- The Spectre
- Mainstream Universe, 1930s-2011
- Powers and Abilities
Mainstream Universe, 1930s-2011
Spirit of Vengeance, Wrath of God, Spirit of Redemption, Raguel
Formerly Justice Society of America
Base Of Operations
New York City · Gotham City
Spirit of Vengeance
Earth-Two · New Earth
Jerry Siegel · Bernard Baily
|More Fun Comics #52
- There are heroes who fight crime with magic rings, or with the powers they have brought with them from distant planets. But all these pale into insignificance beside the astral awesomeness of The Spectre.
Reading: Aztar (New Earth)
- — The Spectre src
The Spectre is the divine Spirit of Vengeance, a powerful agentive role of the Presence, bound to a human host to curb his might and offer steering. His hosts over the years have been James Corrigan, Hal Jordan and Crispus Allen.
In the get down
In the begin, there was the Presence, the One Above All. Such was the Presence ‘s nature that His aspects had names and identities of their own. At His commission, certain of these aspects were charged with certain functions and duties. Among them were His wrath, called Eclipso, His Mercy, called the Radiant, and His vengeance, called the Spectre. Three seconds after universe, there was a rebellion in Paradise. A insurgent isthmus of angels led by Lucifer Morningstar attempted to wrest control of Heaven from the Presence. As punishment, they were cast devour into Hell, where they became the beings that person men knew as demons. In time, one of the demons, a creature called Aztar, came to repent his rebellion, seeking forgiveness from the Presence ; caption in Hell has it that he was a prince among the damned. Aztar came before the gates of Heaven, where he was met by the archangel Michael. He prostrated himself before Michael, acknowledging his wrong-doing and his duty for what he had done, offering himself up to whatever punishment the Presence chose to impose. The Presence ‘s opinion on Aztar was that he would become a vessel for an view of the Divine – the Divine Wrath. Aztar ‘s memory and consciousness would be wiped from universe. Aztar accepted with repent, hoping that some break up of what he once was would be allowed to remain. The Wrath of God entered into Aztar, burning aside everything he had been, transfiguring the remnants of his shape into the Spectre Force. possibly Aztar ‘s wish was heard ; millennium late, Jim Corrigan, the Spectre ‘s then-host, saw a vision of Aztar ‘s transformation, buried deep in the Spectre ‘s kernel. This Primal-Spectre was the one who punished Cain for the murder of his brother Abel, laying a mark upon Cain lest any should kill him. For that, Cain sought revenge on the Spectre, and through him, on the Presence. When Eclipso fell to evil, it was the Primal-Spectre ‘s duty to deliver punishment. The Primal-Spectre stripped Eclipso of his rank and privileges and tore him asunder, with Eclipso ‘s exponent imprisoned in the black baseball diamond known as the Heart of Darkness. It was the Primal-Spectre, the Spectre Force, that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, that humbled the Pharaoh and killed the first-born of Egypt. The Divine Wrath was the blast that brought down the walls of Jericho and stopped the sun in its tracks. For centuries the Wrath of God punished and humbled world, until the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. At that clamant, the Divine Wrath was cast into Limbo, for God ‘s vengeance and forgiveness could not walk the lapp flat together. [ 1 ] When Jesus died on the cross, the Divine Wrath was released from his exile and sought vengeance on world for the death of Christ. He was interrupted by the archangel Michael, who informed the Divine Wrath that due to the exemplar of Christ, all aspects of God were now to be bound to human souls, as decreed by God himself. The Wrath resisted, his huge baron was evening able to greatly challenge the Archangel, but Michael would not be denied, and was able to force the Wrath to yield. He then sought out the soul of a person who thirsted for swift, revengeful justice. In India, a valet called Chakara and his kin were slain by the wiccan Lady Beltane. In the limbo between planes of reality, Chakara cried for justice. The archangel, Michael, appeared to him in the form of the goddess Kali. Michael asked Chakara if he would be will to bargain his person ‘s rest for the gamble to avenge his family ‘s death. Chakara agreed, and his person mix with the kernel of the Divine Wrath. Thus, Chakara became the first true Spectre, a killing ghost that sought department of justice and nirvana. Chakara was unaware of the Spectre Force ‘s on-key origin as a divine entity ; he believed he was a human soul who had been granted divine power. finally Chakara would turn from his mission, seduced by a demon. As punishment, he was stripped of the Spectre Force and bandaged to the monster who had seduced him, becoming Azmodus, who swore revenge on all late Spectres. Over the centuries, there were many who joined with the Divine Wrath to become the Spectre, choose from those who had met unjust deaths, and sought vengeance. Like Chakara before them, none of the Spectres were aware the Divine Wrath was a discriminate entity in its own right, believing that they had been granted the power to exact vengeance. none of these earlier Spectres operated in the public eye, and none gained cosmopolitan realization. That changed in the 1940s, when detective Jim Corrigan became the latest host for the Spirit of Vengeance .
