Langford "Happy" Terrill (Ray I, father), Nadine Terrill
(mother), Joshua Terrill (Spitfire, half-brother), Thomas H.
Terrill (uncle, deceased), Hank Terrill (cousin)
Justice League International, Forgotten Heroes, Young Justice,
The Ray v.1
Black Condor #9-10
Freedom Fighters vol. 2 #1-9
JSA #49, 73
Justice League America #71-91
Justice League Task Force #0, 17-37
Justice League Quarterly #15
The Ray vol. 1, #1-6 (1992)
The Ray vol. 2, #1-28 (1994–96)
Resurrection Man #24-27
vol. 3 #21
Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters vol. 1 #1-8 (2006)
Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters vol. 2 #1-8 (2007) Young Justice
The Ray III
NAME + ALIASES: Stan Silver
KNOWN RELATIVES: None
GROUP AFFILIATIONS: S.H.A.D.E., Freedom Fighters
FIRST APPEARANCE: DCU: Brave New World #1 (August 2006)
Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters v.1 #1-8 (2006)
The Ray is one of Quality’s most iconic and recognizable super-heroes,
made so by the breakout artwork of Lou Fine. The character’s powers and
costume were also fairly distinctive, and he has arguably enjoyed the
most successful DC Comics reinvention of any Quality property—including
Plastic Man. DC’s The Ray was an intensely personal series that delved
into the character’s family life, but his Golden Age adventures did not.
Happy Terrill only had a girlfriend for one issue. The Ray was created
by Will Eisner and drawn by Lou Fine for nearly its entire run (through
Smash Comics #34). This was just before Will Eisner went to war and Fine
moved on to take over chores on “The Spirit.” Here (and on the sister
strip “Black Condor”) Fine let loose and gave us some of his most dynamic
and meticulous drawings. The Ray was featured on the cover (not drawn
by Fine) every other month in Smash #17–27.
The Ray’s debut was promoted
in Hit Comics #3 (Sept. 1940). His origin has been somewhat tweaked during
the character’s DC lifetime. The essence remains the same, but many details
were added to the early life of this hero in the pages of The Ray series.
In both versions, cub reporter “Happy” Terrill was sent on an assignment
to cover the launch of Prof. Styne’s “strato-balloon” into the upper
atmosphere. Happy became a passenger on the balloon which encountered
a “cosmic storm” that left him transformed into the Ray! (In his first
adventure only, his legs were colored bare instead of yellow.) The balloon
mission had also uncovered a powerful new gas, which was stolen by the
thug, Anton Rox. (Smash Comics #14)
Happy’s personal story at DC is one of the most extensive of all Quality characters.
This is due to the success of the 1992 reinvention of the character in which
Jack C. Harris and Joe Quesada presented Happy’s son, Raymond: the new Ray.
to the series' editor, Christopher Priest, the series was modeled
in part after his own pitch called "The Avenger."
story of Happy Terrill’s sons began back during wartime. In 1946 he met his
first wife, a woman named Gayle, and they had a son, Joshua Terrill,
that same year. Joshua inherited his father’s powers and Happy chose to make
him his sidekick, Spitfire. But his powers and mind were unstable and in a
tantrum Joshua killed his own mother. Happy’s solution was to place eight-year-old
Joshua in cryogenic suspension. (The Ray v.2 #28) Note:
There was also a non-super-hero feature at Quality Comics called “Spitfire,”
about U.S. Air Force soldier Tex Adams. He first appeared in Crack Comics #15
story of Happy Terrill's sons began back during wartime. In 1946 he met
his first wife, a woman named Gayle and
they produced a son, Joshua Terrill,
that same year. Joshua inherited his father's powers and Happy chose to make
him his sidekick, Spitfire. But his powers and mind were unstable and
in a tantrum Joshua killed his own mother. Happy's solution was to place eight-year-old
Joshua in cryogenic suspension.Note: There was also a non-superhero feature
at Quality Comics called "Spitfire," about U.S. Air
Force soldier was Tex Adams. He first appeared
in Crack Comics #15
The third man to call himself the Ray was Stan Silver. He appeared as a part
of Father Time’s metahuman strike force, S.H.A.D.E. (DCU:
Brave New World) Silver was a handsome 26 year-old foreign correspondent
for the Washington Sun who, similar to Happy Terrill, went into space and was
exposed to radiation in space from a comet. This gave him the power to transform
into solid light.
The Ray could absorb light, heat and electromagnetic energies from
outside sources, discharge these energies from his body, and modulate
their intensities. The beams could be as harmless as regular light,
or used as destructive laser blasts. He once used a “magni-ray” to
allow him to take photographs with a miniature camera. The Ray was
“charged” by the presence of light and could fly at super speeds.
powers were not internally produced. If light was removed, he might
fall from the sky until it was restored. The Ray could turn his body
into immaterial light energy or conversely, create objects made of
solid light. He once created a giant solid construct of himself. A
similar application of power could be used to imprison him. Despite
his fantastic powers, Happy often chose to fight his battles with his
physical prowess. If he was not concentrating on his powers, he could
revert to normal and be knocked out.
Ray Terrill inherited the same powers as his father. He requires the
occasional “recharging” of his light powers from an external source.
In the dark, he becomes powerless.