Captain Comet (Adam Blake) is a fiction DC Comics superhero created by DC Comics Editor Julius Schwartz, writer John Broome, and artist Carmine Infantino.
Once a minor character in the DC Comics canon, he occupies an almost unique position in DC Comics history as a superhero whose origins belong to neither of the two great superhero comics periods between the 1930s and the start of the 1970s - the Golden Age and the Silver Age. His early stories fall into a no-man's land, sometimes referred to as 'The Atomic Age' because of the recurrent science-fiction themes of most comics of the period, when very few superheroes comics were published and less than a dozen, short-lived, superhero characters were introduced.
Along with Namor the Sub-Mariner and Toro Raymond, he is among the first mutant metahuman superheroes (meaning he was born with his powers), predating Marvel Comics X-Men by 12 years. He is one of the few DC Comics characters not to have had their earlier history significantly changed by various DC Comics major continuity changing events over the years such as 'Crisis on Infinite Earths' and 'Zero Hour'.
The character of Captain Comet first appeared in a 10-page tale, 'The Origin Of Captain Comet' , in the flagship science-fiction title 'Strange Adventures' #9 (June 1951) published by National Comics (now known as DC Comics). He was created by 'Strange Adventures' Editor Julius Schwartz, John Broome, and artist Carmine Infantino, and the story was written by John Broome (under the alias Edgar Ray Merritt), drawn by Carmine Infantino and inked by Bernard Sachs. The character was based on the pulp fiction character Captain Future. His first appearance was actually a two-part story, continued in 'The Air Bandits From Space' in 'Strange Adventures' #10 (July 1951). From issue #12 (September 1951) Murphy Anderson took over as artist, and he drew all Captain Comet's further appearances in 'Strange Adventures' until #46 (July 1954); Sy Barry and Gil Kane drew the last two stories. John Broome wrote every issue.
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