Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-1136)
Occupation: Adventurer, singer;
formerly corporate icon;
formerly circus clown (as JoJo)
Group Membership: None;
formerly Liquid Spraymount
Affiliations: Bart (last name unrevealed);
formerly William "Bull" Davidovich, Petro Global Inc.
Enemies: Bazooka, Burning
Clawfoot, William "Bull" Davidovich, Death, Deathbird (formerly
Birdboy/Swallow), Eyeglare, Five Angry Inches,
Force America (Birdman,
Cyberhead, Mother Earth, Shotgun, U-Boat), General (name unrevealed),
Hairball, Mutations, O-Men, Power League, Sadistic Six (Dr. Chia,
Bastard, Resentment, Satan-in-a-Box), Skywomen, Slush, Professor
Known Relatives: None
formerly JoJo, briefly impersonated Burning Skull
Base of Operations: Mobile in the USA
First Appearance: Dinosaurs for Hire II#1 (February, 1993)
Powers/Abilities: Ghastly had a crass sense of
humor and found violence funny. He had localized reality-warping powers that
focused on keeping himself alive and sustaining his clown comedy
persona. He could ride a custom motorbike while completely occupied with a
newspaper and enjoyed smoking. He used standard weapons, such as guns
and grenades, but
also modified clown-themed items, such as an acid-streaming seltzer spray bottle and a
candy dispenser that extended to a long mace. He showed superhuman
dexterity (from heightened molecular density) and regenerative
abilities, including the ability to separate his skullish head, and was
a strategic thinker, albeit with cruel intentions.
His mutation left him skeletal looking with an unexplained seeming
bullet hole in the center of his forehead.
(Dead Clown#1 (fb)) - JoJo the clown was paid to participate in an experimental process by Petro Global Inc. to augment his abilities to be a super entertainer. "Bull" Davidovich showed a US military general the process as Professor Steinrine injected JoJo with a secret formula, bombarded him with beta rays, then doused him in an electrified saline solution. Briefly dead, he "awoke" in his mutated form, his now dense skin stretched across a malformed skull. Shocked, the general collapsed while Davidovich saw marketing opportunities using the clown as a corporate icon.
(Dead Clown#1 (fb) - BTS) - Petro Global Inc.
trademarked the clown's new name as Ghastly the Dead Clown
(Dead Clown#3 (fb) - BTS) - At the cosmic level,
JoJo's resurrection caused grievance to the demigod Death.
(Dinosaurs for Hire II#1) - Outside a movie premiere party, Dead Clown offered free giant cigarettes to children.
(Dinosaurs for Hire II#2) - Dead Clown was asked to
comment on the Dinosaurs for Hire comic. He promised his series would
be "much better".
(Dead Clown#2 (fb)) - Ghastly became a marketing
sensation for the firm, improving their novelty arm's profits, partly
due to Ghastly's role in international trade restrictions.
(Dead Clown#1) - A year
after his rebirth, Ghastly
derided the efforts of a
feature film and comic promoting him. Quitting his role defiantly, he deliberately
sprayed Davidovich, now corporate Petro Global CEO, with acid from a
seltzer dispenser. Bull's skin turned bubbling green; swearing revenge,
he bullied the US premier team, Force America, to hunt Ghastly down.
Meanwhile, Dead Clown revisited the lab where he was reborn when
Birdboy, desperate for recognition as a sidekick, tried vainly to
arrest him, but was clobbered by Ghastly instead. Realizing a big super
team were after him, he stocked up on weaponry at Bart's Boom Saloon
(dispensing guns and drinks). In order to gain further information on
his opponents, Ghastly deceived Birdboy into thinking he was his
sidekick, then abandoned him to brutal thugs. Ghastly sent a false distress
call to bring in Force America, then used the team's clashing egos and
internal rivalries to cause a major fight on the street (while being
(Dead Clown#2) - After long combat, Captain Hero
emerged the victor, but was knocked out by Ghastly's giant hammer. Dead
Clown then rode his customized motorbike, reading the newspaper at the same time,
seeking a band to join as a new form of employment. At the same time,
daytime news reporter Lee-Anne Rictus profiled "the Clown crisis" with
a superficial report. Ghastly sneaked into the hospital where the
severely injured members of Force America lay and killed several while
Davidovich tried to calm journalists wanting answers on how Ghastly's
efforts impacted profits. Elsewhere, The Sadistic Six team leader, Satan-in-a-Box,
wanted Ghastly as a new member; the villainous team confronted Ghastly
just as the remaining Force America members (Captain Hero, Shotgun and Birdman) found him and destructive fighting
ensued. Ghastly slipped away and joined grunge band Liquid Spraymount,
showcasing his monstrous abilities to score a gig.
