Characters from the Centaur Comics Line

This list is the result of the research that I did for volume three of the Brave New World Journal. I have tried to eliminate as many of the non-"historical" details as possible but there are probably a number of inauthentic details left in (mostly last names). Still, overall, this list should be fairly true to the original information as found in the Centaur comics. Those characters from the science fiction series, I have included in a separate list called the Galaxy 2100 list.

To those of you who might have copies of any Centaur Comics, I would be very interested in getting scans of some of them (I hope to be able to trade scans in the near future) - especially Wham Comics of which I have been unable to locate any copies for review.

Geoffrey Tolle
gtolle@infinet.com

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    A-5 - A german spy. He died in an accident when he stole a prototype stratospheric aircraft designed and built by Dr. Karl Jordan and guarded by Larry Kane.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #18 (Mar. 1940).

    Absolom - This is the arabic servant of Dean Denton.
    First Appearance: Keen Detective Funnies #6 (Feb 1939)?

    Agar - Billed at the Colossal Bigtop Circus as the "Man without a Brain" Agar was an attraction controlled by Professor Henry Trepper. Being without personal volition Agar does not respond to pain and exhibits amazing strength and flexibility (for a human). Even after Professor Trepper's capture by Fantom nothing has been revealed of Agar's background. All that is known is that Trepper hypnotized some poor subject and gradually removed all traces of his personal volition. Once Agar reached this point Trepper used him to gain revenge on (read kill) his ex-wife and several other people. Agar was defeated by the Fantom in 1940.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #19 (Apr. 1940).

    Ahern, Ian - A member of Britain's civilian intelligence organization in Ireland. Ahern accepted a position on the Inner Circle in 1938.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#7 (July 1939).

    Air Man - Dr. Drake Stevens. While studying birds in 1939, Dr. Stevens father was killed at sea by Captain Klegg. He donned a personal flying suit that he had been designing (with which to better study his birds) and became Air Man. He added a utility belt filled with useful weaponry. As Air Man he defeated Captain Klegg and numerous other mystery villains.
    First Appearance: Keen Detective Comics #23 (Aug. 1940).

    Albertinus - The last active "sorceror" on Phantasy Isle Albertinus, in 1940, made the decision to summon an outside agent to stimulate his interest in the world. He reached out to Earth and gathered up the drowning Tom Taylor. With Taylor's aid Albertinus was able to finish the construction of his homuncs. After turning around the rebellion of his homuncs Albertinus joined Taylor in exploring Phantasy Isle.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #17 (V3 #1, Jan. 1940).

    Aloa - This is a pretty hawaiian girl, rescued by Frogg.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #17 (V3 #1, Jan. 1940).

    Aluma, Queen - This was the queen of Aquatania. After the arrival of Chuck Hardy on Hollow Earth she brought him into her service and attempted to make him her consort.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #5 (Sep. 1939).

    Aman, John - See Amazing Man.

    Amazing Kid - Tom. This non-powered boy was the side-kick to Amazing Man.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #23 (Aug 1941).

    Amazing Man - John Aman. Aka., the Green Mist. Orphaned as an infant, Aman was raised to be a nearly perfect human. Under the training of the monks of his tibetan lamasery home, he gained superhuman strength, amazing control of his body, and incredible mental powers (including a low level of telepathy). Also, through the intervention of a woman from the outside world, he was injected with a serum that allowed him to become a green mist. When he reached the age of maturity (1939), he was sent back to America to help America lead the world through the coming troubles.
         His development, however, was not unopposed. For reasons never fully explained, one of the lamasery's top monks, the one known only as the Great Question, opposed Amazing Man's training. He had tried to discredit Amazing Man while he was growing up but had failed. Once Amazing Man was released into the outside world, the Great Question continued to try to discredit him, using an amazing variety of criminals under his control. At one point, Amazing Man was forced to return to the lamasery and defend himself. This he did admirably. After that, the Great Question's attacks slacked off. Not that there weren't plenty of other villains for Amazing Man to fight.
         Through his adventures, he became friends with Zona Hendersen and made her kid brother his sidekick, Tommy the Amazing Boy.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #5 (Sep. 1939).

    American Crime Ring - This was a well-organized, high-tech gang run by Carl Weltner in Chicago. Though quite profitable none of the members knew exactly what the gang raised money for. In actuality Weltner was the front man for the Great Question. The high-tech equipment was supplied by the Great Question. The gang was disbanded after Amazing Man captured Weltner and destroyed much of the gang's equipment.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #17 (Nov. 1940).

    Anarchy Circle - This was a anarchist's group supported by the Great Question. One known member was Madame Olga.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #14 (Jul. 1940).

    The Arrow - Ralph Payne, assistant DA of an unnamed city on the Atlantic seaboard. Little is known about this mysterious figure. Dressed in a blood-red outfit with a hood that shows little of his face, he is rarely seen. His arrows, however, fly out of the darkness with uncanny accuracy. When he does have to get close to his prey he has exhibited somewhat more than human strength. Even his name is uncertain and may, in fact, be a pseudonym (he is really a government agent).
    First Appearance: Funny Pages V2#10 (Sep. 1938).

    Azkor - A scientist of unknown origin who created a gas which was so virulent that a thimble-full could wipe out an entire city in hours. He was supported, in his latin american base, by nazi agents. He was stopped (killed) by the Masked Marvel and his agents.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #19 (Jan. 1941).

    Bain, John - This canadian engineer accepted a position on the Inner Circle in 1938.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#7 (July 1939).

    Baka - This is the tiger-god of the Bakans. It is said that, when the king's blood is shed and the kingdom is in danger, the great statue of Baka will come alive to defend the thrown.
    First Appearance: Arrow #3 (Oct 1941).

    Baldy - This muscled man was one of John Harper's "knights of the road". He was fairly strong and quite loyal to Harper.
    First Appearance: Amazing-Man Comics #24 (Oct 1941).

    Banok, Tela, King - This was the adoptive father of the Jungle Prince and the King of Bakan when slain by Carnov in an attempt to usurp the throne of Bakan.
    First Appearance: Arrow #3 (Oct 1941).

    Barlow, James - This was the incumbent mayor of Pittsburgh in 1940. As crooked as they come when he was overthrown by reformist Jeffery Haines he promptly blackmail Haines to concede his post by threatening to divulge information of sexual improprieties. His partner in this was Bob Fredrickson. His plot was exposed by Prince Zardi and he spent several years in prison.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #11 (Apr. 1940).

    Barmell, Anton, Dr. - This mad scientist has a fascination with shrinking people. He used his knowledge and technology to shrink an unknown number of people before he shrunk Minimidget and Ritty. He promised to restore Minimidget to his normal size in return for killing several of Barmell's relatives (for the inheritence). After Minimdget was captured by the F.B.I., he turned on Barmell and helped them capture the madman.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #5 (Sep. 1939).

    Barmell, Jan - This was the brother of Dr. Anton Barmell. He was killed by Minimidget on his brother's orders.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #5 (Sep. 1939).

    Barmell, Harry - This was the uncle of Dr. Anton Barmell. He was killed by Minimidget on his nephew's orders.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #5 (Sep. 1939).

    Barmell, Catherine - This was the aunt of Dr. Anton Barmell. She was killed by Minimidget on her nephew's orders.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #5 (Sep. 1939).

    Barrister, Fay - This is the wife of Jack Barrister.
    First Appearance: Keen Detective Funnies #24 (Sep. 1940).

    Barrister, Jack - This young district attorney was chosen by the Eye as a partner in the Eye's fight against crime. Barrister was married to Faye Barrister.
    First Appearance: Keen Detective Funnies #24 (Sep. 1940).

    Barton, William ("Billy") - This young boy was involved with John Harper for a short time in 1941.
    First Appearance: Amazing-Man Comics #24 (Oct 1941).

    Bayless, Janni - Prince Zardi freed Bayless and her mother from some unspecified problem. In return, Janni agreed to become a part of his circle of agents. When he had need of her he contacted her via the magicked crystal ball he gave her.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #12 (May 1940).

    Bennett, Jack - The mayor of West Ridge, New York for 16 years (beginning in 1938). He was a fan of radio and television. When he was nearly killed by West Ridge's crooked police chief it was his secretary, Sylvia Robertson, who used a hidden experimental television to broadcast the chief's confession to several local televisions.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#10 (Oct. 1939).

