Public Domain Hero Week II - Five heroes and villains from the public domain re-imagined.
The entity known as Death Mask is whispered about in hush tones throughout the city. Some say he is a ghost, some say he is a demon, a happy few think he is an urban legend that doesn't exist - but the stories are true... Death Mask is a force to be reckoned with, not just for his growing army of underlings, but for his ability to kill a man by simply pointing at him. (In actuality, a pressurized launcher concealed on his hand that fires darts - small enough to be unseen by the naked eye - laced with a fast acting neurotoxin. )
- Death Mask (created by Charles Quinlan) first appeared in 1942's Blue Beetle #13
In hindsight, I probably should have gone a different direction or chosen a different character, but I really liked what I saw and read about Death Mask. I think there is enough different between him and the Crystal that it is still okay. While they both wear dark black wardrobes with headgear that stands out - I think the details really work in my favor. The Crystal is very clean and posh, wearing the best suit and a "diamond" mask... Death Mask is wearing stained ratty clothing that makes him look like the corpse of a mobster that refused to stay buried.
I like to think while other crimelords earn their men through money, respect, and/or power - Death Mask's men work for him out of pure terror. They don't want to be targeted by him, and they dare not disobey. For them; the safest place in the world is working for the boogeyman, and hoping he never turns his sights on you...
On a side note, I decided to give him a once-white fedora instead of a different colored hat in a nod to Kamen Rider Skull.