Corrigan was murdered in a organized crime killing, tied up and thrown in a barrel of cementum, which was in turn thrown in a river. Upon his death, he found himself in Limbo, where he was bonded with the Spectre Force and tasked with its mission, to confront evil wherever he found it. Corrigan returned to the global of the populate, where he exacted vengeance on the mobsters who had killed him. Taking inspiration from the ‘ mystery men ‘ of the sidereal day, he created the identity of the Spectre. During World War II, the Spectre was a prime agent in stopping a nazi invasion of Britain, in tandem with other mystery men. With Doctor Fate vouching for him, he became one of the founding members of the Justice Society of America. Adolf Hitler had come into monomania of the fabled Spear of Destiny, the weapon that had pierced Jesus ‘s side on the Cross. With the Spear ‘s world power, Hitler created a ‘sphere of charm ‘ around Axis-controlled Europe ; any metahuman who entered the sphere would fall under Hitler ‘s control. The Spectre could sense where the sphere ‘s borders were, but could not enter without falling under the influence. In the close days of the war, Hitler attempted to use the Spear to invoke Ragnarok, but lacked the mysterious energy to succeed ; the spell, however, remained dormant in the Spear. Hitler ‘s charm besides laid a curse on the Spear, that any others who wielded it would be corrupted, falling prey to Hitler ‘s lunacy. With the end of the war, the sphere came down, and the Justice Society were spare to enter Europe. When they discovered the concentration camps, the Spectre was driven to righteous craze, preparing to unleash his vengeance. Fearing that he might wipe out all of Germany, the rest of the Justice Society managed to restrain him, convincing him to let the Nuremberg Trials do their work. Although the Spectre took no action, the incident darkened his see of liveliness. After the war, The Spectre continued his crusade until he vanished without a trace. [ 2 ]
Return and Wrath
James Corrigan continued his activities as a detective for twenty years, often wondering where had The Spectre gone. During an investigation, Corrigan ended up at a seance, which allowed The Spectre to be released out of Corrigan ‘s body. Spectre explained that he had been trapped inside Corrigan ‘s body as a result of the devil Azmodus ‘ presence on Earth. Finally spinal column on earth, The Spectre defeated the stellar form of Azmodus and resumed his activities as The Spirit of Vengeance. [ 3 ] With lesser cosmic threats, Corrigan had to focus wholly on earthly crimes, which caused him to take a new approach against homo evildoers, unleashing the wax wrath and vengeance of The Spectre upon their icky souls. [ 4 ] finally The presence decided to remove the powers of the Spectre from Corrigan, [ 5 ] but this decision was short-circuit lived as Corrigan was soon killed and The Presence returned him the powers of Spectre [ 6 ] so he could continue spreading vengeance across the state. [ 7 ] erstwhile after the beginning of the modern age of superheroes when the Spectre ‘s deputation on Earth was ended, he became the defender of Heaven and Hell [ 8 ] and attempted to stop the Great Darkness, but failed. [ 9 ] During the the Anti-Monitor ‘s attack on reality, The Spectre fought him at the begin of Time in an attack to stop the ultimate crash, but failed angstrom good, resulting in the creation of one individual universe, alternatively of the eternity there had once been. [ 10 ]
