Real Name: Unrevealed (see comments)
Identity/Class: Human (World
War II era)
Group Membership: Nazi
Affiliations: His agents (including Otto Heinkle, Reich (first name unrevealed), and four others (unidentified)
Enemies: Human Torch (Jim Hammond), Toro
(Thomas Raymond), police and FBI agents (including Casey and Kennedy)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "The Mole"
Base of Operations: His hideout
First Appearance: Captain
America Comics#34/4 (January, 1944)
possessing no paranormal abilities, Herr Mole masterminded a Nazi
sabotage ring that was attempting to destroy an American military
Herr Mole employed such devices as a powerful time-bomb,
and electrically-controlled glass vats.
Height: 5' 9" (by
Weight: 150 lbs. (by approximation)
History: (Captain America Comics#34/4 (fb) - BTS) - The past of Herr
Mole is largely unrevealed, but he and his agents eventually established
a hideout near Hartford, Connecticut, with the intent of destroying the
Hartford Cannon Plant. Herr Mole sent Heinkle (who
had secured employment at the cannon plant) to recruit
German-American plant-worker Peter Lauber to their cause.
(Captain America Comics#34/4) - At night, Heinkle met with
Lauber in a wooded area; but Lauber was loyal to America and refused to
join the saboteurs, so Heinkle murdered him. The Human Torch and Toro
happened to be flying overhead, and the fiery duo came swooping down to
investigate the crime--they extinguished their flames, so as not to
start a forest-fire. Although Heinkle fled further into the wilderness,
the Torch managed to throw a small fireball, which burned the side of
the killer's face. The Torch and Toro searched the corpse and found
papers identifying Lauber as a worker at the cannon plant--suspecting it
could be a clue to potential sabotage, the Torch secretly spoke with the
plant's president, who arranged for the Torch to be employed under the
assumed name of "Hans," a German-American who was loyal to Hitler.
Meanwhile, Heinkle returned to the hideout to report to
Herr Mole; the sadistic saboteur dispatched Heinkle and Reich to plant a
powerful time-bomb--which was set to detonate the following night--in
the cannon plant.
The next morning, the Torch (as
"Hans") began working at the plant, and he started a
conversation with Heinkle (whom he
easily recognized, for Heinkle now wore a bandage on the side of his
burned face); "Hans" admitted that he was loyal to der Fuhrer,
and that he had previously worked for Herr Blitz; "Hans" also mentioned
that he had a like-minded friend, "Fritz" (Toro).
Thinking "Hans" and "Fritz" would be perfect recruits for the sabotage
ring, Heinkle told him the location of the hideout.
That night, Heinkle went to the hideout and told his
leader about "Hans" and "Fritz"--Herr Mole was quite pleased that his
sabotage ring would soon have two new members. But as Herr Mole and his
men were meeting in the basement, they were shocked when the Human Torch
and Toro made a flaming entrance into their evil house of intrigue. As
the fiery pair extinguished their flames and began a physical assault on
the saboteurs, Herr Mole shot Heinkle in the back, as punishment for his
blunder of leading the heroes there. But suddenly, the lights went out,
and the Torch and Toro were overwhelmed by heavily-chloroformed rags
slapped over their noses.
Herr Mole had his men carry the unconscious heroes into a
sub-basement and put them into a pair of electrically-controlled glass
vats; then he went to a control panel and slowly
filled the vats with poisonous gas--Herr Mole wanted to prolong the
pleasure of watching the Torch and Toro die..
But after waiting hours for the heroes return, the
president of the cannon plant--aware of the Torch and Toro's
whereabouts, and concerned about their safety--notified the police and
FBI. The agents of the law raided Herr Mole's hideout, took him and his
men into custody, and rescued the heroes.
The Torch and Toro quickly revived and flew to the cannon
plant. They found the bomb, and although they dunked it in a barrel of
water to deaden its explosive force, it could still do plenty of damage,
so the Torch wanted to get it out of the plant. They flew the bomb right
back where it came from--the saboteurs' hideout--and dropped it; as the
house exploded, and another evil Nazi scheme went up in smoke, the
Torch's only regret was that Herr Mole and his crew were no longer there
to receive it.
Comments: Created by an unidentified writer and Jimmy Thompson.
I assume "Mole" wasn't his real surname, so I'm guessing he
was called that because of the appearance of his face; or perhaps he was
an expert at secretly digging tunnels into Allied military installations
to commit sabotage?
And Herr Mole was a chain-smoker--he had a cigarette in his mouth in every panel he appeared.
Profile by Ron Fredricks.
Herr Mole/"The Mole" has no known connections to:
Otto Heinkle has no known connections to:
He was a Nazi saboteur and one of the agents of Herr Mole.
Earlier, he got a job working at the Hartford Cannon Plant, for the
purpose of eventually destroying the facility.
An ordinary-looking house located in the woods near Hartford,
Connecticut, it was the headquarters of a ring of Nazi saboteurs led by
A pair of transparent cylinders located in the sub-cellar of
Herr Mole's hideout, they were controlled by an external control panel.
When activated, the two cylinders began to spin, and a lethal gas was
A small but powerful explosive, it was constructed with a
"new type of dynamite". Herr Mole had Otto Heinkle place it in the
Hartford Cannon Plant--not only would
it reduce the plant to dust and kill the thousands of workers in it, but
also destroy the streets for blocks around.
images: (without ads)
Captain America Comics#34/4, p1, pan1 (Main Image - Herr Mole)
Captain America Comics#34/4, p6, pan5 (Headshot - Herr Mole)
Captain America Comics#34/4, p5, pan3 (Herr Mole (left), meeting with his agents, as Human Torch and Toro come flying in)
Captain America Comics#34/4, p7, pan2 (Herr Mole (right) captured by authorities)
Captain America Comics#34/4, p4, pan5 (Headshot - Otto Heinkle)
Captain America Comics#34/4, p2, pan2 (Otto Heinkle stabs Peter Lauber)
Captain America Comics#34/4, p5, pan4 (Otto Heinkle, shot from behind by Herr Mole)
Captain America Comics#34/4, p5, pan2 (Human Torch and Toro flying over Herr Mole's hideout)
Captain America Comics#34/4, p7, pan7 (Herr Mole's hideout explodes after Human Torch and Toro drop time-bomb on it)
Captain America Comics#34/4, p6, pan4 (Herr Mole and his men put unconscious Human Torch and Toro into glass vats)
Captain America Comics#34/4, p6, pan6 (Herr Mole activates glass vats)
Captain America Comics#34/4, p7, pan3 (authorities rescue Human Torch and Toro from glass vats)
Captain America Comics#34/4, p7, pan5 (in Hartford Cannon Plant, Toro and Human Torch dunk time-bomb in water barrel)
Captain America Comics#34/4, p7, pan6 (Human Torch and Toro drop time-bomb on Herr Mole's hideout)
Captain America Comics#34/4 (January, 1944) - unidentified writer, Jimmy Thompson (pencils) Al Gabriele (inks), Vince Fago (editor)
First Posted: 04/05/2021
Last updated: 04/05/2021
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