Real Name: Francis Dork
Identity/Class: Normal human (World War II era)
Occupation: Biogeneticist, would-be world
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: His lackeys
Enemies: Fiery Mask
(Jack Castle), people of
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: New York City, USA
First Appearance: Daring Mystery Comics#5/1
Powers/Abilities: Francis Dork is a brilliant
but megalomaniacal biogeneticist, and has bioengineered various
dangerous life forms, notably a flesh-eating protoplasmic mass ("Jelly of Doom") contained in his laboratory
headquarters. He has very limited fighting abilities and carries a
Weight: 150 lbs.
Hair: Dark brown
(Daring Mystery Comics#5/1 (fb) - BTS) - The genius
but megalomaniacal biogeneticist set up his tower headquarters
containing his laboratory in New York City and conducted experiments,
bioengineering various creatures including flesh-eating protoplasmic
mass and a giant fanged
furry hominid. He assembled a group of loyal lackeys who were promised
regions of the world to rule once the human population had been wiped
using the protoplasmic "Jelly of Doom" and replaced with his creations.
Mystery Comics#5/1) - Dork
released the protoplasm from his tower where it oozed onto the streets
and began consuming people. Yet still Dork sought to continue his
experiments and sent his lackeys out in protective suits to kidnap a
random beautiful woman whom he could also claim as queen. However, the
heroic Fiery Mask soon became involved and pursued Dork's lackeys
back to Dork's tower. But Dork quickly trapped the Fiery Mask, who
overcame a water trap then a fight with a monstrous bioengineered
creature. Meanwhile, Dork had the kidnapped woman in chains, demanding
she be his queen and was about to inject her with his syringe when the
Fiery Mask burst in. A quick fight saw Dork inadvertently break a
window and he was quickly covered in his own oozing protoplasm, dying
as his flesh was quickly consumed. The Fiery Mask ripped up machinery
and destroyed the flow of protoplasm.
Comments: Created by George Kapitan & Harry Sahle.
Dork's first name was revealed in the Marvel Mystery
The term "dork", as it used today to describe a socially awkward or inept person, is apparently a recent one, first found in written form in the early 1960s. Prior to that, it was sometimes used as a slang to describe a certain part of the male anatomy.
The protoplasm is called "Jelly of Doom" only in the
This comic story, as well
as the story "The Menace From Andromeda" by Arthur Leo Zagat and Nat
Schachner published in Amazing Stories (April, 1931) (which has spores
from space rain down on the sea, which forms a protoplasm which then
rolls onto the land and starts absorbing, not just living things, but
stone and metal too, as it grows and spreads inland) predate the 1958
film "The Blob".
Images are taken from the polished-up Marvel Masterworks pages.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Dork has no known connections to:
Jelly of Doom
The so-called Jelly of Doom was a mass of
flesh-eating protoplasm that was contained by inorganic matter and
could be destroyed by intense heat. The megalomaniacal scientist
Francis Dork bioengineered the dangerous material and kept it contained
in his laboratory-headquarters tower in New York City. Dork intended to
use this to wipe out humankind and promised gullible
thugs that they could rule the surviving world. Dork unleashed the
Jelly of Doom; it oozed onto the streets and instantly consumed the
flesh (except bones and hair) of all it touched. Dork's lackeys wore
protective suits and the heroic Fiery Mask's heat powers kept him safe.
Briefly imprisoned inside Dork's tower, the Fiery Mask fought Dork, but
villain inadvertently broke a window that let the protoplasm to ooze
inside and Dork was eaten alive. The Fiery Mask then destroyed the
Doom by exploding Dork's machinery, which also cleared the city of its
--Daring Mystery Comics#5/1
Daring Mystery Comics#5/1, p1, pan1 (main image)
p1, pan3 (Dork with his hands on lever)
p7, pan3 (skeleton in jelly)
p2, pan1 (Jelly of Doom coming from Dork's tower)
Daring Mystery Comics#5/1 (June, 1940) - George Kapitan (writer), Harry Sahle (pencils & inks), Martin Goodman (editor)
First posted: 05/28/2023
Last updated: 05/28/2023
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