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    Default Golden Age Ray ("Happy" Terrill) Appreciation Thread

    NOTE: This thread is to discuss the character who started at Quality Comics back in 1940, not other, more recent versions. If you're looking to discuss Ray Terrill (as opposed to "Happy"), see a different thread:
    Let There Be Light: The Ray (Raymond Terrill) Appreciation
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    The original Ray, reporter "Happy" Terrill, first appeared as a feature in Smash Comics #14 (September 1940) from Quality Comics. Other characters with features in that title at the time were:
    Magno!
    Espionage (Black X)!
    Invisible Hood!
    Clip Chance at Cliffside!
    Wings Wendall!
    Chic Carter!
    Bozo the Robot!


    In The Ray's first story, he plans to cover the dangerous launch of a "strato-balloon" as a member of the crew!



    However, when things start going wrong during the flight, something strange winds up happening to "Happy"!


    (to be continued . . . )

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    (to be continued . . . )
    more from Smash Comics #14 (September 1940):



    the thrilling conclusion in our next post!

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    I thought I knew the first version, but that was the 1970's one. I never saw this version with no pants, lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenixx9 View Post
    I thought I knew the first version, but that was the 1970's one. I never saw this version with no pants, lol!
    Actually, the "1970's one" that was part of the original Freedom Fighters was the same character. In his second appearance, Smash Comics #15 (October 1940), the character did have yellow leggings as part of his costume.


    But now he doesn't seem to have that crest on the top of his mask?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    . . . the thrilling conclusion in our next post!
    Okay, so it's a little delayed, but:



    The Ray's last appearance back in the Quality comic books was in Smash Comics #40 (cover-dated February 1943). His next appearance (in a reprinted story originally published in Smash Comics #17) would be at DC Comics in a Superman "100-Page Super Spectacular" in 1972.


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    from Who's Who in the DC Universe Vol. XIX (September 1986):

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    Then there was The Ray feature from Black Lightning #11 (September-October 1978):


    Unfortunately, there never was an issue of Black Lightning #12; it was a victim of the "DC Implosion".

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    More from Smash Comics #15 (October 1940):



    The final page of this story in a future post!

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    Final page of The Ray story from Smash Comics #15 (October 1940):

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    The all-yellow outfit is simple, but it works. It is how I think of the Ray.

    At first I did not like the orange and yellow costume, but I quickly grew to like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    NOTE: This thread is to discuss the character who started at Quality Comics back in 1940, not other, more recent versions. If you're looking to discuss Ray Terrill (as opposed to "Happy"), see a different thread:
    Let There Be Light: The Ray (Raymond Terrill) Appreciation
    http://community.comicbookresources....)-Appreciation

    The original Ray, reporter "Happy" Terrill, first appeared as a feature in Smash Comics #14 (September 1940) from Quality Comics. Other characters with features in that title at the time were:
    Magno!
    Espionage (Black X)!
    Invisible Hood!
    Clip Chance at Cliffside!
    Wings Wendall!
    Chic Carter!
    Bozo the Robot!


    In The Ray's first story, he plans to cover the dangerous launch of a "strato-balloon" as a member of the crew!



    However, when things start going wrong during the flight, something strange winds up happening to "Happy"!


    (to be continued . . . )
    "Cosmic Storm" Didn't that make for some other superheroes?

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