|The Spectre in Adventure Comics: Cr: DC Comics|
**SPECIAL CARTOON! This Complete 15 minute Cartoon I found on-line, too, of a story that appeared in Adventure Comics 432 (Pictured here).
WHO IS THE SPECTRE? - The Spectre debuted in More Fun Comics #52 (Feb. 1940) when hard-boiled cop Jim Corrigan, on his way with Clarice to his engagement party, was murdered by being stuffed into a barrel filled with cement and then drowned. His spirit was refused entry into the afterlife however, instead being sent back to Earth by an entity referred to only as "The Voice" to eliminate evil. He saw his body when he appeared at the bottom of the waterfront.
The Spectre begins by seeking bloody vengeance against Corrigan's murderers in a grim, supernatural fashion. One of them turned to a skeleton upon touching him. Jim Corrigan soon creates his signature costume, breaks off his romance with Clarice, and continues to be Jim Corrigan, assuming the secret identity of the Spectre whenever he is needed. He eventually turns down an offer to relinquish his mission to destroy all evil.
A SUPERNATURAL REVAMP - The character came back with a vengeance in the late 1970s, and in my opinion became the BEST version. But he quickly became a cause of controversy. The stories emphasized the gruesome fates of criminals who ran afoul of the Spectre. Evildoers were into inanimate objects and then thoroughly demolishing them. Criminals were being transformed into everything from broken glass to melting candles.
A SPECTRE CARTOON ! While I was looking up the synopsis for the book I found an 11 minute cartoon of the character! So, now you can get a feel for who the Spectre is by watching it.