|First appearance||Skateman #1 (November 1983)|
|Created by||Neal Adams|
|Alter ego||Billy Moon|
|Abilities||Excellent physical abilities
Experienced in hand-to-hand combat
Skateman was a comic book produced by Neal Adams, and published by Pacific Comics in November 1983. It is primarily known for its artistic failings: Don Markstein called its protagonist "one the least-acclaimed heroes of all time;" the Slings & Arrows Comic Guide rhetorically asked "what was Neal Adams thinking?"; and in January 1991, Kitchen Sink Press's World's Worst Comics Awards listed Skateman #1 as the worst comic of the past 25 years. Similarly, Tom Orzechowski has stated that Skateman is "known in the industry as the World's Worst Comic Book".
Other criticism came from sources such as cartoonist Francesco Marciuliano (who stated that Skateman could have only fought crime when he wasn't "being hauled in by police for emergency psychiatric evaluations"); K. Thor Jensen of heavy.com (who listed Skateman as among the "20 Worst Superheroes"); Matt Risley of SFX (who listed Skateman's roller skates as among the "most ludicrous" weapons in comic books); the Huffington Post (which stated that a film adaptation of Skateman "should never get made"); and Comics Alliance (which stated that Adams was "legendarily terrible" for having written Skateman.
Billy Moon is a martial arts enthusiast and Vietnam veteran who has found a career in roller derby. In the wake of the murder of his best friend by biker gangs, Moon sinks into depression, only to meet a young "beaner" boy named Paco. Paco's comic-book collection inspires Moon to wrap a scarf around his face and fight crime with his roller skates.
Only one issue of Skateman was ever published.
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