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The Spectre


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Publisher DC Comics
First appearance More Fun Comics #52 (February 1940)
Created by Jerry Siegel
Bernard Baily
Characteristics
Alter ego Aztar
Team
affiliations
Justice Society of America
All-Star Squadron
Archangels
Notable aliases The Spirit of Vengeance, Spirit of Redemption, Avenging Wrath of God, The Man of Darkness, Raguel
Abilities

The Spectre is a fictional cosmic entity and superhero who has appeared in numerous comic books published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in a next issue ad in More Fun Comics #51 (January 1940) and received his first story the next month, #52 (February 1940), and was created by Jerry Siegel and Bernard Baily, although several sources[1][2][3] limit Baily to being the artist assigned to the feature, and assign creator credit solely to Siegel. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... More Fun Comics was a DC Comics title which began as New Fun Comics in February 1935 and changed to More Fun with its seventh issue. ... Jerome Jerry Siegel a. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ... The All-Star Squadron was an American comic book (1981-1987) created by Roy Thomas and published by DC Comics about the adventures of a large team of superheroes which comprised of most of the feature characters owned by the company that appeared in the Golden Age of Comic Books... Omnipotence (literally, all power) is power with no limits or inexhaustible, in other words, unlimited power. ... For the Marvel comics character see Presence (Marvel Comics) The Presence is a fictional comic book representation of the Abrahamic God created by Grant Morrison for the DC Universe. ... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12-part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... For other uses, see Superhero (disambiguation). ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... More Fun Comics was a DC Comics title which began as New Fun Comics in February 1935 and changed to More Fun with its seventh issue. ... Jerome Jerry Siegel a. ...

Contents

Fictional character biography

Origins/Golden Age version

Main article: Jim Corrigan
More Fun Comics #52 (Feb. 1940). Cover art by Bernard Baily.
More Fun Comics #52 (Feb. 1940). Cover art by Bernard Baily.

The Spectre's career began in the late 1930s (More Fun Comics #52, February 1940), when hard-boiled cop Jim Corrigan was murdered. His spirit was refused entry into the afterlife, however, and, in the guise of a grey-skinned "thing" in blue cloak, gloves, trunks and boots (these colors were soon changed to chalk-white and green, with all reprints of this early material "corrected" to match the official version), it was assigned by an entity referred to only as "The Voice" (generally conceded to be God) to eliminate all evil from the world. Superman, catalyst of the Golden Age: Superman #14 (Feb. ... For the graphic novel character Jimmy Corrigan by Chris Ware see Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth. ... Image File history File links Morefun52. ... Image File history File links Morefun52. ... The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known as the World Depression. ... More Fun Comics was a DC Comics title which began as New Fun Comics in February 1935 and changed to More Fun with its seventh issue. ... For the graphic novel character Jimmy Corrigan by Chris Ware see Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth. ...


The Spectre began by seeking bloody vengeance against Corrigan's murderers in a grim, supernatural fashion. In years to come, the character would gain a reputation among editors and writers as being too powerful to get a dramatic handle on, but creator Siegel apparently felt otherwise, because in More Fun #60 (October 1940), only the eighth Spectre story, he gave the Dead Detective an almost literal deus ex machina, the Ring of Life, which would appear on the ghost's finger when he faced a menace beyond his powers (in six stories reprinted in recent years). The Spectre proved quite popular, and was awarded charter membership in the first ever super-hero team, the Justice Society of America in All-Star Comics. Another reward was the resurrection of the body of Jim Corrigan (accomplished with the aforementioned Ring of Life), from which the Spectre's ghostly form could emerge and function independently (seen in More Fun #75, Jan. 1942). More Fun Comics was a DC Comics title which began as New Fun Comics in February 1935 and changed to More Fun with its seventh issue. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ... This article needs cleanup. ... More Fun Comics was a DC Comics title which began as New Fun Comics in February 1935 and changed to More Fun with its seventh issue. ...


