My original intention for today's Theme Thursday was to do a short written story, somehow involving the chosen theme: clock. But, best laid plans and all that.
To make up for this, I am presenting you with the first ever masked superhero. Yes, he pre-dates even the great Batman!
From 1936, I give you:
The Clock fought crime wearing a business suit and a full-face black mask. Occasionally, he left a calling card which read "The Clock Has Struck".
The alter ego of The Clock was Brian O'Brien, a one-time college athlete and former district attorney. He had a couple of sidekicks, Pug Brady first and then a teenage girl named Butch.
The character appeared in a variety of books for Comics Magazine/Centaur comics, and then was acquired by Quality Comics when the former company folded. The Clock continued to appear in their various comic books until 1944, when masked superheroes were on the wane.
In the mid-50s, DC Comics acquired Quality's properties, but they didn't make much use of this historical character and The Clock lapsed into the public domain. The character has had passing mention in at least one DC comic, the 90s hit Starman.
Malibu Comics published two issues of a comic in the early 90s, with a mix of heroes, including The Clock, who was now President of the United States, having long since retired from superheroics.
Click the pic above to read a reprint of a Clock Adventure!
Info on the history of The Clock, comics' first masked super-hero.
Toonopedia page on The Clock.