Bob Powell’s Mr. Mystic faces off against his greatest foe, The Shadowman, in a surprisingly dark story printed days before Christmas of 1940.
The Shadowman was a precursor to Powell’s Man In Black, the human personification of death. Given the nature of such a foe, it’s not surprising that Mr. Mystic would have much to lose if defeated.
What is surprising, however, is that … well, let’s just say Spider-Man wasn’t the first super-hero to fail in a key, life and death situation.
The following story originally appeared in the Dec. 22, 1940 edition of The Spirit Section.