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What's this page? Instead of having to go to the individual pages for new profiles and updates, this page is where all the updates will now reside. For a little while at least and then they will be moved to their respective homes. The first one will be sizeable, but afterwards, they will be shorter and more frequent.

The Brain: 1943, America's Best Comics v2n3 (Standard). The Brain is a head on a box of incredible intelligence and insight and is the mastermind of a group of Nazi saboteurs. He meets his match with Pyroman who knocks the head off, revealing it to be simply a plastic skull set up with speakers and televisor cameras. Pyroman backtracks the signal to the real "Brain" of the operations, Girdman, majority stockholder of the Ace Bomber Company.

Doctor Fosfor: 1943, America's Best Comics v2n2 (Standard). Dr. Fosfor is a Nazi scientist who comes to America to test out Calorite, some kind of agent that reacts with heat or flame to create an organism of flame. The calorite monsters take on the properties of the heat source they interact with, one from an acetylene torch is able to burn through steel, and ones from Pyroman's aura have electrical powers. Pyroman manages to capture Dr. Fosfor, though he uses the last calorite bullet to stop the Nazi sub that came to pick him up.

The Eraser Gang/Erasers: 1940, Masked Marvel #2 (Centaur). The Erasers or Eraser Gang are a gang of hijackers. However, they somehow manage to steal the whole armored trucks without a trace. When the cops try to use a dummy truck that they follow in a disguised moving van, the cops are gassed and their van is stolen with them in it while leaving the dummy truck in a ditch. Turns out the Erasers have a fleet of planes, including a large gas bomb plane and helicopter planes that can carry off the armored trucks.The gang is wiped out and planes shot down by the Masked Marvel

Green Ghoul: 1943, America's Best Comics v2n2 (Standard). The Green Ghoul has a ring made from the eye of an Incan idol which conveys various power. Anyone he strikes with it falls down, and he can look into the ring and see anyone that he has hit with it. While fighting with Doc Strange in the ruined tail section of a plane, he's actually knocked off into the ocean by Strange's girlfriend Virginia. His ultimate fate unknown.

Kardo: 1940, Masked Marvel #2 (Centaur). Kardo is a respected scientist, but like Doctor Frankenstein, he's obsessed with recreating life. In Kardo's case, he knows he's creating monsters, promises he'll stop, but he apparently cannot resist from the challenge. Luckily, his friend Dr.Melvyn Hunt and Hunt's girlfriend Rosalind Rogers are visiting when the latest creation bursts free and threatens everyone's life. Kardo keeps his lab in his lonely estate where apparently it's just him and his butler Wilkins living. NOTE: Unlike other monster makers of the comics, Kardo is not an evil man that sets out to create the monsters for vile purposes. He is not given a reason for creating monsters other than it obviously being an obsession. It is interesting that this comic would have both a vampire and a Frankenstein's monster story.

Masked Nazi: 1944, Fighting Yank #8 (Standard). The "Masked Nazi" aka Kroner heads a gang raiding mining shipments in South America. Bruce Carter who has an interest in the mining company is sent down by the board of directors to investigate. He and Joan Farwell meet up with the foreman Kingston who provides them with aide. However, they soon run up against the Masked Nazi's crew who unveils a terrible invention that casts a blanket of crushing heavy air that even tests the power of the Fighting Yank. His ancestor alerts him to a special deposit of radium that can conteract the heavy air, but getting it even tests his mystically powered body as he contends against its power as well as a giant condor. Using the radium to super-charge a large statue, its rays counteract the heavy air. He then captures the Masked Nazi and reveals him to actually be Kingston. The Masked Nazi wears an orange/brown suit (sometimces drawn to be a regular suit and other times a cover-all type outfit) and a green hood that covers his whole face. He apparently is the creator of the "heavy air" device.

Doctor Praecox: 1943, America's Best Comics v2n2 (Standard). Dr.Praecox is a bit of a mad scientist who comes up with rays that transforms items into rubber. He's waiting for some Americans to arrive to look over the device only some Germans come first. Praecox fights them but the machine is turned on and he is bathed in the rays making his body like rubber so that it bounces and bullets bounce off. The German agents convince him to team up with them and conquer the world. Praecox turns civilians into rubber men (which either makes them also mad or mentally compliant, either way, they also join up with the Nazis). In trying to stop them, Doc Strange confronts Praecox and forces out of him a way to reverse the process. Doing so, the men come to with no memory of what happened. Somehow, the reversal process also killed Dr. Praecox.

7-11 Gang: 1939, Keen Detective Funnies v2n1 (Centaur). A ruthless gang of crooks. Their name is not really explaned unless it has a similar meaning as the chain of convenience stores, they rarely take a holiday. They are stopped by Inspector George Poe and the youth Henry Powell. Becaus of Powell's aid in tracking down adn capturing the gang, the bank gives him a reward of $1,000 which excites him as it means he can go to college.

The Vampire: 1940, Masked Marvel #2 (Centaur). In the peaceful town of Salano in Sicily, they have a legend of a vampire that wakens every 100 years and preys on the village for a fresh supply of blood. It's been 97 years since the last reported attack, and suddenly victims turn up appearing to have been killed by a vampire. The head constable believes it to be regular murder that is disguised as a vampire killing until more deaths turn up. The city police get involved. The reputed vampire's cave is sealed, people hang wreaths of horsehair on their doors to keep the creature away. A curfew is enacted and armed police guards walk the streets. Kept from human victims, some sheep and cattle are killed. Then, a man from each household is chosen to also keep armed watch. The next morning, a young mother leaves the house and momentarily places her baby in the shade while she works in the field. A wandering begger with a cane sees and attacks for "fresh blood". The young woman attacks the begger and screams for help and the police quickly come and subdue the begger. The police captain reveals to the constable that he was once a noted professor in a university in Northern Italy, specializing in folklore and superstitions. He went insane and was committed to an asylum, but broke out recently after being there for 15 years. He had filed his teeth to resemble the vampire's fangs. He knew of this town's legend and thought he was its vampire and hoped to regain his youth and immortality by feeding on the villagers' blood. NOTE: Created by Tarpe Mills.

