Uchunku: 1940, Science Comics #2-3 (Fox). From a fort in the African jungles, a large Ethiopian named Unchunku plans on rising up against the white men in Africa and embarking on world conquest. He is also smitten with Marga the panther-woman and wishes her to rule beside him. Marga and pal Ted Grant manage to organize resistance and destroy his plans. He is last seen, unconscious in a snake pit being bitten by venomous serpents, a fate he intended for Marga.
In his second appearance, Uchunku is described as a giant and seems to be about 7 feet tall. In addition to his native army, he keeps various dangerous animals on hand: tigers, a gorilla, snakes, leopards (or cheetahs).
Ugly Puss: 1941, Cat-man Comics #5 (Temerson/Helnit/Continental). At an airplane company, a man with an ugly leering face seems bent on sabotage. The Hood calls him "Ugly Puss" throughout. He's eventually caught and the face is revealed to be a mask hiding the identity of the chief engineer Nordem who wanted to seize control of the company by forcing the owner Bell to close down.
Underground Race (Un-named): 1939, Fantastic Comics #12 (Fox) A red skinned race with demonic horns lives beneath the surface. Under command of their king, garbed in kingly raimants out of medieval Europe, they plan on conquest of the surface world by creating volcanoes to destroy various cities. They are stopped and apparently destroyed by the adventurer Captain Kidd.
The Undertaker: Fall 1944, Clue Comics #8. (Hillman). Ronald Byrd provides: Operating out of tunnels beneath a cemetery, the cadaverous Undertaker helps embezzlers fake their own deaths, then kills them for real and collects their ill-gotten gains. Nightmare and Sleepy expose his operation and turn him over to the police.
The Unholy One: 1940, Miracle Comics #1 (Hillman). From his lair he sends his flying Snow Men to steal a stratosphere plane. Meanwhile, his gang headed by the ruthless Hawk Armand and Vera Tigress kidnap the test pilot's children in efforts to ransom for the plans. But, the master inventor of the plane among other things is the Sky Wizard who rescues the children and sets out to rescue their father. The Unholy One has his lair in the Himilayas and is a corpulant Asian villain. In the first issue, the Snow Men (also spelled "snowmen"), are only seen on a small screen but appear to look a bit like humans in scalloped edged flying suits that give them an hour-glass shape when flying. In issue 3, they are human sized gargoyle like beings with brown skin, devilish heads with small devil horns and large gray batwings that enable them to fly. The Unholy One apparently dies when he tries to stab Sky Wizard in the back but instead plummets off the hero's flying island. Most of the Snowmen likewise perish in an all-out attack against the flying island and its defenses, though Sky Wizard spares one that had saved his life earlier. This epic ran over 3 of the title's 4 issues.
Unholy Three: 1941, The Eagle #2 (Fox). Wong/Mong, Chubby, and Roly are the Unholy Three. They first run across the Eagle and Buddy while out in Hollywood, having gotten themselves jobs as extras on a movie set where they were going to kill the actors for real as their job was to stop anti-axis films. They then break gangster Dan Cartone out of jail in order to find out where he hid his loot. Wong/Mong is a burly, shirtless man of some Pacific island. They are captured by the Eagle with the aid of the Defenders.
The Un-Nameds: For a variety of reasons, colorful villains went un-named. Sometimes, it's just something the story overlooked, with the fast action, bare plot, and just a few pages to work with. Sometimes, the hood or mask was all it took for a disguise, a special name wasn't needed. And, in some cases, the villains only appeared on the covers. Whatever the case, creating this area for them, un-named but not forgotten. I have taken the liberty to give them a name for the purpose of this site and as a way to keep them separate as opposed to simply assigning them numbers.
Un-Named - The Big Boss: 1941, Lightning Comics vol2 #2 (Ace). In the Chinese section of Middletown, a city on the Pacific coast, a masked man is head of an opium smuggling ring with a gang Asian men (his right hand man is Saki). Kate Cramer, reporter for the "Record" gets herself in trouble investigating and is rescued by illusionist Marvo and his monkey Tito. With their help, the boss is unmasked as caucasian J. Harold Stetson who had been badgering Police Chief Babcock about the opium problems. While Kate calls him "the big boss" he's not really given another name to call him by.
