Saturday, February 18, 2012

Villains and Blackguards Incorporated #3: That Helicopter Guy

Villains and Blackguards Incorporated (VABI) is an organization found on Earth 32aa which has dedicated itself to protecting the interest of those of differently enabled morality and enhanced humanity. They take care of legal expenses and investments. It has become a very successful organization and is considering spreading to other Earths. In case they do here are some of it's members.

The sixties were a special time for villainy. It became almost an art as many criminals took unbridled joy in sticking it to "the man." Strange figures like The Pop Up Man, or The Telegram Ma'am made a great splash on the morning news during that time. Eventually, though, times change and these colorful figures faded away. Craig Swifter refused to fade. He is still active today even though he's in his sixties. He was known as the Heliman, but most folks today know him as "that helicopter guy."

He presented an odd image even in the sixties. He was an ex combat pilot who still needed to feel the thrill of flight. He invented his rather odd gear. It looked like a lime green oval back pack with numerous straps.  He always would wear a head gear with goggles and noise reduction ear pieces.  On his right side was a metal arm with a joy stick array.  On his left was an odd gauntlet which was also lime green.  His suit was purple with yellow emblem on his chest that is suppose to represent helicopter blades but tends to look like a daisy.  With one pull on his joy stick the back pack opens up and a three foot shaft pops out and ten foot helicopter blades unfold.  Now adays he has a three hundred mile range at a max speed of 160 miles per hour.  With his combat experience he is capable of maneuvers that nearly boggle the mind.  The gauntlet on his other hand can shoot out a grapple line fifty feet in length to snag booty.  He's also been know to use remote control gyro units to pick up bit loot like a truck.

Craig has done his time in jail, a lot of time.  He tends to get captured a lot.  Now he tends to keep to the midwest where there are less capes around to hassle him.  A lot of the younger villains make fun of him, but at least one has respect of a sort for him.  Rotorman designed his battle suit in homage to the Heliman.  But their eventual meeting wasn't good.  Craig found the Rotorman too careless and to easy to take a life.  Rotorman was disillusioned that his role model didn't get what he was aiming at.  They've not met since.

VABI respects career criminals like Craig and have many programs to help them in their golden years.  According to their quarterly report, VABI is planning on buying a south seas island to create the perfect resort for oldsters like Craig.  It's an open question, though, whether proud men like the Heliman will find a rest home of any sort restful.

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