During the mid-1940s, the popularity of superhero comics began to decline, and the Spectre suffered as a result. He was reduced to playing the role of "guardian angel" to a bumbling character called "Percival Popp, the Super Cop." Eventually, Jim Corrigan enlisted in the military to serve in World War II, and on his departure, the Spectre became "permanently" invisible, becoming a secondary player in his own series. The feature's final installment was in #101 (January--February 1945), and the Spectre made his last JSA appearance at the same time, in All-Star #23 (Winter [1944--]1945). This article needs cleanup. ...

The Spectre
Publisher DC Comics
Schedule vol. 1: Bi-monthly
vol. 2-4: Monthly
Format All: Standard U.S., 4 color. While being published, ongoing.
Publication dates vol. 1: November/December 1967 - May/June 1969
vol. 2: April 1987 - November 1989
1988 (Annual)
vol. 3: December 1992 - February 1998
1995 (Annual)
vol. 4: March 2001 - May 2003
Number of issues vol. 1: 10
vol. 2: 31, +1 (Annual)
vol. 3: 64 (numbered 1 - 63, includes a #0), +1 (Annual)
vol. 4: 27
Main character(s) All:The Spectre
vol. 1-3: Jim Corrigan
vol. 4: Hal Jordan
Creative team
Creator(s) Jerry Siegel
Bernard Baily

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Silver Age version

When the Silver Age of comic books arrived in the 1960s, editor Julius Schwartz had the Spectre re-written and returned to the role of an avenging undead spirit, beginning in Showcase #60, January-February 1966. Under the authorship of Gardner Fox and as drawn by Murphy Anderson, his power was vastly increased, and at times he approached the level of omnipotence (in a retrospective look at the character, Amazing Heroes said this revival had been initially "announced" as a team-up with Doctor Mid-Nite, similar to the recent Doctor Fate/Hourman and Starman/Black Canary features by the same creative talent[4]). After a three-issue try-out in Showcase, he appeared in Justice League of America #s 46 (September) & 47 (October 1966) in that year's team-up of the titular group and their 1940s predecessors, the Justice Society (also written by Fox). A few months later, he co-starred with the Silver Age Flash in an issue of The Brave and the Bold, #72 (June-July 1967). With a cover date of November-December 1967, the Spectre was given his own title, while almost simultaneously (December 1967-January 1968), he made a second appearance in B&B (#75), this time teamed up with the current version of Batman. In the Spectre's own series, the creative credits varied widely over the ten issues published, perhaps the most notable participant being a then newcomer to comics, Neal Adams, who drew #s 2-5 and also wrote his last two. For its final pair, the comic became in effect a horror anthology, with the title character being little more than a host/narrator in several very short stories. The capper to this era came in JLA #83, August 1970, when, at the climax of another JLA/JSA crossover, the Ghostly Guardian appeared to be destroyed (his generic cameo at a JSA meeting in the previous issue seems to have been an artist's error, although it has spawned plenty of fan speculation about how he got from there to being imprisoned in a crypt as found and freed by Doctor Fate in #83[5]). Showcase #4 (Oct. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ... Julius Julie Schwartz (June 19, 1915 – February 8, 2004) was a comic book and pulp magazine editor, and a science fiction agent and prominent fan. ... Showcase has been the title of several anthology series published by DC Comics. ... Gardner Francis Fox (May 20, 1911, Brooklyn, New York – December 24, 1986) was an American writer best known for creating numerous comic book characters for DC Comics. ... Murphy Anderson (born 1926) is an American comic book penciller and inker who has worked for companies such as DC Comics for over 50 years, starting in the 1930s-40s Golden Age of Comic Books. ... Amazing Heroes was a magazine about the comic book medium that was published by Fantagraphics Books from 1981 to 1992. ... Doctor Mid-Nite is a DC Comics superhero. ... Doctor Fate is a DC Comics superhero and wizard, best known as a member of the Justice Society of America. ... Hourman (spelled Hour-Man in his earliest appearances) is the name of three different fictional DC Comics superheroes the first of whom was created by Ken Fitch and Bernard Bailey in Adventure Comics #48 (April 1940), during the Golden Age of Comic Books. ... For other people with the same name, see Ted Knight (disambiguation). ... Black Canary is a fictional character, a DC Comics superheroine. ... The Justice League is a DC Comics superhero team. ... The Flash is a name shared by several DC Comics superheroes. ... The Brave and the Bold is a DC Comics comic book that is currently in monthly publication in a second volume. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Neal Adams (born June 6, 1941, Governors Island, Manhattan, New York City) is an American comic book and commercial artist best known for his highly naturalistic style of illustration. ... Doctor Fate is a DC Comics superhero and wizard, best known as a member of the Justice Society of America. ...


