Highwayman: 1948, All-American Western #104 (All-American Publishing/DC).
In the Old West, a mysterious costumed mask man is robbing
stage coaches and payrolls. He even manages to outfight Lt.
Dan Foley of the Fighting 5th who had been sent to investigate.
Eventually Foley and his Indian guide and friend Wingfoot
manage to capture the masked man and he stands revealed as
transplanted Englishman and rancher Reginald Torbin who was
emulating his ancestor Dick Torbin, the famous highwayman.
His downfall was in part to carrying the emulation too far
in wearing an identical costume as the one of Dick’s in a
portrait hanging in his home that Foley had seen while meeting
with the rancher.
Tigress: 1938, Action Comics #1 (DC).
Sexy and dangerous master criminal and foe of the magician
Zatara. Even in this adventure, they already had met at least
once before. While she had a penchant for tight striped tops,
she didn't wear a costume as such, a red headband, black &
yellow top and blue skirt. She isn't above manhandling the
hero, and is the leader of a gang of crooks. Fred Guardineer's
bold line art helps to make her really stand out.
the Arab: 1939,
Smash Comics #1 (Quality). Abdul, son of Ali Bey, was a
handsome young Arabic man who operated out of Bagdad and
friendly to British rule. Thus willing to undertake missions
that would pit him against his own people if necessary to
maintain peace. Aided by his close friend Hassan. A wonderfully
rendered strip with a minority hero.
of Space: 1940,
Feature Comics #38 (Quality). Millionaire sportsman Ace
Egan is flying his plane back to his estate when he sees
a space-ship crash landing on his property. When he investigates,
a giant creature comes out of the ship, warning of an impending
invasion by the Slogons and his own imminent death due to
an inability to breathe Earth’s atmosphere. Before he dies,
he instructs Ace to take his belt upon which the creature
shrinks to more human proportions. When he puts on the belt,
Ace grows to gigantic size, finds his mind flooded with
knowledge, and has Superman-like powers such as able to
leap vast distances and supervision. He rushes the creature
to the hospital where it later dies and returns to the spaceship
which he now knows how to operate and turn invisible. When
the Slogons launch their attack, he uses the ship and his
knowledge to repel them. Removing the belt returns him back
to normal. He decides to use the belt and ship to do good.
Interesting just how much of this origin story anticipates
the silver-age Green Lantern.
1943, Feature Comics #64.Blimpy the Bungling Buddha
was originally a statue in a museum. One day Tabby Tyler
was reading Greek myths, specifically the story of Pygmalion.
He thinks it's all hooey and sets out to prove it by trying
out the magic words on a statue himself. And thus, a large
blue buddha statue comes to life and hijinks follow. A humor
strip, Blimpy even breaks the fourth wall in one adventure,
when he must stop an imposter Blimpy from using his strip
to commit sabotage.
Comics # 40 (Quality), with Bruce Blackburn, Counterspy
as the costumed character the Destroying Demon.
Man Quarterly. "'The Dragon' is the name stubborn Chinese
guerillas have bestowed on their two fisted Marine leader
Red McGraw who leads them into battle against the invading
hordes of Japanese…" While a soldier, the Dragon does go
in for a bit of flair, wearing a tight red shirt with a
monstrous face on the chest. All in all, it seems to be
a well done little war strip, with above average art that
does not caricature its renderings of the Asian peoples.
Fargo Kid: Feature Comics
(Quality). At first glance, the Fargo Kid aka Tim Turner
seems your average cowboy strip. However, his adventures
take place in the “Modern” West as he fights Nazis among
other bad guys though he wears the traditional cowboy outfit
complete with six-guns and chaps. Turner’s moniker seems
as much a nick-name as anything else, he doesn't wear a
mask or anything else that differentiates the Fargo Kid
as a separate identity.
Seal: 1948, Crack Comics #57 (Quality).The Scarlet
Seal is in reality policeman Barry Moore who had been an
actor before taking a job at his father's police department.
And like other policemen turned mysterymen, he found that
his hands were hampered by the system and bureaucrats. So
he devised a secret id to infiltrate the underworld. Interestingly,
the id is pretty much the same as his last role in Hollywood,
that of a Chinese mandarin.
Scott: Feature Comics
(Quality). Recurring adventurer in the text stories of Feature
Comics, he operated in the South Pacific taking on missions
that were too tough for others both freelance and for Government
Intelligence. He worked alone but also sometimes commanded
a crew with his chief officer Spike.
