JACK THE RIPPER
Real Name: Variable
Identity/Class: Possessed Human Psychopath
Occupation: Unrevealed; Serial Killer
Group Membership: Legion of the Lost
Affiliations: Dormammu, Fu Manchu, "Terrible Tom" Garrett, James Ransom, Terdu, an unnamed group of vampires
Enemies: Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline, Bucky, Captain America, Ransak the Reject, Scotland Yard; Mary Anne Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, Mary Jeanette Kelly (known victims), Pete Wisdomm, Predator (at least for Dr. Gregory Rossilli)
Known Relatives: None Known
Aliases: The White Chapel Killer, possibly the Mad Slayer, Red Slayer of White Chapel, Redjac, Saucy Jack, the Vampire-Man (Tom Malverne), Zaniac
Base of Operations: White Chapel, London, England (@ 1888)
First Appearance: All-Select Comics#7 (Spring, 1945)
Ripper exists as parasitic creatures which are released after a host's
death, infecting others and transforming them into the Ripper persona,
and sometimes taking his form as well. The original Ripper's spirit can
also possess and control others.
The Ripper possessed a savage, bloodthirsty depravity for disembowelment and vivisection. He was supposed to have had medical knowledge in surgery and anatomy.
Height: 6'1" (variable)
Weight: 195 lbs. (variable)
Eyes: Brown (variable)
Hair: Brown (variable)
(OHOTMU Horror 2005 - BTS) - In the late 19th century Dormammu sent a magical creature to possess the hunchback Tom Malverne, who hated normal people. The creature stimulated Malverne's bloodlust.
(Thor I#372 (fb)) - In an alternate future, the Zaniac, in the form of a foreign diplomat, had slain the mayor of Brooklyopolis, which sparked off a world war. The government tracked down evidence of the Zaniac into the past, possibly even back into the nineteenth century, where they suspected him of being the man known as Jack the Ripper.
(Master Of Kung Fu I#100 (fb)/OHotMU Horror 2005 - BTS) - It was revealed that Fu Manchu had unspecified intimate knowledge of every facet of the existence of Jack the Ripper or a successor. The personality of this man was saved by Fu Manchu and could be programmed into others.
(Adventures Into Terror#29) - In Victorian London, hunchback Tom Malverne watched as a vampire killed a victim. He followed it back to its hiding place in Chatham Cemetery, but he was captured by other vampires. He saved his life by claiming he wanted to be a vampire himself. The leader of the vampires stated that Malverne would be welcomed into the vampiric coven if Malverne had drunk human by New Year's Eve. If not, the vampires would come to kill Malverne.
(Doctor Strange III#23 -BTS) - Jack The Ripper killed five prostitutes in England's East End of White Chapel while under the control of Dormammu.
(Historical) - On August 31, 1888, two men walking to work discovered the slaughtered body of Mary Anne Nichols outside White Chapel's Buck's Inn. She had been completely disemboweled. As police were still trying to solve her murder, Annie Chapman was found murdered nine days later the same way on September 8, 1888 on Hanbury Street.
The case was handed to noted detective Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline who suspected that both murders were the act of one man. Meanwhile, the police station was inundated with mail suggesting clues and leads or from cranks claiming to be the killer. The only letter taken seriously was sent to the Central News Service; the author of the letter gave the name Jack the Ripper and promised to prove his identity by mailing the ear off his next murder.
On September 30, "Long Liz" Stride was found murdered, but before the Ripper could take her ear, would-be witnesses distracted him. He fled the scene and killed prostitute Catherine Eddowes about thirty minutes later. Her left kidney and intestines were missing, but the kidney was mailed to the Central News Service.
On November 9, Mary Jeanette Kelly was found dead by her landlord in her flat. She had been completely disemboweled and her intestines laid out about her. She was the last murder. (See Comments)
(Eternals Annual#1) - The Deviant Zakka briefly brought the Ripper to the present from during the height of his killing spree. The Ripper attempted to claim a new victim, but was prevented by the Deviant Ransak, who fought him off until he was returned to his own time by Zakka's machines.
