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Hawley Griffin

The Invisible Man Alias: The Invisible Man

Date of death: August 1898
Place of death: London, England

Race: Human

Occupation: Adventurer
Group affiliation: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Story: After Griffin killed Wicksteed and was hunted by Dr. Kemp and the police [1] he tricked another person (a halfwit) into taking the invisibility potion. While the unfortunate person who took the potion was killed, Griffin escaped and started drifting around. He eventually ended up hiding in Miss Rosa Coote's Correctional Academy for Wayward Gentlewomen, where he took advantage of the young women. At the school they thought he was a spirit and the pregnancies were immaculate conceptions, until Mina Harker and her companions came and took him away for the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen [2]. Griffin was promised a pardon and the possibility of a cure if he joined, which he did [3].

When the Martians attacked Earth, Griffin expected the Martians to win and betrayed Earth and his companions in the league. He revealed himself when he attacked Mina Harker, and ran off to the Martians with the map of London's defenses [4]. Griffin died when Edward Hyde raped and beat him to death in the league's headquarters [6].

Skills & abilities: Griffin's body was invisible. The process was irreversible and he could not make other objects invisible.

Continuity: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Publisher(s): America's Best Comics
DC Comics
First app.: Comics: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (vol. 1) #2 (1999)
Movies: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
Creator(s): Alan Moore
Kevin O'Neill
Country of origin: USA USA

Background notes: Hawley Griffin is the character created by H.G. Wells in the book "The Invisible Man". In the book, Griffin was killed in the end and turned visible. In Alan Moore's version he had survived somehow.

When The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (LXG) was released as a movie in 2003, the Invisible Man was a part of the league, but Hawley Griffin was not the invisible man. Griffin had died like he did in Wells' book but the thief Rodney Skinner stole the invisibility serum and used it. Tony Curran played Rodney Skinner in the movie.

Related links/characters:
- ABC Characters
- Allan Quatermain
- Campion Bond
- Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde
- James Moriarty/M
- Nemo
- Wilhelmina Murray/Mina Harker/Mina Murray

References: 1: H.G.Wells: The Invisible Man
2: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (vol. 1) #2
3: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (vol. 1) #3
4: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (vol. 2) #2
5: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (vol. 2) #3
6: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (vol. 2) #5