Bob Dickering was an army doctor during the American Civil War. However, when he saved the life of a blinded enemy soldier, he was captured, accused of being a spy and hung.
Before death, however, he was approached by a figure who identified itself as the Devil and offered him a job: return to the living world and track down evil men, killing those who would not repent. The Devil had his reasons. Bob Dickering agreed and returned to the world. From then on, he was the Hangman during the hours of night and Dr. Bob Dickering during the day.
At some point during the Golden Age, the Hangman teamed up with the Sandman, and on another occasion, Green Lantern, but the events of these meeting are currently unknown. Currently, Bob Dickering lives in San Francisco, fighting the forces of the criminal underworld.
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- The Hangman is based on the MLJ Comics character of the same name. He first appeared in Pep Comics #17, created by Cliff Campbell and George Storm. However, in this version of the story, the Hangman was a normal human vigilante, driven to fight the criminals who had killed his brother John (the Comet). No connection has been made with the Red Circle character Comet. The Hangman's reworked origin is similar to that of another MLJ hero, Madame Satan.