Swisson: Feature Comics (Quality). In comics
from the golden-age, no hook is too oddball for a character.
Thus, you get Swing Swisson, a dark haired hip big band
orchestra leader but also a rough and tumble detective aided
by his closest friends Bonnie and Toby, singer and sax player
of his band. Created by Phil Martin.
Boy: National Comics #1. (Quality). Anthony Durrant
tells us: An uunnamed native of the lost planet Viro crashlands
on Earth in a meteor after his planet is destroyed in a
collision with a star. A stranger on a strange planet, he
wanders the Earth having adventures wherever he goes, and
fighting for freedom with his super-strength.
Smash Comics #15 (Quality). Anthony Durrant writes: Cadava
was a socialite who was engaged to a wealthy beauty. When
he was horribly disfigured in an accident, he took to hiding
in the sewers and wearing a knight's costume and helmet.
He abducts the woman to whom he was once engaged and brings
her to his hideout in the sewers, where he begins a rampage
of death and destruction by means of remotely-controlled
explosive charges. He eventually dies in a struggle with
the crime-fighter called the Ray, whom he had beaten and
tried to kill earlier in the story.
Mad-eye Anthony Durrant tells us: This monster was killing
off the children of Ken Armstrong, an ex-gold miner, to
prevent them from finding out that the mine was worth millions.
When stopped by Doll Man and unmasked, Cateye was revealed
to be Kain Hodder, Ken Armstrong's old partner. Hodder -
afflicted with a rare eye disease that allowed him to see
ten times better than normal at night, but left him blind
in the daytime - succeeded in killing Ken Armstrong and
his son Bill before being apprehended by Doll Man.
Chango: 1941, Smash Comics (Quality). In the days of vaudeville,
Chango had a great magic act, people paid loads of money
to see him perform. However, once it died, so did his career.
However, Chango has real magic and decides to use it to
rob and steal by speaking spells in pig latin. He was stopped
by the masked hero Midnight.
Crime Mayor: Anthony Durrant says: The Crime
Mayor was the ruler of crime in the Doll Man's city, a figure
who turned law and order on its head and put the Doll Man
on trial for fighting crime. After his conviction, Doll
Man broke out of prison and helped the police to apprehend
the Crime Mayor and his men.
Crow: Vicious and
cunning foe of the Spider, dresses a bit like the hero's
pulp counterpart with slouch hat and cloak.
Crack Comics #1. Anthony Durrant writes: Jaspar Crow is
a crooked politician whose enemy is Senator Thomas Wright,
an exact double of the superhero, the Black Condor. He orders
the murder of Wright, and the Senator is shot from behind
from a speeding car. The Black Condor comes on the scene,
finds the senator dying, and takes him to his home. Meanwhile,
Crow sends a servant of his to cast Senator Wright's ballot
in his favour, but the Condor foils the scheme by impersonating
Senator Wright himself and casting the deciding ballot.
Shortly thereafter, Senator Wright dies, and the doctor
treating him - who, by an odd coincidence, is Wright's fiancee's
father - urges the Condor to take up Senator Wright's identity
permanently. As the Black Condor, "Senator Wright" brings
Jaspar Crow's henchmen to justice, but Crow himself escapes
to South America to escape prosecution for his crimes.
Emerald: 1943, Feature Comics #64. Little is
known about this artifact other than a figure resembling
the embodiment of Death who wants it back for his tomb.
When Vern Hobson gets it from King Zut's tomb (maybe he's
the figure of Death), his sister Ann dies and she's sent
to retrieve it, even if she must kill her brother to get
it. The ghost detective Zero manages to save Vern but in
luring her to the graveyard, other ghosts come interested
in the Emerald and they fall to fighting over it. Ultimately,
Death must call them all back and no one gets rewarded with
a return to life, Ann laments she may have to wait another
million years for another chance.
DeMortire: 1942, Feature Comics #61. This beautiful
woman scientist possesses a hatred of men and uses her knowhow
to rob scientists of their minds and discoveries. Dollman
investigates and discovers the root of her psychosis is
feeling abandoned by her fiance as told by her hideous sister
when the reality is he died in researching the deadly tse-tse
fly in Africa. When presented with the truth she reforms.
