Public Domain Super Heroes


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Real Name

Dave Clark

First Appearance

Smash Comics #18 (1941)

Original Publisher


Created by

Jack Cole

Golden Age Origin

Dave Clark was a radio announcer at UMAX but he decided to become a nocturnal crimefighter, Midnight. His identity was based on a radio character who he voiced at the station when the actor was ill. His assistants included Gabby, a talking monkey, and Doc Wackey, reformed criminal/mad scientist. Later he was aided by Sniffer Snoop, an inept private detective.

His enemies included Big-Hearted Bosco, Carleton Construction Company, Chango, Circe, Cyanide Cindy, Cyclops Celon, Laughing Killer, Men from Mars, Robustia, and the Squid.


Midnight had no superpowers, but he was a skilled boxer. He carried several weapons and gadgets including a gun loaded with sleep-darts and a two-way wrist radio. He also carried a vacuum gun which fired a suction cup attached to a line of strong silk.


Midnight was one of the Quality Comics characters Jester mentioned while fighting a villain and explaining where he got his fighting moves from.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Smash Comics #18-85


  • Midnight was created by Jack Cole for Quality Comics in order to replace Will Eisner's the Spirit while Eisner fought in World War II.
  • While the golden age version of Midnight is public domain, all subsquent versiosn used by DC comics are NOT. DC Comics used the character briefly in the mid-1980s in All-Star Squadron #31-All-Star Squadron #32.

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