Real Name: Baron Shinto
Identity/Class: Normal human (Japanese citizen) (World War II era)
Occupation: Terrorist, fugitive;
Group Membership: Japanese internment camp
Affiliations: Various concentration camp prisoners/escapees
Enemies: Miss America (Madeline Joyce), Philippino embassy delegates (three, names unrevealed), US military, warplane factory workers
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile in USA (including unspecified Japanese internment camp in the desert)
formerly Japan (presumably)
First Appearance: Miss America Comics I#1/1 (1944)
Powers/Abilities: Baron Shinto was a great
hulking brute in frame, but had little fighting skills, relying more on
surprise and two blades attached to his index and middle fingers to
stab opponents' eyes, and his aristocrat title to gain Japanese
people's compliance. He was an expert in subterfuge and duplicity,
independently identifying military targets for destruction and death to
promote the Japanese war effort.
Height: 6'3" (by approximation)
Weight: 200 lbs. (by approximation)
(Miss America Comics I#1/1 (fb) - BTS) - Baron Shinto
was in the USA at the outbreak of World War II and was interred with
other Japanese plus Japanese-Americans in a concentration camp in the
American desert. He was revered for his aristocratic status by at least
several inmates, but all racially profiled prisoners were distrusted by
the American military there.
America Comics I#1/1) - A coordinated plan across several camps was put
in motion. In the exposed "exercise yard" (cultivating plants), Shinto
staged an attack, stabbing himself to make it appear he had been
attacked and he successfully gained a transfer to another camp. In the
Jeep transport, with the guard distracted, he attached two razor-sharp
talons to his fingers and attacked the driver and guard. Dumping the
two wounded, Shinto made off in the Jeep before tussling with Madeline
Joyce (secretly Miss America) on the road and taking her car. Shinto
met with co-conspirators at a train station, where they thwarted Miss
America's sudden attack and tied her up. The Japanese stole the clothes
of Philippino embassy delegates (set to attend the launch of new
warplanes nearby) and strapped on explosives to act as suicide bombers,
and were about to shoot the Philippinos when Miss America freed
herself. In the melee, Shinto and the saboteurs escaped and traveled to
the nearby warplane factory. While the saboteurs went to the hangars,
Shinto targeted the manager in the administrative tower with his
gouging talons. But Miss America swooped in, knocking Shinto back and
he fell to his death. Miss America then captured and dropped the
suicide bombers away from the warplane factory and they exploded.
Comments: Created by Bill Finger (?), Ken Bald & George Klein.
Basic info about the Japanese-Americans' internment
in concentration camps, unashamedly shown in the story, can be found on
George Takei (of Star Trek fame) has shared his own childhood
experiences in a graphic
novel format. This Miss America story almost reads like a justification for such internment.
Probable writer credits from comics.org. No month given for publication date.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Gouger (Baron Shinto) has no known connections to:
Miss America Comics I#1/1, p11, pan4 (main image)
p5, pan2 (headshot with blades)
p2, pan1 (Shinto at right in concentration camp)
Miss America Comics I#1/1 (1944) - Bill Finger (writer?), Ken Bald (pencils), George Klein (inks), Vince Fago (editor)
First posted: 10/31/2020
Last updated: 10/31/2020
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