Captain Cutter was a whale poacher that was active during the 1940s. By the winter of 1942, his poaching included entire pods of sperm whales, including the babies (which was illegal) in order to profit from the whale oil and ambergris.[2] His illegal operations gained the attention of the Coast Guard who assigned police woman Betty Dean to pretend to "sell out" to Cutter and his crew.

Cutter became bold and ambitious and had his men chloroform and capture the Sub-Mariner to see if he would be interest in lending his knowledge of the deep to help capture more whales. Namor refused and fought his way out of their home, but not before seeing Betty among their ranks and becoming greatly disappointed in her. When Namor realized the scope of Cutter's operations and its illegal activities, he put his energies toward shutting the operation down. He was slightly opposed by Betty whom Namor was not aware was under deep cover.

Eventually, Namor's meddling was seemingly stopped when he the hero was knocked out and tied up in the brig. However, Betty released him and he wrecked their boat. When the Sub-Mariner attempted to blow up Cutter's shack, he caught him at gunpoint and put out the fuse. He then strapped Namor to explosive-loaded whale corpses and sent him out to sea to be blown up.

When Namor seemingly perished in the explosion, Cutter resumed his illegal whale hunts but was stopped once more by the Sub-Mariner, who was still alive and well. Fleeing to the shore, Cutter was stopped by Better and the Coast Guard and arrested. When Namor arrived on the scene, Betty revealed the nature of her mission and the two made up.[3]


Captain Cutter commanded a whale hunting boat that had machine gun harpoon launchers and utilized a massive prism that reflected sunlight to attract whales to the surface.


Cutter was armed with a pistol. He also had access to explosives.

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  1. Marvel Mystery Handbook 70th Anniversary Special #1
  2. Ambergris is a substance found in the digestive system of sperm whales. It was commonly used in perfumes at the time.
  3. Marvel Mystery Comics #38

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