Monday, May 7, 2012

This Is a Real Comic Book Character: Hypno-Hustler

Antoine Delsoin had a love of two things: disco music and hypnosis. It was inevitable that he'd combine them to become Hypno-Hustler, the disco scene's most entrancing front man and super criminal.

His third love: goggles.
Thanks to stylish disco-in-outer-space jumpsuit and his skill at playing a guitar that can only have been stolen from Prince, Hypno-Hustler and his backing band (the entire act was known as Hypno-Hustler and the Mercy Killers) drew large crowds to New York City nightclubs, where he would hypnotize them with highly specific sonic frequencies and then abscond with their money and precious jewels.

Also hypnotizing: the mega-cleave shown off by the Mercy Killers.
Knowing that his hypnosis could be foiled by a hero simply wearing earplugs, Hypno-Hustler devised a cunning ace in the hole: boots that emit knockout gas.

How he planned to protect himself from the gas, which would naturally float up toward his own nostrils, is unclear.
Seemingly oblivious to the effect his super villain career might have on his band's prospects of securing high-profile bookings, Hypno-Hustler brazenly refused to concoct different personae for his life of crime and his life of jive. He was nothing if not a confident man, considering that his name also quite clearly lays out his method of operations.

Distressed and shamed by his routine defeats at the hands of Spider-Man, Hypno-Hustler later joined a Villains Anonymous group. It's unknown whether he feels similar shame due to his heavy involvement in the disco scene.

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