Un-named – The Candle Man: 1942, Dynamic Comics #8 (Chesler). Cover villain (?), suitably creepy to warrant documenting, though almost anything concerning him is speculative.
Un-Named - "Captain": 1941, Cat-man Comics #4 (Holyoke). Dressed in a military costume, this un-named man commands a zeppelin, a weapon that casts destructive lightning bolts and his own secret island that he can submerge. With these, he is able to lay waste to entire cities on behalf of a foreign power bent on world conquest. Despite that, his plans to destroy America come to naught thanks to the intervention of Dr. Diamond. Diamond calls him "Captain" at the end, thus I refer to him as such here.
Un-named - Captain Vampire: 1943, Speed Comics #28 (Harvey). Sadly, I don't have the text story behind this cover, so I cannot give this guy whatever his real name was, assuming he had a name in the story.
Un-named - Death Pilot: 1945 Captain Flight #10 (Four Star). This possibly masked pilot had a scantily clad woman strapped to the wing of his plane. But, the Black Cobra and Cobra Kid were coming to the rescue.
Un-named – Demon of the Lamp: 1947, Punch Comics #21 (Superior Publishers Ltd./Chesler). Like the stereotypical genie, he seems to reside in a lamp but is far more menacing and is opposed by the Master Key.
Un-named - Ghost of the Sphinx: 1946, Liberty Comics 14. This un-named villain only appeared on the cover. Dressed in a robe and with an Egyptian head-dress, he hid in a mummy's coffin, ready to strike the hapless hero with a thrown sacrificial knife. He was either after the sphinx with jeweled eyes or protecting it, if this was his lair.
Unnamed - The Ghoul Maker: 1941, Amazing Man #21 (Centaur). A robed man steals a special acid gun from Dr. Van Snipe and kills him. The gun eats away the flesh, reducing men to mostly skeletons and brainl. He begins a life of piracy robbing the ships and recruiting the crews for his gang of ghouls. His headquarters is underwater. The Shark tracks him to his underwater lair and kills him, and the gang as a result. The leader himself had a breathing apparatus under his hood and robes to allow him to exist undersea as well as protecting him against the gas from his own gun whereas his skeleton men had no such weakness.
Un-named - Giant of the Skull: 1940, Fight Comics #3 (Fiction). The Giant of the Red Skull only appeared on the cover, knocking over skyscrapers and able to fight off an army. He carries a sword but doesn't really seem to need one.
Un-named - The Green Djinn of the Lamp: 1942, Captain Courageous #6 (Ace Periodicals). This monstrous villain only made his appearance on the cover fighting Captain Courageous.
Un-Named - Green Hoods: 1944, Captain Flight Comics #5 (Four Star). This duo was in the process of forcing a woman into a vault like deathtrap, but caught in the process by the Red Rocket.
Un-named – The Green Mandarins: 1940, Mystery Men Comics #10 (Fox). The Green Mandarins are using some kind of machine spraying what appears to almost be steam or some compressed vapor on a bound woman. The Blue Beetle bursts in, firing his pistol but is he already too late? In issue #11, it looks as if he may be tackling a whole gang of related foes, rescuing yet another beauty.
Un-named – The Green Spider: 1945, Punch Comics #15 (Chesler). Cover villain about to knife a beautiful young lady but runs up against the Master Key.
Un-named - Green Thor and the City Destroyer: 1940, Wonderworld Comics #12 (Fox). The Flame used his gun to destroy a machine threatening a city. Meanwhile, one criminal is firing upon him with a rifle while a green skinned man with a rod sending out electrical sparks or bolts is poised to clobber him from the other side. All the while, a raven haired beauty is bound and can only helplessly look on.
