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Mighty Bobman, Vol. 9

Friday, January 19th, 2007

The Mighty Bobman and His Intrepid Canine Companion Rex the Wonder

Dog Go To Hell!!!! Part 9

By David Nowell 1993

Turning over in his sleep, Robert Q. Smith thrashed back and forth

beneath his Star Wars bed sheets. His loyal companion Rex the Wonder Dog,

sleeping on the floor of Bob’s bedroom, suddenly awoke and began to look

around for the cause of Bob’s discomfort. Sensing nothing, Rex settled back

down, but kept an eye open just in case.

Suddenly, Bob jumped out of bed and screamed! “Oh my eye!” screamed

Bob, “I just had the worst nightmare Rex! I dreamed that me and you were

fighting a race of aliens called the Vogons, and that I beat them, but you

died, and then I was in a laboratory and a scientist said that I dreamed

that whole encounter. It makes my head spin just thinking about it! Wait!

What if I’m dreaming now!” Bob then proceeded to bang his head on the desk

332.8 times, and then said, “Well, I guess I’m not dreaming, unless of

course I’m imagining in my dream that I’m feeling pain, but I’m actually not

because I’m dreaming that I’m thinking about a dream that says my entire

life was only a dream. Or something like that. Anyway, it’s only 2:30 in

the morning, maybe if we go thwart some evildoers I’ll feel better. To the

Bob-Mobile Rex!”

Throwing on his costume, composed of a crimson cape, green boots,

azure tights, and a chartreuse and magenta shirt with the green flourescent

plaid ‘B’ trademark, the Mighty Bobman and his intrepid canine crimefighting

companion Rex the Wonder Dog, clad in an orange cape with an amber mask,

were ready for action.

Conveniently seeing a crime in progress, Bob leaped out of the car,

leaving Rex to take the wheel, and ran helter-skelter toward the two

jaywalking juvenile delinquents. “Stop I say!” yelled Bob, “for I am the

Mighty Bobman, keeper of the sacred powers of Convenience and Blazing

Crayons of Death, defender of the innocent, righter of wrongs, and punisher

of jaywalkers! Now then, young ruffians, what do you have to say for

yourselves?”

“Hey man, what’s your problem, we didn’t do anything wrong,” the

first thug replied.

“Yeah,” said the second lackey.

“On the contrary my friends, you have just contributed to the

general air of moral decay in this fine city of Megalopolis. If everyone

were to jaywalk, do you know what would occur? Chaos, anarchy! And we

couldn’t have that. If we did, I would have to spend all my time preventing

crime and would be unable to lecture you.”

“Hey, I don’t know what the big deal with jaywalking is. I mean,

I’ll tell you what, we just killed six people and robbed an ice-cream man.

If you’re going to apprehend us, why don’t you do it for that?” asked the

first thug.

“Yeah,” the second thug said in an affirmative tone.

“Now, now, I know you don’t want to face the jaywalking charges, so

I’m sure you’re just making up that stories. Those guns in your pockets are

probably just water pistols too.”

“No they’re not!” yelled the first thug.

“Yeah.”

“I’ll just give you a warning this time, but remember to cross at

the light!” Bob, satisfied that he had done some good in the world,

returned home and slept soundly, awakening just in time to go down to the

only 7-11 in Megalopolis and begin his shift.

While making a pina-colada Slurpee, Bob slipped, caught his hand on

a pole, from which a ring slid onto his finger, conveniently making him

intangible just in time for a bullet to pass harmlessly through him.

Unfortunately for our protagonist, he also sunk down into the earth, having

no mass, and, unable to take the ring off due to the aforementioned lack of

mass, began his descent into Hell.

Passing through the various geographic stages, Bob gawked at the

herd of pink flamingos, goggled at hordes of Elvis impersonators, guffawed

at 5 mimes telling jokes, and didn’t giggle, because he’s a superhero and

superheroes don’t go for that kind of stuff.

Walking into Hades, Bob was confronted by Cerberus, who began to

attack him, but suddenly paused, tore off two of his heads, and was revealed

as Rex the Wonder Dog!

“Rex! I had no idea this was your second job! That’s amazing. Oh

well, since we’re down here, let’s thwart some evil, and maybe grab a

Slurpee or five.”

