50 superheroes: number 22

Ahoy and avast, tars and pirates, officers and mermaids, kelpies and sirens and seadragons all:’tis the mighty Barquentine, bandy legged hero (?) of the seven seas.  Hero with a question mark, because the line between honest tar and pirate rascal is thin at best, and depends more than you think on the captain.  And if Barqu’ is the captain himself, he may act purely on the spur of the moment.

His origins probably lie in films or the theater: Barquentine is another costume based super, but his is too nice to be a simple Halloween-costume-come-to-life.  It may be the magical cutlass strapped to his back that holds his powers, or the cut stone that makes its pommel could be an alien artifact. Or maybe the cutlass is a good red herring, and Barquentine had his powers all along and just displayed them for the first time while filming out on the waves, or playacting the same on stage. Regardless, he is a broad shouldered, pugnacious little guy– a well salted sea dog with “hold fast” tattooed on his knuckles.  And, in keeping with the ancient tradition of superhero encyclopedias, he gives his “real name” as Davy Jones.


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1 Response to 50 superheroes: number 22

  1. Rick Santman says:

    A good drinking buddy too, as long as you don’t mind a friendly little portside brawl now and again.

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