We are all aware of the character The Ubermench and its downfall. But what happened to the character’s creator Frederik Faber?
Faber, born in 1902 was brought up in New York City. His father had believed often that there was only one way of doing things and that meant that people like him and his son should always be on top. Faber grew up in a family that believed that difference was wrong. When Faber saw Crime! Comics emerge, he fell in love with the medium straight away. A good artist, he taught himself how to get better and better until finally he pitched his idea of an omnipotent god like being called The Ubermench in 1929. With the Wall Street Crash just occurring, Crime! Comics saw this as the perfect time to bring in this new hero, this superhero. The Crime! Shareholders believed that the character could be used to show the struggles of the common man and to help people whatever race, gender and class in anyway he could. Unfortunately for the character and the company, Faber had different plans. Being a strong Nazi sympathizer his early stories showed a truly racist depiction of the world with only White, middle class Americans being shown as the ones that were suffering. The Ubermench, who looked more like a Nazi propaganda tool then anything else, often saved the blonde hair, blue eyed children whilst shunning anyone else that looked different. The concept of The Ubermench was a tremendous success with many parents buying their children the books for what they thought was light entertainment. However after a couple of issues, Crime! Comics began to receive many complaints from irate parents who had read Faber’s material. As the book was such a success, Crime! Comics decided to keep with Faber until issue 6 where the content had gone too far. The Ubermench was shown joining the Nazi Party. With this act, issue 6 was never released to the public, Faber was fired and The Ubermench was removed from publication to be replaced by The US Angel, the kind of character that the shareholders had intended The Ubermench to be.
Faber was irate with the decision and soon began attempts to create his own comic book line and publication. His next character, Mr White was a hard line detective who once again was unbelievably racist. Unlike The Ubermench this character was a huge flop. With parents being aware to check the content of the comic books they were buying for their children first and with new characters such as the black Dark Justice and The US Angel, children were not interested in this character.
On the outbreak of war, Faber created one more character known as Swastika. Again, the character (more than ever before) was clearly a toll for Nazi propaganda and failed even more so then Mr White. In 1945, after hearing that Hitler had killed himself, Faber did the same, firing a bullet straight into his head.
Read more about Crime! Comics and the other heroes in Living With The Edge: The Autobiography of the First British Masked Heroine, Val Phillips