    Bigger, "Doc" - This madman operated out of Riceland University. There, he was capturing extremely large men (including his own son), lobotomizing them, surgically altering them, and using them for Riceland's football team. Needless to say, Riceland was winning their division that year. When he heard of Mighty Man, he tried to capture the hero to study his growing powers. Mighty Man, however, was able to turn the tables on Bigger. In the ensuing battle, Battle was crushed by the giant, lobotomized football players that he, himself, had created.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #8 (Dec. 1939).

    Black Beauty - This was the horse used by the Headless Horseman.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #19 (Apr 1940).

    Black Rufus - This was a criminal in control of a part of New Orleans. He was the first villain encountered by the novice mystery man, Rainbow. He swore vengeance on the Rainbow as he and his men were run out of town.
    First Appearance: Keen Detective Comics #21 (Jun. 1940).

    Blue Fire - Jack Knapp was exposed to a strange glowing blue substance that he had been asked to test. He gained the ability to become a living, flying flame. He could generate intense heat or pass through solid matter without burning it. He soon began to use his powers to fight crime. The first criminal that his captured was Toby Hill.
    First Appearance: Wham Comics #2 (Dec 1940)

    Blue Lady - Lucille Martin, an adventurous novelist, was returning from a trip to China when she found herself bunked with an elegant chinese lady. Several days into the trip the lady came to her and told Martin that she thought her life was in danger. She asked Martin to safeguard a package for her and, should she meet with foul-play, to deliver the package to Chin Liang in Washington, DC. The lady also gave her a ring, in the shape of a bluebird, which was said to grant special powers to the wearer. That night the chinese lady disappeared and Martin's cabin ransacked. The package was not found as Martin had had it placed in the ship's safe. There was no more trouble for the duration of the trip though Martin had the feeling that someone (or someones) was watching her.
         Soon after returning home she noticed that she was still being watched. Then, one evening, the lights of her house went out and she knew that people had come for the package. She tried to call for help but the phone line was cut. Hiding in her bedroom she began playing with the Bluebird Ring and it fell off. Stepping on it in the dark she released some of the gas within it and breathed it, not noticing until it was too late. Suddenly, she found herself infused with strength and moving faster than she ever had before. When the men entered her bedroom, knives drawn, they seemed in slow motion. Reflexively, Martin hit one. The blow sent the victim flying across the room. Realizing that her sense of power was not imaginary she took the attack to the invaders. With five seconds they were senseless around her room.
         After a call to the police and her fiance, Larry Grant, she examined the ring and figured out how it worked. Realizing that she had the power to become a mystery woman she designed and sewed her own costume. Donning it a week later she christened herself the Blue Lady. Anxious, now, to deliver the package to Chin Liang she made arrangements to visit Washington, DC. There, it took little time to find Chin and deliver the package. Inside was a statue that was supposed to be a larger version of the ring. Unfortunately, the statue was booby-trapped and Liang was poisoned. As he lay dying he explained that the gas and the gas generation mechanism had been developed by japanese scientists. Learning of it, Chin arranged to steal it, thus depriving Japanese of a single horrific weapon from its vast armory.
    First Appearance: Amazing-Man Comics #24 (Oct 1941).

    Burke, Tim - This geologist was consulting in the Jackson County Mines when the worst mine accident in Kentucky's history trapped two hundred men in the mine with Burke. They were rescued, they thought, by a strange man of coal who took them to an underground world. It wasn't long, however, before the coal men discovered the delicious taste of human flesh. Although Burke was able to convince the coal men to spare him as he was a god (albeit a captured one) he could save none of the other miners. When Mighty Man was captured by the coal men Burke explained the situation to him. In return for help escaping Mighty Man took Burke with him back to Earth.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #11 (Apr. 1940).

    Cambridge, Nathan, Dr. - See Dr. Darkness.

    Carlin, Homer - This is one of two men who discovered the House of Souls in the ruins of a Cambodian temple in 1903. He spent many years preventing Psyk from using the powers of the House of Souls on the outside world. As he lay dying he passed on the Key of Souls and this duty to his niece's fiance, Jack Strand.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#7 (Jun. 1939).

    Carlin, Diana - The niece of Homer Carlin she was given a pin (the Key to the House of Souls) as he lay dying. She was to use this pin to protect herself from the mystery villain Psyk but she gave the pin over to her fiance, Jack Strand. As a result she was abducted by Psyk and brought under his control.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#7 (July 1939).

    Carlton, John - The sole owner of the Crest and Carlton Mines since his partner died in a mine accident in 1937 Carlton was almost run out of business by a series of "accidents" arranged by Gregory Grimes of the Jasper Mining Co. His business was saved by the timely intervention of the Fantom.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #17 (V3 #1, Jan. 1940).

    Carnov - This was the head of the Bakan military. In 1940 he killed King Tela Banok and usurped the throne of Bakan. His time as ruler of Bakan was short. He was slain in a duel with the Jungle Prince.
    First Appearance: Arrow #3 (Oct 1941).

    Cat-Man - Barton Stone. Twenty years before, the officers of the company the Stone worked for had engaged in some illegal activities. Although Stone was only peripherally involved in the activities, he agreed to take full blame for the illegalities in return for a rather large payoff. However, once he was safely convicted and in prison, the company officers cut off further payments. Stone's wife died in poverty while Stone, in prison, was unable to help. He swore vengeance. When he got out of prison he disguised himself as a little old lady with a cat. He then met with each of the officers, in turn. After revealing who he was, he threw the cat on them. The cat, then, sunk its poisoned claws into its victims. After all four officers were dead he left the country.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #5 (Sep. 1939).

    Carson, Roger "Cutter" - Carson was an officer in the Coast Guard during the '30's and '40's.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #10 (Jul. 1939).

    The Clock - Brian O'Brien was a wealthy young man falsely accused of killing his own father for the inheritence. While in prison he met up with "Pug" Pulaski and struck up a friendship with him. While talking with Pulaski, O'Brien realized that no one was going to bother to find the evidence to free him from this frame-up except himself. That resolved in his mind, the two of them escaped from the prison. As they searched for evidence of their innocence, they wore kerchief's to conceal their identities. It didn't take long to find the evidence that they needed to legally release them both from prison. Having freed himself, O'Brien realized that there must be many other people out there in need of help. He and Pulaski kept their kerchiefs and pursued the truth to help the innocent for many years.
    First Appearance: Funny Pages V1#6 (Nov. 1936). The character was later taken by its creator to Quality Publications.

    Cloud, Eve, Dr. - This mad scientist experimented with a shrinking formula on a deserted (at least after he got there) island in the Pacific Ocean. He was captured by the Shark.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #16 (Oct. 1940)

    Club, Adventurer's - This was a club of jaded world-adventurers who banded together to tell each other their tales and to organize group adventures.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #16 (Oct. 1940).

    Colossal Bigtop Circus - This was the circus for which Agar and Professor Henry Trepper worked before Trepper turned them to a life of crime.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #19 (Apr. 1940).

    Conqueror - This criminal mastermind was constantly thwarted in his attempts to conquer the world (or, at least, a large chunk of it) by the intervention of Dean Denton. He had a large organization of loyal followers and an impressively varied armoury of chemical weapons.
    First Appearance: Unknown.

    Corby, John, Prince - The hereditary ruler of Avon. When his world was visited by "Speed" Centaur and "Reel" McCoy in 1939 (our time) he was the prisoner of his uncle Duke Jacob Kelvin. With Centaur's help his uncle was overthrown and he was restored to his throne.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #16 (V2 #12, Dec. 1939).

    Corning, Hester - See Witch.

    Corzen, Robert, Captain - This brilliant engineer designed and built several old-style pirate vessels that incorporated modern technology and materials and could travel underwater like a submarine. He was captured by Air Man.
    First Appearance: Keen Detective Funnies #24 (Sep. 1940).

    Courtney, Brad - See Old Man of the Jungle.

    Crisco - Tom Yates. This was John Harper's fellow "knights of the road". Short and fat he was, never-the-less quite handy in a fight.
    First Appearance: Amazing-Man Comics #24 (Oct 1941).

    Culver, Gordon - A wealthy british industrialist. He and his daughter, Ruth, were taken captive in 1939 when his yacht was hijacked by Wu Fang on a chinese river. It turned out that his captain was involved in running guns to Wu Fang. He was saved by Steve King.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#10 (Oct. 1939).

