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An agent who tells Mr Tawny he can make a great singer out of him. Though his voice is terrible, people will want to see a singing tiger. When Billy tells him not to be forced into something he does not want, and when Hooey tries to stop him he transforms and tries to throw him out. But Hal flatters Tawny, making him sign the contract. When Cap criticises him, Hal claims he is jealous. A Gala party is arranged to celebrate this next day, but Hal drops the invitation to Captain Marvel into the bin as he wants their friendship to break up. The feud will be good publicity. Tawney is upset Cap does not turn up, and Cap is upset Tawney did not invite him. A fire breaks out from a dropped match and Cap puts it out, but they are still angry at each other. Odd that Cap with the wisdom of Solomon could not act more cleverly. The news spreads of the 'feud' and it is claimed Cap will beat up Tawny if he meets him again and on the radio it is reported Tawny called Captain Marvel a big red cheese. The publicity means seats are sold out for the performance, and when Billy comes to try to patch up the friendship he is knocked out by Hooey and locked in the prop room. Tawny is booed for his awful singing, and Billy is woken up by this, summons Captain Marvel, and stops the hurled projectiles. He then stops Hooey from running away with the money, and he admits he threw the invitation away. Tawny realises never to doubt a true friend.
A six-armed alien and accomplice of Mr Mind, who first appears when he helps give the Rainbow Squad their powers. He also helped Mister Mind build his Mr Wonderful Robot. Next issue Mr Mind captures a baseball team and challenges a human baseball team to fight his team, made up of aliens suited to the role. Handyman acts as batsman. When Captain Marvel decides to help the humans, Mind sends Handyman after Billy Batson, who after making a call about the game is captured, by Handyman, who takes him back to the Dressing Room, gags Billy, and ties him up. Mr Mind says he will have Billy killed later, but first he must see his triumph. However Billy removes the tape over his mouth on a spiked shoe a member left behind, and summons Captain Marvel, who wins against the aliens. He then follows Mr Minds team back to their base, and stops Handyman from executing the kidnapped team. Presumably the team is sent to jail.
A man who collects letters of hate by causing trouble. Only appearing in Marvel Family #57. He is jailed by Mary Marvel.
The Hen: 1949, "Marvel Family" 28: A thin woman who happens to be a ruthless criminal mastermind. Besides her thin angled features, she further mimics her name-sake by having a tendency to cackle. She is also a genius with gases. During her first appearance she attempted to steal the Royal Ruby of Tashmir, worth a million dollars, from wealthy lady Mrs Vanrock. Her first direct attack failed due to Mary Marvel, as Mary Batson happened to be in the house at the time. However the Hen's Gang then took over Henrietta's Beauty Parlor, leaving the girls who worked there bound and gagged, and pretending they were working and Henrietta had left. Vanrock was hypnotized into forgetting she had been wearing the Royal Ruby of Tashmir when she went into a beauty parlour. Mary Batson had seen the lady's ruby had gone, but when she went in and asked she was knocked out by the Hen's henchman, tied up on a chair and gagged next to a bomb that would go off in five minutes or earlier if she pulled her hair which was attached to the bomb. But she was able to free her hands by pushing them over a chair bolt, remove her gag, turn into Mary Marvel, and escape. The Hen is so ruthless, she killed off her whole gang just so's not to share the loot. However, this kinda makes other criminals not want to work for her.
So in Marvel Family #34 after pretending to drown, she teams up with Georgia Sivana, combining the Sivana daughter's goal with being Princess of Earth with her own goal to be the World's Wealthiest Woman. The Hen invented a powerful sleep gas, while Georgia had a spray gun for it. Mary sees Georgia's rocket ship, transforms, and flies after it. At a diamond importers Georgia sprays bubbles containing sleep gas inside, knocking out those inside. Wearing gas masks, they try to take the diamonds, but Mary appears. She recognises the Hen, but Georgia shoots bubbles at the street below, making the people fall asleep. While Mary stops a truck from hitting the people, the two escape. Georgia tells the Hen about Mary Batson, and the next day while Mary is shopping she is knocked out when accidentally popping a bubble she tries to catch thinking it was a children's toy, not realising it was Georgia imitating a child's voice. However, you cannot have two leaders and this team-up was doomed as eventually the two got to fighting over who was the best for so long it allowed Mary to wake up, transform, capture them, and put them in jail.
A plumber who gets sick of fixing pipes and decides to rob a big lawn party after Mr. Randall hires him to fix a leak in the kitchen pipe using some pills. The next day at the party, he goes to fix the fountain, and when Freddy Freeman arrives late everybody is in a frozen sleep. He sees Pipe robbing them and transforms to Captain Marvel Jr., but Pipe throws a woman into the fountain, and while Jr. stops her from drowning, as not even that wakes her, he escapes. After Jr. calls the hospital, a doctor describes the same thing happened to four people at a small lawn party, who were all robbed of their valuables. The next day Jr. sees Mrs. Charles Dunning is giving a big lawn party for charity on the third, which all society will attend. Jr. goes there and hears a man has come to check on her fountain, however she and the guests then go into a frozen sleep, and Jr. sniffs a faint misty vapour coming from the fountain. Jr. investigates the fountain and finds little pellets wedged inside the nozzle which emitted the vapour with the water. He takes up the same position as the other guests, and soon the crook appears wearing a gas mask. Jr. then reveals he is not asleep and knocks Pipe into the fountain. Pipe confesses and gives enough information for an antidote to be developed. He is then jailed.
First appearing in "Captain Marvel Adventures" #32. Herr Phoul is a German Nazi, one of the three lieutenants of Mr. Mind's Monster Society of Evil. As required of Nazi officers, he was bald and had a monocle. He died when he was caught in the explosion of an ammunition dump.
Based on Japanese general Hideki Tojo. He and all the resources of Imperial Japan have assisted the Monster Society of Evil.
Only appearing in "Marvel Family" #74. The Hiss-Men are reptiles that resemble humanoid Crocodiles even though the Hiss-Men are not related to the Crocodile-Men from the planetoid Punkus. The come from 1,000,000 BC who are battling the humans of that age for control of the world. Needing humans, they create a time-tube to the present day. Dexter Knox uncovers the tube with his metal detector, and with the Marvel's help unearths it. Hiss-Men emerge who fire lava balls at the group, causing the Marvel Family to be summoned, who chase the Hiss-Men back down the tube, but find they have disappeared, so they cap the tube. Dexter keeps watch, but when he falls asleep the Hiss-Men emerge and net him. They then start using their nets to catch more people and bring them down the tube. Billy wakes up and transforms when he hears cries for help, and saves someone. Freddy Freeman hears Profesoor Edgewse being kidnapped, so transforms and defeats the Hiss-Man. One of the Hiss-Men tries to net Mary, telling her 'Come to the past with me!' but she becomes Mary Marvel and defeats her foe. The Marvels fly back to the tunnel, but find Dexter Knox was knocked out, and the tube has been moved so the Marvels do not wreck it. The Hiss-Men they try to capture kill themselves rather than reveal the location. By now over a thousand humans have been kidnapped and a radio alert is given, some Hiss-Men have been killed but there are always more, but the Marvels use a tracker Dexter Knox made to track the time tube, inside a cave. They realize it does not work on the Marvels, so change back to their civilian forms, and go down the Time Tube, but when emerging they are knocked out by the Hiss-Men using a club from behind. They are placed inside a machine and changed into Hiss-Men, and reveal they plan to make an army of Hiss-Men to defeat the humans of their age. The children cannot say their words with their hissing accents, so they try to escape over the walls with their more agile bodies, but are chased back by a dinosaur. They are forced back to the protection of the Hiss-Men, whose walls and weapons keep the monsters out. They pretend to resign themselves to their fate, but throw a note to Dexter through the time tube. He goes through and is told by them what has happened, after which he is able to reverse the machine. The Marvels defeat the Hiss-Men and send the kidnapped humans back to their own time. They then find the battlefield of the humans and Hiss-Men, where the two sides seem deadlocked, and help the humans to win the battle and drive the Hiss-Men into the sea. They use the time-tube to return while in their civilian forms, then become the Marvels and destroy it.
The Hydra II: 1945, Captain Marvel Adventures, vol 1, #42. In his war against Captain Marvel, Mr. Mind creates a monstrous body with a human head. Only the human head turns out to be an imbecile so Mr. Mind decides to kill his monster. When he chops the head off, it not only grows back but a dog's head does as well. Deciding such a creature could be useful, he takes it to steal some weapon plans. Losing and gaining more heads in battle with Captain Marvel and the police, the beast is finally defeated when Captain Marvel feeds it some raw meat and the various heads attack each other over it.
This is not to be confused with another Fawcett villain, Hydra: All-Hero #1. John Oberon is able to turn into the Greek monster Hydra and is opposed by Ibis.
In "Marvel Family" #21 a Hydra is one of a trio of monsters summoned from the Netherworld. It resembles a two-headed tough man and possesses superhuman strength, battling Mary Marvel as its two heads mean it cannot be easily knocked out. She gets past this by hitting the heads together, and the trio of monsters are sent back to the Netherworld.
In Marvel Family #24 another Hydra appears, with seven heads. After Vikings appear who destroy cars thinking they are dragons. Bullets cannot hurt them, and they claim they are already dead. Mary Marvel stops the Vikings who think she is an Ogre, and claim to be from Valhalla, where Vikings go where they die.(Although not said in the story, it is only those who die in battle that go there.) The Vikings go to the Hydra in an old house, and Mary follows them. Hearing 'a little red ogre girl of steel' attacked them the Hydra realises it is Mary Marvel, the one foe he fears. When Mary flies through the window, he tells the Vikings to go through the door to Valhalla while he gets rid of her with his Flame Gun. Mary hits him, but he changes to another face. He changes again to a Viking, and claims to be Hydra, the man with seven heads, created by a Scientist ages ago and possessing eternal life. He then changes to the brainy head which invented the fourth dimensional door which will take him to Valhalla where dead Vikings live for ever. Believing there to be no such thing as a Fourth dimensional door Mary says 'I'll get you yet.' The door is locked, but she breaks it open with a single blow and goes through a long tunnel to a sign saying Valhalla Viking Castle. She finds the Hydra with his Viking head telling the Vikings he will lead them to Earth to slay Dragons and Ogres and rescue fair maidens. He really plans for them to wreck civilisation, allowing him to conquer Earth. Mary attacks and he tells 10 to occupy her. The Warriors cannot be hurt or killed, Mary hits one 18 times and he is still not hurt, while the Hydra is planning to lead them to Earth. She flies out to think of a way to defeat them. She finds some "Amazon Women" in a four walled canyon. They think she is a goddess and reveal the Hydra imprisoned them. They refused to help him, so he sealed the tunnel that leads from the castle beyond imprisoning them there. Mary makes an opening in the cliff and leads them on. Then it is revealed they are Valkyrie maidens. Mary knocks out all the Hydra's heads, and the Vikings realise he caused the trouble and will keep him imprisoned in the dungeon from which nobody ever escapes. After returning Mary wrecks the door to make sure the Hydra never escapes.
