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Spirit of '76
Spirit of '76

Real Name

Gary Blakely

First Appearance

Pocket Comics #1 (1941)

Original Publisher

Harvey

Created by

Gary Blakey & Bob Powell

Golden Age Origin

Gary Blakely was the latest member of a patriotic American family that had members serve in every armed conflict in the nation's history. He grew up in England, where his Father was serving in the military. He attended Oxford University and excelled as a scholar and athlete.

Seeing the rise of the Nazis throughout Europe, he dropped out of Oxford and, at his family's request, headed back to America, where he became a cadet at West Point. He was also outraged at crime and decided to become a crime fighter. If he had gone public his super hero career, it would have put his military base at West Point in jeopardy, so he put on a patriotic disguise based on the uniform of his great-great grandfather and George Washington's aide-de-camp, Captain Ralston. He became the Spirit of '76 and fought enemies such as Satan.

While he had no super powers, he was a skilled fighter, and his cloak was bulletproof.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Pocket Comics #1-4
  • Green Hornet Comics #7-37

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