Created by Gardner Fox and Joe Kubert

The Original Universe


Real Name: Jonathan Cheval
Occupation: former optician and scientist, later criminal for hire
Status: Deceased
Marital Status: Unrevealed
Known Relatives: unnamed father and grandfather (both deceased)
Base of Operation: New York City, NY, later mobile
Group Affiliation(s): Secret Society of Super-Villains
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 175 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black, later brown with gray temples
First Appearance: Flash Comics #64/4 (April-May 1945): "The Man with the Magic Monocles"
Creators: Gardner Fox and Joe Kubert


Johnathan Cheval was the third generation of opticians to be working in the family store when he found out that the mortgage of his property was stolen by unscrupulous bankers who were trying to hide their own crooked activities.

Using special lenses fitted into his monocle, he began to hunt down and kill the bankers until stopped by the first Hawkman and Hawkgirl.

Spending his prison years in further research, he was given early parole and used the monies from his patents to retire to his family's homeland of France. Growing bored, he was quite taken with the idea of becoming a criminal again when approached by the Ultra-Humanite and joined a grouping of the Secret Society of Super-Villains.

Quickly defeated and cast into Limbo, this grouping joined with the 1942 Ultra-Humanite and battled both the time lost Infinity, Inc. and the war time All-Star Squadron, when he was cast back into Limbo with the group.

Sometime later, Cheval and the others were returned to their proper place in time and space and the group broke up. He returned to his life of crime and took on jobs such as bank robbery and assassination with some other villains coordinated by the newly formed Society.

Feeling his age, he was killed during one such battle with the most recent Manhunter while trying to either capture or kill the Shadow Thief.


The Monocle created lenses that could project heat blast, lasers, electrical beams and cosmic ray energy through the focal point of the lens. Originally he held it in his hand, but later refined it so he could project it through the monocle he wore.

Cheval was a poor to fair hand-to-hand fighter, but was an adequate fencer.


For a definitive list of appearances of Monocle in chronological order click here


Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #16 (June 1986)