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Who Are The Mystery Men: The Surgeon

Written by Christian Hoffer on Wednesday, August 24 2011 and posted in Features

David Liss provides the Outhouse with another exclusive look at one of the characters in the Marvel miniseries Mystery Men!

Mystery Men is the critically-acclaimed Marvel mini-series by David Liss and Patrick Zircher that debuted in June to rave reviews across the Internet.  As issue #4 hits stores today, David Liss has provided the Outhouse with an exclusive profile of the Surgeon, one of the characters appearing in the book. 

Who Are the Mystery Men: The Surgeon

Name:  Rupert Kingsley

Power/Special Ability: Medical knowledge, not giving a crap, controlled lunacy

Character's Origin: Kingsley was a meek country doctor in a West Virginia coal town.  Despite hating the injustice he saw all around him, he lacked the courage to act until, inspired by newspaper stories of New York's Mystery Men, he dared to violate the will of the company.  In retaliation he was burned.  Now, as the Surgeon, he uses his medical knowledge, and skill with the scalpel, to amputate evil where he finds it.

Inspiration for the Character: The Invisible Man, the (original) Sandman.

Role that Character Plays in Mystery Men:  The Surgeon is an outsider, too crazy to be a core player, but too valuable to be ignored.  He sees himself as the guy who will do what no one else has the resolve to do.  The others see him as both useful and unpredictable. 

Final Thoughts on the Character: I've rarely had as much fun writing as I did when doing the Surgeon's origin story.  He is such a twisted character, and his back story felt like just the right mix of classic genre and creepy variation.

Click on the links for profiles of The Operative, The Revenant and  The Aviatrix!  Keep your eye out next month for the final installment of Who Are The Mystery Men!

Written or Contributed by: Christian Hoffer

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Christian is the exasperated Abbott to the Outhouse's Costello. When he's not yelling at the Newsroom for upsetting readers or complaining to his wife about why the Internet is stupid, he sits in his dingy business office trying to find new ways to make the site earn money. Christian is also the only person in history stupid enough to moderate two comic book forums at once.


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