The Mask

The Mask

Real Name
Stanley Ipkiss, Lt. Mitch Kellaway (for a time)
First Appearance
Dark Horse Presents (vol. 1) #10 (September, 1987)
John Arcudi, Doug Mahnke
Team Affliations
Big-Head, The Big-Head Killer, The Masque
Base of Operations
Edge City
Acts as a living cartoon character, able to warp his own body and certain aspects of reality.
Skills and Abilities
Generally, whatever is needed at the time.

The Mask is the name of several superheroes, supervillains and antiheroes from the Dark Horse comics from John Arcudi.  The most famous character to take on the guise of the Mask was Stanley Ipkiss, due to the movie adaptation, although the original comic adaptation was far more of an antihero and outright villain.


When average man Stanley Ipkiss was looking for a gift for his girlfriend Kate, he came across a shop of antiques that was selling a very peculiar mask.  Feeling a compulsion to wear the mask, he puts it on, only to be transformed as a bizarre creature referred to others as Big-Head.


The MaskEdit

The various murderers, vigilantes and superheroes known as Big Head or sometimes as The Mask all gained their powers from the same mysterious mask.  Where it came from is unknown, but it endows its users with incredible reality warping powers at the cost of any inhibitions they have.

Stanley IpkissEdit

The first possessor of the Mask was a man named Stanley Ipkiss.  Most of Stanley's past is unknown, though he was in a relationship with a woman named Katherine.  He found the mysterious mask and took it home so he could give it to his girlfriend.  However, he soon found that it gave him incredible superpowers, as well as altering his own personality to become less inhibited and more unhinged.  Initially, he intended to use his powers to help others, but instead decided to avenge personal vendettas in lethal ways.  Soon, Stanley's obsession with the Mask and using its destructive powers cost him his relationship and made him a target of the authorities.   Lieutenant Kellaway lead the police against the Mask, only to have his forces decimated and found himself unable to stop the Mask's murderous spree.