The Heckler - Going Places

I never really read the Heckler as a kid. There were a lot of characters like him – Madcap, Creeper, Riddler, Obnoxio. Not to mention that all these characters are derived from the Joker. With that said he did have a fun costume.

Going Places

“He is going to go places. He is going to be a star.” - Keith Giffen

Stuart “Stu” Moseley owns a little diner “EATS” in the slums of Delta City. Seeking to protect the people of his neighborhood, Moseley dons a brightly colored outfit. Using a moniker, the Heckler, he outwits and annoys his adversaries with sarcastic and imbecile jokes. The villains become so angry or annoyed they begin to make mistakes and the Heckler wins the fight.  However the Heckler often finds himself trapped or hurt in the aftermath only to quickly recover and move on to the next battle. Out of costume Moseley is closed and very serious but as the Heckler nothing is serious.

Remember that children’s book by Dr. Seuss, “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” It offers a great lesson here along with Mr. Giffen’s quote. We never fully know what will happen or how the end will come – it really doesn’t matter unless we take the first step. Will we all be “superstars”? Probably not in terms of pop culture but in the lives of our friends and families, yes we will. Is it possible to feel like a star inside our hearts? The answer is ABSOLUTELY! We have dreams we have ideas follow them, chase them and catch them only to dream and catch some more. Dr. Seuss says it plainly and clearly, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”

The Heckler
First Appearance: The Heckler, #1 (Sept. 1992), DC Comics

Creators: Keith Giffen, Tom & Mary Bierbaum and Malcolm Jones III