Reviews and editorials of dark street level vigilante characters of pop culture media.

Dark Justice Podcast | Origins: The Avenger

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Presented by THE ADVENTURE FREQUENCY PRESS - Born of Blood and Thunder, the Dark, Street Level Vigilante meets the world as it is, but own his own terms. The characterization of the anti-hero has been popular for centuries, and across cultures. What is the appeal of an individual who defines societal wisdom and convention in order to step into the gap between what the law will do, and what justice demands be done.

We invite you to join us as we examine the origins of some of the greatest characters in the genre:
This episode: The Avenger!

Richard Henry Benson, aggressive, dominating, cold-eyed, self-made millionaire adventurer, forces himself and family onto a Buffalo/Montreal flight (mother-in-law is dying). He goes to the washroom and his wife and daughter vanish. The other passengers deny having seen them. A frantic Benson is subdued and hospitalized with "brain fever" and head trauma. Recovering, his face and hair are white, his flesh paralyzed and malleable. Investigating, he meets MacMurdie, who DID see Benson's family, and Smitty, who agree to assist him. Benson fights and overcomes Smitty using nerve pressure. Benson has a custom gun and knife (Mike & Ike), shoots to crease the top of the skull, is a master of disguise, and prefers maneuvering enemies into their own traps over killing. THE PLOT: a gang kidnaps wealthy Buffalo residents, drops them from a plane over Lake Ontario, and holds them prisoner on an island, all to get control of a Buffalo company. The three of them end the scheme, but Benson's wife and child are not found alive. The three form Justice, Inc. to bring criminals to justice.

Hosted by Paul Ellis & Caine Dorr.

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About this podcast

Presented by The Adventure Frequency Press the dark justice podcast focuses on ‘dark street level vigilante’ characters of pop culture media: comics; television; radio shows; books; movies; podcasts and more. If a character can be labeled a ‘dark street level vigilante’ we want to showcase the character with a podcast episode or series.

by Caine Dorr, Paul Ellis, Adventure Frequency Press, Wireless Adventures


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