Real Name: Lord Horace Neighbour

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Attache to the British Embassy in Washington

Affiliations: None known

Enemies: the Black Tigers, the Cobra, the Gentleman Ghost, the Ku-Klux-Klan, the Mafia (headed by Al Capy), the Mikado, the Nazis, the Werewolf

Known Relatives: Pat (wife, a.k.a. Lady Fantax), Horace Neighbour Jr (son, a.k.a. Black Boy)

Aliases: Le Gentleman Fántome

Base of Operations: Washington, D.C.

First Appearance: "Fantax chez les Gangsters" Paris-Monde Illustré #26 (1946)

Powers/Abilities: Skilled fighter, excellent detective

History: Lord Horace Neighbour works as British attaché at the British Embassy in Washington during the day, and fights crime at night as the caped crusader, Fantax.

Comments: Created by Pierre Mouchotte. Apparently the first French superhero character, Fantax's (for the time) graphic series drew a lot of unwanted attention from conservative and Christian organisations at the time of publication, but still lasted three years and thirty-nine issues. A decade later an additional eight new stories were published. A Fantax collection, Fantax est de Retour [Fantax Returns], was reprinted in the graphic novel format by Bedesup in 1986.

He inspired the Italian hero Maskar.

Thanks to Richard Boucher & Darrin Wiltshire @ PR-Publications for permission to use information from their brilliant collection of Golden Age Sites, PR Publications. Much of the information on this page comes verbatim from Cool French Comics, used with permission. Likewise the images.

CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with

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