The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; The Chief; Deeja Kathoon (villain)
A series of baffling crimes in Cliffland leads the Chief to suspect the Spectre is behind them, but Corrigan knows better, discovering a man so adept in black magic that he can materialize spirits to accomplish his crimes.
Doctor Fate [Kent Nelson] (origin); Inza Cramer; Nabu (introduction); Sven Nelson (archaeologist, Kent's father, death); a "haunted" man; Nergal, Lord of the Underworld (villain)
In 1920, young Kent Nelson and his father explore the mysteries of the pyramids, there Kent meets Nabu the Wise, an exile from the planet Cilia, who helped build the pyramids. Nabu trains Kent in the mysteries of the universe until Kent assumes the role of Dr. Fate.