The Scarab

Real Name

Peter Ward

First Appearance

Startling Comics #34 (July 1945)

Original Publisher


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Peter Ward is an Egyptologist who discovers he’s the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian priest of the sun god Ra. Given a mystic scarab ring by the cat goddess Bast, Ward rubs the ring and after a flash of lightning and thunder, becomes the Scarab. The ring grants him great powers, and Ward uses them to combat evil and injustice. He is accompanied on his many adventures by an intelligent black cat named Akh-Tu-Men, who is the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian priest.

Powers and Abilities

  • The Scarab possesses superhuman strength, is bulletproof, and can fly.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Black Terror #20
  • Exciting Comics #42-48
  • Startling Comics #34


  • The Nedor comics were renewed by Popular Library, which was eventually bought out by Fawcett Books. When Fawcett went out of business, Popular Library was sold to Warner Bros. A number of different publishers, however, are currently/have been using these characters without any lawsuits from Warner Bros., so any action over them is (probably) unlikely. They are still, however, "use at your own risk" characters.
  • Mark Courneyea stars as the character in the 2010 film, Avenging Force: The Scarab.

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