(All-Select Comics#7) - Fleeing from Captain America and Bucky, criminal "Terrible Tom" Garrett took refuge in a shack that belonged to the sorcerer Terdu, who had, via his mystic cauldron, observed the fight between the heroes and Garrett's mob. Claiming to "glory in evil," Terdu decided to use his cauldron to summon several criminals from the past to help Garrett against Cap and Bucky. The first criminal to appear was the pirate Captain Kidd, followed by Jack the Ripper, who appeared dressed in an orange jacket and pants, a blue shirt, and a green working-class cap; Terdu also summoned Frank and Jesse James, Bluebeard, Gyp-the-Blood, and three gangsters (names unrevealed) who had died in the electric chair decades earlier. Over the next few days, Garrett and Terdu directed the criminals, all of them mystically rendered bulletproof and highly resistant to injury, in various criminal activities, including the scuttling of a yacht by Captain Kidd and several murders by Jack the Ripper; reports of the latter led Captain America and Bucky to venture into town to investigate. When the criminals (including Jack, who carried a modern pistol during the robbery) set off a bank's burglar alarm, the police responded, as did Cap and Bucky. The criminals were unaffected by police bullets, but the heroes held their own for a while (Cap striking Jack with his shield at least twice) until struck from behind by Captain Kidd's belaying pin and carried unconscious to Terdu's lair, where Terdu and Garrett awaited them. Against Garrett's protests, Terdu revived Cap and Bucky so that they could die in a fair fight. Garrett attacked the heroes first with Kidd's cutlass, then with Jack's knife, but failed both times; Cap then threw Garrett at Jack and the others, bowling them over. Disgusted by the poor showing, Terdu returned all of the "historic" criminals to the past and moved to attack Cap himself; however, Cap moved out of the way and Terdu fell headfirst into his cauldron, screaming ("Agh-h! Glub...Gurgle!") as he was seemingly consumed by its contents. Thoroughly shaken and having had his fill of the supernatural, Garrett surrendered to Cap in hopes of being sent to "a nice ordinary cell for the rest of my life," and Cap and Bucky turned him over to the police.
(Adventures Into Terror#29) - Although Malverne killed many women, in brutal slayings, he could
not bring himself to actually drink their blood. On New Year's Eve (presumably
December 31, 1888), the vampires
killed him for his failure.
(Astonishing#18/OHotMU Horror 2005) - The vampires buried him near London and placed the title of the killer on his tombstone in place of his real name. Malverne's spirit was cast down to Hell but was able to haunt those who visited his grave. A man visiting the grave decided to dig up the body to be sure he was dead (or perhaps, more logically, to see the killer's face and identify it), but he was killed by the man in the grave before he could do so.
(Thor I#205) - Jack the Ripper was among the Legion of the Lost summoned by Mephisto to battle Thor, who swiftly defeated them.
(OHotMU Horror 2005 - BTS) - The creature within Malverne escaped and took a new host. Over the years it repeated this many times.
(Marvel Graphic Novel: Cloak & Dagger: Predator & Prey (fb) ) - Jack the Ripper (Dr. Gregory Rossilli), a physician or surgeon of some sort, rides a ship to New York, intending to leave his pursuers and his crimes behind him. However, money matters meant he needed to reopen his practice, and when he held a scalpel and saw one of his patients' throats bent back, he began killing again. He buried each one in the soil of a construction site near his office (the Holy Ghost Church), until he was accidently buried in a cave-in, and died.
(Vampire Tales#9/3) - Jack the Ripper (another unnamed host) was pulled forward in time to the
alternate/potential future of Earth-7592, September 3, 2311.
The Ripper initially thought he had been brought forth to kill
new harlots for god, but found that there were few people on the
streets at night for him to assault.
(Journey Into Mystery II#2 (fb)) - The creature (the one which Dormammu had sent to Earth)
who killed as Jack the Ripper was actually a sorcerer who did his crimes so as
to gain immortality and other supernatural boons. The killings continued for several
years after 1888, and took place in many countries around the world.
(Journey Into Mystery II#2) - Sir Guy Hollis
came to Chicago to investigate a series of Ripper-like slayings. He told
Doctor John Carmody about his theory that Jack the Ripper was a sorcerer.
Carmody, obviously knowing the truth, pretended not to believe Hollis. Later,
Hollis and Carmody came to the college where Carmody worked, and found a group
of students talking about the recent murders. One of the students, a
long-haired man, explained very vividly his own theories as to why he thought
the killer committed his crimes. Sir Guy Hollis, interested in this
ideas, demanded that he roll down his sleeve and show him his arm. The long-haired student refused and fled. Sir Guy Hollis went after him, pulling out his gun.
(Marvel Graphic Novel: Cloak & Dagger: Predator & Prey (fb) - BTS) - The Ripper's soul (the cave-in victim) was waylaid by the Predator of the Darkforce
Dimension, and kept imprisoned with the spirits of other extremely evil people.
(Master of Kung Fu I#100) - Fu Manchu programmed the personality of the Ripper (unknown version) into Phillip, the boyfriend of his daughter, Fah Lo Suee, who became the Mad Slayer. (read his own profile)
(Thor I#319) - Chicago actor Brad Wolfe was bonded to a Ripper creature and transformed by radiation he became Zaniac. (read his own profile)
(Wisdom#6) - Alternate Earth versions of Jack the Ripper were summoned to Earth-616 by James Ransom until he was killed by his "allies" the Martian Masters of Earth-691. Pete Wisdom killed one of them.
Comments Adapted by Vince Alascia.
The real name for the Ripper host seen in Cloak & Dagger: Predator & Prey was revealed in Predator's profile in Fear Itself: Fellowship of Fear (2011).
Fu Manchu's ability to recreate the Ripper's psychological state in others
suggests he may have done the same to the original, or that the original might
have been an agent of his, though this is not confirmed.
