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1941 and the Nazi blitzkrieg of Belgrade was a distant memory for Basil Brusiloff, who was at work in his laboratory when the German bombs rained down on his workshop, where he was engaged in volatile experiments. Having his laboratory blown out from under him didn't faze Basil, but the resulting explosion did. Now covered from head to toe in thick, black fur, Basil was more than man now, much more. He had a burning desire for revenge and Basil used his hirsute condition to battle the Nazi menace as Blackout. With incredible strength, and being nearly impossible to see in the dark of night, Blackout struck terror into the Nazi invaders of his home land, wreaking havoc and fear amongst the ranks of the evil invaders who would do harm to the innocents of Europe.

Charles Biro was trying to put together an impressive package, and the reason he sought out James Robinson and George Roussos was because Batman was such a big hit. Essentially, Batman people were wanted. Jerry, George and their buddy Bernie Klein (who was killed in WWII) were all asked to put together new characters for what was going to be Daredevil #1. (We all know it as Daredevil #2, but this was really the first issue. What we know as Daredevil Verses Hitler was really intended as a Silver Streak special using the Funnies Inc. staff.) Jerry created London, George created Blackout and Bernie created Whirlwind. The last of these features left the book by issue #11.

George Roussos has written of his and Jerry Robinson's time on the strip, and others:
"Since Jerry and I had developed such a strong artistic look for Kane - always a big moon with harsh lights and shadows - they didn't want us to use that style for anyone else. We had worked with this fellow, Bob Wood, who later did the original Daredevil, on a feature called Target and the Targeteers. Bob was just starving at the time trying to meet his deadlines, so I used to stay up all night for 2 or 3 days in a row while everyone else fell asleep, helping out."


Captain Battle Comics # 1 & 5
First Appearance
Last Appearance: Summer/1943


I would like to thank Richard Boucher of the Good Guys & Gals of the Golden Age webpage for the design of this page,
Marc Svensson for the historical information, and Michael Feldman for the Roussos quotation.