Acrobat: A Jeckyll-Hyde type
who fought Captain Marvel Jr.
Greatest Comics #1. Short, chubby German agent wearing
a spike-knuckled chain-mail glove. Fought Spy Smasher.
Anarcho: 1947, Comics Novel #1.
"Dictator of Death" who employs Dr. Fu Tong, El Diablo,
Erik Hevling, and Lord Craven. Stopped by Radar.
1941, Captain Marvel Adventures #2. Leaving fire in
his wake wherever he walks, able to throw flames and
burn with a touch, this demonic googly-eyed man terrorized
the city, and even almost proved too much for Captain
Marvel. He met Captain Marvel in a final battle ontop
of a large fuel tank as flames blazed around until
an earth shattering explosion spelt finis to the affair.
Captain Marvel would emerge unscathed, but a body
was found, that of George D. Tweedle, fire insurance
agent and secretly the Arson Fiend through the use
of a Jeckyll-Hyde type formula.
Aunt Minerva: 1946, Captain Marvel
Adventures #59? A grandmotherly type in looks but
a criminal mastermind. In her first appearance, she
decides Uncle Marvel would make the perfect husband.
Batson: The real life uncle of Billy Batson,
when rich he threw the poor boy out. Eventually, he
fell on hard times and he visited Billy at the radio
station, hoping to get money from him, erroneously
thinking that Billy must be rich being a famous boy
broadcaster. Failing that, he gets the idea that as
Billy's real uncle, he'd expose Uncle Dudley as a
fraud and gain control over all the money that Shazam,
Inc brings in. And, failing in that but succeeding
in getting a job as a clerk for Shazam, Inc, he contrives
a fake emergency at sea (that turns out to be real)
to get Captain Marvel and Dudley out of the office
while he robs the company safe (attributing it to
a gang of thieves) and from there he searches Billy's
apartment for his "riches". However, Dudley
had stumbled on to his lies and plans and alerts Billy
who summons Captain Marvel who retrieves the money
and kicks Uncle Ebenezer out to never return, preferring
his fraud uncle to his real one.
The Beetle: 1943, Spysmasher #10. When
Spysmasher fell afoul a plot where seeming loyal Americans
were turning traitors and was branded one himself he found
a master plotter in he Beetle. This brilliant Japanese spy
built small mechanical bugs with drugged stingers that could
listen in on any conversation and drug couriers allowing safe
theft of plans. He was bald except for strands of his hair
coming from the center of his forehead giving him a look like
he had antennas.
Billy the Cad:
1942, Whiz Comics #26. An old western outlaw who has
a dilemma: he doesn't want to perpetuate any crimes
until he can stymie the Golden Arrow, but his gang
wants nothing to do with the hero. He hits upon a
plan and makes up some wanted posters with the hero's
face on them, identifying the Golden Arrow as Billy
the Cad, a notorious and dangerous outlaw to shoot
upon sight. He plasters the posters around the small
town Gold Pan City where neither the outlaw nor hero
are known by sight and then summons the Golden Arrow
to the town and lets the citizens take care of the
hero. Everything goes well to plan, at one point the
hero is wounded and in the clutches of the villain
who decides to commit some crimes as the Golden Arrow
and let the citizens later find his bullet filled
body. However, while he struggles with Arrow's horse,
a posse following the trail of blood find them all
together. Golden Arrow proves his innocence to the
townsfolk by showing how his face on the wanted posters
was merely pasted over another, that of the outlaw,
the true Billy the Cad.
Black Adam: 1945, Marvel Family
#1. In ancient Egypt, the Wizard Shazam gave his powers
to a man and named him Mighty Adam. However, the powers
corrupted him and he deposed the Pharaoh. The Wizard
then banished him so far away that it took Adam centuries
to fly back to Earth at top speed. He immediately
ran afoul of the Marvel family though neither could
gain a clear advantage over the other. He's tricked
into saying, "Shazam" by Uncle Dudley. Adam got his
powers from Egyptian gods: Shu (Stamina), Heru (Swiftness),
Amon (Strength), Zehuti (Wisdom), Aton (Power), Mehen
Captain Marvel Adventures #142. No, Captain Marvel
didn't fight the horse. And not Green Hornet's car
either. Black Beauty is a raven haired and black clad
glamorous woman that set out to prove herself equal
of men and to that end she seized control of a criminal
empire by killing the previous mob boss in front of
his own men. She managed to stay ahead of the law
and Captain Marvel by playing on his own innate goodness
and chivalry. But, he ultimately turned the tables
on her and sent her to jail.
Black Clown:1941, America's Greatest
Comics #1. Henry Parrish is the owner of the Black
Hawk Traveling Circus Company where he ran illegal
activities until he came across Mr. Scarlet.
Black Dragon Society. Wow #18.
Japanese organization stopped by Commando Yank.
Black Flamingo: Wow #63. Used
an odd black plane equipped with a loudspeaker. From
the safety of the skies he would threaten airports
demanding payment in a South American country called
San Danito. Stopped by the Phantom Eagle.
Black Hood: X-Mas Comics #1.
Black clad criminal mastermind and utterly ruthless.
Fought El Carim.
Black Magician: 1946, Marvel
Whiz Comics. Fought Dr. Voodoo from his castle of
Doom in the distant past. Other than being a tyrant
ala Doctor Doom, he has no super powers.
Black Pharaoh.: Ibis #1. Sorcerous
uncle of Ibis revived by the Sons of Set. It was in
battle with the Black Pharaoh. in ancient Egypt that
Ibis received the Ibis Stick and his love was wounded
and put in a deep sleep that would last centuries..
Black Poet: Minute Man #3. Agent
Heinrick Von Strueber is undercover as an American
millionaire. But he also wears a fright mask, hat
and cloak and sends dark poems with paper soaked in
a poisonous acid to kill the recipient. Stopped by
1942, Bulletman #3. Master criminal
that dressed up as a huge rat, planned crime waves
and bedeviled Bulletman and Bulletgirl. While tough,
he was defeated by the heroes and apparently fell
to his death into a vat of molten steel. He was also
member of the Revenge Syndicate, a group of villains
that fought Bulletman and Bulletgirl.
Black Sphinx: 1941, Wow Comics
#7. Robed villain with a sphinx mask is robbing the
Museum of Egyptology of all its wealth. He and his
gang are captured by Mr. Scarlet where the Black Sphinx
is revealed to be Powers, the chief guard.
Bulletman 1. In his secret lair underneath a large
forest tree, the mysterious masked Black Spider wages
a war on law and order with his gang and pet
poisonous spider Suzy. He perishes in a fight with
Bulletman and Bulletgirl. His story is revealed by
Bulletman, that he was Jules Rey, a Frenchman convicted
of murder and locked in a dungeon in Paris. He eventually
went blind and befriended the spiders that crawled
into his cell. Upon escaping, he vowed vengeance on
all who helped convict him, including Bulletgirl's
father Sgt. Barr.
Black Thorn: 1941, America's Greatest
Comics #1. Inventor of a ray that mummifies, Henry
Hawley wears a costume with a single horn in the middle
of his forehead. He's caught by the hero Mr. Scarlet.
I assume he either made a comeback or this tale was
reprinted in Wow #3.
1940, Wow Comics #4. Foe of Mr. Scarlet and Pinky
Master Comics 60. Max Monk and Gerty take up the Bullet
theme to oppose El Carim. Just joking. Of course it
was up against Bulletman and Bulletgirl.