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Doctor Encyclo: 1946, Captain Marvel, Jr. v8n43. Dr. Encyclo spent 40 years as a scholar, reading and memorizing every scientific tract available. Then he realized that with his knowledge, he could become king of the underworld. He sets zoo animals free to cause panic while his gang in plate and chain mail armor loot the city. This brings him to the attention of Captain Marvel, Jr. His readings even allow him to deduce that Junior and Freddy Freeman are one and the same. Junior manages to capture the crooks and round up the animals, but Encyclo drops through a trap door and gets away through the sewer system. In Wow Comics v10n56, The Princess Niomi of Sultania brings to the US for exhibit the three famed cursed pearls of Comatosh. Dr. Encyclo, famed for his brains and knowledge on almost every subject imaginable, has a gang to steal them. Mary Batson as Mary Marvel pursues the crooks who promptly split up. However, each of them has their hand start swelling right before they meet up with a fatal accident. Holding all three, even Mary Marvel's hand begins to swell, but her magic constitution throws it off. Dr. Encyclo tells Mary that the pearls are coated with an abrasive poison that the natives themselves are immune to, hence it being fatal to thieves but not the right owners. Encyclo escapes (muttering Sivana's catch phrase, "curses!") by again dropping through a trap door, this time into an underground river that splits off in several directions. In addition to his knowledge, he is apparently a talented swimmer. Note: His escape from the two heroes is almost identical and hinges on the reader not noticing that with their incredible speed, Mary and Junior could easily follow the various branches to find which one Encyclo took as a swimming man, even with the current would not get too far compared to how fast they can move.

 

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Abdul the Terrible: 1941, Captain Fearless #1 (Holyoke Publishing). Abdul is a Middle-Eastern villain operating out of the Sahara. He's an enemy of the French Foreign Legion in general and Rusty Dugan in particular.

Baron: 1938, Crackajack Funnies #? (K. K. Publications, Inc/Dell). A dapper foreign agent who comes to the country via submarine to help out the local spy ring headed by Dr. Sabin. Opposed by the spy Tom Traylor aka X-23.

Dapper Daisy Dan: 1941, Crackajack Funnies #41 (K. K. Publications, Inc/Dell). Dapper Daisy Dan is known as "the king of the jewel thieves" and always wears a yellow daisy in his lapel. After a couple of high profile heists, he knows that the police are on the lookout for him and will guard a big shindig at the Astoria Hotel. He hires Professor Witz of the Prof. Witz Wax Museum to make a replica of him which he has taken to the West Coast and driven around to be spotted. Thinking he's out of town, the police will relax their vigilance. This works to a degree. Special investigator Nick Terry thinks that Dan will at least have his gang strike at the party, that it's too big a lure to pass up. Terry stands guard as the Owl and has his partner Owl Girl watching the waterfront in their special speedboat, the Owlcraft. As the Owl he spots Dan and his man and overhears a reference to Professor Witz. However, he is also spotted and the two get away. Tracking the name to the wax museum, he and Owl Girl capture the crooks for the police. Note: Of special interest, when visiting the museum as Nick Terry and Belle Wayne, they see a statue of the Owl. Witz tells them that the public has a special interest of such "avengers" and that there is also a statue of Phantasmo, thus putting the company's two costumed heroes in the same universe.

Dr. Sabin: 1938, Crackajack Funnies #? (K. K. Publications, Inc/Dell). A foreign agent who heads a spy ring operating out of a sanitorium. He reports to another agent called "Baron". Opposed by the spy Tom Traylor aka X-23.

San Sin: 1939, Mystery Men Comics #2. This corpulant drug lord starts a tong war in order to establish himself as king of Chinatown. He also kidnaps the beautiful Lotus Lee, daughter of the more benevolent unofficial king of Chinatown Fong Lee in order to force the man to leave the country. The Green Mask pretends to join his gang in order to stop the tong war, capture San Sin and his gang of dope smugglers, and rescue Lotus Lee. All of which he manages to do in short order.

Triton: 1941, Captain Fearless #2 (Holyoke). Triton is part of an undersea kingdom and former suitor of the beautiful Dohra. However, she falls for the surfaceman Cap Stone, and Triton recruits a gang to try to kill him. Barely surviving their first encounter because of Stone's super-strength he then recruits the aid of King Zero of the Coral Men, who was banished from the city some time before. Even with those armies armed with rifles that fire freezing rays, Cap Stone is able to lead the forces of Aquari to defeat the invaders while Stone captures Zero and Triton.

Un-named - The Robot-Tank of Japan: 1943,Super-Mystery Comics v3n3. Cover only, this robot tank was manned by Japanese soldiers and menaced a captured Magno and Davey but the Sword was leaping to the rescue.

Werewolf: 1943,Super-Mystery Comics v3n3. Somewhere on the Coast, Paul Revere, Jr and his pals Pat and Betsy are manning an obsservation tower when they see a robed werewolf carrying a dead man. Turns out there have been mysterious sheep killings, credited to the mysterious werewolf though one local by the name of Sharpe assures them that it's just a killings of a dog. Junior and his pals investigate on their own and find the werewolf (though Betsy wonders why the werewolf would carry a gun). Eventually, he's captured and unmasked as Sharpe who was really an enemy agent who was running a refueling and stocking base for U-Boats who was using the guise of the werewolf/wild dog to cover for the food supplies that stole.

