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Grim Reaper

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The Grim Reaper
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The Grim Reaper from Wonder Comics #2

Real Name

William (Bill) Norris

First Appearance

Fighting Yank #7 (Feb 1944)

Original Publisher


Created by

Richard E. Hughes; Al Camy

Golden Age History Edit


Bill Norris was studying at the Sorbonne, the famed university in Paris, France when the Nazis occupied the city. [1] Intervening in a Nazi harassment of a citizen, Norris was arrested and sent to a concentration camp. He helped an old man, who eventually confided to Norris that he was the leader of the French Underground and knew the location of an important French General, who had to be safely brought to Africa to continue the battle. Fashioning a Grim Reaper outfit, Norris, with help from the French citizenry, rescued the General.[2]

Grim Reaper

Excerpt from Wonder Comics #1 cover

Bill Norris took it upon himself to fight the Nazi menace in Europe, donning a mask and cape and calling himself the Grim Reaper. With no superpowers, he relies on his hand-to-hand combat skills, a rope with a hangman's noose, his handgun, and his trusty knife to thwart criminals.

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The Grim Reaper's calling card.

Golden Age HistoryEdit

He was, at one point, number one on the Gestapo's wanted list.[3]

The Grim Reaper was often shown working behind enemy lines in the German underground. While getting a machine that broadcasts electrical sparks that short circuit any motor within range, including planes, out of Germany, the Reaper made his way to England. [4]

In one adventure, the Reaper brings a special Nazi zeppelin to England and wants nothing more than to go back to the continent. "The only reward I want is a chance to fight the Nazi beasts again and again ... to spread terror among the foulest terrorists the world has ever known! Tremble, you Nazis! The Grim Reaper is coming back!" [5]

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The Reaper strikes!

Golden Age Appearances Edit

All appearances appear to be in public domain. [6]

See Also Edit


  1. In the real world, the Nazis occupied Paris on June 14, 1940. Norris was described as "American student stranded in occupied Europe." in Wonder Comics #3.
  2. The outfit is described as all black in the text of Wonder Comics #2, but is shown in the issue as it is on the cover - white shirt, purple cape/mask, purply-blue pants and boots.
  3. Wonder Comics #3
  4. Wonder Comics #4
  5. America's Biggest Comics Book, 1944
  6. As per First copyright renewals for periodicals, none of Grim Reaper's appearances in Wonder Comics and America's Biggest Comic Book were renewed. As per other research, only Fighting Yank #2 was renewed.

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