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FOOLKILLER 20: FOOL’S PARADISE

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Foolkiller and his Purification Gun

Superheroes are everywhere these days! Wonder what all this is about? FOR PART ONE CLICK  HERE 

Foolkiller (Greg Salinger) delivers some vigilante justice to a Maggia-run nightclub in Miami. In the process he tangles with another obscure Marvel Comics supervillain.

The Foolkiller name is based on the figure from 19th Century American folklore.

The Maggia is the Marvel Comics Universe’s pastiche of the Mafia.

*** ADULT THEMES AND VIOLENCE ***  

We’re up to issue number three of the Foolkiller solo series.  Continue reading

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FOOLKILLER 19: NEW SOLO SERIES ISSUE TWO

** THIS WAS ENTERED REMOTELY – FAMILY TRAGEDY

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A Foolkiller action figure, complete with Purification Gun

With superhero-mania surging, Balladeer’s Blog’s “Script Doctoring” of Marvel’s handling of Foolkiller (Greg Salinger) continues with Part Nineteen. 

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Foolkiller issue two continues the antihero’s battle with the obscure Marvel villain the Monster Maker, who is using patients in his insane asylum as human guinea pigs to create monstrous abominations.   Continue reading

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FOOLKILLER 18: HIS NEW SOLO SERIES

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Various depictions of Foolkiller and his Purification Gun

Superheroes are more popular than ever so Balladeer’s Blog’s “Script Doctoring” of Marvel’s handling of Foolkiller continues with Part Eighteen. 

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Now in his own series Foolkiller (Greg Salinger) can at last get down to some serious vigilante mayhem tinged with a little “Rorschach before Rorschach existed” philosophizing AND his own peculiar brand of madness.  

In this very first issue Foolkiller takes on a physician who abuses his public trust by using some of the patients in his insane asylum as human guinea pigs for macabre experiments.   Continue reading

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FOOLKILLER 17: FOOLKILLER LEAVES THE DEFENDERS

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Collectible statue of Foolkiller with his Purification Gun drawn

Summer means superhero films so Balladeer’s Blog’s “Script Doctoring” of Marvel’s handling of Foolkiller continues with Part Seventeen. 

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Our anti-hero Foolkiller (Greg Salinger) ends his run with the dynamic non-team called the Defenders this time around. Valkyrie’s vendetta against the Mandrill is center-stage as is that mutant villain’s vendetta against the Defenders, Daredevil and his own parents.

The lives of millions of innocent people are at risk in addition to the Mandrill’s actual targets. One last reminder that, though Foolkiller’s awkward moniker may put off some readers, it’s based on the figure from 19th Century American folklore.  Continue reading

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FOOLKILLER 13: FOOLS AND FANATICS …

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Foolkiller drawing his Purification Gun.

With superheroes everywhere these days Balladeer’s Blog’s “Script Doctoring” of Marvel’s handling of Foolkiller continues with Part Thirteen. 

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Some of you have commented on how awkward you find the nom de guerre “Foolkiller” but since the name was based on the figure from 19th Century American folklore, it won’t be altered.  

This time around I rewrite all of The Defenders # 88 and provide several answers regarding the mysteries surrounding Foolkiller (Greg Salinger) and surrounding the dangerous fanatics of the Tribunal.  Continue reading

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FOOLKILLER 12: INQUEST

Foolkiller holding, then aiming his gunWith superhero movies dominating pop culture these days Balladeer’s Blog’s “Script Doctoring” of Marvel’s handling of Foolkiller continues with Part Twelve. 

FOR PART ONE OF THIS ARTICLE CLICK  HERE 

In this installment I rewrite The Defenders # 87. After many teasers regarding the secrets behind Foolkiller’s Purification Gun and the unusual fabric of his costume I start revealing the answers.

I also revise the whole premise behind the Tribunal running the Inquest since, ultimately, even the apocalyptic revelations of the Elf With A Handgun were dismissed as a “hoax” by Dr Strange. And some of you have commented on how awkward you find the nom de guerre “Foolkiller” but since the name was based on the figure from 19th Century American folklore, it won’t be altered.    Continue reading

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FOOLKILLER LAYING LOW WITH THE DEFENDERS

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Fan art of Foolkiller and his Purification Gun

The world can’t get enough of superheroes these days, so Balladeer’s Blog’s “Script Doctoring” of Marvel’s handling of Foolkiller continues with Part Six. FOR PART ONE OF THIS ARTICLE CLICK  HERE   

 

With all of that being said, here are my alternate treatments of The Defenders # 80 and 81. – Continue reading

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FOOLKILLER: MARVEL’S MISSED OPPORTUNITY

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Foolkiller once battled Spider-Man, just like every other hero and villain in the Marvel Universe.

Superhero-Mania shows no signs of abating and Marvel Comics certainly rules the big screen right now. I have a soft spot for comic books because reading them as a kid led me to mythology, one of the big loves of my life. I’ve covered superheroes here at Balladeer’s Blog in the past and with Marvel’s Deadpool, Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse all out this year I figured I’d explore a character Marvel never seemed to get a handle on: the Foolkiller.

