The Hag: May 1941, Catman #1 (Holyoke). The hag is tall and thin with pale skin and a witch-like face. Her son Igor is short and strong and apparently mute. As winter approaches and they have no food nor money, she uses their ugliness to help in committing crimes, their very appearance is able to shock weak hearts into giving out. The Black Widow tracks them down but is captured by Igor, even after shooting him several times. Igor succumbs to his wounds but not before bringing her to his mother. Crazed she sets her shack on fire in an effort to kill the Widow but when she escapes, the hag chooses burning to death over being turned over to the police.
The Hag II: September 1941, Yankee Comics #1 (Harry Chessler). An ugly witch said to be the last witch of the Dark Ages by her partner/master the Fear. She could kill others at a great distance by use of a strand of her victim's hair. She and the Fear were stopped by Yankee Doodle Jones and Dandy on their first assignment.
Hag From Hades: 1943, Air Fighters Comics #5 (Hillman). A witch crone in service of the Nazis, she flew on a mass of flames, threw flameballs, created werewolves and fought the Black Angel. It was revealed that the flaming mass actually hid a small airplane she stood upon and it was drugs that turned men into werewolves.
Colonel Hakashi: 1949, Spy and Counterspy #2 (American Comics Group). Anthony Durrant reports: "Colonel Hakashi was a survivor of the atomic bomb explosion at Hiroshima whose face was left so disfigured that he had to wear a black mask over his head. Hakashi founded a society called the Black Avengers in order to get revenge on America for the atomic bomb blasts, but was stopped by two American agents, one of whom was Lotus Blossom, the only female member of his group and the girl who had discovered his prototype atomic balloon bomb years before. Colonel Hakashi appeared in Spy & Counterspy #2, which was the last issue of that comic to bear that title, it changed to Spy Hunters by the third issue."
Half-Man: 1941, Air Fighters Comics #2 (Hillman). This villainous Nazi was so severely wounded, that the left side of his body was replaced with cold steel. He partnered with Goro, "the yellow butcher of Tokyo". The pair went up against Skywolf and his squadron of fliers.
Hammerfist: 1940, Target Comics 11 (Funnies Incorporated). Bald gangster with a metal ball for a right hand. He and his men in trying to gain control of the area night clubs, frame the D.A. Bill Reed for murder and he's sentenced to death. When his brother Niles tries to free him, Bill is shot and killed. Niles with two other young men become the Target and Targeteers in order to fight crime and oppression and track down the men responsible for framing Bill Reed. It is later revealed that Hammerfist works for another gangster "Mighty Mite" who in turn works for another.
Lydia Hampton: 1953, Adventures into Darkness #12 (Better). When her husband is fired, he is afraid to tell her he lost his job and buys a strange necklace shaped like two snakes holding a gem between them in their mouths from a strange old man with scaley skin as a gift to appease her. After Lydia puts on the necklace and wishes she was someone important, the necklace bites her. The old man then visits her and tells her she's now a priestess of Seth and the necklace will grant her wishes. Sure enough, she's visited by an serpent man who directs her to kill her husband, that she'll be protected. She does so and marries her defense attorney, who later dies in an accident. She then marries his business partner. However, she too late discovers the price of these wishes that come true, she likes cool dark places and her skin slowly becomes scaley, she's becoming a snake person like all those before her. The only way to rid herself of the curse is to find someone just as greedy to buy the necklace. Do you crave power and wealth? Someone has a good deal for you!
The Hand: 1941, The Eagle #2 (Fox). A green hooded and robed villain. He and his men are saboteurs. During his first tussle with the Eagle and Buddy, it appears he's blown up by his own dynamite, but he shows up again later in the same issue, sinking a sub for the gold it carried. He apparently falls to a watery doom trying to escape the heroes. In the second story, he carries a gun that fires a powerful ether, enough to stun the Eagle and to kill a normal man.
Chung Hang: 1940, Fight Comics #2 (Fiction) This yellow peril menace is a bit of a visionary. He forsees "soon the world will exhaust itself in war. Then it shall be ready for my super-science...I will control the thoughts of all men!" He's not an idle boaster either as the rays from a rod he holds allows him to controll anyone they fall upon. Unfortunately for him, he had apparently been using Americans trapped in war torn China to experiment upon and pilot Chip Collins and his Skull Squadron (their bi-planes have paintings of skulls on the side) as well as his girlfriend Wendy fly to the Chinese village to rescue them.
