|Mr.Scarlet and Pinky versus Nobody? That oughtta be a short fight.|
Then-District Attorney Brian Butler becomes frustrated with the limitations of his office, and so dons alizarin longjohns and a yellow beach towel to become The Red-Robed Knight of Right, Mister Scarlet. Armed with a ray-gun, Mister Scarlet can also apparently fly for no real reason, except he usually doesn’t, preferring the swing everywhere instead. Maybe his power of flight was tied into something really embarrassing. Maybe he could only fly when he had a boner, I dunno. That’s as good an explanation as anyone else gave.
|I think by "new equipment" he means "a belt."|
From that point on, Brian and newly-adopted Pink (he’d been orphaned by one of Scarlet’s colorful rogues gallery, Mister Hyde) hit the bricks, opening what’s essentially a detective agency with Pink and secretary Cherry Wade (You know what they say; when life gives you cherries, make Cherry Wade) and generally starving from episode to episode, scraping together occasional cash from odd jobs just to keep sandwiches on the table.
Scarlet and Pinky were effectively Fawcett’s answer to Batman and Robin, albeit on the other end of the socio-economic spectrum. One thing they did have in common, though, was an array of bizarre villains – a baker’s half-dozen of whom even formed a team dedicated to Mister Scarlet’s downfall! I suppose they could have just waited for malnutrition to take its toll.
|"...in our Klan robes."|
Still, the character’s proven memorable enough to warrant at least a half-dozen attempts to revive him in one format or another, from a good old-fashioned annual JLA/JSA crossover event to Power of Shazam, from Kingdom Come to Cry For Justice. Like Mister Scarlet himself, however – they infrequently get off the ground.