Invisible Man (general)
Real Name: Griffin
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Besides the fact that he was invisible due to his own experiments, Griffin had no superhuman abilities.
His invisiblity wasn't an ability he could control. It was due to the fact that he injected himself with a serum he had created. He was unable to control the invisiblity and remained that way until his death.
Griffin was a teacher at a second rate London school when he became interested in the theory of invisiblity.
He left his job to work full-time at finding the secret to invisibility. During this time, he kept running short of money, even resorting to stealing from his family to keep his research going.
After setting up a lab in a cheap loadging house, he finally had a serum that was ready for testing. After testing it on a cat and seeing that it worked, he injected himself with the serum.
As it was taking effect, his landlord came looking for his rent. Griffin set the room on fire and ran, claiming that from then on, he would lead a new life.
It was however, January in London, and was bitterly cold. Griffin found shelter in a department store. After closing he would eat the food in the store, dress in the clothes they had for sale, and sleep on the beds. One morning he overslept, and once again had to run, shedding his clothes to become completely invisible.
He then robbed a costume shop, and wrapped his face in bandages. It was soon after he sought shelter at a quiet Inn to continue his research.
After staying well into the spring without paying rent, Griffin resorted to stealing from the locals to pay the owners, but after finding them rummaging through his belongings, Griffin became angry and attacked them. His secret was now out.
He fled to the woods and recruited a tramp by the name of Thomas Marvel to help him get his medical journals back. Griffin was able to get the journals back, however, Marvel took the journals and ran off after Griffin went to once again steal from a small town store.
After being injured while running from the towns people, Griffin sought out an old Medical School colleague by the name of Dr. Kemp to house him temporarily while he healed.
Realizing Griffin was homicidal and insane, Kemp called the police and Griffin was forced to run again.
Seeking revenge on Kemp, he came back later that night. Kemp was able to alert the police yet again, and in all the commotion, Griffin shot and killed a Colonel. The police were able to get a few strikes in on Griffin, and he fled again. This time, they were able to follow the trail of blood left by his injuries.
The police found him, and beat him until he was dead. In death, Griffin's invisiblity stopped, and he slowly came back into view.
The character was adapted from the thriller by H.G. Wells.
The character was only referred to as Griffin through the single issue he appeared in. It is unknown whether this is his first or last name
First Appearance: Supernatural Thrillers (1972) #2
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Classics Illustrated (1941)
#153 Classics Illustrated (1990)
- 'The Invisible Man'
#20 Classics Illustrated (2007)
- 'H.G. Wells: The Invisible Man'
Doctor Who Magazine (1979)
Legacy of the Invisible Man: Smoke & Mirrors (2002)
Marvel Classics Comics Series Featuring... (1976)
#25 Masters of Terror (1975)
- 'The Invisible Man'
Monster Madness (1972)
Supernatural Thrillers (1972)
- 'H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man!'
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