Calkins, Godfrey: Wow #1. Mad
scientist millionaire type. He thinks that humans
can survive on Venus and has developed a quick freezing
process to preserve them on the trip through space.
He and his henchmen arrange an accident and kidnap
Dusty Davis and Janey Smart to test his theories on.
The bad guys are stopped and Dusty and Janey are rescued
by Atom Blake.
Captain Cutthroat: 1942, Fawcett #37.
On the island of Komodo, the ruthless pirate and murderer
Captain Cutthroat has discovered the Lost City of Kazar and
its fabulous golden treasure. He kidnaps a beautiful woman
to set her up as a White Goddess in order to control the natives
and anybody that dares set themselves against him get fed
to his fierce komodo dragons. Lance O'Casey and mate Mike
Bellew are daring and chivalrous enough to do so anyway. At
the end, it looks as if Captain Cutthroat might be becoming
a snack for his pets.
Captain Nazi: Master #21. Superstrong
and utterly ruthless. He fought Bulletman, escaped.
Fought Captain Marvel and managed to escape that.
However, by crippling Freddy Freeman and crippling
his grandfather he sets in motion the creation of
his most steadfast foe: Captain Marvel Jr.
1942, Captain Marvel Jr. #2: Brutish Japanese equivalent
of Captain Nazi. He was created by the Jamambux, sorcerers
of the dark arts of medieval times, compounded of
brute power, murder, hate, terror, lust and greed.
Mind of a cunning spy, and strong enough to fight
Captain Marvel Jr. toe to toe. Usually goes about
wearing a loose fitting soldier's uniform and a spiked
club. Possibly a member of Mr. Mind's Monster Society
Catman. In service of a cat-goddess
and brought back to life several times in an efforts
to kill Ibis but always results in his own death.
This mousy little crook used radio to organize criminals
and balk police. Able to broadcast in on the police
radio bands he could re-direct the cops as well as
broadcast over the radio, call-station letters C-R-I-M-E,
various criminal activities, all for a cut of course.
Meanwhile, the police and Bulletman were confounded
in their search for the Crime Czar by tracking down
his signal as it seemed to move from location to location.
Turns out, he broadcasted from a helicopter and ultimately
apprehended by the flying detectives.
Crux, Victor, Dr.: America's
Greatest Comics #7. Nazi spy specializing in smuggling
industrial secrets, worked for Friedrick Outz. Like
Marvel's Kingpin, he looked fat but his bulk actually
hid a lot of muscle. Stopped by Balbo.
Dark Angel: Spy Smasher #1. Sultry
Dean: 1942, America's Greatest
Comics #4. Recruits youthful offenders and teaches
them the ways of crime in his "Crime College." He's
revealed to be the lawyer of Max Mugg, who disguised
himself with lifts in his shoes and a rubber face
mask. Captured by Mr. Scarlet and Pinky.
Death Battalion:1941, America's
Greatest Comics #1. The villainous Brain engineers the escape of six of Mr. Scarlet's greatest foes,to form the Death Battalion and assassinate various American leaders. In addition to the Brain, the other members are
Dr. Death, the Ghost, Black Clown, Horned Hood, Laughing Skull, and the Black Thorn. They are all defeated by Mr. Scarlet and Pinky and unmask the Brain as being the prison warden Loomis.
1940, Slam-Bang Comics #3. Ameera is a
daughter of a sheik and when her father and people
are slain after venturing into a land ruled by Djinns,
she alone lives to flee into the jungles. She's pursued
by a scout Djinn but luckily runs into Lee Granger.
He and the talking lion Eric defeat the Djinn and
then prepare for a full fledged invasion through various
inventions by Granger. He's ultimately captured by
the Djinns and taken to their city high in the forbidden
mountains. Upon being rescued by Ameera and Eric,
he slays the Djinn leader. The Djinns are ugly green
skinned bat-winged beings but don't seem to have any
special powers other than flight.
1942, Spy Smasher, vol 9. Dr. Blizzard is a nazi scientist
who comes up with cold bombs which are delivered by
a white bomber, sending Key West Florida into a freak
snow storm for which American soldiers and military
bases are unprepared for. The plan is for the Japanese
to invade through the Aleutians while the Germans
gain a foothold coming up through Florida. However,
Dr. Blizzard is unprepared for a couple of things.
One being that the storm has given him a nasty cold.
The second is that Allan Armstrong, his fiancé
Eve Corby and her father Admiral Corby are vacationing
in Key West, which means Spy Smasher is on the case.
Dr. Blizzard wears a trench coat and fedora, coated
in ice and icesickles.
1944, Master Comics #54. This homely man hated beauty so much he became a gifted
plastic surgeon so that he could make beautiful people
hideous. Opposed by Bulletman and Bulletgirl.
Dr. Death: Whiz #2. Perfects
a way to bring back the dead but he needs radium so
he resorts to stealing it. Story uncovered by Scoop
Dr. Death:1941, America's Greatest
Comics #1. Dietrich Neumann, skull and crossbones
tattooed onto his forehead; a large man, strong and
skilled fighter. Fought Mr. Scarlet.
1940, Master Comics 1. Foe of Shipwreck Roberts
Dr. Eternity: Master #22. Nazi
agent and a hypno-therapist. Fought Captain Marvel
Dr. Hex: Captain Marvel Jr. #1;
Has a wand very similar to the Ibistick and is a self-professed
master of mystic malevolence. Stopped by Ibis.
Dr. Hookah: Whiz #57. A race
car driving fakir who uses black magic in an attempt
to win the Acme Sports Meet but runs afoul of Ibis.
NOTE The non-Fawcett
Golden-age hero Silver Streak received his powers
from a good fakir who had an interest in race cars,
but whose drivers kept getting killed.
1947, Captain Midnight Comics #50. On top
of a mountain, Dr. Pyrrho has mounted huge lens to
magnify and direct the sun's heat on the cities of
the Southwest, holding them for ransom for 10 million
dollars. Captain Midnight uses his sub-car (one that
digs through the Earth) to destroy Pyrrho's underground
Mountain lab and his "sun gun".
Dr. Riddle: Bulletman #5. Sort
of a macabre version of the Riddler. A hunchback psychopath
who provides the police with riddling clues to his
crimes. Stopped by Bulletman.
Master Comics 82. Famous sculptor Henry Gorgia went
mad one day and started destroying his sculptures,
thinking that he had somehow trapped the souls of
the subject inside and that would free them. Only
4 remain after his death and their sale is bringing
in lots of money for the Hadow Galleries. However,
a masked man called Dr. Weird starts smashing the
statues, claiming to free the souls trapped in the
sculptures as well as killing their new owners in
ways that mimic the subject of the sculptured bust
ie the owner of the Lincoln bust is shot, the owner
of the Caesar is stabbed. Bulletman and Bulletgirl
investigate and Dr. Weird dies in a boating crash
trying to fight/flee from them. Before he dies he
is unmasked as Edmund Hadow. The statues were fake
and he was sure that eventually that'd be uncovered
and ruin him so he made it look like the work of a
Dr. Yaki: Wow #40. Invented a
serum that turns men into giants. Stopped by Commando
The criminal known as the Dome escapes from prison
and starts hunting down dolls with blue dresses and
breaking them open. Bulletman and Bulletgirl pursue
him, trying to end this strange crime wave. Turns
out he had hidden a necklace in a doll before his
capture and is trying to find it again. The Dome's
head is super-hard. Really. Hard enough to knock Bulletman's
helmet off and stun him and able to receive lots of
punishment which is fortunate if you're going to tangle
with Bulletman and Bulletgirl.
