Doctor Fate is a legacy of heroes in the realm of magic who act as agents of the Lords of Order in the battle against chaos, using the powerful Amulet of Anubis, Cloak of Destiny and Helmet of Fate. Kent Nelson was the original, given his powers by Nabu and residing in the Tower of Fate in Salem. Eric Strauss was the next chosen champion after Nelson's death, later merging into Fate as a dual entity with his partner Linda Strauss. Inza Cramer, wife of the first Fate, was later given the mantle. Following Zero Hour a new man named Jared Stevens emerged with the power, simply calling himself Fate. Hector Hall, son of Hawkman, took it up during Justice Be Done. Kent V. Nelson, grand-nephew to the original Fate, took the mantle during Countdown to Mystery. In The New 52, Khalid Ben-Hassin is Fate on Earth 2. The character has been involved with the Justice Society, Justice League, All-Star Squadron and Sentinels of Magic. Doctor Fate was created by Gardner Fox and Howard Sherman, first appearing in More Fun Comics #55. (1940).
The second volume of Doctor Fate was an ongoing series which ran for forty-one issues from Winter 1988 to June 1992. It spotlighted Linda and Eric Strauss, the couple who merged together to become the second Doctor Fate, up through issue #24. With issue #25, Kent Nelson's wife Inza Nelson took over as the next Doctor Fate, holding the name through to the end of the series.
One annual was released in 1989.
The third volume of Doctor Fate was a five-issue mini-series which ran from October 2002 to February 2003, featuring Hector Hall's Doctor Fate.