Professor Witz: 1941, Crackajack Funnies #41 (K. K. Publications, Inc/Dell). Professor Witz runs a wax museum with highly realistic figures. He is hired by jewel thiev Dapper Daisy Dan to make a replica of him which is taken to the West Coast and driven around to be spotted. Thinking Dan is out of town, the police will relax their vigilance. This works to a degree. Special investigator Nick Terry thinks that Dan will at least have his gang strike at the party, that it's too big a lure to pass up. Terry stands guard as the Owl and has his partner Owl Girl watching the waterfront in their special speedboat, the Owlcraft. As the Owl he spots Dan and his man and overhears a reference to Professor Witz. However, he is also spotted and the two get away. Tracking the name to the wax museum, he and Owl Girl capture the crooks for the police. Note: Of special interest, when visiting the museum as Nick Terry and Belle Wayne, they see a statue of the Owl. Witz tells them that the public has a special interest of such "avengers" and that there is also a statue of Phantasmo, thus putting the company's two costumed heroes in the same universe.

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King of the Living Dead: FORMALLY Un-Named - Eerie Man. 1951, Eerie #1 (Avon). The King sends his undead servants to collect more victims, some they kill, some he kills with a chemical in his subterranean laboratory. He then throws the bodies into "an underground pit filled with sulfurous smoke and a strange flickering blue flame" that changes the bodies into pale, withered but powerful walking corpses that he controls. When he kidnaps a ballerina, her fiance Walter Austen follows and confronts him underground. The King reveals himself to be an ancient man, condemned because he practiced black magic and buried alive in these caverns, but the fumes from the pit with the blue flames kept him alive for eons. An earthquake freed him, he made use of a mortal victim's body to observe modern man and began to build his army. In fleeing the King and his hordes, Walter manages to trigger a cave-in near the surface that brings the ceiling and floods of water and filth, destroying the undead and their master.

Kroff: 1942, Prize Comics #18/v2n6 (Prize). Kroff is a German agent with a rubbery mask to disguise his features. He arranges an attack on Walt Walters by a young tough named Harry White to steal some government papers. While this is the pre-Black Owl Walters, his sons take on the case as Yank and Doodle. He headquarters his gang at an abandoned brewery. Kroff is captured and unmasked as the police chief. He had tortured Harry, burning a scar into his right cheek in order to subjugate the lad and force him to do his bidding. Recognizing that Harry's life of crime was a combination of wishing to care of his mother and coercion, Walters arranges for the boy to be released in his custody and gives him a job as a messenger boy.

Tiger Lady: 1942, Prize Comics #18/v2n6 (Prize). Gangster "Machine Gun" Keller is sent to the electric chair, but his moll, the mysterious Tiger Lady is free and swears revenge for those that had a hand in capturing and convicting him. She uses the tigers of a nearby circus to execute her prey. Her first victim is Prosecutor Wilson. The judge is out of town, but Tiger Lady settles on capturing girl Sherlock, Terry Dane as well as her boyfriend Doug Danville. She also wants to capture the Black Owl, in order to kill both men in Terry's life, not realizing Doug and the hero are the same man. She is eventually captured and revealed to be the circus' animal trainer Madame Feline. NOTE: Her identity doesn't come as too much of a surprise. She uses the circus tigers to kill and is able to come and go as she pleases, she doesn't wear a mask, and even has at the least the circus strong man as part ofher gang.

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Eviloff: ~1936, Feature Funnies ~22 (Eastern Publishing). Eviloff is a leader of his own army on an island where he keeps his lab. They have sensitive microphones in the water to pick up sounds of approaching ships, and their own dirigible. He wore a red suit with a black hood, and skull & crossbones on the hood as well as a monocle in his right eye. His men wore similar brown, sometimes colored red, suits but no hoods. Opposed by Dan Dunn. NOTE: Uncertainty is due to a) the title reprinted newspaper strips, so first appearance would be some time earlier and b) don't have the issues immediately before or after at this point.

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Chopper: 1942, Boy Comics #4 (Lev Gleason). The Chopper was chief executioner for Hitler in Germany and he comes to America to help Iron Jaw in his campaigns. He wears a black costume and carries a double headed axe. He's knocked unconscious fighting Crimebuster, but his final fate is unsure as the hideout was set on fire and he's not seen in the rest of the adventure.

The Leper: 1942, Boy Comics #5 (Lev Gleason). The Leper is a corpulent Nazi agent behind various acts of sabotage and leader of Fifth Columnists. Despite his name, there's nothing terribly special about him. He's captured by Crimebuster.

No Face:
1946, Blue Beetle #44 (Fox). No Face is a criminal mastermind. His head is wrapped in bandages and he keeps his identity hidden even from his own mob. Even his eyes mouth and nose are hidden from view. He's really Mr. Van Hemingway, a wealthy man who is short on funds so he arranges the crooks to kidnap his own daughter and get his relatives to help pay the ransom. An attractive woman named Narda is part of the gang but she falls for the hero Johnny Earthquake and helps him escape from the villain. Likewise, he lets her escape but catches No Face.

Shady Lady: 1947, Blue Beetle #51 (Fox). Shady is head of a criminal gang who does their bank robberies after knocking out the power to the lights, thus hindering identification and reducing the need to knock off witnesses. While her gang runs afoul of the Blue Beetle, it's Joan Mason who tracks her to being the owner of a perfume shop thanks to a dropped handkerchief. And while the Blue Beetle rounds up the gang, Joan Mason actually captures the Shady Lady.

