Saturday, April 16, 2011


Comic Art


If you want a lesson in the fact that comics are a visual medium, look no further than "The Purple Man." I can hear the pitch now -- I've got this idea for a great foil for Daredevil - mental powers since DD can't see - he can muck about with people in Murdock's life. "OK responds the editor, but this is a visual medium - how is he physically distinctive?"

The creator thinks a bit - "We'll color him purple!" And not to be outdone in this battle of lame creativity, the editor responds, "We'll call him The Purple Man." And thus was born a human grape.

But rather than laugh themselves silly - they went ahead with the idea and good 'ol Kilgrave the Purple Man has been hanging around with DD and Spidey ever since. To be honest - this guy has made some "lame villain" lists around the 'ol internet, but I am not so sure about that. He is utterly lame when it comes to visuals - that I will admit, but he has been a very strong foil for our heroes over the years.

Let's face it a guy that can do mind control can really put together some sinister plots. But what I would really like to see is Killy "in the hands" of some real mastermind world conquering type. Purple Man is just shrewd enough to make the mastermind think he had control and then turn it on him.

If they can just get him a better tailor and some make-up....

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