“What’s that boy? Satan’s evil? Nah, he’s just doing his job.

Tell you what though, anyone who could be his secretary has got to be

diabolic. How about if we halt that evil-doer?”

Skipping through the various levels of Hell, Bob slipped in the icy

stage and his spiffy ring o’ intangibility fell off his hand, along with a

micro-bacterium that wreaked so much havoc in Hell that, unbeknownst to Bob,

all of the inhabitants of Hell that might have blocked Bob’s path were

suddenly and instantly reduced to quivering masses of jello.

Continuing on in his journey, Bob finally reached the secretary’s

office, where he gave her a specially crafted crayon he had just created.

It was a green crayon, with the paper put on in reverse. This nullified

her evil tendecies, and she quickly ran upstairs and applied as God’s

secretary.

“Well, that was fun Rex, but I really think I should head back up.

Oh, when does your shift down here end? Oh great! So you can come up with

me too.”

Two hours later, wherein Bob reaches a turning point in his life

“That’s it! After all these years, why not? I’m going to do it!

Let’s go to the store Rex, I’m ready to buy a lottery ticket!”

That night, wherein Bob realizes he didn’t win six million dollars

“Hey, I didn’t want the money anyway. I mean, heck, what would I

do with it? Just spend it all trying to get a Chaos Orb, that’s all.

Well, let’s go see if we can find a consistent plot, we haven’t done that

recently.”

Meanwhile, in a secluded warehouse, evil doings were afoot, well

on their way to establishing a plot.

“Okay Guido, do you have the dynamite?”

“Yeah boss.”

“Excellent, now all we need is someone to take care of that

infernal Bobman character!”

“I’ll do it!”

“Who are you?” the mysterious crime boss whose identity,

personality, and looks shall remain a mystery because, honestly, the

writer’s too lazy to come up with any of these characteristics, asked.

“I am……(insert dramatic pause here)…..The…..Anti-…..

Bobman! Ta-da!” With that, the menacing character dressed in a leather

jacket with chains and a green fluorescent plaid B with a nice shiny red

slash through it on his shirt, twirled his Blazing Plungers of Death and

did a nice little piroutte.

“Okay, what the heck, you’re hired. Kill Bobman, and hey, thou

shalt be rewarded.”

Fred Jones, innocently skipping down a back alley, began to wonder

why he always seemed to be one of those innocent bystanders you see on TV.

It was almost like everything went wrong for him. “I wonder if maybe I’m

just unlucky or someth-”

Fred’s question went unfinished, as a door opened, slammed him

into a wall, and Anti-Bobman stepped out. “Hmmm, well, how to find Bobman?

How about if I just….well….gee, I’m stuck. Oh, wait! I’ve got it!

I’ll devise a nasty scheme and he’ll look for me!”

Two weeks later

Flipping on the television, Bob was just in time to catch the end

of the news. “And, to wrap up the news for today, I’ve got to tell you

folks, this new Bobman amusement park is just raking in the customers. It

seems everyone wants to go and meet The Mighty Bobman. If you haven’t been

there yet, I suggest you do so. I mean, heck, there’s only been one

reported case of someone falling from the Bob Wheel, and that was one Fred

Jones, who’s reported to be in stable condition however, so all is not

lost. Until next time, this is Pink Happy, and this is the Smiley Network.”

“Gadzooks! Someone licensing out my name. I must stop that

ruffian. But how?…I have it! I’ll go undercover.” With that, Bob and

Rex leaped out the door, right into a conveniently placed interdimensional

whorl. Falling into the front car of the official Mighty Bobman Roller

Coaster of Blazing Convenience, Bob’s appearance startled Fred Jones so

much that he fell onto the track and promptly proceeded to get himself run

over. As the roller coaster came to a halt, Bob threw off the safety bar

and started to run towards the main office. After circling the park

5.37294 times, he picked up enough momentum to burst through the already

open titanium alloy door and out the other side. Bob was as shocked as a

two-toed emu on acid. Walking inside, Bob saw Captain Smiley standing in

triumph over the prone body of the Anti-Bobman. “Hey! What are you doing?

That’s my super-villain you creep!”

