P R O F E S S O R B A R N E S
Who IS Professor Barnes? Only Dennis Marks knew for sure, and it's too late to ask him.
Professor Barnes is a scientist, certainly. He works in a Vast Lab Complex outside Midway City.
|I like to imagine that "Vast" is brandname, like "S.T.A.R.".|
He has not only lab coat but a COLLARED LAB JACKET. That's the sign of a SERIOUS scientist. He's not labcoat Aquaman.
He's Doctor Sivana.
He's not the pharmacy tech. He's the actual PHARMACIST.
Is he merely Carter Hall's colleague? Or is there something more Carter Hall requires of him?
|"I sure he would."|
"And I'M sure he DOES!"
He knows Carter's secret identity as Hawkman, so clearly it's something more.
|Hawkman is a man of needs. Strong ones. Sudden ones.|
Is Prof. Barnes The Alfred?
|"You may need to look at this, Carter."|
Is Prof. Barnes The Commissioner Gordon?
|"Well, you DEFINITELY need to look at this, Professor Barnes."|
There is no Hawkgirl. So, in her absence, is Prof. Barnes The Vicki Vale?
|"Oh, Carter! Did you import that one from Thanagar or buy it here...?"|
I am not entirely certain what role he serves in the Filmationverse. But I know what role he must serve in Heroclix. Like any vague scientist who backs up a superhero, Professor Barnes goes on a S.T.A.R. Labs Scientist dial.
The Trent family presumably hails from Rutland, Vermont. The Archie version of Mavis Trent was the insurance adjuster that the company sent to deal with Steve Englehart's stolen car. She's also a murderer, I have to assume, because comic book writers have not historically been particularly even-handed when writing women, Dr. Trent being a case in point...
This setup does raise the question, however, of how Heroclix-Hawkman has time for his adventure, what with all the extracurricular activities his assistants seem to have planned for him. It also brings up all the times that I've heard about male writers saying something unkind about the presence of LGBT characters, then later complain about a "Hawkman replacement," because he's not a muscular shirtless man ready to hammer things. Which is all to say that there's subtext in the franchise, apparently.
Filmation! Time for me to rewatch my DVDs. I had completely forgotten Professor Barnes.
How the hell does Scipio know MARVEL trivia that I don't?
Just because I don't LIKE it doesn't mean I don't know anything about it :-)
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