The Masked Mayhem sat silently in his secret lair, pondering the injustice done to the many great, forgotten heroes and cultural icons of the past. Unknown to most, today's characters were anticipated by a wide range of prototypes from other media: early (1914) pulp hero Jimmy Dale, though largely unremembered now, is the clear source for The Shadow, Batman, and the Green Hornet, not to mention every other millionaire playboy who dons a mask to battle evil. The origin of Spider-Man's foe, The Lizard, has many common elements with the 1950s sci fi thriller, Alligator People. And then there's the Saturday Matinee serial hero, The Green Archer, who wore a mask and slung a mean bow in both silent and sound films years before Oliver Queen notched his first green arrow.
With this in mind, the Masked Mayhem now begins his mission: Digging through the past to reveal the roots of today's pop culture favorites. You'll be amazed by how few are natural blondes.