Bronze Age version

Adventure Comics #432 (March/April 1974), cover art by Jim Aparo.
Adventure Comics #432 (March/April 1974), cover art by Jim Aparo.

In the 1970s, the Spectre was revived in the pages of Adventure Comics. This series, written by Michael Fleisher and drawn by Jim Aparo, was notorious for its gruesome depictions of the Spectre's poetic retributions against criminals: they were melted like wax, turned to wood and run through sawmills, transformed into glass then allowed to fall over and shatter into many pieces. In the letter column, some fans indicated uneasiness with this depiction, and in #435, Fleisher, perhaps in response or perhaps his plan anyway, introduced a character that shared their concerns, a reporter named Earl Crawford. Crawford's interactions with Jim Corrigan present an interesting possible continuity problem. In the character's first story (specifically on page 7), Corrigan disparagingly refers to Crawford as "Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter", owing to Crawford's vaguely similar appearance (tall, dark hair and spectacles), leading one, presumably dim-witted, uniformed officer to ask him (on p. 8), "Gee, are you really Superman?" Clark Kent/Superman being merely a comic book character leads to questions as to where in the DC Multiverse these stories are taking place [6]. Image File history File links Adv432. ... Image File history File links Adv432. ... Adventure Comics #296 Adventure Comics is a comic book series published by DC Comics from 1935 to 1983. ... Michael Mike Fleisher is an American comic book writer. ... Jim Aparo James N. Jim Aparo (1932-July 19, 2005) was a comic book artist best known for his work on various Batman stories for DC Comics. ... For other uses, see Clark Kent (disambiguation). ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... In DC Comics, the Multiverse was a continuity construct in which multiple fictional versions of the universe existed in the same space, separated from each other by their vibrational resonances. ...


The series was cancelled with scripts written but not yet drawn. Several years later, these remaining chapters were penciled by Aparo, lettered and inked by others, and published in the final issue of Wrath of the Spectre, a 4-issue miniseries in 1988 which reprinted the ten original Fleisher/Aparo stories in its first three issues (Two Aparo-drawn horror shorts of similar vintage were used as page-count fillers; all thirteen Spectre stories were subsequently collected in a trade paperback book of the same title in 2005). However, while three "new" stories were presented here, a 1980 interview--this is a full transcript, not a textual article littered with direct quotes--with Fleisher in The Comics Journal flatly stated that two scripts were left undrawn[7]. (The writer also indicated here his preferred habit of staying well ahead of deadline in his comics work, explaining the leftover scripts; the existence of these had led to an incorrect belief that the series was cancelled quite abruptly[8].) Given that the thirteenth story does not follow certain formulae that all twelve previous installments did, the claim that it was written by Fleisher in 1975 is called into question. However, it can be alternatively argued that the interview is the unauthentic work here. The cover of TCJ #115 (April 1987) celebrated their court victory in defending a libel suit. ...


The Spectre also made a guest appearance in the Doctor Thirteen series in the DC comic Ghosts. This three-part story (#97, February through #99, April, 1981) was a direct sequel to the Fleisher/Aparo run, including the Earl Crawford character (albeit visually redesigned as the Aparo original looked too much like Terrence Thirteen) and the same formatting of story titles (one of the ways that the thirteenth story credited to Fleisher varied from the other twelve; even the inside-covers text pieces in the reprint mini followed this particular formula), but was clearly produced with no consideration for Fleisher's then-undrawn leftovers. Here, supernatural debunker Terrence Thirteen became caught in a dangerous situation with deadly, terrorist-style criminals. The Spectre appeared and, as Thirteen watched in shock, killed the offenders. Thirteen was convinced that the Spectre was not a ghost, but a man, until in the final installment, the Spectre took Thirteen to the realm of Judgement, where Thirteen met with the spirit of his dead father. The Spectre would make periodic guest appearances in other DC titles as well, such as The Brave and the Bold, DC Comics Presents and All-Star Squadron. Dr. Terrence Thirteen, known simply as Doctor Thirteen, is a comic book character in the DC Universe. ... Ghosts is a comic book series published by DC Comics from 1971 to 1982 for 112 issues. ... The Brave and the Bold is a DC Comics comic book that is currently in monthly publication in a second volume. ... DC Comics Presents. ... The All-Star Squadron was an American comic book (1981-1987) created by Roy Thomas and published by DC Comics about the adventures of a large team of superheroes which comprised of most of the feature characters owned by the company that appeared in the Golden Age of Comic Books...


