Continuing on with my memories of working on the Heckler, and now we're up to the penultimate issue of its all-too-brief run...( Collapse )
Keith conceived this issue as kind of a split-story. For the one half he'd dreamed up on his own, it was a set-up for a huge event / villain that would arrive next issue, presaged in this issue by a Silver Surfer-like assemblage who'd hearld the approach of the awesome threat, though in this case, the heralding function is handled by a ragtag version of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the “Four Mopeds of the Apocalypse.”
As for the other half of the issue, Keith tossed that ball into our court and told us to think up a villain. Probably because of my affection for Disney’s “The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh” (starring my all-time favorite actor, Patrick McGoohan), I’ve always liked scarecrow-based characters, and once the idea of a living scarecrow as a foe for the Heckler popped into mymind, it didn’t take long for a pun to occur to me, “C’est Hay” (“Say Hey,” a popular phrase in earlier decades, especially regarding legendary baseball player Willie Mays, know as the “Say Hey Kid”).
The issue opens with what would turn out to be, alas, our final meandering title page featuring our wacko, rambling narrator. In this case, he’s rhapsodizing about the awesome portentous threat of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and says, boy, that would sure make for a great story, but that’s not what we’re going to get today. Instead, it’s “The Coming of the Four Mopeds of the Apocalypse.”
We open at the “Still Alive Retirement Village,” where the decrepit, elderly Mr. Plagueboy is watching on TV a news update from Eyecarumba News that mentions six exploding pigeons in Droolers’ Park. Mr. Plagueboy recognizes the bizarre event as a portent – “the first six” – and knows he must go. A bossy nurse tries to stand in his way, but Plagueboy disables her by mentally giving her a migraine and Mr. Plagueboy is off on some sort of ominous mission.