NORGIL THE MAGICIAN
Following in Mandrake's magical footsteps -- complete with formal evening attire and a top hat, but minus the hypnotic powers -- was NORGIL
the magician, materialized by Shadow creator Walter Gibson in November 1937.
Norgil was originally published as a back-up feature in CRIME BUSTERS magazine. His adventures gave Gibson an opportunity to demonstrate and explain several classic magic tricks to his readers.
Norgil was a pulp forerunner to the superhero-magicians, but at the time he was published, the character was not a hit, and ultimately Gibson wrote only 23 Norgil stories, which were later collected in a book with a new cover illustrated by Jim Steranko (pictured right).
Then, along came a NEW superhero-magician who had what action-loving comic readers really wanted: a magical character with real, working "magic" powers, and a sorcerously sexy daughter!
Meet him in part two!