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Spooks was an animated skeleton, who was supernaturally revived in order to apprehend his killer.

In the 1940s at a well-known university, Professor Oscar Willard was murdered by an embezzler, and went to Heaven, where he protested that he was much too busy to be dead, because he hadn't stopped the embezzler. The Keeper Of The Gate sent Willard's spirit back to Earth, on the condition that he should stop as much evil as he could.

Accompanied by a Heavenly Messenger Boy named Bensonhurst, Willard's soul returned to earth, where several months had passed. Willard's body was now a skeleton, displayed in the college's Anatomy Department, but his spirit was able to animate it, and make it speak. Together with his invisible new friend the Messenger Boy, the animated skeleton of Oscar Willard was able to apprehend the murderous embezzler, and in the process to save a framed-up fall guy from wrongful execution.

  • This version of Spooks, including all history and corresponding appearances, was erased from existence following the collapse of the original Multiverse in the 1985–86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series. Even though versions of the character may have since appeared, this information does not apply to those versions.
  • Spooks' sidekick is Bensonhurst, a Heavenly Messenger Boy. Throughout this series, he plays essentially the same role as Mr. Keeper does, in the Kid Eternity series.
  • Spooks himself has nearly the same body-animating super power as Boston Brand, Deadman.