Was the Black Ogre ever a thing?

In this article, one included page from the December 1960 issue of Superman mentions four monsters–“the Wolfman, the Black Ogre, the Mummy, and the Abominable Snowman”. It seems as if the Black Ogre was assumed to be as well known as the other three. Was (he?) something more familiar circa 1960 that has faded from familiarity?

I think writer Otto Binder just had a thing for ogres as far back as the 1940s in Captain Marvel comics. An ogre and a wolf man were a couple of Mister Mind’s henchmen back in the day, so they probably got lumped together in his list of scary looking bad guys for the Bizarro story two decades later.

WAG - it was something they created to get around Comics Code censorship rules, in much the same way that Conan comics couldn’t have “zombies” in them but “zuvembies” were A-OK because it was a term Robert E. Howard used in a short story.


Apparently the Black Ogre was some sort of Native American supernatural bad guy.

Black Ogre (Earth-616) | Marvel Database | Fandom

But — as far as I can tell — the one in DC’s Superman comic looked pretty much nothing like the one at that Marvel link.

AKA Nataska

Basically, a monster designed to terrify children.