Created by the pulp writer, Dave Swuckney, Captain Electric started as an electrical safety mascot in the 1940s. In the late 1950s the character was bought by the company DARE Comics and made into a full fledged superhero.
By the mid 70s Captain Electric, along with his new sidekick Battery Boy, became a successful title, but Dave Swuckney saw little money from his creation and turned to substance abuse. In 1976 he was found dead in a seedy motel room, choked to death while inhaling a can of aerosol whipped-cream.
The character was taken over soon after by the new writer/artist team Hugh Defnel and Ben Gerrard. While they took the comic to new heights of ludocrisey, Captain Electric was turned into a Disco-fied live action TV series. Unfortunately, the show never got beyond the pilot stage.
During the 80s, the comic began to get itself into trouble with the Comic Code Commission (yes I really mean the Comics Code Authority) and the comic was forced to add a new electrical safety feature to the back pages of the comic.
DARE Comics, afraid of losing readership over the initial CCC scandal, began a new product line--featuring the infamous Captain Electric Supercharger Ring. This metal ring, shaped like an electrical plug, actually fit in an electrical socket, and resulted in the deaths and injuries of thousands of children. The resulting lawsuits bankrupted the company and left Captain Electric to the annals of obscurity.