With the emphasis on superhero movies every summer these days I’ll periodically look at some of the stranger costumed crime-fighters who have come down the road over the years. The Black Condor will remain my blog’s Official Weird Superhero, so have no fear.
Career: Popular Comics 54 through 60
Years Active: 1940 into 1941
Comment: This bizarre superhero had the most convenient last name this side of Dr Stephen Strange. The good doctor was 75 years old before he perfected a special treatment that restored him to age 25, possibly for good. (His series got canceled long before the writers had to worry about retconning or sliding time-scales.)
Dr Hormone injected his own elderly self with special hormones he had been whipping up in his lab and followed that up with exposure to
Vita Rays “Angstrom Rays”, thus de-aging himself. With great hormones come great responsibility, however, and our intrepid hero decided to fight the forces of evil with his new youthful body and his scientific genius. His hormone chemicals allowed our hero to change his opponents’ height, weight and manipulate their anatomy in other weird ways. (This guy would have made a better villain!) Continue reading