Real Name: Happy Terrill
Identity/Class: Human mutate
Affiliations: Golden Age Black
Condor, Neon the Unknown,
Bee, the Spider,
Silver Age (D.C. version) Freedom Fighters
Enemies: Bela Jat, Cadava the Crumbler, Captain Blue, Hammer Hand, Khan, Stradivarius
Known Relatives: Golden Age None
Silver Age (D.C. version) Raymond Terrill (son, a.k.a. the Ray)
Base of Operations: Unknown
First Appearance: Smash Comics #14 (Quality Comics, September 1940)
Powers/Abilities: Able to absorb and discharge light, heat and other forms of energy. Able to fly, or to transform into light. He absorbs his energy from the light around him, and while he can store some energy for when in a darkened environment, he can swiftly run out of power in such circumstances.
History: Reporter Happy Terrill was covering the launch of a high altitude hot air balloon, but while taking a ride in it, he and the balloon's inventor, Dr.Styne, were caught in an electrical storm. The Doctor realised that they needed to seal the improperly shut outer airlock, and Happy volunteered to go out and do so. However while outside he was struck by a bolt of lightning/radiation; luckily instead of killing him, this imbued him with superhuman powers, which he used to become the crimefighting Ray.
Comments: Created by Will Eisner and Lou Fine.
The Ray adventured from Smash Comics #14 until #40. He returned after D.C. bought the rights to him, becoming part of the Freedom Fighters, and in the modern era produced a son who followed in his heroic footsteps.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Rayda, member of Femforce
Ray, Max, one of the Centurions
Ray Presto, school boy magician
Ray Spede, British hero
Ray Tracer, ReBoot
Ray, his son, a D.C. hero
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