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 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 for 16 issues (cover-dated Dec. 1939 - Sept. 1940), in a feature entitled "The Eye Sees". The feature began with the book's 16th issue, and continued 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 (Nov.-Dec. 1940) before folding as well.
Golden age appearances
The Eye had eleven golden age appearances. They included
- Keen Detective Funnies vol. 2, #12
- Keen Detective Funnies vol. 3, #1
- Keen Detective Funnies #18-24
- Detective Eye #1-2
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 series' 20-issue run through 1994.
- Letters page, The Protectors #20, 1994.