Scarlet Avenger. "The Scarlet Avenger in real life is Jim Kendall. He has devoted himself to wiping out gangland ever since the death of his wife and child. An airplane in which they were flying was hijacked because it was carrying a cargo of gold bullion. It crashed and all the occupants except Jim himself were killed. In the accident his facial muscles were paralyzed, and Jim is now the man who never smiles. Behind Kendall's stony face there is a giant scientific brain. He brings science to the aid of his crusade. He has fashioned for himself a scarlet robe, woven from steel into a super-fine, bullet-proof steel-mesh cloak. His identity is unknown even to his own aides. The flaming arrow is the emblem of the Scarlet Avenger!" He also has various gadgets, such as a repulsive magnetic ray and a paralysis ray gun. He appears in stories with titles like “The Liquid Air Murders,” “The Return of Mr. Nimbus,” and “The Senatorial ‘Suicides.’”

First Appearance: Zip Comics #1 (Archie), Feb 1940. 17 appearances, 1940-1941. Created by Harry Shorten and Irv Novick.






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