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Membership: Acid Reign, Dr. Chia, Homewrecker, Rat Bastard, Resentment, Satan-in-a-Box

Purpose: Pursuit of criminally gained wealth and power

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Dead Clown (indirectly), Force America (Birdman, Captain Hero, Clue, Cyberhead, Mother Earth, Shotgun, U-Boat)

Base of Operations: New York, USA (Earth-88469)

First Appearance: Dead Clown#1 (October, 1993) (mentioned); Dead Clown#2 (November, 1993) (seen)


(Dead Clown#2 (fb) - BTS) - Villainous group, the Sadistic Six, comprising Acid Reign, Dr. Chia, Homewrecker, Rat Bastard, Resentment and leader Satan-in-a-Box,  fought the super-hero group Force America. One encounter led to the loss of Acid Reign. The Sadistic Six still convened meetings in their hidden lair.

(Dead Clown#1 (fb) - BTS) - The Sadistic Six robbed a bank, which sent a distress call to Force America, but the call was ignored.

(Dead Clown#2) - Force America's numbers and credibility plummeted after the interference of the rogue Dead Clown. Seeking a comeback, Satan-in-a-Box desired the group to again be six strong, while the other members instead suggested renaming the group to escape the number constraint. Satan-in-a-Box insisted that the popular (but dangerous) Dead Clown be recruited. Satan-in-a-Box mystically located Dead Clown at the City Hospital, where the injured members of Force America were also staying. The Sadistic Six arrived, but first encountered the surviving Force America members, Captain Hero, Shotgun and Birdman.

(Dead Clown#3 (fb) - BTS) - The battle between the Sadistic Six and Force America was savage and brutal, with the super-strong and resilient Captain Hero the only apparent standing survivor of those involved. Further, thousands in the city were dead and much of the city destroyed.

Comments: Created by Chris Ulm, Joel Thomas, and Bobby Rae.

Former member Acid Reign was only mentioned, never shown. His powers are unrevealed.

Malibu's Dead Clown follows the violence and parody of DC's Lobo (and later Marvel's Lunatik - with a dash of What The--?). "Sadistic Six" is a play on "Sinister Six", the group of villains that often plagued Spider-Man.

It's unlikely Dead Clown would've joined, except as leader; he was a solo operator who temporarily used other people to further his own interests.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

The Sadistic Six have no known connections to:

Dr. Chia

Dr. Chia had some chemistry skills, having developed a secret hair-growing formula that worked on anyone (except himself). Bald and conservatively dressed, Chia insisted that the group maintain six members in line with its name. He was disliked by fellow member Rat Bastard, who wanted Chia dumped. He probably perished in the deadly final fight with Force America.





--Dead Clown#2


Homewrecker's powers are unrevealed; she likely used weapons disguised as home utensils. Her curvaceous body was skimpily clad and she sat closely with the overly muscular Resentment. She likely died in the final savage conflict with Force America outside the hospital.






--Dead Clown#2

Rat Bastard

Rat Bastard was a short rat-like humanoid who disliked fellow member Dr. Chia. He spoke and dressed like a 1930s gangster cliche and was armed with a handgun. Vicious and easily offended, he nevertheless carried around his leader, Satan-in-a-Box. He suggested "X-Men" as a new team name so the group wouldn't be tied to six members, but it was dismissed as "stupid" by Chia. He appeared to be a victim of the bloody final confrontation with Force America.





--Dead Clown#2


Resentment was a massive and super-strong man with limited intelligence (similar to Earth-616's early Hulk). He was easily angered and wanted quick, simple (but violent) solutions. He skin would blossom a greenish hue when he angrily flexed his muscles. He seemed to perish in the final fight with Force America.





--Dead Clown#2


Satan-in-a-Box was the bizarre but angry leader of the Sadistic Six. Keen to keep the group a sextet, it wanted the rogue Dead Clown be pushed into service. It had mystical powers that could locate people, but was otherwise immobile and had to be carried around in its 12" box frame (plus ribbon). It hated foes Force America with a passion. Despite its sorcerous nature, it was likely destroyed in the final battle with Force America.






--Dead Clown#2

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Dead Clown#2, p11, pan3 (main image)
Dead Clown#2, p11, pan5 (Dr. Chia)
Dead Clown#2, p11, pan4 (Homewrecker)
Dead Clown#2, p12, pan8 (Rat Bastard)
Dead Clown#2, p12, pan3 (Resentment)
Dead Clown#2, p21, pan6 (Satan-in-a-Box)

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: 11/10/2018
Last updated: 02/18/2022

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