Paul Kirk, Manhunter– er, Senator?
Jesse Ventura was elected governor, so why couldn’t a costumed mystery man serve in the U.S. Senate?
Paul Kirk, the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s temporary replacement, shares a name but (probably) not the predilection for vigilante crime-fighting, with Manhunter, a DC character with an interesting history.
In the comics, Paul Kirk used decides to become a crimefighter when his friend, Empire City
police inspector Donovan, was murdered by the supervillain known as the
Buzzard. He wore a superhero-like red costume with a blue mask. While
he had no superpowers, he was an above average athlete and possessed
superior tracking skills. Later, he went off to become a big-game hunter, but was killed by an elephant, then brought back to life by a secret society intent on ruling the world (insert obligatory Obama/ACORN reference here) and set up to lead an army of clones of him, but he rebelled and brought down the Council in a story chronicled by Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson.
That doesn’t seem to describe the real-world Paul Kirk, but who knows? He could be a man of hidden talents.
Or it could be yet another one of those Paul Kirk clones running around…