Von Hoffman

Real Name: Von Hoffman

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Mad scientist

Affiliations: His giant insects

Enemies: Britain; Barry Drake, Joey Drake

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: England

First Appearance: "Von Hoffman's Invasion", Jet #1 (I.P.C., 1st May 1971)

Powers/Abilities: His gas allows him to grow animals to huge size, and control them. The enlarged creatures could be returned to normal by a special insecticide.

History: In April 1945, the final days of World War II, the insane but genius Nazi scientist Doktor Von Hoffman developed a gigantic armoured "centipede" vehicle, able to traverse almost any terrain, and armed with a flame-thrower to take out opponents. Before it could be used to turn the tide in the war, an RAF squadron destroyed it. The war ended before it could be rebuilt, and a bitter and vengeful Von Hoffman was captured and sentenced to twenty-five years in prison. After serving his time, Hoffman returned to his experiments, developing a gas which could enlarge animals and insects, at the same time rendering them smart enough to understand him and submissive to his will. He travelled to Britain, where he began a campaign of terror, opposed by the armed forces and young Joey and Barry Drake.

Comments: Thanks to Paul Muir for sending me the image of Von Hoffman.

CLARIFICATIONS: None

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