Dress Suit: Anthony
Durrant writes: The Dress Suit was a headless robot in an
immaculate dress suit operated by Sorbin, a member of a
firm of accountants, who used it to get his partner's confessions
from their homes and to kill them as well, to make it appear
that the man they accused of their embezzlement had come
back from the dead. Sorbin was apprehended by Doll Man,
who exposed the Dress Suit as a robot.
Comics? (Quality). Anthony Durrant writes: Frio was a criminal
from the year 2250 who went back in time in a time machine
to the year 1950. On the way there, his time machine was
intercepted by the one built by Darrel Dane, the brilliant
scientist who was also Doll Man. On his arrival in Darrel
Dane's time period, Frio - who wore a special suit that
maintained his body at the temperature of one degree above
absolute zero - announced his intention of robbing Fort
Knox and taking the gold back to 2250. Doll Man and his
partner Martha Roberts - also known as Doll Girl - were
able to destroy Frio by subjecting him to such heat that
his body cooked from within, at the suggestion of a police
officer in Frio's own time era, 2250.
Korn: 1941, Crack #13. A masked man and his gang
of seeming beggers (actually wanted killers and such) kill
an inventor of a remote control bomb device and starts blowing
up buildings and threatening to blow up the Senate. Turns
out that General Korn was the real inventor of the bomb,
that he had hired inventor Stark try to sell it to the government.
When Stark failed, he killed him and tried to kill the senators
that rejected it. He was captured by Black Condor.
Feature Comics #71. While visiting a close friend Dr. Turner
along with a pair of siblings, Jim and Lila, Zero is prompted
to tell a tale of a werewolf as a storm rages outside, the
perfect weather for ghost stories. However, his tale is
cut short by Jim who claims such a story will bring them
to life and shortly they hear something like a werewolf’s
howl. While the men investigate, Lila is killed by what
appears to be a werewolf. Zero is later attacked by a growling
cloaked man who manages to escape from Zero but not before
he’s revealed to be Jim who blames Zero for his sister’s
death. Zero is wondering about Jim’s growling when he sees
Jim is attacked by the “Ghost Werewolf”. Zero tries to stake
the wolfman, but unable to do that, instead uses his Ghost
Disintegrator, not knowing if it would work or not. Luckily
for Zero it does, and as he and Dr. Turner check Jim, they
discover in death, his face has changed… he too was a werewolf. NOTE: In this story, full of holes as it is, it also
seems to confuse werewolf lore with Hollywood vampires,
that it takes a stake through the heart to kill them.
of Breeze: 1943, Feature Comics #71. A sentient
wind, depicted as an anthromorphic cloud with a cherubic
face, not too dissimilar in appearance from a Casper-style
ghost, he blows across the country causing destruction.
His saboteur ways are deflated by the hero Inferior Man.
A humor strip.
Harrow: Smash Comics #85. Anthony Durrant writes:
Mr. Harrow was the leader of a ring of criminals who were
selling multiple copies of famous paintings which he had
himself painted. When his valet called the famous detective
Black X to admit what he and his employer had done, Mr.
Harrow had him killed, then pretended that a burglar had
tried to rob him of a painting that was hanging on his wall.
After Black X discovered that the painting was a fake, Mr.
Harrow's henchmen coldcocked Black X's friend Inspector
Burton and retrieved the painting, then tried to kill Mr.
Harrow himself to cover their tracks. They were apprehended
by Black X and his hindu valet and the two of them had Mr.
Harrow arrested shortly afterward. Mr. Harrow has the distinction
of being the last criminal brought to justice by Black X.
Durrant tells us: The Headsman was a serial killer who chopped
off people's heads; the Ray had been after him for some
time. He kidnapped the Ray's girlfriend and, when the ray
attempted to rescue her, drugged her so that it appeared
that she had been beheaded, then promised the Ray that he
would let her die if the Ray left the Headsman alone. In
the end, the Ray captured the Headsman, and he proved to
be the descendant of an executioner for the French royal
court who still had his ancestor's urge to kill.
Comics (Quality). Anthony Durrant provides: Chic Carter
is sent to interview a man named Mr. Barker, who claims
to be haunted by an ice demon that he has inadvertently
brought from the Arctic Circle. However, he has made up
the Ice Demon story in order to murder his assistant by
freezing him in a room cooled by radiators. He even attempts
to kill the reporter Chic Carter, but Chic outsmarts him
by turning off the radiators and waiting for him to return,
at which point he is arrested.
