Public Domain Super Heroes
Captain Future
Captain Future

Real Name

Andrew Bryant

First Appearance

Startling Comics #1 (June 1940)

Original Publisher


Created by

Kin Platt


Andrew Bryant was a young research scientist who worked for the Pacific Electrical Corporation. In desperate attempt to prove that his work had value to the company, he took a chance and crossed gamma and infrared rays. The experiment blew up in his face, but he survived and, as he quickly discovered, getting bombarded by the resulting radiation gave him superpowers. He used these abilities to fight crime with the help of his girlfriend, Detective Grace Adams (of the Agatha Detective Agency).

His enemies included Dr. Bio and his Spider-men, the Black Dragon Society, and Dr. Holanza.

Powers and Abilities[]

Captain Future can fly, hurl energy bolts from his hands, read minds, listen to radio and television broadcasts with his mind, and has super strength. But strong blows to the head can render him unconscious, and he must frequently use his machine to recharge his powers.

Public Domain Appearances[]

  • America’s Best Comics #1, 5, 22
  • Startling Comics #19-40


  • The Nedor comics were renewed by Popular Library, which was eventually bought out by Fawcett Books. When Fawcett went out of business, Popular Library was sold to Warner Bros. A number of different publishers, however, are currently/have been using these characters without any lawsuits from Warner Bros., so any action over them is (probably) unlikely. They are still, however, "use at your own risk" characters.
  • This character was named after a pre existing pulp character that the publishing company had been featuring in his own magazine. This character was written and co-created by Edmond Hamilton. The comics version appears to have nothing in common with his pulp counterpart outside the name.
  • Andrew Bryant/Captain Future is played by Tim Stotz in the Legacy of the Masque web series.
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