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Judex. Judex was created by the French creators Arthur Bernède (Germaine Aubry, Belphegor, Chantecoq, Vampiria) and Louis Feuillade (Irma Vep) and appeared in the film serials Judex (1917) and The New Mission of Judex (1918).
Judex is a Costumed Avenger. He is the oldest son of the Trémeuse family. He was raised by his mother to avenge the injuries done to their family by the evil banker Favraux. Judex eventually gains revenge on Favraux. In The New Mission of Judex Judex takes on the criminal organization, the "Rafle aux Secrets," which specializes in the theft of high-tech inventions and whose chief is a powerful hypnotist. Judex is a master of disguise and has an underground, cliff-side headquarters with an early form of television in it. While fighting crime, Judex wears a slouch hat and a dark cloak, and makes use of hypnotic abilities. Judex also commands an organization of circus folk and low-life apaches who help him in his war on Favraux. (The similarities between Judex and the Shadow are interesting but likely coincidental).
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