Real Name: "Happy" Hobart (first name
unrevealed; see comments)
Identity/Class: Normal human (1950s era)
Occupation: University student, president of
the Phi Delta Gamma fraternity
Group Membership: State University cohort, Phi
Delta Gamma fraternity
Affiliations: Fellow fraternity bullies (names
Enemies: Terry Brown,
Joe (last name unrevealed)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: State University (see
First Appearance: Suspense#17/2 (April,
Powers/Abilities: Happy Hobart is a bully who
uses his burly size coupled with his aggressive and domineering
intimidate and dominate others, with scant regard for consequences.
Weight: 185 lbs.
Eyes: Dark brown (colored black in-story)
(Suspense#17/2 (fb) - BTS) - Born to a rich family,
Happy Hobart entered State University and became president of the Phi
Delta Gamma fraternity, but soon earned a reputation for brutal hazing
and harsh initiations of new fraternity recruits.
(Suspense#17/2 (fb)) - In 1951,
frat member Joe
warned Hobart of his harsh initiation of new member Terry Brown. Hobart
scared the blindfolded Brown into thinking he was being force-fed worms
(actually tinned spaghetti) that Brown had a heart attack and died. It
was later reported in the university newspaper and Hobart formally sent
his sympathies. But Hobart's brutal hazing of new recruits continued,
from severe paddle beating on buttocks to throwing a freshman into an
icy-cold lake. The last incident almost resulted in
drowning and several fraternity members (including Joe) quit in
protest; Hobart was
unrepentant and dismissive. A few nights later, Hobart organized an
initiation at the nearby graveyard, loosely tying himself to the
tombstone of Brown and intending to scream to bring the witless
freshmen into the graveyard. However, Hobart instead met an unseen
terror; unable to escape, Brown's grave opened up and swallowed up
Hobart without a trace. Hobart's last moments were seen by Joe, who was
too late to save the bully.
Created by uncredited writer writer & Werner Roth.
Presumably "Happy" was just a nickname and not his actual first name.
State University has had other notable students, including Reed Richards, Ben Grimm and Victor von Doom.
State University has several campuses, assuming this
is the same university as that of the modern era. This is a good
example of names being repeated/modified around this era; in this case
generic) university name and Happy Hobart, sounding very similar to
Happy Hogan (the Iron Man character).
Thanks to John Holstein for noting the early (pre-modern) State University appearance and for providing the scans.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Happy Hobart has no known connections to:
Born in 1933, Terry Brown was a first-year
undergraduate at State University and initiate in Phi Delta Gamma
fraternity in 1951. He was bullied by Happy Hobart, president of the
Phi Delta Gamma fraternity. One of the initiations Hobart forced onto
Brown was consuming worms while blindfolded, although the worms were
really tinned spaghetti. Scared, Brown wanted to leave but Hobart had
his buddies hold him. Brown was so frightened that he
suffered a heart attack and died. His death was reported in
the university newspaper and he was buried in the nearby village. Weeks
later, Hobart planned another nasty initiation to scare new freshmen by
loosely tying himself to Brown's tombstone, but the terrified Hobart
was instead swallowed up into Brown's grave (possibly pulled under by
Brown's spirit/animated corpse).
Suspense#17/2, p3, pan1 (main image)
p4, pan3 (headshot)
p4, pan2 (tied up)
p1, pan3 (Terry Brown blindfolded)
p2, pan6 (State Univ. newspaper)
Suspense#17/2 (April, 1952) - uncredited writer, Werner Roth (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)
First posted: 12/17/2022
Last updated: 12/17/2022
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