Real Name


First Appearance

America's Best Comics #4 (February 1943)

Original Publisher


Created by



After a gang steals a vial of Lepothrix Bacteria, thinking it to be the source of Pyroman's power, Ornitz was chosen to be their test subject. Instead of gaining Pyroman's powers, Ornitz's body took on the properties of iron. The transformation gave him superhuman strength, nigh-invulnerability, and increased aggression. Anyone injected with Ornitz's blood became his obedient slave with similar powers, which could only be reversed with the death of the original host. While electrical shocks would increase his powers, contact with ferrous oxide (rust) was fatal. Ornitz was killed by falling onto a small, rusted nail.

Golden Age Appearances

  • America's Best Comics #4


  • The Nedor comics were renewed by Popular Library, which was eventually bought out by Fawcett Books. When Fawcett went out of business, Popular Library was sold to Warner Bros. A number of different publishers, however, are currently/have been using these characters without any lawsuits from Warner Bros., so any action over them is (probably) unlikely. They are still, however, "use at your own risk" characters.

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