Velvet Silver: 1946, Clue Comics #10 (Hillman). An early recurring foe of the Gun Master, she is a beautiful blonde who brokers the selling of guns and new gun prototypes to any with the cash to pay.

Baron Von Drax: 1943, Ranger Comics #13 (Fiction). The Baron is a Gestapo commander whose schemes are constantly foiled by the Commando Ranger.

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The Black Widow: 1939, The Funnies (Dell). Princess Maxine Auro is the beautiful and deadly Black Widow, leader of a foreign gang after the plans of a special plane called the Stinger. She is opposed by Tom Beatty. In issue #35, she is killed when she sets their headquarters, Castle Manor, to explode and kill the bound detective inside. His young pal Danny is able to lead a group of G-men to the location in time to get inside and get Tom out. However, the Black Widow is killed by a flung missile from the explosion, not merely decapitating her but leaving her head a bloody mess.

The Panther: 1940, Famous Funnies #67 (Dell). The Panther is a female leader of a bandit gang that is infiltrated by the hero Lone Rider. Her base has hidden entrances (a door hidden in a mountain, another by way of waterfall) and equipped with modern devices. She is capable enough with the whip that she can knock a thrown knife out of the air. This adventure suggests that the Lone Rider and Lightnin' were actually set in the modern day West. NOTE: The publication info is from her comic appearance. As part of the Lightnin' and Lone Rider strip, it may have appeared in newspapers earlier.

The Professor: August 1938, Dan Dunn, Secret Operative 48 (Publisher's Syndicate). The Professor is a criminal mastermind with a flair for the dramatic as he wore a red cape with his dark suit and used a whip. He was also either forward thinking or lazy or a combination of the two. He liked electronic gadgets and the modern age which allowed him to do things remotely as opposed to physically doing them himself. He had a plush chair rigged up as an electric chair that he could activate with a remote control. The gates to his estate were also operated by remote control within the house. Presumably brought to justice by Dan Dunn.

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Baron Bledfors: 1944, Clue Comics #9 (Hillman). James Bledfors thinks of himself as a modern day medieval robber baron, carrying on in the tradition of his ancestors. On the seventh floor of an office building, he has a wall that's really a disguised drawbridge revealing his medieval "castle", with medieval torture devices and his gang dressed in appropriate anachronistic garb. He sends his gang out to rob and kill if necessary. They wear normal clothing over their costumes and use guns, so they aren't completely nuts. The Baron has a large device that is an "attraction ray" that he can use to attract the loot from the gang while they are still on the streets, that way they cannot get pinched with the loot. Amongst his gang are Dopey, Little Midge, and the strong hulking Otto. He is presumed dead when falling off a balcony fleeing an image of the hero Nightmare. Looking through a history book later, Nightmare and Sleepy discover that the 4th Baron Bledfors who died in 1636 was considered the last of the robber barons. The entry has pics of him and his executioner Otto who are spitting images of the men the duo fought.

Boss Bogus: 1944, Clue Comics #9 (Hillman). Boss Bogus is a counterfeit king. He kidnapped an engraver to force to work for him and when the man refused, Boss killed him and then sent a look-alike to the office to swipe the engraving plates. Only, a few bills got made and he sends his gang on a mad scavenger hunt to get those ten dollar bills and destroy them. The strange actions of thieves stealing money to only burn it draws Twilight and Snoopy into the case. Turns out the engraver suspected he was about to be kidnapped, and made up a plate with the Boss' face on them, thus identifying his killer.

The Faux Skywolf: 1943, Air Fighters Comics v2n1 (Hillman). Nazis manage to lead Skywolf and his band of fighters into a trap, wounding and capturing most of them. They replace them with their own group of look-alikes flying the squadron's own "semi-planes" and advertising that the famed squadron now flies for the Luftwaffe. Skywolf manages to turn the tables on them, capturing the Nazi impersonator and then pretends to be him, leading the fake squadron and tricking them into bombing one of their own plants. They get branded as traitors and while he rescues his men and makes his getaway, the fake Skywolf and squadron are executed as traitors. The Nazi Skywolf looks enough like the real thing, that even his girlfriend Greta cannot tell them apart. She had betrayed the real Skywolf to the Nazis and then inadvertantly betrays her boyfriend, thinking that he's the real Skywolf and that Skywolf had killed him. Thus, setting him up to stand alongside the others for the firing squad.

The Four Horsemen: 1943, Air Fighters Comics v2n1 (Hillman). Professor Blitzen is a mad scientist of Germany. He has created four extremely large planes with heavy armor, controls too large for a pilot to use and equipped with three heavy cannons and a dozen machine guns which would tear an average plane apart to fire. He was scoffed at by the commanders until they saw the proposed pilots for the planes, his four equally giant sons, each named after one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. And, he has their names and symbols emblazened on the planes. Blitzen had been planning on this since Germany's defeat in the last war. They challenge the Allies to send their best aces to a duel over Rome. "Best Aces" includes Airboy and a few others not seen before. The Horsemen make shortwork of the other 3 and Airboy only succeeds in shooting down one, by firing on it from below. Over time, he and other RAF fliers manage to whittle down the Horsemen by exploiting their weakness until Death retreats back to his father, refusing to fly against Airboy. Blitzen himself flies the plane, after fixing the weak spot underneath. However, he loses Airboy in the clouds and opens his bulletproof canopy to try to spot him and Airboy swoops in from the side and kills him.

Inez: 1948, Jumbo Comics #109 (Fiction). Inez is a beautiful woman, dressed in Native American garb but name suggests hispanic descent. She leads a ruthless gang after a prospector's gold strike in the vicinity of American Western vacation dude ranch. Unfortunately for her, this is where the p.i. ZX-5 has chosen to take a vacation. She and the gang are rounded up. She's a crack shot, able to shoot a gun out of a person's hand and is not above torture to get what she wants.

