The Mask is an arcane, indestructible object in the shape of a mask, which imbues the wearer with extraordinary powers, but it also alters the person's physical appearance, often turning the person's head into a big, bald or semi-bald skull-shaped head of exaggerated proportions.
The mask was used as a sacred artfifact in strange shamanic rituals by jungle tribes in which the Shaman wearing the mask would be killed, except that the Mask prevented him from dying. Eventually, a mob boss called Razziky learned of the Mask and hired a man to steal it from the shaman, but when Razziky's men tried to double-cross the hired man, he used the Mask to his advantage and killed them all. After these events, little is known about The Mask's history until it reappeared in a shop as an item for sale.
Stanley Ipkiss found and bought the Mask as a present for his girlfriend, Katherine, but eventually, he learned of the Mask's magical abilities when he put it on his face out of curiosity. With his newfound powers, Ipkiss made ill use of the Mask and caused serious trouble in town. Katherine eventually learned of Stanley's secret and after a rough break-up, she stole the Mask from Stan and murdered him.
Katherine was Stanley Ipkiss's former girlfriend, who was also a keen art collector. Stanley bought a rare Mask in an antique shop for her, unaware of the Mask's powers. Soon Katherine learned of the atrocities committed by The Mask and she deduced that Stanley was using the Mask to commit all those crimes. With revenge in mind, Katherine stole the Mask from Stanley and used in on herself to become the new almighty Mask.
A month later, Katherine regretted having taken the Mask and she dropped it at the Police Department with Lieutenant Kellaway, who had been closely involved with the Mask's head since the beginning. Kellaway's curiosity to wear the mask caused him to put it on and become the new Mask, unheeding Katherine's warning. As The Mask, Kellaway went on a murderous spree against criminals across the city. Eventually, Kellaway realized the dangers of using the Mask and he buried the Mask on the basement of his home, covering it with quick drying cement.
When Kellaway was attacked by gangsters, he tried to retrieve the mask from his basement, but failed and the Mask was taken by the criminals. The gang's driver, "Little Nunzio" put on the Mask and started using his new powers to become the ruler of the city's underworld. The man succeeded in eliminating all competition from rival gangs, but his reign was short-lived as he was seduced and manipulated by Katherine into taking off the Mask. Unfortunately the plan didn't go well and Kathy was forced to kill Little Nunzio and wear the Mask to save herself from the rest of the gangsters. Katherine used the Mask one last time to confront the brute Walter, but she eventually surrendered and dropped The Mask inside the burning warehouse where they were fighting. After the fight, Kathy left the Mask in the burning building; although if Walted had picked the Mask or it remained in the building remains unclear.
- The Mask from the movie of the same name was said to be a personal item of the Norse God, Loki, who enchanted the Mask to retain his powers and abilities. The powers of the Mask however, only work at night, reason why the Mask is completely useless in daylight.
- In a similar fashion to the film version, the Mask from the TV Series shared a similar origin and granted the same abilities, although this version worked perfectly both during night and day.
The Mask grants the wearer various powers and abilities, some of which are mentioned below.
- The original concept of "The Mask" that run from issues #10 to #21 of Dark Horse Presents is also simply known as "Mask" or "Masque". Although this version was a character by definition, the lack of explanation as to this concept's humanity led to its index as part of this page.
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