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Ebony White
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Real Name

Ebony White

First Appearance

The Spririt Comic Strip (June 2, 1940)

Original Publisher

Register and Tribune Syndicate

Created by

Will Eisner

Origin

Ebony became the Spirit's first and most loyal partner. He was a taxi driver that encountered Denny Colt's alter ego while driving Ellen Dolan and Homer Creep past Wildwood Cemetery. Ebony was an intelligent person but, spoke with a heavy accent that later caused controversy over racial stereotypes (Will Eisner was always deeply fond of the character).

It seemed that Ebony did not have any family of his own and lived in Wildwood Cemetery with the Spirit. After much criticism over the stereotypes of the character, Eisner decided to have Ebony shipped off to school in the February 10, 1946 strip. That wasn't the end of Ebony, though. He did continue to make several more appearances throughout the rest of the series.

As the Spirit's sidekick, Ebony fought crime with him at his side. He was very skilled despite his being depicted as a bad stereotype. He was even a skilled pilot and flew the Autoplane on various missions for the Spirit.

Public Domain Appearances

Register & Tribune Syndicate:

  • The Spirit #2-4, 6, 15-16, 20, 22-23, 26, 28, 30, 34, 45, 50, 57, 64, 72, 84, 89, 110, 115, 124-125, 127, 137, 142, 151, 157, 159, 163, 166, 174-175, 185, 189-190, 192, 195, 202, 204, 206, 210, 214, 217-218, 220-221, 224, 226-227, 230, 234-235, 238-239, 244, 248, 253-254, 257, 259, 263, 266, 272, 276, 281, 284, 286, 287, 298, 318, 322, 326, 329-330, 333, 342, 344, 351, 355, 361, 366-367, 370, 374, 642-643

Quality:

  • Police Comics #11-12, 16-25, 27-35, 37-40, 42-60, 63-67, 69-85, 87-92, 95-99

Notes

Only the appearances which weren't renewed are public domain. Any modern-day appearances (such as in DC Comics) are NOT.

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