The Wraith was created by Paul Devlin and first appeared in Mystery Men Comics #27, published by Fox Features Syndicate in October 1941.
In the comics, Gary Kennedy, also known as the Wraith, is a district attorney who fights crime both in the courtroom and in the streets. After his brother is murdered by criminals who escape justice, Kennedy decides to take the law into his own hands. Using his intelligence and fighting skills, he adopts the alter ego of the Wraith to combat the criminal underworld.
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Gary Kennedy, a successful young businessman, led a happy and fulfilling life with his wife and young son until a fateful night changed everything. Brutally attacked by a group of thugs, Gary was unable to fend off his assailants and tragically met his demise.
In the aftermath of his death, Gary found himself in the underworld, gazing into the fiery pits of hell. Desperate for revenge against those who had wronged him, he struck a deal with the devil. In exchange for his eternal soul, the devil provided Gary with a magical amulet allowing him to return to the physical world every night as a fearsome hellhound.
With the power of the amulet, Gary hunted down his enemies, but there was a catch: every morning, he would be dragged back to hell, chained to the underworld and unable to escape. As Gary pursued his attackers, he stumbled upon a larger, sinister plot involving powerful underworld forces. Realizing his thirst for vengeance had inadvertently made him a pawn in a dangerous game, Gary resolved to stop the conspiracy and protect the innocent, even if it meant breaking free from the devil’s control.
As Gary confronted challenges and discovered the larger conspiracy, his experiences in the underworld led him to question the morality of his actions and the consequences of his deal with the devil. The emotional burden of his decisions pushed him to seek a way to redeem himself and break the hold on his soul.
Engaging in a battle of wits with the devil, Gary attempted to break free from the cunning fiend’s grip, all while combating the sinister forces of the underworld. In the midst of his struggle, Gary uncovered a shocking truth: his own brother had orchestrated his murder out of a secret love for Gary’s wife. This revelation forced Gary to confront the true nature of betrayal and the ramifications of his quest for revenge.
Faced with a crucial decision, Gary had to choose between seeking vengeance on his brother or stopping the larger conspiracy and saving countless innocent lives. In the end, Gary prioritized fighting against the conspiracy and safeguarding the innocent, setting aside his personal desires. By doing so, he not only thwarted the underworld’s nefarious scheme but also achieved a sense of redemption and closure.
Although the consequences of his actions and choices would continue to haunt him, Gary ultimately transformed from a vengeful spirit to a protector of the innocent, even in the face of unimaginable betrayal.
Supernatural Transformation – Supernatural strength, agility, and durability as a hellhound, limited to nighttime appearances.
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