The Kumas: 1940, Keen Detective Funnies #18 (Centaur). Researching animals in an effort to grasp some mysterious killings at a resort that points to a large animal attack, detective Dudley Dance comes across reference to the Kumas. Kumas are a race of mute men living in remote wilderness areas of India. For thousands of years, to survive against tigers and such, nature has imbued them with a biochemical transformation that corresponds with reaching adulthood, that when excited they become beast men. John,is one of the Kumas. Brought to America as a child by the father of the current manager of the Colony. John is the handyman at the Colony and communicates via sign language. John has recently reached adulthood and his beast instincts drive him to kill while his human ones make him calculating enough to cover his crimes. Fearing discovery, he tries to shoot the detective Dance, but Dance was suspicious and had removed the shells from the rifle previously. He then attacks Dance with fang and claw and it takes the full six shots at close range from Dance's revolver to bring him down. Even when not fully a beast-man, he was depicted as appearing to have fangs. His eyes were described as glowing like fire in the dark, hence the name of the story "The Eyes of the Kumas".

The Mad Monk: 1943, Air Fighters Comics v2n1 (Hillman). Dismissed as a crackpot who lives in a ruiined castle, the Mad Monk calls himself "the son of Rasputin" and he is able to put people under powerful hypnotic spells through his yellow eyes. He seeks to avenge his father's death by killing the King and Queen of England, blood kin of those that killed his "holy" father. Even the Black Angel briefly falls under his spell, but eventually is able to fight it off. She saves the Royal Couple from the assassination attempt and shoots down the Mad Monk who falls onto his own grenade.

The Monocle: 1944, Prize Comics v4n2/38 (Prize). Mike Gibson is a gangster, con-man, pickpocket, thief and whatever else that takes to get an easy dishonest buck. He also thinks himself as a bit of a swell, wearing flashy clothes and leading a gang to steal some classic paintings. Only, his robbery attempt is interrupted by Yank and Doodle. He escapes, but his gang is captured and he discovers that they were stealing imitations of classics lost to the Nazis and thus worthless. He decides to remake himself. He gets elocution and manners and buys stylish, not merely flashy, clothes. All of which he funds through picking pockets and small jobs. A quick study, he is soon able to mingle in society, learning what's worth stealing and what's not. With his gentlemanly airs and the monocle he wears for show, he becomes a master criminal known as the Monocle. He runs up again with Yank and Doodle and this time their adult partner, the Black Owl. Captured, he's one of the few criminals that doesn't dream of revenge but prefers to stay in prison where he can stay away from the crime-fighting trio. As the Monocle, he prefers stealth though he carries a dagger concealed in a cane and will hold up someone using a gun if all else fails, though it's not keeping with his current m.o. Nor is he much of a fighter.

Revenge: 1943, Air Fighters Comics v2n1 (Hillman). Revenge is the pet vulture of an un-named Nazi commander. The Nazi is scarred and eyes are sewn shut from some past encounter with Allied fliers. He claims that Revenge acts as his eyes. He leads a group of soldiers at a secret base, interrogating a scientist for his secret formula of an antidote to poison gas. Unfortunately, they attract the attention of the Flying Dutchman who was flying overhead. Revenge is killed by a ricochet of the Dutchman shooting a gun out of his master's hand. The master falls shortly after in a shootout in the dark.

The Viking: 1943, Air Fighters Comics v2n1 (Hillman). Captain Britain, aka the Iron Ace, is flying over the waters and sees a Viking ship sailing with the Norwegian colors and an old cannon on board. Investigating, he discovers that it is some crack-pot captain who has convinced six others to sail with him and hunt U-boats, even managing to sink one and they all got decotrated for it. However, Britain is suspicious, sure that he saw more than six men on board. The truth is the Viking ship is a Q-boat. It's shields and wooden planks hide modern engines, torpedoes, and machine guns as well as far more men than six. And, they are all Germans including the Viking style leader who is addressed by his men as Herr Viking. Through their ruse they are able to torpedo Allied ships to their doom and kill any survivors, so any and all ships sunk get blamed on U-boats. The Iron Ace is briefly captured, his armor stolen, but he escapes and bombs the viking ship back to antiquity.

Un-named - Alligator Man: 1948, Jumbo Comics #109 (Fiction). This native dressed in an alligator suit threatened Sheena and her mate on the cover. He was armed with a knife, but Sheena was proving quicker to the throw. He apparently either has control of several alligators or just resides in the vicinity of them.

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Cat Maidens: 1948 All Top Comics #12 (Fox). In jungle city, a woman in a leopard skin and cat ears rules a cult of Cat Maidens, dressed in black skin bikinis and cat ears. Their nails are sharp as claws and the Cat Maidens only make cat-like sounds, only the Queen speaks and commands. She uses them to commit various acts of human sacrifice, save for the few natives such as Togo who serve her (but is quickly killed when he fails). The Queen orders Togo and her Maidens to bring back Saber, Rulah's trained panther. Which they do, but Saber proves too well trained against perceived injustice and thus too dangerous to keep around. Meanwhile, Rulah tracks them using the commissioner's trained bloodhounds. When they reach the city, Rulah is fighting the Cat Maidens but is threatened to be overcome when the dogs charge in and chase them into a pool where they drown. Sensing opportunity. Saber goes after the Queen and kills her.

The Crocodile: ~1937, Popular Comics (Dell). The green-robed villain is a foe of Don Winslow. He has the floating Sky-City from which he hopes to conquer. He is apparently killed, falling from the city right before it's destroyed. He killed off an entire island's inhabitants through poison gas, so a little mass murder doesn't bother him. NOTE: This serialized story is reprinted from the Don Winslow comic strip.

