Real Name: Ethan Carruthers
Identity/Class: Human; British citizen
Occupation: Orphanage Inspector
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: British government, Rom
Enemies: Dire Wraiths (Mara and others)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile throughout England
First Appearance: Rom#38 (January, 1983)
Powers/Abilities: Carruthers had no superhuman powers. He was presumably knowledgeable about British law concerning orphanages. When necessary he was accurate with thrown objects.
Height: 5'8" (by approximation)
Weight: 170 lbs. (by approximation)
Hair: Gray (balding)
(Rom#38 (fb) - BTS) - Ethan Carruthers, a rather dapper looking gentleman, worked for the British government as an orphanage inspector.
(Rom#38 (fb) - BTS) - Carruthers was tasked to check on an orphanage in Mallet, England. After failing to reach the orphanage by phone to set up an inspection, he decided to go ahead and drop by unannounced.
(Rom#38) - Carruthers arrived at an orphanage in Mallet for his inspection. Unknown to him, the headmistress of the orphanage was one of the female Dire Wraiths known as Mara. She took Carruthers to see the children (actually Dire Wraiths) in a stupor, almost freezing. Carruthers threatened to file charges against Mara who then set the "children" upon him. Carruthers was nearly killed, but was saved when Rom burst in (he had tracked the Wraiths to the orphanage). While Rom kept the Wraiths occupied, he sent Carruthers to find the real children. Carruthers heard chanting coming from the basement and observed Mara performing a spell to transform the children into monsters. He grabbed a torch and hurled it at her, setting her robes ablaze. Mara attempted to blast Carruthers, but Rom appeared once again and blocked the spell with his Neutralizer before banishing Mara to Limbo. Carruthers confirmed that the children were well and decided not to report the events, feeling they were unlikely to be believed anyway.
Comments: Created by Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Ian Akin, Brian Garvey (inkers).
Profile by Chuck D.
Ethan Carruthers should not be confused with
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Rom#38, p10, pan5 (main image)
Rom#38, p16, pan1 (closeup)
Rom#38, p19, pan (attacking Mara)
Rom#38 (January, 1983) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Ian Akin, Brian Garvey (inkers), Ann Nocenti (editor)
Last updated: 02/12/17
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