7) THE PRANKSTER

Only appearing once as a backup tale in an issue of ‘Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt,’ The Prankster is clearly inspired by Harlan Ellison’s short story ‘ “Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman.’  Both feature antiseptic future dystopian societies challenged by the presence of a gaudy free spirit who represents the uncontrollable, emotional human element rising against oppression.  Though it’s a shame he only got the one appearance, it saved The Prankster from the horrifying ‘1984’ brainwashing that befalls the literary Harlequin…

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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  1. Jerry Parshall on

    What, no “Sands of Blood”!? I have ruined many people’s weekends (as in, they couldn’t put the book down and got nothing accomplished) by giving them a copy of “The Cowboy Wally Show.”

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