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Scardol (full name unrevealed) was a thief whose modus operandi involved robbing filling stations, returning to his private garage, and changing the car's license plates and paint color. He had small dark eyes, light hair, and a pronounced under-bite. Scardol had a high forehead and a skin condition that left his forehead pockmarked.

After Mickey Gainer escaped the shootout between Nails Wolley and Dick Tracy, he hid with Scardol. When Scardol killed Officer Shawn who happened past one of his filling station robberies (March 18, 1939), Tracy began to investigate. Scardol laid a trap for Tracy by robbing a filling station in the rain, which caused the water-soluble paint on his car to run off and leave a trail back to his garage. Tracy, with Pop Gainer, followed it. Scardol and his accomplice Killer killed two policemen. Pop was shot and wounded, and he and Tracy were captured.

Tracy and Pop were tied up and placed in a construction site where a dam was being built. Scardol prepared to break the wooden walls holding the wet concrete for the dam in place, intending to crush Tracy and Pop and covering their bodies. Mickey had a change of heart which motivated him to free his father and Tracy.

Scardol's noisy breaking of the wooden beams attracted the attention of the site's night watchman, who captured Killer. Pat Patton and the police force arrived soon after. In the ensuing conflagration, Tracy knocked Scardol into the path of the concrete which then crushed Scardol to death.

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    Scardol, drawn by Charles Ettinger

    It was later revealed that Scardol's early criminal endeavor was robbing banks. He had successfully robbed four banks before deciding to switch to robbing gas stations. He reportedly never spent any of the money from his bank robberies, choosing instead to hide it. He left clues to the whereabouts of this hidden stash in the pages of a children's book, which was eventually obtained by Croptop Jones.
  • In April of 2023, it was announced that the first 6 volumes of The Complete Dick Tracy would be reissued by Clover Press to match the format of the later volumes. The planned cover art for Volume 5 featured Scardol.
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