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Duke of Darkness

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Duke of Darkness

Real Name

Danny “Paddy” Sullivan

First Appearance

Triple Threat Comics #1 (1945)

Original Publisher

Holyoke /Gerona

Created by

Sam Cooper & John Giunta


The Duke of Darkness was Danny “Paddy” Sullivan, a police officer from an unnamed American city. When he was killed in the line of duty, Danny discovered that he continued to exist as an "Earth-bound spirit." He decided to continue fighting crime as the Duke of Darkness.

His powers include intangibility, flight, super strength, and the ability to perceive & battle ghosts and demons. Even though he's a "ghost," he is able to be knocked out by a bump on the head such as in his first adventure. The Duke of Darkness battles villains such as Professor Evil and Mr. Slumber, who attack people through their dreams. A police captain whom Danny once served under viewed the Duke of Darkness as a very mundane nutcase and kept trying to lock him up. Although Danny could escape at any time, he humored his former boss in between solving crimes.

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Danny becomes the Duke

Public Domain Appearances

  • Top Spot Comics
  • KO Komics
  • Triple Threat Comics
  • Atomic Bomb (cover only)

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