- Main article: Ibac
A frail thug named "Stinky" Printwhistle who was empowered by Lucifer himself after he was saved from a fall caused by Captain Marvel, with the powers of four of the most evil men to walk the face of the earth (Ivan the Terrible, Borgia, Attila the Hun and Caligula). When he says the name "IBAC", he becomes a large, muscular brute with super-strength. Saying his name again transforms him back into Printwhistle (therefore, like Captain Marvel, Jr., Ibac also cannot say his own name).
The Ice King
A being whose people are from the last ice age, therefore making him used to cold temperatures. Using a freeze ray he causes snow to bury a town so he can steal the gold and make a giant ice ray with which he can start a new ice age. He escapes the Marvels using an ice wall, and meets two native children, Kyak and his sister Olia, whose village was attacked, with many of the inhabitants enslaved by the Ice king. They find them in the Ice city and stop an attempt by the Ice King to destroy the town with a train and mammoths. They find him but he reveals Kyak and Olia behind a 25 foot ice wall. If his wall is smashed they die, and the wall is so thick the guard will have time to kill them if they try getting through. When the Marvels gets through there using welding while in their civilian forms, the guard pretending to sleep knocks them out, and the Ice King uses his freeze ray to make ice on their heads, gagging them, and nearly suffocating them. He throws them down a chute to a pack of wolves, but Billy breaks the ice on a wolf's skull, allowing him to turn into Captain Marvel, the others copy him, and defeat the wolves. The Ice King meanwhile has frozen the ocean. The Marvels use an atomic pile to heat up the ocean, his mammoth turns against him, the ray is smashed, and he is jailed while the natives take over the Ice city. Only appearing in "Marvel Family" #82.
India Rubber Man
Only appearing in Captain Marvel Adventures #10. An India rubber man in the Bingling Bros Circus, Mahatma Squatma, who gets sick of tying himself in knots every day. He passes Thor the Strong Man while of duty, and finds he is also unhappy, so they join together. They find the Wild Man from Borneo is also unhappy. Squatma reveals a strange oriental poison he brought from India, with which they can rule instead of be ruled. The others agree with him. That evening they go to the home of Baker, the rich banker as they need money. The India Rubber man gets into Baker's house and poisons Baker's soup with his skills. Baker is having dinner with Billy, but sddenly realises he has been poisoned. Mahatma reveals the antidote pill and says Baker will die in 24 hrs unless he gives them a million dollars. Baker says it will bankrupt him, but the Rubber Man tells him to bring it to the Circus tomorrow. The Wild Man tries to hit Billy's head with a hammer, but Billy transforms and defeats the Wild Man, and when Thor attacks him he is knocked out. Marvel attacks the Rubber Man, but his contortionist skills mean he can absorb the blows easily. Marvel stretches his foe back, but the crook flies out of the window like a rubber band. Baker's doctor can find no cure, so Baker decides he will call his bank for the million dollars. Billy tells Morris, but says he did not tell the Police or Squatma would destroy the antidote and Baker would die. Billy goes to the Circus and sees Baker handing over the million dollars, so he summons Captain Marvel. Squatma gives him the pill, which stops Baker shivering, then Baker calls the police he brought with him. The policemen run past Marve, so the two henchmen of Squatma break the roller coaster supports, delaying Captain Marvel while he rescues the occupants. He then follows them into the house of mirrors. Captain Marvel is unable to find the real criminals, allowing them to slip away. The manager runs in to sue Marvel for wrecking the place, so he transforms to Billy, who says Squatma will pay as he is the cause of this. Billy reports the story, but gets stomach cramps which is reported on the radio. Squatma gets in pretending to be a Doctor, then his men and him hold Billy down and pour the poison down his throat before he can say Shazam. Billy cannot say the magic word as his teeth are chattering too much. The two henchmen tie up Sterling Morris and escape. Billy sees a nantiote pill has been dropped by Squatma and swallows it, enabling him to transform. Marvel tries being conspicuous, so rings the bell and wins a Cigar each time. He performs sword swallowing and fire-eating acts. The three villains notice it, but Squatma has made enough of the poison to kill an army, and plans to dump it in the city reservoir to enslave them all. They reopen the Three Tasks exhibit. Marvel does not recognise Squatma wearing dark glasses apparently and enters the exhibit. First he must lift a stone cat, which Marvel lifts revealing it is connected to an underground stone, then defeat what looks like an old weakman who is actually a strong wrestler, which Marvel also wins revealing it is a robot which he destroys with a single blow. Then he must empty a drinking horn with one gulp, which the other two henchmen are filling with all the poison, enough to kill five states. But Marvel survives it and knocks the two henchmen onto a merry-go-round. The leader still withstands the blows of Marvel, so is bounced round with the blows until he gets dizzy, then tied up in a human knot, which is how it all started.
Invaders from Infinity
Only appearing in "Marvel Family" #36. Resemble giant fireballs. They are first seen from a watchtower on Pluto who think they are meteors and radio their headquarters on [[wikipedia:Earth|. However the inhabitants are killed by the fireballs, which then move away from Pluto. The United Nations contact the Marvels after Neptune contacts them about the fireballs which are attacking them. The Marvels go there, and finding nothing on the surface they go underground, thinking the Neptunians must be a mole-like race. Captain Marvel Jr. find wreckage and think the Neptunians might have all been killed. The Marvel Family shouts loudly at the suggestion of Captain Marvel, but still finding nobody, so they leave Neptune. However after this happens the fireballs reappear and reveal they plan to crush all resistance in this corner of the universe, then they will systematically demolish all forms of matter, then have a limitless empty infinity of space in which to live. The Marvels then go to Jupiter, although they imply they went to [[wikipedia:Earth| and Saturn and found no trace of civilization there. Captain Marvel thinks the Jupiterians must be tall like their buildings, but when they meet the Jupiterians, who despite their tall buildings are short and wide, which Mary Marvel alludes to the high gravitational mass, which according to them is 300 times that of Earth. The scientists claim the fireballs are actually a form of life, and the Marvels deduce with their incredible intellects they come from Infinity, the realm beyond the Universe. The Jupiterians are confident their space fleets will destroy the fireballs, but their weapons do not destroy the fireballs, meaning the Marvels after saving the ships have to evacuate the planet Jupiter and clear a path through the asteroid belt. They receive a report the fireballs are attacking Mars. The Jupiterians say the Martians are a warlike treacherous race and that this must be a trick, but the Marvels go there anyway. The Martian leader who resembles a humanoid military dictator surrenders, but understands the fireballs thoughts and realizes they want them to help in the conquest of the Solar System. When the Marvels arrive they are attacked, and Mary Marvel realizes the Martians have sold out to the invaders. The Martians finally surrender and the Marvels go to Earth, although they know the Fireballs are invulnerable to every known weapon. The Marvels battle and are enveloped by the Fireballs, but are able to free themselves, realizing neither can hurt the other. They work out a formula for a basic finite substance through which no Infinite substance can pass, and construct a prison of it, luring the Fireballs into it. They then defeat the Martians, and are told by the Jupiterians they will drop the Martians off on their way back to Jupiter and that the Martians will always be thankful to the Marvels. The Marvels check the Fireballs, but find they have burnt out as imprisonment of any kind was fatal to them which is why they wanted to destroy the Solar System for more space.
Only appearing in Marvel Family #12. The Marvels get a letter from Sheriff Blake from Redrock, Montana, saying bandits called the Iron Horsemen are raiding the countryside. The Marvels go to the Town and see armoured men on mechanical iron steeds. They are led by Iron Duke, and their armour is bulletproof. They try robbing the bank, but the Marvels fight them, the Iron Horsemen's bullets only bouncing off. Captain Marvel knocks one down, but his horse kicks Cap. The other bandits use the same method against the others. The bandits then ride away, on horses which can do 100 mph. They ride to the hills, and the Marvels lose them among those. Mary says they must have a hideout here, but it would take weeks to find it. They go back and meet Blake. They ask if he knows where the hideout is, too which he says he doesn't. Blake tells them he reserved rooms for them at the hotel. They go in and turn back to rest. Meanwhile the Iron Horseman go to their hideout, a Spanish Fortress built 300 years ago. The Iron Duke says a few more hauls like this and they can retire. When another member asks about the Marvel Family he says they'll outwits them. The Iron Duke says they stole Fire insurance papers from the Bank which cover almost every building in town. They'll burn the town down and collect the money. With flame throwers, they attack the town and night. But the noise wakes the children and Uncle Marvel, who become the Marvel Family. Captain Marvel withstands a flame thrower and uses it against the Iron Horseman. Jr. and Mary use the same method. But the Four Horsemen retreat and split up, so so do the Marvel Family. Mary seizes her quarry, and hits him hard enough to knock him from the armour. She flies him away. Jr. stands in front of another horse, smashing it apart. Uncle goes through a forest a foot. The Horseman hides behind a tree and decides to capture him. He is seized from behind, and the Horseman tries to squeeze him till he goes limp. However he turns on a knob on the Horse, making it kick the bandit. He tries to ride back, but can't control the Horse. Cap chases the Duke back to his castle, where the drawbridge is sent up. Cap thinks if he smashed his way in, it would warn the Duke and give him a chance to escape. Despite the fact the Duke already knows he is after him. Cap foolishly decides to turn back to Billy to creep through a small window. He is clubbed by the Duke. When he comes to he is gagged and tied to a torture wheel, which the Duke says will tear him imb from limb 'slowly.....agonizingly'. However Uncle crashes through the castle on the Horse, which collides with the wheel making Billy's gag come off. He summons Cap, who defeats the Duke. Meanwhile the Horse has been smashed after crashing through a wall, and Uncle says he will never ride another horse as long as he lives. The Horsemen are then jailed in Redrock.
