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Magno (Centaur Comics)

Magno

(Ace Magazines)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Mostly forgotten publisher Ace Magazines did pulps  during the 1930s, and comics during the 1940s and 1950s. Most now know of their work indirectly, when their Doctor Nemesis character became public domain and was reinvented as Marvel’s Doctor Nemesis.

Writeups.org contributor Sean took notes for a few Ace characters. These include Marvo the Magician, (F)Lash Lightning and Magno the Magnetic Man.


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Presumed single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: The city.


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History

Magno the Magnetic Man was the top hero in the Ace Magazines line of comics. He was the star of Super Mystery Comics, making his debut in the very first issue of that title. Along with his sidekick, Davey, Magno appeared in the first 29 issues of Super Mystery Comics. The duo also appeared in Four Favorites 1-26.

Not much was ever revealed about Magno or Davey. Magno was the master of all magnetism. But his secret identity, if he had one, was never mentioned. Magno apparently made his way around the city in costume at all times. I don’t think any origin was ever given for Davey, either.

The story in one issue does provide some clues. Davey is referred to as a young friend of Magno’s. He sometimes wears a “little Magno suit” allowing him to share the adult hero’s powers. Davey’s parents are not shown in this story, but it is revealed that he has a sister with whom he lives.

Magno and Davey fought one villain more than any other — The Clown. This sinister madman made his first appearance in Super Mystery Comics No.5.


Description

Magno wears a skintight costume consisting of a red long-sleeved shirt, blue tights, red briefs, black belt black boots with a red top stripe, blue gloves with black stripes, and a yellow cape.

His black-haired face is uncovered. His chest symbol consists of two white starbursts, one above the other.


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Personality

He’s a bland, standard superhero.


Quotes

“Of course it’s a trick, but I think I’ll take the Clown’s dare !”


DC Universe History

He could easily fit in the overcrowded DC Golden Age. He could possibly be the inspiration for the (ugh) postboot Legion’s Braalian member Magno. He could also have some connection to the obscure Quality Comics character Magno who was part of Uncle Sam’s first group of Freedom Fighters.

He could also be the only character who truly understands the “Magno Force” which powers all characters with magnetism.


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Magno

Dex: 06 Str: 08 Bod: 06 Motivation: Upholding the Good
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Bum ?
Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 00
Init: 018 HP: 035

Powers:
Flight: 07, Magnetic Control: 09, Detect (metal): 07

Bonuses and Limitations:
Can only fly towards ferrous objects.

Skills:
Martial Artist*: 06

Drawbacks:
Public Identity, Recurring Enemy (the Clown).


Sidekick: Davey

Dex: 05 Str: 02 Bod: 04
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 03
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04
Init: 015 HP: 015

Powers:
Flight: 06, Magnetic Control: 08, Detect (metal): 06

Bonuses and Limitations:
The source of Davey’s powers is unclear. In one panel, it is Magno who is apparently temporarily giving him his powers. It is also possible that the costume that he normally wears also gives him these powers.

Skills:
Martial Artist*: 05

Drawbacks:
Public Identity (but then, that’s what you get when your superhero name and your civilian name are the same !), Age (young).

By Sean MacDonald.

Source of Character: Golden Age comics published by Ace Magazines.

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