Real Name: Unknown
Identity/Class: Normal human
Enemies: The Imp.
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unknown
First Appearance: Mystic Comics #7 (Timely Comics, December 1941)
Powers/Abilities: Good fighter. He may also have had some sort of extra-sensory power that allowed him to know when and where a crime would be committed, so that he could be present in time to witness it happening.
History: (Mystic Comics #7-9) The Witness made his debut punishing criminals who broke the law or harmed innocents. Either through personal choice / code, or because of some deeper reason, he would stand back and watch uninvolved until after his targets had actually committed an offence before intervening, even when their actions made their wrongful intentions clear in advance. However once the crime was perpetrated, nothing would stay his wrath, and he had no compunctions about killing his foes.
Comments: 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.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Witness, a mysterious narrator of criminal stories
The Witness, a character from Marvel's New Universe
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