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|First appearance||Flash Comics #3 (March 1940)|
|Created by||Gardner Fox (writer)|
William Smith (artist)
|Team affiliations||Office of Strategic Services|
|Notable aliases||The King|
|Abilities||Master of disguise|
Skilled hand to hand combatant
Occasional use of guns
King Standish (a.k.a Man of 1000 Faces) is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe. It first appeared in Flash Comics (vol. 1) #3 (March 1940) and was created by Gardner Fox and William Smith.
Fictional character biography
King Standish was a master of disguise who wanted to stop crime. He was considered a criminal by both the police and the underworld, but he was a crime-fighter. He used hand-to-hand combat and occasionally guns. Over time his reputation improved. King Standish always remained in disguise, allowing no one to know what he looked like. His actual face and name are never revealed. He wore a tuxedo, an opera cape, a top hat and a domino mask, whenever making an appearance not in disguise.
His most frequent adversary was the Witch, who rivaled his ability to disguise himself. King attempted to convince her to become a crime fighter, but failed. During World War II, he was contacted by Control to become a member of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), which he remained the war was over.
Later, he helped the Justice Society of America when Jacob Tolzmann became a supernatural threat. With Sandman and the Star Spangled Kid knocked out, King teamed up with their sidekicks, Sandy and Stripesy. The King disguised himself as Tolzmann's father to distract him, allowing the sidekicks to defeat him.
In Justice Society of America #29 (vol. 3), a new recruit to the team, King Chimera, reveals a little bit about himself, saying his father was King Standish and that he met with a member of a secret order on a distant island to perfect the art of illusion. King Chimera mentioned his mother had a thing for older men, hinting that he was much older than she.