Friday, February 13, 2015

We mentioned this one a while back, and I was lucky enough to have a spare copy! From 1988, Secret Origins #24, "The All-True, Previously Recorded, Publicly Known, Heretofore Fully Revealed Secret Origin of the Blue Devil" Story by Gary Cohn and Dan Mishkin, art by Ty Templeton. Cain from the House of Mystery Weirdness? Really? OK...anyway, Cain tells a group of kids watching Blue Devil on VHS the true story of Dan Cassidy, and how he became trapped in the suit he created for the movie.

Cain's pulling the story out of Cassidy's sleeping mind, with a couple little dream gremlins, but it's all pretty close to the first issue.

Cassidy wakes up later, to give Cain a bit of what-for; and disarmingly describes himself as "a stuntman stuck in a silly suit who gets to play super-hero sometimes!" Which is probably the hook I'd keep for an ongoing...I didn't read the recent New 52 version yet, though.

1 comment:

Dale Bagwell said...

I don't think you're missing anything.
It pretty much followed the orignial origin, but with a couple of minor tweaks. Dan was working for his Father's movie company, and he's the pne that built all those props and the staff Dan uses.
Plus Nebros has more motive to attack Dan, since it's his father that summoned or something like that.

I know the writers were trying to establish th eBlue Devil and Black Lighting as a friendly crime-fighting duo, by tieing their origins together as well as having them face off against Tobias Whale, which never happened in PreNU52 continuity.