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The character of Captain Comet first appeared in Strange Adventures #9 (June, 1951), and his 1950s appearances ended with Strange Adventures #49 (October, 1954), making him one of the last of the DC Comics Golden Age characters to cease appearing during the great superhero drought of the 1950's. There are no Captain Comet stories in issues 45,47, 48.
Captain Comet next appeared in 1976 when comic writer Gerry Conway and co-writer David Kraft brought him back as a supporting character in Secret Society of Super Villains #2 ('No man shall call me master', July/August 1976). In this series, it was revealed that Captain Comet has been exploring space since his final Strange Adventures appearance. He also appeared as lead character for the first time since 1954 in an extended story 'Danger: Dinosaurs at large' (DC Special 27, April/May 1977).
After the cancellation of Secret Society of Super Villains with #15 ('The wizard's war of the worlds', June/July 1978), Captain Comet made various guest appearances in other DC titles until becoming a lead character in the LEGION series with #16 of 'L.E.G.I.O.N. 90' ('Monster, monster', June 1990). In one L.E.G.I.O.N. scene he returned to the team after exile on a primitive planet where he took the native species from their Stone Age to interstellar travel in the space of a single year, explaining that "They were a bit slow."
Captain Comet was again revived in 2006 in the Rann-Thanagar War mini-series in the lead up to the Infinite Crisis event, and again in the new Mystery in Space mini-series written by Jim Starlin and penciled by Shane Davis.
Captain Comet is a mutant metahuman "born a hundred thousand years before his time". His "metagene" was triggered by a comet shining its light upon him at birth. His powers included telepathy, Psychokinesis|telekinesis, clairvoyance, electrical manipulation, a genius-level intellect, superhuman strength and endurance, photographic memory, and invulnerability. Blake discovered his unique abilities while he was growing up, but he first used his skills to fight crime as an adult. He intervened when criminals attempted to steal an advanced scientific device invented by his friend, physics Professor Emery Zackro. After this adventure, Blake decided to become a superhero on a full-time basis, creating his own costume and fighting various threats.
Captain Comet is unusual in that, unlike most comic book superheroes, he remains a product of the time he was created. In the 2006 Mystery in Space miniseries, his dog Tyrone talked about Adam Blake discovering his abilities "during what he called the 1950s."
Infinite Crisis, 52 and "One Year Later"
Captain Comet reappeared during the Rann-Thanagar War, helping Kyle Rayner and Adam Strange against the invasion of Rann by Onimarr Synn. Captain Comet was then featured in the Mystery In Space miniseries written by Jim Starlin.
During Week 31 (52) of the year after the events of Infinite Crisis Captain Comet was tortured and killed by Lady Styx, which forced him to eject his consciousness from his body."52" Week Thirty-One
Several months afterwards, Comet's psyche came into contact with The Weird's soul, which caused the two of them to create new bodies, each possessing some of the other's memories.
Captain Comet created a new younger body for himself with all the memories and mental abilities of his previous body. Captain Comet then teleported home and set off to locate his former body. He created a modified costume for himself and went by the name Comet, dropping the "Captain" title from his moniker.
Investigating, he discovered that the Church of Eternal Light had enslaved a group of Halo |Aurakle, using their abilities to grow brainwashed cloned telepaths from the charred remains of his former body. Although the clones had his former strength, they were psychically weaker, so Comet was able to destroy his corpse, sabotage the factory and flee. This branded him as a fugitive, and he was only able to continue his battles and avoid arrest due to his friendship with the police chief.
He explained his new, younger appearance to the superhero community by claiming to be Captain Comet's nephew.
Powers and Abilities
Captain Comet is the pinnacle of human evolution. His evolved mental functions not only give him genius level I.Q. but endows him with telepathy, a gift that enables him to read people's minds, communicate with his thoughts, and control minds. He also has the mental power of psychokinesis|telekinesis, an ability that enables him to use his thoughts to move, lift, and alter matter (usually in the form of creating and dispelling clothing) without having any physical contact with it, mentally lift himself upwards to fly at high-speed, create barriers of psychic force to deflect most physical attacks, and fire bursts of psionic energy that strike a target with concussive impact or energy of various forms, such as electricity or fire. His telekinetic shields can be used to simultaneously protect himself from the vacuum of space, while surrounding himself with an aura of oxygen to breathe. Captain Comet's brain also contains evolved sensory centers enabling him to clairvoyance|clairvoyantly "see" events outside of his range of sight, or even, in a limited way, see the future. If he focuses on clairvoyance he can see up to 100,000 years into the future. He also possesses two extra senses: the "sense of strength" allows him to evaluate an opponent's strength and a "vibro-sense" which allows him to read the emotions of others. His evolved physiology makes him superhumanly strong and durable almost on par with Superman. After his resurrection, however, his physical prowess is vastly diminished. Due to his physically younger body, Comet is not as powerful, as strong or as durable as he was in his previous incarnation. it is still unknown if he'll be able to recover his strength with age. However, the powers associated with his mind have been enhanced. Now Comet has stronger psionic powers, and a limited innate teleporting abilities, requiring a range of time between minutes to one hour to recharge himself after every "jump".
Captain Comet is a prodigy with the ability to master any skill upon his first attempt. He has a photographic memory, and possesses a comprehensive intellect well in advance of that of the average human. He is also a highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant.
In the 1994 Elseworlds mini-series Kingdom Come, Captain Comet was a member of Superman's reformed Justice League. He was chosen by Superman to be warden of the Gulag, the holding facility/prison for meta-humans who chose to defy the Justice League. He was killed in a prison riot.
Captain Comet also made an appearance in the final issue of the out-of-continuity Elseworlds miniseries The Golden Age, which took place in 1951 during the early years of his crime fighting career.
In the Tangent "Earth-9" universe in the newly created 52 multiverse, Captain Comet was an African-American superhero from that reality's Chicago. He was killed trying to prevent a war in Europe.
- Toonopedia entry on Captain Comet
- Cosmic Teams entry on Captain Comet
- Strange Adventures, Includes a study of the Captain Comet tales.