Only appearing in Marvel Family #54. A scientist whose Greenhouse is in financial difficulties so he creates an animal hormone that gives plants the power to move and talk, causing them to commit a holdup for him. He comes along disguised as another plant. Mary Batson is due at the party, sees the robbery, and becomes Mary Marvel. She overpowers them but they escape by standing stll next to other plants. They then give the Jewels, which they are hiding in themselves, to him. Later Mary visits Zooly and thinks she saw a cactus move. She hides and sees him give orders to the plants. She tries to say her magic word, but a tendril from a plant coils round her throat, preventing her saying her magic word. Mary is then bound and gagged and placed inside a Tiger plant from the tropics that starts closing on her, after which it will digest her. But she hooks her gag on a spikes and jerks her head back, removing her gag and enabling her to transform. She destroys the plants and takes Zooly to jail.
Jeepers is the last of a race of bat monsters. He was a member of the Monster Society of Evil.
Based on a legendary figure made from steel who worked in Pittsburgh Steel mills. Sivan, after reading a Superman comic, gets the idea of making a man of steel. He makes a formula for a super-strong steel, and pours the formula into a steel vat, making another Joe Magarac. This robot is programmed to wreck the Pittsburgh Steel mills. However Billy, who is visiting the mill, transforms into Captain Marvel and knocks the robot through the roof. A homing device in the robot brain leads Magarac back to Sivana. Sivana is angry when he hears Captain Marvel stopped Magarac, but then realises Cap must have turned back to Billy by now. When Billy leaves the mill his mouth is seized by Magarc. While he covers Billy's mouth he squeezes some steel into a gag for Billy. He welds it with his hands over Billy's mouth so he can't yell. He tells Billy that he doesn't need to tie his hands as he is not strong enough to get his gag off. However Billy gets a pad of paper out of his pocket and writes something down, hoping Sivana included knowledge of how to read into Magarac's mind. He writes an insult to Magarac, who hits him, breaking the gag. Billy's jaw is nearly broken, but he figured Magarac's hand was harder than his gag. Despite being dazed he is still able to say Shazam. He transforms and smashes Magarc apart. Sivana has meanwhile made other steel creatures to wreck the mills. After getting advise from Atlas, Cap gets the rest of the Marvel Family to help him smash the creatures. He then meets a steel Superman. He and the Superman hit each other at the same time, and the Superman is destroyed. He then takes Sivana to jail.
A taxidermist who sells stone animals then plans to turn the population of Volcanoville, a city in a volcano crater, to stone using a gas. It will be blamed on the volcano and he will make a fortune from exhibiting the city. Billy sees the people turning to stone and turns to Captain Marvel. He stops the spreading of the gas and blocks the hole, but sees Jark with a gas mask using a bomb to open the hole. He plugs it again with a tree, but turns to Billy to get through a small window in Jark's shop. However he breaks a vase accidentally, alerting Jark who knocks him out, then ties up and gags him. He tries to turn Batson to stone using a gas that only turns skin to stone, leaving someone alive for hours before they slowly die, and removes the gag to see the effect on his face, but Batson kept his mouth open so he can speak and turns into Captain Marvel, and defeats Jark. He realises a light blow on the skin will shatter the stone, and a new outer layer will grow in a few days. Jark is then jailed.
Jokes of Jeopardy spies
Only appearing in Marvel Family #88. At Mrs Wagner's boardinghouse someone tries to rent a room, but keeps getting turned down as it is full up. Freddy Freeman and Leroy Marks start playing pranks on each other, and challenge each other to a practical joke contest. They play them round the boarding house, and Mary and Billy find out about this prank contest. Billy in his room finds an imitation snake, then realizes it is a real cobra. He transforms into Captain Marvel, tangles it up, and saves it for the zoo. Mary finds firecrackers have set her bed alight, she becomes Mary Marvel, fills her mouth with water from a tap, and puts it out. Freddy finds a tear gas bomb in his room, and becomes Captain Marvel Jr. He throws it out and clears the place. They go to meet Leroy, and Jr. finds a bucket of water on the door. They tell Leroy they think he committed the other pranks, but he tells them he did not commit this. Mary says she thinks he is telling the truth, and by process of elimination they think Freddy committed them, forgetting the tear gas. They ask Jr. if he is covering up for Freddy. Jr. runs out sadly, transforms back, and starts crying. Billy and Mary are sad about the Marvel Family breaking up. Billy has an idea, the two Marvels tie up Leroy, and tie up and gag Freddy. In Professor Edgewise's lab someone prepares a device, then meets Cap and Mary who decided to wait for another prank, and are somehow in the lab. He throws the atomic drill, and while Mary and Freddy save Professor Edgewise the crook escapes. Cap frees and ungags Freddy who transforms. Jr. sees a light in the tower which was not noticed before by the Marvels, and Mary chases the helicopter. She plays a 'practical joke' on the pilot, he leaps out to run away, but finds her waiting for him. Freddy stops another person, and Cap finds a hidden bag on the top of the tower, the highest point in the neighborhood, which the plane was supposed to pick up. It is revealed this contains atomic secrets, which the spies had stolen. One of them reveals he sneaked in and played practical jokes, hoping Leroy or Freddy would get blamed and kicked out, leaving an empty room for him, from which he could pass secrets for months. The Marvel Family rejoice being together again. Later Leroy tries to scare them with a mask, but Mary says 'Silly man! After all those horrible jokes, do you think that cute mask can scare us?'
Jud Hunkle (Runaway Genius)
Only appearing in Marvel Family #57. Professor Joel Jackson, an upright and honourable man, is stuck up by degraded vagrant Jud Hunkle. Billy summons Captain Marvel and stops him, but Jackson says he does not want to press charges, and he's just the man he's looking for to make a good citizen. He takes him to his laboratory and reveals he has discovered units of thought, Thotons, like units of matter, Electrons, Protons, Neutrons, Positrons, and Photons. He uses it on the man, and he sees the error of his ways. Cap thinks it might be temporary, but next day Jud is so clean-shaven and well-mannered Cap does not at first recognise him, and is working in the lab. Cap says not to give him anymore as it could make him a genius, so Jackson decides to do that. Next day Jud is in the lab, painting, having already produced a short opera and exquisite clay model. But he starts acting temperamental, so Marvel reminds him not to let it go to his head. Cap tells him not to give him any more, but next day Jackson says Jud is no longer a genius. Billy at first thinks he has slipped back to before, but Jackson says he gave Jud more photons, making him beyond a genius. He shows a chart, imbecile, moron, average man, intellectual man, genius, Billy is amazed at this, wondering what is higher than a genius. Jackson reveals Jud is now the most brainy and intelligent human being on Earth. Right now he is working out the master formula to the Universe. Einstein's new gravity theory he says is like adding two and two. He has the formula for a weapon a million times more powerful then the atom bomb, with which he can wipe out all armies and rule Earth. Billy realises he has gone mad, but he and Jackson are knocked out. Soon they are bound and gagged and Jud is making a new weapon, which though small is the most powerful gun on Earth, and can disintegrate matter. He decides to kill them both, but first blows up the Thoton projector to stop anybody else being as intelligent as him. But the concussion hurls a piece of glass into the wall, which Billy cuts his gag on. He then transforms and knocks out Jud with a single blow. Jackson asks if Jud is going to jail, but Cap says he is going to an asylum as his mind snapped. They say a genius is akin to madness, above a genius is madness. Jackson tears up his formula for Thotons, not realising how beneficial they could be. Cap says it's like many drugs which are useful in tiny doses as medicine. But in bigger doses they are poison.
The Marvels receive a distress call and Billy determines it is from underground, the centre of the Erath 4000 miles down, they transform and bore down. They discover the centre is hollow and two thousand miles across. One hour ago King Klaggor asked Prime Minister Olio what wrongs some people had done. Olio said nothing, he couldn't find any guilty so he dragged in innocent people. Klaggor says Olio knew his day would be ruined if he didn't have sport and condemn someone to die, Olio says it keeps the people oppressed and he can accuse them of being vagrants. They are sentnanced to death and an armed guard leads them away. Olio says they cannot escape to the Upper World as only they know about it, so they go into a Museum showing the history of their race only those two enter. They forget to lock the door and a slave sneaks in. The King provides exposition, saying an Ice Age drove their ancestors underground, civilisation sprung up, and the Kings have kept the people ignorant, so they don't escape to the surface. Klaggor says it is good they don't know of an ancient radio that could get help, the slave uses it to call for help. Klaggor tries to kill him, but Captain Marvel arrives and blocks the gun-blast. Klaggor recognises the Marvel Family from radio broadcasts, Klaggor is punched by Jr. Olio by Mary. Cap hears what has happened from the slave and punches the two himself, saying Klaggor's reign is over, which he seems to accept. Cap tells the other two to tell the people Klaggor's reign is over and they can go to the surface, Klaggor and Olio try to push a machine onto the slave, but Cap saves him. The two flee to a rocket ship, their ancestors had space ships, and Cap is blinded by smoke and flames. The two have a map showing them a tunnel they enter leads through caverns to the surface. Mary and Jr. come back and say there are at least a billion people down here, the world would be overcrowded, so they need a new world. How could a few rule over a billion people? Jr. suggests Mars and Venus, Mary says the problems, so Cap says they should build a new world. They go into space, however long-range television-radar has been used to watch them, and Klaggor releases a giant helium bomb to blow a hole in the ocean, making lava pour up, make the ocean boil over and destroy the surface, then he can rule the Underground World again. What if it goes down the caverns? How were such powerful weapons made underground?
