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Eclipso is the creation of writer Bob Haney and artist Lee Elias. After scientist Bruce Gordon was cut by a black diamond wielded by the sorcerer Mophir, he became possessed by Mophir's evil spirit. Now, whenever he is exposed to an eclipse, Bruce Gordon becomes Eclipso -- he is, as the logo says, "Hero and Villain -- in ONE MAN!"
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Eclipso first appeared in House of Secrets #61 (1963), pictured below left, with only a small "Introducing Eclipso" box on the cover to call his own. His regular cover appearances began five issues later.
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House of Secrets #61
House of Secrets #66
House of Secrets #67


The great Alex Toth illustrated several Eclipso stories, namely: "Eclipso's Amazing Ally" (House of Secrets #63), "Hideout On Fear Island" (HOS #64); "The Man Who Destroyed Eclipso" (HOS #65); "The Two Faces of Doom" (HOS #66); and "Challenge of the Split-Man" (HOS #67). Below are two of Toth's splash pages, for "Eclipso's Amazing Ally" and "The Two Faces of Doom."
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Luckily for DC, it seemed there was an eclipse every five minutes in Bruce Gordon's world. After Alex Toth left the series, Jack Sparling took over art chores. The stories, still by Bob Haney, were all ready PLENTY whacky, but they got even whackier and whackier.
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House of Secrets #70
House of Secrets #73
House of Secrets #76
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House of Secrets #78
House of Secrets #79
House of Secrets #80

Below, a DC house ad for Brave and Bold #64, featuring Batman VERSUS Eclipso. "No team-up THIS time! Not when Batman and Eclipso star in ONE adventure! See these two DC favorites lock horns!"
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Over the years, the "Hero and Villain in One Man" took time out from bedeviling Bruce Gordon to menace various superheroes in the DC Universe, including Batman, the Metal Men, and the Outsiders:
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B&B #64
MM #48
Outsiders #18

Here's a beautiful "Who's Who" portrait shot of Eclipso by "Watchmen" artist and "Rann-Thanagar War" writer Dave Gibbons!
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House of Secrets folded with #80 (October 1966), and when it did, both Eclipso and Prince Ra-Man were left in limbo. But Eclipso was "reinvented" in the 1990s, and even got his own short-lived title. In it, Eclipso is retconned to be totally independent of Bruce Gordon, and made into an immortal god of vengeance who can possess anyone who thirsts for revenge. In this series, the name "Eclipso" no longer referred to an ability to manifest during an eclipse, but to an ability to "eclipse" a personality and possess it. In other words, this series removed everything that made the Eclipso character so totally unique. No wonder it bombed!
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Eclipso's greatest triumph: A special guest-villain appearance on the Justice League animated series on the Cartoon Network -- in season two, episodes 13 and 14, titled "Eclipsed."

The two-part story's plot reworked the old Eclipso legend. In it, Mophir, the last surviving member of the Ophidians, a clan of ancient warriors, has sworn to guard the Heart of Darkness crystal (a.k.a. Eclipso's Black Diamond) to prevent the Ophidians' spirits from attacking humanity.

Mophir's mission leads him to encounter the Justice League when the Heart of Darkness crystal is stolen by military forces. Mophir provides vital information to the Flash, which enables him rescue his teammates and defeat Eclipso. Ironicly, because he appeared on this popular TV series, the once-obscure Eclipso has been exposed to more people than almost any other super bad-guy this side of a super- or bat-villain!

What about the current Eclipso, Jean Loring, former wife of the Atom? The supernatural bitch who's causing so much trouble in "Day of Vengence" and beyond? Well... let's just say I prefer the original version to the new, insane, "Bruce Gordon in drag" version. Rock on Eclipso!


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