Public Domain Super Heroes


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Real Name

John Cardy

First Appearance

Top-Notch Comics #1(1939)

Original Publisher


Created by

C. A. Winter and Harry Shorten

Golden Age Origin

John Cardy was an American adventurer and a professional magician popularly known as Kardak the Mystic. He traveled the world doing magic shows and fighting whatever crime he ran into along the way. Originally, Kardak's abilities were limited to stage magic, but he soon acquired genuine mystical abilities. He was usually assisted by his fiance, Lorna Delroy, a vaudeville performer. They fought villains such as the Mocha Men, the Brahmins, the Great Rexa, the Transparent People, the Beast-Men, the Ice People, and Kid Boppo.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Top-Notch Comics #1-2,4-27
  • Top-Notch Laugh Comics #28-29


The Golden Age Kardak the Mystic is public domain, but the subsequent version used by Archie Comics in Mighty Crusaders #4 is NOT.

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