Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human/ghost (presumably -- see comments)
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Big Monk McGak
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: An unidentified small American city
First Appearance: Journey Into Mystery I#68/2 (May, 1961)
Powers/Abilities: Mister Zero could make himself immaterial, and could also alter his form to take on a larger, more ghostly appearance.
History: (Journey Into Mystery I#68/2 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Mister Zero set up his business -- Zero Real Estate -- in a small town.
(Journey Into Mystery I#68/2) - After he was sentenced to a ninety-nine year prison term, criminal Big Monk McGak escaped custody and retrieved his stolen loot. Disguising himself with a fake beard, McGak headed to a small town to look for a hideout, and went to Zero Real Estate.
Claiming himself to be a writer planning on doing a TV series on haunted houses, McGak told Mister Zero that he wanted to see such a place. Mister Zero said he had just the perfect spot, but it really was haunted by a genuine ghost and everyone was scared to go near it, so he refused to take McGak. When McGak became physically threatening to the smaller man, Mister Zero relented and took him to the house.
When the two went inside the dilapidated home, a bat swooped by McGak's face, knocking off his false beard. Mister Zero immediately recognized the fugitive criminal, whose picture was in the newspapers. As McGak tried to grab Mister Zero, his arms went right through him! Mister Zero then assumed a ghostly form and chased McGak from the house. Terrified, McGak ran sobbing to an approaching police car, returned the stolen money, and gave himself up, begging them, "Arrest me! Lock me up! Only don't let it get me! (sob) Please! "
The police later questioned Mister Zero, asking him if he knew what made McGak turn himself in, and smirking, Mister Zero speculated, "Maybe it was his conscience!"
Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
So I guess Mister Zero was supposed to be a ghost, but after reading this story, a wild thought hit me -- with his unusual powers, slight build, and derby hat, Mister Zero reminded me of the Man from the 5th Dimension -- I wonder if there could be some connection?
This story -- "Where Walks the Ghost" -- was reprinted in Monsters on the Prowl#16 (April, 1972).
Profile by John Kaminski
Mister Zero has no known connections to:
Big Monk McGak has no known connection to:
Big Monk McGak
A career criminal, McGak was sentenced to ninety-nine years in prison for his crimes. Escaping custody, McGak recovered his ill-gotten gains, then went to a small town looking for a hideout. Going to Mister Zero's real estate office, McGak forced the little man to take him to a supposedly haunted house, but Mister Zero later showed him the error of his ways and left the hardened thug bawling like a baby.
--Journey Into Mystery I#68/2
Journey Into Mystery I#68, p17, pan4 (main image)
Journey Into Mystery I#68 (May, 1961) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (artist)
Monsters on the Prowl#16 (April, 1972) - reprint
Last updated: 10/28/06
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