“Sorry about that, but there’s two reasons why I did this. One:

You would have needed at least a two page fight scene, and the author

really doesn’t have enough skill to write one of those. Two: The author

just remembered the fact that he totally forgot about the mysterious crime

boss he introduced earlier, and he really should work him in soon, seeing

as how this story’s going to end pretty soon. I’ll tell you what though,

if my author, who’s even lazier than your’s, ever introduces an Anti-Smiley,

I’ll let you beat him up.”

“Ok, well, I’ll see later pal. I’ve got a plot to find and miles

to go before I sleep.”

With this, Bob and Captain Smiley sped off in opposite directions,

each heading off into the sunset.

Seven hours, five minutes, and 18 seconds later. After the holocaust

“Wow! That was some blast Rex! It’s a good thing we were wearing

our SPF 9000. Well, since everyone else has mutated into something hideous,

let’s go look for whatever mutant reminds us of a crime boss.” Jumping out

of the Bob-Mobile, Bob accidentally stepped on a six-headed ant formerly

known as Fred Jones. “Ah-ha! That giant oozing slimoid over there must

be him! Oh, wait, that’s just my mailman. There he is! Oh my God!

He’s….a….Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal! We’re in trouble now!!!”

The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal reached over and swallowed

Bob, Rex, and seven pina-colada Slurpees. Conveniently enough however,

the Slurpees set off a metabolic reaction with the monster that culminated

in his death six hours later, leaving Bob free to slice his way out with a

magenta crayon.

“Well Rex, I may not have been able to stop the apocalypse, but at

least I took down that crime boss!”

With that, Bob went to sleep, ready to face the challenges of a

new, mutated world.

Copyright © David Nowell

Mighty Bobman, Vol. 8

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

The Amazing Adventures of The Mighty Bobman and his Intrepid Canine

Companion, Rex the Wonder Dog, amidst the Evil Annoyons of Vega. Volume 8

By David Nowell 1993

It was a dark and stormy autumn night. As the wind howled, the rain

pitter-pattered against the tin-corrugated roof of the only 7-11 in

Megalopolis. Inside the store, Bob Smith was finishing up the graveyard

shift and preparing to leave. Six feet tall, with brown hair and brown

eyes, Bob was loaded down with weaponry as was usual for most citizens of

Megalopolis in the year 2001. At three in the morning, Bob stepped out of

the store and began the long journey home, little aware of the alien eyes

following his every step.

Stepping into a dark and secluded alley for no apparent reason, Bob

was suddenly accosted by three young ruffians. The first vilely villainous

thug pulled out a vibro-axe and said, “Give us your money.”

Bob replied, “What if I don’t?”

“Then we’ll kill you and take your money.”

“And if I do?”

“We’ll take your money and then kill you.”

Ha! Your empty threats do not scare me! I am The Mighty Bobman,

defender of the innocent, punisher of crimes, righter of wrongs, keeper of

the powers of Convenience and Blazing Crayons of Death! And you my friends,

are dead! Bob then ripped open his shirt, revealing his crimson cape,

chartreuse shirt, azure pants, and the fluorescent green plaid ‘B’ logo on

his chest. His cape flapping in the wind, Bob pulled out a box of crayons

and quickly decapitated each of the juvenile delinquents.

Meanwhile, in a place far, far away as man reckons distance, the

alien observer began to speak. “Yes. He’s the one. Bring him to me. But

see if you can change the costume to something less…..bright.”

Walking away from the three headless corpses on the sidewalk, Bob began

to feel as if his entire body was falling asleep. As he was being beamed up

to the spaceship, Bob only had time to think to himself; “Hmm, I wonder

if mucus is water soluble.”

Bob materialized in a white, antiseptic room full of high tech

computerized gizmos. Rapidly approaching him was a trio of aliens with

triangular faces and green skin with blue stripes. The first alien began to

speak. “Greetings Mr. Smith, I am Zorko, leader of the Generic Aliens. We

have beamed you aboard our spaceship to request your assistance. Our

archfoes, the Evil Annoyons, have tracked us to this solar system and are

planning to exterminate us. We have chosen you as the best fighter on your

planet and wish for you to kill our enemies.”

“Why can’t you fight them yourselves?” asked Bob.