    Culver, Ruth - The daughter of wealthy british industrialist Gordon Culver she shared his captivity at the hands of Wu Fang and his rescue at the hands of Steve King.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#10 (Oct. 1939).

    Curran, Mary - When her uncle, Richard Sharp, was killed Mary inherited the location of the lost Ouantez Mine. Because He had died before claiming the mine the criminals who had killed him kidnapped Curran for the location. She was rescued by Amazing Man. There appears to be some sinister secret about the mine but that secret was never revealed.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #18 (Dec. 1940).

    Dalton, Calvin - See Ferret.

    Darkness, Dr. - Dr. Nathan Cambridge was a crusading physician by day and a crusading crime-fighter by night. He possessed a keen detective's sense that he combined with his medical knowledge to track down and defeat those who would threaten the health of his home city.
    First Appearance: Keen Detective Funnies #24 (Sep. 1940) -- There may have been earlier appearances.

    Degen, John, Detective - This was a New York police detective in the 1940's. He was brought in to investigate and capture the Doctor Killer.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #18 (Mar. 1940).

    Deimos Council - This was the group of martians that kept martian society in virtual slavery until their power was challenged by the Magician of Mars.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #7 (Nov. 1939).

    Dennis, Daniel "Dan", Insp. - Dennis was an F.B.I. agent in the 1940's. His partner for many years was Inspector Joe Tickner.
    First Appearance: Keen Detective Funnies #10 (Jun. 1939?).

    Denton, Dean - A ventriloquist with a brilliant deductive mind. He uncovered the plots of numerous mystery villains including the world-spanning threats of the Conqueror.
    First Appearance: Keen Detective Funnies #6 (Feb. 1939).

    Depression, Dr. - Traveling through an interdimensional rift(?) in the Pacific Ocean Dr. Depression found himself in the world of the polyp-men. There, he mentally subjugated one of the polyp-men and began to telepathically lure other travelers through the rift. Finally, he drew the Shark through the rift and attempted to transfer his mind into the Shark's body. The operation failed and his mind was consumed by his enthralled polyp-man.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #10 (Mar. 1940).

    Diller, Craig "Killer" - This gangster broke out of prison and off of death row early in 1939. After lying very low for six months he attempted to sneak out of New York City. Unfortunately for him he was trailed by Terry "Reel" McCoy. After attempting to kill McCoy Diller was captured by the combined efforts of McCoy and "Speed" Centaur and returned to prison.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#8 (Aug. 1939).

    Doctor Killer - Charles Linton. After his wife and child died under a doctor's care during a flu epidemic Linton went mad. Blaming all doctors for his family's death he began to seek revenge by kidnapping, torturing, and murdering doctors. Though captured once he managed to escape the asylum in which he was kept. On his second rampage he was tracked down and eventually captured by Detective John Degen. He was psychotically clever and employed a pack of specially trained wolves to help him.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #18 (Mar. 1940).

    Douglas, Jay, Dr. - This is one of the two scientists who discovered the Dinosaur Forest in 1933. They were unable to report their findings until 1939 when Dinosaur Forest phased back onto Earth.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #7 (Nov. 1939).

    Down, Hubert "Knuckle" - This baseball-player solved several sports-related crimes while playing for the Blue Sox.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#9 (Sep. 1939).

    Dunn, Joseph "Grizzly" - This was a western gunfighter of the early 1900's.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#7 (July 1939).

    Dupré, Michel, Lt. - A member of France's army intelligence Lieutenant Dupré accepted a position on the Inner Circle in 1938 after his discharge from the french army.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#7 (July 1939).

    Edmunds, Thomas, Dr. - This anthropologist/archeologist was a friend of the Iron Skull.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #19 (Jan. 1941).

    Ewan, MacAlister, Col. - A member of Britain's army intelligence Colonel Ewan accepted a position on the Inner Circle in 1938 after his discharge from the british Army.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#7 (July 1939).

    Eye - This strange being appeared simply as a flaming eyeball in the sky. It could speak (somehow) and generate deadly rays of heat. Although it often operated on its own it also teamed up with Jack Barrister to fight crime.
    First Appearance: Keen Detective Funnies V2#12 (Dec. 1939).

    Falcon, Guy - Falcon was a pilot adventurer through the '40's.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #8 (May 1939).

    Fang, Wu - Fang was a chinese warlord operating in China. Of japanese descent he kept this relatively secret until WWII when he was openly able to accept japanese support. A Brit that he particularly despised was the mercenary pilot Steve King. Their first encounter was in 1939, when King interrupted a supply of smuggled guns to Fang.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#10 (Oct. 1939).

    Fantom of the Fair - Aka, Fantoman. This mysterious figure first appeared during the 1939 World's Fair. Clad completely in black and possessing superhuman strength he often appeared out of no where then disappeared as quickly when the innocent were safe. His activities quickly spread beyond the World's Fair. Little is known of him beyond this and the fact that he did not speak.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#7 (July 1939).

    Faro, Jane - This earth-woman was captured by martian teleport probe and transported to Deimos. There she was mated to Jarl Gem-35 and eventually gave birth to Jane Gem-35 (aka., Magician from Mars).
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #7 (Nov. 1937).

    Ferret - Calvin Dalton. This hero possessed the skills of a ferret and the ability to fly which he used to fight crime.
    First Appearance: Man of War #2 (Jan. 1942).

    Finn, Barry - This daredevil used his skills, daring, and intelligence to battle the machination of the spy-master, Dr. Zaroff. He gained Frogg (a former servent of Dr. Zaroff) as a partner during one of his fights against Zaroff.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #8 (Apr. 1939).

    Fire Man - Jim Reuben. Reuben gained the abilities to fly, control fire, and resist heat damage during a mad scientistŐs deranged experiment. He used those abilities to fight crime as the Fire Man Association agency.
    First Appearance: Liberty Scouts #2 (Jun. 1941).

    Fire Man Association - This was the small private investigation agency run by Fire Man.
    First Appearance: Liberty Scouts #2 (Jun. 1941).

    Fredrickson, Bob - This was the editor-in-chief for the Pittsburgh Mail. When he and James Barlow attempted to blackmail Jeffrey Haines into conceding his mayoral post he was captured by Prince Zardi and exposed.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #11 (Apr. 1940).

    Fredrickson, Nancy - A reporter for the Daily Gazette in Washington, DC. Fredrickson met the Shark in 1940 and became extremely interested in him both as a news subject and as a man.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #11 (Apr. 1940).

    Frogg - Finn rescued Frogg in an unrecorded adventure and earned Frogg's respect and loyalty. Although Frogg appeared to be Finn's not terribly intelligent servant it was really his atrocious english that created this appearance.
    First Appearance: Uncertain.

    Frost - Nothing is known of this character beyond the name.
    First Appearance: Wham Comics #2 (Dec 1940).

    Gang, Mustard - This gang of criminals used protective suits and gas guns to commit a number of crimes. The worked for the Great Question. The gang was disbanded in 1940 when most of them were captured by Amazing Man.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #15 (Aug. 1940).

    Garlock - (pronounced "gor-lok") This enormous man (about twice the width of a normal man with much of it muscle) appeared out of no where and quickly became the leader of a motley crew of coastal pirates. Over the next few years Garlock ranged the Caribbean successfully evading pursuers through means that many of crew thought were nothing less than magical. Indeed Garlock pronounced his name like "warlock" and often hinted at his magical powers. Although they ranged the entire Caribbean and occasionally up the Atlantic coastline Garlock's band of pirates called a lost french castle near New Orleans home. Although the castle remained hidden for many years Amazing Man stumbled across it by accident in 1940 and rescued reporter Zona Hendersen from it.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #11 (Apr. 1940).

    Gem-35, Jarl - A member of a martian military guards. With a female from Earth, he became the father of Jane Gem-35 (the Magician of Mars). His sister later became the Hood.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #7 (Nov. 1937).

    Grayson, Thomas, Lt.- This Coast Guard officer is an acquaintance of "Reef" Kincaid.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #12 (May 1940).

    Great One - This mysterious mastermind was commanded the Eurania, a mobile and submersible artificial island. He and his euranian forces fought the U.S. Navy and the Scarlet Ace. Although he dressed much like the Great Question there is no evidence of a relationship.
    First Appearance: Amazing-Man Comics #13 (Jun 1940).

