Readers wanted more superheroes, so here we go:
Secret Identity: None was ever revealed.
Origin: Even this enigmatic figure’s origin remained unknown, just like MLJ’s hero the Marvel (qv).
First Appearance: Terrific Comics #1 (January 1944). His final Golden Age appearance came in 1946.
Mister Nobody could teleport, turn invisible, time-travel, read minds, was immortal and had limited hypnotic powers.
Comment: Long before the Phantom Stranger there was Mister Nobody! Creative teams in the 1940s couldn’t quite get a handle on this promising character, nor decide if his powers were scientific – as in based on science of the far future or an alien race – or supernatural – as in sorcery or Spectre-like powers from “God.”
Sometimes fairly active in the stories featuring him and other times just hovering on the fringes, pulling the strings of evildoers to shepherd them to their doom, Mister Nobody was part superhero and part anthology comic book narrator.
Was he acting on behalf of forces from the future to make sure selected individuals were brought to justice or was he doing “God’s Work” to punish the evil? Hell, sometimes he seemed to be acting like a Cosmic Entrapment Agent or a Deputy Tempter for Satan himself. The mystery probably lends this figure more glamour than he deserves.
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