Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Number 2163: From Champion to Champ, from Foreign Legionnaire to Human Meteor
Besides becoming Human Meteor, Duke became a cab driver, with a young pal named Toby. (Origin in Tibet, friends with young boy. Check those off your superhero qualifications list.) Oh, and he was half-naked. I have never known why some male superheroes showed skin, unless it was beefcake for a potential readership, or, maybe leaving bare skin, adding trunks, boots and a cape was a way of getting out of designing a costume. No one knows who created Duke O’Dowd/Human Meteor, so we’ll likely never know, although Human Meteor does look like an amalgam of some other superheroes of the era. As for his name, I know enough about meteors to know that most of them falling to Earth burn up in the atmosphere, as did the Human Meteor. After Champ Comics #25 (1943) he was seen no more.
From Champ Comics #11 (1940). Grand Comics Database lists no writer or artist for this story.