    Great Question - This mystery villain was one of the head lamas at the lamasery where Amazing Man was raised and trained. With his incredible telepathic powers (he could project his thoughts across the world and could hypnotize all but the strongest mind) he was the lama in charge of interrogations. All under the observation of the other lamas the Great Question was able to create a world-spanning criminal organization. Throughout Amazing Man's life, the Great Question attempted to take control of his mind but, in the end, Amazing Man's mind proved too strong for him. In the end, Amazing Man revealed his criminal plans to the other lamas and the Great Question found himself banished from the lamasery.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #5 (Sep. 1939).

    Green Mist - See Amazing Man.

    Grimes, Gregory - The director of the Jasper Mining Co. in Pennsylvania he attempted to drive Crest and Carlton Mines out of business so that he could gain control of all the coal mining in the area. His plans were exposed by Fantom and he was arrested.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #17 (V3 #1, Jan. 1940).

    Gunderson, Rolfe - This norwegian anthropologist/explorer accepted a position on the Inner Circle in 1938.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#7 (July 1939).

    Haines, Jeffrey - This young attorney was elected the mayor of Pittsburgh in 1940 but was promptly framed for sexual improprieties by the incumbent mayor, James Barlow. He was helped by Prince Zardi who exposed Barlow's frame-up and cleared Haines.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #11 (Apr. 1940).

    Hardy, Charles - Hardy used his wealth to buy himself a sailboat and was attempting to sail around the world in it. On one leg of his trip he took novelist Jerry Peterson aboard. A short time after that they plunged through an interdimensional rift and landed in the jungle land of Aquatania. There, Hardy and Peterson found themselves fighting against mobile plants, prehistoric monsters, sword-yielding near-humans, and technological menaces from and age long gone. Fortunately, something about Aquatania increased their strength considerably, giving them the edge that they needed to survive.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #5 (Sep. 1939).

    Harper, John "Hobo" - Suddenly repenting his lazy misspent youth, this young millionaire invested the remainder of his inheritance to a worthwhile charity and became a "knight of the road", a hobo. With a strange instinct he located several fellow travelers who would join with him as champions of justice. Traveling about the country by rail they righted many wrongs (and took the blame for more than a few).
    First Appearance: Amazing-Man Comics #24 (Oct 1941).

    Head - Senator Robert Manski. This american senator was the head of small but successful spy ring. He and his servant, Toka, were exposed by Minimidget and Ritty. Rather than face the results of the exposure the Head jumped from his penthouse to his death.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #19 (Jan. 1941).

    Headless Horseman - Betty (Paige) Warren. This Phantom Gunslinger is a woman disguised as a cowboy without a head. With her horse, Black Beauty, she defended law in Nebraska in the late 1800's. She was an excellent shot. In her civilian identity she ran a general store with her mother.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #19 (Apr. 1940).

    Hendersen, Zona - This young female reporter for the New Orleans Eagle, was investigating a Louisiana-based pirate by the name of Garlock when she was captured and imprisoned by him. Fortunately, Amazing Man was able to rescue her from Garlock. Thereafter, Hendersen became Amazing Man's investigative sidekick. Although she was never able to match his keen and trained intelligence she had an understanding of the criminal mind that, with his temple-raised naiveté never quite got the hang of. Together they made an impressive team.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #11 (Apr. 1940).

    Hilldale, Robert, Dr. - He was able to imbue Mighty Man with the ability to change his size and mass at will. Unfortunately, he was killed by his nephew before he could release the secret to the world.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #13 (May 1940).

    Horn, Kelly "Slip" - This clever murderer escaped prison in 1938 and traveled to Africa where he managed to lose himself. It was not until 1939 that he was finally tracked down by Terry "Reel" McCoy and "Speed" Centaur.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#10 (Oct. 1939).

    Hypno, Dr. - This talented hypnotist and investigator of the strange ran into numerous strange beasts and unusual criminals in during his career. One of his most persistant enemies was the mystery villain known as Kursk. He had the ability to transfer his mind into the body of nearby animals that he could see directly.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #14 (Jul 1940).

    Inner Circle - This was a small international team of experts. Its main mission was to investigate and deal with threats to world peace in a covert fashion. The original members of the group were Major Paul Ramsey, Colonel MacAlister Ewan, Lieutenant Michel Dupre, John Bain, Rolfe Gunderson, and Ian Ahern. It was connected to the Outer Circle.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #11 (Jul. 1939).

    Jordan, Karl, Dr. - This aeronautical engineer worked for many years designing an aircraft capable of cruising in the stratosphere. His first successful prototype was destroyed when it was stolen then crashed by A-5. He is the father of Elsa Jordan.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #18 (Mar. 1940).

    Jordan, Elsa - This is the daughter of Dr. Karl Jordan.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #18 (Mar. 1940).

    Jungle Prince - Prince Banok. When his parents died, the infant Banok was adopted by King Banok and raised as his son. Then, in 1940, Carnov attempted to usurp the throne of Bakan. He killed King Banok but Prince Banok escaped. Not much later, Prince Banok was attacked by one of Carnov's supporters. Although he wasn't killed, he was wounded and his blood sprayed upon the statue of the tiger-god Baka. The statue then came to life. With its help, Prince Banok was able to defeat Carnov's men and win back the throne in a duel with Carnov.
    First Appearance: Arrow #3 (Oct. 1941).

    Kali - This middle-eastern spy-master is only noticeable by his hunchback and he may have ways of concealing that. He is believed to have some mystic powers. He has fought against Prince Zardi, the Eternal Man.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #18 (Dec. 1940).

    Kane, Larry - This adventurer/scientist was active during the '30's and '40's. Although most of activities were outside the U.S. some of them occurred within its boundaries.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #18 (Mar, 1940).

    Kelvin, Jacob, Duke - The uncle of Prince John Corby of Avon he usurped the throne of Avon from his nephew only to be overthrown, in turn, by "Speed" Centaur and "Reel" McCoy.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #13 (V2 #16, Dec. 1939).

    Kilgore, Trevor, Colonel ("Kern'l") - An officer in the U.S. Army/Air Force during WWI Kilgore became a mercenary after the war and wandered around eastern Europe quite a bit. In 1940 he became involved with the Phantom Princess to win back freedom for Slivonia which had been annexed by Germany.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #20 (May 1940).

    Kincaid, Steven "Reef" - This adventurer had been going from one low-paying job to another for years when he was approached by Dr. Gunther Lang to lead an expedition to rediscover Challenger Plateau. While on this expedition, he located a source of gold which he shared with Dr. Lang and fought with then befriended Torgga, a ruler on Challenger Plateau. Though he accompanied Dr. Lang on several other expeditions he eventually "settled down" to living in and exploring Challenger Plateau. Although it is not definite that Kincaid was parahuman he was once seen to break 1/4" thick chain link with his bare hands.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #12 (May. 1940).

    King, Bruce - See King of Darkness.

    King, Steve - In his biplane fighter/bomber King was a mercenary pilot for the Chinese. He earned the enmity of the chinese warlord Wu Fang in 1939 when he stopped a weapons shipment to Fang.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#10 (Oct. 1939).

    King of Darkness - Bruce King developed a black light generator. Once word of this leaked out to the paper (after he sent a twenty-foot diameter column of pure darkness into the sky during one test) he was visited by nazi agents determined to get the black light generator for the Reich. He was able to use the generator and the suit that he had developed to shield himself from its effects to defend himself.
    First Appearance: Amazing-Man Comics #24 (Oct 1941).

    Klang - Klang was a normal man until he was experimented upon by Dr. Scowl. Scowl gave him some of the powers and appearence of a wolf and a gorilla. Although Scowl used Klang to capture Minimidget and Ritty, Klang eventually turned on Scowl and helped free the two heroes.
    First Appearance: Amazing-Man Comics #25 (Dec 1941).

    Kling - Kling was a normal man until he was experimented upon by Dr. Scowl. Scowl gave him some of the powers and appearence of a lion and an eagle. Although Scowl used Kling to capture Minimidget and Ritty, Kling eventually turned on Scowl and helped free the two heroes.
    First Appearance: Amazing-Man Comics #25 (Dec 1941).

    Klegg, Capt. - In 1940 he and his pirates boarded a ship carrying Air Man's father and killed him, along with a number of other passengers. Soon after this, Air Man tracked down and captured Captain Klegg and one of his ships.
    First Appearance: Keen Detective Comics #23 (Aug. 1940).

