The villain that never was...


Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Fictional character (Earth-616)

Occupation: Inapplicable

Group Membership: Marvel Comics

AffiliationsJack Kirby, Stan Lee (loose)

Enemies: Dr. Doom (loose)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Marvel Bullpen, Madison Avenue, New York, USA

First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#10 (January, 1963)

Powers/Abilities: No powers were revealed, but False Face potentially possessed some sort of shapeshifting ability.

Height: Inapplicable

History: (Fantastic Four I#10) - With a deadline looming, and complaining about the lack of any decent villains since Dr. Doom’s unwitting exile into space (@ Fantastic Four I#6), Jack Kirby quickly drew up a head-shot of a proposed new villain for the next issue of the Fantastic Four. Stan Lee nixed the idea, calling the concept commonplace and bemoaning the lack of excitement, citing Dr. Doom as a great villain; Jack agreed, stating that villains like Dr. Doom were not created every day.

   When the Latverian dictator announced his return in the Marvel offices, the character of False Face was quickly abandoned and never used again.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (pencils) and Dick Ayers (inks).

   Hey, will someone out there start a letter-writing campaign to finally get this guy into the Fantastic Four series?

   Now just tell me he wouldn’t fear the Living Eraser. Or maybe they could team up?

   And an extra special thanks to the Internet’s own Bully for allowing me to use his scan.

   Maybe he got wiped out by the Time Variance Authority's Retroactive Cannon as used by Clockwise, which was used to wipe out various timeless characters like ... um ...?
--Grendel Prime

Maybe when Jack Kirby created False Face, he was inspired by stories of the villain of the same name who fought Bob Brant and the Trouble-Shooters (@ Man Comics#26 and 28). --John Kaminski

Thanks to David A. Zuckerman for a small correction.

Profile by David Lawrence.

False Face has no known connections to:

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Fantastic Four I#10, p5 panel 1 (picture of False Face on Jack Kirby's drawing pad)

Fantastic Four I #10 (January 1963) – Stan Lee (script/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks), Art Simek and Jon D'Agostino (letters)

First Posted: 08/17/2008
Last updated: 08/16/2008

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

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