Although The Eye's two-year run in Centaur Publications comic books was relatively short-lived (after several appearances in Keen Detective Funnies, it eventually got its own title, Detective Eye, but that only lasted for two issues before being permanently cancelled), the concept of a sentient floating eye would have a lasting effect on popular culture and entertainment media. Movies like The Crawling Eye (1958), Big Trouble in Little China (1986) and Freaked (1993) feature such eyes, although more horrific and villainous. There have been other eye-themed characters in comic books like Marvel Comics' The Orb and DC Comics' Emerald Empress who possessed the Emerald Eye of Ekron. And those familiar with the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game no doubt see the similarities between The Eye's disintegration ray and the abilities of the Beholder.
While certainly too powerful for a player character, The Eye would still make for an interesting and unique NPC that the PCs can interact with in a Golden Age Supers campaign. The Eye was never really given an origin story or much in the way of background history, but there are connections that can be drawn to historical symbols such as the Egyptian Eye of Horus and the Masonic Eye of Providence that can be worked into some interesting original encounters and adventures.
THE EYEOrigin: Unearthly
Real Name: Unknown
First Appearance: Keen Detective Funnies vol. 2 #12 [Centaur Publications December 1939]
- Aerial Combat Expert
- Law Master
- Teleportation 9
- Invisibility 5
- Flight 4 - Transvection
- Telekinesis 8
- Blast 6 (Shooting) - Pupillary Heat/Disintegration Ray
- Invulnerability 6
- Supersenses 1 (X-ray vision)
|Jack Barrister and The Eye|
- Identity: Physical Embodiment of Man's Inner Conscience
- Motivation: Justice
- Connections: Jack Barrister (young attorney)
- Catchphrase: The Eyes Sees!
- Space and Time Mean Nothing to The Eye
- Weakness: Vengeance