Triumph Of The Spirit


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Captain Triumph debuted in 1943, a bit late to capitalize on the initial super-hero boom. Unlike such early birds as the The Arrow and The Clock, the good Captain outlasted the faddish interests of the ’40s audience and hung on until the end of the decade, headlining several issues of Quality’s Crack Comics in the process.

Created by Alfred Andriola, Captain Triumph’s origin was more unique than most of the era. Lance Gallant vowed to fight the forces of tyranny after his twin brother, Michael, was murdered by Nazis. Unknown to the surviving Gallant, however, The Fates decided to aid the grieving brother’s quest.

Lance soon discovered that Michael’s ghost still walked the Earth, and that the two could combine into the super-powered Captain Triumph whenever the surviving brother touched his birthmark.

Despite his mystic background, Captain Triumph mostly fought down-to-earth criminals in well-crafted tales that employed a bit more characterization than most Golden Age slug-fests.  His rather simple costume also probably aided the Captain’s longevity, as he didn’t quite look like your garden variety super-hero.

The following story introduces a femme fatale who claims to be Michael’s widow, a claim that is obviously false but nevertheless leaves the Gallant brothers in an interesting quandary. Reed Crandall’s typically slick art completes the package.

“The Man Who Robbed The Dead” originally appeared in Crack Comics #53 (Quality, March 1948).

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