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Spectro
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Real Name

Bob Morgan

First Appearance

Wonder Comics #1 (1944)

Original Publisher

Nedor

Created by

Al Camy

Origin

Robert "Bob" Morgan was a performer, who went under the name Spectro the Mind Reader while performing his act. However his skills were no hoax, Spectro was the descendant of a real sorcerer from the 17th century who was burned at the stake after being accused of performing black magic.

During one notable performance of his mind reading act, a man murdered a woman during Spectro's act and then committed suicide. Another member of audience taunted Spectro into solving the crime. However, Robert discover this man was an agent of a villain called the "Professor" sent to monitor the killer, who was under the control of hypnotism during the crime. Spectro managed to prevent  the Professor, from stealing Professor Strogoff's short-wave hypnotiser.

Powers and Abilities

  • Spectro possessed telepathy and could also judge souls. If he found a soul filled with evil, he brought them to justice.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Wonder Comics #1-8, 15-16
  • Black Terror #25

Notes

  • The Nedor comics were renewed by Popular Library, which was eventually bought out by Fawcett Books. When Fawcett went out of business, Popular Library was sold to Warner Bros. A number of different publishers, however, are currently/have been using these characters without any lawsuits from Warner Bros., so any action over them is (probably) unlikely. They are still, however, "use at your own risk" characters.
  • Spectro is played by Alex Rodriguez in the Legacy of the Masque web series.

See Also

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