Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Alter Ego: Dick Ruark
Occupation: Documentary Filmmaker
Marital Status: Unknown
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: Unknown
First Appearance: Detective Comics #263 (January, 1959)
Height: Approx. 5'9"
Weight: Approx. 160 lbs.
Dick Ruark was given permission by the Middletown Police Department to ride along with their best officer, John Jones, and film him for the documentary "A Day With A Detective." Ruark was surprised to almost immediately see action when the criminal Conjurer was reported stealing a statue from the Ardmore Natural History Museum. The Conjurer used parlor tricks to escape capture, as John Jones couldn't credibly pursue him without potentially tipping the photographer that he was secretly a powerful Martian benefactor stranded on Earth. Further attempts by Jones to capture the Conjurer were similarly stymied by Ruark's dogged presence. However, the final leg of the rampage saw Ruark knocked unconscious in a toy factoring, giving the Manhunter from Mars the break he needed to finally apprehend the Conjurer. However, Ruark's film camera had continued recording, necessitating J'onn J'onzz's splicing footage from a science fiction film into Ruark's reel to cover for his alien action. Ruark was reassigned to Detective Smith to continue his work, never suspecting that he had missed more than just the Conjurer's capture.
Quote: "Don't arrest him until my camera is set, Detective Jones!"
Created by Jack Miller and Joe Certa