Charlton comics was notorious for being the lowest of the low-budget publishers, but they were never afraid to take risks that other companies wouldn't dare to. While other companies were eliminating their superhero titles in the mid-1950s to produce more popular western and horror titles, Charlton was actually pushing for creators to come up with new heroic titles to fill the void at the end of comics' golden age. Nature Boy was one of these short-lived characters. Created by what would seem to be a "dream team" of talent, veteran writer Jerry Siegel and talented illustrator John Buscema, the series just never took off, ending after just three issues. Charlton went out of the comics business in 1986, and Nature Boy has now fallen into the public domain.