The Lamplighter

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The Lamplighter
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Status: Inactive
Earliest (in world) Appearance: 1930s
Base of Operations: Romeyn Falls/Astro City

Personal Data


Appearances (in Publication Order): Wizard Presents: Kurt Busiek's Astro City #1/2

Event Timeline

1940s/ALT     Alt headline


A night-prowling, American Revolutionary themed, costumed hero active during the World War II era and shortly thereafter.


The Lamplighter retired in 1959, as a new generation of heroes entered the spotlight.


  • a handful of Astro City stories refer to the Lamplighter Statues. These are a set of laws that allow superheroes to testify in criminal(but not civil) trials without having to reveal their secret identities. They are named after the Lamplighter, implying that he was the first superhero whose testimony in public trails was challenged unless he revealed his actual legal identity.

Speculations, Theories

He may have served in the Pacific theater during WWII.(Note the Life Cover says "Super heroics' in the South Pacific," which could imply dual meanings.)