Young Dr. Gade was working in his laboratory on "work-saving powers that will advance civilization a hundred years" when an assassin pushed Gade into the open mouth of a blast furnace. The assassin then walked away as Gade's laboratory went up in flames. Dr. Gade, however, was somehow unharmed. Somehow the chemicals he was working with, and which were poured on him when he was shoved into the fire, have made him inflammable. And when he emerges from the fire and cools down he further discovers that he is invisible. He soon discovers that he can appear and disappear through exposure to the rays of one of his devices and claims revenge on the assassin who destroyed his lab and tried to kill him. The "unscrupulous money kings," who were complaining about how Gade's inventions "would have made life too easy, and therefore inexpensive are the targets fo Dr. Gade. Invisible, he makes his way into the office and punches out his assassin (then throws him out the window of the fortieth floor), and then uses his invisibility powers to dazzle the "money kings." Dr. Gade then jerks the hand of one of the kings, a hand which is holding a gun. The gun goes off and shoots Sporvan's partner. The police rush in and, Dr. Gade being invisible, arrest Sporvan, who babbles about an invisible man. Sporvan breaks away from the cops and, "shrewdly tracing the Invisible Man to his new lair," breaks in to Gade's lab, "deduces some of the Invisible Man's scientific marvels, and exposes himself to the rays that make Dr. Gade become visible.
When the Invisible Man returns to his lab, Sporvan, lying in wait for him, has the rays turned on, which turn Dr. Gade visible. Sporvan and Gade fight; brave but weakened, Dr. Gade is getting badly beaten by Sporvan until he, Dr.Gade, comes in contact with his power-giving machine. Dr. Gade's strength and invisibility are restored, and he thrashes Sporvan. The police, who've trailed Sporvan, charge into the lab. Sporvan tries to pin the blame on Dr. Gade, but Gade notices that his old disintegrator machine in the corner is still working, and touches a belt, turning himself invisible. Dr. Gade throws Sporvan against the disintegrator, blowing him into atoms. The police, unnerved by the disappearing man and Sporvan throwing himself into a disintegrator, decide to report Gade and Sporvan just missing.
In his next adventure he takes on a band of grave robbers, whose leader is "Deadpan Louie." In his third and last appearance Dr. Gade investigates the suspicious "suicide" of an actress, which somehow turns out to be the fault of a man named Fatty. Dr. Gade drowns four of the criminals and blows up Fatty's yacht, with Fatty on it. Dr. Gade's subsequant exploits are thus far unknown.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
PowersAs a result of his exposure to experimental chemicals, Dr. Gade can render himself invisible when exposed to the rays of one of his scientific devices. In addition, his exposure to the chemicals has rendered him immune to the effect of flames.
Dr. Gade needs to be re-exposed to his machine's rays every so-often to maintain its effects of invisibility.
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