1940, Slam-bang Comics #4. The Dragon,
a humanoid lizard-man, is head of a gang of Chinese
hatchetmen in Chinatown and kills one of two men who
run a hardware store in the town, the surviving partner
Jones fears for his life and detective and mystery
writer Jim Dolan investigates. Jim unmasks the Dragon
as the partner Jones who wanted to convert their store
to an opium den.
The Beu Brummel of criminal masterminds. Recurring
foe of Bulletman and Bulletgirl.
The Faker: 1943, Spysmasher #10. Playing
a bad round of golf, Alan Armstrong comes across a group of
Nazi saboteurs and fights them as Spysmasher, but not before
their weight challenged leader Herr von Strudel turns on his
strange machine that would send out a ray and smother the
engines of bombers flying overhead. Only his machine doesn't
work, it explodes stunning them. The spies escape, but the
leader is nicknamed the Faker by his men and the visiting
Inspector of Spies, because he talks a good game but too often
amounts to nothing. He takes the name to heart and starts
launching fake sabotage attempts in one location while pulling
off the real job somewhere else. His downfall comes from his
other namesake, his love of strudel. On the next job, he decides
to really pull the job he is alerting the authorities about,
and while investigating Spysmasher sees the tell-tale strudel
crumbs always on hand near the other victorious jobs and he
realizes the saboteurs are near-by. So, he fakes leaving in
order to draw them out and catches them easily. Sadly, Alan
Armstrong's golf game is not as easily fixed.
1945, Captain Marvel Adventures, vol 2, #42. An unscrupulous
photographer for the Peerless Photography Agency,
Slick is fired when it is revealed that he faked photos
of Captain Marvel's visit to St. Paul, Minnesota.
Wanting revenge, he steals a camera that takes pictures
hours into the future from a coworker and inventor
and hooks up with a local crime boss. Thanks to a
picture showing Captain Marvel being with the mayor
and most of the police at 5, they knock over a bank
at the same time, hoping to damage the good Captains
reputation along with getting some dough. However,
warned at 5 by a friend of the camera's inventor,
Captain Marvel is able to get clear across town just
a second later to bring it all, including the future
camera, to a smashing end.
Whiz #27. The legendary ghost captain fought Ibis.
Revealed to have lost his soul to Satan in a game
of dice, Captain von Falkenberg must deliver so many
souls a year or face even a worse fate. Only the tears
from a good woman who loves him will undo the curse
but the best he can hope for is pity as Taia uses
the Ibis stick to rob him of his undead life.
The Germ People:
April-July, 1941, Captain Marvel Adventures
#2. Sivana's latest scheme is to shrink Billy Batson/Captain
Marvel and throws him in a potted plant before he
shrinks down to microscopic size. Beautia happens
to come in and protests, so dear old dad shrinks her
too. In this world of giant plants and strange creatures,
Billy and Beautia meet up with a race that call themselves
the Germ People who revere Sivana who visits and teaches
them. Beautia is taken as a slave to the chief's wife,
while Billy is forced to fight for his life against
the chief's champion, a magician with a whistle given
by Sivana that summons all sorts of creatures. While
he as Captain Marvel defeats the creatures and turns
the tables on the chief and magician, Beautia finds
the potion that Sivana uses to grow himself after
his visits. Unfortunately for the Germ People, once
her normal size, Beautia sprays the potted plant with
some old fashioned germ killer.
Ghost:1941, America's Greatest
Comics #1. Val Lukovichis a warehouse worker and shot
through the head by thieves. He comes to and thinks
he's dead and thus his purpose is to kill the living.
He goes about in a white sheet strangling people until
he is stopped by Mr. Scarlet.
The Ghost Gun: 1942, Golden Arrow #1. This hooded villain terrorized rancher Riggs and his daughter Gerry to the point of him seeking help from the Golden Arrow. He tells the Golden Arrow that has three enemies, any of them could be the ghost: Pete who was a drunkard, Shifty who he caught trying to rob his safe, and Jimmy who was courting Gerry behind his back. Golden Arrow investigates and discovers the ghost is none other than Gerry who was in love with Jimmy and was trying to scare off any cowhands her father hired in order to force him to hire Jimmy back. By the way, Jimmy seems a fine upstanding young man, deserving of Gerry's love.
Ghost of the
Bell Tower: 1944, Captain Marvel Adventures
#40. John Larch was the bellringer of the western
town Chimeville, announcing births, deaths, weddings,
etc. He accidentally falls and dies from a broken
back, and subsequently buried at the base of the bell
tower. Later, Chimeville is plagued by mysterious
deaths and a "ghost" ringing the bell, announcing
each death. Billy Batson is sent by the radio station
to investigate and he comes across a strange and agile
hunchback claiming to be the ghost and seems to vanish
without a trace. Ultimately, Captain Marvel captures
and reveals the hunchback as Larch himself who had
gone mad when found buried alive and was killing off
those who buried him.
Ghost of the Deep:1941, America's
Greatest Comics #1. Al Spriggins, radio broadcaster
for W.T.E.L. kills the inventor of the invulnerable
Z-metal and steals the secret. He builds a suit of
armor which he hid under black robes and hood. After
a full-blown knock-down fight, Captain Marvel manages
to bust open the armor and capturing the Ghost.
Ghost of the
Don Winslow 52. Green skinned, yellow robed foe of
Don Winslow. Pic can be found
Ghost of Hamlet:
Bulletman 7. Jim Barr and Susan Kent are on vacation,
watching the filming of a comedy version of Hamlet.
Only his ghost rises up to strike down those making
the movie. Bulletman and Bulletgirl have their hands
full before they reveal it to be Thilby the research
expert on the picture. Thilby hated the producer Groman
and hoped to make the movie fail and replace him in
the studio. Thilby chose to shoot himself over letting
himself be captured.
1947, Wow Comics #58. Foe of Mr. Scarlet,
revealed to be one Adam Slink.
Gog & Magog: Two ancient
gigantic demons attempt to sow evil and take over
the world by destroying a peace conference. Although
disguised as statues during the day, Ibis suspects
them and ultimately turns them to real statues.
Golden Wasp: Spy Smasher #7.
Evil Green Hornet.
April, 1946 (?), Captain Marvel, Jr #37. In 1846,
a man is sent to prison for a 99 year sentence. While
there, he reads and studies every book on crime as
well as exercising and keeping his body in tip top
shape so that a century later, he is released from
prison having served his entire term. Armed with a
sword cane and having a long bushy graybeard he takes
over a gang and puts his prison education to work.
His crime wave brings him to the attention of Captain
Marvel Jr, but even Junior has trouble outsmarting
the old crime lord. In fact, at the end of #37, the
Graybeard was still on the loose.
The Green Devil:
1940, Slam-bang Comics #3. He looks like
his name, he's the gigantic ruler of Death Island
and Walking Dead Men. In addition to mastering magic,
he is also a master of science and inventions. Diamond
Jack's magic proves more powerful and the Green Devil
is ultimately turned into a book and his island is
Adam Grimm: Wow Comics #1. Bully
of Lincoln High and thorn in the flesh of Atom Blake
and Dusty Davis. Always looking out for himself, willing
to pick on others, and not willing to accept responsibility
of his actions. Reggie Mantle without the charm.
