is for Doctor Occult.
Richard Occult (aka The Ghost Detective) was a supernatural detective created by the same team who created Superman....Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. He debuted in New Fun Comics #6, back in 1935 under the name Dr. Mystic where he travels to a mystic realm, flies, and wears a cape....thus becoming the very first caped hero in comics (Superman didn't appear until 1938).
As Dr. Occult, his usual garb was as shown above....a suit, trench coat and fedora. If nothing else, the Doc had style! He also had the "Symbol of the Seven"...a mystic talisman that focused his abilities, could exorcise as well as drive off demons, and did just about anything else the writers needed it to do.
A strange character deserves a strange origin story, I guess...
December 31st, 1899...a pair of infants are to be sacrificed to Satan by an evil cult. The two are rescued by another cult...known as The Seven. Seeing potential in the two, they raise the children..one boy and one girl..and train them in the 'mystic arts'. The boy they name Richard Occult and the girl they name Rose Psychic. Since Richard seemed to have the most magical talent of the two, he's given the mystical Symbol of the Seven. Soon after, the two were told to leave, go into the world, and fight evil. Simple enough, eh?
Occult went to school, excelling in the sciences (another scientist!) and earned a doctorate...becoming a legitimate 'doctor' in the academic sense. After that, he and Rose set up a detective agency, taking any and all cases involving the supernatural or the unexplained.
The Doc had a long and varied career in the D.C. Universe and was usually called in when someone was recruiting a bunch of magic using types to deal with some manner of supernatural threat. He used his powers to fight off aging...thus allowing the writers to pull him out of the mothballs anytime a story called for a 'mystical character you haven't seen in a while'.
I've always loved the 'pulp' type heroes and they don't get much pulpier than the good Doctor.
Tune in tomorrow for "E". A post I'll be trying to 'stretch' out....ahem