by Mark Allen Haverty
December 20, 2011
This past Wednesday, DC released The Ray, Volume III, #1, bringing us the fourth incarnation of the Ray, this one a Korean-American named Lucien Gates. Despite having been around since 1940, three of the four, and all three volumes, have all come within the last 20 years.
So who is the Ray?
The Ray (I – Happy Terrill)
The first man to hold the title of the Ray was Langford “Happy” Terrill, one of the heroes in Quality Comics’ stable. Created in 1940 by artist Lou Fine and (presumed) writer Will Eisner, the Ray debuted in Smash Comics #14, cover-dated September 1940, making him Quality’s second superhero, following Eisner’s Uncle Sam. The Ray’s origin was far from deep, with the explanation for his powers being something to the effect of exposure to lightning and sunlight while in a balloon.
Bob Andelman is the author or co-author of 12 books, including Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman’s Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).