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The Green Cobra

Created by:

Marv Channing and Gray Marrow

Real Name:

Jerry Burton
Joined Mighty Crusaders:

The Cobra is not a member of the Mighty Crusaders
First Appearance:

Red Circle Sorcery #8, August 1974

Origin:

Jerry Burton, a pulp collector, collected the 1930's adventures of the Cobra. In an odd coincidence, the advertising agency he worked for hired Malcolm Northridge, author of the Cobra. Jerry and Malcolm were assigned the Northern Airlines account and began working together. While working together Malcolm confided in Jerry that it was as if the Cobra was controlling his mind when he was writing the pulps. On night while walking home Jerry witnessed a mugging and in his desire to see justice done, the Cobra entered his consciousness and began talking to Jerry, convincing him to take on the role of the Cobra. The Cobra took control of Jerry mind dispensing justice with a .45 slug to the brain of evil doers. Jerry's wife, concerned about the hold the Cobra had taken over his life, burned his collection of Cobra pulps. Upon seeing the sight of his burring collection Jerry murdered his wife. The Cobra demanded justice for this murder and made Jerry kill himself.

History:

For fans of costumed heroes and masked crime-fighters, the most enjoyable story to appear during Red Circle Sorcery's nine issue run was "Die in the Name of the Law!" (RCS #8) Scripted by Mary Channing (who wrote a number of stories for the Red Circle Comics Group and other publishers in the early and mid-'70s and has since vanished from the comics one) with art (and most likely by Gray Morrow, this five page tale was about an art director for an advertising agency who became possessed by the spirit of a 30s pub fiction mystery man called the COBRA. This was the only time in the '70s that the Red Circle Comics Group came anywhere nay publishing anything resembling a superhero during its existence, and it was suspected by some readers at the time that "Die in the Name of the Law!" was meant as a test to see if there was any interest in a superhero series in general or a COBRA series in particular. As Red Circle had planned to release a costumed crime fighter title, we knew that they must have felt there was some interest in them publishing one. Unfortunately as the 70s Red Comics Group folded six months after the appearance of the COBRA, we'll never know for sure if they had any future plans for the COBRA.

Powers & Weapons:

Two Handguns and the voice of the Cobra.

Checklist:

Red Circle Sorcery #8, August 1974

TEXT BY: Jonathan A. Gilbert
The Groovy Age: Mystery Days at Riverdale High

ART BY: Gray Morrow

MICRO BY: Rik Offenberger

AMAZING BOY

AGENT SWIFT

BLACK HOOD

BLACK HOOD II

BLACK HOOD III

BLACK HOOD IV

BLACK JACK

BLACK WITCH

BOB PHANTOM

BOBBY BELL

BOY BUDDIES

BRAIN EMPEROR

CAPTAIN COMMANDO

CAPTAIN FLAG

CAPTAIN SPROCKET

CAPTAIN VALOR

CAT GIRL

COMET

COMET II

DAN HASTINGS

DARKLING

DOC REEVES

DOC STRONG

DUSTY

FALCON

FIREBALL

FIREBALL II

FIREFLY

FIREFLY ii

FLY

FLY II

FLY GIRL

FLY GIRL II

FOX

FOX II

GHOST FOX

GREEN COBRA

GREEN FALCON

HANGMAN

HANGMAN II

HANGMAN III

HERCULES

INFERNO

JAGUAR

JAGUAR II

KALTHAR

KARDAK

LADY SHIELD

MADAM SATAN

MARVEL

MIGHTY CRUSADERS

MISTER JUSTICE

MISTER MIDNIGHT

MISTER SATAN

NEVADA JONES
NEW CRUSADERS

O VINGADOR

POW-GIRL

PRESS GUARDIAN

QUEEN OF DIAMONDS
RANG-A-TANG

RED RUBE

RED RUBE II

ROCKET

ROY

SCARLET AVENGER

SHADOW

SHE-FOX

SHE-FOX II

SHIELD

SHIELD II

SHIELD III

SHIELD IV

SHIELD V

SHIELD VI

SHIELDMASTER

SLIVER FOX

SPIDERMAN

SLIVER SPIDER

STEEL STERLING

STEEL STERLING II

TURAN

TY-GOR
WAR EAGLES

WEB

WEB II

WEB III

WIZARD

ZAMBINI

 

Created by Rik Offenberger September 18, 2003

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