Ea, Death Goddess of Gama: 1949, All Top Comics #17 (Fox). Ea is a beautiful princess of the Gama tribe (naturally, she's white while the native males are black) who has developed a touch of death and decides to bring death to other tribes unless they pay her tribute. From kraal to kraal, she kills just one to prove her power and get her payment. It goes well until she reaches the kraal of Jo-Jo, the Congo King. Spying on her, Jo-Jo discovers that she uses the venom from large snakes (the story refers to the large snakes as pythons, but seeing as how they aren't venomous…). Visiting old Mano, a sorcerer, he discovers a way to make an anti-venom from a similar snake that will make him immune to her death touch. He challenges her and when he doesn't die, is able to easily capture her and send her to the commissioner for imprisonment, a better fate than many enemies get in the jungles.

Faux Phantom Lady: 1948, All Top Comics #14 (Fox). Toni and Rod Sanchez aka Laura and Juan Lopaz are wanted criminals for diamond smuggling, murder and embezzling. Knowing of Don Borden's infatuation with the Phantom Lady, they not only manage to befriend him, but Laura also disguises herself as Phantom Lady to make dates with Don in order to use him as a dupe in smuggling their diamonds in dead fish that they will "catch" while out fishing. Juan is killed when double-crossed by his gang because he won't cut them in on a bigger share. The rest of the gang and Laura fight the real Phantom Lady. Laura falls overboard and drowns herself while struggling before she can be saved.

Headhunter Queen: 1948, All Top Comics #12 (Fox). Australian rancher Lady Kerry is heading up a smuggling gang as well as committing some gruesome murders of those that get in her way as she's trained her gang to be proficient with razor sharp boomerangs that will take off a man's head when properly thrown. She's not above using a whip as well for torture purposes. She's captured by the Blue Beetle.

Mistress of the Apes: 1948, All Top Comics #12 (Fox). In the jungles there is a legend of a blonde woman raised by the apes. A safari comes looking for her in the hopes of being able to exploit her as some kind of side-show freak. The head of the safari knows the source of the legend as years earlier, he is the one who chose to abandon his baby niece in the jungles as opposed to raising the baby of a mad-woman (the actual fate of the girl's parents is no revealed). The girl grew up as capable as any jungle lord, queen or beast except in one area. Having never seen a person, she doesn't know how to speak any language other than beasts nor think or act other than as a beast might. The first person like herself that she comes across is Tanee, Jo-Jo's mate,  and she kidnaps her out of curiosity. Jo-Jo gets the story from an ape that witnessed it (he too speaks the language of the apes) and starts to track her as well only to be captured by one of her apes. She gets wounded and captured by her uncle who is a crack shot but Jo-Jo is able to convince her apes that their mistress is in danger and leads an assault on the safari. In the melee, she attacks the man leading the safari, killing him by biting his neck while he shoots and mortally wounds her. She dies not knowing this man is the Uncle that left her in the jungles all those years ago.

Un-named - Queen of Cobras: 1949, All Top Comics #18 (Fox). In some unrevealed desert land, this beauty threatened another with a dangerous snake, but Dagar rushes to the rescue!

Un-named - Walking Death-Boy: 1948, All Top Comics #14 (Fox). Called a variety of names, the boy has chalky white skin and with a touch, he brings about a quick death, transforming the bodies to an equally pale complexion (as well as the fur on the animals he's killed). While Rulah is trying to stay alive and deal with him, a red-headed woman looking much like Shanna is carting out his victims in order to set them up as rulers. However, Rulah shows up alive and when the Death-boy is carted in on a covered litter, she gets an idea. She knocks over the covering which has deadly affect as the boy seems to be highly sensitive to sunlight and it quickly begins to roast him. In his death throes, he touches his confederate to taker her with him. After his death, Rulah finds concealed on his person a vial of poison that kills when reacting with a person's body-heat. Presumably, the albino was immune. NOTE: Yeah, the story is inconsistent in many places, and neither of the villains are given a proper name.

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Black Baron: 1946, Movie Comics #1 (Fiction).  The Black Baron is a leader of a German squadron. He relentlessly tortures the captured Buck Hoskins (Captain Stand-in) and later shoots down Hoskins' friend Corey when he is parachuting to safety after his plane is shot out from under him. Buck vows revenge. Shortly after the War, Buck manages to track the Black Baron who is passing himself off as a Dane who is doing some stunt flying for a film in the African Desert. The fake duel in the sky becomes a real one and the Black Baron is shot down.

Field Marshal Klaus Von Teufel: 1943, Captain Battle, Jr. (Lev Gleason). Capturing the Field Marshal is Captain Battle, Jr.'s mission above all else for he carries Hitler's defense plans and orders in his head. He also has a bizarre looking golden/brass claw where his right hand should be.

Pari: 1941, Big Shot Comics #13. Beautiful blonde Pari is called a girl bandit and is leader of a native people of Pasir Panjang who worship the totem pole god known as Deli-deli. Their jungle is somewhere in "mountain country" near Singapore, but the natives appear to be cross between African and South Seas. They are armed with lassos, spears, and a catapult that shoots a giant spear. They burn at the stake any intruders and have captured inventor Chester Powell who is fated for a similar end. Enter Captain Devildog who makes it appear that their god speaks and by doing so, makes friends of Pari and brings Powell back to civilization.

