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Gat Benson was a Cliffland, New Jersey mobster who was hired by a criminal named Rhami Set.

Before the U.S. entry into World War II, Gat Benson successfully killed police officer James Corrigan.

On the night of the engagement party of Clarice Winston and officer James Corrigan, a petty thief named Louis Snipe told Corrigan that Gat and his gang would be at a robbery that evening. Rather than alerting his partner, Corrigan went alone so that he would get all the glory. It was a trap; Gat and his men captured Corrigan, put him into a barrel, filled it with cement, and threw him into the river.

The deceased Corrigan's spirit was then offered a chance to seek justice, as the ghostly Spectre. Corrigan returned to Earth as a "Spirit of Vengeance" to fight evil with his new supernatural powers. On his first mission, he exacted justice by stripping Gat Benson of his skin, and reducing him to a skeleton. The Spectre then restored Benson, and his two henchmen, to life, and turned them over to the police.

  • Although Gat Benson made only three canonical appearance while alive, he has made subsequent appearances in numerous flashback tales dealing with the Spectre's origin.
  • In the second chapter of his first published appearance, in More Fun Comics #53, 1st story, p.8, panel 1, the dead Gat Benson was resurrected, in a mindless state, and arrested by the police.
  • Gat Benson's history was altered at least twice.
    • First, due to the the collapse of the Multiverse in the 1985-86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series, his appearance in Spectre #5 could, for a time, be considered apocryphal. As a native of the no-longer canonical "Earth-Two," Gat's history was retroactively altered to fit in with that of "New Earth," or "Earth-Post-CoIE."
    • Second, the Multiverse was reestablished in the 2005-06 Infinite Crisis limited series, and in its 2006-07 sequel series 52. This undid most or all of the alterations to history made by the Crisis on Infinite Earths.



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