El Pantera (the Panther)
Real Name: Gervasio Robles Villa
Identity/Class: Normal human
Occupation: Policeman, detective, farmer
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mexico - mostly Mexico City, but does cover the rest of the country too, and has occasionally ventured abroad.
First Appearance: Unknown
Powers/Abilities: Highly trained in several Martial Arts, especially Wu-Shu. Has a natural gift for deduction and investigation. Despite the fact that he isn't hansdome, he is a skilled seducer, an ability that has helped him in several investigations.
History: El Pantera's career began when he was framed for a murder he didn´t commit. Gervasio Robles Villa was trained in martial arts within jail by an oriental master jailed for defending his own life. This master trained Gervasio Robles to give him a way to channel his rage, when some criminals raped and killed his girlfriend. When Gervasio Robles took revenge on those criminals, a police general took notice. The General was seeking someone outside the Police force to investigate the extensive corruption in the department, and noted the lack of evidence in the conviction which had put Gervasio in jail. He arranged for Gervasio's release, and so began a great career as a detective for the Police departament. During his many adventures he confronted high-tech robots, monsters and Secret Organizations (Creso), as well as more mundane criminals.
Comments: Thanks to Omar Rovelo Gallardo for alerting me to the existence of this character. Thanks to Mauricio-José Schwarz, Alejandro Salas Jiménez and Omar Ramírez Acosta for additional information.
Alejandro mentions that there are novels of Pantera's adventures, some of which have been recently re-edited in Mexico by Editorial Vid.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Pantera Roja, another Mexican hero
Panther, one of the GeneDogs
The Panther, Australian hero
Panther Man, Golden age hero
any other Panther characters
Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.
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