The Mist


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The Mist. The Brave and the Bold vol. 1 #61 © 1965 DC Comics. COVER ART BY MURPHY ANDERSON.

The Mist

(pop culture)
The Mist was an illusive Golden Age (1938–1954) malefactor first introduced in the pages of Adventure Comics #67 (1941) in a Starman feature story scripted by Alfred Bester and rendered by Jack Burnley. Scientist Kyle (whose last name is never revealed) is adept at creating interesting formulas and devices, most notably an invisibility solution and a matter destabilizer, the rays of which can disintegrate objects. When gangsters attempt to steal the matter destabilizer from the scientist, the invention is turned on him and Kyle transforms into the supervillain the Mist. As a criminal mastermind who is able to convert into an almost-invisible vapor, the Mist battled the Golden Age Starman through most of the 1940s. The Mist engaged in such diabolical feats as destroying buildings, robbing banks, and taking tourists hostage. Through chronic use of various chemicals or constant manipulation of his physical body, the Mist eventually developed true superpowers, including invisibility and intangibility. At one point, he also possessed the power of weather control. He appeared only once during the Silver Age (1956–1969), in a Starman/Black Canary team-up in The Brave and the Bold #61 (1965), adding blackmail to his job description. Eventually, the Mist went insane and sold his soul to the demon Neron, supposedly dying in a nuclear explosion that took the life of the Golden Age Starman. The Mist's supervillainous legacy continued in his two children: Kyle Jr., who died battling David Knight, the original Starman's son and successor; and his daughter Nash, introduced in the Starman series launched in late 1994 and known as the supervillain Mist II. Mist II carried on the work of her father, her powers allowing her to pass through walls and transport herself. Before dying at the hands of her father (who returned from the dead), she conceived a baby with the newest Starman, Jack Night.
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He saw over the mist that in a hollow between two hills near the village of Pratzen, the Russian columns, their bayonets glittering, were moving continuously in one direction toward the valley and disappearing one after another into the mist.
The mist was heavier yet when I got out upon the marshes, so that instead of my running at everything, everything seemed to run at me.
He drops his bridle on the pommel of his saddle, whistles to his pony, and disappears in the mist; riding with his hands in his pockets, and his pipe in his mouth, as composedly as if he were sitting by his own fireside at home.
If any one of the three had had the hardihood to propose to another to walk on a little ahead into the mist and darkness, he would have put himself in a fair way of getting shot instantly as a highwayman.
Through a rift in the mist, he caught a glimpse of the brown sail of a fishing-boat, dangerously near the land.
She dips her rim, She sinks, she founders in the mist; and still The stream flows on, and to the insatiate sea Hurries her white-wave flocks innumerable In never-ending tale.
But now the mist, helped by the evening darkness, was more of a screen than he desired, for it hid the ruts into which his feet were liable to slip--hid everything, so that he had to guide his steps by dragging his whip along the low bushes in advance of the hedgerow.
A thick coating of dust, slightly dampened by the mist, covered the floor of the bridge, but the only footprints were those of Mr.
A great shadow, preceded by a wild light, slowly advanced, appearing still larger through the mist, which gave it a fantastic aspect.
The figure of the Martian grew smaller as he receded, and presently the mist and the gathering night had swallowed him up.
Nor could the young bride any longer deny that a radiance was breaking through the mist, and changing its dim hue to a dusky red, which continually grew more vivid, as if brilliant particles were interfused with the gloom.
Anne pleased herself with a hundred fancies as she wandered through the mist. It was delightful--romantic-- mysterious to be roaming here alone on this enchanted shore.