“We have taken a vow of pacifism. However, this does not prevent us

from conveniently stockpiling huge quantities of weapons for you to use.”

“What’s in it for me?”

“We have discovered that your courageous canine crimefighting

companion, Rex the Wonder Dog, is imprisoned in the Annoyons’ dungeon.”

“I’ll do it!!!”

About half an hour later

All-right, so here’s your spaceship. Just start this thing up and

blow away any opposition,” said Zorko. Bob entered the spaceship and saw

rows upon rows of shining silvery gadgets, levers, and buttons. Bob, very

confused, started to press various buttons at random. He could hear

hundreds of explosions on all sides of him. When he finally got the ship

started, he was shocked to discover that he had accidentally destroyed half

the Annoyon fleet. Yet, despite his astounding success, over 692.1466672

spaceships remained. Conveniently enough, at that very moment, Bob suddenly

managed to decipher the controls in the ship. After taking a time out for a

pina colada Slurpee, Bob rushed head-on into the fray. Electric bolts of

destruction were everywhere. Bob swerved left, left, left, and left again,

in no discernible pattern. Suddenly, a copilot conveniently appeared and

armed the weapons in the ship, conveniently disappearing immediately

afterward. Bob began to fire fiery bursts of nuclear doom upon the enemy,

obliterating them all in less than one-tenth of one-millionth of a very

small micro-second. After seeing a big sign on a bigger building that

said, “Annoyon Headquarters,” Bob used his keen powers of detection to

deduce the location of the Annoyon headquarters. Unfortunately, he was

off by several light years and ended up crashing into the building.

3 hours, 22 minutes, and 16 seconds later

As Bob slowly regained consciousness, he discovered that everything

was still dark. “Oh my God! I’m blind!” Bob screamed out in anguish,

dread, dismay, fright horror, misery, panic, terror, and torment. He then

sat up and realized that it was only a convenient map of the Annoyon

headquarters covering his eyes. “Whoops,” said Bob, his face swiftly

turning red. The map conveniently told him the location of the dungeon

and where the leader’s chambers were located.

After a long and grueling ten minute walk, Bob finally reached the

dungeon. In the dungeon was a classic combination of new age technology

and old world style. Computer monitors and force fields go hand in hand

with shackles, whips, and torches on the wall. By a rather convenient

coincidence, all the guards in the dungeon had had a heart attack only five

minutes earlier. Searching for Rex, Bob discovered the prison armory and

decided to pick up a few items. Taking only an axe, a battering ram, a

catapult, a claymore, a crossbow, a dagger, a flail, a flamethrower, a

halberd, a katana, a khopesh, a mace, a manriki-gushi, a morning star, a

nodachi, pair of sais, a scimitar, and a warhammer, Bob continued on in

his quest for the meaning of life until Captain Smiley made a cameo

appearance in order to boost sales for this story and reminded him of his

true quest. Five minutes later, Bob conveniently found Rex’s cell and

conveniently figured out how to shut off the force field.

Releasing Rex from his shackles, The Mighty Bobman and his intrepid

canine companion Rex the Wonder Dog continued on in their mission to

destroy the Annoyons. Following the map, which conveniently detailed the

path of least resistance, Bob made his way to the leader’s waiting room.

As he began to enter the room, a fearsome looking receptionist blocked his

path saying, “Can I help you sir?”

“Yes. I need to speak to your leader.”

“He’s busy now. Can I make an appointment? How does the second

Tuesday of next week sound?”

Bob, beginning to get very frustated, smiled in relief as the

receptionist disappeared into a convenient transdimensional portal that

opened up in the far corner of the room.

Suddenly, 2382 bodyguards conveniently appeared in the middle of

the room. Launching into the obligatory fight sequence, Bob proceeded to

annihilate, assault, attack, blow up, bomb, bother, bump off, burn,

castrate, cripple, crush, cut, damage, decapitate, delete, disembowel,

disintegrate, dismember, dispatch, entomb, erase, exterminate, finish,

fry, gouge, hack up, harm, hurt, injure, jab, juice, kick, kill, liquidate,

masticate, maim, massacre, maul, murder, mutilate, nuke, obliterate, off,

perforate, poison, pop, pummel, punch, puncture, put away, quash, quell,

rip, rub out, ruin, sacrifice, scrape, shoot, shred, slaughter, slay, stab,

tear, tickle, undermine, vex, vilify, waste, wax, wound, x-ray, yank,

yodel, and zap the bodyguards.

