History Comicbook / Foolkiller

23rd Jun '16 10:07:19 PM Zeke
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The original Foolkiller was introduced in ''ComicBook/ManThing'' #3 (March, 1974) and killed in the the following issue. Several individuals have adopted the mantle of the Foolkiller, such as Ross G. Everbest, Greg Salinger, Kurt Gerhardt, and Mike Trace. Trace's incarnation appears in the Creator/MarvelMAX universe. Each incarnation modified the definition of "fool" to fit his mission. Everbest, being a devout Christian, sought out those whom he considered sinners. Salinger, on the other hand, hunted those whom he deemed lacked a poetic soul. Gerhardt's razor sharp definition of fool caused him to target those whom he judged to be guilty pursuing "momentary gratification" at the expense of others.

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The original Foolkiller was introduced in ''ComicBook/ManThing'' #3 (March, 1974) and killed in the the following issue. Several individuals have adopted the mantle of the Foolkiller, such as Ross G. Everbest, Greg Salinger, Kurt Gerhardt, and Mike Trace. Trace's incarnation appears in the Creator/MarvelMAX universe. Each incarnation modified the definition of "fool" to fit his mission. Everbest, being a devout Christian, sought out those whom he considered sinners. Salinger, on the other hand, hunted those whom who he deemed lacked a poetic soul. Gerhardt's razor sharp razor-sharp definition of fool caused him to target those whom he judged to be guilty of pursuing "momentary gratification" at the expense of others.
19th Mar '16 11:50:52 AM avon
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Mal Flapton is Reverend Al Sharpton. Darren Waite is a thinly disguised Donald Trump. Runyan Moody is Morton Downey Jr, right down to a thinly disgused version of the Loudmouth logo. This creates a dilemma as the Marvel Universe is supposedly a mirror of the real one. Therefore, Sharpton, Trump, Limbaugh, and Downey allegedly do exist in the Marvel Universe as some of them have been referred in dialogue or briefly visually depicted, which is protected under satirical rights.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Mal Flapton is Reverend Al Sharpton. Darren Waite is a thinly disguised Donald Trump. Runyan Moody is Morton Downey Jr, right down to a thinly disgused version of the Loudmouth logo. This creates a dilemma as the Marvel Universe is supposedly a mirror of the real one. Therefore, Sharpton, Trump, Limbaugh, and Downey allegedly do exist in the Marvel Universe as some of them have been referred in dialogue or briefly visually depicted, which is protected under satirical rights.
4th Mar '16 11:33:08 PM nombretomado
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** The Foolkiller was a suspect of the Scourge of Crime supervillain killings (in the CaptainAmerica series.) But he wasn't involved. The Scourge turned out to be a ''whole group'' of self-righteous vigilantes, organized by an old WWII hero, The Angel. Maybe there's a similar setup for the Foolkillers.

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** The Foolkiller was a suspect of the Scourge of Crime supervillain killings (in the CaptainAmerica ComicBook/CaptainAmerica series.) But he wasn't involved. The Scourge turned out to be a ''whole group'' of self-righteous vigilantes, organized by an old WWII hero, The Angel. Maybe there's a similar setup for the Foolkillers.
26th Jan '16 2:19:46 PM avon
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Mal Flapton is Reverend Al Sharpton. Darren Waite is a thinly disguised Donald Trump. Runyan Moody is a pastiche of Rush Limbaugh and Morton Downey Jr. This creates a dilemma as the Marvel Universe is supposedly a mirror of the real one. Therefore, Sharpton, Trump, Limbaugh, and Downey do exist in the Marvel Universe as they have been referred to or briefly depicted, which is protected under satirical rights.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Mal Flapton is Reverend Al Sharpton. Darren Waite is a thinly disguised Donald Trump. Runyan Moody is a pastiche of Rush Limbaugh and Morton Downey Jr.Jr, right down to a thinly disgused version of the Loudmouth logo. This creates a dilemma as the Marvel Universe is supposedly a mirror of the real one. Therefore, Sharpton, Trump, Limbaugh, and Downey allegedly do exist in the Marvel Universe as they some of them have been referred to in dialogue or briefly visually depicted, which is protected under satirical rights.
26th Jan '16 2:15:43 PM avon
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* OddNameOut: In the Foolkiller limited series, whenever Steve Gerber inserted a character based on a real life figure, the character's real life analog is somewhat derivable from the fictional name. For example, Mal Flapton (an analog of Al Sharpton). However, the source of the name Runyan Moody is hard to trace back to its inspiration of Morton Downey Jr.
** This is a case of NoCelebritiesWereHarmed.


