Real Name: Dobbs (first name unrevealed)
Identity/Class: Normal human (World War II era)
Occupation: Mayor, Nazi agent
Group Membership: City Council (Virginian city unrevealed), possibly Nazi Party
Affiliations: Henchmen, politically
sympathetic American politicians, spy network, US-based German (?)
military (Captain Klotz, Fritz, others), Nazi Germany
Enemies: Bucky (James Barnes), Captain America
Rogers), Camp Lehigh soldiers and trainees, Senator Keats, Senator Thomas
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Virginia, USA
First Appearance: Captain America Comics#2/3
Powers/Abilities: Dobbs is an aggressive and
ambitious leader with little loyalty except to himself. In his identity
as Wax Man, he is psychotically murderous, using the signature of an
individually tailored wax mask to suffocate his victim with the
wax-coated head then put on display in a museum to an unsuspecting
public. As Wax Man, he wears an expressionless mask, and demands
absolute loyalty and success from those he commands. Paid by Nazi
Germany, he heads a large and technologically advanced secret
underground base with an extra base at a wax museum. He has a spy
network that stretches to Washington, DC.
Height: 5'10" (by approximation)
Weight: 170 lbs. (by approximation)
(Captain America Comics#2/3 (fb) - BTS) - The
ambitious Dobbs became mayor of a Virginian city near US military base
Camp Lehigh. He cultivated contacts in Washington, DC, and, as war
escalated in Europe and Asia with subversion locally, he still lowered
police wages. As a secret Nazi agent, he established a second identity
as the murderous masked Wax Man and commanded a large hidden Nazi base
of specialized weaponry with a spy network. He kidnapped and killed
various opponents, encasing their heads in wax masks that suffocated
them. He would decapitate their heads, still coated in wax, and mount
them on a wall in the city's wax museum. Dobbs would spread word of the
Wax Man's activities via the newspaper to sow public panic and
dissatisfaction with local police and military.
America Comics#2/3) - The Wax Man killed henchman Fritz in front of
others using a wax mask for failing him, then instructed the others to
capture Bucky. Meanwhile, US Senator Keats warned soldiers at Camp
Lehigh of Wax Man but was murdered with a mask soon after. At his
underground base, Wax Man oversaw the completion of his specialized
tanks commanded by Captain Klotz; the military force was unleashed that
night via huge trapdoors and ordered by Wax Man to crush Camp Lehigh as
their first American military target. But Lehigh soldiers Steve Rogers
and James Barnes became the fighting duo Captain America and Bucky,
hijacking one tank that eventually ended the chaos. Soon after, Bucky
was kidnapped from Lehigh with only a taunting wax mask left behind
that enraged Captain America. Meanwhile, Dobbs frustrated Lehigh's
General Stevens, threatening to have the General removed using his
Washington contacts. Captain America's hunt led to the wax museum where
he found a macabre shelf spot for him and Bucky. Quickly captured,
Captain America was led to Wax Man, who revealed his plot to ravage
America using his remote-controlled rocket bomber. But Cap broke free
and rescued Bucky. Wax Man fled while his henchmen fought the patriot
duo, but eventually they caught Wax Man and unmasked him. Seeing it was
Mayor Dobbs, they strung him up next to the waxen mannequin of
historical traitor Benedict Arnold. Soon after, investigating
commotion, several police broke into the wax museum and, discovering
Dobbs was the Wax Man, mocked him.
Comments: Created by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby.
A surprising diversion of materials, staff and funds that went undetected within the USA -- although this was prior to the USA's formal entry into WWII and very likely facilitated by influential Nazi sympathizers in Washington, DC at the time.
Remastered images are taken from the Marvel Masterworks reprints, not the original comics.
This profile was completed 08/12/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary's celebratory event.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Wax Man/Mayor Dobbs has no known connections to:
Wax Man's weaponry
Wax Man's massive underground base included a large
amount of advanced weaponry, included streamlined tanks (presumably
built for speed, maneuverability and battering, given their sleek
design and side-mounted guns). Wax Man also had a remote-controlled
rocket bomber to fly around the USA and ravage the country.
--Captain America Comics#2/3
Captain America Comics#2/3, p13, pan7 (main image)
p10, pan1 (headshot as mayor)
p15, pan3 (unmasked)
p5, pan5 (tanks)
p12, pan5 (unmanned rocket, uh-oh)
Captain America Comics#2/3 (April, 1941) - Joe Simon (writer, pencils, inks, editor), Jack Kirby (writer, pencils)
First posted: 09/23/2021
Last updated: 09/22/2021
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