Leaping over the bodyguards, Rex began to nose the door open when

suddenly a loud buzzing filled the air and Rex, his hair on end, fell dead

to the floor.

Bob screamed in pain and anguish, “I will avenge you my friend!”

Donning a pair of insulated gloves he conveniently found on the ground,

Bob kicked open the door and saw…a room full of computer equipment and

heavy machinery. Scientists in plaid lab coats were forming a congo line,

while off in the corner was a herd of plastic animals and fuzzy dice.

Slightly bewildered, partially befuddled, and a little confounded,

Bob pulled out a magenta crayon and began to charge the scientists.

Suddenly, in midstride, a dark yellow plaid beam lanced out from the wall

and hit Bob dead on. Frozen in place, Bob could only wait in horror for

whatever twisted torture device his nefarious nemesis had come up with now.

Approaching Bob, the scientist said, “Hello, my name is Dr. Barry

Loathsome. I’m sorry we restrained you, but it was for your own good. You

see, this whole adventure of yours was actually just an experiment of ours

to see if our new and improved, low-fat total reality system actually

worked. Although there was a very good chance of you dying, I’m happy to

say that everything worked out just fine.”

“You mean to say that I dreamed this whole thing,” asked Bob.

“Of course,” answered the scientist, “Mighty Bobman! The whole

thing was one of the lamest adventures I’ve ever heard of. Now, let’s get

you out of that stasis beam.”

“Thanks, doc; you’ve made a difference in my life. From now on

I’m going to perform dangerous experiments for fun and profit.” Saying

this, Bob rode off into the sunset on a plastic cow, waving a cowboy hat

he conveniently found on the side of the road.

Copyright © David Nowell

Mighty Bobman, Vol. 7

Monday, January 15th, 2007

The Amazing Adventures of The Mighty Bobman and his Intrepid Canine Companion Rex The Wonder Dog. Volume 7

By David Nowell 1993

Late one night in Megalopolis, the wind whistled an eerie

tune to all who would listen. Bob Smith was too busy making

a pina-colada Slurpee to realize that tonight was to become

the most important night of his 27 years of life. The night

of November 24, 1998, had not started out very promising. Bob

had to work late at the 7-11, and missed his bowling night.

He was then held up at gunpoint six times in 4 hours and shot

in the leg twice. Leaving the store at 3 a.m., Bob had time

to ruminate on his life. Orphaned as a fetus, Bob had always

had this strange urge to put on tights and a cape, yet he had

no idea why this concept attracted him so.

Thinking over his life, Bob hardly noticed the faint bluish

electrical discharge in the air. Fraught with energy, the night

sky seemed to be an omen of great things to come. Walking down

a back alley, Bob tripped and caught himself. Looking down

at the object in his path, Bob saw the carcass of a dead cat

in the road, littered with bullet holes and knife wounds. Bob,

screaming out his anguish at this needless loss of life, sobbed

in horror and misery, barely containing the retching feeling

in the back of his throat. At that moment, a slight rippling

sound was felt in the nearby vicinity. In front of Bob, some

sort of portal slowly opened up. In the portal were the

strangest looking beings Bob had ever encountered. With long

oval faces, 7 hands, and one and a half noses, the three aliens

presented a formidable picture. They had no hair, small blue

teeth, a long neck, and looked to be about seven feet tall.

“Are you Robert Q. Smith, commonly designated Bob,?” asked

the first alien.

“Ummm…yes…And who might you be?”

“We are entities generally designated as aliens from the

planet Zrefion. Every 300.42 of your Earth years we journey

to your planet. Upon arrival we examine all individuals

identified as Bob Smith. After completion of selection process

we offer the top candidate powers beyond that of ordinary

Earthlings. If he elects to accept, we confer his abilities

upon him and give him a trial by fire.”

“What do you mean, trial by fire,?” questioned Bob.

“We test the mortal’s skills, reflexes, and cunning to

determine if he is worthy of the powers we have bestowed upon

him.”

