Dave Galanter
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TJ Burns

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The Overlord

Subj: Re: The Ringmaster and the circus of Crime
Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 at 10:22:44 pm EST
Reply Subj: The Ringmaster and the circus of Crime
Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 at 01:36:21 pm EST

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Why are the ringmaster and the Circus of crime so lame, I always thought an evil circus should be way creepier and scarier than what is often presented in the pages of comics.

> Why are the ringmaster and the Circus of crime so lame, I always thought an evil circus should be way creepier and scarier than what is often presented in the pages of comics.

Part of it, I think, is that it's a sheer Golden-Silver Age gimmick, which loses a lot of its appeal in the modern world. The circus used to have such magic to it to the average person. These days, your average person figures the Ringmaster's circus is pretty much the norm for that sort of operation, just with super-powers instead of misdirection. That loss of innocence makes the "twist" of the Circus of Crime lose its potency. It's telling that the most memorable Ringmaster story I can recall (from the Ultimate Super-Villains anthology of short stories, not the comics themselves) focused on that dichotomy.


TJB


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