Alias: Doctor Dread
Real Name: Basil Blackwell
Powers/Special Skills: biology and anatomy expert; skilled surgeon
Special Weapons/Tools/Weapons: walking cane that fires knockout gas
Other Aliases: none
Dr. Blackwell was a groundbreaking British biologist in the 30’s and 40’s, earning critical acclaim for discovering surgical cures for several brain maladies. But his success went to his head, and he began experimenting in private, on unwilling subjects, striving to outdo himself again and again. News of his strange, abnormal experiments became public, and he was dubbed “Dr. Dread”. In disgrace and with the police breathing down his neck, Dr. Blackwell escaped to the United States. It soon became clear that Blackwell had his own mental disorders, and he eventually adopted Doctor Dread as his alternate persona, stalking the streets of Caligo in search of victims for his twisted experiments. He even fashioned a frightening costume and created a walking cane that could spray knockout gas at his victims.
His tamperings are the direct cause of Glenn Hillman gaining superpowers and becoming the hero Captain Crusader. Dr. Blackwell eventually simply grew old and died in prison in the 1970’s.