Real Name: Hadley "Rip" Jagger

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Government agent;
   formerly U.S. Army Sergeant

Affiliations: Tiger (sidekick), Bushuri, Sensei, Suzikawa

Enemies: Yoku, the Cat, Smiling Skull, Japanese Sandman

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Gokyu

Base of Operations: (during WWII) Pacific Theatre of Operations; (now) worldwide

First Appearance: Special War Series#4 (Charlton Comics, November 1965)

Powers/Abilities: Judomaster is extremely skilled in the martial arts, most notably judo

History: Sergeant Rip Jagger was the sole survivor of his army unit when the Japanese took a remote Pacific island. Taken in by the native resistance he was trained by them in their martial arts, and proved to be a natural. His new skill set complimented his existing expertise in the weapons and tactics of the U.S. military to make him an especially formidable foe, so he was chosen by the resistance leader, Sensei, to become a symbol for his people to rally around, and given a costume and codename, Judomaster. After helping free the island from Japanese control Jagger returned to the U.S. forces, who utilized his new capabilities to perform commando missions. Along the way he picked up a sidekick, Tiger, a young Japanese American boy.

Comments: Created by Joe Gill and Frank McLaughlin.

One of a number of Charlton heroes who was briefly revived as part of the DC Universe, after that company bought the rights to the Charlton characters. Gabriel informs me that "Judomaster was also used by DC in their All Star Squadron I believe. Seeing as how he wasn't endowed with superpowers, he was able to enter Europe and Japan whereas superpowerered heroes were overwhelmed by an individual who was able to cancel out their powers." Thanks for this info.

Nathan Genovese mentions that subsequent to this, DC established that Judomaster moved into the Tibetan city Nanda Parbat where no one aged. After Tiger turned evil though and became known as Avatar, Judomaster returned and teamed up with other Charlton heroes to form a short lived team known as L.A.W. in order to stop him.


Real Name: ? Tanaka

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Government agent

Affiliations: Bushuri, Sensei, Nightshade, Judomaster;
   formerly the Cat

Enemies: Japanese Sandman, Smiling Skull, the Cat

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: (DC version) Avatar

Base of Operations: Washington D.C.;
   formerly Pacific Theatre of Operations

First Appearance: (unidentified, not yet a costumed hero) Judomaster#91 (Charlton, October 1966); (named and in costume) Judomaster#93 (Charlton, February 1967)

Powers/Abilities: Extremely skilled martial artist.

History: Tiger was an orphaned Japanese American teenager who encountered Judomaster during his encounters with the kendo master known as the Cat. Nicknamed Tiger by Judomaster, the lad was eventually trained by the same experts who had taught Rip Jagger the martial arts, and became his sidekick. In the 1960s Tiger was one of the experts who trained Nightshade in martial arts.

Comments: Created by Joe Gill and Frank McLaughlin.

   After DC comics bought the rights to this character, they turned him into a villain who called himself Avatar. Thanks to Nathan Genovese for this information.


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