Grosso: 1941, Whiz #15. Frankenstein-like
monster and henchman for Spy Smasher's foe the Mask.
the Tomb: Whiz
Comics. In ancient Egypt, Pharaoh. En-Tep was a mighty
black magic sorcerer. When he died and was entombed,
the bones of his servants were placed in large clay
jars to ensure his rest would be undisturbed. When
his tomb is discovered and brought to America, his
servants come to life in pairs to kill the men responsible.
Ibis defeats them by destroying En-tep's mummy. With
nothing left to guard, the guardians return to dust.
Half-Man: 1941, Whiz Comics #22.
Mad-Eye Durrant recants: The Half-Man was a German
officer who was hit by a shell and lost his right
eye, his left leg and his right arm. After recovering
from his injuries, which removed him from the battle
lines, the man studied magic until, with the assistance
of a demon who demanded the sacrifice of a hero for
food, he became an adept sorcerer in his own right.
He succeeded in robbing Prince Taia of her memory
and she wandered behind enemy lines carrying the magic
wand known as the Ibistick. Eventually, she regained
her memory, but by that time her lover Prince Ibis
was trying to escape from the clutches of the monocled
Half-Man. After several adventures involving the Half-Man
and his magic, which was stifling the Ibistick's power,
Prince Ibis restored the Half-Man to his full strength
and health. Repentant, the Half-Man used his magic
to return Ibis and Taia to America.
1943, Master Comics 38. Sexy female agent, ace spy
of the Gestapo. At some points she actually wears
a costume: green dress with a small cutaway on the
chest, golden belt and cowl that allows her dark hair
to still curl around her shoulders. Opposed by Minute
Hawk: Master #22. Godfrey Bun
put on a bizarre costume that allowed him to fly:
a cape, clawed gloves, a gargoyle mask, and bat wings.
Not good enough against Minute Man.
1949, Marvel Family (33?): A thin woman who
happens to be a ruthless criminal mastermind. So ruthless,
she killed off her whole gang just so's not to share
the loot. However, this kinda makes other criminals
not want to work for her. So she teams up with Georgia
Sivana, combining the Sivana daughter's goal with
being Princess of Earth with her own goal to be the
World's Wealthiest Woman. However, you cannot have
two leaders and this team-up was doomed as eventually
the two got to fighting over who was the best allowing
Mary Marvel to capture them and put them in jail.
Besides her thin angled features, she further mimics
her name-sake by having a tendency to cackle. She
is also a genius with gases.
Hooded Bandits: 1940, Master
Comics #4. A large group of hooded and robed men with
silenced guns and golden bullets attack several government
arsenals and make off with tanks and guns and such.
The government is in a panic, a prominent banker offers
a huge reward and Master Man decides to investigate.
One of the bandits is captured by the FBI and the
bandit army stops at nothing in trying to silence
him, from assination by rifle and an attack by airplane
with bombs. Master Man stops them all and tracks the
group to a tunnels in the hills of Kentucky leading
to a massive underground lair. They manage to slow
him down and launch an assault on Fort Knox but Master
Man stops them from successfully escaping to flee
to a foreign nation. The leader of the group stands
revealed as the banker that offered the reward.
Horned Hood:1941, America's Greatest
Comics #1. Joe Mallone, an enforcer who wore a devil
costume and a lead-cored thorny club. Stopped by Mr.
Whiz Comics 50. On a mountain lives a hermit, and
this mountain is the source of mysterious disappearances
of several new models of fighter planes. Spy Smasher
investigates and uncovers the secret of the mountain
and its hermit... Horrido a large muscular Japanese
spy and a wind tunnel that sucks in planes for the
capture in a base hidden inside of the mountain. Spy
Smasher has several close calls in trying to put an
end to Horrido once and for all.
1940, Wow Comics #4. Foe of Mr. Scarlet and
Hunchback: Xmas Comics #1. Up
and coming actor Dennis Mills drinks a little too
much and cripples himself. Eventually goes insane
over the loss of his fame and disguises himself as
a hunchback and haunts film studios. When they continue
filming he becomes a murderer until stopped by Bulletman.
Hydra: All-Hero #1. John Oberon
is able to turn into the Greek monster Hydra. Opposed
The Hydra II:
1945, Captain Marvel Adventures, vol 2, #42.
In his war against Captain Marvel, Mr. Mind creates
a monstrous body with a human head. Only the human
head turns out to be an imbecile so Mr. Mind decides
to kill his monster. When he chops the head off, it
not only grows back but a dog's head does as well.
Deciding such a creature could be useful, he takes
it to steal some weapon plans. Losing and gaining
more heads in battle with Captain Marvel and the police,
the beast is finally defeated when Captain Marvel
feeds it some raw meat and the various heads attack
each other over it.
Captain Marvel Adventures #8. Petty crook Stinky Printwhistle
shouts the name Ibac (Ivan
the Terrible, Borgia,
Attila the Hun,
Caligula) and green
flames blaze up transforming him into the muscular
villain of the same name. Also served with Mr. Mind's
Monster Society of Evil.
Illyria: Minute Man Dime Action
Book. Nazi spy mistress seduces top-ranking officials
for their secrets through the power of pheromones.
Invisible Man:1941, America's
Greatest Comics #1. Ben Leighton creates suit which
grants him the power of invisibility. However, in
low light, it doesn't seem to work and he's captured
by Bulletman and Bulletgirl.
Jap Devil Dragon: 1942, Spy Smasher
#7. A large reptilian dragon, large enough to wipe
out a destroyer and demolish a city while laughing
off Allied planes. The dragon's breath even stalls
out Spy Smasher's incredible gyro-sub (part submarine,
part plane). He suspects something fishy as the dragon
seems to be fighting for the Japanese and he leads
it and a Japanese division into a mine-field, blowing
both to kingdom come. The dragon is then revealed
as being just a huge mechanical monster.
Jumbo: 1947, Captain Marvel, Jr. v8 no48. Jumbo is an incredibly large white sperm whale and lord of his domain. To the point that he purposely attacks and sinks merchant ships in the area. Captain Marvel, Jr. gets involved in order to rescue the sailors and has to tussle with Jumbo. After defeating Jumbo, Captain Marvel, Jr. uses his "tremendous intellect" that "enables him to decipher the sound vibrations of Jumbo... and translate them into language" to get Jumbo's side of the story. He arranges for the merchant ships whenever in Jumbo's domain to drop food over in tribute to the undersea king.
Slam-bang Comics #4. The Evil god of an Eastern temple,
it turns out his eye jewel is the diamond used by
Diamond Jack to fight evil. His believers seek to
capture Diamond Jack and retrieve the "eye".
When Jack takes the battle to the temple and the believers,
the bronze statue of the god Khor is brought to life
to strike him down. Jack's magic has no direct effect
on the god, but he reasons that snuffing out the brazier
used to bring it to life will render it lifeless.
It does and as the falling statue crushes the priest
that brought it to life.
King Kull: 1951, Captain Marvel
Adventures #125. In the ancient past Kull and his
race ruled over humans. However, they were only a
few and humans were many and they raised up and overthrew
their masters. Kull was cast into suspended animation
and arose in the late 40's the last of his kind. He
started anew plans for the subjugation of the human
race. Interestingly, he had a rivalry with Dr. Sivana
who didn't lke to concede that anyone could be as
smart as him.
