As a blind character, Doctor Mid-Nite is widely regarded as the first superhero in comics to exhibit a physical impairment, pre-dating the creation of Daredevil by more than twenty years.
(All) Perfect night vision Ability to see in the light via infrared lenses (Mc Nider) Brilliant doctor and mathematician Gifted physician and author Superb athlete and hand to hand combatant Employs "blackout bombs" (Cross) Great physician and scientist Employs special ultrasonic lenses and "blackout bombs" Doctor Mid-Nite (also Doctor Midnight) is a fictional superhero physician in DC Comics.
The figure has been represented in the comics by three different individuals, Charles Mc Nider, Beth Chapel, and Pieter Anton Cross. Mid-Nite was originally created by writer Charles Reizenstein and artist Stanley Josephs Aschmeier in 1941.
The hero, represented first by Charles Mc Nider, appeared for the first time in All-American Comics #25 (April 1941).
Like many Golden Age heroic characters, the original Doctor Mid-Nite appeared as a member of DC's Justice Society of America.
Removing the bandages covering his eyes, Mc Nider discovered that he could still see, but only in perfect darkness.
Mc Nider developed a special visor allowing him to see in the light and "blackout bombs" capable of blocking out all light, becoming a costumed crime fighter.
Adopting the owl that flew through his window and naming it 'Hooty', the bird became his "sidekick." Ten years after his debut, Mc Nider briefly assumed the role of Starman after the JSA disbanded when Ted Knight, the original Starman, suffered a nervous breakdown as a result of his participation in the development of the atomic bomb.
His two successors were also represented as members of the group or an offshoot.
Doctor Mid-Nite has never appeared as the solo protagonist of a regular title magazine, but the figure has been the subject of an anthology and a mini-series.