As a resultant role of his previous failures, Spectre was punished by The Voice. He was stripped away of his almighty powers and reduced to remain within the human host of Jim Corrigan once again, where he resumed his activities as an agent of vengeance. [ 11 ] due to his newly reduce express, The Spectre and Corrigan became freestanding beings, wholly dependant of each other. even though Spectre could leave Corrigan ‘s body, he could n’t remain outside for more than 48 hours, as he would cease to exist, efficaciously killing Corrigan. early on in this new state, Spectre investigated the murders caused by the Cult of the Blood Red Moon, who were seeking to eliminate him. [ 12 ] Spectre ‘s path crossed with the Cult and even though, he foiled their evil plans, they escaped. [ 13 ] Spectre continued his quest to punish evil-doers, but Corrigan acted as his conscience and made him realize that his holier-than-thou methods were misplaced, adding to Spectre ‘s destine. [ 14 ] Later on, Spectre assisted Corrigan in locating the man responsible for his death during the Crisis, [ 15 ] and assisted Zatanna against the evil devil Wotan ; [ 16 ] although Spectre failed to capture him, he did recovered Zatanna ‘s body and released Zatara ‘s soul into the afterlife. [ 17 ] His failure against Wotan prompted Spectre to develop an intricate relationship with Madame Xanadu in which they would have consciousness sexual intercourse, restoring some of Spectre ‘s confused powers and giving her metaphysical pleasure. Their intimate encounters of the mystic nature were mutually beneficial, but Spectre could lose himself in the here and now, risking his and Corrigan ‘s universe. It was during these moments that Spectre finally convinced Corrigan that his deputation and methods are justified. [ 18 ] After dealing with the Manhunter invasion [ 19 ] and helping Superman against the aliens, [ 20 ] Spectre organized a gather of all celebrated mysterious beings of Earth to decide their course of action after the event known as “ Millennium “. [ 21 ] once that was decided, Spectre confronted the Cult of the Blood Red Moon once again, as they attacked Madame Xanadu and her living room in ordering to weaken him and eliminate Spectre once and for all. With aid from Corrigan, Spectre managed to stop the Cult, although they escaped the wrath of the Spirit of Vengeance. Due to these events, Spectre was prompted to confess his love for Xanadu. [ 22 ] Thanks to Corrigan ‘s alliance with an NYPD Officer, Spectre located the Cult of the Blood Red Moon and eliminated all of the members from the Cult ‘s faction in New York. [ 23 ] Spectre then worked together with Deadman in order to stop a spawn of Satan, thwarting his plan of killing James Corrigan and eliminating Spectre. [ 24 ] Later, Spectre started a quest to eliminate crooked cops and succeeded, but as a consequence of the endeavor, his human horde, James Corrigan was killed once again. [ 25 ] In order to preserve his universe, Spectre sacrificed his spiritual aspect, allowing Corrigan to return to biography, but now they both shared the same body, much like they did in the past. [ 26 ] With their bodies merged once again, Corrigan and Spectre went on to stop respective supernatural threats [ 27 ] [ 28 ] [ 29 ] and early regular crimes. [ 30 ] Shortly afterwards, Spectre was asked by the Lords of Order to inform the rest of the mystic community on earth to remain inactive during the approaching invasion of Earth. [ 31 ] [ 30 ] however, Spectre and the other mystic heroes joined forces during the Invasion and stopped a small faction of aliens, unlike from the main invade forces. [ 32 ] [ 33 ] After that crisis, Spectre stopped a cybernetic threat from a metahuman [ 34 ] equally well as a devil who sought to possess and kill an integral syndicate. [ 35 ]
A New Beginning