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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Mal Flapton is Reverend Al Sharpton. Darren Waite is a thinly disguised Donald Trump. Runyan Moody is a pastiche of Rush Limbaugh and Morton Downey Jr. This creates a dilemma as the Marvel Universe is supposedly a mirror of the real one. Therefore, Sharpton, Trump, Limbaugh, and Downey do exist in the Marvel Universe as they have been referred to or briefly depicted, which is protected under satirical rights.
16th Oct '15 10:50:01 PM Delphi
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* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Mike Trace's blade is basically a lightsaber in a katana suit, able to behead multiple mooks with a one-handed swing.
12th Oct '15 2:09:34 PM avon
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* RecycledINSPACE!: A member of the Order of the Foolkillers appears in an issue of ''X-Men 2099''.
9th Oct '15 1:06:47 PM StFan
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Created by the late Steve Gerber for Creator/MarvelComics, the '''Foolkiller''' is clearly an offbeat character in the same vein as Comicbook/HowardTheDuck. The only difference is, he's played totally straight. The name is inspired partially by the {{O Henry}} story of the same name and the novel by Helen Eustis, the latter of which was made into a movie starring, appropriately enough, Anthony Perkins. There is also a minor character of this name in L. Frank Baum's "The Enchanted Island of Yew".

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Created by the late Steve Gerber for Creator/MarvelComics, the '''Foolkiller''' Foolkiller is clearly an offbeat character in the same vein as Comicbook/HowardTheDuck. The only difference is, he's played totally straight. The name is inspired partially by the {{O Henry}} Creator/OHenry story of the same name and the novel by Helen Eustis, the latter of which was made into a movie starring, appropriately enough, Anthony Perkins. There is also a minor character of this name in L. Frank Baum's "The Enchanted Island of Yew".



!!Foolkiler provides examples of the following tropes:

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!!Foolkiler provides examples of the following tropes:
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* ContinuitySnarl: In the Raft Breakout in ''NewAvengers'' and his appearances in ''{{Deadpool}}'', Gerhardt is wearing his original face. The last issue of the '90-'91 miniseries makes that highly improbable. [[spoiler: As part of his plan to vanish, he uses the sulfuric acid to destroy his original face as a pretext for needing extensive reconstructive surgery]].

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* ContinuitySnarl: In the Raft Breakout in ''NewAvengers'' ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'' and his appearances in ''{{Deadpool}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}'', Gerhardt is wearing his original face. The last issue of the '90-'91 miniseries makes that highly improbable. [[spoiler: As part of his plan to vanish, he uses the sulfuric acid to destroy his original face as a pretext for needing extensive reconstructive surgery]].
22nd Apr '15 1:30:51 PM avon
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* DoubleStandard: Reverend Mal Flapton is full of these:
--> "Of course the police pledge to hunt him down. He shoots White fools too."

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* DoubleStandard: Reverend Mal Flapton is full of these:
A certain way to get a death sentence in this series:
--> '''Reverend Mal Flapton''': "Of course the police pledge to hunt him down. He shoots White fools too."



--> "What right does he have mass murdering minority children...Why haven't the police caught him yet."

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--> '''Reverend Mal Flapton''': "What right does he have mass murdering minority children...Why haven't the police caught him yet.""
** Regarding a sexism issue at Empire State University.
-->'''Female Student''': So does this mean I can have someone expelled for calling me a nymph?
-->'''Dean at ESU''' : We certainly wish to safeguard the rights of women. However, students who pursue alternative lifestyles are most apt to suffer damage to their self esteem as a result of insensitive language.
-->'''Kurt Gerhardt''': Would your self esteem suffer, Dean--if I called you a fool?
22nd Apr '15 1:13:44 PM avon
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* DoubleStandard: Reverend Mal Flapton is full of these:
--> "Of course the police pledge to hunt him down. He shoots White fools too."
**and one issue later:
--> "What right does he have mass murdering minority children...Why haven't the police caught him yet."
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