Hans: 1944, America's Best Comics #12 (Better). Called the strongest man in Europe, Hans' brain cells were grafted into the dimunitive genius Little Fuehrer and is ostensibly a slave to him. Hans is a big man with oversized hands able to trade blow for blow with the American Eagle who eventually defeated him and the Little Fuehrer.
The Hare: Red Dragon Comics (Street & Smith). Cunning thief that opposed the Red Knight. Not much else to recommend about him other than that the Red Knight for a chess genius and gifted with some rare instances of incredible foresight is also rather dense at times (although I don't think this is the impression the writer intended to give, just he's not that good of a writer). Thus to be charitable to the Knight and forgive him the lack of a decent writer, let's just assume the Hare really is a Napolean of crime the writer wants him to be.
The Harrow Brothers: March 1943, Clue Comics #3 (Hillman). Ronald Byrd tells us: James and Billy Harrow are identical twins with a psychic link that enables them to sense each other's emotions. The stronger-willed James mentally forces his insane brother to aid him in blackmail and murder. Micro-Face brings them both to justice.
Hawk: a magician and warlord who fought Don Winslow.
Hawkina: (Fiction). Anthony Durrant writes: Hawkina was the queen of a tribe of slavers who beheaded Blackbeard, another slaver. She raided a village where Sheena's people lived, and took away the women to be sold as slaves. However, she was stopped by Sheena and her mate, Bob. Sheena freed the slaves from captivity and was able to destroy Hawkina and her henchmen. Hawkina was also distinctive-looking, as she wore a hawk's head on her head and her bra was actually two tresses of her own hair.
Hawkmen: 1944, Tops Comics (Lev Gleason). In the Pacific a ship bearing army nurses is caught in a mysterious fog and when it clears, the ship is near an uncharted island. Suddenly, the ship is attacked by hawkmen who kill the sailors, set fire to the ship and kidnap the nurses. Nurse Doris Kane is trapped below decks, but the hero Jack of Spades bursts from a deck of cards and saves the nurse taking her to the island where the hawkmen live. From there, the strange plot unfolds. Mercuro the leader of the hawkmen has kidnapped the women in hopes to create hawkwomen. He is successful with one but then the Jack of Spades bursts in, who seems to recognize him. Mercuro is accidentally speared by his own men and other monsters of his creation begin to run amok, free of Mercuro's will. As Jack of Spades and various winged hawkmen fight a huge dragon, Lotho and Bosco decide to submerge the island, saying only they can survive under water, leading to an open revolt between them and the winged hawkmen. The hawkmen scoop up the nurses, taking them to nearby ships while one skewers the traitors Lotho and Bosco. NOTES: This is the second story in the two of the one issue of "The Jack of Spades." Both stories are breezy and fun despite the smaller size of the comic and the haphazard coloring (some pages full color others black & white & red ). There's quite a bit to be inferred from the story. One, there are two types of hawkmen. The guards and soldiers who had clawed feet and hands with massive wings out of their backs. Then the leaders Mercuro, Lotho, and Bosco who have wings from the sides of their heads but not backs and who possibly cannot fly. Then there are the references to the leaders being able to breathe underwater, from being below ground, and the fact that Mercuro is seeking to make hawkwomen suggesting that possibly all the soldiers and guards are also creations of Mercuro especially since the one hawkwoman made is similar to them.
Head: 1941, Amazing Man Comics #19 (Centaur). American Senator Manski was the leader of a successful and clever spy ring. He and his servant Toka were exposed by Minimidget and Ritty. Rather than face his crimes, he jumped from his penthouse to his death.
The Head II: Shadow Comics (Street & Smith). Criminal mastermind and master of Dundril the dwarf. When he¹s killed while opposing the Hooded Wasp, Dundril finds a new master in the Mask and sets out to even the score.