Un-named - The Horned Skulls: 1939, Wonderworld Comics #5 (Fox). The Horned Skulls are so named because of the emblem on their arm band and the side of the their plane. There's at least two of them, maybe more if the other plane is also theirs. In the killer skies, they ran up against the Flame.
Un-named - Mad Doctor Gang: 1946, Startling Comics #38 (Standard): Only on the cover and not inside. But, unusual as there seem to be no less than four doctors inside about to operate on a woman and opposed by the Fighting Yank. Outside is a man with a monocle firing on the the Yank with a machine gun and a masked man in purple hat watching on. Click the image for a larger view.
Un-Named - Mad scientist: foe of Don Winslow and inventor of the "paralysis ray...the weirdest weapon in the world."
Un-Named - Mad Scientist II: 1941, Liberty Scouts #2 (Centaur). In the woods of Utah, a bald bearded scientist is causing forest fires and using them to cover his huge assistant Gaston and his hypnotized niece Nancy kidnapping subjects for a mad experiment, instantly heating a body to transform it into being of "solid gas". His experiment finally succeeds too well with a fireman by the name of Jim who uses his new powers against the scientist. The scientist perishes when his lab explodes. In addition to his mad experiment, the scientist has the knowhow to make a large rubber fire proof suit, a miniaturized flame gun, a special suit that helps the subject control his new state as well as hypnosis. Not bad for a mere 7 pages and not even getting a name.
Un-named – The Masked Devil: 1941, Punch Comics #1 (Chesler). Dressed in a Satan outfit, this murderer killed Mr. Bell, the owner of a carnival and tried to kill his daughter Clara, who along with Lee Rover are trapeze artists. He's unmasked as the cashier Neeley whom Bell had willed the carnival if anything happened to him and his daughter. Despite looking on the wrong side of middle-age, Neeley is nimble, a talented fighter with knowledge of jiu-jitsu and survives a fall from the top of a circus tent.
Un-named - The Masked Leader: 1944, Catman #23/24 (Holyoke). The Little Leaders (Kitten and Mickey) in their civilian identities investigate the claims of innocence of a lighthouse keeper imprisoned for signaling enemy subs. They find a Coast Guard man held prisoner at the lighthouse by gang and their un-named masked leader. Overcoming the group, they find out the leader is really Von Hoogstraten, well known sea-raider of WWI, now a spy for Nazi in the guise of the local bait man who would lure the lighthouse keeper out fishing so that his gang could use the lighthouse.
Un-named - Monk & Ham: 1944, Dynamic Comics #10 (Chesler). To judge by the symbolic cover, this cover-only murderous duo are out to kill Dynamic Man, Mr. E, Yankee Boy, the Echo, Dan Hastings, and Lucky Coyne. Name is taken from the mismatched duo of Doc Savage's aides: the sartorial perfect Ham and the apish Monk.
Un-Named - The Monster: 1941, Big Three #6 (Fox). This bizarre looking villain is not given a name. His face is pale white, looking a bit like a humanoid cat-fish with his drooping mustache and wearing a loose fitting blue tunic, orange/tan slacks and brown boots. He is behind the kidnapping of serveral teen-age girls at a camp. When captured by the Flame, he stands revealed as bank owner George Benson. Years earlier, Benson and Mr. Tracy the owner of the camp were in love with the same woman, Sally Crane but she spurned Benson's advances. Jealous, he tried to cause the bankrupty of the camp and indirectly caused the death of Sally. When her daughter got older and looked the same as her, he went insane in his obsession and jealousy, vowing to have her any way possible.
Un-named - Monster Maker: 1940, Fight Comics #5 (Fiction). Monster Maker built large robotic monsters, though they appeared on the outside to be built of body parts ala Frankenstein. Defeated by Power Man. Only appeared on the cover. Power Man fought a different type of monster in the comic.
Un-named – Nazi Clan: 1944, Mystery Comics #2 (Better). A pair of green robed and hooded Nazis were about to kill Carol Paige if not for the timely intervention of Wonderman.