This character’s lingering appeal first seemed to come from his Zorro-esque appearance. Beginning with the second man to don the costume and wield the Purification Gun the appeal started to come from the figure’s potential similarities to the Punisher and Paladin, with overtones of Rorschach before there ever WAS a Rorschach. (Oddly, Marvel tried a 1990 reboot with Foolkiller in which he was much like Deadpool, who didn’t debut until the following year.)

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*** *** *** *** *** *** *** ** ***  That a long red sash flowing from your hat or are you just happy to see me?

 

I took an hour or so for some escapist fun and buried myself in the various reboots Marvel attempted for the character over the decades. I would say Marvel REALLY missed their chance way back when Foolkiller faced the Defenders. Nobody asked for it, but here is my issue by issue look at how this misused figure could have been incorporated into the Marvel Universe beginning with Defenders # 74.  

For readers unfamiliar with this obscure vigilante/ maniac I’ll pepper in relevant facts as we go along. For starters, outside of the name, this Foolkiller has no connection to the satirical figure from the 1800s American South. Marvel’s original Foolkiller (who died in just his second appearance) was a religious fanatic who killed people that he felt were spiritual “fools” designated by Heaven for him to slay. He donned the cool Zorro-type costume and used a Purification Gun (origin STILL unknown) that fired as yet undefined energies.

Foolkiller parachuteThe power of those energy blasts varied wildly (you know comic book writing) but could do anything from blasting a regular human being to bits, to annihilating a supervillain called Blockbuster to blasting holes through stone and metal walls or even stunning the incredible Hulk. The unusual fabric of the red sash connected to the Foolkiller’s hat had expandable qualities, like when the figure would use it as a parachute when leaping from a tall building or airplane. 

At the time that Foolkiller clashed with the Defenders the man using the costume and Purification Gun was blonde poet Greg Salinger. Unlike the original Foolkiller – the religious zealot Ross Everbest – Salinger’s criteria for “fools” to be killed was more secular, putting him one step closer to Punisher or Proto-Rorschach territory.  

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Ah, comic book inking screwups! Though Foolkiller’s costume was colored correctly inside the book, on the cover his costume was mistakenly red instead of his hat-sash.

DEFENDERS Vol 1: Number 74 – FOOLS RUSH IN  (August 1979)

A. Synopsis of the “real” story – Foolkiller (Greg Salinger) fresh off his encounters with Omega and Blockbuster (well, in comic book retcon time, anyway) travels to the Defenders’ Long Island Headquarters – the Richmond Riding Academy. He claims it’s because he is considering joining the Defenders, whose previously secret existence was recently exposed by “Dollar” Bill English’s televised documentary. In the cliffhanger ending it turns out that, in reality Foolkiller has designated the Defenders as his latest fools to slay.  

B. Balladeer’s Blog’s Alternate Treatment – This could have been the start of a long run for Foolkiller with the Defenders and made him a potential hit instead of a never-was. There was no real risk in trying him out as a Defender. Hell, the Defenders had had a hero-villain like Sub-Mariner as a member, the forever-fugitive Hulk was STILL a member at the time as was Nighthawk, a reformed supervillain. They had even had unconventional figures like the feared Silver Surfer, the Son of Satan and Devil-Slayer as members.     

That said, the reason there was no risk was that if the fans hated having Foolkiller as a Defender he was easily disposed of after a few months – have him carted off to an insane asylum (like the Defenders really did after defeating him in the next issue), or just kill him off or have the other Defenders get fed up with him and treat him like any other supervillain and send him to jail.  

From what I gather the sales figures for the Defenders at the time were already faltering (hence the repeated “Defenders try to subdue their member the Hulk” storylines and covers). The comic book could definitely have used some pizzazz. By this time – 1979 – Wolverine over in the pages of The X-Men had shown that an abrasive, potentially deadly wildcard character could really liven things up.  

Foolkiller’s running battle with the Hulk on the train to Long Island in the original story could have spilled over all the way to the Richmond Riding Academy. Nighthawk had just resigned as necessitated by the Federal Investigation into his alter ego Kyle Richmond’s legal troubles stemming from Nighthawk’s questionable past. (Kyle’s secret identity was publicly known by then)

The remaining Defenders at the Riding Academy HQ – the Valkyrie, Clea and Hellcat – could have been drawn to the chaos of the Foolkiller/ Hulk fracas, by now taking place on the Riding Academy grounds. Naturally they would side with their teammate the Hulk and join him in fighting Salinger. Somewhere in the course of the battle a cliffhanger situation could arise.     Continue reading

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SATANA THE DEVIL’S DAUGHTER

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Satana the Devil’s Daughter

Comic book movies have been all the rage for quite a while now. With the explosive financial success of the movie Deadpool despite its R rating there is supposedly a mad rush now in Hollywood to find other comic book projects that were previously overlooked. For some reason the film industry had convinced itself that comic book movies would have a hard time making money if they were rated R. 

The time is perfect for SATANA THE DEVIL’S DAUGHTER.

How has this character NOT been the subject of multiple movies by this point? You’d think that Marvel would have learned long ago not to let its strong female horror figures lie unused. For decades Stan and friends let their 1970s character Rachel Van Helsing, the young blonde descendant of a long line of vampire slayers go unexploited only to watch potential millions of dollars fly away as Buffymania took hold in the 90s.   Continue reading

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