With less than a month now until the 4th of July here’s a look at the first twenty stories of the Harvey Comics superhero called the Spirit of 76. For more than two dozen Harvey superheroes CLICK HERE
THE SPIRIT OF ’76
Secret Identity: Gary Blakely, West Point Cadet
First Appearance: Pocket Comics #1 (August 1941)
Origin: Gary Blakely, scion of an American family which had distinguished themselves on the battlefield in every conflict from the Revolutionary War onward, was a Cadet at West Point. By chance he uncovered a Fifth Column plot by Nazi agents to blow up the academy. He adopted the costumed identity of the Spirit of ’76, foiled the Axis plot and resolved to continue fighting evil afterward.
Powers: The Spirit of ’76 was in peak human condition, was exceptionally agile and was very skilled at both armed and unarmed combat. His costume was bulletproof and he wielded his saber expertly in battle. This hero lasted until 1948, so he faced Communist villains instead of Nazi villains after World War Two was over.
POCKET COMICS #1 (August 1941)
Title: Cadet Blakeley, Spirit of 76
Villains: Nazi saboteurs led by Herr Hoch
Synopsis: West Point Cadet Gary Blakely discovers a Nazi plot to blow up West Point. Donning a costume and armed with a sword, he calls himself the Spirit of 76 and takes down the spy ring.
Comment: You have to admit, there’s something appealing about a superhero whose secret identity is that of a West Point Cadet. Continue reading