Forgotten Heroes 2022: The Hypno-Hustler!

A couple of years back, Bill Maher had a segment on his show called “I don’t know it for a fact; I just know it’s true.” He would say amusing things like “I don’t know for a fact that Justin Trudeau moonlights as a tantric yoga instructor; I just know it’s true.” See? That’s a joke, because Justin Trudeau is a good-looking youngish guy who probably gets laid a lot; but he’s also the Prime Minister of Canada.

I don’t know for a fact that Jeremy, a.k.a. Carrion Crow, sounds exactly like Lenny Mclean, a.k.a. Barry the Baptist from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; I just know it’s true. That’s a joke, too, because lest there be any confusion, I’ve never actually heard Carrion Crow speak. Still, I find it amusing to imagine him saying things like “If you don’t wanna be countin’ the fingers you ‘aven’t got, I suggest you get those guns! Quick!”

I don’t know for a fact that Forgotten Heroes is the greatest painting challenge in the history of painting challenges, I just know it’s true; because this year it gave me the opportunity to create one of my favorite all-time villains: the Hypno-Hustler!

From Wikipedia: Antoine Desloin is the lead singer of the Mercy Killers, going by the name of Hypno-Hustler. He and his band were scheduled to perform at a nightclub called “Beyond Forever”. When the club’s manager catches Hypno-Hustler robbing his safe, Hypno-Hustler used his hypnotic equipment on the manager. When it came time to perform, Hypno-Hustler and his band used their hypnotizing equipment on the audience in a plan to rob them as well. Peter Parker was at the club at the time and changed into Spider-Man. During the fight, Spider-Man discovered that Hypno-Hustler’s headphones protected him from his own hypnotic music. Spider-Man managed to remove them from Hypno-Hustler causing him to become a victim of his own hypnosis. When the audience was free of the hypnosis, Hypno-Hustler and his Mercy Killers were webbed up and left for the police.

So: Hypno-Hustler can hypnotize people with his music; but, failing that, he can resort to the toe-spikes and knockout gas he has hidden in his big platform heels. He also plays the guitar.

Hypno-Hustler made his debut in November, 1978 in Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #24; and then promptly vanished from comics for 24 years, until Spider-Man: Tangled Web #16 (released in November of 2002). He was created by the great Bill Mantlo; who sadly has been dealing with long-term injuries from a hit-and-run accident in the early 90’s. Bill Mantlo worked on a ton of incredible comics in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, and created some great characters; like Cloak and Dagger, Jack of Hearts, Rom: Spaceknight and (most famous nowadays) Rocket Raccoon; the royalties of which allowed him to finally leave the nursing facility he’d been living in for 25 years and return to home care.

Before we dive in to the miniature conversion process, please feel free to get in the mood with this sketch from Key and Peele, which still cracks me up every time I watch it.

To make Hypno-Hustler, I used this DC Hypertime Booster Gold Heroclix miniature as the base. I trimmed him off his flight disc, but kept the plastic under his feet to give him some height afforded by his KISS-esque boots.

From there it wasn’t too hard to add green stuff and Magic Sculpt to make his afro, chest speaker/amp, belt and shoulder trim. I also added his headphones and tried to define his goggles a bit. Then I gave him a microphone so he wasn’t empty-handed.

But something was conspicuously absent (and no, it wasn’t the Mercy Killers). Hypno-Hustler needed a guitar, and, not surprisingly, Booster Gold didn’t come with one. I looked for a suitable guitar I could cannibalize amongst my many miniatures and bitz. No luck.

My next step was to find a 28mm scale guitar bit somewhere else. I looked at silver charms (for charm bracelets), and found something perfect, except that it was just too big enough to look wrong. I finally looked for manufacturers that make musical instrument conversion bits. I thought for sure Reaper did, but nope. All Fantasy themed instruments, no electric guitars. Eventually, PaulCollins at The Miniatures Page pointed me to two British companies: Spellcrow and Zealot miniatures, respectively.

Although available in the USA through Amazon and Noble Knight, the Spellcrow guitars are a bit too Slaanesh Noise Marine for me (and certainly for the Hypno-Hustler). They weren’t the right shape, either.

