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Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-57780) human (class unrevealed - see comments)

Occupation: Criminal

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Spider-Man (Peter Parker), various crime victims (names unrevealed) (all Earth-57780)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York, USA (Earth-57780)

First Appearance: Spidey Super Stories#5/4 (February, 1975)

Powers/Abilities: Looking lanky, Dr. Fright apparently has a scary visage and has the power to freeze people within seconds when they meet his gaze. He used his power to steal various basic items. An oversized top hat covers his face until he wants to freeze someone. The effect of his gaze ends when he is frozen.

Height: 6' (by approximation)
Weight: Unrevealed
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Black-gray


(Spidey Super Stories#5/4 (fb) - BTS) - Dr. Fright has unrevealed origins (see comments), but set out to use his gaze-freezing power to steal, developing a minor reputation.

(Spidey Super Stories#5/4) - Dr. Fright froze a newspaper seller to steal a newspaper when the vendor met his gaze. Next, wanting a hot dog, he froze a food vendor to take a hot dog, then caused mischief by freezing a man delivering large mirrors; the mirrors slipped and shattered. Meanwhile, Spider-Man, on his way to the Winter Ice Follies at Rockefeller Center, chanced upon the three immobile victims and immediately suspected Dr. Fright. Unable to aim his webbing to capture the thief for fear of being frozen by seeing Dr. Fright's face, Spidey used a mirror shard to reflect the villain's gaze back at himself. Seeing himself, Dr. Fright froze, but this also released his victims and somehow unfroze the ice-rink.



Comments: Created by Jean Thomas (writer), Win Mortimer (pencils), Mike Esposito & Tony Mortellaro (inks). Based on Tom Whedon's Electric Company script.

His face is never shown, so we don't know how frightful he really is, or if his "freeze vision" is based in a fear response. He could be a mutant with "freeze vision"; he doesn't seem to use any technology or device. He might be a human-gorgon hybrid, so his stare is less powerful than a classical gorgon (such as Medusa). Bizarrely, he even has some sort of vague connection with ice.

I doubt he had a medical/academic degree to rightfully call himself a Doctor; I consider this more of a self-assumed villain title.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Doctor Fright of Earth-57780 has no known connections to:

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Spidey Super Stories#5, p15, pan3 (main image)
   p16, pan4 (headshot - side)

Spidey Super Stories#5/4 (February, 1975) - Jean Thomas (writer), Win Mortimer (pencils), Mike Esposito & Tony Mortellaro (inks), A.J. Hays (editor)

First posted: 04/04/18

Last updated: 04/04/18

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