Menace: 1942, Feature Comics #61. Scientists
J. M. Fon and Windsor were researching reincarnation and
bringing people from the dead when their housekeeper winds
up dead and Fon goes on trial for the murder. The ghost
detective Zero suspects he might be innocent and upon visiting
Windsor, realizes that an agitated parrot sees something
he cannot, a robed skeletal ghost. The ghost serves Windsor
for the promise to be brought back to life (turns out that
all of Windsor's experiments were a failure). Zero dispatches
the ghost and brings Windsor to justice.
with the Light Brown Harem: 1943, Feature Comics #71 (Quality). When Rusty Ryan
and his Boy Brigadiers are stranded on an island, the two
most recent additions, Alababa and Pierpont Lee are helping
to find a boat. What Pierpont discovers is a magic lamp
and is rubbing while singing “dreams of Jeenie with the
light brown harem” and lo, one appears with attractive dark-skinned
lasses in tow. While they get the genie to create a boat
with which the group can sail away, Lee and Alababa’s hijinks
and fight over the lamp causes them to lose it in the sea.
Knowing Ryan wouldn’t believe their wild story, they decide
to keep the way they got the boat secret.
Fearless: 1944, Police Comics #26. In the days
of vaudeville, a performer billed as the Ghostmaster was
the a great make-up artist and a master of the quick change
and bringing the dead to life. He made a great living but
then vaudeville died. Bitter for the end of those days,
he planned and plotted until he found Mr. Trueman, a bank
president so trusted, that Fearless' impersonation wouldn't
be questioned until he emptied the vaults and faked a suicide.
However, one man didn't see it as murder, policeman Dan
Richards. He gives the game away when he adopts Richards'
identity as a disguise and meets up with Richards' other
identity, Manhunter investigating. Manhunter captures Mr.
Fearless and recognizes him as the Ghostmaster, a performer
that inspired him as a youth (to the point that Richards
is a bit of a quick change artist himself in and out of
his role as Manhunter).
Mite: 1941, Smash #21. Mr. Mite is the short
timid elderly manager of the tavern One Way Inn. Yet his
true nature as a strong and formidable scrapper is revealed
when it’s revealed that he and the Inn are behind the sea
captain Black John’s smuggling spies out of the country.
They’re all captured by the efforts of the Invisible Hood
and an undercover cop.
Mysto: 1942, Crack Comics #20. This Hindu
fakir is a stage magician wowing them with his powers of hypnotism
and stage magic. However, he's also aiding the crimelord Jasper
Crow and his gang in knocking over banks and wiping out the
memories of any witnesses. He's captured by the high flying
Owl: 1938, Feature
Funnies 7 (Quality). For 3 months this villain in an owl
mask committed daring crimes and confounded the police.
Their first lead comes when he sends a warning of his robbing
former rum-runner Getzmore. However, the Clock correctly
reasons that Getzmore is secretly the Owl, afraid that the
police might tumble onto him and staged the supposed robbery
to divert suspicion.
1948, Crack Comics #52 (Quality). A large buck-toothed villain,
nicknamed for his spikey quill-like hair. Before he finished
his prison sentence, he accidentally stubled into a charged
electric chair, but survived and able to withstand great
shocks. He wears a coat coated with fine quills that he
throws at his opponents. The coat is also charged with batteries
allowing him to electrocute his opponents with charged quills.
However, when tussling with Captain Triumph, his coat is
taken off and he started growing weaker, he'd grown dependent
on the charges. Falling off a pier, the water short circuits
his system and he perishes.
Moray: Feature Comics (Quality).. A mastermind villain that
bears a facial resemblance to the piranhas are his obsession.
Years ago he led an expedition up the Amazon river in search
of rare piranha. While dangling his arm to cool off in the
oppressive heat, they mangle it down to bone. Now, he's
willing to have his men to kill to get ahold of the fish
and they soon take to dognapping to feed them, all for his
unknown purposes. While tussling with the hero Doll Man,
he knocks his own men into the tank with the fish, he himself
is captured by the hero.
Raffrey: 1947, Crack Comics #51 (Quality). A werewolf
that fought Captain Triumph.
Robber Fly: 1949,
National Comics #73. Emil is a human fly for a circus when
he’s told that his act no longer thrills audiences and he’s
being let go. Inspired, he dons a costume making him resemble
a man-sized fly and commits daring cat burglar type robberies
as the Robber Fly, his appearance frightening his victims.
Policewoman Sally O’Neil sets herself a fly-trap and captures
Silas: Smash Comics
#26 (Quality). Silas Raddo runs the Midville Orphanage.