The Pacific Ocean starts boiling, meanwhile the Marvels have found a cold dead word about Earth's size and decide to push it back to Earth to model it. They see the boiling from space and Cap tells them to plug the hole with icebergs. Mary is told to form the Mountain and Continents, Jr. to form the oceans, while Cap has another job. Mary decides to start with North and South America. She makes the Rocky Mountains, then starts to fashion Florida's coastlines. Does the world really need to be an exact copy? Are you sure improvements can't be made? Klaggor decides to stop the Marvels with one of the many inventions of the Ancients. He surrounds her with a black bubble that clings to her. Jr. has been forming the Oceans, but is also caught in a back bubble. Klaggor hopes as they can't see they will be lost in space, however Mary finds Jr. as her voice can be heard for miles. Wouldn't that wreck the world? She tells Jr. they will fly at each other at full speed, this smashes the bubbles. They finish the world and go to Earth where Cap has made a space ferry that can hold a million people. They fly through the caverns, Cap found a way through them to the center, he says the caverns brought air for the people to breath. They meet three people who claim to be representatives of the new democratic government established since Klaggor was de-throned. That was surprisingly quick. If the people were aware of this ideology why didn't they overthrow Klaggor themselves? Cap says they can come for the launching ceremony. He wants to make this a great occasion so decides Billy should broadcast for this historic event. Later Billy broadcasts he'll tell the whole story later but now they wish happiness to the Underground people. Mary claims she dedicates and launches the ferry, but seems to just dedicate it. Ferry. However Klaggor is watching and tells Olio to grab the three kids. Why did they all have to turn back when they should have known Klaggor would try to wreck their plan. Olio knocks the foolish three out with a club. When they come to they are tied up and gagged and Klaggor says they are speeding to the new Earth and he is tying them to a powerful helium bomb. He drops them from the rocket, saying the New Earth will be blown to atoms.
However the heat from being dropped so far up makes the Kid's clothes catch on fire, then burns away their gags and bond, they transform and stop the bomb literally two meters above the world. Cap throws the bomb into empty space, but says they'll have to watch for King Klaggor, who is watching them. They claim they can take a million each trip to bring up the Underground People. Shouldn't one stay on the new Earth? The people say getting out is like being let out of a dungeon. Wouldn't they be so used to the underground world that the surface would be bad for them? Shouldn't they have evolved for living Underground by now? The ship has no motor or engine, as the Marvels say they are the engine. Klaggor is watching and says though a million will die, he says he has millions of slaves left. Doesn't he realise they probably won't accept him back? Klaggor fires a black bubble big enough to surround a meteor heading for the Ferry. The Marvels have knocked aside a dozen meteors but can't see anymore. However Cap sees a black patch with no stars, says it is impossible, realizes something is blotting out the stars, and smashes the meteor apart. He sees Klaggor's ship and catches up with it. He 'crowns' him. The other two Marvels bring the Ferry to the New Earth. Cap says when they bring a jail here are their first two prisoners, bringing Klaggor and Olio. He says after they ferry everybody here they'll bring tools and building material. He says they can't let the New Earth stay here as it would upset the orbits of other planets, so they'll push it to a new sun. When they do this one person says they have everything Earth is, but Cap says they have one more thing, a moon they found wandering in space. They then leave the complete Earth.
- Main article: King Kull (DC Comics)
The king of the beastmen, Neanderthal-like humanoids who ruled the earth in ancient times and enslaved the Homo sapiens populance. The beastmen were eventually overthrown by their slaves who vastly outnumbered them, although King Kull, hidden in a secret underground chamber, survived and vowed revenge on humanity, putting himself into suspended animation. Kull's people had developed significantly advanced technologies before their demise, and Kull often battles the Marvel Family using such technology. Kull in early appearances seems to have superhuman strength and durability. King Kull made his debut in the Fawcett Comics stories of the early 1950s, and appeared in DC Comics Shazam! stories during the 1970s and early 1980s. In one story, he is able to release the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man, and tried to turn Billy Batson to stone. In Crisis in Eternity he captures nearly all the Elders that empower the Marvels, except for the Swift Mercury, and it takes the efforts of the JLA, JSA, and Squadron of Justice to beat him as he plans to wipe out humanity on all three earths. He joins the final pre-crisis Monster Society to attack the Rock of Eternity.
King of a civilisation of apes. He hires human workers to come over to the city he is building, and as the heat is hard for his workers to stand, he gives them the formula, claiming it will help, which it does by turning them into apes. He gives the Marvels, who have become kids in order to activate the radio, the formula which oddly enough turns them into monkeys instead of apes. He then knocks them out and pours the distilled potion down their throats, meaning they cannot speak, before leaving them in the jungle. The three are surrounded by crocodiles, but Billy gets the ideas of their using their tails, wound round a branch, to escape. As time goes on they start to lose memory of their human selves, so return to King Zonga's palace. He reveals he is Ira Gloot, a scientist who has developed the formula. He has taken the formula to make him more used to the heat, but takes the antidote at certain points to stop him forgetting his human self. He reveals the apes were formerly natives, who he transformed, and that he plans to make the entire world apes. The kids take the antidote and summon the Marvel Family. Zonga turns a nearby city into apes using his potion as gas and spreading it by plane, and oddly enough the apes just obey him. The Marvels stop the apes advancing to attack, but Zonga then tries to use a rocket to spread the gas round the world, as people will not be able to avoid breathing it in. The Marvels get to Zonga as the rocket is set off, and are unable to stop it exploding. The Marvels use a huge vacuum to suck up the gas and send it into space. Zonga turns on the radio, expecting to hear two billion apes, but finds they have not transformed. The Marvels capture him, turn him back, and everyboy else is restored, while Gloot is jailed.
Only appearing in Marvel Family #24. A mysterious name that brings death is what it the caption calls Kistara. Captain Marvel Jr. observes a man crying Kistara then being shot. Despite the man escaping by shooting a bus' tires so Jr. has to prevent it crashing, he tracks him to Chinnatown where he sees him with a dagger in his back after saying 'Kistara.' The Chinese man says it is the name of Death, and some words should not be spoken aloud, like 'Kistara.' He dies suddenly, and Jr. realizes his cigarette has been impregnated with cyanide, and has Kistara written on it. At PYRAMID TOBACCO MFRS. he checks on their clients, and at the EL ROYALE Gambling Saloon meets the owner, Chip Greer. The bouncer is nervous, and when Jr. asks Chip about Kistara he tries to shoot Jr. When he hears Lum Fung is dead, he realizes Kistara is killing everybody and starts telling the story. Five people, including Kistara, stole a ruby he now has from an Ancient Chinese Temple. They agreed to wait a year till it was safe to sell the Ruby, and then split the proceeds. But Kistara would not wait, getting Matt Brown to kill Woodfolk, then getting rid of Matt Brown and Lum Fung herself. He does not realize a hooded figure is watching them. They then shoot him and attempt to shoot Jr., who seizes and unmasks them, revealing a Women of East Asian ethnicity. She says she will never be taken alive and throws something at the fireplace, causing an explosion. Jr. finds the Ruby, but the handkerchief is all he can find of Kistara. The Ruby is restored to its rightful owners at the Temple, but Jr. doubts he will ever forget his meeting with Kistara.
King of the Crater
Only appearing in Captain Marvel Adventures #5. After a volcano explodes in the United States, Billy, who is near the scene, is called by Sterling Morris to go there. Several volcanoes are going off, and one shoots a square-cut block at Marvel, which he knocks away and realises must be man-made. Billy asks the governor about it, and finds that the Chief of Police is evacuating people from the state, but nobody knows when the next one will explode and they fear many lives have been lost. A woman then appears and asks the Governor and Chief to save her baby. Cliche. She lived in Swan Creek Canyon, she thought her husband brought out all the children, but little Johny is still in there. The Chief says Swan Creek is doomed and he cannot order his men to go there. Billy says he will go, and when the Chief tries to stop him he goes behind a bush and transforms. When the Chief asks him about Billy, he says he is not there. Captain Marvel then flies to Swan Creek. Marvel finds Red Hot liquid rock spurting through Swan Creek. He finds the cabin, which is on fire. He rescues Johny and flies through the roof with him, and sees lava has stopped spurting from the volcano. He transforms and gives the baby back to the Woman. The Chief points out to he Governor that no sooner do the refugees all clear out, then the fire dies down. The Governor says it is like a human villain is using it to torment people. Billy takes them to where the block hit the ground, but it is gone. The men leave, but Billy stays to look for it, not realising two men in protective clothing are watching him from a bush. They attack him and stun him with a gun blow to the head when the word of power is half spoken.
When Billy comes to he is bound and gagged, and a man who tells Billy he is in a cave that leads of the tube of the volcano, introduces himself as Mawks, and claims he is King of the Crater. On a map he shows a mountain chain from Alaska to the Panama Canal, below that it becomes the Andes in South America. Underneath it he has found a high pressure chain of fire from the centre of the Earth. His men and he will build machinery to control that fire. They can start volcanoes anywhere in the Rockies, which they plan to. They'll sit on top of the fire and rule a strip of country where nobody will come, except by their permission. The permission will cost plenty. Mawks revels he captured Billy so he could broadcast his terms to the World. He removes Billy's gag, holds up a mike, and tells him to tell the listeners they have to do what he (Mawks) says. Billy tells the people a man calling himself Mawks, King of the Crater, is causing all the eruptions. He swears he will flood the mountain country with fire unless he's allowed to rule it, but Billy then says he's not going to succeed, and that Captain Marvel will beat him, infuriating Mawks. Mawks says he will be Boss, and does not believe in Captain Marvel. Billy starts saying 'Shazam', but only gets to Sha before he is dazed with a blow from a henchman. Mawks tells the listeners what the smacking noise was, and calls himself 'Majesty Mawks' while signing off. He tells the thug to toss Billy down the shaft without any heat armour. Just before he hits the fire Billy says Shazam and transforms, enabling him to survive the fire. He sees the machinery Mawks talked about, run by men in heat armour, even the rock is red-hot. He sees the pipe to the centre of the Earth and says 'Mawks is the greatest heating engineer the world has ever produced.' The alarm goes off and two men recognise Marvel, and try to stab him in the heart with long shafts. Marvel knocks them out, so two more fire Red Hot lava and liquid air at him, which turns the lava cold and seals Marvel in solid rock. They are about to call 'King Mawks' when Marvel breaks out, and this time he is ready for the attack, allowing him to catch a ball of lava, which solidifies, and use it like a bowling ball on the machinery that pumps fire to the Volcanos. He climbs up a ladder to see what Mawks is up to on the top floor. Mawks, unaware of what has happened, hears from his thug that people in the Valley are encouraged by the report of Cap and say Mawks will not last long against him, so Mawks decides to splash liquid fire all over this part of the World, and tells the thug to tell his men to put he machinery in high gear. Suddenly his men appear and tell him Marvel has smashed up the machinery. Marvel appears and merely eats the bullets meach fires at him. he tears open the suit of Mawks and tells him to stop the eruption. Mawks says he cannot, as if Marvel smashed the machines, all the pressure is released. There'll be an eruption greater than anything he planned. He claims it is Marvel's doing not his, says 'GOODBYE!' then leaps down the tube, killing himself.
