The Hangman story in Pep Comics #31 introduced the Hunter... because as much as we'd like to see it happen, he couldn't fight Captain Swastika in every issue. But much like the not-so-good Captain, the Hunter's choice of battle gear left a little somethin'-somethin' to be desired:
No, it's not the helmet. If Captain Swastika can wear a fedora, the horned helmet here makes at least as much sense. It's the loincloth. What kind of protection do you get when you're fighting someone from a loincloth? I believe a loincloth is what you wear when you are lost in the jungle or on a deserted island and you literally have nothing else you could be wearing. Off to the Costume Hall of Shame with you, Hunter!
And yes, he was very similar to the Spider-Man foe, Kraven the Hunter, who would appear a good 20 years later. Everything old is new again!
Speaking of which, check out the Violinist from Pep Comics #31!:
Any comic nerdlinger worth their salt sees the similarities between this guy and the Fiddler, who befuddled the Flash for dang near 60 years before meeting his maker in the Villains United series:
... but you know what? The Violinist, despite having the ability to physically control people via his fiddlin' (although it seemed to be limited to paralyzing his targets) like the Fiddler, the Violinist appeared at least three years before the Fiddler started annoying the Flash.
And no, that cover isn't from the Fiddler's first appearance, but it's pretty cool, so I used it.
Hey! Let's check in on Don Davis, Espionage Ace!
Oh, well. Better luck next time, Don!
See you tomorrow!