Master Man
Publication information
PublisherFawcett Comics
First appearanceMaster Comics #1 (March 1940)
In-story information
AbilitiesSuperhuman strength, Superspeed, & Invulnerability.

Master Man[1] is a fictional character created during the 1930s to 1940s period historians and fans called the Golden Age of Comic Books. A superhero, the character's exact creator is uncertain: his first story, in Fawcett Comics' Master Comics #1 (March 1940), was drawn by Newt Alfred,[2] but that issue's cover was drawn by Harry Fiske. The leader character in the anthology Master Comics, he was described as

"...the world's greatest hero: Master Man! Stronger than untamed horses! Swifter than raging winds! Braver than mighty lions! Wiser than wisdom, kind as Galahad is Master Man, the wonder of the world! As a boy, young Master Man was weak until a wise old doctor gave the youth a magic capsule, full of vitamins, containing every source of energy known to man! The boy becomes the strongest man on earth! Upon the highest mountain peak he built a solid castle made of solid rock! From there he sees all evil in the world and races to destroy it instantly!"[3]

Master Man could not fly but was super strong and could run at extreme speeds, faster than an automobile.[4] The series lasted six issues, due to a lawsuit threat from National Comics (later DC Comics), the publishers of the Superman series, which had been emboldened by a recent legal victory against a similar character called Wonder Man.[5]

Fawcett would discontinue its comic publishing in 1953. In the 1970s DC Comics licensed Fawcett's Captain Marvel character, and would eventually become the intellectual property owners of Fawcett's superhero characters.[citation needed]

This character has no connection to the Marvel Comics villain, a Nazi called Master Man in the 1970s comic-book series The Invaders, the Master Man from Quality Comics, a Kid Eternity antagonist or the Nazi superhuman in Zenith.

Notes

  1. ^ Comic Book DB - Master Man (Fawcett)
  2. ^ Mitchell, Kurt; Thomas, Roy (2019). American Comic Book Chronicles: 1940-1944. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 54. ISBN 978-1605490892.
  3. ^ "Master Man". Master Comics. Fawcett Comics (1). March 1940.
  4. ^ Nevins, Jess (2013). Encyclopedia of Golden Age Superheroes. High Rock Press. p. 177. ISBN 978-1-61318-023-5.
  5. ^ Benton, Mike (1992). Superhero Comics of the Golden Age: The Illustrated History. Dallas: Taylor Publishing Company. p. 172. ISBN 0-87833-808-X. Retrieved 8 April 2020.