Public Domain Super Heroes

Wizard (MLJ 1)

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Real Name

Blane Whitney

First Appearance

Top-Notch Comics #1 (1939)

Original Publisher


Created by

Will Harr and Edd Ashe Jr.


The Wizard in his superhero costume, 1940

Golden Age Origin

Blane Whitney came from a long line of Americans who served their country in some capacity or another since the Revolution, including a number of first born males who took the name Wizard. He donned a tuxedo, a mask and a cape to become superhero known as the Wizard. He had many gadgets such as a "Dynamagno-Saw Ray Projector," an "H2-VX-O Ray," and "Secret Formula F22X." Later, he invented a body-hugging bullet-proof costume. To maintain plausible deniability, he passed himself off as an idle playboy who survived off his family's fortune and got by on its reputation. His girlfriend, Jane Barlowe, has little patience with his act, but she became enamored with his superhero identity after he rescued her from kidnappers in Top Notch Comics #3

In Top-Notch Comics #8, Blane Whitney acquired the Daily Citizen, an activist newspaper, after its original owner was killed by the minions of racketeer Benny Schultz. Blane hoped to use the paper to carry on the dead man's work. This issue also saw him getting a sidekick, Roy the Super-Boy.

His enemies included the Jingler, the Crone, Doctor Defeet, Master Mind, the Monster, the Mosconians, So-Guli, the Telepathist, and Torgo.

Powers and Abilities

The Wizard started training himself as a child to be a "Super-Brain". He succeeded and gained powers the following powers...

  • Super strength
  • Telepathy
  • Clairvoyance
  • Hypnosis
  • Photographic Memory 

Historical Notes

The Wizard and Shield teamed up in a multi-part storyline that ran through Top-Notch Comics #5 (May 1940)-7 (August 1940) and Pep Comics #4 (May 1940)-5 (June 1940). During the course of the storyline, they also ran across with Keith Kornell and Lee Sampson. This was the first crossover storyline in American comic books, narrowly beating out the more famous Sub-Mariner/Human Torch crossover in Marvel Mystery Comics #8 (June 1940)-9 (July 1940).[1]The Shield and the Wizard had a few team-ups throughout the Golden Age.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Top-Notch Comics #1-27
  • Hangman Comics #2
  • Shield-Wizard Comics #1-13
  • Pep Comics #4-5
  • Special Comics #1

Legal Note

While the golden age MLJ Wizard is public domain, subsequent versions used by Archie comics are NOT.


  1. Comics.Org

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