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Mask (Nedor)

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Real Name

Tony Colby

First Appearance

Exciting Comics #1 (1940)

Original Publisher


Created by

Raymond Thayer

Golden Age Origin

District attorney Tony Colby has the goods on Olly Snate, a mob boss. However, when the trial comes to court, a mob henchmen throws acid on the incriminating evidence, splashing Colby in the face and thus blinding him. Later, Colby is arranged by a mysterious woman to undergo an experimental operation. The operation is a success, and Colby's sight is not only restored, but also improved, giving him perfect night vision. He decides to become the crime fighter known as the Mask and later picks up three operatives. His operatives are Silk Davis, a reformed criminal; Butch, a muscle-bound bruiser; and Carol Smith, the woman who helped him regain his sight.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Exciting Comics #1-20 (issues renewed from 1 (April 1940) to 23 (Vol 8 #2 Dec 1942)) [1]


  • Interestingly, Nedor originally intended to call the Mask the Owl, a name shared by a Dell Golden Age hero. This explains why, in the early stories, not only does the Mask have a beak, but he also leaves behind a calling card that has an owl's head on it.
  • The Mask was initially created as a pulp fiction character called The Black Bat. The comic version was changed in several respects because of the agreement between Nedor and National Comics over how they may use their respective bat-themed characters.

See Also

  1. Copyright Renewals

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