Bill Roper (billroper) wrote,
Bill Roper


A couple of years ago, Gretchen and I wrote a bit for SpaceTime Theater's ConClave show (where the con's theme was Heroes and Villains) about a married couple where the husband is a super-hero and the wife is a super-villain. Not surprisingly, they find themselves at a marriage counselor. Gretchen played the wife, Jerry played the husband, and Kelley played the counselor. The bit went over really well, so we thought we'd revisit the characters again.

Gretchen and I had the idea of having our couple invite their friends over for an anniversary party. (How could we possibly have come up with such an idea?) Since Sam and I are the biggest comics fans, we went upstairs to work on that bit, leaving Gretchen and the rest of the group to work on another bit.

Sam and I had a great time writing the bit -- which we hope that some of you will see this year at ConClave! We had to invent a lot of super-heroes and villains for the sketch, since we weren't using any existing characters.

Well, except for one. A tossed-off-for-laughs character who had appeared in a few Marvel comics in the 1980s and who hadn't been seen since. But he was exactly what we needed for the bit and we figured that only members of the subspecies Comics geekus maximus would actually catch the reference.

Until he showed up on the cover of an upcoming issue of "She-Hulk" in last month's Previews.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Captain Ultra!
Tags: comics, musings, spacetime

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