Spectre soon resumed his function as an stellar defender and aided the Lords of Order and Chaos to defeat a major threat to the population. [ 36 ] [ 37 ] Spectre besides assisted the heroes of earth in the War of the Gods and defeated the interdimentional terror of Abraxis by bringing back the Justice Society of America from limbo. [ 38 ] After accomplishing such feats, Spectre had taken over Corrigan ‘s universe, forcing the human host to abandon his previous duties. Corrigan soon embraced Spectre ‘s quest to deliver retribution to evildoers and in concert, they started hunting all sorts of criminals. [ 39 ] During one of these cases, Spectre ‘s actions caused the death of an innocent man and for the first gear time, Spectre felt compunction. [ 40 ]
Having returned to plowshare Corrigan ‘s consistency, Spectre understood human feelings better and started caring and protecting Amy Beitermann ; a woman Corrigan had fallen in love with. [ 41 ] As to help Amy save a life, Spectre went to Hell, where he confronted the devil Shathan and unintentionally released Azmodus unto Earth. [ 42 ] Although Amy ‘s perception of Corrigan ‘s issues helped Spectre become more humane, [ 43 ] she caused more troubles than she solved. For case, Madame Xanadu had learned of Corrigan ‘s whereabouts thanks to Amy and soon, she attacked Corrigan and forced herself upon Spectre. The Spirit of Vengeance was forced to merge with Xanadu, but his revengeful nature was far from what Xanadu had bargained for. Madame X relinquished the Spectre and returned it to Corrigan ‘s spirit. [ 44 ] The experience softened Spectre ‘s sensing of Amy and the avatar assisted Corrigan in protecting her from her certain death at the hands of a murderer. [ 45 ] Spectre tried arduous to prevent the crime, but his efforts did n’t go unnoticed by Azmodus, who realized he could exploit Corrigan ‘s feelings for Amy against The Spectre. [ 46 ] The Spirit of Vengeance soon learned about the come back of Azmodus and focused on defeating him, leaving Amy unprotected. [ 47 ] Spectre and Azmodus fight in the Astral Plane, but Amy ‘s mangle distracted Corrigan, allowing Azmodus to escape the wrath of Spectre. [ 48 ] In the consequence of Amy ‘s death, Spectre questioned the oscilloscope of his deputation and went on a mangle rampage, anhilating the population of Vlatava. [ 49 ] Spectre soon turned his attention towards the entire of humanness and prepared to pass opinion against world. This placed him against Earth ‘s mystic protectors such as the Phantom Stranger, Doctor Fate, Zatanna and Etrigan. Spectre was besides confronted by Eclipso, but none of them were able to stop him. merely when the soul of James Corrigan received the aid it required to overcome his grief, Spectre ‘s humanity was restored and he reconsidered his judgment against world, understanding his mission at long stopping point. [ 50 ]
The Spear of Destiny
Believing the Spectre might turn his sagacity on the rest of the global, the United States government gave Superman the Spear of Destiny, which had finally fallen into american hands, and charged him to bring the Spectre under control, or stop him. however, the Spear began to slowly corrupt Superman, and the Spectre gave him a vision of what would happen if he succumbed to the Spear ‘s influence, testing him to see whether he would renounce it, which Superman did. The Spectre then cast the Spear into the heavens. [ 51 ] soon afterwards, the Spectre confronted Azmodus for the final prison term, the Spectre ‘s deadly allies forcing Azmodus to face the evil he had done. With that self-knowledge, Chakara ‘s person repented his crimes, allowing the Spectre to sunder him from the devil, ending Azmodus ‘s universe, and allowing Chakara to pass on to the hertz of reincarnation. The Spear of Destiny was finally retrieved by a group called the National Interest, who sought to use the Spear to eliminate the Spectre. In the end, the Spectre prevailed, reclaiming the Spear and once more casting it into outer space. In time, Corrigan grew tired, the wrath and fury that had kept him going now a charge. He relinquished his function as the Spectre and passed on into Heaven, letting the Spectre Force return whence it came .
