Real Name: Earl Duggan
Identity/Class: Human magic user
Occupation: Assistant to Walter Hamill
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Judy Bryant, Oranna, Yota
Enemies: Detective Barton, Walter Hamill, Detective Hayes
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Walter Hamill"
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: Giant-Size Chillers#1/7 (February, 1975)
Powers/Abilities: Earl Duggan was a normal human with no paranormal abilities. Although having no prior training in the occult, Duggan was able to harness the mystical forces of Obeah (Afro-Caribbean shamanism) and used a voodoo doll to murder Walter Hamill.
Duggan made a life-like mask of Hamill and wore it to assume Hamill's identity; later, Duggan's own face was physically altered by supernatural means to actually resemble Hamill's.
Height: 6' (by
Weight: 180 lbs. (by approximation)
Hair: Brown (originally black)
(Giant-Size Chillers#1/7 (fb) - BTS) - The past of Earl Duggan is largely unrevealed, but at some point he became the confidant and right-hand man of Walter Hamill, assisting the millionaire-industrialist with his business dealings. But Duggan was covetous of Hamill's wealth, and he was secretly in love with Hamill's girlfriend Judy Bryant, so he schemed to take over Hamill's financial empire and make Judy his wife.
(Giant-Size Chillers#1/7 (fb)) - Duggan accompanied Hamill on a business trip to Barbados. While Hamill slept, Duggan sneaked out of Hamill's residence and visited the voodoo priestess Oranna; he made arrangements with her to make a voodoo doll of Hamill.
Several days later, after they returned back to America, Duggan drove Hamill to his girlfriend Judy's house; while Duggan waited outside in the car, he overheard Judy and Hamill having a heated argument.
(Giant-Size Chillers#1/7 (fb) - BTS) - In a fit of jealous rage, Hamill struck Judy on the head with a fireplace poker and left her for dead.
(Giant-Size Chillers#1/7 (fb)) - Coming out of Judy's house, the dour Hamill returned to the car and muttered for Duggan to drive to the airport, where the two boarded Hamill's private plane and flew back to Barbados; during the flight, Duggan noticed that Hamill only sat in sullen silence, but he thought if his plan worked out, Hamill would soon be permanently silent!
The evening after their arrival on Barbados, Duggan again met with Oranna; she performed a sacrificial ceremony to the "lord of darkness" (see comments) to empower the requested voodoo doll. Afterwards, Oranna's father Yota handed Duggan the fetish and a dagger, but he cryptically warned Duggan that the spell would not stop working until the bloodthirst of the "lord of darkness" was satisfied.
(Giant-Size Chillers#1/7) - During a confrontation with Hamill in his Barbados residence, Duggan stabbed the doll with the dagger, which killed his employer instantly. Carrying Hamill's body over to a table, Duggan next made a plaster mold of Hamill's face, then he used a flesh-like plastic to create a face mask. Placing the mask over his own face, Duggan adopted Hamill's hair color and hairstyle, making himself into the perfect likeness of his late employer. After sewing Hamill's body in a canvas sack, Duggan carried it aboard his late employer's fishing cruiser, then dumped the corpse overboard for the sharks to feed upon.
Duggan returned back to America disguised as Hamill (feigning hoarseness, to explain his different voice) and he went to Hamill's office, preparing to seize control of his late employer's financial empire and make it his own. But Duggan noticed a strained air about the executive offices, for none of "his" employees would look him in the eye when they spoke to him; Duggan's suspicions were aroused: Could they have possibly seen through his disguise?
Suddenly, Duggan's whole plan exploded in his borrowed face when Detectives Hayes and Barton entered the office, and they placed "Walter Hamill" under arrest for the murder of Judy Bryant--Judy had managed to tell the detectives that (the real) Walter Hamill was responsible for striking her before she died.
Shocked at learning the news of Judy's death, Duggan denied perpetrating the crime; he insisted that he wasn't Walter Hamill at all, but actually Earl Duggan, and to prove his claim, he tore off the mask to reveal (courtesy of the "lord of darkness")...the face of Walter Hamill!
