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Quote1.png I see you're a kindred spirit. I saw that trick ya did before! Ya busted the probability odds fer sure. What a longshot! Quote2.png

Appearing in "A Man Without a Past"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Eliot (First and only known appearance)
  • Hester (First and only known appearance)
  • Hester's baby (First and only known appearance)
  • "Pup" (MaGog) (First appearance)


Other Characters:

  • Unnamed old lady
  • Archangel Gabriel (Mentioned)
  • Several unnamed bystanders
  • Ralph (First and only known appearance)
  • Rose (First and only known appearance)
  • NYPD
    • Unnamed policemen
  • Ladie's Leather Goods shop assistant (First and only known appearance)
  • Hester's dog (Mentioned) (Deceased)
  • Hester's baby's father (Mentioned)

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Synopsis for "A Man Without a Past"

On another world, an amnesiac young man flees for his life, hunted by several monsters. He comes across a dimensional portal and enters. The others follow but, unlike him, they are stuck in-between. The young man ends up in New York State, where he saves a woman’s life with his unnatural luck. Fleeing from the cops, he befriends a survivalist named Eliot. Reading about a kidnapping in the newspaper, the young man and Eliot visit the child’s mother. The stranger ‘reads’ a doll the kidnappers left and leads Eliot and Hester to a strange mill, where the monsters who had followed him now intend to sacrifice the child to create a way back. Using his luck, the stranger saves the child, learning along the way that his luck is dependent on the pureness of the motives. He is assisted in his struggle by a strange little critter, who is actually part of the demon hunters. Before he leaves Hester and Eliot, Eliot christens him Longshot. The young man walks off with the critter, not quite sure whether he can trust him.


  • First mainstream art of penciler Arthur Adams.
  • Williams is an assistant inker.
  • Eliot’s remark about Hester and the scarlet letter refer to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famous novel, “The Scarlet Letter", about a young woman named Hester Prynne, who in a Puritan society has a child out of wedlock and was branded with the scarlet letter ‘A’ for adultery as a result.
  • Elliot is evidently a conspiracy theorist. He mentions “trilaterals,” referring to the Trilateral Commission, a private organization formed in 1973 to promote closer ties between North America, Europe and Japan. Because of the powerful people involved and the group’s privacy, some theorists have postulated that they are secretly running the world.

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