Friday, December 17, 2010
Spring Heeled Jack
Spring Heeled Jack seems to be an early prototype for a supervillain. He's described in reports from the 1840s onward as a man wearing a suit made of oil skin with some kind of armor or metal corset, depicted in artwork of the time as resembling a rib-cage. The reports give him various supervillian powers, such as leaping over tall walls and buildings, breathing fire, possessing glowing red eyes, or disappearing into thin air. Yet despite his horrid appearance and supernatural abilities, and his multiple attacks on dozens of people over sixty years, Spring Heeled Jack has never actually killed anyone.