Which is all the more reason to love Eclipso.
First created by Haney and the Caniff-inspired Lee Elias in 1963’s House of Secrets #61, Eclipso is the evil spirit that possesses philanthropic scientist Bruce Gordon. Scratched by an evil witch doctor’s black diamond, Gordon finds himself infected, becoming the evil Eclipso during a solar eclipse. It just so happens that he transforms on the same day he opens up his solar-powered city (called, unsurprisingly, Solar City), and the city is laid waste by Eclipso. Dressed in a black and purple outfit, with a headpiece, and a crescent-shaped mark on his face, Eclipso looks too goofy to feel threatening—at least until Alex Toth takes over the art chores.
The stories are not Haney’s best, as he rewrites the premise of the “hero and villain in one man”, even redefining what constitutes an eclipse (in Eclipso’s world, passing a solid disk over a spotlight causes Gordon to Eclipso out). He cleverly fixed it so that Eclipso merely splits from Gordon, making the book more about Gordon vs. his evil alter ego, freeing him up to further write Eclipso. Haney is one of the more under-rated Silver Age DC writers, especially for his dense and packed Brave and the Bold stories
But, still, considering Showcase Presents Eclipso only costs $10, it’s well worth picking up for the Elias and Toth work alone.