From the moment I first started reading super-hero comics, I knew that one day a fateful moment would arrive.
Reader, that moment is upon us, as I at last face up to the fact that I can delay no more. I must take to the streets and fight crime wherever I find it.
"But, Steve, you great steaming fool!" I hear you cry. "Have you learned nothing from the first two issues of The Fantastic Four? You can't fight crime without a costume!"
And that's why, over the next few posts, I shall be assembling a uniform that shall strike fear and dread into the hearts of evil-doers.
Needless to say, I shall take inspiration from the super-doers who've inspired me all my life.
And where else would one begin than with head-wear?
There've been many fine examples of head-wear in comics. Who could neglect the Phantom Stranger's trilby or the Shadow's slouch hat? There's Dr Doom's iron mask. And who could forget Mysterio's goldfish bowl of menace?
But, for me, when it comes to super-hero headgear, there's only one winner.
And that's Ant-Man's cybernetic helmet.
Now, as a child, I didn't have a clue what "cybernetic" meant - and I still don't. I only know it sounds cool.
More than that, it looks cool. Ant-Man might be a feeble, neurotic weakling who poses no threat to any serious wrong-doer but that helmet at least made him look like a pro while he was posing no threat. Not only that but it gave Ant-Man the power to control ants.
Being a cut above Ant-Man, I of course shan't use it to control ants.
I shall use it to control the wallabies that so famously live wild in the Derbyshire countryside that lies so close to my own dear home. "Attack, my wallabies of justice!" I shall cry. And attack they shall, for even wallabies must bend before the power of cybernetics.
Thus is the first part of my costume assembled. But ahead of me lies an even greater challenge - and the subject of my next post.
A cape - and whether to wear one.
Reader, feel free to share with me your thoughts on your own favourite item of comic book head-wear.
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