Public Domain Super Heroes
The Sword

Real Name

Arthur Lake

First Appearance

Captain Courageous Comics #6 (March 1942)

Original Publisher

Ace Periodicals

Created by



The son of John Lake, president of the Lake Aircraft company, Arthur Lake accompanied his father on a business trip to England, where Arthur found the tomb of King Arthur along with his legendary blade, Excalibur, sheathed in a stone. He pulled the sword out of the stone, gaining superhuman powers and transforming from a teenager into an older superhero form. He is superhumanly strong but not invulnerable (perhaps because he lacks the legendary scabbard of Excalibur which protects from all wounds). As "The Sword," he uses these powers to fight both the Nazis and the evil sorceress Morgana. He soon gained two sidekicks - his friend Lance Larter and a plant worker named Moe Lynn. Whenever Arthur transforms by drawing his sword, they gain powers of their own. Lance became the Lancer with similar powers as Sword, while Moe became the new Merlin.

Powers and Abilities

Early accounts state that Arthur can only draw the sword when he is pure of heart. The magic is fairly strict, forbidding him to use the sword when he'd been rude to a witch who had cursed his father's factory and only allowed to wield it again when he'd saved a cat from a tree.

Public Domain Appearances

  • Captain Courageous Comics #6
  • Lightning Comics vol.3 #1
  • Super Mystery Comics vol.3 #3 - vol.5 #3


  • The Sword appears in Red Sonja: Superpowers by Dynamite Comics. However, while his costume is based on this character, his alter ego is that of Quality's Sword.

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