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The Moths
Chessmen chessman
A Moth wielding a gas gun

Real Name

unknown, various

First Appearance

Wonderworld Comics #9 (May, 1940)

Original Publisher


Created by

Bob Powell (as Arthur Dean)

Golden Age Origin

The Chessmen aided Karno the Chessman in his schemes. In his cavernous subterranean lair they obeyed his every order, up to and including kidnapping Dr. Fung and various others to turn into chess pieces.

They wore red, bulletproof  suits with green wing-like contraptions on their backs that allowed them to fly, and wielded several weapons such as gas guns, and disintegrator ray-guns. Other than that they were ordinary humans. They were dubbed collectively as the Moth by the press because of the appearance of their outfits. 

Golden Age Apearances

  • Wonderworld Comics #9-10 

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