Real Name

Chic Carter

First Appearance

Smash Comics #1(1939)

Original Publisher


Created by

Vernon Henkel

Golden Age Origin

Chic Carter was an ace crime reporter who wrote for the Daily Star. Originally, he was simply a two-fisted crusading reporter type, but when he was framed for murder, he became the costumed crusader known as the Sword to prove his innocence. Armed only with a rapier, the Sword was unhampered by the limitations of the law and could fight crime much faster than Chic Carter could expose it as a reporter. After proving his innocence, Carter would continue to use his costumed identity from time to time, but would also have adventures without donning his costume much like Tony Trent a.k.a. the Face. Eventually, he abandoned it altogether. His enemies included the Black Baron, the Black Death (Quality), Veda the Cobra Woman‎‎ and Velvet.


Olympic fencing champion (uses a foil, epee, or saber), athletic, good fighter, apologizes for slicing off fingers.

Golden Age Appearances

As Chic Carter

  • Smash Comics #1-24
  • National Comics #33-47
  • Police Comics #1-18

As the Sword

  • Smash Comics #24
  • Police Comics #1-4


  • Not to be confused with the Sword published by Ace.
  • Chic Carter did not adopt his costumed identity until issue #24 of Smash Comics.
  • While he has not been used by DC comics, the Sword did inspire a character in the Elseworlds series JLA: Destiny.

See Also

International Hero

Cosmic Teams

Golden Age Heroes Directory

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