America’s Greatest Comics, by the humble souls at Fawcett Comics, began its publication in 1941.

55-ish years later, our contributor Sean went through a writeup rampage throughout the first issue. Thus bringing you a set of character profile for obscure, run-of-the-mill, but authentic 1941 comics baddies.


  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: The Death Battalion.
  • Base Of Operations: Unrevealed.

Powers and Abilities

He’s a clown… with a trained gorilla ! Ooh, scary.


One of several supervillains freed from jail by the Brain in America’s Greatest Comics #1, the Black Clown and his gorilla Garganta attacked “Kudsen, head of the vital defense program”. Mr. Scarlet saved Kudsen, but the Black Clown escaped, retreating back to the Brain’s HQ.

Later, Mr. Scarlet and Pinky showed up at the Brain’s HQ, and Mr. Scarlet thrashed the Black Clown.


He’s a clown ! He has white face makeup with red circles on his cheeks. He wears a long floppy hat with a bell on the end of it. This hat is made of the same fabric as the rest of his costume.

He also has a collar with several bells worn over his clown-styled jumpsuit which has black polka dots all over it. He also has boots, but no gloves.


“Ha, ha, good work, Garganta !”

DC Universe History

In the post-Crisis Universe, there is no reason why he could not have existed.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Black Clown

Dex: 06 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Nihilist
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Supervillain
Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 016 HP: 035

Acrobatics: 04, Animal Handling: 07

Pet: Garganta the gorilla

Dex: 02 Str: 05 Bod: 05
Int: 01 Wil: 02 Min: 02
Inf: 01 Aur: 00 Spi: 01
Init: 004 HP: 010

By Sean MacDonald.

Source of Character: Golden Age Fawcett Comics, which might be considered DCU.

Helper(s): Sébastien Andrivet.