The Fourth Musketeer
Real Name: Unknown
Occupation: when alive Musketeer; now fighter against the German occupation
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: France, then Washington D.C.
First Appearance: Comedy Comics #9 (Timely, April 1942)
Powers/Abilities: Able to ride across the Atlantic on his horse. Skilled fighter and swordsman. Presumably has other powers, since he is some sort of ghost, but he doesn't demonstrate any.
History: When the Germans occupied France, the ghost of a musketeer rose from his grave to fight them, stating "I cannot rest! Liberty, fraternity are almost dead in the world...I have a duty to perform!" Deciding the best chance of defeating the invaders lies in America, he rides across the waves to Washington D.C., where he proceeds to battle robbers and German agents.
Comments: Created by Don Rico. Though there is little hard evidence to back it up, beyond a general similarity in concept, there are those who argue that the Blue Blade is the same character as the Fourth Musketeer, simply renamed. However costumes, characterisations and the limited amount of background given for each don't support this.
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.
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