Clown#3) - Delayed by encores of band Five Angry Inches, Ghastly
electrocuted their lead singer and kicked them off the stage so that
Liquid Spraymount could perform; the crowd were enthusiastic. Soon, his
solo single climbed the charts while Davidovich was fired from Petro
Global for losing the Dead Clown account. Davidovich and Captain Hero
conspired to have the still-bandaged Davidovich secretly transformed to
replace Ghastly, while also recruiting many super-heroes to kill the
original Dead Clown. Keen to uncover the plot, Ghastly disguised
himself to look like hero Burning Skull; easily fooled, Captain Hero
revealed the battle plan. But the real Burning Skull soon appeared and,
enraged, Captain Hero's super-powered team tracked down Ghastly with
Slush encasing Ghastly in a block of ice. Internal bickering let
Ghastly escape again and formulate a plan. Meanwhile, the deceased
Birdboy was resurrected by angry Death to become his sidekick, the
Deathbird, to eliminate Ghastly. By this time, Ghastly had secured the
original script for issue 3 of his comic. The assembled super-heroes,
marching with flaming torches, confronted Ghastly, who quickly wrote
and revised the script's completion, warping reality to ensure a quick
but messy death for many,
until Captain Hero stopped him. Davidovich then revealed his new face,
matching Ghastly's, just as Deathbird swooped in, knocked out Captain
Hero, and erroneously carried the imposter away. Ghastly was happy, yet
unsurprised, that he had survived with a satisfactory ending.
(Protectors#20) - Planet Earth (i.e., Earth-1136)
exploded, most likely destroying Ghastly as well.
Comments: Created by Chris Ulm and Tom Mason (writers) and Mitch Byrd (art).
Malibu's Dead Clown follows the violence and parody of DC's Lobo (and later Marvel's Lunatik - with a dash of What The--?).
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Ghastly the Dead Clown has no known connections to:
The Burning Skull was a local hero and
rode a motorbike with flaming wheels. He was called in during the hunt
for Ghastly the Dead Clown. However, Ghastly impersonated him to dupe
Captain Hero into revealing his strategy. Burning Skull later joined
the combined attack on Ghastly, who instead warped localized reality by
rewriting a script to have Burning Skull's flaming head explode.
The Burning Skull, with his outfit, look and
motorbike, was a clear parody of Marvel's Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch).
--Dead Clown#2 (3
Five Angry Inches
Five Angry Inches were a loud grunge band, popular with the crowds, but took too many encores for Ghastly's liking. They were slotted in before Ghastly's band, Liquid Spraymount, and Ghastly didn't like the delay. Taking matters into his own hands, Ghastly electrocuted the lead singer and Liquid Spraymount quickly took the stage.
The band's name may be a reference to Nine Inch Nails,
which gained popularity in the early 1990s.
Based at Phoenix Recording Studio, Liquid Spraymount
was a four-piece grunge band, but their lead singer, Todd, scored a
plumbing gig and left the band. Ghastly the Dead Clown impressed the
remaining band members with his esoteric tricks, including spinning his
head around, and joined as new lead singer. He quickly garnered the
crowd's attention at a concert and it launched a brief solo career for
--Dead Clown#2 (3
Professor Steinrine (first name unrevealed) was the
mastermind behind the process to create super entertainers with
enhanced durability for the military. He was relieved that the subject
JoJo had survived the (literally) shocking process.
He appears to be a take on Marvel's Prof.
Josef Reinstein (a.k.a. Abraham Erskine), who developed the Super
Soldier Serum used to create Captain America.
Dead Clown#3, p18, pan3 (main image)
Dead Clown#1, p13, pan5 (headshot, pre-transformation)
Dead Clown#2, cover (headshot, post-transformation)
Dead Clown#2, p4, pan1 (on custom motorbike)
Dead Clown#3, p25 (with script)
Dead Clown#3, p10, pan3 (Burning Skull)
Dead Clown#3, p1, pan5 (Five Angry Inches band)
Dead Clown#3, p3 (Liquid Spraymount band)
Dead Clown#1, p14, pan 5 (Steinrine)
Dinosaurs for Hire II#1 (February, 1993) - Tom Mason (writer), Mitch Byrd (pencils), Bruce McCorkindale (inks), Chris Ulm (editor)
Dinosaurs for Hire II#2 (March, 1993) - Tom Mason (writer), Mitch Byrd (pencils), Bruce McCorkindale (inks), Chris Ulm & Roland Mann (editor)
Dead Clown#1 (October, 1993) - Chris Ulm (writer), Joel Thomas (pencils), Bobby Rae (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
Dead Clown#2 (November, 1993) - Chris Ulm (writer), Joel Thomas (pencils), Bobby Rae (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
Dead Clown#3 (February 1994) - Chris Ulm (writer), Phil Gosier (pencils), Bobby Rae (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
First posted: 10/28/2018
Last updated: 10/28/2018
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