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Fri Feb 17, 2017, 09:07 AM

The origin of Superheroes: Doctor Occult

(occasionally, I'm going to throw in some of the older lesser known heroes)

Doctor Richard Occult is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Superman's creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Doctor Occult, also known as the Ghost Detective, is a private investigator and user of magic who specializes in cases involving the supernatural.[1] Doctor Occult is the earliest character created by DC Comics still currently used in the DC Universe.

The character first appeared in New Fun Comics #6 in 1935 as one of the first depicted superheroes published by DC and in comic books in particular. He was depicted as a supernatural detective, whose detecting style was very much in the style of Sam Spade, only with supernatural abilities.[2]

He also appeared in Centaur Publications' The Comics Magazine #1 under the name "Dr. Mystic". This was the same character because his story, "The Koth and the Seven", began in The Comics Magazine and continued in DC's More Fun Comics #1417 (issues also designated as vol. 2, #25). In this story, he travels to a mystic realm where he flies and wears a cape, making him the first caped comic book superhero. This story also introduced the Seven, a group of mystics who would later be retconned into having raised Richard Occult and Rose Psychic. Doctor Occult made his last original appearance in More Fun Comics #32 in 1938.

He later appeared in Crisis on Infinite Earths (1986), The Books of Magic (1991), Vertigo Visions: Dr. Occult (June 1994), and The Trenchcoat Brigade (1999).


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