Saturday, June 5, 2010
Golden Age Heroes - Twilight
Twilight was a character from Hillman Periodicals and appeared in the pages of Clue Comics (seven issues) between 1943 and 1945. He was a former private detective named Terry Gardner who was, by the time we meet him, a sergeant in the Marine Corps. He first became involved in superheroing when a fortune-telling parrot (remember I don't make these things up) was being stalked by killers because it was squawking about their plan to kill a foreign minister. The parrot gave Terry a fortune card that said, "At twilight you will be master..." which Terry took as a sign of some sort. Ducking into a costume shop Terry emerged with this strange animal-like outfit with fur and long ears and a large "T" across his chest and thwarted the killers plans. He teamed up with the parrot named Snoopy, who was a lot more intelligent than your normal parrot, to take on various criminal elements. The patter between Twilight and the parrot is actually rather amusing. Twilight seemed to have no super powers but is a first rate hand-to-hand combatant and has his trusty parrot to carry out reconnaissance and bring him the keys when he gets locked in a cage. The action figure was made using a Toy Biz Ka-Zar body and the head from a Toy Biz Hercules. Fur on the arms and legs and the horns or ears or whatever were made using Sculpy. The parrot I got from a craft store that had a collection of toy animals.