BLUE DEVIL No. 21


"Roadmaster" [actual title never given in comic]

Writers/Co-Creators: Gary Cohn & Dan Mishkin
Penciller: Alan Kupperberg
Inker: Rick Magyar
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Colorist: Michele Wolfman
Editor: Alan Gold

SYNOPSIS

After a minor lover's spat, Sharon drives herself home from a date with Dan only to have her Cadillac Eldorado stolen from her mid-route by a tank-like, Frankenstein's monster of a car-swallowing machine. The next day she pays a visit to Wayne--who has sunk to working as a used car salesman for his uncle Buck LeSabre--in order to replace her lost Caddy. Wayne later figures out that the Caddy on the lot is, in fact, Sharon's (repainted), and is held captive by his uncle, now calling himself the Roadmaster, until Wayne figures out it is best to join him in his illegal auto rustling scheme. Wayne is sprung by Blue Devil and Sharon, and in the newly modified Devilmobile, the three take on the Roadmaster and eventually find a gadget capable of defeating him.

As the issue ends, Wayne and Dan embark on a cross-country trip. Wayne has been offered a part on a soap opera filming in Metropolis, and Dan, learning of a property deeded to him in that city by his Uncle Seamus, which contains another nexus point to the House of Weirdness, intends to build on it, enabling him to travel from coast to coast by means of a short walk through the House.


MEMORABLE QUOTES

Blue Devil: Aw, c'mon, don't play Hollywood starlet now! Aren't you a little too old for--
Sharon: WHAT?!
Blue Devil: oop--I shouldn't have said that, should I?

Blue Devil: Stop in the name of--um, I dunno--truth, justice, and the American way!

Sharon: In fact, I'm surprised Wayne didn't call back with the price! He said he'd get back to me this afternoon!
Blue Devil: That's not like Wayne--he's usually very reliable when there's money in it for him!

Blue Devil: That's Wayne!
Sharon: Are you certain?
Blue Devil: No doubt about it...there's a distinctive whimper in his cries for help!

Blue Devil: (groping in the dark for one of his car's gadgets) The lever ought to be right under--
Sharon: Danny! *SLAP!*
Blue Devil: Sorry Sharon--my mistake!


RANDOM FACTS


COMMENTS

Wayne has become an incredibly pathetic character by this point in the series. It's nice that things begin looking up for him after this, because I'm not sure how much more punishment this guy could have taken. His career has bottomed out and he has nowhere else to go but up--or at least we can hope. While Mishkin and Cohn may have made Wayne out to be perhaps too much of a clown throughout the course of the series, I do respect that he's not a big moper. If BLUE DEVIL had been written in 1992, this guy would have definitely committed suicide, or at the least, joined up with the Roadmaster.

As of this writing, I'm in the middle of a story about a couple of characters, one of whom, Ashley Paris, is what I like to call a walking plot contrivance. To be more explicit, she is uncannily lucky--a notion I cribbed from such sources as Longshot comics and David Niven's Ringworld, and last but not least, I realize I was probably cribbing from Blue Devil as well. Dan's weirdness magnet makes him a walking plot contrivance, but it's funny and it works, and you have to give Cohn and Mishkin credit for at least coming up with an inventive excuse for it.

This marks the first appearance of the Devilmobile, built from Dan's old junker of a jeep by three drunken stuntmen, one of whom, Jack Edison, was the designer of the Batmobile.


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