The Secret Origin of the Masked Avenger

Before comic books introduced the world to heroes in costumes with lairs and secret identities, the pulp novels of the 1930s and ’40s did, but what came before them?

Here’s an interesting article at io9 that has a brief historical look at the origins of the masked avenger trope we know so well today.

While you’re there, check out the video showing the Scarecrow film. If you can handle the amusing song, the shrieking laugh will scare you.