Pinky the Whiz Kid
|First appearance||Wow Comics #1 (December 1940)|
France Herron (writer)|
Jack Kirby (artist)
|Alter ego||Pinkerton "Pinky" Butler|
Squadron of Justice|
Olympic level athlete|
Keen investigative skills
Use of utility belt
Fictional character biography
Pinky was the adopted son of district attorney Brian Butler, also known as Mr. Scarlet, who fought evil in his city for several years. His father's success was such that his employment was frequently in jeopardy due to a lack of crime. As a result, he throughout his series took up several odd jobs to supplement his family's income.
Although initially appearing in the 1940s, Mr. Scarlet and Pinky were revealed to still be active and at relatively the same age level in the 1970s during a team-up with the Justice League of America and Justice Society of America. It was during this teamup that the two crimefighters joined with several other heroes to form Shazam's Squadron of Justice, as King Kull had captured Shazam and the Elders that gave the Marvel Family their powers, and was trying to wipe out humanity on all three Earths. Scarlet and Pinky helped defeat the Weeper and Earth-2 Joker while they committed crimes on Earth-S and turned people into diamonds, although no further adventures of this team were chronicled thereafter.
New Mister Scarlet
After the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Pinky was revealed to have taken over the identity of his father after his death, having been active in Fawcett City for several years. It was also revealed how they retained their youth since the 1940s, as Shazam provided a protective field around the city for decades allowing its inhabitants to age slower than their contemporaries in other cities.
Pinky first appeared as Mr. Scarlet in The Power of Shazam! #44, saving Freddy Freeman for the first time from Chain Lightning.
In Justice League: Cry For Justice, Freddy Freeman is found by Bulleteer Pinky Butler the new Mr. Scarlet in Fawcett City, tied up with his mouth sewn shut to prevent him from transforming into Shazam.
- A new version of Mister Scarlet appeared in Elseworlds' Kingdom Come and "The Kingdom" miniseries. Mister Scarlet is drawn as a bright red devil of a man known for hanging out at Titans Tower bar with Matrix, the new Joker's Daughter, and the new Thunder.