Public Domain Super Heroes


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Real Name


First Appearance

Thrilling Comics #30 (October, 1942)

Original Publisher


Created by

Jack Binder

Golden Age Origin

Hawkins was a scientist obsessed with obtaining power. After years of research, he believed he had discovered a black magic formula that would make him "invincible." He claimed he would sell his soul for power and inhaled the gas produced by the potion. The gas instantly transformed him, causing him to grow devil-like horns. He then teamed up with Nazi fifth columnists, in an effort to spread chaos and terror, so that he could rule men with the scepter of fear. He later freed inmates at a prison, to obtain men for his war against America. He was opposed by Doc Strange.

Mephisto's "invincibility" allowed him to shrug off the bullets of a machine gun with ease, and survive a fall down the shaft of a raging industrial furnace (though he claims that if he had not escaped the flames sooner, it would have been his end). He was apparently strong enough to stun Doc Strange, and tough enough to take a hit from the super strong hero. It is clear that he was deadly accurate with throwing knives and capable of throwing more than one at a time with accuracy. He also used handguns and other weapons, and employed a small gang. He operated out of the tunnels of a complex sewer system which he was intimately familiar with.

Golden Age Appearances

Thrilling Comics #30, 33

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