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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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