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Hangman (Marvel) (01 - Harlan Krueger)
Real Name: Harlan Krueger
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None. The Hangman relied solely on the weapons he carried; a 30 foot long half-inch hemp rope (which he used to hang his victims), and a scythe with a four foot single-edged steel blade.

Harlan Krueger was born in Los Angeles, California. He was a fanatical moviegoer who idolized movie stars of the past (such as John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, and Alan Ladd). He identified with these heroic figures, developing a simplistic view of good and evil in real life, deciding that evildoers should pay for their crimes with their lives.

After being court-martialed from the army for torturing prisoners of war, Krueger resolved to take the law into his own hands and became the masked vigilante the Hangman. His modus operandi involved executing male criminals while leaving female ones alive but imprisoned to 'protect them' from corruption (many died of starvation while in captivity). After years of stalking criminals with a noose and scythe, he came into conflict with the Werewolf by Night. He later battled the Werewolf again and Deprave. Hangman then allied with Doctor Glitternight and Moon Knight against the Werewolf.

Hangman also battled the Spider-Woman. He was later one of the criminals captured by the Locksmith.

While attending a Hollywood costume party held for the premiere of a horror movie to 'purge' yet more 'unworthy souls' (in other words, target members of the film industry for execution), the Hangman killed a disguised woman, thus inadvertently violating his own moral code. As he knelt over the corpse in remorse, he was apparently fatally stabbed in the back by film reviewer Matthew O'Brien, who had been trying to stop the Hangman from his latest killing spree, impaling the Hangman on his own scythe.


First Appearance: Werewolf by Night (1972) #11

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Issue Appearances:
Bizarre Adventures (1981)
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme (1988)
Dracula Lives (1974)
Iron Man Legacy (2010)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Horror 2005 (2005)
Spider-Woman (1978)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
Werewolf by Night (1972)
What If? (1977)

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