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Kid Eternity

July 3, 2011

Since the 1940s were rife with new and experimental comic book concepts, it's no wonder the intriguing and somewhat original concept of Kid Eternity surfaced and found an anchored spot in the pages of Quality Comics during 1942.

Created by writer Otto Binder and artist Sheldon Moldoff, the story began with a boy whose only living relative, his grandfather, died in a shipwreck during the beginning of World War II. The boy was with him during the wreck and both met with the gatekeeper of the Afterlife (known as Mr. Keeper). Though the boy's grandfather was meant to remain with those who'd passed on, the boy was intended to return to the world of the living, where he would remain for another 75 years.

Mr. Keeper becomes his guardian and grants him the ability to beckon any deceased historical or heroic figure in a time of need, simply by uttering the word, "eternity."

Kid Eternity was a fixture in Quality's Hit Comics title until 1949. In 1956, when DC Comics acquired Quality's assets, Kid Eternity was shelved until the '70s, when his character was re-envisioned as the brother of Captain Marvel Jr. He continued his adventures until the 1990s, even receiving his own recreated story with DC's Vertigo imprint.

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