For this superhero-crazed world Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of B.C. Boyer’s neglected 1980s superhero the Masked Man. For Part One click HERE
ECLIPSE MONTHLY Vol 1 #5 and 6
Number 5 (February 1984)
Title: The Incredible Seven
Villains: The alien Wezzarian race
Synopsis: Writer and artist B.C. Boyer used this Masked Man story to wrap up the tale from his canceled Incredible Seven series.
The Masked Man learns how the Wezzarians and their ally Rileth – really a cyborg Adolf Hitler kept alive through Wezzarian technology – were thwarted by the Incredible Seven in their attempt to conquer the Earth.
Number 6 (March 1984)
Title: The Trial
Villains: A gang of ski-masked armed robbers
Synopsis: The Masked Man defeats and captures an armed gang of four ski-masked men while they are robbing a ritzy party being held by Congressman J.R. Kirklin.
Afterward, in his secret identity of Private Detective Dick Carstairs, our hero confers with Congressman Kirklin in an attempt to connect the robbers to the Masked Man’s archenemy – the enigmatic crimelord known only as Frankie. Kirklin is shot to death and Dick is framed for the murder.
While the trial unfolds, Carstairs and his reporter friends Barney McAllister and Dan Drekston investigate and learn that members of the late Congressman’s household staff had motives for killing him. In the end it turns out the real murderer is the prosecutor, Simon T Baxter, who owed Kirklin a lot of money.
When he is exposed in the courtroom, Baxter snaps and starts a shooting spree. In the chaos Dick slips away to become the Masked Man and captures Baxter. For comic relief, the boss of Dick’s reporter friend Barney turns out to be a J Jonah Jameson pastiche named J Judah Johnson. Johnson is gay and tries to put the moves on Barney. +++
I’LL REVIEW THE NEXT MASKED MAN STORY SOON. KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR UPDATES.
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