No. 151 – Manny Bloom

Rondo Hatton image [reversed] ©Universal Pictures

Laywer Manny Bloom from prog 52’s (1978) Judge Dreddstory The Face-Change Crimes written by John Wagner and drawn by Brian Bolland v the Creeper portrayed by Rondo Hatton (1894–1946) in Joan Medford Is Missing [originally entitled House of Horrors] (Universal Pictures, 1946)

Hatton suffered from acromegaly, a syndrome that results from the overproduction of growth hormone by the pituitary gland. The initial symptom is typically enlargement of the hands and feet, and sufferers may also develop enlargement of the forehead, jaw, and nose.

Two can play at that game – Bloom and Dredd face off

Hatton became something of a B-movie horror icon, and reprised his performance as the Creeper in The Brute Man (Universal Pictures, 1946); both films were released posthumously, Hatton having succumbed to his acromegalic condition.

*Technically speaking, this is the first depiction of Dredd’s face unobscured

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