The Mouthpiece

Created by Fred Guardineer

NAME + ALIASES:
Bill Perkins

KNOWN RELATIVES:
None

GROUP AFFILIATIONS: None

FIRST APPEARANCE:
Police Comics
#1 (August 1941)

APPEARANCES:
Police Comics #1–13 (Aug. 1941–Nov. 1942)

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+ History

Splash from Police #7 (1942); art by Fred Guardineer.

The Mouthpiece was curiously similar to two predecessors, Will Eisner’s Spirit, and its copy, Jack Cole’s Midnight. Was this another attempt by Busy Arnold to cash in on “The Spirit”? The Mouthpiece ran in Police Comics until just after that book began reprinting the Spirit’s Sunday adventures (the two features co-existed for two issues). Like all of Fred Guardineer’s features, the Mouthpiece was great fun to look at, but writing was not his strength. Stories tended to be jerky.

Newly elected District Attorney, Bill Perkins, didn’t bother to wear a different suit when he donned a mask to become the Mouthpiece. He used this alter ego as a tool to gather evidence more… creatively. Freed from the confines of the law, the Mouthpiece even placed a chain around an opponents’ wrist, twisting to cause pain. His first case was against Peg-Leg Friel, who smuggled European refugees inside fish carcasses! When Peg-Leg made for escape, the Mouthpiece didn’t think twice before grabbing a harpoon and sending him into the deep. (Police #1)


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Notes

A person named the “Mouthpiece” appeared in Dr. Mid-Nite #1. He was a modern-day man who’d lost his family to AIDS and advised Dr. Mid-Nite.

+ Powers

The Mouthpiece had no super-human powers.