Un-named - Red Hooded League: 1946, Fight Comics #44 (Fiction House). The cover doesn't reflect any of the interior stories. The character could be Rip Carson or pretty much any other generic adventurer. Which is a shame as the story looks like it could be interesting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Black Hand: 1940, Mystery Men Comics #8 (Fox). A foreign organization that is knocking over milk trucks and later poisoning the milk supplied to New York in order to foster disatisfaction with the current administration so a candidate they control would sieze power. The leader behind the scenes of the masked gang is Gorsky with head of the Milk Protective Association J.J. Ratfield being their chosen man and second in command who was putting pressure on the D.A. to stop the violence.

Boss 'X': 1940, Mystery Men Comics #8 (Fox). A leader of a group of gangsters. They are behind various explosions in order to extort the city. When the mayor doesn't back down, they kidnap his son. Bold, they start committing brazen thefts. Their hideout is on Ronal Island in a lake in the city. One of the gang is named Spike. Boss 'X's real name is unrevealed.

The Brain: 1943, Green Hornet Comics #13 (Harvey). Covered head-to-toe in dark clothing, the Brain is a leader of spies as well as being a criminal mastermind. They rob a bank to finance acts of sabotage, but it's suspected of being an inside job. The robbers spoke with a German accent and some of the gang are captured at the bank president's apartment by the Green Hornet. The Brain sets a trap for the Green Hornet, sending the raven haired Miss X to kidnap a crippled boy that was known to have helped the Hornet in the past to serve as bait. The Hornet suspects foul play, and the clue being to convenient. He rescues the boy and unmasks the Brain. First as Miss X, but then removing the wig to reveal the blonde haired Miss Blanc, Smythe's secretary.

Doctor Devil: 1941, Prize Comics #14 (Prize). Dr. Devil is kidnapping men from the waterfront and burying them alive. Girl p.i. Terry Dane decides to investigate and Doug "Black Owl" Danville shadows her to make sure she is safe. Through their encounters with Dr. Devil and his gang and subsequent capture they discover that the grave they are buried ends in a chute that takes them to a ship where the victims are kept unconscious through some kind of opium gas. The Devil is in the employ of a foreign government and the men he kidnaps are to be used as cannon fodder in its battles. The Black Owl escapes and fights Dr. Devil atop a light house where he apparently falls to his death. The Doctor uses a gun but is a bad shot. He also appears to display some kind of super-strength when he lifts a tombstone out of the ground, over his head and then beans the Black Owl with it. However, since the Black Owl did survive this, only knocked senseless for a bit, and the gang was using a fake grave, it's probably safe to assume that the gravestone was also a fake and not real marble.

The Eel: 1941, Prize Comics #11 (Prize). With many of the cops going into the service, gangdom decides on a crimewave. In steps a suave man calling himself the Eel who will help them plan organize and plan their crimes. He's captured through the efforts of the Black Owl with help from reporter Barney Dunn and lady detective Terry Dunn.

Professor Einmetz: 1943, Green Hornet Comics #13 (Harvey). John Doyle and his secretary Mary are on a hunting trip when they come across incredibly huge animals. They track them back to the estate of Professor Einmetz who has created super-vitamins that increase the size and strength of animals and has a menagerie of rats and such that are the size of horses. Doyle takes on his heroic identity and fights through the monsters and gang only to find the real professor and his daughter Vera held captive. The professor wanted to turn his discoveries over to the government and the ersatz professor (his assistant maybe) captured him, wanting capitalize on it.

The Gorgon: 1941, Prize Comics #17 (Prize). The Gorgon is a huge and powerful giant wrecking industrial plants in order to cripple America's might. He's directed by a mysterious stranger who injects him with a chemical that gives him his might and is then directed to go after Gene West a radio commentator who is using his job to boost morale and direct a crusade against the man's capture. West also happens to be the equally powerful hero Power Nelson.

The Half-Man: 1943, Green Hornet Comics #13 (Harvey). A masked man robs a bank and then returns half with a note identifying himself as "The Half-Man". He kidnaps one baby of a set of twins to hold for ransom. Green Hornet seems to suspect uniform cop Tom Wilson and seems to catch him in the act stealing one half of a pair of diamonds. He finds that the Half-Man is actually Tom's twin, Harry. Harry is a crook but as only one half of twins, feels compelled to take only his half, leaving behind what should be Tom's share. He chooses to jump to his death from a tall building over being captured. Harry tended to wear black clothes and a cowl that covered half his face. During the kidnapping he also wore a cape.

The Leader: 1941, Prize Comics #11 (Prize). Planes are disappearing over the Pacific Ocean and Dr. Frost investigates. He finds his plane captured by a magnetic ray and directed over his radio to land on a deserted island. He finds the island is actually hiding a well equipped subterranean base and manned by muscular guards and the burly but sartorial Leader. He plans on conquering the world with aide of invisible planes and super-bombs that will destroy civilization, his first target - America! The captured planes will deliver those bombs. Through injections, he plans on turning the pilots and Dr. Frost into slaves and will pilot those planes. He rescues the pilots and they destroy the island with one of its own bombs, presumably killing the Leader and his men.

