Real Name: Dick Jones
Identity/Class: Normal human
Occupation: as Dick Jones cub reporter; as Engen millionaire
Enemies: Oswald Chancellor, the park commissioner
Known Relatives: Unnamed father (deceased), unnamed mother & stepfather (presumed deceased)
Aliases: Van Engen
Base of Operations: New York
First Appearance: Daring Comics 3 (Timely, April 1940)
Powers/Abilities: Good fighter.
History: Dick Jones was an "ex-All American fullback, ex-collegiate boxing, wrestling, fencing champ!" Jones had a few secrets though - for one, he maintained another identity, that of the millionaire Van Engen. He used this other identity to fund his true passion - dressed in a jacket, fedora, red cape and glowing red domino mask, he fought crime as The Phantom Reporter! "By Day, cub reporter...by night, relentless scourge of the Underworld."
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.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
any other Phantoms
Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.
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