Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Official Publication of Reg'lar Fellers Presents MUSICMASTER!

Here's another wacky old Golden Ager lost to the mists of time, and with damned good reason. Musicmaster was created by Ben Thompson and featured in Heroic Comics 12-26. Please note that Heroic Comics is The Official Publication of Reg'lar Fellers. Ive been drinking plenty of water and taking my fiber recently, so I too am a Reg'lar Feller.

Musicmaster was violinist John Wallace, who acquired a set of magical pipes that allowed him to use musical notes as solid weapons and as a means of flight; a whimsical, if impossible power set. Logic and sanity? That ain't how they rolled back in the GA, yo.

Musicmaster could do pretty much anything with the musical notes he plucked from the air. Anything except attract a profitable readership, apparently. Here we see him creating a ladder, and if he had two melodies with a break between, he could form a bridge:


Now, Musicmaster had to actually have music playing nearby to work his mojo. And he got really, really lucky an awful lot of the time, such as when the evil hardened criminals happen to have a piano in their hideout and a guy who happens to know how to play happens to break out in jaunty ivory-tickling at just the right time for Musicmaster to deliver a much-needed blunt trauma symphony in GBH minor:

Then in a later scene, Musicmaster is tied up and helpless, completely powerless to escape, until suddenly, a nearby air base needs to operate their short wave radio:


Basically,Musicmaster's powers are unlimited and ungoverned by those pesky ol' laws of physics. And sanity. Oh Golden Age, never change...




Of course, he had to have a doltish, irritating dimbulb of a fuckwit assistant. "Downbeat" was supposed to be some sort of hep cat swinger type, always talking jive. But he doesn't look the part. At all. Sporting a bright red sport jacket with matching shorts, an enormous blue bowtie, and ny-quil colored socks pulled aaalll the way up, topped off with coke-bottle glasses and a poodle-like pompadour of puffy white hair. I'm not even sure what age he's supposed to be? eight? Eighteen? Eighty? who knows? All I know is, I hate Downbeat and you will too. But in that, he was actually a successful Golden Age sidekick inasmuch as he was completely useless and grindingly annoying.


You can read a whole entire Musicmaster and Downbeat story right here...if you dare!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I want to never stop punching downbeat.

LurkerWithout said...

Hmmm. Ok, first we rename the character. Maestro works. Then we give him a walkman or something so that he always has a source of music. Or he can just carry a freaking violin. Next we make the character ageless. So he's been around doing his thing for 40 or 50 years. This lets you create a series of sidekicks, all based around popular music genres of the period...

And why a sidekick? Because he needs someone to go around interacting with normal people, since he's like some kind of Music God that can still just barely understand helping humanity but isn't capable of holding a conversation...

Brian Hughes said...

I like it! Get Alex Ross to paint him looking all noble on the cover, and you got yourself a revival.

Anonymous said...

I am a twitter roleplayer and I am seriously considering reinventing this character. Perhaps a grandson;I have a superhero name,the Trebleshooter.And I have a backstory for the orginal guy: He retires from being a superhero and moves to England to focus on his orchestral career. Fast-forward to modern day,his grandson lives for music,and since England is the birthplace of dubstep,his taste in music appeals to a younger and broader audience. He discivers the same "mystical secrets" of music. However he takes it one step further and creates a suit with speakers on it to always have a source of power. Also thought of giving him the power of creating musical notes out of pure light,like Gambit or Pyslocke. Would really like some feedback on this...