The Gentleman

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The Gentleman
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Status: Active
Earliest (in world) Appearance: 1946
Affiliation: Honor Guard
Base of Operations: Romeyn Falls/Astro City


Personal Data


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Appearances (in Publication Order): Kurt Busiek's Astro City Vol.2 #1, 9, 13, 20

Astro City: The Dark Age Book One #4
Astro City: The Dark Age Book Two #4
Astro City: Silver Agent #2
Astro City #2, 26, 27


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A powerful, immaculate, apparently non-aging, and unfailingly-polite tuxedo-clad hero. He has a charming personality, displaying wholesome, old fashioned sensibilities, and extremely good manners. In short, a perfect Gentleman.

History

The Gentleman has been active in Astro City since the early 1940s.

In the late 1940s, during a battle with his arch-nemesis, Professor Borzoi, an peculiar incident occurred in which one of the the Professor's most awesomely dangerous inventions, the Belief Ray, brought to life a gorilla from the feature movie, along with the cartoon character Loony Leo.

In a consciousness streamed awareness, somehow derived from his cartoon developed personality, Leo gave the Gentleman assistance during the battle. The Gentleman returned the favor, convincing the people in attendance to believe in Leo as he was starting to fade from existence after Professor Borzoi's Belief Ray was destroyed. Loony Leo hung around as The Gentleman's sidekick for awhile before wandering off into adventures on his own.

Shortly thereafter, the Gentleman seemingly acquired another sidekick, the Young Gentleman. That specific nature of their relationship a mystery that ended at an unknown time, and for unknown reasons.

Through the years, The Gentleman has been an active defender against the ongoing forces of evil and destruction. Some of the more notable incidents include Madame Majestrix's Invasion of the surface world, the Dark Age period related to Black Velvet's madness overpowering the city in early 1977, the Enelsian Invasion attempt to conqueror all of earth, and the Conquistador's Plot of revenge and redemption.

In recent years, he has taken a more active role as a member of Honor Guard. Given his powers, and his impeccable reputation for over seven decades, it is a bit surprising that it took so long for him to be included. Perhaps, like the heroine Winged Victory, he has declined invitations in the past.

Powers

  • He possesses the powers of flight and super-strength. He exhibited both quite dramatically, while stabilizing an out-of-control helicopter during a battle with the cosmic entity Thunderhead.
  • The Gentleman's aging process is quite slow, possibly nonexistent. His appearance, stamina, and metabolism seem to be performing at the same levels that he displayed when he made his first public appearances over seventy year ago.

Observations

  • He serves as a spokesman for the Stay-In-School Foundation, the March of Dimes, and UNICEF.
  • His friendly yet rugged good looks show some creative visual influences derived from the actor Fred MacMurray.

Speculations, Theories

  • There is some speculation that his powers derive from some kind of mystical or magic source. He, along with other mystically powered entities like the original Confessor and The Hanged Man, were strangely not apprehended by authorities during the Enelsian Invasion.
  • Interestingly, the Gentleman exhibited a considerable amount of emotional concern, and an elevated level of fear towards Professor Borzoi's Belief Ray. A hint perhaps to some back-story history about the Gentleman's powers, weaknesses, and maybe even his origin.