    Kursk - This middle-eastern spy-master is only noticeable by his hunchback and he may have ways of concealing that. He is believed to have some mystic powers. He has fought against Dr. Hypno.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #18 (Dec. 1940).

    Lang, Gunther, Dr. - In 1940, with "Reef" Kincaid and his daughter, Marian Lang, he discovered a new passage to Challenger Plateau in Venezuela and the lost City of the Moon in Peru. He and Kincaid located a source of gold on Challenger Plateau which they used to finance their expeditions.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #15 (Aug. 1940).

    Lang, Marian - This was the daughter of archeologist Dr. Gunther Lang. She assisted her father in his archeological expeditions for many years.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #15 (Aug. 1940).

    leBun, Vigee, Dr. - This talented hypnotist developed several revolutionary hypnotic techniques and used them extensively in his career as a private investigator. Along with his partner Joe Shapiro, he used his hypnotic talents to attract the Shark to offer him their services.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #17 (Nov. 1940).

    Liang Chin - This aged chinese inhabitant of New York City was to receive a package from an agent in China. The package was nearly intercepted by chinese agents but was finally returned by the Blue Lady. When trying to open the package he made a mistake and was poisoned. While dying he entrusted the statue and its contents to the Blue Lady to deliver to the U.S. government.
    First Appearance: Amazing-Man Comics #24 (Oct 1941).

    Liberty Guards - This WWII group consisted of three military men ("Smokey", "Skipper", and "Strut") and their incredible vehicles.  Also known as the Liberty Scouts.
    First Appearance: Liberty Scouts #2 (Jun. 1941)

    Liberty Scouts - See Liberty Guards.

    Llasco - This is the tibetan servant of Baron Tulpa.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #15 (Aug. 1940).

    Loy, Ting, Dr. - A brilliant inventor making a living selling high-tech equipment for criminals in the '40's. After his invention of the Loy men he was captured by Fantom and imprisoned.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #18 (Mar. 1940).

    Magician from Mars - Jane Gem-35 was born to a martian father and terran mother. When she was accidently exposed to a lethal dose of radiation from one of her father's guns she miraculously developed the ability to change reality with a thought. She eventually found life on Mars too oppressive and used a teleporter to transport herself to Earth. There, she used her reality-warping abilities to fight evil and oppression. One of her most persistant foes was the Hood.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #7 (Nov. 1939).

    Man of War - The roman god, Mars, was looking for a way to draw the U.S. into what would become WWII. At the same time an unnamed man yearned to join the Army but was judged 4-F. Mars gifted this unnamed man with the powers of Mars: super-human strength and resistance to damage; the sword of Mars (flaming and capable of cutting through just about anything); and the ability to sense, control, and teleport through explosions.
    First Appearance: Liberty Scouts #2 (Jun. 1941).

    Manbot, Martian - These are the common martian cyborgs housing the brains of the last living Martians of most of Mars. They are extremely sensitive to water.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #15 (Aug. 1940).

    Manbot, Royal - These are the cyborgs housing the brains of the members of the royal families (and some of the wealthier merchants) of Mars. They are more powerful, more resistant to damage, and less sensitive to water. Currently, the best-known example of a Royal Manbot is Prince Zog.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #15 (Aug. 1940).

    Manski, Robert, Senator - See Head.

    Mantoka, Maker of Indian Magic - This indian mystery man underwent a shamanic initiation during which he was bitten by a rattlesnake and, presumably, underwent a vision. When he recovered he discovered that he had the ability to change his own shape (even becoming smoke) and the shape of other objects. He used his abilities to fight criminals in the Old West.
    First Appearance: Funny Pages #34 (Jan. 1940).

    Mars - This was the roman god of war. Known as Ares to the Greeks, he returned to participation in earthly affairs during WWII when he created several super-humans on both sides of the war (such as Man of War).
    First Appearance: Greek Mythology.

    The Masked Marvel - The origins of the Masked Marvel are unknown. He appeared in 1939 with three assistants (ZY, ZR, and ZL) and an armoury of super-science devices (including a televisor and a paralyzing ray gun). Although it was not always obvious, he possessed super-human strength. The mission of the Masked Marvel and his agents was to try to prevent the world from plunging into another war.
    First Appearance: Keen Detective Funnies V2 #7 (Jul. 1939). A vastly different version of the Masked Marvel appeared in a movie serial

    Masters, Dean - A crusading district attorney for the city of New York.
    First Appearance: Keen Detective Funnies #15 (Nov. 1939).

    Masters, Ken - Masters was an explorer working for Dr. Tod Roberts in South America during the '40's.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #10 (Jul. 1939).

    Marvo the Magician

    McCoy, Terry "Reel" - This reporter/photographer had tracked down Craig "Killer" Diller to a commercial flight out of New York City. When Diller discovered him he threw McCoy out of the plane. Fortunately for McCoy "Speed" Centaur was passing nearby and was able to save him from death. After this rescue and the arrest of Diller, McCoy teamed up with Centaur. In exchange for information to help Centaur track down criminals McCoy would get the scoop on the arrests.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#8 (Aug. 1939).

    Merrill, Jean, Corp. - Merrill was a member of the Royal Northwest Mounties during the 1940's.
    First Appearance: Keen Detective Funnies #7 (Mar. 1939).

    Metropolitan Times - This is the paper for Metropolis, CA. It employed Tom Taylor as a reporter.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #17 (V3 #1, Jan. 1940).

    Mighty Man - In the 1800's, a group of pioneers entered a secret valley where they settled. Although they appear to have died out, one of their children survived. Mighty Man stood about 15 feet high and possessed incredible strength. Eventually, he submitted to an experiment by Dr. Robert Hilldale which gave him the ability to shrink to the size of a mouse or expand to a hundred or more feet tall. He eventually teamed up with Super Ann.
    First Appearance: Amazing-Man Comics #5 (September 1939)

    Miles, Gregory - This brilliant electrical engineer was a friend of Minimidget and Ritty. He built a device that he belived was a time machine and asked Minimidget and Ritty to test it out. He had to built a second device to retrieve them.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #14 (Jul. 1940).

    Minimidget - Shrunk to only 6" tall (with more than proportional strength) by Dr. Barmell, Minimidget was forced to kill most of Barmell's relatives with a poisoned needle. Before he could kill the last relative, however, he was trapped in a mousetrap and captured by the F.B.I. The F.B.I offered to drop the murder charges if he would help them shut down Barmell's operations and work for them in the future. Upon returning to Barmell's lair he helped free the other people that Barmell had shrunk (including Ritty) and capture Barmell. For some time after that he was sent on numerous adventures by the F.B.I. though he and Ritty seem to have been able to find plenty of adventure and crime on their own.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #5 (Sep. 1939).

    Minter, Miles - This gambler attempted to fix a horse race in 1941 but was discovered by John Harper. When Harper disclosed this plan Minter was run out of time and nearly killed.
    First Appearance: Amazing-Man Comics #24 (Oct 1941).

    Murder Company - This was a band of nine criminals who banded together to kill men for their insurance money. They used a set of exotic, almost undetectable poisons to kill their victims. All nine were captured by Mighty Man.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #17 (Nov. 1940).

    Neal, Herbert, Police Chief - This New York City police chief is an intelligent and effective police officer. As such, he is known to the Fantom who periodically helps him out.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #19 (Apr. 1940).

    Neptune - This is the title given to a Shark when he relinquishes that title to his successor. The most recent Neptune was the Shark for nearly 500 years. He returned in 1939 to help teach his son the ropes of being the Shark. Though he told his son tales of his earlier days and of the Sharks before him he never told of what happened to him during the missing years or why he wasn't there to help raise his son.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #7 (Nov. 1939).

    Nightshade - This insurance investigator had the ability to control shadows. To help him fight crime, he strapped flashlights to his ankles so that, when he turned them on, he had a shadow to control.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #24 (Oct. 1941).

    Noble, Jerry - See Psyk.

    Nogi - This was Prince Zardi, the Eternal Man's servant and bodyguard. He is from an indian family that has served Prince Zardi for centuries.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #16 (Oct. 1940).

    Norton, Maurice - A trapper in the Northwest Territory of Canada he discovered "Speed" Centaur wandering about amnesiatically and took him in. When he died of natural causes in 1939, Centaur buried him near his home of nearly half-a-century.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2 #8 (Aug. 1939).

