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Police patrolman Donald "Dan" Richards was secretly a masked criminal hunter, under the name Manhunter.

In Empire City,[1] Dan attended police academy with the brother of his girlfriend Kit, James Kelly. Jim came on top of the class, but Dan at the bottom. He had high marks during the years, but tanked his exams because he was busy cataloging all the country's criminals and their characteristics.

Jim was framed for the murder of shady politician Al Armand, who had asked him to kill a rival. The rival showed up and killed Armand instead. With his database, Dan realized the murderer was Johnny Cosentino. He donned a costume he had been preparing, caught the perpetrator and cleared Jim's name.

Afterwards, he continued to operate as Manhunter.


  • This version of Dan Richards, Manhunter, including all history and corresponding appearances, was erased from existence following the collapse of the original Multiverse in the 1985–86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series. Even though versions of the character may have since appeared, this information does not apply to those versions.
  • Per the caption in the 2nd panel of the 1st page of the Manhunter story in Police Comics #10, Manhunter lives and works in "Empire City."