Masked Raider

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The Masked Raider
Publication information
Publisher Timely Comics
First appearance Marvel Comics #1 (Oct. 1939)
Created by Al Anders
In-story information
Full name Jim Gardley

The Masked Raider is an American comic book character who appeared in American comic books published during the 1930s and 1940s period known as the Golden Age of Comic Books. Created by writer-artist Al Anders, he first appeared in the Timely Comics' anthology series Marvel Comics #1 (Oct. 1939), and ran through issue #12 (Oct. 1940) of the by-then retitled Marvel Mystery Comics.

The first Western character published by Timely, the predecessor of Marvel Comics, the Masked Raider is Jim Gardley, who with his horse Lightning dedicates his life to fighting the lawless and bringing justice to the oppressed.

He is unrelated to the Charlton Comics series Billy the Kid, which for its first eight issues was titled Masked Raider.

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