The monster Etrigan tricked the Spectre Force into bonding with the rogue saint Asmodel. With the Spectre ‘s might, Asmodel subdued Neron, Hell ‘s rule, and unleashed the forces of Hell on Earth. In search of aid, a group of Earth ‘s mystics went to Heaven to convince Jim Corrigan to become the Spectre once more, but Corrigan refused. The mystics then visited Limbo, where they recruited the aid of former Green Lantern Hal Jordan. Given the choice between Asmodel, Neron and Hal, the Spectre Force chose Hal, making him its newfangled host. Captain Marvel had retrieved the Spear of Destiny from its location in space, for use against the Spectre. Hal entrusted the Spear to the alleged ‘ Sentinels of Magic ‘, and they in turn threw it into the Sun, casting a spell to make sure only they could retrieve it .
Hal Jordan refused the Spectre ‘s mission of wrath. He attempted to redirect its might, to turn it from the Spirit of Vengeance to a Spirit of Redemption. For a prison term, he succeeded. But as time went on, Hal found himself conflicted and indecisive, being ineffective to find redemption for himself, yet unwilling to accept the Spectre ‘s mark of vengeance. He began to lose see of the Spectre ‘s power, finding it rejecting his will ; when faced with a acquaintance in danger, Hal ultimately gave in, accepting the Spectre ‘s function as the Wrath of God. Unknown to Hal, the Spectre had alternate reasons for choosing him as his host. Hal Jordan ‘s soul had become a host of Parallax, the animation embodiment of fear, who had gained a foothold in Hal following the destruction of Coast City and caused his subsequent genial breakdown. The Spectre had hoped to burn Parallax out of Hal ‘s soul and hurl judgment on the demonic parasite. But Parallax would not be denied. He sought laterality over Hal and the Spectre, to corrupt the Spectre ‘s ability and banquet fear across the universe. By the time the Spectre revealed the truth to Hal, Parallax had reached the point where he could suppress both entities. however, this was the devil ‘s undoing. now mindful of Parallax ‘s being, Hal was able to fight through Parallax, and helped the Spectre separate all three from each other. That done, the Spectre answered the call of the Presence, to return and await a new host .
When the Spectre following appeared on Earth, however, it was without the presence of a host. Lacking the judgment a host would provide, he enacted punishment on any who transgressed, no matter how minor the transgression. Confused and lacking management, the Spectre easily fell prey to Eclipso, now possessing the body of Jean Loring, who convinced the Spectre that magic was the source of all evil, and that by destroying it, he would achieve his deputation. The Spectre went on a genocidal rampage across the mystic kingdom, killing thousands of sorcerers and magic-users. The ancient sorcerer Shazam sent his champion Captain Marvel against the Spectre, to buy Shazam fourth dimension as he prepared to fight the Spectre himself. Some of the survivors of the Spectre ‘s rampage banded together to find a way to stop him, forming a group called the Shadowpact. While their efforts proved abortive, they were able to banish Eclipso into ageless orb around the sunlight, where her powers would be nullified. The Spectre and Captain Marvel fought for many days, but ultimately, the Spectre managed to break through Marvel ‘s defenses to confront Shazam in the Rock of Eternity, killing the sorcerer and destroying the Rock in the process. The Spectre continued on his rampage, sending atlantis to the depths of the ocean, before moving on to kill the Lords of Chaos and Order. ultimately, only one of the Lords of Order was left to face him, Nabu the Wise, the guide push behind Doctor Fate. Nabu goaded the Spectre into killing him – for with Nabu ‘s death, the Ninth Age of Magic would end, and the Tenth begin. The Spectre, calm focused on the destruction of charming, struck him down. In killing Nabu, the Spectre last overstepped his bounds. The Presence took notice, and called the Spectre back from the mortal kingdom to answer Its judgment. The Presence bound the Spectre into a new host, murdered detective Crispus Allen, the Spectre pleading and begging for forgiveness all the means. [ 52 ] The Spectre showed himself to Crispus ‘s ghostwriter at his funeral, offering Crispus the chance to make their shackle permanent wave, to join with the Spectre on