Saturday, April 24, 2010

Golden Age Villains - Checker

What is a superhero without a stable of super villains?? Well, in the Golden Age a lot of the superheroes ended up battling less super foes. Criminals, Nazis and Japs were probably the most popular villains of the time - and let's face it, during the war you would actually have the hero kill Nazis and Japs without conscience because the real heroes were killing and being killed by them all over Europe and the Pacific. But that didn't mean there weren't super villains and today I'm presenting one of them. I previously featured Nightmare and Sleepy from Hillman Publishing and today I'm presenting one of their costumed villains - the Checker. His name derives from his choice of games - you guessed it - checkers!! The Checker takes the mayor of "Perfect Town ... the ultra modern city in the heart of America" - hostage to play a game of checkers. When the mayor loses a piece the town loses a building, starting with the firehouse, which the citizens are then required to Ransom back with their own hard-earned savings. (Really, I'm not making this up.) In the end of course Nightmare and Sleepy triumph and it's revealed the various building were on some kind of mechanical elevator system or something and were lowered to make them disappear. The mayor's male secretary was in on the scheme and his brother was the Checker. The figure was made from a Toy Biz Daredevil action figure and the biggest problem was painting all them pesky squares.
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