Eye (Centaur Publications)
|First appearance||Keen Detective Funnies vol. 2 #12
|Created by||Frank Thomas|
|Team affiliations||The Protectors|
Ability to work miracles
The Eye is a fictional comic book character created by Frank Thomas and published by Centaur Publications. The character had no origin story, and existed only as a giant, floating, disembodied Eye, wreathed in a halo of golden light. This super powerful being was obsessed with the concept of justice, and existed to encourage average people to do what they could to attain it for themselves. If the obstacles proved too great, the Eye would assist its mortal charges by working miracles. Time and space meant nothing to The Eye and it existed as a physical embodiment of man's inner conscience.
The Eye appeared in the pages of Centaur's Keen Detective Funnies from December 1939 to September 1940, in a feature entitled "The Eye Sees." This run, which began with the book's 16th issue, continued in until the title folded after its 24th issue (September, 1940). Following its run in Keen Detective, Centaur promoted The Eye to its own book, Detective Eye, which ran for two issues in November and December 1940 before folding as well.
Golden age appearances
All told, the Eye had eleven golden age appearances. They included
- Keen Detective Funnies v2 #12
- Keen Detective Funnies v3 #1
- Keen Detective Funnies #18-24
- Detective Eye #1-2
In 1987, Michael T. Gilbert included one of the original Centaur Publications Eye stories in the first issue his two-part anthology comic, Mr. Monster's Hi-Shock Schlock. This comic was the sixth of eight "Super-Duper Specials" published by Eclipse Comics in which Gilbert's Mr. Monster would introduce forgotten gold and silver age short stories which had not seen a reprint.
In 1992, Malibu Comics revived several Centaur heroes — which by that time had lapsed into public domain — as the superhero team, The Protectors. A reworked version of the Eye appeared as a supporting character throughout the 20-issue series' run until it was canceled in 1994. According to Malibu, the series was canceled (along with the rest of the "Genesis" titles) so that they could focus more on the "Ultraverse" line.
- Letters page, The Protectors #20, 1994.