Faceache

Real Name: Frederick Akeley

Identity/Class: Human mutant

Occupation: School Boy

Affiliations: Martha

Enemies: Mr Snipe (teacher), Colonel Brimstone, Mr. Albert Thrashbottom (school headmaster)

Known Relatives: Unidentified father

Aliases: Ricky Rubberneck, the Boy with 100 Faces, the Boy with A Thousand Faces

Base of Operations: Belmonte School for Uncontrollable Young Whelps

First Appearance: Jet #1 (1st May 1971); Buster (1971-86?)

Powers/Abilities: Faceache is "the Boy of a Hundred Faces", able to transform his features by 'scrunging'. His body extends beyond his face - other parts of his body can be transformed. He can gain other superhuman abilities by doing so - such as being able to fly or to tunnel at great speed. For instance, by turning into a giant, he gained superhuman strength.

By his own description, he claims he can "re-shuttle me atoms and distort meself".

History: Ricky Rubberneck was born with a "bendable bonce" and skin "like stretch rubber," allowing him to reshape himself in bizarre ways. Over the years his skill with this increased, until he could transform into increasingly non-human shapes, even gaining shape-appropriate superhuman powers.

Faceache used his powers for mischief, although he tended to be naughty rather than evil. Nevertheless, when his long-suffering father won the pools and decided to use some of the money to go on a world tour, he used the rest to enrol Faceache in a strict boarding school, the Belmonte School for Uncontrollable Young Whelps. After four years Faceache managed to get himself expelled, only to realise he had no home to return to, as he had not seen his father since the man departed overseas.

Comments: Created by Ken Reid. First appearing in Jet, Faceache transferred to Buster when Jet merged with that title. He lasted until the early 1990's, although later stories might have been reprints. Thanks to Billy Hicks for this information.

Faceache's real name was given as Ricky Rubberneck from the second panel of his first strip, but in time and with his move to Buster, his real name stopped being used. When Faceache turned up in Albion as one of the prisoners of the superhuman gulag in Scotland his real name was revealed to be Frederick Akeley; since Albion had established that the comic strip adventures of the characters were fictional accounts of their real life exploits with some details reproduced incorrectly or deliberately changed, presumably Faceache being known as Ricky Rubberneck was one such falsehood. Albion also established the older Faceache as being in love with Martha of Martha's Monster Make-Up.

CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with

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