Kid Eternity is a fictional character,
a comic book superhero that premiered in Hit Comics #25 written by Otto
Binder, drawn by Sheldon Moldoff, and published by Quality Comics in
December 1942. All of Quality's intellectual properties have lapsed
into public domain long ago, including the character.
Prior to issue #25, Hit Comics had a
series of rotating cover features, including Hercules, the Red Bee,
Stormy Foster and Neon the Unknown. However, December 1942 saw the entire
line-up of comics at Quality change their features (if not always the
cover feature). Kid Eternity was brought in from the start as the new
cover feature for Hit.
The character proved to be popular enough
that when Quality Comics began expanding their post-war line, the Kid
got his own self-titled comic book, Kid Eternity, in the Spring of 1946.
Further illustrating the popularity of the character, his antagonists,
Her Highness and Silk were given their own strip in Hit Comics #29 through
By the late 1940s, however, Quality
Comics was experiencing the post-war bust that most superhero comics
were. In November 1949, Kid Eternity's self-titled magazine was discontinued
(with issue #18) and his lead slot in Hit Comics was given over to Jeb
Rivers, a riverboat captain (with issue #61).
Character Origin and Powers
The Kid was originally a nameless boy
(who only ever remembered being called 'Kid' by his 'Gran'pa') who was
killed when a U-Boat sank his grandfather's fishing boat during World
War II. Due to a supernatural mix-up, however, he was killed 75 years
too soon (similar to the plot of the 1941 film Here Comes Mr. Jordan)
at the time.
To rectify the error, the Kid was brought
back to life for another 75 years with the mission of upholding good
in the world. He was given the power to summon any good historical or
mythological figure or animal by saying the word "Eternity"
as well as to use the same word to make himself material or immaterial
and invisible. Kid Eternity was further assisted on his duties by the
clerk who'd made the error, Mr. Keeper. He is sometimes shown summoning
fictional figures, like Jean Valjean or the Witches in Macbeth. In Kid
Eternity #2 he shows time travel ability.
Her Highness and Silk: an elderly woman
(complete with glasses and white hair) and her young, attractive assistant.
Thieves and confidence scammers, the characters were humorous in nature,
almost never succeeding in their plans but always willing to try another
"get rich quick" scheme. (First appearance: Hit Comics #27).
Her Highness made a cover appearance in Hit Comics #28. In 1982, she
and Silk were used in a Captain Marvel story guest-starring Kid Eternity
(World's Finest #282).
Master Man: Kid Eternity's opposite number, Master Man was given powers
similar to the Kid's by the Devil. When Master Man said "Stygia",
he could summon any evil historical or mythological figure from Stygia.
(First Appearance: Kid Eternity #15) When defeated he was taken back
to Stygia by the ground opening beneath him, but returns later to gather
more lost souls.
Thuggoths: Evil creatures, part man, part beast, who were imprisoned
in a pyramid 3000 years ago by the Egyptian pharaoh King Tut-ankh-amen,
but escape and plan to take over the world, killing experts on Egyptology
so it is not known how to kill them. Kid Eternity tracks them to the
pyramid, is attacked by one but summons up William Tell who slays it
with an arrow, and later summons up Tut, who finally destroys them with
fire. Only appearing in Kid Eternity #1.
Dr. Marko: a world renowned scientist who after being paid by foreign
agents to set off radio controlled mines in a city harbour, thus killing
hundreds of people, is sentenced to hanging. He decides to travel through
time to attack America when it was smaller and weaker, and invents a
time-globe to travel to the past, although he takes the Kid with him
after they realise a mortal is meddling with Eternity, not realising
who he is. Marko attempts to change history twice but is foiled. Mr.
Keeper then take Marko back to the day of his execution, where he is
hanged, and sends the globe far into the future, where men will learn
to use its great powers. Only appeared in Kid Eternity #2.
Mr. Keeper's evil brother: an evil twin brother of Mr. Keeper, who was
banished to Stygia by Mr. Keeper using the Cup of Jove, for rewarding
evil and punishing good, but escapes to get revenge and uses his powers
to help criminals. He fights Mr Keeper, distracting him and knocks him
out, before binding hiim and impersonating him. He is banished once
more with the Cup of Jove.
Frank Malone: leader of a group of kidnappers who kidnap a rich girl,
called Kathryn, the Greenbriar heiress, and demand a $50,000 ransom.
However the Kid foils the Kidnappers, and saves the girl from a fire
in the car, even though she was supposed to die that day.
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