The Sphinx

The Religious Affiliation of
The Sphinx

Religion: pseudo-Egyptian religionist/Confucianist/Taoist CBR Scale: M

Name: The Sphinx

Classification: hero hero  

Publisher(s): Dark Horse Entertainment Universal Studios

First Appearance: Mystery Men (1999)

            NOTE: This is our current best assessment of the first appearance of this character, but this has been flagged in our database as uncertain.

Creators: Bob Burden, Neil Cuthbert, Kinka Usher, Wes Studi (actor)

Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes

Number of Appearances: 1

Teams/Affiliations: Mystery Men

Gender: male

According to a note in the listing for the Mystery Men film, the Sphinx was an actual Golden Age character from Better Publishing. He was, the note maintains, named "Ellsworth Forrester" and first appeared in Exciting Comics #2.

Checking, one finds that there was indeed a character named The Sphinx (a.k.a. Ellsworth Forrester) who first appeared in Exciting Comics #2 (May 1940), which was published by Better Publications, Inc.

Legally, there is no concern, because, as the note on the website points out, Better Publications went out of business in the 1950s and their character has fallen into the public domain.

Whether or not the Sphinx from this comic series is similar enough to the same-named character from Mystery Men is another question. They do not appear particularly similar to me. The Sphinx in the Mystery Men film is very distinctive and unusual. The Sphinx from the 1940s comics is rather generic, essentially a boiler-plate wealthy socialite "mystery man" type in a domino mask. Simply having the same code name ("the Sphinx") seems insufficient cause to calling these comic book and movie incarnations of "The Sphinx" the "same character."

This character is in the following story which has been indexed by this website:
Mystery Men (1999)

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