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?