ERIC VON HIMMEL
Real Name: Eric von Himmel
Identity/Class: Normal human (World War II) (German)
Occupation: Nazi spy, saboteur
Group Membership: Nazis
Affiliations: Fellow Nazi agents/soldiers (Hans, Otto, X2, others unnamed)
Enemies: Young Avenger, US Government, US aviation manufacturers
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations:
New York State, USA;
First Appearance: U.S.A. Comics#1/6 (August, 1941)
Powers/Abilities: Eric von Himmel was a ruthless and ambitious man with a monocle who could use a handgun and fly a small airplane.
(U.S.A. Comics#1/6 (fb) - BTS) - Eric von Himmel was sent to the USA to sabotage and destroy American industrial centers and set up base in southern New York State.
(U.S.A. Comics#1/6) - Eric von Himmel began his campaign of sabotage by blowing up Wenton Aviation Works. Pleased with this success, the next night he targeted Boling Aviation Works; however, his agents were stopped by Young Avenger with one secret agent admitting von Himmel's leadership and location. Back at his castle-like mansion hideout, von Himmel heard of his agents' failure and warned his guards to watch out for a costumed enemy. Young Avenger was soon captured at the mansion, knocked out by a gas bomb, and von Himmel ordered that he be tied up with chains. The Nazi spy then taunted the now recovered Young Avenger, but the American hero quickly broke free of his chains and attacked his Nazi opponents. Afraid of arrest and being beaten by Young Avenger, von Himmel ran off, triggering a demolition bomb that destroyed the old mansion as he flew off in his small plane. Young Avenger then swore that the two would meet again.
Comments: Created by uncredited writer and "Michael Robard" (see comments) (art).
Michael Robard was a pseudonym used by artist Mike Roy; this was revealed in the introduction to U.S.A. Comics Marvel Masterworks volume.
One almost curious aspect is that von Himmel did not have the usual ridiculous German-accented English common for comics of that era.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Eric von Himmel has no known connections to:
U.S.A. Comics#1/6, p5, pan5 (main image)
Other Appearances: None
Last updated: 11/28/09
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