Mercury: 1943, Green Hornet Comics #13 (Harvey). The Rahn Nolte emerald is being exhibited and a criminal has targeted it for theft by his gang. Meanwhile, celebrated yet reclusive author from Europe Jan Nowak is also supposed to come to the dinner and see the emerald. Nowak is an arrogant boor whom the Nazis have a contract for. At the dinner is Gary Blakely, aka Spirit of '76, his pal Tubby Reynolds and Tubby's sister Susan. When, the lights go out, the emerald is stolen, a man is dead and Nowak is disappeared. Investigating as the hero Spirit of '76, Nowak is suspected as the simple reality is that no one has met him before or really knows what he looks like. Meanwhile, they keep running into the stereotypical African American janitor. What's uncovered is that the gang is made up of Gestapo agents with a double mission: steal the emerald and kill Jan Nowak. Their leader is none other than the bumbling stereotype Mercury who is really part of the "German Afrika Korps". NOTE: This story is actually very unique. When discussing racism of the day (which this story is full of), something overlooked is that at the time, there were not only few strong black characters in heroic roles, but next to none that were villains unless the stories took place in Africa or involved African themes. If you saw an African American character, if the character wasn't a background character for comedy relief, the character at least was on the side of angels, as stereo-typed and caricatured he might otherwise be. Of the hundreds of stories I have read, this is a first where the character is not only a villain but actually a leader of villains! Yet, it cannot be denied that for most of the story, he's played for laughs, playing up the caricature and stereotypes of the day. While the end may suggest that it's ultimately a joke on the readers, I think one has to contrast how this is handled in the "Avenger" pulps. There, he has a pair of aides, an African American couple, who often play to the stereotypes of the time, of what many people would expect them to be. However, the text is always clear that it's simply a role, that they are highly intelligent and thus often underestimated. At no time is the joke at their expense, but at the expense of the crooks. They challenge the reader to see them and hopefully others of their race differently, as real people underneath whatever jobs they do. That's not here in this story. Mercury never breaks character, the jokes are clearly for us to laugh at him, even after the reveal. Then, there's the lines near the end:

Spirit of '76: "Mercuy! I still can't believe that an American Negro turned traitor! Why they're the most loyal group of Americans we have!"

Jan Nowak: "American Negro... Ha!! He's Captain Sidi Ahran of the German Afrika Korps!"

The implication being that African Americans are happy with being the butt of all the jokes at the character's expense. After the context of the story playing up to almost every stereotype for humerous intent, you really cannot believe that the character might not be loyal? A very dangerous racism in just its simple casualness.

Monster: 1936, Funny Picture Stories #2 (Comics Magazine Company).  The Monster is actually Rafah, a tall and incredibly strong mongolian assistant to the surgeon Dr. Van Ridder who is after the secret explosive formula that Dick Kent and Professor Buck got from the floating city. He is loyal to his master who had saved his life and followed him to the four corners of the globe. Unfortunately, the professor's daughter overhears the monster prowling through their house looking for the formula and gets kidnapped, leading Dick to investigate and get captured himself. He turns the tables on Van Ridder and captures him. The monster is shot by the police and presumed dead. Rafah is apparently either able to crack a safe or is superhumanly strong enough to break into it.

Oom: 1941, Prize Comics #11 (Prize). Oom is an old foe of Voodini and a master of science and magic. He used to operate out of Europe and is presumed dead. However, he resurfaces in New York commanding a gang that is engaging in acts of destruction all over the country while he is in a remote lighthouse. He possesses a crystal ball that helps protect him and his creations from Voodini's magic so Voodini must send his apprentice Nikki to destroy it. In a duel of magic, it appears that Voodini will be triumphant so Oom flees.

The Reaper: 1941, Prize Comics #12 (Prize). The Reaper is a killer for hire and head of Murder, Inc. In order to bring him to justice, reporter Barney Dunn gets the idea to hire them to kill his friend Doug Danville, only the heroic Black Owl will be on hand to capture them. Doug agrees to this since he secretly is the Black Owl, despite the objections of his gal Terry Dane. They manage to foil the murder but the Reaper escapes so they threaten his ego in the newspapers, saying that the Reaper was scared after his failure, baiting him to try again. Meanwhile, Danville would go on a cruise for his nerves. Again the gang attack and Doug as the Black Owl faces off against the Reaper. The Reaper is knocked overboard and presumed dead, but returns the following issue.

The Toad: 1941, Prize Comics #17 (Prize). A Hollywood director is filming a fictitious case of the Black Owl with a villain called the Toad, being played by actor Bela Gulosi. However, a real villain calling himself the Toad is stalking the set, threatening the lead actress Alvetta James and with eyes on the real jewels. Enter Terry Dane, female p.i., hired to protect the actress, and her boyfriend Doug Danville, the real Black Owl. Gulosi and James are both severely wounded and left for dead. The Black Owl eventually defeats the Toad and unmasks him as Lon Shane, Gulosi's understudy. He wanted to get Gulosi and James out of the way so that he and his girlfriend Greta (James' understudy) could take over the roles. Shane is a decent archer, using a bow and arrow to shoot Gulosi, putting two arrows in quick succession into his chest.

Un-named - Brotherhood of the Skull: 1940, Mystery Men Comics #8 (Fox). A pair of thugs with similar tatoos that might be a skull and crossbones. One also has a hood with a skull on the forehead. The two have tied up a girl when the Blue Beetle comes to the rescue.

Dr. Jacob Van Ridder: 1936, Funny Picture Stories #2 (Comics Magazine Company).  Surgeon Dr. Van Ridder who is after the secret explosive formula that Dick Kent and Professor Buck got from the floating city. He's assisted by a large mongol named Rafah but whose savage appearance has him called "monster" by all who see him. Unfortunately, the professor's daughter overhears the monster prowling and gets kidnapped, leading Dick to investigate and get captured himself. He turns the tables on Van Ridder and captures him. The monster is shot by the police and presumed dead.

Whizzo: 1941, Prize Comics #12 (Prize). Whizzo is a stage performer known as the man of a thousand masks, able to instantly disguise himself as any famous person. He and Voodini are hired to perform for some soldiers when Voodini's tocsin ring warns him to watch out for Whizzo. Because, Whizzo is also X-9, a foreign agent who is leading a gang to vandalize and wreck equipment and demoralize the troops. He's caught by Voodini.