Another interesting character to come from the ranks of MLJ Comics (later Archie Comics) was The Hangman, a hard-hitting lawman whose vengeance was deadly. The character ran in Pep Comics for several issues, then had a self-titled serires for several blood-spattered issues.. According to Don Markstein's Toonopedia:

" Like Batman's, The Hangman's career as a costumed crime fighter was motivated by revenge. But he carried his "grim avenger" role much farther not just in his motif, far more terrifying to a criminal than a mere bat, but also in his methods. One reason The Hangman struck fear into the hearts of his foes was the gallows and noose he often projected in shadow form to herald his arrival. Another was his propensity for killing them whenever that struck him as appropriate. "

Special Comics #1 /Winter 1941

"The Hangman was Bob Dickering, whose brother, John, was a minor superhero called The Comet. After putting away a gangster named "Big Boy" Malone, The Comet was attacked in his home by Malone's henchmen. They mistook Bob for John, however, and kidnaped him. The real Comet came to the rescue. He succeeded in saving Bob, but was himself killed in the process. Bob swore an oath of vengeance against all criminals, and next thing you know, there was a new scourge of evildoers in town. He took over The Comet's sparse supporting cast, including girlfriend Thelma Gordon. ".

"The Hangman continued meting out grisly justice for several years, not just in Pep but also, starting with a Winter, 1941 cover date, in a comic of his own. At first, the title was Special Comics, and he shared it with Boy Buddies (kid sidekicks of The Shield and The Wizard), but starting with #2, it was called Hangman Comics. It was replaced after eight issues with one devoted to The Black Hood, but even then, The Hangman got a story in the back pages. When it became de rigeur for superheroes to fight Nazis and Japs, he got himself an arch-foe in the person of Captain Swastika. Eventually, though, the superheroes mostly dropped out of comics, and The Hangman dropped with them. His last appearance was in Pep Comics #47 (March, 1944). "

The model I've designed is patterned directly from the cover above featuring one of Hangman's early appearances. I haven't had a chance to build this one yet - so it's still a beta. But I hope you enjoy assembling this Scourge of the Underworld!

Happy Modeling!!
The Professor.

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