King of Darkness:
1947, Whiz Comics 84. Dating back to prehistoric man,
The King of Darkness is the living embodiment of man's
ancient fear and terror of the night, for at night
he would leave his dark realm that exists below this
one and prey on mankind. This bogeyman was a death-head
villain all robed in white and only had one fear,
one hatred himself, that of the light. He was defeated
by Ibis, who used his Ibis stick to banish the King
from the realm of darkness and he was consumed by
King of the
Fishmen: 1948, Whiz Comics 100. A millennia
ago, a race of fishmen terrorized the Earth and were
cast down by the gods. The king however was immortal,
and so he was struck and thrown into a pool where
he was trapped until someone would help him escape.
The help comes from a young lad skipping school and
decides to fish at the Forbidden Pool as no one would
look for him there. Passing by, Ibis and Taia hear
his screams as he's attacked by the immortal. Recognizing
his foe, Ibis and Taia put up a valiant fight, but
the Fishman gets ahold of the Ibistick and pronounces
a doom upon by the two, to be struck down by the fist
of Jove. As per the magic of the Ibistick, the fist
instead strikes him down and he's taken back to the
pool. The King of the Fisherman had the head and tentacles
of an octopus but the torso and legs of a man and
he could control fish.
King of Villains: see Count
Storm von Kloud under
Kruger, Daniel, Dr.:1940, Wow
#1. A mad scientist with a scheme only a mad scientist
could love. No, not dolphins with lasers. He has perfected
a way of turning men into human vultures: bird-like
heads, feathers, clawed hands and possessing superhuman
strength. He operates out of Terror Valley, but his
lab, sanitarium, inhuman army and plans of world dominion
are washed away when Diamond Jack destroys the dam.
NOTE: Apparently the previous information claiming
the vulture men were merely hypnotized men with costumes
on was erroneous unless the good doctor and his monster
men made another appearance where this was revealed.
Wow Comics? Anthony Durrant tells us: He was a ruthless
extortioner who masterminded a plot to blow up the
Yangtze dam in order to extort money from the Chinese
government. It was "a swell racket" until he was apprehended
by Commando Yank and unmasked as Louie the Lug, an
1947, Wow Comics
#57. Mr. Durrant writes: The Lady Killer was the widow
of the mobster Blacky Zach, who was murdered by his
three henchmen whom he had double-crossed by hiding
stolen jewels in canned cherries in the basement of
his house. Murdering Tom Gordy - the first of the
three henchmen - she assumed his identity and began
searching the house - which was now a boarding house
run by Miss Prim, the former secretary of the hero
Mr. Scarlet, who was staying there under his real
identity, and was able to kill off Max Moore and Bart
Benton, the other two henchmen. Eventually Mr. Scarlet's
sidekick Pinky and Miss Prim's ward Abigail found
the jewels in the basement where Mr. Zach had hidden
them and the Lady Killer was exposed and apprehended
by Abigail herself, who used the $5000 dollar reward
for the recovery of the jewels to pay for her education.
According to Comics.org, Abigail also donned a red
costume and became an unofficial partner to Mr. Scarlet
and Pinky. Not sure how Miss Prim relates to Miss
Wade, Mr. Scarlet's longtime secretary.
Laughing Skull:1941, America's
Greatest Comics #1. John Dodd, former banker/embezzler,
pretty much goes over the bend. He puts on a skull
mask and white robes and kills people associated with
banking often by burying them alive under tombstones
with rhyming epitaphs. At least until he ran into
Limping Mummy: X-Mas Comics #1.
Jason Hilder, editor for the New York Times, decides
to become the Limping Mummy until stopped by Bulletman.
Whiz Comics 50. You have to give Ibis credit, he doesn't
go after the easy villains.Yes, this is that Loki,
who apparently Ibis crossed paths with at least once
before as Loki calls him his "ancient enemy."
However, since then, Loki's been imprisoned in ice
in the far north with the wolf Fenris and the serpent
Iormungandr. Their ice encased bodies are found and
ultimately find their way into a circus where they
are used as a side show. Loki's mind takes over another's
and has him smash the refrigeration apparatus that
was keeping him on ice but Ibis' magical Ibistick
had already drawn him and Taia there. The two are
evenly matched, their respective magics unable to
conquer the other so Loki flees with the beautiful
Taia. Ibis follows them to a mighty tower and calls
forth the one being capable of stopping Loki, Thor,
the god of thunder.
Master Comics (Fawcett). Captain John Baker travels
to the South Seas island Parro where a great pearl
is kept. However, Henry Lomac escapes with it and
a giant slave, Wittak, who he claims is the strongest
man in the world but leaves Baker behind claiming
he died at sea. In reality the natives captured Captain
John and will kill him if itıs not returned before
a year is up, driving the manıs wife to attempt stealing
the pearl and then bringing in her husbandıs old friend
Zoro, the mystery man. Zoro manages to defeat Wittak
and return both the slave and pearl to the island
and freeing Captain Baker while Lomac and his crew
Mad Medicine Man: 1942, Golden Arrow #1. The medicine man of Chief Standing Bear's tribe desires to kill him and his son so that he can take over the tribe. Thinking they are beset by evil spirits, he sends for his friend, the Golden Arrow. The Golden Arrow uncovers the medicine man's plot when he fails to poison them all with a peace pipe and helps prevent war from breaking out between them and the white man. When his clothes are caught on fire, the medicine man leaps off a cliff into a gorge to certain doom.
1953, Marvel Family #79. The wizard Shazam had stopped
the Mad Mummy in ancient Egypt, sealing the murderous
underworld being in a tomb and then dropping the tomb
into the ocean. However, clues to the location were
discovered b archaeologists and the Marvels innocently
retrieved the pyramid from the depths and the Mad
Mummy was let loose on civilization once more. With
his Horn of Horus, he was able to call forth demons
and mummies to fight the Marvel family. Eventually
the heroes overcame him and took him back to Shazam
who re-imprisoned him in a new pyramid dropped again
into the deepest depths of the ocean.
Man in the Iron Mask: Spy Smasher
#4; Spy Smasher foe. The greatest classical musician
in Germany one day failed to salute Hitler. For his
disrespect an iron mask is welded shut over his head.
He is sent to America to carry out acts of sabotage
and if he ever brings Hitler the head of Spy Smasher,
the mask will be removed (Ok. Dont know why
he wouldnt just hire someoneover here to remove
it for him..). He first clashes with Spy Smasher when
he sets out to prevent the conversion of an old castle
into Fort Corby.
The Mask: 1940, Whiz #2-15. Foreign
master spy and first major villain of Spy Smasher.
Even was able to briefly turn him evil and have him
fight Captain Marvel.
The Mask II: 1941, Wow Comics
#7. A red masked criminal has the circus folks of
the Farnum circus commiting crimes. When Mr. Scarlet
intervenes he is confused when both he and Pinky try
to chase the villain down in two different areas of
the circus. He manages to ultimately unmask the Mask
as the siamese twins, who had an operation that separated
them though left their inside legs a bit shorter than
Wow Comics #17. In his atom-smashing laboratory, Dr.
Carlson has succeeded in changing lead into gold.
But, being a true scientist not concerned with material
wealth he just throws it out the window into the hands
of down on their luck passerbys, Brian Butler and
Pinky (alias Mr. Scarlet and Pinky for those not in
the know). Well, Carlson is human in one respect,
he calls Rex Midaz the miser to gloat seeing as how
Midaz once refused to fund his experiments. Well,
that's enough to get Midaz after the formula and to
set Mr. Scarlet and Pinky after Midaz. Ultimately,
Midaz' own greed does him in as well as destroying
the only copy of the formula. But, Carlson doesn't
mind, he succeeded in making copper from cement, something
more valuable to the war effort. The heroes turn the
gold over to the government and Brian Butler and Pinky
are broke once more.