The Headless Horseman: (Standard) Mr. Anthony Durrant recounts: The Headless Horseman was a criminal who operated a protection racket; he carried a bald head under his arm and wore a black robe that covered his real head. He and his hooded henchmen - similarly attired in black robes - would raid the stores of all people who were not American-born, and it was these people who were the victims of his protection racket. He was apprehended by the Fighting Yank, and unmasked as a criminal who was wanted in ten states (whose name was never given in the story).
The Heater: 1941, Silver Streak #10 (Lev Gleason). The Heater is a man who is destroying planes and killing pilots with a heat ray from his plane with a skull and crossbones on it. Pop invents a plastic covering for Cloud Curtis' plane that will absorb the heat and then allow him to return it back to the source. So equipped, Cloud Curtis sends the Heater to his doom.
Herr Death: 1941, Silver Streak Comics #16 (Lev Gleason). Animates corpses; foe of Captain Battle. Created by Otto Binder & Jack Binder
Herr Phew: June 1943, Clue Comics #4 (Hillman). Ronald Byrd odiously gives us: The unhygenic Nazi Herr Phew emits an overwhelmingly foul odor, which he uses to destroy the livestock and crops of Stupid Manny's home town. Manny rises to the challenge by eating "onions, garlic, scallions, limburger cheese, an' any other smelly food," defeating Phew with a horrendous blast of super bad breath. On an ominous note, Phew is jailed until "U.S. gas experts take [him] apart to see what gives [him] such an awful smell."
Herr Von Krane: 1941, Yankee Comics #1 (Chesler). "Ruthless agent of a European Dictator" ie Hitler. Leads a gang of 5th Columnists but is stopped by the actions of the Scarlet Sentry.
He-She: 1943, Boy Comics #9 (Lev Gleason). "The deadliest is the female...the
strongest is the male...combine the two with the killer
instinct and you have He-She";He-She tricks a woman that runs a boarding house into marrying him/her in order to milk the woman of all her money. After a week of marriage, they get into an argument and the woman is suspicious of her husband as he never removes hat, coat, gloves or kissed her. Pulling the hat off, the woman reveals her husband as a man on his right half and a beautiful woman on his left. He-She kills the woman and then walls her up in the basement. However, a tenant reports to the police hearing a struggle and the disappearance of their landlady. They come with Crimebuster and Skeets in tow. He-She's crime is uncovered when Crimebuster overhears a cat coming from the wall (yes, the first half of the story is plagiarizing Poe's “The Black Cat” though it's the killer and not the cat that is horrendous looking). Fighting the husband, Crimebuster uncovers He-She's dual nature, which He-She makes good use of in getting others to help. Ultimately captured, she has a quick trial and is promptly sent to the electric chair.
Hillcrest Phantom: 1939, Amazing Mystery Funnies v2 #3 (Centaur). At the Hillcrest Sanitarium, there are mysterious suicides as well as a hooded cloaked figure that is sometimes seen. When the actor Bruce Baron commits suicide, ace investigator Chic Farrel is sent to investigate. The mystery figure kidnaps nurse Mary Black, claiming that she had spurned his affections and now he was going to prove his theory that brain transplants are possible by swapping hers out with his hulking idiot assistant Quando. When interrupted by Farrel, he chains him up and decides to bury the nurse alive. Chic gets free and outfights Quando, while a Dr. Reynard saves the nurse. The mystery man stands revealed as the head of the sanitarium, brain specialist Dr. Delamorte who had been blackmailing his patients, destroying their minds with drugs and killing them when done. NOTE: The masked figure had no name perse, so I made one up. Also, there's a flaw in the story as while the figure was supposed to be about to operate on the nurse in his secret lab, Dr. Delamorte was in another operating room and Farrel sees him there. So, there might be a little more to this mystery than published.
