In the late 1930s, Superman co-creator
Jerry Seigel and Houman co-creator Bernard Baily gave us one of
the most mysterious characters of the Golden Age, or any age for that matter -
The Spectre. From his earlies arrival, the ghostly superhero created quite a sensation.
According to Wikipedia:
More Fun Comics #52
Cover art by Bernard Baily.
years to come, the character would
gain a reputation among
editors and writers as being too powerful to get a dramatichandle on,
but creator Siegel apparently felt otherwise, because in More Fun #60 (October
1940), only the eighth Spectre story, he gave the Dead Detective an almost literal
deus ex machina, the Ring of Life, which would appear on the ghost's finger when
he faced a menace beyond his powers.|
The Spectre proved quite popular, and was awarded charter membership in the first ever super-hero team, the Justice Society of America in All-Star Comics."