Monday, September 05, 2005
Overshadowed by ... The Light!
You know what's been missing from my life? DRAMA!!!
Fortunately, it only takes one panel of Golden Age Starman to fix that problem...
At one point in his career, Starman was being menaced for many pages by the machinations of a shadowy villain known as "The Unknown." How exactly one can be "known" as "the Unknown" without exploding in paradox I do not know ... but if anyone can do it, it's a Starman villain.
Imagine the unimaginable horror when the Unknown, once known, turns out to be ...
You remember him, of course.
The villain with the second flattest head in all of comicdom.
The villain with the Distintegration Tube in his backpocket.
The villain with no given or discernible reason for his nom du crime.
Good GRAVY, folks...! What a DRAMATIC reappearance of a villain believed dead by his own hand!
The exposure of the Mystery Villain as a Longtime Foe!
Characteristic Starman-villain Trans-fourth-wall Menacement!
Accusatory Reminescences of Befoiled Plans of Planetwide Conquest!
Declarations of the Triumph of Evil!
The Countenance of F. Murray Abraham, heavily inked, lit from below, and wearing purple!
Radiating Drama-lines of Doom!
Good lord, what if you were standing by yourself on a nearly abandoned subway platform, wondering why your train was late, and a Unknown Stranger with heavy Eastern European features and a sinister Van Dyke thrust his face into you, full-frame, hissing that he was your archenemy, back from the dead, unhappy with your interference, and about to triumph over you?!!
I don't know about you, but personally, I'd just throw myself right onto the Third Rail, and be done with it...
Thank the gods for Starman!!!!