Comic books emerged in the 1930s. At first the books reprinted humorous newspaper strips, but later they began to feature unique content. Superheroes entered the world of comic books in 1938 with the release of Action Comics No. 1 and the debut of Superman. While the medium’s success first attracted controversy for violence and mature themes, many of the characters introduced have stood the test of time to become vital parts of our national culture.
Original comic art for Captain Midnight
Originating as a heroic aviator on radio, Captain Midnight transformed into a superhero within his self-titled comic book. Using a variety of inventions, including a “glidersuit” that enabled him to fly and a “doom beam torch” flashlight, Captain Midnight fought enemies from Axis soldiers to the King of Saturn.