Real Name: Jimmy Rogers
Identity/Class: Human (1950s era),
probable mutant (see comments)
Occupation: Cartoon editor
Group Membership: Beauty Magazine staff
Affiliations: Whitney Hammond, Hero, Venus
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: New York City, USA
First Appearance: Venus I#17/2 (December, 1951)
Powers/Abilities: Jimmy Rogers is an
accomplished cartoon artist. He developed the ability to bring his
cartoon images, drawn from his imagination, to three-dimensional life
and near-human size using ink, but his focus on horror creatures meant
they stayed with him in the confines of his home.
Weight: 160 lbs. (by approximation)
(Venus I#17/2 (fb) - BTS) - Jimmy Rogers was a
skilled cartoon illustrator who drew a horror comic strip while
keeping a job as
cartoon editor at Beauty Magazine. However, he developed the power when
using ink to bring his monstrous creatures to three-dimensional life. Staying in his house, these would torment him and
prevent him from sleeping.
(Venus I#17/2) - Rogers
continued in his role as cartoon editor, but in his agitated state
from loss of sleep, he became unreasonable and abusive to staff. Boss
Whitney Hammond and editor Venus were concerned, so Venus went to
Rogers' home when he didn't show for work one morning. She was shocked
to find the gruesome "Weirdies" harrowing Rogers, even as he tried to
overdose on sleeping pills. Rogers explained what had
happened and Venus suggested the solution to draw a hero to fight the
frightful foes. While Rogers changed from pajamas, Venus sketched a
hero to no avail. The "Weirdies" mocked her until Rogers started to
ink the image of the Hero, who leapt from the page and ripped apart the
"Weirdies." Shocked that Hero would stay real, Rogers followed Venus'
advice to draw the happy Hero diving into the inkwell and Hero vanished.
Relieved, Rogers swore to never draw another horror comic strip again.
Comments: Created by Bill Everett.
It's not revealed how Rogers gained his ability.
Given he'd been drawing the comic for years but the "Weirdies" were a
recent phenomenon, it could be special ink, but the "Weirdies" insisted
that it had to be Rogers to give them form. It might have been a curse
placed on him linked with that inkpot's ink, but no mention of
something like this was made, so some form of mutancy seems to be the
Hm. So Rogers swore to never draw another horror comic strip again? How about new clothes, money, a new car instead?
This story was later reprinted in Weird Wonder Tales#18/2 (October, 1976), where Hero was given clothes beyond just simple briefs.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Jimmy Rogers has no known connections to:
Venus I#17/2, p5, pan6 (main image)
p2, pan5 (headshot)
p5, pan1 (with "Hero")
Venus I#17/2 (December, 1951) - Bill Everett (writer, pencils, inks), Stan Lee (editor)
First posted: 08/29/2021
Last updated: 08/29/2021
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