Him: September 1944, Speed Comics #34, 35, 36 (Harvey). While on location in an American desert, black hooded villain named Him antagonizes a film company, first by kidnapping a group of actors, later leading renegade indians against a western movie and then bringing in Japanese soldiers to disrupt a war picture. The Black Cat, who is actress Linda Turner, manages to stop Him each time but not unmasking the villain until the third story. SPOILER: Him is revealed to be none other than petulent actress Hedy (Delores in #35) LaRue
Hitler-Devil: 1943, Four Favorites #12 (Ace). George Smith is in Tunisia where his unit is slaughtered and it looks like sure doom for him until he's visited by Hitler-Devil mix. He looks like Hitler only with a red cape, a forked tail and a red skull-cap with horns and a swastika emblem. He offers George safety and another 100 days to live if he swears to give him his soul. After he makes the agreement, George discovers he cannot die so he decides to kill as many Germans as possible before Hitler comes to collect. Then the Hitler-Devil makes him a coward and to betray all that he holds dear, to demoralize his fellow soldiers and their faith in America. However, the Unknown Soldier intervenes, and goes to the Master of Good and calls forth spirits of patriots to inspire the heroic patriotic spirit inside George and he goes forth to fight and die as a true American hero, thus thwarting the Hitler-Devil's plans.
John J. Hix/Ghost: 1940, Silver Streak Comics #2 (Lev Gleason). John J. Hix was a millionaire fanatic who developed a fixation on the pretty Doris Dare of radio and sent her threatening letters and was sent to an insane asylum. After a couple of years, he kills one of the attendants, escapes and holes up in a supposed haunted house. From there, he dresses up in a sheet as a horned ghost and hires a couple of thugs to kidnap Doris. She's rescued by "the Duke" Kelly. Hix had wired the house with explosives and blows the house up trying to kill Doris and Duke, but they manage to escape. Hix is presumed killed in the explosion. .
Dr. Hodl: 1940, Exciting Comics #3 (Standard). Bald-headed mad scientist in league with one General Pasko but it's Hodl who is the mastermind of their bid for world power. Hodl invents the Red Blight, a powerful ray gun that can send out a red ray to almost anywhere in the world from their Transylvania headquarters. Whatever the light illuminates is violently destroyed, shaken apart as if struck by an earthquake, from a simple building or train to whole cities. He is stopped by Thesson, hurled apparently to his death from his castle tower.
Hogin: March 1943, Clue Comics #3 (Hillman). Ronald Byrd speaketh: Recognized as an "ace scrap collector," Hogin increases his output by using a powerful magnet to pull cars into the air and his "flying junkyard" to be turned to scrap metal. Twilight scraps Hogin and his underlings.
Dr. Holmes and Hideous: 1942, Dynamic Comics #3 (Chesler). In brown face mask, hat and overcoat, Holmes took over the local gangs and started killing doctors and cornering the drug markets. He's aided by the large and murderous ape-man Hideous. Both are stopped by Dynamic Boy. There is no explanation given as to just what Hideous is supposed to be, he might just be a large African American psychopathic simpleton.
The Hood: 1940, Amazing Man #10 (Centaur). This evil genius operated at some time in the future, amassing weapons and an army for universal conquest. First, he had to try to get rid of Jane QX3,the beautiful Magician from Mars. Instead she destroyed his secret plant and headquarters, forcing him to flee to escape destruction. In addition to devilish devices, the Hood can make himself intangible. The following issue find the Hood sowing war on Mars, and the Magician must return to put a stop to his plans. Along the way she falls in love with Prince Taal who gives his life, taking a bullet for Jane. Jane manages to unmask the Hood as her Aunt Vanza and as her aunt, somehow has the same powers as the Magician and escapes by dematerializing. Her having the same powers doesn't track as Jane gets her powers by being 1) a hybrid between an Earthling and Martian couple and 2) being exposed to cathode rays as a child
Hood II: 1940, Speed Comics #10 (Harvey). Underneath a lighthouse, the Hood maintains a secret base of spies, with a U-boat and seaplane, from which they are sinking convoys. The Hood and his gang are captured by Captain Freedom and the Young Defenders. The Hood is revealed as an agent disguised as Mr. Borgam, the head of United Shipping which was how he was getting info on the convoys as they were using his ships. At the end of the story, the real Mr. Borgam is presumably still held captive in Germany.
