Sunday, May 6, 2012

Kid Eternity - Cyrano de Bergerac

When Kid Eternity needs help putting bad guys in their places he sometimes calls up characters like Cyrano. Like Leonardo da Vinci, de Bergerac is not his last name but where he's from. Born in 1619, Cyrano was a famous French dramatist and duelist who appears from portraits to have had a larger than normal nose but not the size that is popularly represented. Cyrano was in the military and fought in battles, and there was a girl named Roxane in his life, who was his cousin, with whom he may have had an affair. He even wrote early science fiction, including one story where he travels to the moon using rockets powered by firecrackers. Cyrano died at the age of 36 in 1655, but the cuase appears to have been in dispute. There have been a number of plays and movies about Cyrano, perhaps the most famous being Jose Ferrer's Oscar winning performance in 1950. The pose of Ferrer in the picture decided me on which Musketeer figure I should use for a little conversion. I used Skulpy for the nose and painted the figure to resemble Ferrer in the movie.

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