Much of the detail regarding the background of the Acrobat remains classified by the U.S. Government. What is known is that he was an extremely agile and skilled man working with the Axis powers during World War II as an assassin.
Upon learning of the string of successful missions which the American hero called Judo Master, and his teen sidekick Tiger, were undertaking in the Pacific Theater, the Acrobat realized that he could help the Axis cause by slaying Judo Master himself. He learned of a contest to determine who would be the champion that would perform this mission, and joined it, then systematically defeated all the other potential enemies of the pair from circulation just so that the Axis powers would have no choice but to assign the Acrobat to kill Judo Master himself. When he at last received this assignment, he went after the hero with high enthusiasm. However, Judo Master was able to defeat the Acrobat in combat and force him to flee.
This, however, was all according to the plan hatched by the Acrobat and the Japanese government. Unbeknownst to Judo Master and his allies, one of their recent recruits, a young girl named Suzikawa that was having a romantic relationship with Judo Master, was actually spying on the camp and passing along information to the Japanese, fearing for the life of her brother, whom she believed was a captive of the Japanese forces. The Japanese planned to let Judo Master learn the truth about Suzi shortly after his first clash with the Acrobat as a way of humiliating and demoralizing the hero; then, when Judo Master’s morale was at its lowest, the Acrobat would attack again and get the upper hand, slaying the martial arts master. Initially, when Judo Master learned of Suzikawa’s apparent betrayal, he was indeed very demoralized, but forgave her and understood when he learned her brother’s life was at stake. Infuriated at having his girlfriend blackmailed, Judo Master went into his second battle with the Acrobat with increased vigor, and this time defeated him handily. When the Acrobat was unmasked, Suzikawa was horrified to learn that it was her brother; rather than being a prisoner, he had been a willing servant of the Japanese government all along. The Acrobat and his allies were then turned over to Allied authorities.
The Acrobat was convicted of war crimes and imprisoned in a federal penitentiary. He remains incarcerated at this writing.
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