Real Name: Doctor Jim Stearne
Identity/Class: Normal human
Occupation: Doctor, monster hunter
Affiliations: Gloria Gale, Professor Edwin Gale
Enemies: Monsters including the Terror of Trezma, the Brain Men
Known Relatives: Strongfort Stearne (Mr.Monster, son)
Base of Operations: Unknown
First Appearance: (as Doc Stearne) Wow Comics #26 (Bell Features, April-May 1945); (as Mr. Monster) Triumph Comics #31 (Bell Features, June-July 1946)
Powers/Abilities: Medical doctor. Good marksman, carries a heavy automatic. Wears a chainmail suit, uses a powerful flashlight.
History: "In this world of ours, nothing is perfect. From time to time strange children are born to normal humans - infants resembling animals, having strangely warped minds and bodies occasionally enter our world. Fortunately few of these creatures survive...but the fact remains...some do. They form the basis of most of our ancient legends concerning werewolves, Frankensteins, vampires, etc. Fascinated by the study of these abnormal beings, young Doctor Jim Stearne has devoted his life to tracing down these creatures, and has become known throughout the medical world as Mr.Monster."
Jim Stearne was originally a doctor who turned his fighting skills to combatting crime around the end of World War II. However, after several months of fighting (comparatively) mundane foes, he began to run into monsters, and so he re-invented himself as the creature-killing Mr. Monster.
Comments: Mr Monster was created by Fred Kelly, a Golden Age cartoonist, for Canada's Bell Features. After the war they sold the character (and many others) to the newly created F.E. Howard Publications, who placed Doc Stearne in the short-lived Canadian comic, Super Duper Comics. American Michael T. Gilbert came across a copy of Super Duper in the 70's, and later revived the character in 1984, as Doctor Strongfort Stearn, the new Mr.Monster.
Top image of Mr.Monster (and page it is linked to) courtesy of Dave McMahon of the Yahoo International Comics Club
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Mr.Monster, his successor
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