Mr. Alias: Marvel Family #90
(An unpublished, synopsis in Best of Alter Ego) Plastic
Man-like powers and an earthquake gun, goes up against
the Marvel Family.
Mr. Atom: 1947, Captain Marvel
Adventures #78. Giant atomic robot.
1940, Wow Comics #4. Secretly Dr. Jelke. Foe
of Mr. Scarlet and Pinky.
1942, Bulletman Comics #8. Well-dressed and intelligent
gangleader with more than a small bit of arrogance.
Not only are his crimes well-thought out, but he also
invites the police to stop him, telling them the actual
crime he plans on committing. Stopped by that dynamic
duo Bulletman and Bulletgirl.
Mr. Green & Greeny: Wow #28.
Evil Green Arrow, but basically extortionists. Mr.
Green is a bowman with only trick arrow being a flaming
arrow. He's really a butler to Mr. Archibald Greene
whom he tries to set up; Greeny is not an archer but
the standard gun wielding henchman.
NOTE: It should be noted that the Arrow
(both a Centaur hero and Superman villain), Golden
Arrow, Green Arrow, and Mr. Green all owe their popularity
to the mystery novel THE GREEN ARCHER by Edgar Wallace
which probably explains lots in regards to the initials
and color choices.
Mr. H: 1941, Master Comics 7
(Identity revealed in issue 20). Masked criminal mastermind
and recurring foe of the Devil's Dagger. Is secretly
Holfax, a reporter and co-worker of Ken Wyman, the
1942, Captain Marvel Jr. #1?Foe of Captain Marvel
Mr. Mind: About the most unlikely
supervillain he first appeared in "The Monster Society
of Evil," a 25-part serial published 1943-1945. "The
most evil mind in the universe," Mister Mind is an
alien worm in glasses capable of mentally controlling
others and bent on world domination. When the serial
started, it had not been decided that Mr. Mind was
Mr. Murder: Bulletman Dime Action
Mr. Power: Marvel Family #26.
Becomes bigger and stronger the more he is hit.
Master Comics. Masked crime boss running all of the
vice in the city. Captured by Bulletman and Bulletgirl
when a letter reveals him to be Police Commissioner
Mr. Skeleton: 1941, America's
Greatest Comics #1. A ten-foot corpse-like monster
with a skull face who kidnaps Army leaders and kills
them leaving only skeletons behind. Minute-Man manages
to bust him into pieces.
Monster Society of Evil: Mr.
Mind (leader), Dr. Sivana, Ibac, Captain Nazi, Captain
Nippon, Nippo, Jeepers Creepers: a bat creature),
Herkimer & Sylvester (crocodile men), Mr. Banjo.
Murder Prophet: Bulletman #5.
Carries out his own evil prophecies.
1948, Mary Marvel 24. Mary Marvel foe.
1946, Captain Marvel Adventures 61. Oggar is
an immortal spirit in a mortal body (though one equal
of Captain Marvel's). 3000 years ago, he was a pupil
of the wizard Shazam and learned many mighty magic
spells before Shazam discovered his evil nature. Like
other great men and gods, he once was part of Shazam's
pantheon rendering his name Shazamo. He was cursed
by Shazam in a couple of ways: he could only use a
spell one time and he had cloven hooves on his feet
so he might be recognized as the evil god he was.
He used his hooves to bind men to his "Cult of
the Curse." If they left his service, they were
driven mad. He comes to the present day to re-establish
ancient Egypt and Greece and his curse. Unfortunately,
he only gets 4 men to join him, all lunatics thinking
they are: Samson, Nero, Napoleon, and Julius Caesar.
Across 6 chapters and issues, Captain Marvel stymies
him from further recruits while trying to find the
one mortal weakness Oggar possesses..
Okoro: Whiz Comics #7. Medicine
man of the white indian tribe of the Blancas in Brazil,
he fears the popularity of Dr. Hal Carey aka Dr. Voodoo
and tries to kill him.
The Phantom: 1942, America's
Greatest Comics #5. The Phantom fought Mr. Scarlet
and Pinky and apparently perished in this one outing
in the case of "The Phantom of Marston Manor".
His real identity was Formes.
Axe Murderer: 1940,
Slam-Bang #1 (Fawcett). We don't get the full details,
it's one of many unsolved cases that is mentioned
as being ultimately solved and turned into a story
for DARING DETECTIVE MAGAZINE by Jim Dolan, hard hitting
writer and editor, which helps earn him the respect
and co-operation of the police force.
Pied Piper of Himmler: 1942,
Captain Marvel Jr. #2. Foe of Captain Marvel Jr.
The Plotter: 1942, America's
Greatest Comics #5. "A writer's mind, once filled
with hope, snaps under a telling strain of discouragement!
And the Ploter, crime's cleverest criminal, is born
the vengeful spawn of frustration and despair!" For
a while, this unnamed would-be writer lives up to
the build-up, scripting letter-perfect crimes to the
chagrin of the police. However, his crime spree is
stopped by Bulletman and Bulletgirl who captures his
gang. He dies while trying to escape, falling into
a burning furnace at a steel plant.
Anthony Durrant says: Professor D was a madman whose
physical appearance was that of a small, mild-mannered
man with a bald head and glasses. Apparently, he had
encountered Bulletman and Bulletgirl on an earlier
case. This time, the Professor allowed himself to
be arrested and jailed so that he could free all the
inmates from the prison and lead them on a rampage
of theft and murder. In the end, his plans were foiled
by Bulletman and Bulletgirl, and he did when he jumped
onto a conveyor belt to retrieve some stolen jewels
and was crushed to death.
Queen of Spies:
1953, Captain Marvel Adventures 147. Delura is the
sexy Queen of Spies for the Communists, out to get
a fantastic invention that a Tibetan was going to
give to America. Luckily, Captain Marvel was around
to stop her.
1942, Whiz Comics (25?). Rameses (sic) is the
resurrected cadaverous mummy, no covered in white
strips of cloth for this mummy, giving him a rather
chilling look. Defeated once by Ibis and his people
turned against him (presumably recounted in issue
25), Rameses descends to beseech the nether gods for
help. First he binds the terrible sphinx to his cause
by correctly answering her riddle and her friends
and gods Bes (mostly human looking with long lanky
arms) and Khor (an alligator god). Ibis easily defeats
Khor and answers a harder riddle and thus commands
the Sphinx to fight Bes. Rameses escapes by diving
into the underground Waters of Death where even the
gods fear to go. Ibis reasons that since he too has
died and come back to life like Rameses, he hasn't
much to fear. Still he uses a boat made by the marvelous
Ibistick to further pursue his foe and face unknown
dangers in the following issue..
1943, Master Comics 41. Ransome Trappe, a rat-faced
con was in prison developing something he called the
crime catcher when he was suddenly paroled. He snuck
back into prison to steal his invention and then set
out to catch his one time fellow crooks for the reward
(his device is a big electrical gun that shocks them
into submission). However, when Bulletman & Bulletgirl
apprehend one of his bounties, he decides to turn
the tables on them and catch them for a reward. All
it ultimately does is land him back in prison.