Un-named - Powerlord: 1940, Science Comics, #2 (Fox). This villain seemed in control of a gang, a power plant, and a technologically advanced gun. He kidnapped and stripped a woman for some unknown experiment. That's when Dynamo came to the rescue, destroying the dynamo.
Un-named - Red Death: 1942, Four Favorites #5 (Ace). As far as I know he only appeared on the cover unidentified but as a foe to the combined forces of Magno, Lightning, Captain Courageous, and Unknown Soldier. He stands taller than a normal man, maintains a base with scientific torture/death devices and a gang of brutish henchmen. Possibly the heroes were saved by sidekicks Davy and Lightning Girl who aren't on the cover.
Un-named - Red Devil: 1945, Cannonball Comics #2 (Rural Home). Only appeared on the cover as a foe to the Crash Kid. If we judge the symbolic cover to be a bit more literally, the Red Devil either has the ability to shrink people or uses small doll-like likenesses to possibly control them. Whether he's a man in a costume or a real devil is unknown (although given that the kid has no powers but his own spunkiness). Of course, then there's the apparently flying taxi cab...
Un-named – Roc: 1947, Punch Comics #21 (Superior Publishers Ltd./Chesler). This giant vulture-like bird is able to carry off a score of victims in its talons and is being faced by Rocketgirl alone.
Un-named = The Skull Squad: 1940, Fight Comics #6 (Fiction). This Skull Squad are a criminal gang with their own plane emblazened with their logo. They wear black hoods with the emblem of the skull on the foreheads. They are captured by Power Man. As usual, they appeared only on the cover and are more interesting than the villains in the Power Man story inside.
Un-Named - The Skull-Men: 1940, Amazing Man Comics #12 (Centuar). The Shark agrees to help out a scientist and travel to Mars via a rocketship. However, the ship crashes into an unknown planetoid on the way there. The planetoid seems barren but for a malevolent un-named race of men in robes whose heads resemble skulls. They capture the Shark and put him with some other scientists that had traveled there by rocketship (!), all but one having gone insane. Discovering that the skull-men will destroy his ship, the Shark and the one sane scientist manage to outfight the skull-men, rescue the others, restore their sanity and return to Earth.
Un-Named - The Terror of Terror Castle: Mystery Men Comics 12 (Fox). At Terror Castle, an unnamed mad doctor operates on dead bodies that he has a gang dig up from cemeteries. Unfortunately, he attracts the attention of the Moth who after throwing him from a tower, blows up the castle.
Un-named - Torture Master: 1946, Silver Streak #22 (Lev Gleason). The Torture Master and his minions seem to have torture down to a science, experimenting one of their devices on a lady but opposed by Silver Streak who had been captured and chained. The Torture Master is monstrous looking with tanned skin. His minions include gray skinned cadaverous men as well as a couple that are more skeleton looking and the size of small children.
Un-Named - Undersea Queen: 1940, Fight Comics #2 (Fiction) When Kinks Mason volunteers for the Navy to investigate the disappearance of several ships as well as a Navy sub, his own boat is pulled under by giant seaweed. With a diving helmet he finds the sub but minus people or bodies and he's soon captured by what appears to be half men and half seaweed beings. They take them to their beautiful queen who reveals her plot for conquering the upper world. They need chlorophyl to survive and they have a huge plant (as in a power plant, not vegetation) that converts rays of the sun which they use not only for their own survival but to vitalize the huge clinging seaweed as well as turning the captured air-breathers into humanoid sea-weed slaves. Mason manages to escape and uses the submarine single-handedly to launch an attack, destroying the chlorophyl plant and apparently dooming the seaweed people as well as rescuing the captured humans. NOTE: This story was redone as a Deep-Sea Dawson tale and can also be found under "Seaweed Queen".
The Unseen: America's Best Comics 20 (Better). A recurring foe (at least twice) of Pyroman's. His ultimate goal is to find something he calls his "phagoment," a master element that will allow him his vengeance on the world by destroying all matter. The Unseen is a large hulking and possibly hunchbacked man with straight shoulder length hair that covers his face, the only feature of his head we ever see are his ears.