Public Domain Hero Week II - Five heroes and villains from the public domain re-imagined.
On the Belgian front of World War 1, two German soldiers crafted a plot to kill their superior officer and move themselves up the ranks. With his dying breath the Officer threw a grenade to eliminate his assassins, one of the pair cowered in fear leaving his partner to take the full brunt of the explosion. As the cowering young Adolf Hitler looked up, he was amazed/horrified to see his co-conspirator still standing. Drenched in blood, and missing his jaw, the piercing blue eyes of this man would haunt Hitler's nights for the rest of his life.
Years later, as the Third Reich reached it's peak of power, the Fuhrer gave a mysterious order to all the highest ranking officers of the Nazi organization. The man known as "Iron Jaw" and his son were off limits. No matter what they did, they would receive the support and financial backing of Nazis without question.
Iron Jaw would then begin his reign of terror across Europe, sometimes acting as a Nazi agent but more often serving his own purposes. When reports came in that he had finally been killed when an allied bomb destroyed his base of operations, both sides of the conflict felt a sense of ease over the news. In the time after that, his son renounced his homeland and his fathers atrocities - fleeing to America seeking asylum.
Two years after his apparent death, Iron Jaw resurfaced in America. He was discovered by police in the apartment of his son - drenched in blood and surrounded by the mangled pieces of the young man's corpse. Iron Jaw escaped capture, critically wounding six officers in the process. The war had ended, but Iron Jaw was now free to rampage in America.
- Iron Jaw (created by Charles Biro) first appeared in 1942's Boy Comics #3
Originally this spot was taken by a different Nazi supervillain, the Crane - fav.me/d70vm8w
I think I made the right decision in switching to Iron Jaw, not only for the more interesting visuals that I could play with - but for that amazing origin story. Something about a monstrous figure that can blackmail Hitler and become untouchable, that makes for a very good villain in my eyes.