Invisible Hood

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Invisible Hood
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New Invisible Hood from Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters #5, artist Daniel Acuña
Publication information
Publisher Quality Comics(1940-1956); DC Comics
First appearance (I)Smash Comics #1 (August 1939)
(II)Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters #5
Created by Art Pinajian
In-story information
Alter ego (I) Kent Thurston
(II) Ken Thurston
Team affiliations (I) Freedom Fighters
All-Star Squadron
Notable aliases (I) Invisible Justice
Abilities (I & II)
Invisibility via chemically treated cloak

The Invisible Hood is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. He was originally owned by Quality Comics, but was later acquired by DC Comics, along with other Quality characters. He first appeared in Smash Comics #1 (August 1939), and was created by Art Pinajian, Pinajian illustrated the story under the pseudonym "Art Gordon".

Publication history[edit]

The character first appeared in Smash Comics #1 in 1939, as published by Quality Comics in a story titled "Hooded Justice". Years after the character was acquired by DC Comics, a retroactive fictional history was developed (see notes below in Character History).

Kent Thurston[edit]

Little is known about Kent Thurston's origins or the origins of the cloak and chemical he used. What is known is that he began fighting crime in Smash Comics #1 as the Invisible Hood. He later changed his name to Invisible Justice. He was featured in Smash Comics #1-32, often sharing the book with other characters, such as Archie O'Toole and Wings Wendall.

Hours before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Thurston was recruited by Uncle Sam to join the Freedom Fighters in defending the base. The entire team, except for Uncle Sam, seemed to get killed. It was later revealed that all of the team except for Magno had lived (Secret Origins #26). [1]

The Invisible Hood survived until 1974, when he was apparently murdered by Icicle and the Mist (Starman (vol. 2) #2). Tyson Gilford (Blindside) from the superhero team Relative Heroes believes that Kent Thurston is his grandfather.

Ken Thurston[edit]

A modern version of the Invisible Hood debuts in Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters #5. He assists the group in escaping from S.H.A.D.E., an evil governmental organization with control of the White House. In issue #6, it is revealed that he is Ken Thurston, the great grandson of the original Invisible Hood and that he's using the same hood that the original Golden Age Hood used. Uncle Sam had used telepathy to direct Ken to the item. Later, Ken is killed by the traitorous Ray (Stan Silver), just as he is about to leave the superhero profession. [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greenberger, Robert (2008), "Freedom Fighters", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 131, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5, OCLC 213309017 
  2. ^ "Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters" #7 (May 1, 2008)

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