Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/ClassAlternate Reality (Earth-148611) human technology-user

Occupation: Mercenary assassin

Group Membership: None known

Affiliations: Nightmask (Keith Remsen);
    Formerly Gnome (Horst Kleinmann);
    physicians caring for him

EnemiesGnome (Horst Kleinmann), Adam Remsen, Lenore Remsen, Theodora "Teddy" Remsen;
    formerly Keith Remsen;

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Terrorist" (from Lucian Ballad)

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    formerly an unidentified hospital that was a relatively short drive from the University of Maryland

First AppearanceNightmask#1 (November, 1986)assassin-bomber-148611-nightmask-bandaged

Powers/Abilities: The man was experienced with explosives, using something that devastated a significant section of an airport.

Height: Unrevealed (he is not seen standing in proximity to anyone of known height, but he did not appear to be particularly short nor tall; perhaps 5'8" - 6')
Weight: Unrevealed (perhaps 160-200 lbs.)
Eyes: Unrevealed (only seen from a distance; dark; likely brown, possibly blue)
Hair: Brown (including mustache)

Nightmask#1 (fb) - BTS) - Horst Kleinmann, head of Zurich, Switzerland's Kleinmann Institute accepted the graduating high-school Keith Remsen for a summer program. However, the paranoid Kleinmann had assumed that Keith's parents, both former students of his involved in dream research, were sending their son to spy on him, and so he sent a man to kill the Remsens with a bomb. Not trusting his own assassin, Kleinmann altered the timing on the assassin's bomb so that it would go off prematurely so that the assassin would be killed, too.explosion

(Nightmask#1) - At Washington, D.C.'s Dulles Airport, Adam, Lenore, and Theodora Remsen said their goodbyes to Keith as he prepared to depart. None of the Remsens noticed as Kleinmann's agent dropped a bag containing a bomb beside the Remsens as they stood there. 

    The bomb then went off, killing Adam and Lenore, and leaving Teddy paralyzed below the waist. Keith was struck in the forehead by a piece of shrapnel and sent into a coma. The bomber was badly injured, left bandaged from head to toe, and remained under intensive care. Many others present in the terminal were injured or killed. assassin-bomber-148611-nightmask-dreamvines

(Nightmask#1 - BTS) <July 22-24, 1986> - The White Event occurred, blanketing Earth with the energies of the Star Brand. These energies awakened Keith from his coma and granted him the power to enter and manipulate the dreams of others. 

    Keith had a dream in which he met the man who had planted the bomb (although he had never seen his face and therefore didn't recognize him); wrapped in tentacles, the man proclaimed that there was no escape, as the tentacles were too strong and too tangled to ever be undone. He further stated that the Gnome (Kleinmann's dream identity) would never allow him to escape...he must die to protect the Gnome's treasure, as those others had had to die...

    The man then recognized Keith's face, and Keith's bathrobe changed into the outfit he was wearing at the time of the explosion. When the man's outfit changed and he was holding the same bag -- which Keith had seen before the explosion -- he had been holding when he dropped the bomb, Keith realized this was the man who had killed his parents. Just as the Gnome grabbed Keith, Teddy pulled him out of the dream.    

(Nightmask#1 (fb) - BTS) - The stress of seeing Keith Remsen in his dream caused the assassin to have a heart attack.

(Nightmask#1) - Seeing the man being rushed down the hall, Keith recognized him as his hospital room neighbor and an another explosion victim. The doctors told Keith the man had had a heart attack. assassin-bomber-148611-nightmask-face-passport

(Nightmask#1 - BTS) - Teddy, having shared the dream, drew a sketch of the assassin (despite his having been covered in bandages since the explosion). To confirm this was the man, Teddy had her physical therapist, Lita Mercado, photocopy the man's passport photo.

    While Dr. Lucian Ballad was skeptical of Keith's claims, Keith and Teddy had him compare Teddy's drawing with his passport photo. 

     After Lucian was convinced of Keith's abilities and claims about the bandaged man, he warned Keith that he could die in an intense dream, and he advised that Keith disguise his identity to avoid stressing the bomber again.

(Nightmask#1) - Keith subsequently sensed the assassin's dreams and re-entered them, finding him hiding from the Gnome, who assured the man that he needed him to live. When the man complained about the Gnome sabotaging the bomb, the Gnome acknowledged that that had been both unfair and short-sighted, as the Remsen children still survived. Vocalizing in surprise, Keith drew the attention of the Gnome, who attacked and noted that the dying assassin had served his purpose as his dreams had drawn back this invader into the realm the Gnome considered his own. The Gnome overpowered Nightmask, but Teddy pulled him out before he could be killed. However, she was somewhat traumatized by the Gnome's assault as well. assassin-bomber-148611-nightmask-abyss

(Nightmask#1 - BTS) - Following some research on Germanic legends, Keith appreciated that the Gnome was Kleinmann, after which he tried to drug Teddy so she wouldn't be at risk.

(Nightmask#1) - Nightmask re-entered the bomber's dreams. As vultures circled the bomber, the Gnome exhorted him to crawl his way to a water fountain. Complaing of weakness, the bomber begged to be allowed to rest, but the Gnome urged him forward toward the water.

    Nightmask then confronted them, noting that though he wished the man could survive to tell the world of his employer's crimes, the doctors had said that the man would never regain consciousness. 

     As the Gnome challenged him, Nightmask identified him as Kleinmann, which disrupted the Gnome's confidence, causing him to revert to his unpowered form as Kleinmann, after which Nightmask revealed he was Adam and Lenore's son. 

     Although Kleinmann ordered the man and forbade him to enter the abyss, the bomber noted that, at last, he was beyond the Gnome. He then allowed himself to fall forward into the abyss and apparently perished.

(Nightmask#1 - BTS) - With the bomber's death, the abyss spread began to spread. Kleinmann and Nightmask narrowly escaped back to the real world.

Comments: Archie Goodwin, Tony Salmons, and Bret Blevins. 

    Why did they not give this man a name?...There's so much information to cover, and I hate it when there's no name or codename...he's called assassin in-story and in Nightmask's Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe profile, so I'm going with that. There's too much to the character to relegate him to a sub-profile, dagnabbit!
    Further, since he is identified as an assassin, it stands to follow that he had successfully assassinated prominent people, which would be how he came to Horst Kleinmann's attention.

Profile by Snood.

The assassin/bomber
should be distinguished from:

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Nightmask#1, pg. 4, panel 1 (setting down bomb);
        pg. 5, panel 4 (airport explosion);
        pg. 8, panel 7 (dream, wrapped in tentacles);
        pg. 9, panel 1 (face);
        pg. 10, panel 5 (bandaged);
        pg. 11, panel 8 (sketch and passport);
        pg. 22, panel 6 (over abyss)

Nightmask#1 (November, 1986) - Archie Goodwin (writer), Tony Salmons (penciler), Bret Blevins (inker), Michael Higgins (editor)

First posted08/13/2022
Last updated: 08/09/2022

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