Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human (German) technology user (World War II era)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Third Reich
Enemies: Destroyer (Keen Marlowe)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Handsome," "pretty-boy," "rat," "you German butcher" (as called by Destroyer)
Base of Operations: His secret laboratory, somewhere in Germany (possibly Berlin)
First Appearance: Mystic Comics I#6/2 (October, 1941)
Powers/Abilities: A master scientist for the Third Reich, the Scar was an inventive genius who specialized in building advanced weaponry, including powerful anti-aircraft artillery, a "death ray", and a "burning glass".
A merciless killer, the Scar held no qualms against using his weapons on his own countrymen.
Height: 6' (by approximation)
Weight: 200 lbs. (by approximation)
Distinguishing features: The Scar had (appropriately enough) a large scar running from the top of his head, down to just above his left eyebrow; he also wore eyeglasses, and had slightly enlarged canine teeth.
(Mystic Comics I#6/2 (fb) - BTS) - The past of the Scar is largely unrevealed; at some point, he began to build weapons for the Nazis, even though he felt that Hitler was jealous of him and only kept him alive for his expertise (see comments).
(Mystic Comics I#6/2) - When hungry German citizens began to rebel because they were getting insufficient food rations, high Nazi officials visited the Scar's lab and requested his aid to quell the uprising--they suggested he use his new "death ray".
The officials drove the Scar in their limousine to the scene of the disturbance. As he aimed and fired his ray at the rioters, the Scar promised to kill as many as he could--the rioters all dropped dead, apparently from asphyxiation (see comments). With the food riot ended, the Nazis took the Scar to the scene of another disturbance.
When the Destroyer came around to investigate the massacre, he found a young German woman (see comments) crying over the dead body of her father--the Destroyer promised her that he'd destroy the "death ray" and the man who invented it.
Meanwhile, as they were transporting the Scar, a Nazi official asked him why he didn't just show them how to work his ray gun--the Scar responded that the only reason der Führer allowed him to remain alive was because he was the only living man who could operate the "death ray". When they came upon a mob of German citizens breaking into a clothing store, the Scar took aim at the looters, but the Destroyer came running up and snatched the "death ray" from his hand--the hero tried to fire the weapon at the Nazis and the Scar, to give them a taste of their own medicine, but he found he couldn't make the ray gun work. While the Destroyer fought with the Nazis, the Scar recovered his "death ray" and clubbed the hero from behind, knocking him unconscious.
The Destroyer was taken to the Scar's lab, carried outside to the "torture yard," and tied to a stake--the Scar told the Destroyer that he had a "surprise" for him, and called for the "burning glass" to be wheeled out. The Scar aimed the weapon at the Destroyer and activated it, then went back into his lab, leaving some Nazi soldiers to witness the hero's execution from the unbearable heat of the "burning glass".
But the Destroyer managed to free himself from his bonds and turned the beam of the "burning glass" upon the Nazis; the soldiers surrendered, and the Destroyer bound them all with rope, then escaped into the city. Later, during a night-time British bombing raid on the city, the Destroyer directed searchlights upon the anti-aircraft artillery built by the Scar, which helped the pilots locate and destroy the powerful cannons and successfully complete their mission.
The next day, the Scar was enraged--the hero had made a fool of him because of the bombing of his cannons, and he vowed to destroy the Destroyer. In an effort to trap the hero, the Scar put out a radio announcement stating that he would personally use his "death ray" to publicly execute a German prisoner (Heinrich Schmitt) in front of the state building for the crime of a treasonous remark--the Destroyer heard the announcement and went into action.
As the time of the execution drew near, the prisoner was chained to a wall, and the Scar took aim with his lethal weapon; but the Destroyer made a death-defying leap from the top of a building and fought off several soldiers, then freed the prisoner. The Scar pointed his "death ray" at the Destroyer, but the hero threw his knife and knocked the ray gun from his hand. The Scar turned to flee, with the Destroyer following close behind, but the villain suddenly rushed at the Destroyer and grabbed him by his throat, choking the hero with his powerful fingers; the Destroyer punched the Scar and sent him flying into a wall.
The Scar pulled out a small impact grenade and hurled it at the Destroyer--although he managed to catch it gently enough to prevent it from exploding, the Destroyer lost his footing and slipped to the ground. As the explosive rolled away, the Scar jumped upon the fallen hero and began to choke him once again. The Destroyer managed to throw off the Scar, and the villain went sailing through the air, to land on top of his own bomb--the Scar was apparently killed in the resulting explosion.
Comments: Created by an unidentified writer and Jack Binder (artist).
The Scar seemed to have a little tiff going on with
Hitler--maybe it was really the Scar who was jealous because der Führer
just preferred Heinrich
Zemo (who built better solar-heat
projecting death-rays) over him.
Since the Scar didn't seem to be concerned about wearing some sort of respirator to protect himself while he used his "death ray," my guess is that its beam didn't eliminate the breathable air in an area, but it actually paralyzed people's bodies (including their lungs), thus causing them to choke.
That young German woman would appear in subsequent stories as a supporting character and ally of the Destroyer in his fight against the Nazis--she was introduced only as "Florence" in this story, and in Mystic Comics I#7/1, she gave her full name as "Florence von Banger" (I'll resist the temptation of making an off-color joke here). But in Mystic Comics I#9/1, a caption identified her as "Flora von Bangor"; she was referred to only as "Flora" thereafter.
Profile by Ron Fredricks.
The Scar has no known connections to:
A handheld weapon created by the Scar, it fired a beam which caused
instantaneous asphyxiation (see comments).
A solar-powered weapon, it captured the rays of the sun and magnified
them into a beam of intense heat.
images: (without ads)
Mystic Comics I#6/2, p1, pan1 (Main Image - Scar (firing "death ray"))
Mystic Comics I#6/2, p1, pan3 (Headshot - Scar)
Mystic Comics I#6/2, p5, pan3 (Scar explains to Nazi officials why Hitler keeps him around)
Mystic Comics I#6/2, p14, pan6 (Destroyer (left) punches the Scar and sends him flying)
Mystic Comics I#6/2, p2, pan7 (Scar holding "death ray", about to fire at rioters; Nazi official (background))
Mystic Comics I#6/2, p3, pan2 (effects of Scar's "death ray" on rioters)
Mystic Comics I#6/2, p7, pan6 (Scar tells captured Destroyer about "burning glass")
Mystic Comics I#6/2, p8, pan7 (Destroyer turns beam of "burning glass" on Nazi soldiers)
Mystic Comics I#6/2 (October, 1941) - unidentified writer, Jack Binder (pencils), Joe Simon (editor)
First Posted: 11/12/2018
Last updated: 11/12/2018
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