Real Name: Santiago Chavez y Rivera
Identity/Class: Human, military/government
Occupation: Dictator of San Diablo
Affiliations: Communist Army of San Diablo; Thor enemy
Known Relatives: Every other generic evil communist dictator?
Aliases: Comrade Executioner
Base of Operations: San Diablo, South America
Appearances: Journey into Mystery I#84 (September, 1962)
Powers: Aside from an extra-thick helping of evil, The Executioner had no superhuman powers. He controlled the armed forces of the communist forces of San Diablo, and ruled through intimidation. He was named for his propensity to punish others via the firing squad.
History: While Don Blake was in Europe, vacationing and getting merged with the norse god Thor, a revolution broke out in San Diablo, between two factions, one democratic and one pro-communist. Because of the fighting, there was a shortage of medical help in San Diablo, and several American doctors, including Dr. Donald Blake (with his trusty sidekick, nurse Jane Foster), agreed to go there to help out. However, the evil Executioner, leader of the communist faction, did not want the peasants to be treated. He wanted them to remain ill, so that they would be too weak to oppose the communists. He thus sent five fighter planes to blow up the ship carrying the doctors and medical supplies from America. Blake turned into Thor and destroyed the planes, which prompted the Executioner to send the commander of the pilots to the firing squad.
The Executioner then sent his armed forces to hunt down and kill the doctors. Thor fought off all attackers, but then the soldiers captured Jane Foster (surprise!), forcing Thor to back off. The communists fawned over Jane, until Blake arrived demanding her release. Angered over Blake's commands, The Executioner stole his walking stick and ordered Blake in front of the firing squad. However, Blake goaded the Executioner into fighting him man to man, snatched back his stick and transformed into Thor. As Thor fought off the attacking communists, the army of the Democratic Faction arrived, causing those cowardly commies to flee. Realizing his defeat was imminent, the Executioner stole the gold from the treasury and attempted to flee. The other communists recognized him as a traitor and placed him in front of their own firing squad. they then realized that the Americans were their friends all along, and every was happy. Blake then treated and cured all of the sick peasants, and of course, no one suspected any connection between he and Thor (although Jane wished Don could be more brave and adventurous like Thor).
Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby, enemies of Communists everywhere.
A classic Red Scare, Cold War anti-communist propaganda story. I think they wrote this way to show the opponents of comic books that they were true, red-blooded Americans.
His real name was revealed in Jane Foster's profile in Thor: Asgard's Avenger (2011).
Clarifications: No known connection to:
Executioner, Skurge of Asgard, first in Journey into Mystery#103
Executioner of the 19th Century @ Rawhide Kid I#69
Executioner, Lupa Lupoff, a Russian spy, @ Young Men Comics#25/2
Executioner, of the Crazy Gang of the Crooked World, @ Marvel Super-Heroes (UK)#377
Executioner, of the Crazy Gang of Earth-prime, first in Mighty World of Marvel#11
Executioner, "Brute" Bennhurst, briefly given the axe of Executioner I by the Enchantress, @ Thor I#402-404
Executioner, another guy, same deal as Bennhurst, @ Dr. Strange III#12
Executioner, later known as Bloodaxe, @ Thor I#449, 450
Executioner, Feron, when he was briefly allied with the Crazy Gang and took the form of their former member,
@ Excalibur I#123
Executioner, a demon in the form of Skurge, who temporarily possessed Dr. Keith Kincaid, @ Thor II#35, 43
Journey into Mystery I#84 (September, 1962) - Stan Lee (plot/editor), Larry Lieber (script), Jack Kirby (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks)
Last updated: 01/01/12
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