Hood III: 1940, Speed Comics #10 (Harvey). The Hood is a cadaverous looking scarecrow of a man, his skin like wrinkled brown leather over a thin frame and long blonde hair. He wears a long over-coat and a tall hat, completing the scarecrow look. He's a murderer and a robber, he and his tough man Mr. Gabby rob a plane, murder the co-pilot and parachute out. However, also on the plane is Joanie of the Young Defenders which draws the rest of them and Captain Freedom into the case. Gabby is killed by members of the Hood's gang when he's disguised as Captain Freedom. The Hood himself is spooked by Joanie who he thought was killed and fleeing her "ghost", he runs into the path of a train and his body is last seen falling from the bridge (so I guess there's a chance that he survived that less than sure death).
The Hood IV: 1940, Fantastic Comics #9 (Fox). In the future, this mysterious man gives the villain Dablo his ray powers back that allows him to escape on the day of his execution. The Hood plans to use Dablo to take over the city and then dispose of him later. The two hole up in Dablo's lair at the bottom of the sea. Sub Saunders comes to investigate though. He outfights Dablo and fights with the Hood. Unmasked, the Hood stands revealed as Judge Ord, head of the Tribunal that had tried and convicted Dablo. During the fight, the Hood is thrown off a cliff and killed.
The Hood V: 1947, Thrilling Comics #61 (Better). Reporter Steve Huston has uncovered a gang of counterfeiters lead by a masked villain named the Hood and his life is threatened. His publisher Frank Havens calls in his friend Curtis Van Loan aka the Phantom (often referred to by readers as "the Phantom Detective", the title of his pulp, in order to differentiate him from other Phantoms) to protect Huston, smash the ring and unmask the Hood. Which he does. The Hood is revealed to be Bill Mackie the fight promoter who used his connections and the fighting venues to distribute the funny money. The Hood wore a gray suit and a matching loose hood that completely covered his head with round goggles over the eyes.
The Hooded Hexmen: 1947, Thrilling Comics #60 (Better). A gang of hooded men kidnap carnival strongman Herajax and Doc Strange and use a machine called the "Ego Inductor" to transfer their strength to themselves and go on a crime spree. With the timely intervention of his sidekick Mike and girlfriend Virginia, Strange and even a wounded unconscious Herajax get a dose of Strange's formula Aluson and together take down the Hexmen. Hawley is the leader and whose hood does not cover his face. Another member is called Marty.
Hooded Man: 1941, Mystery Men Comics #29 (Fox). Joseph Creel is the secretary to a rich man named Jed Abbott. He puts on a hood and robe and kills Abbott with a knife, thinking to inherit the man's fortunes only to discover he left everything to his niece and nephew Irene and Larry. He tries to kill them too but is stopped by the ghostly Wraith. Despite the costume, he is called "the hooded man" in the text but otherwise has no code-name.
The Hooded Men of Tibet: 1941, The Flame #6 (Fox). A sect of men that are fire-worshippers and make human sacrifices by burning their victims alive. They are known as being among the cruelest men of the world. Like the Flame, they can travel through the medium of flame and create flaming sticks. However, they don't seem to have quite his power or fighting ability. As they are knocked over the side of a cliff, they burst into flames when hitting bottom.
The Hooded Ravens: 1939, Silver Streak Comics #1 (Lev Gleason). In the modern West that looks a lot like the Old West operates a gang of owlhoots who wear white hoods with their cowboy gear and call themselves the Hooded Ravens. Their leader in places looks to be dressed all in white, looking like the original Ghost Rider. But, the story is a little confusing on that part. They are captured by Barry Lane.
Hooded Riders: 1940, Speed Comics #7 (Harvey). Dressing in white hooded robes along with cowboy gun belts, they are terrorizing ranchers in the modern American West until stopped by Shock Gibson. They even keep a captured grizzly bear on hand, but it's handled easily by the hero.
Hooded Spectre: 1942, Blue Beetle #13 (Holyoke). A boy discovers the secret of the bank robber, the Hooded Spectre and is targeted for death. He's saved by the intervention of the Blue Beetle and the Hooded Spectre is revealed as Silas Spencer. While the text says his hood is black, it's colored light blue throughout. The publishing info correct as Holyoke did publish the Blue Beetle for a little while.
The Hook: 1942, Four Favorites #4 (Ace Periodicals). The Hook is a "notorious Nazi saboteur leader". He has a long hook on his right hand. His henchmen are "waxmen": short bald men who are silent and impervious to bullets due to being artificial men made of wax. The story I have access to is missing some pages so not sure of what their deal is beyond that. The waxmen destroyed (melted), the villain is captured by Magno and Davey.
