~ Merlin the Magician
|From National Comics # 16|
Real Name: Jock Kellogg
First Appearance: National Comics # 1 (July 1940)
Publisher: Quality Comics
Creator: Dan Zolnerowich (credited to pen name "Lance Blackwood")
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"Garbed in his magical cloak, Merlin, descendant of the ancient magician of King Arthur's court, today uses occult powers to aid democracies in their fight against oppression."
Alas, it would not remain this way, and Merlin began fighting against evil. Merlin fought gods and other mystical beings, traveled to the land of the dead and opposed oppressing armies as well as performed more mundane tasks like helping orphans, fighting crime and recovering stolen jewels.
Merlin initially performed magic in a variety of ways including magic words and gestures, but as of National Comics # 12, he started speaking his spells backwards, like a few other magicians of the era.
Merlin appeared in National Comics # 1-26.
The following is from National Comics# 1.