Among the many changes made to DC Comics' characters during the later half of the 1980s (following the Crisis on Infinite Earths, where the Spectre fought the Anti-Monitor), the Spectre was largely de-powered. First, and actually prior to the Crisis, The Spectre is revealed to be guarding an entrance to Hell in a Swamp Thing Annual story by Alan Moore. Then, in the conclusion to Moore's later Swamp Thing serial, "American Gothic", the Spectre is defeated by evil incarnate as it advances to destroy Heaven. Next, in the Last Days of the Justice Society of America special, he fails to resolve a situation and is punished by God for his failure. In his fourth solo series and second self-titled comic, under the authorship of Doug Moench, the Spectre became merely a generic mystical figure, with Corrigan the central figure of an occult-oriented private detective agency. His powers were significantly reduced here, with even the act of emerging from Corrigan's physical body being painful to both. This run was cancelled with the November 1989 issue, #31. A few months after this, the Spectre has a cameo in The Books of Magic, a four issue miniseries/whirlwind tour of the DC Universe's occult characters, written by Neil Gaiman. This implies him to be Raguel, an archangel who metes out punishments for God as the Spirit of Vengeance. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12-part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... For other persons named Alan Moore, see Alan Moore (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Swamp Thing (disambiguation). ... Doug Moench (born February 23, 1948) is an American comic book writer. ... Cover for the Italian edition of the series. ... Neil Richard Gaiman () (born November 10, 1960) is an English author of science fiction and fantasy short stories and novels, graphic novels, comics, and films. ... Raguel (Raguil, Rasuil, Rufael, Suryan, Akrasiel) is one of the 7 archangels mainly of the Judaic and Islamic traditions. ...


Modern Age version

Three years after the cancellation of the Doug Moench version, the Spectre was again given his own series, this time written by former theologian John Ostrander, who chose to re-examine the Spectre in his aspects both as the embodied Avenging Wrath of the Murdered Dead and as a brutal 1930s policeman. Theology finds its scholars pursuing the understanding of and providing reasoned discourse of religion, spirituality and God or the gods. ... John Ostrander is an American writer of comics. ... January 31 1919: David Kirkwood on the ground after being struck by batons of the Glasgow police Police brutality is a term used to describe the excessive use of physical force, assault, verbal attacks, and threats by police officers and other law enforcement officers. ...


Ostrander placed the Spectre in complex, ambiguous situations — what vengeance should be wrought upon a woman who killed her abusive husband in his sleep, for instance. Other notable dilemmas included, among others: “Domestic disturbance” redirects here. ...

  • The tiny (fictional) nation of Vlatava, the history of which was an endless cycle of civil war, ethnic cleansing, retribution, and blood feuds that had endured for centuries. The Spectre responded by judging the whole nation guilty, razing the land and killing the entire population except for two opposing politicians.
  • The pending execution of a wrongfully convicted man. His death sentence was commuted to life in prison after the Spectre threatened to kill the entire population of the state of New York in retribution (since, if the execution was carried out, the "people of the state of New York" would become guilty of murder).
  • A 90-year-old woman who had spent her entire life trying to atone for the single murder she had secretly committed in the 1920s. The Spectre found her on her deathbed.

