Public Domain Super Heroes


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Real Name

Hubert "Happy" Terrill

First Appearance

Smash Comics #14 (1940)

Original Publisher


Created by

Will Eisner and Lou Fine

Golden Age Origin

The Ray was a reporter named Hubert "Happy" Terrill. He was covering a science and technology beat for The New York Star, with the assignment placing him in the high-flying "strato-balloon" and exploring the upper atmosphere with the vehicle's inventor, Professor Styne. However, an electrical storm struck, and when he left the cabin to close the outer airlock door, "Happy" got the full brunt of it. The storm's energy plus the unfiltered sunlight gave him super powers such as the ability to absorb energy from his surroundings and emit it from his body in any form he chose. Also, He could use the energy to propel himself through the air.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Smash Comics #14-40


When DC acquired and revived characters from Quality comics, the Ray was included on a team called the Freedom Fighters who consisted of Uncle Sam, Doll Man, The Human Bomb, Black Condor, and Phantom Lady. Also, only the original Ray from the Golden Age is in the public domain, not any subsequent versions from DC Comics.

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