|My first awful sketch of the 'iconic' Acrobatic Flea costume|
Came across this sketch in my files the other day, and it's easy to see why one of my art teachers described me as the "most artistically inept pupil he'd ever taught".
It also made me really appreciate the wonderful artists who, over the years, have translated my scrawl into beautiful pieces of work - from Steve and Pete back in the day to, more recently, Erik and Adam (not forgetting Nathan's amazing miniature, which I profiled last week).
I seem to recall there was an earlier sketch of a prototype costume (with a Douglas Fairbanks' Zorro half-mask), but at that time - before we started playing - the character was provisionally called The Acrobat.
However, once he started hopping around in combat, it was another player - the late Nathan Griffiths - who said he was like "an acrobatic flea". And the name stuck.
Steve was running the game that day - as he always did when we played Villains & Vigilantes back in the day - and was launching a new campaign, with a pilot episode inspired by the classic Doctor Who episode Enlightenment.
|Pete's amazing portrait of The Flea, from 1987, now framed and hanging in the stairwell of my gamesroom|
|Erik's dramatic reimagining of the Flea's suit|
|Adam's take on the Flea|