Ostrander also retconned several new concepts into the Spectre's history: he revealed that the Spectre was meant to exist as the embodiment of the Wrath of God, and Jim Corrigan was but the latest human spirit assigned to guide him while he existed on Earth. This eliminated the resurrection of Jim Corrigan's body depicted in More Fun Comics #75 (January 1942), and made the Spectre's 1945-1965 disappearance as explained in Showcase #60 (January-February 1966), which had a few problems on its own terms, virtually impossible, yet Ostrander expressly retained that. It was also shown that the Spectre was a fallen angel named Aztar who had participated in Lucifer's rebellion, but then repented, and that serving as the embodiment of God's anger was its penance. Ethnic cleansing refers to various policies or practices aimed at the displacement of an ethnic group from a particular territory in order to create a supposedly ethnically pure society. ... A miscarriage of justice is primarily the conviction and punishment of a person for a crime that he or she did not commit. ... This article is about the state. ... For other uses, see Atonement (disambiguation). ... The 1920s is sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... More Fun Comics was a DC Comics title which began as New Fun Comics in February 1935 and changed to More Fun with its seventh issue. ... A showcase is a performance or exhibit highlighting the work of a performer or group of performers, a particular culture or ethnic group, or of a nationality. ... It has been suggested that Evil Angels be merged into this article or section. ... Lucifer is a comic book published by Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics. ...


Furthermore, the Spectre was not the first embodiment of God's anger, but was the replacement for the previously minor DC character Eclipso; Ostrander chose to portray this as a distinction between the Spectre's pursuit of vengeance and Eclipso's pursuit of revenge. In a historical context, Eclipso was responsible for the biblical Flood, while the Spectre was the Angel of Death who slew the firstborn Egyptian children. Eclipso is a fictional character, a villain in the DC Comics Universe. ... This article is about the vessel described in the Hebrew scriptures. ... The Plagues of Egypt (Hebrew: ), the Biblical Plagues or the Ten Plagues (Hebrew: ) are the ten calamities inflicted upon Egypt by God in the Biblical story recounted the book of Exodus, chapters 7 - 12, in order to convince Pharaoh[1] to let the Israelite slaves leave. ...


The Spectre has also played a pivotal role in the Crisis on Infinite Earths and Zero Hour storylines. In both cases, in the final struggle against the main villain — the Anti-Monitor and Parallax respectively — the Spectre was the only hero capable of standing against the villains directly, allowing the other heroes time to put a plan into action that would destroy the villains once and for all. Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12-part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... Zero Hour: Crisis in Time was a 1994 comic book miniseries and crossover storyline that ran in DC Comics. ... The Anti-Monitor is a fictional comic book supervillain, the antagonist of the 1985 DC Comics miniseries Crisis on Infinite Earths. ... Parallax is a fictional character, a supervillain from DC Comics. ...


The 2001 Green Arrow story "Quiver" (written by Kevin Smith) revealed that the Spectre (as the Hal Jordan incarnation) is aware of the Crisis on Infinite Earths. He is one of the few DC Universe characters with this knowledge. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this comics-related article or section may require cleanup. ... For other persons named Kevin Smith, see Kevin Smith (disambiguation). ... Hal Jordan is a fictional character, a DC Comics superhero. ...


Hal Jordan

Promotional art for Green Lantern: Rebirth #1 (December 2004) cover, art by Ethan Van Sciver.
Promotional art for Green Lantern: Rebirth #1 (December 2004) cover, art by Ethan Van Sciver.
Main article: Hal Jordan

Eventually, Corrigan's soul found peace. He relinquished the Spectre, and went on to the afterlife. The role of the Spectre was later assumed by Hal Jordan, the spirit of the former Green Lantern, during the Day of Judgement storyline; the Spectre chose Hal as his new host because Hal sought to atone for his actions as Parallax. In a series written by J. M. DeMatteis, Hal Jordan was able to bend the Spectre's mission from one of vengeance into one of redemption, also making other appearances through some of DC's other storylines, such as advising Superman during the Emperor Joker storyline (Where the Joker stole the reality-warping power of Mister Mxyzptlk) and erasing all public knowledge of Wally West's identity as the Flash after his terrible first battle with Zoom. After this series was cancelled, Jordan was forced to return, temporarily, to the Spectre's mission of vengeance, following a confrontation between the new Justice Society and the Spirit King, who had managed to 'resurrect' the ghosts of all those the Spectre had damned to Hell. After the Spectre was able to purge the Parallax from Jordan, he departed in order to move onto the next recipient of the Spirit. Jordan admits that the knowledge he gained from being the Spectre's host has faded, but if he has any greater knowledge of the Universe, he has not revealed it to anyone else.
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Day of Vengeance

Promotional art for Day of Vengeance #3 (August 2005) featuring the Spectre fighting Captain Marvel. Art by Walt Simonson.
Promotional art for Day of Vengeance #3 (August 2005) featuring the Spectre fighting Captain Marvel. Art by Walt Simonson.

