Day 323: Mr… Eh?

I’m doing requests today…

November 19 main

Today’s loaner trainers came with a request. They’re Vans Authentic high-tops (I didn’t even know that stle existed) belonging to SFX’s Nick Setchfield, and they’re only the fourth size 11s I’ve worn this year (I’m getting desperate and wearing three pairs of socks to compensate).

But Nick also gave me a suggestion for today’s image… and it’s a  typically obscure (for him) comic, but classically cool nevertheless.

It was the black and white of the Vans that got him thinking of Mr A, a character created by original Spider-Man artist Steve Ditko in 1967, introduced in the pages of Wizard #3. He was Rex Graine, a journalist for the Daily Crusader, who fight crime as Mr A, donning metal gloves and a steel mask to do so. He has a very, um, black and white view of the world (no moral grey areas for Mr A) who uses half white-half black calling cards to signify his arrival.

Alan Moore (whose politics were pretty much the polar opposite of Ditko’s) recognised the inherent irony here – Mr A himself is a morally grey area – and used the character as inspiration for Rorschach in Watchmen.

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Nick also proudly mentioned that these shoes have walked up the steps of Gotham City Police Department’s HQ – the ’60 variety that is, which is now on display at the Warner Studios Tour in LA. They really should sneak it into a scene in Gotham; it’d fit right in.  Nick also visited the mouth of the Batcave from the ’60s show on the same holiday, and was slightly disappointed to discover it’s actually a Bat-tunnel rather the route to a cave.

See you tomorrow!

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