created by Jack Cole
for DC Comics
first appeared in Smash Comics #18
Midnight was really Dave Clark, a radio announcer at the
WXAM. Dave's assignments were both as an announcer on radio
serials, including a new one called Midnight and as the
station's news reporter. When a twelve story building and
a local dam both collapsed due to poor construction, Dave
decided to become a masked mystery man to bring the wrong-doers
to justice. Dressing all in a dark blue suit, with matching
fedora and a domino mask, Dave Clark became Midnight, the
"errie friend of the needy."
Midnight's first adventure saw him use his skills as boxer
to bring Morris Carleton of the Carleton Construction Company
to justice. He later went on to join the Freedom Fighters
and the All-Star Squadron.
Later in Midnight's career, he teamed with the scientist and
inventor Doc Wacky and the doctor's talking pet chimp Gabby.
Midnight used two of Wacky's inventions for a time. One was his
bubble gun that inexplicably shot bubbles at an opponent with enough force
to knock him to the ground. Later, Midnight adopted the doctor's
vacuum gun that shot a suction cup and line out and would
reel itself in, allowing the user to be pulled after it.
Another of Midnight's accomplices was the detective Sniffer
Snoop. Snoop was provided for comic relief and was accompanied
by his pet polar bear Hotfoot.