    O'Leary, Patrick "Spark" - An investigative reporter for radio station WPBS O'Leary developed a reputation for being in the right place at the right time. He gained considerable popularity for his wartime reporting on homefront criminal and fifth columnist activities.
    First Appearance: Keen Detective Funnies #14 (Oct. 1939).

    O'Neill, Robert "Bobby" - This police patrolman has a waterfront beat in 1939. His brother was Michael O'Neill.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#7 (July 1939).

    O'Neill, Michael "Mickey" - This newsreel cameraman traveled about the world for the Panacon Film Company. His brother was Robert O'Neill.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#7 (July 1939).

    Old Man of the Jungle - Brad Courtney. In 1924 Courtney entered the Congo as part of an expedition looking for a race of winged men rumored to live there. The expedition soon met with disaster leaving Courtney as the only white man alive. When the native bearers left him he wandered about the jungle in a diseased delirium for days. Eventually, his mind snapped but he gained phenomenal psychic powers enabling him to create vivid and realistic illusions in the minds of others. His psychosis trapped him in the jungle and he lived there relatively peacefully, entertaining visitors from neighboring tribes with his powers, until 1940 when Amelia Reinhardt crashed into the jungle near him. As she was the first white person that he had seen in over twenty years he was determined that she would stay with him. The Shark was eventually able to rescue her.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #18 (Dec. 1940).

    Olga, Madame - This saboteur was a member of the Anarchy Circle which, in turn, worked for the Great Question. She escaped capture by Amazing Man at least once. An odd feature about her is that she appears to be Zona Hendersen's identical twin. There was no indication that she was surgically altered to look like Zona. The problem that this raises is if the Great Question had a hand in Hendersen's meeting with Amazing Man.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #14 (Jul. 1940).

    Outer Circle - This was a WWII intelligence group developed to assist the Inner Circle.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#7 (July 1939).

    Panacom Film Company - This was the film production company for which Michael O'Neill worked during the '30's and early '40's.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#7 (July 1939).

    Payne, Ralph - See Arrow.

    Peterson, Jerry - A famous pulp novelist of the '30's she was trying to interview Charles Hardy when they were both sucked through an interdimensional rift to the land of Aquatania. In Aquatania she, like Hardy, found herself possessed of super-human strength.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #5 (Sep. 1939).

    Phantom Princess - When the nazi's invaded Slivonia in 1939 they captured or killed the entire slivonian royal family. One of those that they killed was the 16 year old Princess Tatanova who had killed over 20 nazi soldiers who were trying to capture her. Despite security Tatanova's body disappeared after the execution and, soon, rumours of a Phantom Princess began surfacing. Almost unpredictable the Phantom Princess struck numerous times. Sometimes her victim's died by no discernible means. Other times her victims were tortured to death or driven insane or torn into such small pieces as to be almost unidentifiable. Her victims were alone and in groups and sometimes not even in Slivonia. In 1940 the Phantom Princess recruited the help of Colonel Trevor Kilgore.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #20 (May 1940).

    Power - This was the head of a small island nation in near Europe. Although his nation wasn't very large it possessed a massive intelligence network. Although he was poised on the edge of taking over several nation, he tipped his hand by kidnapping Minimidget and Ritty. The were able to escape and alert the U.S. Navy who responded by destroying his main based.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #8 (Dec. 1939).

    Psyk - Jerry Noble and Homer Carlin were exploring an ancient ruins when they discovered the Key and House of Souls. Noble translated the inscriptions in the ruin walls around the House and learned how to activate it. When he did so and became trapped inside, Carlin locked both the Key and House away and tried to forget about them. Years later, Carlin, growing too old and tired to continue fighting Noble's efforts to unleash the powers of the House of Souls, passed the Key onto Jack Strand, his niece's fiance. Unfortunately, Noble, now known as Psyk, was able to mentally influence Diane to unleash some of the powers of the House trapping her in the House with him. He then tried to trade Strand to trade the Key for Diane, a trade that would allow him to wander the world of men again.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#7 (Jun. 1939).

    Pulaski, Jonathan "Pug" - This was the Clock 1's cell-mate when he was jailed for the murder of his father. It was Pulaski who convinced O'Brien that he couldn't expect justice in the court system. In return for his wisdom, he helped Pulaski escape intending to prove both of them innocent. Behind the kerchief's that hid their identities the Clock and "Pug" fought crime and protected the innocent for many years.
    First Appearance: Funny Pages V1#6 (Nov. 1936).

    Rainbow - In 1940 Jim Travis was sitting in his home reading an Ace Comics comic book. He was suddenly struck with the idea that he could be just as good a mystery man as anyone else. He designed his costume and took the name Rainbow. On his first venture out he ran into Black Rufus and his men. Though he didn't stop Black Rufus this time the next time he was able to run Rufus out of town. Black Rufus vowed revenge.
    First Appearance: Arrow #3 (Oct 1941).

    Ramsey, Paul, Major - A member of U.S. Army G-2 (Intelligence) Major Ramsey accepted a position on the Inner Circle in 1938 after his discharge from the U.S. Army.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#7 (July 1939).

    Reagan, Sam - This cattle rancher in Texas was a friend of Minimidget. He sought Minimmidget's help against some crooks in 1940.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #17 (Nov. 1940).

    Red Raider - One of Germany's greatest u-boot designers and tacticians. He had a prototype u-boot with which he attacked and terrorized international shipping prior to WWII. He fought the Masked Marvel on several occasions.
    First Appearance: Keen Detective Comics #21 (Jun. 1940).

    Reinhardt, Amelia - This lady flyer became famous in the '40's for her well-publicized air-jaunts around the world. When she crashed in the Congo in 1940 it was the Shark who rescued her from the Old Man of the Jungle.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #18 (Dec. 1940).

    Reuben, Jim - See Fire Man.

    Riceland University - This is the university where Doc Bigger practiced his early experiments in gigantism.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #8 (Dec. 1939).

    Robert Tod, Dr. - Roberts was an anthropologist exploring South America in the '30's. Specifically, he was attempting to locate more about an advanced indian civilization along the Amazon River which vanished mysteriously about the time that the spanish arrive taking with it nearly all traces of its existence. He was assisted in his explorations by his son, Timothy Roberts and the explorer Ken Masters. Roberts was convinced that this mysterious civilization had something to do with his wife's disappearance soon after their child's birth.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #10 (Jul. 1939).

    Roberts, Timothy - Roberts was the son of Dr. Tod Roberts and went on most of his expeditions to South America with him.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #10 (Jul. 1939).

    Robertson, Sylvia - Secretary to Jack Bennett
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#10 (Oct. 1939).

    Sand-Hog - This mysterious figure became a sand-hog (a subway tunnel digger) in 1939. He uncovered a plot to sabotage a tunnel being built from Manhattan Island to the mainland. His enormous strength and resistance to damage quickly earned him the reputation of being the ultimate sand-hog.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #8 (May 1939).

    Sanders, Rita "Ritty" - Kidnapped by Dr. Barmell, Miss Sanders was shrunk to mere 8 inches tall. When fellow shrinkee, George Patterson, turned on Dr. Barmell she helped him even though it meant that they might remain shrunken for life. Afterward, she was offered a position with the F.B.I. and was assigned to work with Patterson (now Minimidget).
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #5 (Sep. 1939).

    Scarlet Ace - This ace pilot was a government Secret Service agent disguised as a masked mercenary for hire. While working for a faction he would train guerrillas, generate double agents, and assassinate targets nominally on his employer's behalf but actually on the behalf of the U.S. government.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #13 (Jun. 1940).

    Scarskull - Joseph Campenelli was a successful crime boss in San Francisco until the combined talents of Dr. Hypno and D.A. Sam Williams put him in jail. In 1941 he escaped from prison to seek revenge against Dr. Hypno. Though he employed Lana Xian to help him he failed to kill them and died when he fell from the catwalk in the theater where he had chosen to ambush Hypno and Williams. His name referred to a large scar on his head which he received when he was a child.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #19 (Jan. 1941).

    Scowl, Dr. - This mad scientist specialized in grafting the form and abilities of animals onto humans. Among his servants were Kling and Klang. He captured Minimidget and Ritty to try to study their powers but his own servants eventually turned on him.
    First Appearance: Amazing-Man Comics #25 (Dec 1941).

