Created by: George West
1st appearance: Best Comics #1 1939
Skills and abilities: Skilled fighter
When the yacht of Colonel Trent wrecks in on the coast of uncharted Africa it looks dire for his crew and passengers as they try to make it though thick jungle to find civilization,, particularly so when Nina and her brother Danny become separated from the rest and find themselves at the mercy of savage natives. However at the last moment they are saved by a man wearing a red mask, this mystery man turns out to be the rightful ruler of the land who has had his kingdom overrun by hostile forces, and now battles them as the Red Mask. While doing this he also helps the stranded Americans.
*notes* The cover for issue #1 shows a black man in a red mask punching a white man; the cover of issue #2 shows a white man in a red mask on the cover, but the character inside the book is still black. Considered the first costumed Black hero in the history of comics.