It is Cult Faction’s sad duty to report that comic book legend Frank McLaughlin has passed away at the age of 84 years old. The cause of death remains unknown but it has been reported that he passed in Milford, Connecticut.
McLaughlin became known across the world for his work at Charlton Comics, where he broke into the industry and co-created Judomaster (based on his love for Judo) with Joe Gill. Judomaster debuted in Special War Series #4 in November 1965. Judomaster’s real name was Hadley “Rip” Jagger, a sergeant in World War II in the United States Army. He rescued the daughter of a Pacific island chief and in return was taught the martial art of judo. He had a kid sidekick named Tiger. In the Nightshade backup series in Captain Atom, an adult Tiger was Nightshade’s martial arts instructor.
Along with most Charlton super hero characters, the rights to Judomaster were sold to DC Comics. In post-Crisis continuity, Judomaster was said to be a member of the All-Star Squadron, DC’s team of superheroes during World War II, although he has never appeared in an actual published story as a member of said team. His kid sidekick, Tiger, would later become the villain Avatar in the L.A.W. mini-series published by DC Comics, which re-teamed the Charlton characters that had been acquired by DC. In the same series it is shown Judomaster has lived for some time in the fictional city of Nanda Parbat. As time passes in a different manner there, Judomaster has retained a younger form. Since the mini-series, Judomaster has only appeared a few times. Judomaster was killed when he took part in the giant battle of Metropolis in Infinite Crisis #7, during which the supervillain Bane broke his back.
Through his long career McLaughlin worked at Charlton, DC, Marvel, Valiant, and Archie, where he worked on Adventure Comics, Justice League, Defenders, Captain America, and many more. His also wrote the books How to Draw Those Bodacious Bad Babes of Comics and How to Draw Monsters for Comics with Mike Gold.