Other Jack the Ripper stories:
In Astonishing#18 where his ghost kills a guy who comes to see his grave:
--It's really a rather stupid story...see, this guy wants to prove Jack the Ripper is really dead, so he visits his grave. But...since when does Jack the Ripper have a grave? And if he did, doesn't that suppose they would know who he was?--Prime Eternal
This was at last explained in OHotMU Horror 2005. Vampire buried the original Jack the Ripper (Malverne)!
It's anyone's guess as to which point in Jack the Ripper's history he was removed from and returned to by Terdu. In one scene Terdu referred to the criminals of the past as "Men of Evil," which might qualify as a group affiliation for Jack. ASC#7's Jack bore a much closer resemblance to an American criminal than to a Victorian one (particularly considering that golden age writing was not always subtle in its use of British accents); his dialogue in the story consisted of:
Being a 1950's horror title, Astonishing#18 is non-canonical, to date, but there's no reason why it couldn't fit into the Marvel Universe. --Kyle
Can it fit together?
In case you’re here looking for research on the historical Jack the Ripper and are a bit confused by the info here, this entry covers material submitted over the years for the fictional, Marvel Comics version of Jack the Ripper in an attempt to reconcile them. Scotland Yard has yet to incontrovertibly prove the Ripper’s identity (if they ever will be able to), but that doesn’t stop many would-be crime-busters and tabloids from trying to solve the case.
The most popular candidates:
(Most data here found from The Complete Jack the Ripper by Donald Rumbelow)
www.casebook.org is a comprehensive site that covers a potpourri of Jack the Ripper material.
It's worth noting that the name Jack the Ripper was only applied to the murderer after a letter and then a postcard were sent, purportedly from the killer, to the Central News Agency, each signed by "Jack the Ripper". Many now believe that these were fakes arranged by a headline hunting journalist at the agency, possibly one Tom Bulling. Lending credence to this theory was the fact that another letter in different hand-writing was sent in a package which also contained a human kidney (such as had been taken from the fourth victim, Katherine Eddoes) to George Lusk, head of a local vigilance committee (think neighbourhood watch), and this letter was not signed Jack the Ripper. Speculation suggests this was the real killer, somewhat annoyed by the ludicrous nickname he had just been lumbered with. - Loki
Flank McLargehuge points out that in the Predator & Prey GN: The Predator had this energy globe that he was watching Cloak through, which showed some of the 'butchers' he'd collected -- it didn't include Jack, so he might have others up his sleeve. There was a cowboy, a Roman (centurion? Gladiator?), a convict in the old-school black and white striped pajamas with a ball and chain around his leg, a Nazi soldier, and a woman in what looks to me like a U.S.S.R. military uniform.
Jean-Marc Lofficier made a comment with regards to our Jack the Ripper entry.
I have to confess my undying admiration for the job you did in reconstructing and amalgamating all these various versions of Marvel-Jack into a coherent whole. Bravo!
In my case, I was aware of Malverne, and the Jack I inserted in VISHANTI was definitely meant to be Malverne, I can confirm that. My theory is merely that his blood lust was manipulated by Dormammu for his own necromantic ends. It wasn't even implied that Malverne was even aware of Dormammu's schemes. Wheels within wheels as it were.
I was NOT aware of Zaniac and had completely forgotten about the Jack in Kirby's ETERNALS (which I did know about). My bad.
With the fingerprints of the Masters of Obscure all over it
Jack the Ripper got an entry in OHotMU Horror 2005 and most of the
above explanations and non-canonical stories, thus turning them canon, were included.
Profile by Will U.
Image provided and profile edited by Kyle Sims and Snood, with additional info supplied by Ron Byrd, Flank McLargehuge, Prime Eternal and Per Degaton.
CLARIFICATIONS: Jack The Ripper is not to be confused with:
All-Select Comics#7 (Spring, 1945)
Astonishing#18 (October, 1952)
Adventures into Terror#29 (March, 1954)
Journey into Mystery II#2 (December, 1972) - Ron Goulart (writer), Gil Kane (pencils), Ralph Reese (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Vampire Tales#9 (February, 1975)
Eternals Annual#1 (1977) - Jack Kirby (writer/pencils/editor), Mike Royer (inks)
Thor I#372 (October, 1986) - Walt Simonson (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Bret Blevins (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Master of Kung Fu I#100 (May, 1981) - Doug Moench (writer), Gene Day & Mike Zeck (pencils), Gene Day, Mike Zeck, John Beatty & Bob McLeod (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Marvel Graphic Novel: Cloak & Dagger: Predator & Prey (February, 1988) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Larry Stroman (pencils), Al Williamson (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Dr. Strange III#23 (November, 1990) - Roy & Dann Thomas (writers), Jackson Guice (pencils), Mark McKenna (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
OHotMU Horror 2005 (October, 2005)
Wisdom#6 (July, 2007) - Paul Cornell (writer), Manuel Garcia (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Last updated: 10/12/13
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