Real Name: Kenneth Reese
Identity/Class: Human spirit
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Doctor Brack, Edward
Enemies: Augustus Reese, Duncan and Lawrence
Known Relatives: Augustus Reese (step-father), Duncan (step-brother), Lawrence (step-brother)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed
First Appearance: Spellbound#12/5 (February, 1952)
Powers/Abilities: As a ghost Reese was invisible and undetectable by most people. He could appear and speak to some persons, the ones closest to him in life. His body appeared vaguely ethereal but projected a shadow. After his death, his aspect became the one of a cadaver, it was more ghastly and his perceptions were altered.
(Spellbound#12/5 (fb) - BTS) - Kenneth Reese was heir to a fortune. His step-father was old and he only waited for him to die to collect his heritage. Kenneth's insane, cruel and dissoluted behaviour led his father to disinherit him, giving his part to the other brothers, Duncan and Lawrence.
The following quarrel between Kenneth and his family was terrible and Kenneth swore vengeance claiming that his ghost would return to haunt and kill them all.
(Spellbound#12/5 - BTS) - Actually Kenneth had a pact with Doctor Brack. Kenneth would fake a car accident and Brack would claim he was dead. Kenneth would be free to appear whenever he wanted, disguised as a ghost, to kill his brothers and his father.(Spellbound#12/5) - That afternoon Kenneth set up the false car accident. Dr. Brack arrived on the scene and Duncan Reese was with him. Brack took a syringe but injected a poison into Kenneth and Kenneth died. Kenneth had been betrayed by his only friend.
Comments: Created by unknown writer and Tony di Preta (pencils and inks).
Why did Brack kill Kenneth Reese? Did he want to protect the rest of the family from Kenneth's insane revenge? But why did he accept Kenneth's plan and then betray him? My guess is that he was the closest friend of the family and probably a minor heir to the fortune. Without the Reeses he would become the only heir. His reaction at seeing the ghost of Kenneth, even suspecting that he was a ghost, was nonetheless too calm.
Profile by Spidermay.
Kenneth, Augustus, Duncan and Lawrence Reese have no known connections to
Augustus Reese was a wealthy old man who had adopted Kenneth Reese when he was a child. He had two other sons, Duncan and Lawrence.
The family matters never went so well when Kenneth was involved. Augustus watched Kenneth growing up, becoming evil, insane and cruel. One day, after a harsh quarrel, Augustus disinherited Kenneth.
Kenneth's revenge plot however was already in motion. Kenneth cursed his
father and his brothers and when he died took revenge on Duncan and
Lawrence within a few days, killing them. Augustus was terrified by the curse and was so
impressed at hearing that the ghost of his son was looking for
revenge. It was too much for his heart and Edward, the butler, brought him home.
The final stroke to his heart was given by Kenneth the same night of Lawrence's death. Augustus was resting in his bed when he saw Kenneth's ghost move toward him. Augustus had a heart attack and died.
Dr. Brack was a friend of the Reese family and was the only friend of Kenneth.
Brack and Kenneth Reese had a plan to steal the inheritance from Augustus Reese. Kenneth had to fake his death and Brack had to certify his death, enabling Kenneth to play the part of the ghost. The ghost would kill his family, in particular his father. Then Kenneth could collect the inheritance the only heir and divide it with Dr. Brack.
When Kenneth Reese set up the false car accident, Brack only played part of his role. He knew that Kenneth was not dying, with Duncan as witness and told Kenneth he was injecting some morphine to him, but actually poisoned Reese, killing him.
Brack was present at Kenneth's funeral. Over the following weeks Brack heard about the revenge of the ghost on his brothers. Brack suspected what had happened to Kenneth.
Finally Brack visited Augustus, a few minutes after his death, verifying
that he died looking at something horrible. Going back to
his office Brack found Kenneth's ghost, who still did not know that he
was a ghost. Quietly Brack confessed that he had killed him and only
then Kenneth realized the truth. Surprised by Kenneth's assault Brack
stumbled backward into a coffin and fell through a window.
The people thought that Dr. Brack had committed suicide because of the love of the Reeses.
Lawrence was a son of Augustus Reese, Duncan's brother and Kenneth's step-brother.
Lawrence was the first hit by Kenneth's revenge. He was driving by night when the ghost appeared in the middle of the street. He steered, but hit a tree with his car, and was seriously injured. Before he died he could tell his relatives that he had seen Kenneth's ghost.
Duncan was s son of Augustus Reese, Lawrence's brother and Kenneth's step-brother.
Duncan was with Dr. Brack when they saw Kenneth's car crash into a tree. He saw his brother die, while pronouncing his curse again. He also saw Dr. Brack trying to save his brother, but actually he was killing him.
A few days later Duncan saw another brother dying in car accident: Lawrence.
week later at night he was visited by Kenneth's ghost. Terrified by
this ghastly aspect, trying to avoid his hands, Duncan fell from the
He did not die immediately. Policemen, his father and Edward tried to help him, but he could only report the appearance of the apparition. Then he died.
Edward was the butler of Augustus Reese, and a family friend.
Edward was present when Duncan died and took care of Augustus when he felt ill.
That same night Augustus died and Edward called Dr. Brack.
A few hours later he was called to witness the death of Dr. Brack as well. He assumed that Brack committed suicide because of his love for the Reeses.
Spellbound#12/5, p1, pan1 (Kenneth Reese, main image)
Spellbound#12/5, p2, pan2 (Kenneth Reese, head shot)
Spellbound#12/5, p1, pan3 (Augustus Reese)
Spellbound#12/5, p2, pan7 (Dr. Brack)
Spellbound#12/5, p4, pan3 (Lawrence)
Spellbound#12/5, p2, pan5 (Duncan)
Spellbound#12/5, p6, pan8 (Edward)
Spellbound#12/5 (February, 1952) - Tony DiPreta (artist), Stan Lee (editor)
Vault of Evil#5 (September, 1973) - reprint
Last updated: 06/23/11
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