He decides if he could get rid of the kids, he could pocket
the endowment money so he plans on a holiday excursion for
the kids aboard a ship that he has rigged to go down on
the flames. Wildfire saves the kids and then dishes out
deadly justice, throwing Raddo into a furnace and blowing
up the small boat with his henchmen in it.
Sitok: 1948, Crack Comics #57 (Quality). Sitok is the "Green
God of Evil" and a priest of his (dressed in blue Egyptian
type garb) fought Captain Triumph.
dual mystery faces the Black Condor. 1) Strange and terrible
storms are striking places where they shouldn't, wiping
out towns and farms. Condor sees a link between the oddity
of the storms and the fact they hit strategic defense supply
areas. 2) Dr. Foster has developed a concentrated vitamin
pill but the formula is stolen by a robed man with a skull
for a face. The Black Condor discovers the two problems
have a single answer, his arch villain Jasper Crow is working
for Hitler and is using a ray from a super-flier airplane
to cause the storms and one of his henchmen is the un-named
death head villain. Crow's gang is captured, though Crow
himself escapes. This story almost seems like two tales
crammed into one, Skull-Face seems almost an afterthought,
a shame considering Lou Fine's wonderful rendering.
Skull Gang: The Skull
Gang was a group of robbers and thieves whose faces looked
like skulls because they were arsenic eaters. They were
brought to Justice by the crimefighter known as the Clock
and his assistant and double Pug, who also were able to
bring to justice their masked ringleader. NOTE: The
placement here is a guess, as the Clock ran longest at Quality.
However, he was earlier published by Centaur comics.
Spectra: 1950, Modern Comics #96. From Darci: She appeared in two
issues (that I know of): "Modern Comics" #096 (April 1950)
"Blackhawk" #045 (Oct 1951) The origin story describes her
as a "raider, robber, and wrecker." She was also a terrorist
Undertaker: Doll Man Comics. Sort of a reverse Spirit, the Undertaker
is a balding, big chinned well dressed man with a fondness
for dead things, so much so, he resides in a graveyard.
Foe of Doll Man.
Doll Man 43. Darrell Dane, Martha Roberts and scientists
Ronald Cable and Frank Benson are on an expedition to Haitian
jungles where they interrupt a witch doctor’s zombie making
ceremony through the use of an enormous jewel called the
Emerald Eye. Cable later sees the Eye in his cabin aboard
ship and then in his home in the States where he’s hypnotized
into killing his friend and fellow scientist Benson. The
Eye shows up again, this time to Martha, sending her to
kill Darrell Dane. However, the witch doctor behind these
hypnotic suggestions doesn’t realize that Martha Roberts
“possesses amazing will power… enough to make the change
to Doll Girl” and is able to fight off the hypnotic effects
of the Emerald Eye. She and Doll Man easily defeat the witch
Zaro: 1941, National Comics #14. An honest to goodness
hypnotist and mindreader at a local club, Zaro also dabbles
in a little murder at the behest of a gang boss, hypnotizing
the victims into committing suicide. His crimes are unraveled
by the lovely policewoman Sally O’Neil with some two-fisted
help from her movie actor friend Barry Gilmore.
All-Select Comics #6. Japanese commander, he broadcasts
a threat to the Allies of defeat by invisible robot bombs.
While he gives a good fight, he¹s ultimately defeated by
the Destroyer. It¹s revealed there are no bombs but mines
detonated by remote control from flying zeppelin. He's apparently
killed when the air-ship goes down in flames.
Paw: 1939, Marvel Mystery Comics# 11. Darci
points us to this villainess. She is a master villain and
crime boss, wearing a black cat costume complete with tail,
leaving only the lower half of her face visible. She also
carries a whip, called the Cat's Paw. Over the course of
9 issues, she spars with the Angel, but saves his life earlier
in the storyline. When he returns the favor in the final
act, she agrees to surrender if he allows her to go in another
room to change. He consents and when he hears a commotion
and rushes into the room, all he finds is her burning costume
and an open window to a five hundred foot drop into the
swamps and quicksand (what kind of place was this anyways?).
NOTE: Of interesting note, just today by having to go
through all my pages and a posting on a message board about
this particular character, I realized this entry is pretty
much identical to an entry on the MLJ Encyclopedia of the
Cat's Claw, a Bob Phantom foe, information provided by Mr.
