"The Most Astounding Man
on the Face of the Earth"
Occupation: Vigilante, Scientist
Group Affiliation: The New Furies
Base of Operations: New York
Weight: 165 lbs.
First Appearance: Pep Comics #1 (MLJ, January, 1940)
Known Creators: Jack Cole
While working on ways to enhance human potential, John
Dickering discovered a new gaseous compound which gave him great strength and
leaping ability when injected into his blood. However, after several
injections, he discovered that there was a significant side effect to the
compound. It caused his body to swell with energy. The energy
allowed him to fly, but a more intense beam of the energy would be directed at
anything he focused his eyes on. The beam nearly disintegrated
everything in his lab, except his glass test tubes.
He soon discovered that glass could block his disintegrating stare, and he
built a glass visor for himself to prevent any further destruction. He
then decided to put his strange new abilities to good use, as the costumed
hero known as "The Comet."
For a brief time, The Comet
was admired as a hero. Then, he was captured by a
crime boss known as Satan. The Comet was then introduced to a powerful
telepath named Dr. Zadar,
who put the Comet under his control. In thrall, the Comet went on a
crime spree which lasted several weeks, and during that time, he killed at
least two police officers and ten civilians. When Zadar realized that
Satan intended to swindle him, he used the Comet to kill Satan, but in the
confusion, the telepath was also disintegrated. Free from mental
enslavement, the Comet found himself a fugitive
from the law, with no evidence to back his unlikely story. Because of his extremely dangerous abilities,
were instructed to shoot the Comet on site. The Comet was
forced to go into hiding, but he was still determined to be
a hero, and continued to wear his costume to fight crime, even though he was
forced to flee whenever the police arrived. Slowly, he began to win back
the trust and even the admiration of the general public, if not the
authorities who hunted him.
Equipment and Abilities:
Dickering was a brilliant chemist, physicist and biologist. The gas compound which
he invented and which he injected into his blood, infused his body with
energy which enhances his strength, allows him to leap great distances and
even to fly at supersonic speeds.
However, the energy also causes him to emit powerful beams of red energy from his
eyes, and when those beams collide at the focal point of his vision, they
become supercharged. The supercharged energy is hot enough to quickly melt or even vaporize most common
objects. However, the beams effects are entirely blocked by glass and
silicates. The Comet can only control the beam by closing his eyes, or
by wearing a glass visor. At first, Dixon used his abilities without
reserve. If he felt that someone's activities threatened the lives of
innocent people, he had no compunction about disintegrating their heads, or
dropping them from 1000 feet. However, after he became wanted for
murder, he tried to reign in his fearsome reputation by not killing more often
than he had to, and he could easily stop most criminals by vaporizing their
weapons or melting their limbs. While he was not bulletproof, he could
vaporize bullets in mid-air.
A New York reporter who worked for The Daily Blast newspaper. She
believed that the Comet was innocent of the crimes he was accused of and she agreed to help
him clear his
name. She made a pretty good name for herself by reporting on the Comet's
exploits. Eventually, Thelma fell in love with John and wanted to marry
him, but John felt he would never be able to settle down and give up his
dangerous life as the Comet, so long as he had the power to help others and
atone for his sins.
First Appearance: Pep Comics #5
John's younger and stronger brother, who was working on his master's degree while John
was busy fighting crime as The Comet. When John realized he could not
spend the time and attention on Thelma that she deserved, he encouraged Robert
to take her out. John eventually sacrificed his life to save Robert, and
with his dying breath, he asked Robert and Thelma to stick together.
Robert vowed to avenge his brother and to continue his crusade against crime, as
the masked hero known as "The
First Appearance: Pep Comics #17
Mr. Cricket was an old hermit miner who lived in a log cabin high in the
mountains of Nevada. He found The Comet after he passed out from blood
loss, after being shot by police in Los Angeles. Pops nursed him back to
health and offered him refuge for a time in his remote cabin. He believed
the young man's incredible story and in return for his kindness, the Comet
helped to put an end to the dangerous and illegal work practices at a local mine.
First Appearance: Pep Comics #4
The widow of one of the police officers that The Comet killed. She choose
to forgive him after he helped to save her from a racketeering scheme that was
ruining her. She was an Irish immigrant.
First Appearance: Pep Comics #6
Notes: A modern version of The Comet is owned by Archie
Comics and Published by DC Comics. They likely hold the trademark
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