“Wait a second, just what place did I finish in,?” queried

Bob.

“If you really must know…24th. Eleven died or were

permanently crippled and twelve refused. However there were

some of us who believed that you should have been placed higher

than you were.”

“Assuming that I even believe you, why are you doing this?

I don’t mean to me in specific but Bob Smith in general. It

seems to me that you’ve been going to an awful lot of trouble

for no reason.”

The alien conferred with his colleagues for a minute before

responding. “The answer to your question lies in the past.

Unknown to modern humans, your ancestor, Adam, had an

illegitimate son called Bob Smith. When Bob was 28.6 years

old, one of our survey ships crashed onto your planet. Stumbling

upon the pilot in his wanderings, Bob studied the ship at great

length and was able to construct a replacement for the matter

antimatter device using twigs and fig leaves. In repayment

for his help, the pilot gave him the powers of convenience and

temporal warp. From that point on Bob Smith became the Mighty

Bobman, defender of the innocent, righter of wrongs, and punisher

of the unjust. After keeping his presence secret from the world

at large for 600 years, Bob conveniently found our address

written on a subway wall and contacted us. He requested us

to create more Mighty Bobmen to carry on for him after his

demise. We agreed to do so and are still continuing the

tradition. If you accept the responsibility, you will be given

the power of convenience and one other of your choice.”

“Well…All right. Let’s do it,” exclaimed Bob.

“Very well. What additional power would you like? Bear

in mind that this is a permanent power and may not be changed.”

“I would like Blazing Crayons of Death!!! The 64 pack.”

“As you wish. The trials will commence in eight hours.

Good luck.”

Eight hours later

Reclining in his favorite rocking chair, Bob was worn out

from the effort of making his new costume. Chartreuse arms

and azure legs went nicely with the green fluorescent plaid

‘B’ logo imprinted on his amethyst shirt. A crimson cape added

just the right touch of dramatic effect. Laying on the floor

at Bob’s feet, the courageous canine companion Rex the Wonder

Dog was clad in an orange cape with a bronze mask. Brown as

chocolate milk, Rex was as loyal a friend as Bob could ever

have asked for. Suddenly, Rex stood up and began nuzzling Bob’s

legs.

“What’s that, boy? Giant Venusian Slug Monsters have taken

over the Atomico City Ice Arena? Let’s go!” exclaimed Bob.

Conveniently flagging down a passing 747, Bob explained

to the pilot that it was incredibly important that he get to

Alaska as soon as possible. When that failed, Bob commandeered

a car from a speeding motorist. Conveniently enough, this very

same car was testing a new gasoline additive which enabled it

to move at speeds upward of mach four. After three trips around

the world Bob reached his destination.

As Bob and Rex exited the vehicle they gazed upon a scene

of mass destruction. Slimy pulsating Slug Monsters were feasting

upon rubble from the once glorious ice arena. Innocent

bystanders were so terrified they were trampling all over each

other to get away. Some of them even went so far as to jaywalk.

Glancing over at the street, Bob saw Captain Smiley give the

jaywalkers a stern talking-to. That was one less obstacle Bob

had to contend with. However Bob was still aware that he would

have to strain his newfound abilities to the utmost to defeat

the vile villains. Pulling out a Crayoli burnt sienna crayon,

Bob leaped at the first monster. Unfortunately for Bob, the

monster was all slimy and Bob was unable to get a firm handhold.

As he began to plummet to his amazingly agonizing death, Bob’s

cape conveniently caught the wind and enabled him to slow his

fall long enough to twist the crayon right into the monster’s

heart. Writhing in agony, the monster set off a chain reaction

which felled most of the other monsters. The few remaining

monsters were quickly dispatched with magenta and puce. Walking

off into the sunset with his intrepid canine crimefighting

companion, Bob looked every bit the model hero. Half an hour

later, after all the reporters left, Bob snuck back for his

car.

Returning home, Bob discovered a man rooting through his

garbage. Slamming him up against the wall, Bob demanded to

know, “What are you doing!!!?”

“Uhhh…Nothing, nothing,” responded the man.

Whipping out a saffron crayon, Bob drew it back but suddenly

halted in midmotion. “Wait! This isn’t your fault.”