its mission of judge. Crispus refused, the first host in a farseeing time to do sol. The Spectre gave Crispus a class to reconsider ; when he returned, Crispus accepted, bonding with the Spectre to become the latest incarnation of the Spirit of Vengeance. Crispus ‘s first task as the Spectre was to exact vengeance upon his son, Malcolm, for killing Crispus ‘ murderer. [ 53 ] He ended his son ‘s biography peacefully ; however, this made him extremely unhappy with his function as the Spectre. He used the Spectre ‘s powers in only a superficial way, killing the villains Effigy and Arthur Light, turning them into petroleum and a candle, respectively. [ 54 ] He then targeted the villain responsible for the Martian Manhunter ‘s death : Libra. however, Libra was able to stave off the entity with facilitate, adding to Allen ‘s low. however, during the events of Final Crisis, he was sent to pass judgment upon his old partner, Renee Montoya. He attacked her in Gotham City on the day the Anti-Life Equation was broadcast, and due to his intervention she lost the powerful Spear of Destiny. The born-again Cain then used the Spear to enslave the Spectre and force it to rebuild reality in the diagnose of Darkseid. [ 55 ] Montoya, Huntress and the Radiant managed to retrieve the artifact ; Montoya herself used it to resurrect Jake Allen to grant peace to Crispus ‘ soul, and convert him to retake operate of the Spectre. Allen, touched by her gift, did so, and beat bet on Cain and his followers, dealing absolute judgment upon all of them, save for the murderers of the Radiant ‘s human host, so she could forgive them as they died. [ 56 ]
During Blackest Night, Aztar ‘s host body Crispus Allen got resurrected by a Black Lantern Ring and as a leave, the Spectre himself was corrupted and lost control of his powers, becoming a impel for evil. It took the combined efforts of different Lantern Corps and a Parallax -infested Hal Jordan to save him from the Black Ring influence.
Powers and Abilities
- Intimidation: Less a skill than an application of his powers, the Spectre excels at being able to intimidate and frighten his adversaries. This is usually done through showy spectacles such as assuming a monstrous appearance, growing in size, projecting a loud, booming voice, etc.
- Occultism: The Spectre is knowledgeable of the occult, the history of various occult-related rituals and demonology.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced): Spectre was capable of defeating 4 Knights at once using pure skill and a staff, while depowered. He even overcomes Death Tarot in a sword fight.
- Aerial Combat: Spectre has shown he’s skilled in piloting a plane and controlling it in combat.
- Vulnerability to Spear of Destiny: The Spectre can be injured or even slain by sufficient magic force, but he will suffer additional damage from the Spear of Destiny  and beings summoned by it.
- Divine Limitations: The Presence can impose limits on what the Spectre is able to do, as it did in binding the Spectre to a mortal host.
- Divine Law: There are certain boundaries even the Spectre must not cross. If it does, it faces the punishment of the Presence. When the Spectre killed Nabu, it drew the Presence’s attention, and was recalled.
- Psychologically induced limitations: The Spectre is one of the most powerful magical forces in existence,  but his power is dependent on his host for guidance. In the case of when the Spectre created a human form for Jim Corrigan, Corrigan wanted to rejoin humanity and unconsciously divided his power. This led to a situation in that if the two where not rejoined within 48 hours, Corrigan’s spirit would have perished and the Spectre would have been left without a host.
- Although this character was originally introduced during DC’s Earth-Two era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character’s Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and no longer apply.
- The Spectre was created by Jerry Siegel and Bernard Baily, although several sources attribute creator credit solely to Siegel, limiting Baily to being merely the artist assigned to the feature.
- Each Spectre host manifests a unique Spectre form, a composite of the host and the Spectre Force. Sometimes, but not always, this Spectre form is recognizable by those who knew the host in life; Jim Corrigan’s Spectre was not recognizable, but Crispus Allen’s was.
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