Real Name: Bill Perkins
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Hmmm. Whaddya know. A district attorney by night. A masked detective by night. What're the odds?
Oh, but there's a difference to this spin on the classic Golden Age archetype. He just doesn't give a damn. He'd sooner kill ya tonight than waste time prosecuting you in the morning. He wasn't really a superhero, but a straight up vigillante.
There are some interesting parallels between this character and Howard Chaykin's Mighty Love characters.
He had an exceedingly brief run of 13 issues in the first year of Police Comics.
He was visually quite similar--especially when costumed--to another Quality character, Midnight. It would have made more sense had the two look-alikes switched names, however, as Bill Perkins changed into his alter ego 'round midnight, and Dave Clark was, by day, a radio announcer.
One of the odd things about the character was that his "costume" consisted solely of his mask. He would otherwise go adventuring in the clothes he had on that day. In one story, he's shown to go swimming, so he strips down but doesn't take off his mask. Perhaps one of the reasons he lasted for such a short time was that he didn't have a clear visual identity.
First Appearance: Police Comics (1941) #1
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DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection [GER] (2015)
#45 Police Comics (1941)
- 'Plastic Man: Auf der Flucht'
World's Best Comics: Golden Age Sampler (2003)
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