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Lancer


Name Lancer
A.K.A. n/a
Secret ID. Lance Larter
Type Costumed Hero
Affiliation/Team The Sword (2)
1st Appearance Captain Courageous Comics #6 (last issue)
Year 1942
Publisher Ace Magazines (Periodical House)
Country of origin USA


Ace Periodicals' hero "The Sword" was based on the legend of King Arthur. Young Arthur Lake was the son of John Lake, president of the Lake Aircraft Company. He possessed the magic sword Excalibur, which he kept embedded in a stone in a secret hiding place. Whenever Arthur would remove the sword from the stone, he would be magically transformed into the powerful hero known as the Sword, Lance also transforms, becoming the Lancer. The Sword had two assistants -- Lancer and the sorcerer Merlin. Lancer was really Arthur Lake's pal, Lance Larter. Merlin was secretly an old man named Moe Lynn who worked at Mr. Lake's plant. Whenever Arthur removed Excalibur from the stone, Lance and Moe would also be transformed into their heroic counterparts. Lancer had a costume similar to that of the Sword, except that he carried a large lance. He was able to use his magic lance as a melee weapon, or throw it like a javeline with amazing accuracy. He was also good at stuffing its tip down the barrel of a gun, causing an enemy's gun to backfire.