Public Domain Super Heroes


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Real Name

John Dickering

First Appearance

Pep Comics #1 (1940)

Original Publisher


Created by

Jack Cole

Golden Age Origin

John Dickering was a chemist who discovered a special gas that was many times lighter than Hydrogen. If the gas is injected into the human body, they can achieve flying leaps. Dickering injected himself, but soon discovers there was a side-effect, eye beams that are fired whenever John would cross his eyes. However, glass could not be penetrated by Dickering's dissolvo-vision. So, he wears glass goggles to keep his powers under control. John Dickering decides to use his powers as the costumed hero the Comet. His reporter girlfriend Thelma Gordon assisted him by running news-stories about Comet's good deeds.

However, the Comet is killed when he tries to save his brother Bob from being shot by gangster gunfire. Bob Dickering would become the hero Hangman to avenge his brother's death. He also would go on to date his brother's ex-girlfriend Thelma.

Powers and Abilities

The Comet's powers are flight and disintegrating eye beams.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Pep Comics #1-17


  • Only the golden age MLJ Comet is public domain, all subsequent versions created by Archie and DC comics are NOT.

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