Not that I am trying to compete with Bob Mitchell’s excellent comics blog, but here’s a little story that caught my eye yesterday.
A burglar raiding a flat in Inverleith, Edinburgh, on New Year’s Eve found himself confronted by The Mighty Thor.
The owner of the flat was returning from a fancy dress party, you see, and was dressed as the Marvel superhero.
Not suprisingly, the evildoer was a little shocked to be confronted by the God Of Thunder and immediately jumped out of a first-floor window to escape.
Some choice quotes from the homeowner, six-foot fitness fanatic Torvald Alexander, 38.
He said: “As soon as he saw me, his eyes went wide with terror.
“He looked like he had had a few drinks and decided to do a late night break-in, but he hadn’t counted on the God of Thunder living here.
“It took ages making the cape, helmet and breast plate and I must admit it was a bit chilly walking home, but when I saw that guy I just went mad and charged at him, my cape flying behind me.
“I think if I had had Thor’s hammer with me I might have scared him to death.”
The thief left his shoes and a garden fork behind when he did a runner.
Torvald added: “He had obviously taken off his shoes to creep about in silence but when he saw me he just jumped out of the window in his socks.
“It will make him think again before breaking into other people’s homes. Hopefully it’s taught him a lesson.”
So far, so good. You can understand the burglar being terrified by coming face to face with the Mighty Thor, as illustrated by the fearsome image at the top of this post.
However, here is Torvald:
Can you tell them apart? It’s tricky, I know.
Now, maybe I’m being unkind but Thor is the God Of Thunder… not the god of oven-ready turkeys and red comfort blankets.
I’m not so sure the burglar fled in terror… I think he may have been laughing so hard at the tin-foil shroud that he simply lost control of himself and fell out the window.
Seriously, I am sure are many materials superheroes use to make their costumes. Bacofoil probably isn’t one of them, though.
But who knows – maybe Torvald will start a trend?
If so, I do look forward to seeing the first Wonder Woman costume made entirely out of clingfilm (or plastic wrap if you are American). Photos to the Choob at the usual address, please. Please?!?