“It isn’t?”

“No! You’re an innocent victim of society. Here! Take

my garbage. No, really. Go ahead. Good luck.” With that

Bob shoved the garbage at the man and entered his house, closing

the door behind him.

Walking inside, Bob was startled to see the three alien

hovering inside his mirror.

“Congratulations Bob Smith, today you have demonstrated

to us that you have courage, compassion, and perhaps most

important, luck. One final test awaits you and that is the

hardest one. You will be required to combine the three skills

you have just learned with that of ingenuity. In 45 minutes,

a woman will come to your door. If you can solve her problem

without dying, you will be the official Mighty Bobman. However

you will still be required to give us a ten percent commission

for product endorsements.”

45 Minutes Later

A light tapping was heard at the door. Bob sprang up to

answer the door, his outlandish costume conveniently turning

into a plaid tuxedo. Opening the door, Bob saw an elderly

woman standing outside. “Yes? What can I do for you,?” asked

Bob.

“I had a vision of your house. I need your help. My kitty

cat, Fluffy, has been missing for 2 days and I need someone

to find him. Can you help me,?” asked the woman.

“It would be my honor Mrs. …”

“Quinkert. And you are?”

“Smith, Robert Q. Smith. As I was saying, I will certainly

assist you in finding Fluffy. What does he look like?”

“Well, he reminds of an joke. What’s black and white and

red all over? A dead skunk! That’s Fluffy…except he’s not

red.”

“Yes…well…I’ll get right on the case. Come back in

24 hours and Fluffy will be restored safe and sound to the

comfort of your arms.”

“Thank you, Mr. Smith.”

Two Hours Later

“All right punk, tell me where to find Fluffy before I

get rough,” snarled Bob to a young ruffian he was pinning up

against a back alley. After two hours of unsuccessful searching,

Bob had finally located his first lead

“I..i..I don’t know what you’re talking about man,” replied

the juvenile delinquent.

Whipping out an umber crayon, Bob said in his most

foreboding voice, “Wrong answer miscreant.” Bringing the crayon

forward slowly, Bob made it halfway to the hoodlums throat before

the scalawag cried out.

“Wait! Stop! I’ll talk! All I know is that a guy called

Ricardo Loco might know something about it. He hangs out at

Joe’s Bar and Grill.”

Throwing the hooligan on the ground, Bob warned him, “If

I find out you lied to me, I won’t go nearly as easy on you

next time.”

Entering the bar, Bob sauntered up to the counter, ignoring

the stares and snickers his costume attracted. After a few

words with the bartender, Bob ambled over to a nearby table

and sat down. Bob addressed the man sitting there, asking him,

“You Loco?”

“Why do you want to know?”

“I’m looking for Fluffy.”

“I don’t seem to recall a Fluffy. Maybe my memory would

be cleared up with a couple thousand dollars though.”

“How about I give you your life? That might be worth a

couple dollars,” threatened Bob ominously.

“Look man, all I know is that I was hired to grab the cat

and bring him to the old Sluggo Shoes warehouse downtown. I

don’t know who wants him or why.”

“Thanks for your help. Here, the next glass of milk’s

on me. Remember kids, be smart, drink milk.”

Two and a Half Hours Later

Reaching the warehouse, Bob conveniently pulled out a

stethoscope from the Mighty Bobman Utility Belt and placed it

against the wall. The nefarious evildoers were Yiddish,

conveniently enough however, Bob had once studied Yiddish in

college and was able to understand their conversation.

“I don’t understand it,” one of the villains was saying,

“I thought this was the First Cat, yet he seems to know no top

secret information.”

“Maybe we should just ransom him off.”

Ignoring the nearby door, Bob sliced open the wall with

a sapphire crayon and burst into the room. “Wait! You’ve made

a terrible mistake,” cried out Bob. “This isn’t Socks, this

is the wrong cat. Socks is in Washington D.C. However I’m

still going to have to arrest you for catnapping.” Taking Fluffy

into his arms, Bob dropped the three conspirators off at a police

station and went home secure in the knowledge that he had done

his part to make the world a safer place. There was no question

about it, Bob was the one, the only, the Mighty Bobman!

Copyright © David Nowell