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In 1945, he touched a meteor which gave him the power of the death-touch, killing everything he laid his hands on. When his wife left him, for obvious reasons, he became a super-villain. He took his name from an Edgar Allen Poe story, The Masque of the Red Death. He eventually teamed up with the Veil to commit robberies. At one point, they fought Captain Triumph, but that was the height of their notoriety. Unfortunately, the Veil went insane as a result of his powers, and was put in Arkham Asylum, bringing an end to the careers of both.
Later, as he was dying of an affliction of the lungs, he released malfunctioning robots on the city of Miami and attempted suicide, as a final act of villainy. He was interrupted by Animal Man, to whom he told his story. Unfortunately, Animal Man was unable to stop the Red Mask from committing suicide, as he leapt from a building, and died on impact.

Powers

  • Death-Touch: His mere touch can cause someone to die.

Weaknesses

  • Sickness

Equipment

  • Robot army: In his ultimate villain plan, he sent an army of terribly designed robots to attack Miami.

Enemy of Animal Man

  • Red Mask's origin is a clear reference to the trope of superheroes and supervillains, gaining powers or maladies from radioactive meteorites.
  • His design is similar to Red Death, a villain from the "Dial H for Hero" series. Its unknown if he's meant to be an alternate version of the character, or simply a pastiche.
  • One of Jason Todd (New Earth)'s "Red Hood" costumes looked very similar to Red Mask's costume. Considering the costume was introduced in a Grant Morrison story, this is probably intentional.

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