Durrant, although readers that have read both assure me
there's also quite a bit of difference.
Ghosts: 1941, Daring Mystery Comics #7. On her way way to a masquerade
ball Betty Barstow investigates the reports of ghosts at
Woodline Cemetery that her boss private investigator Dan
Hurley dismisses as drunken tales by the caretaker. With
her knowledge of Jui-jitsu, she easily takes out the counterfeiters
using it as a base of operations. The police get a laugh
out of them being taken out by a woman dressed as a "Silver
Scorpion" and the papers get quite a few headlines.
Betty on the other hand decides to continue moonlighting
as the crimefighter. NOTE: The Silver Scorpion's
costume is almost all yellow, with what may be silver boots,
bracelets and a silver scorpion emblazoned on her red cape.
Duke: 1940, Mystic Comics #3. Despite the colorful
name, Iron Duke is a run of the mill gangster who goes around
setting fires for people wanting to collect on insurance
or refusing to pay protection monies. Stopped by Joshua
and Joel and Flexo.
Leech: 1942, USA Comics #4. Dr. Gustave Leech
is billed as the Nazi scientist of "sudden death". Bald-headed
and with a monocle, he heads a Nazi spy ring in the South
American country Arbolivia as well as commanding a submarine.
With which, he destroys cargo ships carrying food and such
to the country, hoping to ultimately sway the country to
the Fatherland's side. He's apparently killed when his submarine
is destroyed by Captain Terror.
the Unknown: All-Winners #2. This Nazi agent
first tussled with the Whizzer when he was arranging for
wholesale slaughter of women through jewelry with poisoned
gems. With a dark hat, coat and glasses, his identity remained
a secret and he managed to evade capture by shedding that
identity while the Whizzer rounded up the rest of his men.
Shinto: Anthony Durrant
writes us: Prince Shinto was a heavily scarred Japanese
nobleman who sent a group of young boys to perform acts
of sabotage on an unnamed Pacific island; these boys would
sneak in and out of the U. S. Navy installation there without
anyone knowing who had done the sabotage - at least until
one of the boys was killed while stealing a jeep. The Young
Allies (including Bucky and Toro) were called in and they
allowed a group of young native boys to pose as them and
allow themselves to be captured by Prince Shinto. In the
process of trying to free the native boys, the Young Allies
destroyed Prince Shinto's base and the Prince as well.
The Vampire: 1940, Daring Mystery Comics
#2. Arch-enemy of Mr. E. While only the one adventure is published,
it's evident in the story that he and Mr. E had numerous clashes
previously. The black hooded and robed Vampire does not display any supernatural abilities, but seems more of a mad scientist and criminal mastermind type.
Zarpo: 1941, Captain America Comics #9. This inventor went
mad after being mocked and continual refusals from the government
to buy his invention of a special small time bomb, one that
explodes 5 minutes after being near a human being. He starts
going after various men that were refused it, killing them
with his 'bomb of doom." He's apparently slain by one
of his own bombs during a fight with the crime fighter Father
Hawk: Anthony Durrant
tells us: The Hawk was a slender villain who dressed up
as a hawk and carried a trained hawk that he would use to
bring down various circus acrobats, which he kept concealed
under his cape. Unfortunately for him, his last target was
the circus run by the Announcer, and in the process of trying
to stop a set of quadruplets from performing their trapeze
act, he was killed by the lion after he ran into his cage
to retrieve his pet hawk, which had flown into the lion's
cage. His real name was Ravonno and he was a former circus
magician which explained his ability to disappear and to
switch himself for his trained hawk, making it look like
he changed shape. NOTE: Sadly Mr. Durrant didn't
provide me with any publishing info, so not sure where the
proper place is for this entry.
Face: Anthony Durrant
tells us: Pretty Face was a ruthless killer who left his
trademark - a card with a picture of a heart pierced with
an arrow on it - at the scenes of his murders. He mistakenly
kidnapped Ethan Hunt, Special Police Operative 13, on the
assumption that he was Tom, a fellow police officer and
the fiance of a girl named Rosie. His plan was to burn down
his hideout with both Tom and Rosie in it, killing them
both. Unfortunately for him, Rosie dashed water in his face,
and Hunt pulled off Pretty Face's handsome face to reveal
his real one - Pretty face's real face was hairless, with
big wild eyes and frizzy hair, the result of a warehouse
fire. Just as Pretty Face was about to shoot Hunt, Tom burst
in and shot him.