Cap knows he is responsible, so decides he will put a stop to the Volcano. Using his strength he closes the shaft, then seeing a big drill he makes a new exit for the fire to go. The Heat, Smoke, Steam, and Lava is sent into a Canyon, Marvel summons the lightning, and Billy reports the story, then says the only result of the rater King's huge plot is that a seldom visited spot in the Rockies where there used to be a canyon is now a lake of hardened lava which will never threaten harm to anybody again.
King of all time
Only appearing in Marvel Family #88. There is a siren, but Billy announces it is a fake air raid. He does not have time to report about Zotan, the dictator who took over the mountain kingdom of Javania in one week. The fake air raid happens, however it is really Zotan's air fleet that is attacking, which the gunners do not realise. Bombs are dropped on the city, realising that they are real the Marvel Family transform, however a bomb hits the basement. The victims are unharmed, but then say 'Down with America! Down with democracy!' They attack the Marvels. Captain Marvel finds the bombs are soft plastic, and instead of explosives hold a drug-like gas that enslaves human minds. It is shown Zoan's weapons effect minds, possessing weapons like 'slavery shells,' and 'propaganda cannons.' The Marvel family smash 12 ships, but Zotan has over a hundred and orders one of his henchmen to move the Time Lever so the rest of his ships can be saved. They escape to a different century. The Marvels find only a few hundred citizens were mentally bombed, so they hold them for observation. The Marvels fly faster than light and get to the Rock of Eternity to ask Shazam about who attacked their century. He tells them it was Zotan; in One Million AD he was exposed as a brutal tyrant. He was exiled to 1953 and dropped in Javania. Using his advanced knowledge he made weapons of the future. Shazam explains all wars are fought over ideas, in the future all killing weapons were abandoned and only mental weapons were used. They go back to Earth, but find Zotan has taken over America. They are chased away, and find everywhere on Earth has been taken over by Zotan, meaning they leave Earth.
They cannot fight two billion people who are mental slaves, so return to the Rock of Eternity. Shazam explains Zotan wants to become King of Time, and shows them a chart showing the peaks of civilisation to caveman days. Other dictators invaded countries, Zotan wants to invade centuries, and eventually return to One Million AD and get revenge for deporting him. Shazam calls Zotan, but the dictator will not be persuaded and threatens to rule the past and future, and eventually conquer Shazam, to which Sazam angrily says he will never succeed. The Marvels are told Zotan will first strike at Egypt 3,000 BC. The Marvels cause a sandstorm to hide Egypt, not considering this will probably kill many citizens, so Zotan releases his slave gas, which starts to enslave Egypt. Zotan stands on a pyramid and escapes the Marvels with his time-belt that sends him a month into the future. They go back to Shazam who shows them other points, which each Marvel goes to. Mary tries using a shield to stop bombs striking Babylon, so guided missiles are used instead. Jr. tries to evacuate Athens underground, but Evilness rays penetrate the rock. Marvel causes a hurricane to wreck the fleet, but Hypno-Smoke is spread anyway over Rome. The Marvels go off to warn the future, but their scanner shows the fleet is not advancing. The Marvels realise it was a trick to leave the Rock unguarded, but Shazam has already been captured and chained up. Zotan brags he will cut the wizard's throat when he feels like it. Shazam obeys Zotan's order to get rid of the Marvels, as so it is written, and uses a thunderbolt of Zeus to apparently destroy the Marvels, however it only transforms them into the kids, and they cannot change back as Shazam is captured. 'No gags seal of their tongues. No bonds restrict them.' But they cannot change.
The fleet begins preparing the attack and the Marvels are chased by a soldier. Shazam has meanwhile been left on a savage world, manacled before what looks like a dinosaur. Billy gets the idea of going into the subway tunnel where they got their powers. Lighting the brazier saves the Wizard from death by transporting him to the cave, meaning the Marvels are able to transform. Zotan meanwhile is preparing his attack, as the future has been unarmed for thousands of years, while he has the killing weapons of the past. The Marvels fight the attacking phalanxes and seal up the ships. Zotan escapes, but the Marvels make freedom bombs, which were used earlier in the future to make peace and the plans are now stored in a museum. The Marvels drop them throughout time aided by future ships. The freedom bombs free the ages. When Zotan loses 1953 he tries to return to his ship, but Mary Marvel has destroyed it. Zotan uses his Time-belt to escape a month into the future, where Billy pretend to be his slave. He then removes the belt, transforms, and defeats Zotan, who is imprisoned.
Only appearing in Captain Marvel Adventures #109. A spaceship heads towards Earth for a sneak attack inhabited the green scaley humanoids. It fires atomic flames that causes a mile-wide swath of destruction that moves towards the city. Billy gets the bulletin and turns into Captain Marvel. He smashes into the spaceship, and invulnerable to the ray-guns, knocks down the aliens, saying it should be an Interplanetary law, as well as an international law, for an aggressor world to launch a sneak attack on another. However the aliens say Earth attacked them first, surprising Cap, and when he denies it the aliens say the Earthlings are accomplished liars as well as ruthless aggressors. Cap says Earth has no rocket ships capable of reaching another world, and the aliens tell Cap to come to their world. They show their devastated world, the cities wrecked a week ago in an attack by Earth. They show their proof, a bomb fragment with the imprint of Earth on it. Cap wonders if a group on Earth did it. The alien says his family died in the attack, then a fleet with the Earth emblem moves towards the world, and via radio give an ultimatum of surrender. Cap flies towards the ships, saying he will not smash the ships as he cannot take human lives even if they did attack. He gets into the ship and decides to turn into Billy to use words to stop them. Thinking humans are there, he tells them to stop, but is knocked out by a large, fat, greenish-brown alien before he can transform. When he comes to, he is gagged and an alien says they are pretending to be from Earth to embroil both worlds in a space war, then they will take over both exhausted worlds. They will do this to other worlds, and the world Klozz will become master of the Universe. He says the fleet of that world is now flying to Earth. Billy is tied to a bomb and thrown out. However he inches to the propeller and his gag is cut off. He transforms and throws the bomb, destroying the fleet, except the leaders ship. He flies the leader through space. He flies in front of the alien's fleet and shows the leader, who admits what he did, meaning there is peace between the worlds.
Knuckles is a henchman of Sivana. Beautia hides a tiny camera inside a locket she is wearing so she can film the Navy's new aerial torpedo. Knuckles then flies it of to an Island which Sivana has a base on. However, Billy has hidden on the plane. However, before he can move a burly guard drags him from the plane and overpowers him. He is brought to Sivana, who reveals he is making copies of the aerial torpedo, planning to wipe out the U.S Pacific fleet. Billy starts saying his magic word, but Sivana orders him overpowered before he can say his magic word. He holds Billy's arms and Billy only gets to Sha before a guard, probably the same one a before, gags him from behind. Billy is then chained hand and foot under a cauldron of molten steel. Sivana says in a few minutes it will cook him. The vat of molten iron begins to tip over towards Billy. Narrowly missing his face, a glob of white-hot metal severs his gag. Billy transforms. Captain Marvel bursts his bonds as 50 tons of molten death pour down from above. He withstands this and catches the torpedoes fired from Sivana's battleship. However, while saving Beautia from a dive bomber from the fleet that attacks her boat, Sivana gets away on one of the torpedoes. However the rest of his fleet is probably jailed.
A criminal who uses his special food to make swordfish attack other fishing boats. His repellent keeps them from attacking his ship and attrats them to his fishing grounds. He gets fish, and sells them at high prices, nobody else able to fish. Mary investigates, but is captured, bound, and gagged by his henchman. She is thrown overboard for the swordfish, but escapes by jerking her head back as a swordfish slashes at her face, removing her gag, and allowing her to change into Mary. She uses a broken swordfish nose to attack Krager and then arrest him. Only appearing in Wow comics #50.
Only appearing in Mary Marvel Comics 1. Across the city people start growing in size. Mary transforms when a dog tries attacking a child, and realises as Mary Marvel she is not oversize. The Larch Bros, shopowners advertise their large lothing, furniture, and food, and start making money from the desperate citizens. Mary sees one of them stop another from drinking the water, and sees they have doped the city's water with H-G (Growth Hormone). They call their fourth brother Hertman, who has been given large quantities of growth hormone and is 20 feet tall, but Mary defeats him. She realizes Vinegar and Castor oil will reverse the effects, and tells her brother Billy Batson to broadcast this information over the city. She then transforms and takes the antidote.