("Walter Hamill" was taken into police custody and apparently died shortly afterwards (see comments))
Comments: Created by Carl Wessler (writer) and Dave Gibbons (artist).
Duggan went through a lot of trouble to kill Hamill--sure, a voodoo doll is a lot cleaner and quieter than using a gun, but still...
The caption in the last story-panel implied that "Walter Hamill" died shortly after being taken into custody--maybe he tried to make an escape and was shot during the attempt; it seems unlikely that "Hamill" would have been convicted and executed following a trial, since the only witness to "his" crime (Judy Bryant) was dead and unable to testify.
Although the ending of this 6-page story -- The Borrowed Face! --implied that some demonic entity (e.g. Mephisto, Satannish, Satan, etc.) was the "lord of darkness" who empowered the voodoo doll and altered Duggan's face, it seems more logical that one of the Vodu gods was responsible.
Profile by Ron Fredricks.
Earl Duggan has no known connections to:
Walter Hamill has no known connections to:
Judy Bryant has no known connections to:
Oranna has no known connections to:
Yota has no known connections to:
Detective Hayes has no known connections to:
Detective Barton has no known connections to:
A millionaire industrialist and the head of a dozen corporations, he
employed Earl Duggan as his assistant. But unknown to Hamill, Duggan
was engaged in a scheme to assume his identity, and he had a voodoo
priestess make a doll of Hamill.
She was the girlfriend of Walter Hamill, but Earl Duggan was secretly in
love with her (It was unrevealed if
Judy reciprocated Duggan's feelings for her).
A voodoo priestess on Barbados, Earl Duggan, requested that she make a
voodoo doll of Walter Hamill so that he might use it to kill Hamill.
Oranna told Duggan to bring her pieces of cloth from Hamill's clothing so
that she could construct the doll.
The father of voodoo priestess Oranna, he handed Earl Duggan the dagger and voodoo doll that Duggan would use to magically kill Walter Hamill after Oranna had empowered the objects. Yota warned Duggan that the voodoo spell would not stop working until the bloodthirst of the "lord of darkness" (see comments) was satisfied.
Two police detectives (It was not
specified which was which, nor what department they worked for),
they had earlier investigated the murder of Judy Bryant--Judy managed to
tell them that Walter Hamill had struck her on the head with a fireplace
poker before she died.
images: (without ads)
Giant-Size Chillers#1/7, p4, pan4 (Main Image, Earl Duggan holding dagger and voodoo doll of Walter Hamill)
Giant-Size Chillers#1/7, p5, pan2 (Headshot, Earl Duggan making face-mask of Walter Hamill)
Giant-Size Chillers#1/7, p5, pan6 (Duggan (wearing Hamill mask) at wheel of fishing cruiser)
Giant-Size Chillers#1/7, p6, pan6 (Duggan (face transformed into Hamill's) being arrested by Detectives Hayes and Barton; Hamill face-mask laying on desk)
Giant-Size Chillers#1/7, p1, pan1 (Walter Hamill confronts Duggan as Duggan threatens him with voodoo doll)
Giant-Size Chillers#1/7, p2, pan2 (Walter Hamill dies as Duggan stabs voodoo doll)
Giant-Size Chillers#1/7, p3, pan5 (Judy Bryant (left) argues with Walter Hamill (right) )
Giant-Size Chillers#1/7, p2, pan5 (Oranna meets with Earl Dugann (left))
Giant-Size Chillers#1/7, p4, pan2 (Oranna performs ceremonial sacrifice)
Giant-Size Chillers#1/7, p4, pan3 (Yota hands Duggan dagger and voodoo doll)
Giant-Size Chillers#1/7, p6, pan2 (Detectives Hayes and Barton enter office to arrest "Walter Hamill")
Giant-Size Chillers#1/7, p6, pan5 (Detectives Hayes and Barton facing Earl Duggan after he tore off Hamill face-mask)
Giant-Size Chillers#1/7 - Carl Wessler (writer), Dave Gibbons (pencils and inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Last updated: 09/24/17
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