As covered in one of the lead-ins to Infinite Crisis, Day of Vengeance, Jean Loring was transformed into the new Eclipso. She went after the Spectre, who was on a vengeance rampage. Not only was he killing murderers, he was also killing people for minor crimes, such as petty theft. She seduced the Spectre, who was unstable due to the loss of his host, into removing all magic in the DC Universe. Eclipso explained to the Spectre that all things that follow the rules of the physical universe follow God's law. Anything that breaks those rules, breaks God's law and is therefore evil. Consequently, as magic breaks the rules of the physical universe, it is an originating source of tremendous evil (this line of logic made sense to the unstable Spectre). Image File history File links Dov3. ... Image File history File links Dov3. ... Star Slammers graphic novel (1983) Walter or, usually, Walt Simonson (born September 2, 1946) is a comic book writer and artist. ... Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ... Day of Vengeance #1; cover by Walter Simonson. ... Jean Loring is a fictional character from DC Comics associated with The Atom. ... Eclipso is a fictional character, a villain in the DC Comics Universe. ...


Therefore, the Spectre went on a rampage, destroying magical constructs, institutions that taught magic, and magical dimensions. In one such dimension, his acts included the mass murder of over 700 battle hardened magicians. His actions caused havoc to some of the more powerful magic-based characters:

  • Phantom Stranger, whom he turned into a mouse;
  • Black Adam, who fought the Spectre when the spirit invaded his kingdom of Khandaq and caused plagues of destruction;
  • Doctor Fate, who was imprisoned in a dimension inside his helmet;
  • Madame Xanadu, whose eyes were destroyed (and made incapable of restoration through magic) by the Spectre to prevent her from reading her magical tarot cards;
  • Raven who can no longer properly control her powers; and
  • The wizard Shazam, who, despite the intervention of his champion Captain Marvel, was killed by the Spectre.

The Spectre also destroyed the magic-fueled kingdom of Atlantis, the home of Aquaman, during his rampage. 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. ... Black Adam is a fictional comic book character whose morally ambiguous nature has his character fall between the lines of heroism and villainy; as a result, he has associated himself with both superheroes and supervillains at different times. ... Doctor Fate, as seen in Justice League Unlimited Doctor Fate is a comic book superhero and wizard in the DC Comics universe, and a member of the Justice Society of America. ... Madame Xanadu is a fictional character, a mystic in the DC Comics universe. ... Tarot (Tar-oh) is a system of symbolical images. ... Raven is a fictional character and superhero in the DC Comics. ... Shazam is a comic book character created by Bill Parker and C. C. Beck for Fawcett Comics. ... This article is about the DC Comics character. ... Atlantis is a fictional location in the DC Comics Universe and the Marvel Comics Universe. ... Aquaman is a fictional character, superhero in DC Comics. ...


In the Day Of Vengeance: Infinite Crisis Special, the Spectre killed Nabu, the last of the Great Lords of the Ninth Age and the Presence's attention was finally drawn to him. The Spectre was once again forced into a human host, finally stopping his mad rampage. Nabu revealed, before dying, that originally he and the other Lords had been working towards forming the perfect host for the Spectre, but those plans were cut short.


The text of the story is a little unclear on exactly who the Great Lords were. Nabu, introduced in 1942 as the powerful entity responsible for Kent Nelson becoming Doctor Fate, was one of the Lords of Order. The Spectre had apparently killed the others, along with their counterparts the Lords of Chaos, with the exception of Nabu and Amethyst, whom he battled on Gemworld. Amethyst was among those gathered by the Phantom Stranger to aid in rebuilding the Rock of Eternity, and survived into the Tenth Age. Since Nabu counted Shazam as another Great Lord, and the wizard was not a Lord of Order, it is likely that the Great Lords were a group separate from the Lords of Order and Chaos. Doctor Fate is a DC Comics superhero and wizard, best known as a member of the Justice Society of America. ... The Lords of Chaos and Lords of Order are complementary groups of supernatural entities with godlike powers that appear in DC Comics. ... Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld was a series of comic books by DC Comics published in the 1980s. ...