Lem Blucher and Robot Duplicates
Only appearing in Marvel Family #89. Professor Edgewise says he is working on an exciting new discovery but will be home by supper. However he is not home then, and when Mary asks if he got lost the landlady Mrs Wagner says she has her address sewn in all his clothes. The Kids go outside and Mary says something might have happened to him, so Billy tells the Kids they will look for him and meet back there in an hour. They do not find him, and Mary does not return. When Billy finds neither is in his room he thinks it may be kidnapping, so he and Freddy say their magic words. They search the area and do not find either, but when they return they find from the sobbing Mrs Wagner, none of the others, Red O'Reilly, Leroy Marks, and Jim Bellows, have returned. They see two thugs dragging bags and think they are kidnappers so hit them, but the men say they are just Burglars. Cap drags them to the Police Station, while Jr. takes the loot and apologises, saying he is sure they will let them of, with five years apiece. Cap says they wanted to report the kidnappings to the police anyway. The Police say no known big-time kidnappers are at large, so Cap says they will return to the boarding house, but they find Mrs Wagner is gone, though her knitting is still there. They realise Billy and Freddy are the only people not gone, so Jr. suggests an idea to Cap. He changes and Cap hides. While Freddy pretends to fall asleep, Cap watches and sees a figure outside the window. He gets him, but the man says he is the Professor, and when Freddy turns on the light this is confirmed. WEhen Cap asks who kidnapped him and held him prisoner, he says he just forgot where he lived. Freddy can believe that of him, but not the others. He says they must have been kidnapped or killed or...But he does not finish as the others appear. Mary says a sort of amnesia spell on them, and Edgewise when Cap asks how they all got it at once says it was due to his new discovery of memory stimulator spray with which he was trying to improve his memory. But the jar broke in his room and the fumes spread through the house, and Cap says that it wipes out memory instead. Cap thinks it is odd Billy and Freddy were not affected, but says as everybody is safe Billy can rejoin them. Life returns to normal, and Jim goes on night duty, saying clever Jewel thieves are operating in the vicinity and he must be on guard. Later the Cop meets two thieves who try to shoot him, but the Kids have secretly followed, and Billy and Freddy transform. When they ask why Mary is not joining them, she sas there are only two crooks. After defeating them, they find they stole a diamond necklace from Mrs Van Arch, and Cap says Mary can return it while they help Jim jail the crooks. However the next evening they engage in a search of Mary's room, as Jim said that Van Arch did not get her necklace back, and the Kids, thinking Mary is not a Thief, think she may have forgotten to return it and that the amnesia stuff may still be working on her as she forgot to say 'Shazam'. Mary comes in and is angry at them snooping in her room, but is shocked at them finding the necklace in a drawer. When Billy says they know the whole truth Mary knocks the two boys out with a vase (which she suddenly has) with which she strikes their heads. When they come to they are bound and gagged and Mary is wielding a knife, causing them to think she has lost her mind.
Mary tries to stab Billy, but he evades her and kicks the knife from her hand. Freddy is then able to cut his gag on it, and free Billy. Mary leaps from the window so Jr. catches her. As she is fighting Billy tells Jr. to tie her up, as he says Mary is insane. She is taken to a mental hospital by Jr, and Billy miserably thinks of how for years the three of them were the closest friends and goes on a walk alone. He checks at the hospital, but finds Mary escaped last night, ripping out of the straitjacket with the strength of a maniac. The police have been told but have not found her. Bily transforms but cannot find her and tells Freddy. At the dinner table Billy notices Freddy has not eaten and he claims to be upset. Billy notices Red is not eating which he finds odd, then realises none of the people have been eating much. He then sees Red's cigarette has burnt down ot his fingers and he is not feeling any pain. He tells Freddy something is going on so says they will pretend to go to the movies and sneak back. He sees that the people are all robots and are taking Fuel Oil. He tells Freddy the people are robot duplicates, then sees Freddy is standing there without a crutch. Realising he is a duplicate he tries to transform, but a blow to the head knocks him unconscious as the robot says Freddy took a walk but he came back instead. He carries Billy in and the robot Wagner tells him to bind and gag Billy. Billy is told by the robot Mary he will soon be one of them. Money is collected from O'Reilly's gas-station, Marks's sales business, Bellow's salary, Wagner's rent money and the rest, as the Mastert is waiting for the day's proceeds. Mary takes the money along, and Freddy carries Billy along. It might have been easier to take Billy and Freddy way earlier when they found Mary had the ncklace, also why did the robot Jim tell the Kids the necklace was not returned? Billy is taken to the old abandoned mill and find Edwise there. He thinks he is the villain, but then sees the Janitor from school, Lem Blucher. Edgewise, as he works on the Billy robot, reveals the invention he was working on at school after hours were lifelike robots, covered with flesh-like plastics and looking perfectly human. He says the real secret is the robot's metallic brain, which can absorb all memory from its human counterpart, meaning the robots can think and act like the people themselves arousing no suspicion. He was going to surprise the people with them and confided in the Janitor, his sad mistake. The Janitor saw a way to make the robots pay off, and tells Edgwise to attach the memory transfer caps onto each Billy, who are seated on chairs. How was the Janitor able to make the Professor do all this, and why did the Professor not do something to the robots to stop them obeying Blucher? Blucher reveals he is planning to murder the originals and let the robots carry on. That is just a test. He will replace rich people with his robots, Malcom Saunders, Bank President, John T. Smythe, Factory owner, Andrew Todd, Oil King, and Anthony Crane, Railroad magnate. Then he will as good as own their businesses, as he will kidnap and kill them. He can get away with murder, literally. The robot Billy says he will threaten t quit at Whiz unless Sterling Morris gives him a raise, but Blucher gives the robot an axe and says its first action will be to kill Billy, who is not needed anymore. The robot then prepares to kill Billy.
Billy thinks only a miracle can save him, and the robot's arms suddenly tear off. Edgewise, winking at Billy, says he forgot ot tighten the robot's shoulder screws. He says he will repair the robot and Lem should help him as he cannot screw the robot's head on backwards. He leaves the axe behind, and Billy removes his gag on this and changes to Captain Marvel. The robot Billy attacks him with an axe and it smashes. Cap is about ot get Lem, but is shown through a periscope Lem's robot guarding Billy's friends, all bound and gagged, with a machine gun. He has orders to shoot them the moment Cap attacks Lem, he kept them alive for an emergency like this. Cap is told to leave or they will die. He turns back and creeps in, but is hit by his duplicate and when he comes to he is bound and gagged with the others. Lem also has a machine gun and with his robot he decides to wipe out the group. But the three youngsters attack, as luckily their legs are free. However they are still gagged and need to get out, so break down the old rotting door, but find it only leads to the old mill wheel and they are cornered. They leap off, making Lem think it will save them the trouble of killing them and they will be ground to bits, but the churning rips off their gags, enabling them to transform. They get back at the Robot-Master, Mary frees the bound and gagged prisoners, who now include Edgwise, and Cap destroys the robot Billy and the lab. Jr goes after Edgwise and finds one running away, and one getting into a car. He thinks Lem would not try to escape on foot, so the one on foot must be the robot. However when he smashes the one in the car apart he realises he was wrong, and the real Lem escapes in a helicopter he has somehow obtained, following the old road without rising into the clear air for them to spot him. The Marvels take their friends home and smash the robots up, Cap apologising for the Junk but Mrs Wagner saying she will be happy to clean up the mess later. Jr realises the robot Professor Edgeiwse is missing, and Mary says noto ne must be let loose. It is soon found, and Cap says it is more like Edgeiwse then Edgewise himself due to its abset-mindedness. The next night Lem trys to kidnap the Professor again with a wire grabber attached to a cable, hoping to force him to make other robots and carry on the schem in some other city, but finds it is the robot when it tries to eat oil. The Marvels appear, Cap smashing up the helicopter and saying they left the robot out as bait, Jr. smashing the Edgewise robot, and Mary catching Blucher and hitting him to make sure he is not a robot. Blucher says he is not a robot and asks to be put in jail, to which Jr says they will.
Leonardo Da Pinchey
Only appearing in Wow Comics #38. An artist who finds a way to paint things that come to life using magic. He paints monsters, but they are defeated by Mary Marvel, who discovers fire destroys them. He watches her using a screen, and sees her transform into Mary Batson. After watching her go home he paints another monster, himself, but with added powers, and tells it to go to Mary's house. Mary sees her brother Billy, who tells her that she does not need his help, as she can become Mary Marvel. He then leaves. Mary does not notice that the Artist has flown through the window. When she decides to read, the copy stops her form speaking with his hand. However Mary is able to escape, transform and defeat the Monster. The Mad Artist makes a copy of Billy that lures Mary to the Mad Artist's base. Her mouth is gagged from behind, and she is bound to a pillar. The Artist tells Mary that the fake Billy will stab her, then throw her body into a pit, and says it will be like her brother killing her. However Mary is able to kick the Billy away, meaning the knife only pins her gag to the pillar. The second blow sends Billy into the pit, and by pulling hard Mary is able to rip her gag, enabling her to transform. While this is happening the Mad Artist runs to his studio, hoping to hide. Mary goes to a labyrinth of tunnels, but hears the Artist painting. She stops his final attempt to defeat her with a giant Mary Marvel using fire to destroy it, and he is defeated.
A who man gets a contract to build a highway through the mountains in Shire Country, but claims to be using an entirely new method, and sends a letter to Billy Batson about it. Billy goes there, and Lyarr says all the machines have built-in controls and are guided by remote control from the master machine. Suddenly two machines go berserk, Billy summons Captain Marvel who stops them and tells Lyarr to turn the master machine off. He tries to make adjustments, for which Billy admires him for trying a new method. The next day Billy gets a call saying the master machine went wild and the Marvel Family is needed. Captain Marvel alerts Jr. and Mary who help stop the berserk machines. The Marvels then decide to build the highway to stop Lyarr from losing his contract. When they leave, Lyarr laughs and calls them fools. The next day, at the dedication ceremony attended by the Highway Commissioner, all the Marvels are there as civilians. Billy checks the master machine and finds it empty, showing Lyarr is a fraud, but he is gagged from behind by Lyarr, tied up, and placed in the cement mixer. When the Commissioner pours the cement, Billy hooks his gag on the chute edge and transforms. He reveals Lyarr is a crook, Lyarr grabs his cheque and tries to escape down the highway in his car. The Marvel Family flies after him and stops him. Cap says he put timing devices into his machines so they would go wild, knowing the Marvel Family would help him. The cheque goes to charity, and the highway is named the Marvel Turnpike.
