Personal Info:
Real Name: Harlan Krueger
Also Known As: No known Alias
Place Of Birth: Los Angeles, California
First Appearance: Werewolf by Night Vol.1 #11 (1973) Bronze Age Villain
Known Associates: No known Associates
Group Affiliation: None
Base Of Operations: Los Angeles, California
Grudges: Spider-Woman and Werewolf by Night
Creators: Marv Wolfman and Gil Kane
The Hangman is an above average hand-to-hand combatant, having received combat training during his time in the military. He is also skilled at lassoing, though he prefers using a noose to execute manoeuvres, rather than a traditional lariat.
Weapons: The Hangman carries two weapons as part of his arsenal. The first is a traditional Executioner's noose, measuring thirty-feet in length, and woven from half-inch hemp rope. The Hangman typically wears the rope around his waist as a makeshift belt when not in use, but as a weapon, he often uses it for ensnaring and subsequently hanging his prey. In the event that he feels a perpetrator requires more severe punishment, the Hangman wields an eight-foot harvesting scythe. The top of the scythe is capped by a curved four-foot long single-edged steel blade.
Harlan Krueger was the product of another era. Growing up, he idolized Silver Screen action heroes like Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne and Tom Mix. Through their adventures, he developed a very clear sense of good and evil. In his perception, there were no grey areas. Heroes were incorruptible, while villains were irredeemable. When he came of age, he enlisted in the United States armed services and served during World War II. Seeing the Nazi soldiers as the very epitome of evil, he savagely murdered as many enemy soldiers as possible. Despite his devout patriotism, his actions were considered not only above the call of duty, but recklessly unconscionable. Harlan was court-marshalled and drummed out of the service. He attempted to continue his vow to combat evil by joining the police department, but his dishonourable discharge placed a permanent stain on his employment record, and no police agency would hire him. Viewing law enforcement agencies as weak and corruptible, he decided to become a "crime-fighter" and adopted the guise of the Hangman.
Hangman at Marvel Database