Black Terror. Bob Benton, mild-mannered pharmacist, is the victim of a protection racket. Irritated, he invents a formula of "formic ethers" that gives him super-strength and limited invulnerability, which he uses to fight crime and the Axis powers. He often only knocks out criminals, but is notable among Golden Age heroes for the degree to which he kills his enemies, either by hand or with a machine gun in each hand. The Black Terror has enemies ranging from Nazis to Mad Scientists like Thorg (he of the “million dollar death ray”), the femme fatale Lady Serpent (who has a hypnotic glance), and the Japanese scientist Hanura and his “electro-hypnotizer,” which is used to assassinate American generals and admirals. In a later story the Black Terror discovers that in 17th century France a hero named “Le Terreur Noir” operated. The Black Terror’s sidekick is Tim, and his girlfriend is Jean Starr, the mayor's secretary, who initially scorns Benton and adores the Black Terror but eventually learns the two are the same. The Black Terror appears in stories with titles like "The Man Who Dreamed Too Much," "Threat of the Atomic Platter,” and “Sinistro’s Beast-Men.”

First Appearance: Exciting Comics #9 (Standard), May 1941. 178 appearances, 1941-1949. Created by Richard Hughes and Dave Gabrielson.





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