Macro the Giant
A giant of great strength 18 ft. tall, first appearing in Captain Marvel Adventures #8. After some local officials are elected in the country village of Squankum, including Sheriff Binns and Mayor Strong, the Town Hall is wrecked, and the Mayor is knocked out by a blow from a club. Billy goes to Squankum and follows tracks to the woods, where he finds a huge glove, and is then seized by a giant. He is thrown through the air, but transforms into Captain Marvel with seconds to spare. Realising it is nearly 3 O'clock and he has one second to spare, he flies back to Squankum where Hiram Slugs, editor of the Squankum War Whoop, is about to broadcast instead of him. Cap transforms into Billy, and starts broadcasting 1 second after 3. He says the culprit is a criminal of monstrous size, but the case is being studied by Captain Marvel. Slugs tells Billy he can stay at his house—he is a bachelor and good cook. While he is cooking mulligan stew a huge hand stealthily pours something into it from the window. He tells Billy the Mayor and Sheriff won after a hot election, that he supported the reform ticket, and the crooked Ex-Mayor skipped town after the new Mayor had been elected, Binns was ready to arrest him. The poisoned food starts taking effect on Billy, who nearly dies, but transforms into Marvel, who deduces that the poison is arsenic. He suspects Sluggs, but realises their stew has been poisoned. Sluggs returns and then the arsenic seems to take effect. Leading citizens come in, who, as the Mayor has disappeared and is suspected to be probably dead, want Sluggs to take his place. Marvel gets him to a doctor, and the stomach pump is used in time. Cap goes to the woods and follows the tracks, saying 'I do not have to be hit over the head to know I'm near the end of my search,' but is then hit on the head by a club-wielding giant. He comes out of the hole in the ground, snaps the club, and takes down the giant. The Giant tells his story. He was born in Squankum but overgrown from babyhood, having a miserable time as his companions laughed at him. He finally joined a sideshow as Macro the Monster, but was visited one day by someone who told him how to get revenge. He was ordered to kill the Mayor and Sheriff but had not the heart, so he kept them tied up in a cave. Cap frees them and with them heads to a Doctor's office. Marvel reveals Sluggs ordered that giant to do his dirty work, knowing as the chief supporter of the Mayor's campaign he would become Mayor, after which he planned to steal from the citizens like the old Mayor. He tries to get away in his car, but Marvel smashes the car. He asks the Doctor to test Slugg's skin, and it is found out he was taking doses of arsenic to build up immunity. Sluggs confesses and is arrested. Strong wants to erect a statue of Cap, but Cap tells him to give Macro a chance to earn his living.
A poet called Edgar Alvin Pfoe who tries to get revenge on Marmaduke Speareshake when he wins first prize, and Mary Batson, who wins second prize, while he only wins third prize. He always speaks in rhyme, like 'If I kill you and Speareshake, then first prize will I take.' He attempts to kill Speareshake with a knife at the concert, but Mary Marvel foils him. He tries to shoot him later at his house, but Mary stops him, but he escapes by blinding her with ink. She is told by Speareshake, who also speaks in rhyme, where to find Pfoe, on Cedar street 10. She turns into Mary so he does not run away as he lives up a lot of stairs. However, he recognises her, gags her while slamming the door, and ties her to a chair, planning to kill her after reading his poetry to her. She shakes her head like she thinks his poetry is terrible, he removes her gag to ask her, but she then transforms and defeats him. Only appears in Mary Marvel #2.
The Mad Mummy
Only appearing in "Marvel Family" #79. The Mad Mummy, a denizen of the Nether World, wreaked havoc on ancient Egypt by indiscriminantly slaying men and women, cackling over his human carnage, and by attempting to overthrow the world of the living. The ancient Shazam imprisoned the Mummy in a pyramid tomb for the Mummy’s crimes. Shazam dropped the tomb to the bottom of the ocean. Thousands of years later… archeologists Professor Joplin and Professor Beatty discovered the Pyramid of Peril after they deciphered ancient parchments leading to its location. When a giant octopus attacked Beatty during a dive to discover the entrance of the tomb, the Mighty Marvels flew in to rescue the terrified diver. Cap, Mary, and Junior also raised the pyramid and delivered it to dry land. In exchange for opening the pyramid, the Marvels struck a deal with Joplin so that their alter egos could join in on the discovery. Inside the pyramid, Joplin and his team ignored repeated warnings not to let loose the Mad Mummy, ignoring a warning written by the ancient wizard Shazam! Joplin cavalierly opened the mummy’s sarcophagus and the loosed the still animated mummy on the modern world. The mummy quickly overcame both Joplin and his party and the Marvels in their human guises of Billy, Mary, and Freddy—trapping them all in a giant stone Sphinx. The Kids were bound and gagged with strips of cloth. The mummy launched the Sphinx and his captives towards Fawcett City in an attempt to kill thousands. Billy was able to break his bonds by stretching them, then remove his gag in time to change to Captain Marvel and save the city. Cap quickly freed Freddy and Mary and the reunited Marvel Family took off to battle the Mad Mummy! The mummy used an ancient device named the Horn of Horror to release a plague of demons to slow the Marvels down but the Marvels quickly overcame the demons. After destroying the mummy’s pyramid, Billy, Mary, and Freddy paid a quick visit to Shazam, who told them of the grisly history of the mummy and charged them with stopping the mummy. In the meantime, the Mad Mummy has used his Horn of Horror to bring forth a horde of other mummies that captured the three kids. The muumy used his Sphinx Ray to silence the kids so that they could not say their magic words. He then tortured and forced the kids to build a new Pyramid of Peril. To escape the clutches of the mummy, Billy suggested that they play dead. Believing that the children had died, the Mad Mummy wrapped the children in mummy cloth and deposited them in open sarcophaguses in the new Pyramid of Peril. The kids then sneaked out of the tomb and up on the mummy—grabbing and destroying the mummy’s Sphinx Ray. Now able to speak, the kids changed to their Marvel forms and quickly defeated the mummy horde. The Marvel’s caused an earthquake, which swallowed up the mummy’s Horn of Horror. After quickly capturing the mummy, the Marvel’s delivered him to Shazam who sealed the mummy back in his sarcophagus. The Marvel’s dropped the new Pyramid of Peril in the deepest part of the ocean and the Mad Mummy has not been heard from since. Reappeared in "Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam" #18.
A Spy Smasher foe and Nazi spy, named from the white full-face mask he wears. He captured Spy Smasher and using the hypno-chair brainwashed him to become a villain. However in this state he killed the Mask. From Whiz Comics 16-18 he battled Captain Marvel, planning to become a dictator, until he was able to capture Spy Smasher. He took him to the hypno-chair, which he destroyed, but he used his own hypnotic power to restore Spy Smasher's mind
A laboratory assistant who steals some rust from Mars from a professor and trys to use it to ransom entire cities. He is finally killed when the rust gets onto him. The Marvel Family meanwhile discovers how to destroy the rust before it destroys the city. Only appearing in Marvel Family #44.
Mile-High Mightiest Mongol
Only appearing in Marvel Family #81. Captain Inch Wade is a stubborn officer who is holding a section of Communist Korea's border for 18 months, not retreating one inch. His group is suddenly attacked by an eight-foot tall Asian, who Wade recognises as Mong the Giant. He is knocked out and captured by Mong. Billy reports he was about to be given the Silver Star for not retreating one inch from the Yongpyor setion. The Marvel Family transform and fly to Korea to rescue him and meet Mong the Giant. The Marvel Family hear he leads the attack every day, but see he has grown to 20 feet, as he grows larger each day. The Marvels knock down Mong, who runs away. The Marvels follow, but he has gone, leaving only a Communist soldier, who is questioned by Cap who speaks Korean fluently, and claims he did not see him. The next day Mong is larger than before, but the Marvels hit his foot and again chase him away, this time to the forest, but he is again gone. The Marvels foolishly change into the kids to sneak through enemy line and hide all the next day.
Mong returns after another raid, is hungry, and takes dwindling pills, making him the Red Runt, smallest of the Communist Korean forces, but a menace when he takes the dwindling pills. The Marvels are about to transform, but are knocked out by a guard, and when they come to they have been securely bound and gagged, and are in the same cell as Wade. The Red Runt reveals he slipped an enlarging pill down each of their throats while they were out cold. He then takes the rest of the enlarging pills which will make him a mile high giant for an all-out attack against the American forces. The Marvels start growing, meaning Wade will soon be crushed, but their bonds and gags snap, enabling them to transform. It is odd the enlarging pill makes clothes grow, yet the Marvels bonds and gags did not grow. The Marvels fly away with Wade while Mong is causing chaos. They put Wade down and tell him to run back to the American lines, however he picks up a discarded rifle and attacks Mong by stabbing him in the foot. The book calls him 'the world's bravest soldier.' The Marvels hit Mong with a mountain, which is odd since their own strength would have been enough. Mong falls onto the entire communist army following him. The Marvels then use dwindling pills to shrink him down, then take the Red Runt to a prison camp and destroy the pills, not thinking of possibly analyzing them for the Americans. Wade leads a counter-attack and is given the medal, but he tries giving it to the Marvels, who have to argue for an hour to get him to take it.
- Main article: Mister Atom
An artificially intelligent nuclear-powered robot created by Dr. Charles Langley, although ending his life. Pre-crisis he was a member of the final Monster Society of Evil. In the Power of Shazam! series, Mister Atom (under the control of Mister Mind) destroys Fairfield (a town near Fawcett City where Mary Bromfield lived with her adoptive parents) with a nuclear explosion which killed thousands. He became a member of the Secret Society of Super Villains and attacked the Rock of Eternity, mentioned by Captain Marvel.
Mister Mind and the Monster Society of Evil
- Main article: Mister Mind and the Monster Society of Evil
The most notorious classic-era Captain Marvel villain, the at-first unseen Mister Mind started and headed a supervillain team known as the Monster Society of Evil in a twenty-two chapter serial running in the Captain Marvel Adventures comic book during the mid-1940s, the longest serial in the Golden Age of Comics. During two years of masterminding tyranny with a team of hundreds of villains and criminals (including several previous Marvel Family adversaries like Captain Nazi, Dr. Sivana, and Ibac), Mister Mind was revealed to be a two-inch, myopic, mind-controlling worm from another planet. The evil worm was placed on trial, convicted of killing 186,744 people, and placed in the electric chair. Mind survived his execution as electric shock only puts his race into suspended animation and escaped. He would go on to battle the Marvel Family many other times, and forming new versions of the Monster Society (including foes like Mr. Atom, Oggar, King Kull, and Black Adam) until the Crisis on Infinite Earths. In the Power of Shazam! series of the mid-1990s, Mind was re-imagined as the leader of a race of millions of mind-controlling Venusian worms, who irregularly appear across the DC Universe attempting to control potential human hosts. Mr. Mind becomes a primary opponent late in DC's 52 series, where he metamorphoses into a giant "hyperfly" able to eat years of history from alternate dimensions, re-establishing DC's Multiverse in the process.
