Master Mind Excello
Real Name: Earl Everett
Occupation: Playboy, operative for Naval Intelligence
Affiliations: U.S. Naval Intelligence
Enemies: Kadash, Borovich
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Master Mind Excello
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: Mystic Comics #2 (Timely, April 1940)
Powers/Abilities: Superhuman strength. Telepathic powers, able to mentally eavesdrop on people. Excellent shot, armed with a "triple propeller pistol". Carries a "secret high explosive liquid" for demolitions, vials of the acidic "secret chemical SF44", and "vacu-pads" to allow him to climb sheer surfaces. Master of disguise.
History: "Known to the world as Earl Everett, society playboy, he is known to the Naval Intelligence Department as Excello because with his mental wizardry and remarkable physical feats he excels all others in solving plots against the U.S. government."
(Mystic Comics #2, g.a.) Returning from an assignment in Europe, Master Mind Excello telepathically sensed spies plotting on board. This led to a confrontation with Kadash, a Sovernian agent who headed a spy ring planning to plant bombs under every major city. Naturally he thwarts this scheme.
(Mystic Comics #3, g.a.) Excello took on a gang of railway saboteurs led by Borovich.
(The Twelve #1-12) Mastermind Excello took part in the Allied invasion of occupied Europe, but alongside other heroes was captured by the Germans and placed in suspended animation. He has recently been revived.
Comments: Thanks to Jess Nevins for allowing me to use information from his excellent Golden Age Heroes Directory and his Guide to Golden Age Marvel Characters. Thanks also to Richard Boucher & Darrin Wiltshire @ PR-Publications for permission to use information from their equally brilliant collection of Golden Age Sites, PR Publications. Their knowledge of Golden Age characters far outstrips my own.
A new, modern day Mastermind Excello recently debuted in the pages of Amazing Fantasy. The original Mastermind Excello is due to be revived soon as part of the new Marvel mini-series "The Twelve" by J. Michael Straczynski.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Mastermind, Captain Britain foe
Mastermind, smartest boy in the world
Mastermind, illusion casting mutant foe of the X-Men (and his similarly named children)
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