Alexander Luthor also revealed that he was indirectly responsible for the Spectre's actions in Day of Vengeance. The Psycho-Pirate, under Luthor's orders, gave Eclipso's diamond to Jean Loring, making her manipulate the Spectre so that magic could be undone and used as fuel for Luthor's Multiverse tower. Alexander Luthor, Jr. ... The Psycho-Pirate was the name of two DC comics supervillains. ...


Crispus Allen

Main article: Crispus Allen

In Gotham Central #38, Crispus Allen was killed by a policeman coincidentally named Jim Corrigan (not the same Corrigan formerly associated with The Spectre). While Allen's body was in the morgue, the Spectre was forced against his will to enter Crispus Allen, taking Allen as his new host. Crispus Allen is a fictional police detective in DC Comics Gotham City Police Department assigned to the Major Crimes Unit (MCU). ... Gotham Central was a police procedural comic book series that was published by DC Comics. ...


Kingdom Come

In the four issue Elseworlds miniseries Kingdom Come, The Spectre (with Jim Corrigan still acting as host) takes a preacher named Norman McCay through the events of a possible future of the DC Universe. Here, Spectre is to determine who is responsible for an impending apocalyptic event. However, here his "faculties are not what they once were" (Kingdom Come #1), and he is said to need a human perspective to properly judge the events they witness. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Kingdom Come was a four-issue comic book limited series published in 1996 by DC Comics. ...


A conversation between McCay and the character Deadman said that Spectre had become further and further removed from humanity as time went on (Kingdom Come #3). At the end of the story, he is convinced by McCay to try to see things through the perspective of his human host, and as Jim Corrigan, he can be seen in the congregation of McCay's church (Kingdom Come #4), as well as at the end of the Epilogue in the Planet Krypton restaurant (seen in the Kingdom Come collected editions).


Marvel VS DC

During the Marvel vs DC crossover series, the Spectre allied with the Living Tribunal, his Marvel counterpart, in an attempt to avert the destruction of their two respective universes. At the moment the conflict between the two universes was decided, the two cosmic guardians combined their energies to create an 'Amalgam Universe' featuring characters created by combining two heroes from the two different universes (Examples included Doctor Strangefate, a Doctor Strange/Doctor Fate/Charles Xavier fusion). // DC vs Marvel Comics or Marvel Comics vs DC was a 1997 comic book mini-series by DC Comics and Marvel. ... The Living Tribunal is a fictional cosmic entity that appears in the Marvel Universe. ... Amalgam Comics was a metafictional American comic book publisher, and part of a collaboration between Marvel Comics and DC Comics, in which the two comic book publishers merged their characters to create new ones (e. ... Doctor Strangefate is an Amalgam Comics superhero who debuted in Doctor Strangefate #1, but his metafictional debut in Amalgam Comics continuity was Tales of Strangefate #1. ... This article is about the Marvel comics superhero. ... Doctor Fate is a DC Comics superhero and wizard, best known as a member of the Justice Society of America. ... Professor X Professor X (full name Charles Francis Xavier) is a comic book character in the Marvel Comics universe. ...


This universe was eventually split back into two by Access, forcing the two guardians into a desperate confrontation with the Brothers- cosmic entities personifying their respective universes- to avert the end of their worlds. Although the Spectre and the Living Tribunal were unable to stop the Brothers, the intervention of Batman and Captain America- two heroes who were essentially the Brothers in miniature, each one unique in their worlds but not determined to prove their superiority over their 'counterpart'- prompted the Brothers to realize the foolishness of their conflict and restore the balance between the two worlds. Access (Axel Asher) is a fictional character created by Amalgam Comics. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... This article is about the superhero. ...


Apparently, the Spectre and the Living Tribunal from Marvel worked together to create the Big Bang that brought the current universe into being.[citation needed] For other uses, see Big Bang (disambiguation). ...


