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Laughing Skull

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


This particularly obscure character was seen just once, in 1941. The only notable thing about him is that he was in America’s Greatest Comics vol. 1 #1, from Fawcett.

If you need a random, forgotten Golden Age  baddie, he and his colleagues are just right.


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


Powers and Abilities

He has a spooky looking mask.

He likes to kill people in cemeteries.

He also has a cadre of goons.


One of several supervillains freed from jail by the Brain in America’s Greatest Comics #1, Laughing Skull was sent to kill “dollar-a-year man” Philips.

After his goons capture Philips, Laughing Skull has him dragged to Potter’s Field, the local cemetery. There, Laughing Skull plans to use “[his] own methods of murder”.

Pinky tries to stop him, but gets clobbered and brought to the cemetery as well. The Skull has a grave dug for Pinky, with a tombstone which reads “Here lies Pinky—he got in my way. Signed, Laughing Skull”.

Mr. Scarlet arrives just in time to save both Philips and Pinky, clobbering Laughing Skull off-panel. Pinky then dresses like Laughing Skull and infiltrates the Death Battalion, all of whom are defeated by Mr. Scarlet and Pinky.


He is a guy in a robe, wearing a remarkably realistic skull mask with glowing eyes.


“Read your epitaph, Pinky, before we bury you alive !”

DC Universe History

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


Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Laughing Skull

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

Charisma (Intimidation): 06, Weaponry*: 06

Bone Club [BODY 04, Enhance (EV): 02 (cap is 07), Descriptor: Bludgeon. This is just a mace in the shape of a bone].

By Sean MacDonald.

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

Helper(s): Sébastien Andrivet.

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