her own Hell or Heaven out of one's own expectations/beliefs/guilt in life.) His daughter, Traci Thirteen is a sorceress, a fact he finds most upsetting. John Constantine (born May 10, 1953 in Liverpool, England) is the fictional protagonist of the comic series Hellblazer. ... A miniseries, in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... Cover for the Italian edition of the series The Books of Magic is the title of four-issue comic book miniseries written by Neil Gaiman, and later an ongoing series, published by the DC Comics imprint Vertigo. ... The Sorceress by John William Waterhouse Magic and sorcery are the influencing of events, objects, people and physical phenomena by mystical or paranormal means. ... This article is about the structure, card imagery, history, and origin of tarot decks, which today are often used for spiritual, esoteric, psychological, occult and/or divinatory purposes. ... Hellblazer is a comic book series published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics, which features the central character John Constantine. ... Neil Richard Gaiman () (born November 10, 1960, Portchester, Hampshire) is a British author of numerous science fiction and fantasy works, including many graphic novels. ... The Sandman was a comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics for 75 issues from 1988 until 1996. ... Medieval illustration of Hell in the Hortus deliciarum manuscript of Herrad of Landsberg (about 1180) Hell, according to many religious beliefs, is a place or a state of pain and suffering. ... Heaven is an afterlife concept found in many religions or spiritual philosophies. ... Girl 13 aka Traci Thirteen is a fictional character of Asian descent in the DC universe, who first appeared in Superman # 189 in February, 2003. ... A sorcerer (from Old French sorcier; fem. ...


In the first issue of Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers miniseries Zatanna. Dr. Thirteen had until recently been dating the title heroine. Morrison's take on Thirteen's perceptions is slightly different; while exploring a mystical realm with Zatanna and others, he accepts what is happening, but explains it in terms of physics, rather than magic. However, during this exploration he, and everyone else involved except Zatanna, is killed. Grant Morrison (born January 31, 1960, Glasgow) is a Scottish comic book writer and artist. ... The Seven Soldiers of Victory (also known as Laws Legionaires) is a team of comic book superheroes in the DC Comics universe. ... Zatanna Zatara is a fictional wizard and a superheroine in the DC universe. ...

Thirteen has resurfaced, possibly due to the time-altering events of the Infinite Crisis, still residing along with Traci in Doomsbury Mansion [1], still renting his service as a paid mythbuster, called as a "professional sceptic" to discover if supernatural manifestation are real or hoaxes. Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue comic book limited series published by DC Comics. ...

References

  1. ^ Tales of the Unexpected#1

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Doctor Thirteen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (362 words)
Terrence Thirteen, known simply as Doctor Thirteen, is a comic book character in the DC Universe.
Terrence was a parapsychologist who investigated reports of supposed supernatural activity with the goal of proving that that allegation is groundless.
Morrison's take on Thirteen's perceptions is slightly different; while exploring a mystical realm with Zatanna and others, he accepts what is happening, but explains it in terms of physics, rather than magic.
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