Doctor Spektor

Dr. Spektor, on the cover of issue #15. Art by Jesse Santos.
Publication information
Publisher Western Publishing
First appearance Mystery Comics Digest #5 (July 1972)
Created by Donald Glut (script)
Dan Spiegle (art)
In-story information
Full name Doctor Adam Spektor
Partnerships Lakota Rainflower, Lu-Sai
Abilities Skilled investigator
The Occult Files of Doctor Spektor
Series publication information
Publisher Gold Key Comics
Schedule Bimonthly
Format Ongoing series
Genre Horror
Publication date May 1973 – Feb. 1977
Number of issues 24
Main character(s) Dr. Spektor
Creative team
Writer(s) Donald Glut
Artist(s) Dan Spiegle, Jesse Santos
Collected editions
The Occult Files of Doctor Spektor Archives, Vol. 1 ISBN 1-59582-600-9
The Occult Files of Doctor Spektor Archives. Vol. 2 ISBN 159582667X
The Occult Files of Doctor Spektor Archives, Vol. 3 ISBN 1595828192
The Occult Files of Doctor Spektor Archives, Vol. 4 ISBN 1595828524

Doctor Spektor is a fictional comic book "occult detective" that appeared in Western Publishing's Gold Key Comics. Created by writer Donald Glut and artist Dan Spiegle, he first appeared in Mystery Comics Digest #5 (July 1972)

Publication history

After his first appearance in a 10-page story in Mystery Comics Digest #5, Dr. Spektor was spun off into his own title, The Occult Files of Doctor Spektor. The series ran for 24 issues (May 1973 - February 1977). His final original story appeared in one issue of Gold Key Spotlight (#8, August 1977). Jesse Santos replaced Spiegle as artist on the series, and remained there for the entire run.

Dr. Spektor appeared in all four issues of Gold Key's Spine-Tingling Tales (1975–76), where he provided linking narration for some of the stories within. (These stories were reprints from Mystery Comics Digest that dealt with characters who later appeared in his title). He also had stories he narrated in Mystery Comics Digest #10, #11, #12, and #21, and articles in Golden Comics Digest #25, #26, and #33.

Under the Whitman Comics name, issue #25 was released in May 1982. It reprinted issue #1, but with a line-art cover instead of the original painted cover.

Dark Horse Comics announced they will be producing the Doctor Spektor Archives Series starting in 2010.[citation needed] Volume one covers the first seven issues plus his first appearance in Mystery Comics Digest #5.[citation needed] Volume two has issues #8-12 plus Spektor appearances from Spine-Tingling Tales #4, Mystery Comics Digest #10, #11, and #21, and Golden Comics Digest #25, #26, and #33.[citation needed] Volume three has issues #13-18 plus Spektor narrated stories from Spine-Tingling Tales #1 and 2.[citation needed] Volume four has issues #19-24 and Gold Key Spotlight #8 plus the cover to #25.[citation needed] All the Spektor text pieces from those issues are also included.

Fictional character biography

Doctor Adam Spektor is an occult investigator, dealing with various occult menaces, such as mummies (Ra-Ka-Tep), vampires (Baron Tibor, Dracula), werewolves, and more. He is aided by Lakota Rainflower, his Sioux secretary (until issue #22), along with several semi-recurring assistants (Elliot Kane in issue #4, future love interest Lu-Sai in issues #12 and #24, his cousin Anne Sara in issue #17). Several of the monsters he encounters return in subsequent issues, and for several issues, Spektor became a werewolf (#11-13).

Issues #2 to 11 contain short stories in the back 'from the occult files of Doctor Spektor' and narrated by Spektor, which many times include creatures and characters from the main series such as Durak (or at least his knife), Elliot Kane, and others.

Don Glut had Dr. Spektor crossover with several of his other Gold Key characters such as Tragg and Dagar. Tragg and Lorn make cameo appearances in issue #19. Ostellon, Master of the Living Bones (from Dagar #1) appeares in issue #7; issue #15 concludes a story begun in Dagar #13, and Durak from Dagar appears in #16. Doctor Solar appears in several issues (#14, #18, #23), and Gold Key's The Owl appears in #22. Spektor also made a brief one-page appearance administering "Dr. Spektor's Creature Quiz" in Glut's children's book, Monsters: Fiendish Facts, Quivery Quizzes and Other Grisly Goings-on, also from Golden Press.

Powers and abilities

Dr. Spektor is a skilled investigator of the occult, and very knowledgeable about the lore of the paranormal. During issues 11 through 13 Dr. Spektor became a werewolf. During that time he possessed, while in werewolf form, increased strength, stamina, and invulnerability (except to silver weapons).

Further reading

  • "Haunting Monsters: A Quick Peek Into The Occult Files of Doctor Spektor" by Scott Aaron Stine. Trashfiend vol.1, no.3 (Jan.-March 2003) pp. 16–17.
  • "Index and Price Guide for The Occult Files of Doctor Spektor." Trashfiend vol.1, no.3 (Jan.-March 2003) pp. 18–19.


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