Awards

The character won the 1961 Alley Award as the Hero/Heroine Most Worthy of Revival and the 1964 Alley Award for Strip Most Desired for Revival.


Other Versions

  • The Spectre was intended to appear in a Superman: The Animated Series Christmas special, but the episode was never produced. [1]
  • Spectre will be appearing in Justice League Unlimited #37.[2]
  • In the Amalgam Comics universe, Spectre was combined with Nightmare to become Night Spectre.

Superman: The Animated Series is the unofficial title given to Warner Bros. ... Amalgam Comics was a metafictional American comic book publisher, and part of a collaboration between Marvel Comics and DC Comics, in which the two comic book publishers merged their characters to create new ones (e. ... Dr Strange rescuing a victim of Nightmare. ...

References

  1. ^ Greenberger, Bob, "Of Ghostly Guardians and Resurrections," The Spectre (2nd series) #1, April 1987, DC Comics.
  2. ^ Thomas, Roy, "Secrets Behind the Origins Dept.," Secret Origins (2nd series) #15, June 1987, DC Comics.
  3. ^ Bails, Jerry, "Foreword," The Golden Age Spectre Archives Volume 1, 2003, DC Comics, p. 6.
  4. ^ Stewart, Alan, "The Lives and Deaths of Jim Corrigan, Alias...The Spectre: Part One of a Hero History", Amazing Heroes, #112, 1 March 1987, Fantagraphics p.32.
  5. ^ Burkett, Cary, "Speculations on The Spectre," Amazing World of DC Comics, #16, December 1977, DC Comics, p.40.
  6. ^ Burkett, Cary, "Speculations on The Spectre," Amazing World of DC Comics #16, December 1977, DC Comics p. 41.
  7. ^ Catron, Michael, "The Blessed Life of Michael Fleisher: An Interview with the Man Who Stuffed Jonah Hex," The Comics Journal, June or May (first on cover, second on contents page, indicia states monthly frequency) 1980, Fantagraphics, p. 51.
  8. ^ Sanderson, Peter, "The Wrath Against...The Spectre", The Wrath of the Spectre #3, July 1988, DC Comics, inside-covers.

DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Roy Thomas (born November 22, 1940, Missouri, United States) is a comic book writer and editor, and Stan Lees first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. ... Brian Bollands cover to the 1989 Secret Origins collection. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Amazing Heroes was a magazine about the comic book medium that was published by Fantagraphics Books from 1981 to 1992. ... Fantagraphics Books is an American publisher of alternative comics, classic comic strip anthologies, magazines, graphic novels, and the adult-oriented Eros Comix imprint. ... Cary Burkett is a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania broadcaster, currently affiliated with WITF. Carys love of music is equaled by his strong theatrical background. ... The cover of TCJ #115 (April 1987) celebrated their court victory in defending a libel suit. ... Peter Sanderson is a comic book historian, as well as a professor on the graphic novel as literature at New York University. ...

See also

For the graphic novel character Jimmy Corrigan by Chris Ware see Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth. ... Hal Jordan is a fictional character, a DC Comics superhero. ... Crispus Allen is a fictional police detective in DC Comics Gotham City Police Department assigned to the Major Crimes Unit (MCU). ... El Diablo is a name shared by two fictional characters published by DC Comics. ... The Crimson Avenger is the name of three separate fictional characters, superheroes who exist in the DC Comics universe. ... The Word is a fictional cosmic entity in DC Comics. ...

External links

  • DC Guide Entry for The Spectre - Unofficial Guide of DC Universe
  • Comic Book Awards Almanac
  • A comprehensive index of Spectres appearances
  • Toonopedia
  • The Grand Comics Database Project - Index for The Spectre vol. 1.
  • The Grand Comics Database Project - Index for The Spectre vol. 2.
  • The Grand Comics Database Project - Index for The Spectre vol. 3.
  • The Grand Comics Database Project - Index for The Spectre vol. 4.
  • The Grand Comics Database Project - Index for The Spectre Annual vol. 1.
  • The Grand Comics Database Project - Index for The Spectre Annual vol. 2.
  • Classic Comic Books: The Spectre

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