The Scarab

Real Name: Dr. Malder

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Curator of the Drummond Museum

Affiliations: Matson

Enemies: Captain America, Professor Dodge, Gail Richards

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unspecified U.S. city

First Appearance: Captain America (Republic Serial, 1944)

Powers/Abilities: Uses a poison, the Purple Death, and the devastating Thunder Bolt.

History: Feeling he has been cheated out of the wealth generated by an archaeological expedition he lead, Dr. Malder adopts the identity of the Scarab to systematically murder all the other expedition members. When Captain America tried to stop the Scarab, he befriended Malder, unaware the museum curator was secretly the very criminal Cap was trying to stop, and that Malder was using the information gleaned from their friendship to try and kill him. At one point Malder tried to fool Cap into believing the Scarab was Dr. Lyman, actually one of the Scarab's unfortunate victims, but the ploy failed, and Captain America eventually apprehended the Scarab and sent him to the electric chair.

Comments: Played by Lionell Atwill.

CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with

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