God of the Week: The Spectre

God of the Week 11/09/09: The Spectre


The Spectre is a modern god and superhero in the DC Comics canon. He was created by Jerry Siegel (co-creator of Superman) and Bernard Baily, and made his first appearance in More Fun Comics #51.

In early appearances, The Spectre was depicted as the spirit of a deceased cop that was on a mission to fight crime on earth. Like many popular comic book characters, the decline in popularity of the comic genre lead to a hiatus in the 1950’s. Once the comic business picked up again in the mid 1960’s, many of the popular comic characters, including The Spectre, were revived and often re-invented. The Spectre became a much more power avenging spirit with near omnipotence, only to be greatly decreased in power in the 1980’s, leaving him as little more than a ghostly detective.

In the latest incarnation, The Spectre was syncretized with the Christian mythos, making him “God’s instrument of divine justice” which, for some reason, probably one that could only be understood by those with theology degrees, seems to entail nothing more than murdering evil doers in ironic ways.

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5 Comments on “God of the Week: The Spectre”

  1. vive42 Says:

    You know, I used to think that the worst thing imaginable was to mix up Christianity with Rock n’ Roll music.

    Now I realize that mixing it with comic books is about a hundred thousand million times more horrifying. Thanks?

  2. Univeral..

    But he’s technically not a God, right? I mean, no one prays or make sacrifices to him, and he doesn’t act independently.

    Wouldn’t he be more like a henchman of Jesus, like demons are the henchmen of Satan?


  3. howard fisher Says:

    my son-in-law’s grandfather was bernard baily. i would love to get a copy of bernard’s work for him. do you have any or know anyone? thank you.

    • No, I don’t have any. Stores the specialize in comics will usually have related collectibles like framed art as well. but, since Bailey worked before comic art was appreciated like it is today, there may not be anything of his out there. You could try finding a comic he did and taking it to a frame store to get it framed.

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