A comic book character who, back in the 1940s, had an awful lot of job changes. Created by newspaper cartoonist Bernard Dibble in 1940, Vic started out as a dying amnesiac injected with a strange serum by Professor Carvel. The injection saved Vic's life and also gave him superpowers. After a few issues of defeating criminals as a superhero, Vic tried out for a big league baseball team called the Panthers. He makes the team, and that was the last time the comic book mentioned superheroes again. Then in 1942, Vic gave up baseball to enlist in the Marine Corps, where he fought the Nazis. After World War II, he returned to the baseball diamond before the book was cancelled.

Apparently, Dibble had been instructed by his publisher to create a superhero comic, which he did. However, Dibble, a former minor league player, got tired of superheroics and decided that he'd enjoy making a comic about a baseball player more...

Research from "The Comic Book Reader's Companion" by Ron Goulart, copyright 1993, published by Harper Perennial, pp. 90-91.

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