The Red Crusher:
1952, Captain Marvel Adventures #139. North Korean
yellow menace monster-man and foe of Captain Marvel.
Winter 1941, Spy Smasher #2. Graduating from
the Red Skull School of Villainy,
from country to country, the Red Death and his gang
wreak havoc for the Fatherland. He starts in the U.S.
by killing a prominent general at a meeting among
various military leaders and matches wits against
Spy Smasher. He is apparently killed when the gas
globes containing his deadly gas are broken while
they are fighting the hero. Spy Smasher escapes, but
their plane crashes into the waters overlooked by
the Statue of Liberty.
The Red Vulture:
1952, Marvel Family 78. The Red Vulture used his star-shaped
space station to fight American forces for the Koreans.
It was destroyed and he was defeated by the Marvel
Terrible: 1943, Master Comics 38. A plump
crook with a bulbous red nose that would suggest a
life as a clown more than a crook. Not only that,
as a criminal heıs a flop, inadvertantly doing good
despite his worst intentions. Opposed more or less
by Bulletman and Bulletgirl.
Revenge Syndicate: Bulletman
#7. A trio of Bulletman foes: the Black Rat, the Murder
Prophet, the Weeper
Sabbac: Gained his powers from
Asmodeus and Crateis.
Satyr: Marvel Family #90 (unpublished,
synopsis in Best of Alter Ego) An evil incarnation
of the god Pan that faces the Marvel Family.
Shadow that Walks: Captain Marvel,
Jr. #1. Beautiful stage ventriloquist Yvonne Sergo
learned of a hidden fortune in the walls of the Dumont
Family estate. She uses her talking shadow act to
become a murderous shadow villain, hoping to keep
everyone away from the estate until she finds the
Whiz Comics/Don Winslow. Here's an interesting case
study. Singapore Sal is a modern day sexy lady pirate.
And unlike most villains of the time, she doesn't
have one hero that she be-devils but 2. One is the
sea-faring adventurer of Whiz Comics, Lance O'Casey,
appearing at least as early as 1949. The other is
the long running Don Winslow, also apparently in the
late '40s but I can't nail down the exact date. Fawcett
didn't own Don Winslow, though at the time he was
licensed by them and they produced new stories by
him (his prior appearances at other companies reprinted
his newspaper strip adventures). So, not entirely
sure which character she started out as a villain
for before jumping ship to another strip. A quick
search on the GCD also reveals what I assume is a
completely different Singapore Sal that fought the
adventurer Steve Conrad in 1940 at Adventure Comics
as well as referencing an old movie (one copy in existance)
based on an obscure story.
1947, Captain Marvel Adventures vol 13, #75. Toy repairman
Uriah Slumboor has perfected a device that allows
him to transmit dreams. He targets young Danny Jordan
and through a dream of a "shining knight"
and treasure, gets him to rob a bank. Unfortunately
for him, Danny is a member of the Captain Marvel Fan
Club, and Captain Marvel with the help of the other
members capture this dream transmitter.
1947, Whiz Comics Vol. 15, # 89. This villain
wore a hairy black suit and invented a gun that fires
a liquid plastic that becomes a sticky thread which
he used to bind his villains as well as create giant
webs. His first crime was to hijack the plane carrying
gold for Fort Knox but he was foiled by Captain Marvel
who saved the gold and captured his henchmen. He then
embarked on a crime spree but was eventually brought
to justice by Captain Marvel.
Spider Men: April-July,
1941, Captain Marvel Adventures #2. Invading Earth
from Mars, the Spider Men look like large 4 limbed
beetles only about 12 feet tall. As Captain Marvel
fights this invading force, he discovers they aren't
truly alive but mechanical robots. So, he travels
to Mars to fight the human looking ruler there, exacting
a promise never to invade again. He then returns to
Earth to wipe up the remaining robots.
Spider People: 1940, Nickel Comics #5. Captain
Venture and the Planet Princess investigate a strange
unknown planet on the outskirts of the solar system.
While the planet seems dark approaching from space,
it is incredibly lit up by the luminous undersides
of heavy cloud cover. Here they discover two dangers,
a giant 3 headed dinosaur type beast that regrows
its heads hydra-like if one is destroyed, and a race
of giant intelligent spiders. Captured by them, the
leader reveals plans to transplant a couple of Spider-brains
and convert them to spies so that they can conquer
humans. Panicking, Princess breaks down and in a bid
to save her life reveals that there's a device on
their space-ship that can help and she'll show it
to them. The ruler accompanies her back, where she
tricks him into touching the power-battery to the
ship and electrocuting himself. Meanwhile, Venture
breaks his bonds and escapes by crafting a web-parachute,
building a fire and then floating away on the heated
1942, Whiz Comics #26. A professional knife-thrower
dressed as a gypsy and with a hatred of America since
they put him away for some years for a murder. He
now works as a spy, assassin and saboteur for a foreign
agent named Musso. Hired to kill Spy Smasher, he is
at a masked ball and kills Ferdie who had shown up
in a Spy Smasher costume and was Alan Armstrong's
chief rival for Eve Corby's attentions. Angelo used
the pirate knife from Alan's costume to divert suspicion,
so that while he killed the wrong Spy Smasher he still
succeeded in putting Spy Smasher out of action. However,
Spy Smasher managed to catch both Angelo and Musso
and clear the good name of his alter-ego with a little
help from his fiance Eve.
Stone: Anthony Durrant writes: This malevolent
monster was a sculptress who had her models cover
their faces with a cream that caused them to age rapidly,
turning into old hags right in front of other people,
while allegedly sculpting a series of busts of the
nation's most beautiful women. She was stopped by
Minute Man, who revealed that she was actually a man,
a madman who had declared war on beauty after being
rejected by a famous beauty after proposing marriage
to her! His real name was never revealed in the story.
Winslow 50. This ultra-thin villain was a foe of Don
Winslow. Pic can be found
Sun Man: Wow #30. Weather man
Bernie Zunn uses mirrors to concentrate the sun's
rays to give his victims sunstroke. When fighting,
he uses trick mirrors to blind and burn his opponents.
Stopped by Mr. Scarlet.
Tarantula: Black garbed foe with
a web gun. Captured by Captain Marvel. Possibly Spider-man
Teantee: 1941, Wow Comics #7.
Teantee.. TNT, get it? Ha ha. Anyways, this beautiful
woman agent helped undermine, Poland, Norway, and
France when her latest assignment sent her to a Japanese
base in Asia to help rid them of a nearby American
airbase. Unfortunately, this base happened to be where
young Mickey Malone worked as a grease monkey and
flew the skies as the Phantom Eagle. Miss Teantee
was last seen running into a burning field for the
planes. Don't know if she ever returned to try to
topple more governments.
1953, Captain Marvel Adventures #150. Foe of the Captain
Thief of Arts: Master #63. M.
Tupay, art galley owner turned thief arms himself
with an electrified sword-cane and fights Bulletman.
Winter 1941, Spy Smasher #2.. Blonde Nazi
agent, wears a sleeveless tiger-striped tunic. An
international spy, the sexy Tigress aims to to kill
and replace senators in order to squelch a South American
fortification bill. Spy Smasher is on the case when
he witnesses the murder of one senator and then later
sees him alive. Captured, Ludwig, her top agent and
assassin, impersonates Spy Smasher himself in order
to get to Admiral Colby, but Spy Smasher escapes and
manages to capture the Tigress. Ludwig is mistakenly
killed by the Tigress. In addition to her agents,
the Tigress also keeps two man-eating tigers on hand.
