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Octopus (II). The Octopus (II) was created by “Randolph Craig,” the pseudonym of Norvell Page (Dick Barrett, Bill Carter, Ken Carter, Death Angel, Dunne, Feargod Peace, Scorpion (II), Spider (II), Jules Tremaine, Wan Tengri), and by Edith & Eljer Jacobsen (Nat Perry, Scorpion (II)) and appeared in The Octopus v1 #4 (1939).
The Octopus (II) is a Mad Scientist who plans to CONQUER THE WORLD! His appearance might explain his desire to dominate mankind: he is sea-green, with four "suction-cupped weaving tentacles" set above "hideously malformed" legs. He wears a small mask, and behind it can be seen two enormous, luminous, purple eyes. He is the leader of the Purple Eyes, a cult bent on world domination and mass destruction. The Octopus’ chosen method is an "ultra-violet ray" which devolves men and women and turns them into deformed, life-hating monsters hungry for human flesh and glowing with “ultraviolet purple.” The Octopus’ headquarters is a hospital in a big city. Against the Octopus is set Jeffrey Fairchild, a young millionaire philanthropist. Fairchild has three identities. The first is Jeffrey Fairchild, hospital administrator. The second is kindly Dr. Skull, the old man who makes a practice of helping the poor in the slums. The third identity is the “Skull Killer,” a Killer Vigilante who leaves the imprint of a skull on the bodies of his enemies. Fairchild is assisted by Carol Endicott, Dr. Skull’s nurse.
The unofficial sequel to The Octopus was The Scorpion (see: Scorpion (II)).
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