Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human mutate (German, WWII era)
Occupation: Commander of a Nazi undersea base armed with a Suction Machine
Group Membership: Kriegsmarine (Nazi German
Affiliations: His Nazi lackeys
Enemies: Sub-Mariner, Allied Naval Forces,
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: North Atlantic Ocean;
First Appearance: Kid Komics#4/6 (Spring, 1944)
Powers/Abilities: Shark-Man has been mutated
to fight underwater with a lung capacity that allows him to stay
submerged for several hours; this has resulted in an enlarged ribcage.
He has lower-level superhuman strength (about 1 ton) and enhanced
durability to withstand deep ocean depths. Increased density prevents
him from floating away uncontrollably. Additional "shark extract"
has enhanced his savagery and further altered
his appearance, including additional incisor teeth and straight
spike-like fingernails and toenails. Of note is that while his eye
lenses are spherical (like a fish), providing a wider field of vision,
Shark-Man has eyelids (unlike a fish); this is probably because he
mostly operates in an air environment. It's unrevealed if his fin-like
ears serve any function. He is armed with a Wire-Gun that wraps its victim in strong wire.
Weight: 360 lbs.
(Kid Komics#4/6 (fb) - BTS) - From an idea apparently concocted by the Nazi German leader Adolf Hitler,
a "normal Aryan" was selected and mutated into a monstrous form with
superhuman powers and underwater fighting abilities that would enable
him to fight the Sub-Mariner in his own element. Dubbed Shark-Man, he
was given command of an undersea city-base hundreds of feet underwater
in the Atlantic Ocean armed with a powerful Suction Machine that could
generate intense whirlpools strong enough to suck down merchant
shipping. The Nazi base was also defended by short range submarines.
(Kid Komics#4/6) - Namor the Sub-Mariner was alerted
to short-range Nazi submarines operating deep in the Atlantic Ocean,
too far from known German bases. Namor followed one sub to the undersea
base and fought his way past Nazi soldiers until he confronted
Shark-Man, who used his Wire-Gun to quickly bind Namor up in wire. The
punishment devised by Hitler and Shark-Man was to make Namor deathly
afraid of water using a serum containing hydrophobia germs. Shark-Man
injected Namor with the serum, then freed him. Secretly unaffected,
Namor pretended to be afraid of water. Shark-Man gloated, locked up
Namor to drown in a cell, then set off to start the Suction Machine.
But the Sub-Mariner broke free and easily defeated Shark-Man in single
combat. Namor put the Suction Machine in reverse and the undersea base
was destroyed. Afterward, the Sub-Mariner wished he knew for certain
that Shark-Man had died.
Comments: Created by uncredited writer & Carl Pfeufer (pencils & inks).
Shark-Man proudly called himself an Aryan prior to
the mutation, so you get an idea what he (thought he) probably looked
like before he was mutated.
Wire-Gun could have been created by the WWII Nazi scientist Mad
Mechanic, because he created an unnamed handgun version of the
Wire-Gun. Maybe he created that undersea city too.
The "futuristic city base" is really more of a large base, not a city. Its external design makes me wonder if it is a Nazi design or an empty/abandoned base claimed by the Nazis.
Great art from Pfeufer with the classic early triangular visage of Sub-Mariner.
Thanks to John Holstein for providing the scans.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Shark-Man has no known connections to:
The Suction Machine was a powerful Nazi weapon kept
in Shark-Man's undersea base. It had sufficient power to generate
artificial whirlpools hundreds of feet up to the sea surface and suck
down Allied ships (with a preference for merchant ships so that their
cargo could be plundered). Shark-Man was about to use it on an Allied
convoy when Sub-Mariner stopped him. Sub-Mariner set the Suction
Machine into reverse and it destroyed the undersea base along with
Shark-Man was armed with a Wire-Gun that looked
like an enlarged pistol. It fired tough flexible wire that quickly wrapped itself
around a victim. Shark-Man used this on the heroic Sub-Mariner, quickly
restraining him and preventing the Sub-Mariner from moving. The wire
was only removed after Shark-Man thought the hero weakened.
Kid Komics#4/6 , p5, pan4 (main image)
p11, pan5 (headshot)
p8, pan1 (Suction Machine)
p6, pan4 (Wire-Gun)
Kid Komics#4/6 (Spring, 1944) - uncredited writer, Carl Pfeufer (pencils & inks), Vince Fago (editor)
First posted: 01/20/2023
Last updated: 01/20/2023
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
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