1949, Captain Marvel Adventures #97 (text story).
Thief from the year 5000 AD used a time ship to rob
and loot through the ages since the police of his
own time were too vigilant. However, he made a mistake
when he set himself up against Jon Jarl who managed
to turn his own time machine against him and capture
the time bandit.
1953, Marvel Family 80. Not just any Yellow Peril
Communist menace, Tong proclaims himself to be the
greatest conqueror since Genghis Khan. And to that
end he used a disembodied human brain called "The
Great Red Brain." Not that it was colored red,
but a Communist. No subtlety here. Tong and the Great
Red Brain fought against American forces in the Korean
War before the brain was destroyed by the Marvel Family
and apparently killing him. However, he did eventurally
return to bedevil the Marvels again a few issues later.
1940, Whiz #2. Indian con man uses his mysticism knowledge
to steal fortunes from people all over the world until
stopped by Ibis.
Whiz Comics. Evil tyrant from Prince Ibis' time, his
mummy is uncovered by Professor Rankin along with
some seeds that were still good centuries later. Consumed
by curiosity, Rankin grinds them up into a solution
and feeds them to the mummy. Tut-Ankor comes to life
and bedevils Ibis once again. However, he and other
mummies he revived are no match for the power of the
Ibistick. They are killed while he finds the seeds
did more than just bring him back. They made him plantlike
and when fleeing across rich soil of a potted plant
he takes root.
Master Comics. Robed and hooded thief that
forces young boys to steal for him as well as controlling
his own gang of thugs and rough necks. He and the
gang are captured by the magician El Carim.
Master Comics #32. A long haired somber gent dressed
somberly in a suit and string bow-tie may look like
your idea of a friendly undertaker but is actually
a paid killer working for the mysterious Mr. Z. Even
managed to get both Bulletman and Bulletgirl into
a pair of coffins. A pity for him they werenıt dead
Master Comics. The cunning dwarf Nosey, Herbert the
ape, and the hulking Brutus with the strength of 20
are the Unholy Three and under the command of J. Twiddley
Fairchild, a long-hair professor type. They went up
against Bulletman and Bulletgirl a couple of times.
During a prison break, Fairchild is shot and killed
(Master Comics 18, 1941) making the three just three.
Professor Van Ish: Wow #30. Is
able to reach into mirrors by use of the Z-ray. He
can then reach out from the other side of a mirror
to rob. The mirror world is maddening: a Wonderland
world of talking flowers and playing card kings and
queens. Plus, powers work backwards, ie you fly backwards
to go forwards, and hit lightly to knock out the bad
1942, Wow Comics 6. The disembodied voice of the master
villain directed his gang of thieves in daring robberies
and crashes of subway cars. Revealed by Mr. Scarlet
and Pinky to by the president of the subway Mr. Stimson
who was broke and used small 2-way radios concealed
in gang members pockets. Anthony Durrant writes to
me of another Voice that fought Mr. Scarlet in a remarkably
similar sounding story only the Voice was revealed
to be a Mr. Seymour. Don't know if one was a reprint
of the other only with the name changed or a completely
redone and retelling of the other story or even which
one was the first Voice.
Baron Von Gatz:
Captain Midnight #3 (1942?). Head of a Nazi spy ring
in America, he sets out to steal a prototype of a
large glider that Captain Albright (Captain Midnight).
In addition to being an all-around bad guy, he's capable
enough to go toe -to-toe against the hero and give
him a hard time. Since he wears something that passes
for a costume,
thought to include him here.
von Kloud: 1943,
Captain Midnight #14. Billed as "The King of Villains",
he gave Captain Midnight an epic fight across several
chapters in issue 14. He would reappear at least once
more in issue 47, December 1946. This bald Prussian Count is a German patriot but not a fan of the Nazis. Thus, he is willing to come up with incredible inventions but not to actively fight. At least not until a Gestapo agent appeals to his vanity, saying that Germany could win the War if not for the actions of Captain Midnight and that a man of von Kloud's reputation could easily beat Midnight. He sets out to do just that. Von Kloud has trained eagles, an eagle plane and his clever mind and inventions such as a machine that makes tidal waves. He also has a thing for changing his white gloves every time they are soiled if even from just slapping one perceived as an inferior.
Vultura: Master #50. Queen ruler
of a renegade band of Arabian outlaws and protected
bya giant gorilla named Satan. Fought Nyoka. Also
appeared in the movie serial PERILS OF NYOKA.
The Waxer: Nobody appreciates
an artist. At least not Bulletman. The obviously insane
Waxer ties his victims to a huge turntable and records
their dying screams as the equally huge recording
needle drops on them while they spin at 78 rpm.
The Weeper: Despite his tears,
the Weeper is capable of the most brutal of murders.
He wears an opera cape and top hat, and carries a
walking stick and gas bombs. Fought Bulletman.
The Weeper II: Mary Marvel #8.
At some point, the Weeper died and was replaced by
his son. He teams up with Dr. Riddle and the duo tangles
with Mary Marvel and Bulletgirl.
Were-tiger: Monstrous foe of
Wildman of the Jungles: 1952, Nyoka, the Jungle Girl v12 no68. This wildman was discovered by the elderly Ted Harper. Incredibly strong, he goes back to the States where Harper educates him and makes him a strongman, the star performer of his circus. While Nyoka and her fiance Larry are visiting the circus while it's in Africa, there's an accident that gives the strongman amnesia through a blow on the head. He goes beserk in trying to get back to the jungles. Eventually, his memory is restored, in time to rescue Nyoka by fighting a couple of gorillas mano y mano.
He wore the traditional strongman suit of a leopard skin, bracelets and boot-like sandals.
Wing Po: Chinese mandarin and
commands a ship complete with followers in the Tropics.
Stopped by Dave Dean
1940, Slam-Bang #1
(Fawcett). Not given a name beyond the description,
this old hag has the powers of a witch thanks to a
book of spells. When Diamond Jack proves too tough
for a group of thugs, they go to the witch and ask
her to handle him. She seems to have heard of Jack
and she summons a smoke-demon to seek out and destroy
him, but Jack is able to dispatch the demon. He disguises
himself as the demon and confronts the witch. He spares
her but changes her book to a cookbook, "1000
Ways to Cook Spinach" and then heads out to capture
The Witch II: 1946, Master Comics
#73. Not really named, on Halloween this stereotypically
garbed witch goes on a murdering spree apparently
killing by mystic means (but revealed to be all too
normal devious tricks). She's revealed to be a he,
an escaped mental patient and crackpot inventor named
Bentley who claimed to have invented the airplane
and is killing off the members of the A.B.C. and D
Aircraft Company whom he thinks stole the idea. His
broom is jet propelled though.
The Witch III:
1949, Master Comics 99. 300 years ago, Ebenezer Brewster
captured a witch and put her to death, but not before
she swore that her daughter would gain vengeance on
his descendents. Sure enough, a young woman attempts
to do so through her poisonous witch's brew. She is
stopped by Captain Marvel Jr. but falls into a lake
and apparently drowns.
Wizzo the Wizard:
1952, Captain Marvel Adventures 139. In order to graduate
from the School of Black Magicians, the devilishly
dapper Wizzo animates a reflection of Captain Marvel
to create Niatpac Levram, (he also talks backwards)
and uses him to terrorize the city and bother Captain