    Sentinel - When a Revolutionary War cannon was fired off for the first time in 150 years, a ghost was released. That ghost, known only as the Sentinal, then used his powers to fight against crime and enemy agents.
    First Appearance: Liberty Scouts #2 (Jun. 1941).

    Shapiro, Joseph - A talented psychometrist Shapiro found life as a detective exciting. Along with his partner Dr. Vigee leBun, he used his psychometric talents to attract the Shark 2 to offer him their services.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #17 (Nov. 1940).

    Shark - Raised from infancy by the machines in the Shark's Tooth, this aquatic mystery man emerged in 1939, to fight crime and war on the high seas. Capable of breathing water, the Shark possessed great physical strength and resistence to damage - at least in the water. On land he quickly lost his strength becoming even weaker than a normal human. After a fight/encounter with his father, Neptune, his father gave him a magic knife that allowed him to retain his strength on land as long as the knife was in his possession. In addition to being able to control the shape of water while on land, he could teleport through pools of water.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #6 (Oct. 1939).

    Shark(s) -This is less an organization than a line of undersea champions. Every generation a child is chosen (or sired) by the current Neptune and taken, as an infant, to Shark's Tooth, an ancient undersea fortress. The Shark's Tooth then raises the child educating him, training him to fight, and indoctrinating him into the ways of the Shark. Upon reaching adulthood the young man is released into the outside ocean to fight menaces in the oceans throughout the world. He is often alerted to troubles needing his attention by Shark's Tooth's "computer" system. After decades (sometimes centuries) as the Shark the current Shark will pick a successor, turn him over to Shark's Tooth, and takes the title of Neptune. Thereafter, the Neptune operates as much more of a free-agent than the Shark can.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #6 (Oct. 1939).

    Sharp, Richard "Dick" - After decades of searching in his off-time Sharp finally located the infamous and lost Ouantez Mine. Before he could stake a claim to the mine he was ambushed by a gang of criminals. Though he escaped he was mortally wounded. Sharp lasted long enough to find his niece, Mary Curran, and give her the location of the mine.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #18 (Dec. 1940).

    Skipper - A member of the Liberty Guards and a top-notch sailor and engineer. He served in the U.S. Navy. He operated a small submarine called the Neptune.
    First Appearance: Liberty Scouts #2 (Jun 1941).

    Skull - This was a cybernetic criminal who fought against the Iron Skull.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #5 (Sep. 1939).

    Smokey - A member of the Liberty Guards and the scientist of the three. He served in the U.S. Army.
    First Appearance: Liberty Scouts #2 (Jun 1941).

    Sons of the Atom - This is a secret organization that worships Satan Rex. They are fanatics and are based in the City of Mists in Tibet. All bear a tattoo on their foreheads:
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #15 (V2 #11, Nov. 1939).

    Sons of the Pharaohs - This is a secret cult of egyptians claiming direct lineage to the Pharaohs. Worshippers of Anubis they center their activities around defending the burial sites of their ancestors, tracking down and killing royal grave robbers. The cult has been around for several centuries at least. Through most of its existence it has known of Prince Zardi, the Eternal Man and has sought to execute him for offenses that have never been revealed to outsiders but which seem to go right back to the origins of the cult.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #15 (Aug. 1940).

    Sparkler - "Red" Morgan possessed electrical powers which he could discharge through his fingers. He used these to fight crime.
    First Appearance: Wham Comics #1 (Nov 1940).

    Speed Centaur - This strange creature (a centaur) was found wandering through an arctic snow storm by trapper/prospector Maurice Norton. The centaur had no memories of anything before the snowstorm and had to be taught to speak English and French. Many years later, Norton died. "Speed" buried Norton and left to explore the world. Incredibly strong and with the ability to fly, Speed teamed up with a reporter (Jerry "Reel" McCoy) to fight crime in New York City.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#8 (Aug. 1939).

    Steele, Mary - Having inherited the Steele millions in 1939 Steele was kidnapped in 1940 and held for a several million dollar ransom. She was rescued by Minimidget and Ritty.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #18 (Dec. 1940).

    Stepet, Steven, Dr. - This scientist developed a heat ray which he used to evaporate several lakes. He was stopped by the combined efforts of the Shark and Neptune who then destroyed his heat ray. Investigators found his torn body (with octpus sucker marks) floating in the lake several days later.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #7 (Nov. 1939).

    Stevens, Claude, Dr. - This was Air Man's father. He was presumed killed by Captain Klegg causing his son to take up the Air Man costume. In actuality, he was taken captive by Captain Klegg and forced to design technologically advanced equipment for Klegg. He escaped many years later but was mortally wounded in the process. He lived long enough to tell his son what had happened to him all those years ago.
    First Appearance: Keen Detective Comics #23 (Aug. 1940).

    Stewart, Craig - An international adventurer with experience throughout the Third World Stewart "settled" down to providing security for his old college professor Dr. Raymond Vernon. Once Dr. Vernon finished building the Bullet (1940) Stewart then got the job of field-testing the plane. Along with his hindu valet, Khan, Stewart tested the Bullet in many parts of the world.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #17 (V3 #1, Jan. 1940).

    Stone, Barton - See Cat-Man.

    Strand, Jack - This young man was the fiance of Diana Carlin. When her uncle was dying he passed onto Strand the Key of Souls and the duty to keep Psyk confined to the House of Souls. Soon after being given the Key Diana Carlin was kidnapped by Psyk and Strand followed her into the House.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#7 (Jun. 1939).

    Strut - A member of the Liberty Guards and a top-notch pilot. He served in the U.S. Army/Air Force. He operated a specially-built airplane called the Comet.
    First Appearance: Liberty Scouts #2 (Jun 1941).

    Super-Ann - When Ann was a child, she was caught outside in a fierce snow storm. She managed to survive by taking refuge in a cave until the storm was over. In the cave, she discovered and old hermit who could not stand the light of day. He taught her secrets that gave her super-strength and resistence to damage. In 1940, she met and teamed up with Mighty Man.
    First Appearance: Amazing-Man Comics #24 (Oct 1940)

    Taal, Prince - A prince of the martian people. He rebelled against the Deimosan Council's dictatorial policies. During his personal rebellion and "exile" to Earth he met and fell in love with the Magician from Mars. When the Magician from Mars returned to Deimos to defeat the Hood she came with the prince. It was Prince Taal's death that distracted Magician of Mars enough to allow the Hood to defeat and capture her.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #11 (Apr. 1940).

    Taylor, Corrine - This was the sister of Dr. Anton Barmell. She was his sole surviving relative after he had the rest of them killed in an attempt to gain control of the family fortune.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #5 (Sep. 1939).

    Taylor, Tom "Tippy" - A rookie reporter for the Metropolitan Times of Metropolis, CA Taylor was in the right place at the right time to receive an international assignment. While flying over the Atlantic Ocean Taylor's plane went down in a thunderstorm. After ditching in the ocean he was tossed onto the shore of Phantasy Isle where he agreed to help the thongeer, Albertinus, animate his homuncs. After they were animated he had the even more difficult job of turning their rebellion around and helping them create an ethical code of behavior. When he finally had the chance to return to California he decided to remain on Phantasy Isle and act as emissary (with Albertinus) to the various factions on the island.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #17 (V3 #1, Jan. 1940).

    Tickner, Joe "Tick", Insp. - Tickner was an F.B.I. agent in the 1940's. His partner for many years was Inspector Dan Dennis.
    First Appearance: Keen Detective Funnies #10 (Jun. 1939).

    Ticonda - This was an enormous arctic ape was on display at the World's Fair in 1930. When he saw the Fantoman of the Fair, he broke out of his cage and fought him. Although the battle was close, the Fantoman finally knocked Ticonda out and returned him to captivity. An interesting comment was made in this story that Ticonda and the Fantoman had fought 10,000 years before.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #12 (V2#8, Jul. 1939).

    Todd, Cory - See TNT.

    TNT Todd - Cory Todd was an F.B.I. chemist and active field agent. Then, when he was performing some tests, he accidently released a strange purplish gas in the lab. Before he could escape he had breathed in a large amount of the gas. When he recovered, he discovered that he could fly and project disintigrating beams from his hands. He donned a bullet-proof outfit to become the mystery man, TNT.
    First Appearance (As "TNT" Todd): Keen Detective Comics #7 (Mar. 1939).
    First Appearance (As TNT): Keen Detective Comics #9 (May 1939).