The Hotel Rackateers: Yankee Comics: 3 or 4 (Chesler) This group extorted money from hotels by planting bodies of the recently deceased where patrons would come across them. While working their game on the Hotel Magnus, they ran afoul of the Enchanted Dagger.
Tuffy Hulks: 1941 Crackajack Funnies 42, (K.K. Publications) They don't come much lower, meaner or tougher. A counterfeiter put away by the Chief, Tuffy jumps the prison wall to escape, beats the Chief up within an inch of his life, gives his own girlfriend a black eye, beats up one of his men for lying, and even chains his dad in a cave and cons him into making funny money for him. But, the Owl proved to be tougher.
Human Brute: 1946, Speed Comics #42 (Harvey). This is how he's billed in the title, but doesn't seem to go by any real code name. He's Hector Game, a taxidermist who has gone off the deep end. He hates hunters and concocts a formula that will put animals to sleep in a death-like trance. He replaces the dead stuffed animals with the the sleeping live ones and when they come out of their trance, they kill anyone nearby. His plan is uncovered by Captain Freedom and he's killed when he flees to a locked room where a bunch of his sleeping animals are coming out of their slumber.
Human Fly: 1944, Red Band Comics #3 (Enwil). This Nazi agent posed under the guise of a Human Fly, dressed actually like a winged insect. His plan was to use his suit as an alibi to a murder. He climbed up the outside of the building until he reached the floor of General Tisot. With the large wings blocking the view from onlookers, he slipped out into the room while the wings were actually mechanized to continue climbing up and then back down where he slipped back into them. His plot is uncovered by newspaper editor King O'Leary and his photographer Kitty Allen.
Human Headed Beasts: 1942, Captain Courageous #6 (Ace Periodicals). Kay McKay and her pilot friend Ned are pressed into government work and transporting some secret plans to America along with a man claiming to be the inventor. He turns out to be a Nazi spy and forces the plane down near a remote old mansion/castle. Here, Kay encounters four legged beasts with human heads under the control of the spy. Quick thinking and quick shooting, Kay captures the spy ring and the beasts are discovered to simply be dogs with human masks in order to frighten away any snoopy natives.
Humpty Dumpty: 1946, The Mad Hatter #2 (O.W. Comics). A bald overweight criminal, he's smart at planning crimes. After a close call with the hero Mad Hatter and barely escaping by running away and jumping into a river, he decides the life of committing crimes is too strenuous. So, he decides to hire his services out as a planner. That doesn't go terribly well as one of the men who avails himself of his services ends up leading the Mad Hatter right to the rotund villain. The villain is played up as being somewhat well known by both police and the crooks. Despite his laziness, he is a competent fighter and carries a cane that the top folds out into a seat, and the staff hollowed out to turn into a rifle.
Humpy: A hunchbacked malevolent genius. He had built a small idol-like statue that could cause explosions. He was captured by the Skyman.
Hun: 1943, Exciting Comics #30 (Better). Hun is a bestial German working with the Dr. Plantz. Wideshouldered, slightly fanged and slightly pointed ears, he sometimes appears to be average height and other times a good head taller than others. He possesses superior strength, able to go one on one with the Black Terror and lift huge stone blocks over his head. He's presumed dead, buried under several tons of said stone blocks.
Hyena: 1941, Silver Streak Comics #13 (Lev Gleason). Foe of Silver Streak. Created by Don Rico.
Hypnotist: Mystery Men Comics 12 (Fox).Unnamed fat Chinese (?) man working for a sexy woman hypnotizes Asian men so that they will sleep while being smuggled inside large fish. The plot is uncovered by Lt. Drake of Naval Intelligence and he¹s captured.
The Hypnotist: 1946, Startling Comics #40 (Better). The Hypnotist seems to be a member of a hooded gang though he only wore a tuxedo and simple domino mask. He hypnotized a woman into believing she was an Egyptian priestess and about to commit an act of human sacrifice if not for the intervention of the Fighting Yank. NOTE: This is a cover only, one of the greats by Alex Schomburg that tells a whole story by itself.