Hooded Justice was the first masked vigilante and a member of the Minutemen.
Hooded Justice made his debut in 1938. In his first escapade, he put three would be muggers in the hospital, one of whom was left paralyzed from the waist down.
Despite his anti-communist views, Hooded Justice refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee since it meant that his identity would be exposed. He disappeared soon afterwards.
Following his disappearance, there was speculation that he might have been a circus strongman named Rolf Müller, who went missing about the same time.
On multiple occasions, Hooded Justice was described with the physique of a wrestler and has been noted as one of the biggest men most people had ever seen. Both tall and made up of erupting muscles, there is no question why he was such a worthy candidate for his title. In one view, it can be seen through the eye-holes of his hood the color of his blazing ember eyes, filled with fury and shock.
His costume was the least gaudy of the Minutemen, even with his bright red cape, his attire was simple and surprisingly symbolic. Along with his cape, which fell to his knees and opened upward from his neck, circling his face except for the front, was his similarly colored spandex trousers. The rest of his body was covered in the same material with a dark purple color. Most notable and symbolic of all his attire, besides perhaps the simple hood over his head (resembling that of an executioner), is the hangman's noose wrapped around his neck, likely a symbol for the punishment of villains and law-breakers. He also wears the same rope around his waist, wrists, and ankles.
- This version of the character is exclusive to the continuity of the film Watchmen and is an adaptation of Hooded Justice. The original character was created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons and first appeared in Watchmen #1.
- In the movie, Hooded Justice is only has a few lines of dialogue. His inflection and accent are not American, they could perhaps be German, but they could also be upper-class British or even Irish, adding a further level of ambiguity.