Tuesday, 3 July 2018

The Foolkiller

Live A Poem...Or Die A Fool. As philosophies go, it's not a bad one. 
The Foolkiller first appeared in Man-Thing # 3, and instantly became one of my favourite tortured, insane villains.
I always looked at him as Steve Gerber's twisted answer to superheroes in general, and The Punisher in particular, what with his holy mission to take out ( anyone he percieved to be ) the garbage.
After all, what right does any superhero have to go out at night and beat people up? No one asked them to. And what if they go after somebody that society deems to be the wrong person, as The Foolkiller invariably does? Who's right and who's wrong? 
Foolie ( as I'm sure he wouldn't like to called ) is obviously insane, but compared to who?
And as he himself discovers in this, the second part of his origin tale, you should always choose your heroes wisely, as they'll invariably let you down, them being fools like everybody else.
But there will always be fools in the world, as proven by the fact that various characters have taken up this mantle over the years, in various different comic runs, so there's clearly always room for another judgemental vigilante out there.
What would a 21st century Foolkiller fight against? People who text on their mobiles while driving?
Now there's an idea. Where do I get me a hat and a gun like that?


  1. Two points of interest: 1) Gerber did a 10-issue ltd series with the Foolkiller in the early 90's that was completely over-looked & quickly forgotten. It's probably the best thing he ever wrote. Bleak - but powerful. 2) According to Gerber (in a sequence he never got around to writing) the Foolkiller's gun was an empty prop. As in, if you took it apart, there were no working parts inside. Creepy, eh?

  2. Kiyote! Is that the one where Foolie looks like a gimp rapist? I tried it a couple of times but could never get fully into it, sadly.
    Didn't know that about the gun tho', but that's pure Gerber. Powered by madness.

    1. Yeah - but leather mask & dopey seashell necklace aside, once the new Foolkiller decides to embrace his new role (takes a few issues) Gerber sweeps you up in a very strange, very depressing, yet also very fascinating trip on what being a Foolkiller MEANS. There is one page in particular - a full-page panel - of The Foolkiller standing in front of a sign that has been misspelled - and his mind is racing with all the implications behind who would commit such a foolish act and why. It was both an enlightening and terrifying scene - one the best Gerber's ever written.

  3. That does sound like primo Gerber, I'll try'n give it another go.