I’m Not Sure if I Still Attribute This To Lingual Shift
The below character has long been the butt of jokes in the comic book industry (indeed, I just did it myself). I think just about everyone has done it, most famously Grant Morrison.
Yes, you guessed it…
Everyone tries to pass this off as lingual shift, but considering that his origin is “one of the queerest in all of history”, I have to wonder if Gardner Fox wasn’t maybe trying to at least be a little subversive
Alas, pages were too damaged to get a good scan, but basically the dude is quartered by roadmen, his beloved finds him, and though his killers are hung, his ancestors send him back, where he haunts his beloved’s castle. If you think he’s one dedicated undead stalker, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
See, his beloved’s descendant (guess the “one true love” thing was one-sided), decides to travel to the castle, which she has inherited, taking with her a guy who loves her but who she has no interest in marrying (yet she drags him to another country, and he comes. Insert whip sound here). To make a creepy story short, hanger-on gets killed by saboteurs using the castle as a front, the Gay Ghost enters him (heyyyy), and he fights them off. This impresses the lady, who doesn’t notice anything odd about him having no knowledge of his own life or modern times, and they go back to the US.
Basically, he’s an undead stalker trying to convince her to experiment with necrophilia.
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I’m getting bored with the Golden Age. It may be time to revisit the Metal Men, one of my first set of “lost posts”. Anyone interested?