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Fang Gow was a well-known terrorist to the French Intelligence Agency. His most hated nemesis was Barry O'Neill, who constantly thwarted his evil schemes.

Driven by his greed, and his hatred for France, Fang Gow's plans often involved the stealing of key military secrets and arms, though he was also known for helping other crime organizations for a percentage of the profit. He faked his own death several times in order to catch his enemies off guard, but in the end he was always beaten by Barry O'Neill and Inspector Le Grand.


  • Genius Level Intellect: Fang Gow has developed many devious schemes over the years, that have baffled lawmen. He also once invented a machine capable of destruction through the power of sound.
  • Chemistry: Fang Gow was an extremely capable chemist.
    • In 1939 he created a serum that transformed live men into wax dummies, and an antidote that restored them to normal.[1]
    • In 1940 he created a serum that turned an ordinary thug into a giant ogre, about 20 feet tall.[2]
    • He once faked his own death by putting himself into suspended animation, and recovering from it unassisted, with a formula of his own devising.[3]
  • Leadership Fang Gow commanded an international cult of fanatics.[citation needed]


  • Thought Machine, capable of transmitting messages through the power of thought.[4]


  • Audio Ray, used for communicating with his giant ogre.[5]
  • Paralysis Ray [6]
  • Spoilator Ray, capable of ruining food supplies at long range.[7]

  • This version of Fang Gow, 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.
  • After lurking behind the scenes for eleven issues, and first appearing on-panel in August 1936 (in More Fun Comics #12), Barry O'Neill's long-running adversary Fang Gow, a polymath genius of a mad scientist, a despotic warlord, and the head of a secretive international cult, with globe-spanning ambitions, may have been the first genuine (recorded) "super villain" of Earth-Two.
  • The title banners to several Barry O'Neill stories called him "The Inscrutable and Vengeful Enemy of the Human Race".[8][9]
  • According to More Fun Comics #29, Fang Gow was Mongolian.