VIRUS VIGILANTE (5)
November 16, 2020
One in a series of posts about the Antiviral Alliance, a now-forgotten squad of comic-book vigilantes who during the years leading up to (and through) WWII worked tirelessly to prevent another Spanish Flu-like pandemic. Fun fact: The original intercompany crossover, this “event” would inspire National Comics and All-American Publications to form the Justice Society of America in 1940–1941.
THE ANTIVIRAL ALLIANCE: THE VIGILANTE | SANDMAN | THE SHADOW | THE MOON MAN | THE CLOCK | FANTOM OF THE FAIR | LADY LUCK | THE LAUGHING MASK | KINKS MASON | THE DESERT EAGLE | THE CHALLENGER | THE THUNDERER | BLAZING SKULL.
Socialite and hypnotist Brian O’Brien, who as The Clock sported a tuxedo, fedora, and trick cane, made his debut in 1936. His mask was not particularly effective at preventing the spread of airborne viruses, but… did I mention his trick cane?
One assumes that The Clock’s moniker is derived from period slang for “face.” Or did he use a clock as part of his hypnotic effort?
Publisher: Comics Magazine Company
First appearance: Funny Pages #6 and Funny Picture Stories #1; November 1936
Created by: George Brenner
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