Only appearing in Wow Comics #52. A group of bandits led by Snake. They use an ancient Native American cliff-dwelling for a hideout. Mary Marvel goes to investigate them. She breaks down a door, and finds three Native Americans that were apparently killed by volcanic gas. She cannot see the crooks in the darkness, so uses the magic lightning to see them in the darkness. But before she can turn back, one of the crooks seizes her, covering her mouth with his hand. With her mouth gagged, bound hand and foot, Mary is carried to a cliff edge, where the crooks prepare to throw her off. However the bandits are attacked by the Native Americans. Mary realises that the volcanic gas must have just put the Natives into suspended animation for centuries, and when she broke down the door the fresh air revived them. As white people were their enemy centuries ago they naturally attacked the thugs. Mary knows the Natives will be killed by the bandits' guns, removes her gag on a rock, transforms, and knocks out the crooks. She tells the worried Natives she is not after them, and that these men were crooks, using their ancient cliff-dwelling for a hideout. Mary says all other white people will be their friends, and that there is no war between her people and theirs. When they ask how long they were asleep, she says for centuries, which worries them as they do not know what to do in this age, they have no job, no crops, no money, nothing. Mary says they can give guided tours through caves and charge admission. The bandits are probably jailed.
A young girl who is similar in appearance to Mary and part of a gang of juvenile delinquents. Mary Marvel arrests the gang and sends them to reform school. Only appearing in "Wow Comics" #49.
Monarch of Money
In Finance Square is the secret Office of Carlton Clutch, a billionaire who wants to become the richest and most powerful man on Earth. He tries to buy Whiz Station for Propaganda Purposes, when Sterling Morris refuses he says that the new expensive television equipment he ordered will never reach Whiz, planning to send strong-arm boys to wreck the equipment. The Marvels hear of this and decide to protect the Noon Freight. They knock out Carlton's three thugs and save the equipment, but Morris reveals Clutch's headquarters are secret. Carlton threatens to wreck three more extremely valuable pieces of equipment, so the Marvels split to protect each piece, which are arriving by Boat, Plane, and Truck. The Neptune 2 is owned by C. CLUTCH LINES and the Captain refuses to release it, so Mary defeats the crew and takes the equipment. The plane is also owned by Clutch and has been ordered to drop the cargo in the sea, so Jr. saves that equipment. The Toll Bridge has been ordered not to let the Truck through, so Captain Marvel lifts the Truck over. Carlton tries to bribe the Marvels, and the next day he sends a Two-Way Television set and tries to bribe the Marvels, showing his vault. He lost count at $10 Billion and offers a bin crammed with $1000 bills if they join him, to which they refuse. His helicopter drops a million dollars onto the roof, and drops leaflets about this to the people below. He plans that when enough people are inside, the Station will collapse. However, the Marvel Family take the money to the street below, so he decides to destroy the Marvel Family and contacts his Inventor, who after a year's work has finished an Earthquake machine. The Marvels are lured by a note from Carlton Clutch saying he will meet them at a Fork Road for a conference. The scientist's machine sends out powerful vibrations causing an artificial earthquake, making the Marvels fall through a crack. He then drives away to receive a million dollars, but the Marvel Family break out of the Earth and follow him. Seeing they have followed the Inventor, he escapes through a chute to the subway station while Marvel knocks out the Inventor. He needs a nickel and asks an attendant to change a $1000 bill, which they cannot do, delaying him long enough for the Marvels to defeat him. At his office, they see he worshipped Mammon, the god of money and greed, but he discovered the power of good was greater. Jr. smashes the statue, while Mary rips down his MONEY IS POWER poster. As his money has gained through dishonest means, Billy reports it was returned to those he swindled. He is now in prison without a penny to his name.
A criminal who possesses masks that change faces. He helps criminal Dangerous Dan to escape from Mary Marvel by making him look like an older man. Her then gives him a mask to impersonate millionaire J. Vanderpool, after which Dan goes to their house and robs their safe. However, the real Vanderpool arrives, alerting Mary, who captures the criminal. The mask-maker disguises himself to escape her, while she attacks a bearded man before realising her mistake. Beest then uses a mask to help a girl win a beauty contest as her mother is ill, but it melts in the sunlight, although the girl still gets the prize. When Beest tries to take the prize money, Mary Marvel captures him. Only appearing in "Mary Marvel" #4.
"Marvel Family" #90 (An unpublished, synopsis in Best of Alter Ego) Plastic Man-like powers and an earthquake gun, goes up against the Marvel Family.
One of Captain Marvel's recurring villains from the early issues of Captain Marvel Adventures in the 1940s, first appearing in "Captain Marvel Adventures" #8. Kurt Filpots worked as an agent for the Axis powers during World War II. Dressed as a stout man in a shaggy green suit and straw hat who carried around an old banjo with him, Filpots delivered secrets to the Japanese in the form of musical notes. Someone in a military meeting would whistle musical notes which were a code, Banjo would play the music next to a house with an agent inside who would radio them to the Japanese. Although evil, Mr. Banjo would go up against Captain Marvel with nothing more than a banjo. In his first appearance he was apparently killed when thrown off a ship by Captain Marvel. In his next appearance, he kidnapped the President of the United States and replaced him with an imposter that gave orders for the Navy to leave the Pacific which would allow the Japanese fleet to advance, but was captured this time. He was a member of the Pre-crisis Monster Society of Evil.
Originally a lesser foe of the first Doctor Fate, Mr. Who was a crippled scientist who developed Solution Z, a chemical that would enable him to change his physical form. Instead of sharing his discovery with the world, he used it to commit crimes as a supervillain. He was a member of the original Monster Society of Evil.
In a park an alien lands causing the people to run away. The creature, a green scaley reptilian creature, is upset and sees a girl who only hid, but she faints. Billy hears the people running away and transforms. He sees the alien with the girl and thinks he killed her, but the alien reveals he was rubbing her wrists to revive her. After she leaves the alien feels sad that he is like a monster here, making Marvel realise he is inwardly kind and gentle. The alien shows his space-ship, saying he is Thoth from the faraway world of Brazzia, on a great and glorious mission. His name is Thoth. Thoth says there are thousands of other inhabited worlds in the Universe. When they are able to travel between each other with space ships war might happen, leading to a war of worlds and plunging the whole known Universe into a gigantic Holocaust, leading to the destruction of whole worlds and the death of billions. So Thoth is going to visit all worlds, signing them up as citizens of the Universe. As citizens of the Universe, pledged to eternal peace with each other, no scheming dictators or munitions makers could ever cause war. Cap decides to sign up, but a mob comes, thinking he is a spy from another world or an evil mastermind. Cap tries to stop them, but one of them says 'The Monster has come to conquer and enslave Earth! We can tell that just by looking at him!' Then two Policmen arrive and say they will lock him up for disturbing the peace, if nothing else, and let the court decide what to do with him. Cap 'cannot interfere because it is the law', and tries to tell them Thoth came to do good in a great peace movement.
But they do not believe this, and while Thoth is being taken to jail three humanoids arrive. They claim to be from a world near Thoth's world and say he is a well-known criminal, so they will take him away. Cap tells them Thoth is kind and good, but when one of them asks if the people believe him, the people say 'Yes, we believe you, Sir! Anybody can tell by one look that you people are honest and upright and good.' They take Thoth away, but Cap follows them and they reveal they are a small band of munitions makers, 'Our policy is to make all the worlds of space hate each other!' After starting a gigantic war of the worlds, they will sell their munitions and reap a vast fortune. Since Thoth is trying to cause peace, they followed him here, but before they can shoot him, Cap hits them.
Cap lets them escape purposely so he can follow them, as they do not know he can fly through space. He follows them to another world, as they want to report this to the rest of the munition makers, where a huge trapdoor opens for their ship. Cap knocks out the two guards, and hears them planning to capture and kill Thoth before he starts his citizens of the Universe movement. Then they can look forward to the great war of the worlds, where they will sell weapons to both sides. In the room are enough weapons to make them 'the biggest fortune in history!' Cap breaks through the door, and tells them he will set the munitions off, but is giving them five minutes to leave. 'Five minutes later the most gigantic explosion ever seen on any world occurs!' The munition makers plan to start the store on an other world, thinking Cap has died in the explosion. But the World's Mightiest Mortal emerges without a scratch and decides to give them to the Police of this world. He forces their ship down toward a city of the strange planet. The rest are peace loving, he is sure, only this group plotted war, so will be tried for treason against the Universe. He then goes to Earth and reveals what Thoth was doing, meaning all the people sign up as citizens of the Universe. After this Thoth leaves.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Marvel Family #57
- ↑ Marvel Family #28
- ↑ Marvel Family #34
- ↑ Captain Marvel Adventures #32
- ↑ Marvel Family #74
- ↑ Captain Marvel Adventures #42
- ↑ All-Hero #1
- ↑ Marvel Family #21
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Marvel Family #24
- ↑ Marvel Family #82
- ↑ Captain Marvel Adventures #10
- ↑ Marvel Family #36
- ↑ Marvel Family #12
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Marvel Family #88
- ↑ marvel85
- ↑ Captain Marvel Adventures #5
- ↑ Captain Marvel Adventures #109
- ↑ Wow comics #50
- ↑ Mary Marvel #1
- ↑ Captain Marvel Adventures #8
- ↑ Mary Marvel #2
- ↑ Marvel Family #79
- ↑ Marvel Family #44
- ↑ Marvel Family #81
- ↑ Wow comics #49
- ↑ Mary Marvel #4
- ↑ Marvel Family #90
- Read Mary Marvel #1, involving the Larch Bros.
- Read Mary Marvel #2, involving the Mad Poet.
- Read Mary Marvel #3, involving the Colour King.
- Read Marvel Family #24, involving Kistara and the fourth Hydra.
- Read Marvel Family #36, involving the Invaders from Infinity.
- Read Marvel Family #57, involving Zakka Jorl, Clem and Dubner, the Hate-Collector, Daniel Daggert, and Jud Hunkle the Runaway Genius.
- Read Marvel Family #44, involving Michael Gordon and the rust that threatened the world.
- Read Whiz Comics #89, involving Spider-Man.
- furycomist.com, featuring the Whale Master and Joe Jark.