Public Domain Super Heroes

Real Name


First Appearance

Night of the Living Dead (Oct. 1, 1968)

Original Publisher

The Walter Reade Organization

Created by

George A. Romero & John A. Russo


Ben worked at a diner prior to the events of the film. When a friend attacked him after being bit by a zombie, Ben fleed the scene in his friend's truck, finding a farmhouse to barricade himself inside. He met Barbara and, when asking her about how she got there, she became unruly and tried to go outside, causing Ben to slap her. He could not believe what he had done but, kept on barricading the house.

At one point, he heard Barbara scream and ran to her to find other survivors, Harry Cooper and Tom. He disliked Harry the first time he saw him. When an escape plan of going to a truck to escape failed, killing Tom and Judy, Ben was to fend for himself as Harry locked him outside. Ben managed to smash in and shot Harry. When the zombies started breaking in, Ben and Helen, Harry's wife, attempted to fend them back. Helen nearly died and Barbara came to the rescue which resulted in her being killed by her own undead brother. Ben was shocked and Helen escaped to the basement. Ben realised that all of these survivors were stupid and ran to the basement shoving an undead Karen out the way. Ben then killed the undead Harry and Helen. He sat down in a seat as hearing the zombies banging on the door. He then realised that God is punishing them because humans do not work together. Ben then was shot the next morning by a zombie hunter group. They mistook him as a zombie.


Night of the Living Dead entered the public domain because the original theatrical distributor, the Walter Reade Organization, neglected to place a copyright indication on the prints. In 1968, United States copyright law required a proper notice for a work to maintain a copyright. Image Ten displayed such a notice on the title frames of the film beneath the original title, Night of the Flesh Eaters. The distributor removed the statement when it changed the title.

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