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The Penguin
Wow Comics 16 001

Real Name

Bruce Baron

First Appearance

"Wow" Comics #15 (1942)

Original Publisher

Commercial Signs of Canada/Bell Features

Created by

Adrian Dingle

Golden Age Origin

The Penguin protected Canada against Axis spies, saboteurs and infiltrators during World War II. He wore a coat & tails and a white tie along with a distinctive face mask. It was well known among evil-doers that those who saw the face the Penguin did not live long after seeing it.

As the war progressed The Penguin started to execute spy hunting expeditions below the 49th parallel into the United States, during these he kept the same clothing as before but called himself the Blue Raven, perhaps to avoid confusion with an American villain who used the same motif.

His enemies included the spy, Luger, and Professor Kazar.

Powers/Abilities

The Penguin was a detective, master spy, acrobat, expert hand-to-hand combatant, marksman, and the most prominent mystery man in Canada. So much so that his true identity became one of the secrets that spies most sought from Canada.

Wow Comics 25 001

Penguin in action. Wow Comics #25

Golden Age Appearances

  • "Wow" Comics #15-30
  • Slam-Bang #7 (as "The Blue Raven")

Notes

  • Adrian Dingle states, "In those days the white tie was still in vogue for evening wear, and this gave him a Jimmy Valentine quality. I thought that by making him into a penguin - after all, penguins, if you see them walking around, do resemble men in white tie and tails - gave it a quality in those days. So he just wore a hood and kept his identity a secret."
  • When Bell Features attempted to break into the U.S. market (and to avoid legal battles with a certain American publisher who publishes a certain bat-themed character with an enemy also called "The Penguin"), Bell Features changed their character's name to the "The Blue Raven."

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