    Toka - This is the south american servant of Senator Robert Manski. He knew of his employer's involvement in espionage as the Head.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #19 (Jan. 1941).

    Torrga - This 8' tall, white-haired ape-man was the head chieftain of most of the apeman tribes on Challenger Plateau when Dr. Lang and "Reef" Kincaid encountered him in 1940. Not afraid to fight his own fights he befriended Kincaid when Kincaid beat him in a fight and proved that he was not hostile to Torgga's tribe.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #16 (Oct. 1940).

    Travis, Elsie (Norris) - This was the wife of the Rainbow.
    First Appearance: Arrow #3 (Oct 1941).

    Travis, Jim - See Rainbow.

    Trepper, Henry, Prof. - This carnival huckster had a definite talent for hypnotism which he used to his benefit. While his subjects were hypnotized he would quickly determine if they were useful to him. If they were, he would program them to return to him later in the day when he could pump information out of them for blackmail purposes. His subjects would then blackmail their subjects and give the money to Trepper. Since the original subjects were hypnotized the blackmail trail could rarely be tracked back to him. At some point he came across the subject that he would later turn into Agar. Around this time Trepper's wife divorced him and threatened to use her knowledge of what he was doing to turn him over to the police unless he continued to provide her with a cut of the profits. To stop this, Trepper used Agar to kill her and several of her associated with whom she might have shared the information. His killing spree was almost ended when the Fantom captured him and removed Agar from his influence.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #19 (Apr. 1940).

    Trojan - This was the massive indian servant of Mastermind.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #18 (Dec. 1940).

    Tusk - This rather ugly man, with enlarged, tusk-like teeth on his lower jaw, was the head of a small gang. They used a fast-acting contact knock-out gas (of the Tusk's invention) to commit a number of robberies. He was defeated by the Masked Marvel.
    First Appearance: Keen Detective Comics #22 (Jul. 1940).

    Vapo-Man - Bradford Cole possessed the ability to become air. He could change the composition of the air around him and swirl it fast enough to move objects and wear through walls rapidly.
    First Appearance: Liberty Scouts #2 (Jun 1941).

    von Heim, Fritz - This german munitions maker was approached by Dacia Zaroff with a proposal to get the U.S. into the war against Germany, thereby increasing von Heim's sales. He agreed to the plan and lent his WWI u-boot to her. It was, unfortunately, sunk by Frogg and Barry Finn. Since Zaroff was able to escape the sub it is presumed that von Heim did so as well but actions after this point are currently unknown.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #17 (V3 #1, Jan. 1940).

    von Holz, Fritz - This monocled nazi spy encountered the Shark several times during is activities in the U.S. The first time he escaped from the Shark. The second time he was imprisoned by the Shark.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #11 (Apr. 1940).

    von Slagian, Gottfried, Capt. - This S.S. officer was sent to the U.S. in 1939 to retrieve a nazi infiltrator with vital secret for Germany. On the way out of the country, he ran into the Shark and was captured. Upon escaping from prison he put off leaving the country long enough to help a fifth columnist cell plan a campaign of sabotage. Once again he was tracked down by the Shark. This time he escaped after severely wounding the Shark.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #13 (May 1940).

    Walton, Charlton, Dr. - This english entomologist developed a means of stimulating insect growth to create insects of enormous size and power. He was nearly killed by Dr. Zaroff, who stole the original device (the Insect Growth Stimulator).
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies V2#9 (Sep. 1939)

    Warren, Betty (Paige) - See Headless Horseman.

    Warren, Charles - This was the husband of Betty (Paige) Warren.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #19 (Apr 1940).

    Watkins, Dennis, Dr. - A chemist working on developing a more sophisticated chemical welding technology than thermite Watkins was caught in a lab explosion which imbued his hands with the ability to cold melt any form of silicon dioxide (glass). For a time, he was forced by a criminal gang and his former assistant, John Wilson, to assist in a number of robberies. He must wear cotton or leather gloves to prevent accidental destruction of glass objects.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #13 (Jun. 1940).

    Wayburn, Rocke - An international troubleshooter this member of the Adventurer's Club is fairly good at disguises and is great in a fight. Though he enjoys stopping dangerous criminals he is not above treasure hunting or taking part of a criminal's booty as his unofficial fee.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #16 (Oct. 1940).

    Wells, Ronald, Dr. - This is one of the two scientists who discovered the Dinosaur Forest. They were unable to report their findings until 1939 when Dinosaur Forest phased back onto Earth.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #7 (Nov. 1939).

    Weltner, Carl - This monocled criminal was the head of the American Crime Ring until he was captured in 1940.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #17 (Nov. 1940).

    Wend, Bill - This poor violinist played a musical piece that summoned a demonic creature to this world. It was eventurally repelled by the singing and powers of the Magician from Mars. Wend was one of the first victims of the creature.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #9 (Feb. 1940).

    White Goddess - This young white woman was raised by an african tribe after her parents' deaths. She was tricked into leading her people in an attack against the Iron Skull who was in Africa to track down a criminal. Defeated by the Iron Skull then convinced of his good intentions the White Goddess helped him bring these criminals to justice.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #18 (Dec. 1993).

    Whitley, Grant, Prof. - The inventor of a highly corrosive gas he was captured by criminals who wanted the secret of the gas. He was rescued by the Fantom.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #20 (May 1940).

    Wilson, John - Wilson was a laboratory assistant to Dr. Dennis Watkins. When Watkins gained his ability to cold melt glass Wilson foresaw ways of making money with his employer and kidnapped him. After Watkins free himself, he had Wilson and much of the rest of the gang arrested.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #13 (Jun. 1940).

    Witch - Hester Corning may or may not be a witch out of the past. She runs a criminal organization and is fascinated by super-human powers (thinking them magic). She fought against Mighty Man.
    First Appearance: Amazing-Man Comics #19 (Jan 1941).

    Xian, Lana - This young woman is viet-namese with some french blood. She was a very successful contract killer with a talent for training animals. In 1941, she was hired by Scarskull to kill Dr. Hypno.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #19 (Jan. 1941).

    Z1, Agent - This was a Nazi secret agent stationed in the U.S. Although quite capable and ruthless he was captured by the King of Darkness.
    First Appearance: Amazing-Man Comics #24 (Oct 1941).

    Zardi, Prince, the Eternal Man - Thousands of years ago, Zardi was prince of the city of Zardipore. Having mastered the intellectual and magical arts that his city could offer, he left Zardipore to wander the world for a time. When he finally returned to Zardipore it was not longer there. He has, since, wandered the world fighting evil. Normally, he appears to be an old man in a tuxedo and top hat but, when he dons his mystic cape, he becomes young again. What magical power he has he seems to have to focus through a medallion that he normally keeps around his neck. He also has a magical cane that can become any weapon that he desires (including a gun). Once he begins to use the cane as a weapon, it cannot be taken from him.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #11 (Apr. 1940).

    Zaroff, Ignatio, Dr. - This man was a spy-master at the beginning of WWII. Although his espionage ring was not large it was efficient and well-known for getting the job done. In 1939 he began to encounter Barry Finn, an adventurer with a knack for danger. He was the father of Dacia Zaroff.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #8 (Apr. 1939).

    Zaroff, Dacia - This was the daughter of Dr. Ignatio Zaroff.
    First Appearance: Amazing Mystery Funnies #8 (Apr. 1939).

    ZL - This was an agent for the Masked Marvel.
    First Appearance: Keen Detective Funnies V2#7 (Jul. 1939).

    Zog, Prince of Mars - While exploring an island, the Shark and Neptune came across a band of martian man-bots that had teleported to this island with their prince, Zog, to set up a base from which to try to conquer the Earth. They captured the Shark and Neptune after a fight. While they were captive, however, Neptune accidently discovered their weakness to water. It is believed that all the man-bots were destroyed including Prince Zog. Since Mars, long ago, grew too cold to support life, the Martians transfered their minds to robotic bodies. Prince Zog and all his men are martian man-bots.
    First Appearance: Amazing Man Comics #15 (Aug. 1940).

    ZR - This was an agent for the Masked Marvel.
    First Appearance: Keen Detective Funnies V2#7 (Jul. 1939).

    ZY - This was an agent for the Masked Marvel.
    First Appearance: Keen Detective Funnies V2#7 (Jul. 1939).