Is it normal to feel sorry for a cape?
I like to think it is, as I always felt sorry for Dr Strange's original item of that description.
There it was, merrily doing its duty of enabling Strangey to fly - or whatever it was it did - when he dumped it and got himself a fancy new one with bendy, pointy bits. There's gratitude for you.
I seem to recall he got rid of the original after being given a new, more powerful model by the Ancient One, following his first fight with Dormammu.
Of course, some may argue the Ancient One would've been showing a lot more gumption if he'd given Dr Strange a more powerful cape before his fight with Dormammu.
That aside; as we witnessed in my last post, in my quest to assemble a costume in which I can fight crime, I've decided to don Ant-Man's helmet.
But a man can't fight crime in just a hat. He needs so much more.
Hence my concerns about capes.
Of course, it's not compulsory to wear one - many fine super-heroes have done without - but, given that fighting crime is the one time in life you can get away with wearing a cape in public, I feel I should take advantage of this rare opportunity.
But which cape to wear?
Superman's cape I never liked. It always looked suspiciously like an old blanket he'd just painted an S on. At one point in the 1970s, Supergirl took to tying her cape around her neck, which seemed a recipe for a good strangling. The Original Captain Marvel's cape was so small it suggested his funds were limited. Adam Warlock gained a certain gravitas after adopting his cape, and the Son of Satan's cape had a certain something.
But, in the end, there's only one cape I can go for.
And that's Batman's. The sheer bat-shapiness of it, with all its Gothic arches and the tantalising suspicion he could use it to fly with if he wanted, means I can't resist it.
So, I now have Ant-Man's helmet and Batman's cape. Already I can sense I'm going to be sending fear into the hearts of wrong-doers who are a cowardly and superstitious lot.
But I can't just wear a helmet and cape. If I'm to defeat evil, I'm going to need a shirt.
And that shall be the subject of my next post.
In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts of what have been your favourite super-hero capes of the comic book world.
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