In contrast, the Zealot miniatures guitars were awesome. Just what I needed. Unfortunately, they are only available from the company in the UK, and I’m not going to pay that much shipping for one little guitar sprue.

Which means I had to make my own. I know it sucks, but it’s for the Hypno-Hustler; so who cares? I put it on his back, anyway. I was going to sculpt the guitar strap, but it would clutter up the front of the miniature if I did, so I left it out.

And here he is, ready to funk up the place: The Hypno-Hustler! Painting him was pretty easy, as Hypno-Hustler has a limited color palette: white with purple acoutrements. I listened to a lot of Earth, Wind and Fire and Parliament-Funkadelic while I did.

I’m least happy with his base. I didn’t know what to do, so I just painted it like a spotlight. I considered adding glitter to it; but as anyone who’s ever been to a strip club knows (so I hear), glitter gets everywhere.

With Spider-man’s greatest (I said greatest, damn you!) nemesis now complete, I have no excuse not to break out the Super Mission Force any longer. It’s been way too long!

Thanks as always to Carrion Crow for hosting Forgotten Heroes. He did a member of Spidey’s Rogues Gallery himself this year: The Spot! Go check it out, along with a link to everyone else’s fun contributions!

Make Mine Forgotten Heroes!

13 thoughts on “Forgotten Heroes 2022: The Hypno-Hustler!

  1. Dick Garrison

    Wow now that is obscure! I think the only place I’ve ever seen “HH” is when Jez posted a pic of him in his Forgotten Heroes” reminder post a couple of years back.

    Great rendition of him though, and I think you’ve done a good job on the guitar to be honest. I think I’d have used a cut down coffee stirrer to make the neck as it hard getting something that thin to stay straight.

    I have to ask though, did you accidently buy too much white paint? as both your fig’s have been predominantly white.

    I’d say you’ve had a very successful FH this year, time for one more is that it now? But your right this is a great painting challenge. Roll on next year!

    Cheers Roger.

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      I should have used something, whether it was a coffee stirrer or something else. That guitar is all green stuff with no framing, and I think it shows.
      Funny you should mention the white paint…I didn’t plan it, but I ended up painting a whole bunch of white figures at the same time. Watch this space soon to see four more, all done at the same time as Rainbow Boy and Hypno-Hustler. Sometimes things work out for the best!
      Although I never say never, and I’ve been known to get some last-minute stuff in, I think that this is it for me this year. I don’t have anything else planned for FH; but you never know. I’m onto my next project, which is the Character of the Month for Tom’s painting challenge…and next month you-know-who is starting his Summer of Scenery…

  2. Dave Stone

    Great work Keith, not a character I was familiar with, but you’ve done a great rendition, right down to his platform boots. The guitar is great for a first go, I would have started with a 1 mm thick plasticard shape then built the details up from there, but for a straight green you’ve done a marvellous job. When doing afro’s use a compass point or pin, and cover the hair with little holes, will give a great texture look.
    Someone’s got a challenge next month to, where will I find the time ! LOL

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      Thanks! I definitely should have used a frame of some sort, Dave. I might just end up replacing the guitar (and probably the base) at some point. I actually did use a safety pin to give the hair some definition, but my shitty primer covered it all up. Same with the speaker on his chest…I was happy I carved the lines in it, but the primer filled it in!

      1. Dave Stone

        The joys of primer ! LOL it’s probably why I hand undercoat most things these days, especially 3D prints, as the details can be very shallow ! LOL

        1. The Angry Piper Post author

          I really need a new primer. I prefer Armory spray primer, but it’s been impossible to find any since the pandemic. I even called the distribution company and no one bothered to return my call. I’ve been stuck with Krylon, and it sucks balls. Never seems to dry fully and is guaranteed to erase the details of your miniature.
          Like you, I tend to undercoat by hand; but since I was painting white over some bright colors (and green stuff) I opted to use the spray.
          Woe is me, Dave.

  3. Jeremy

    It has been said that I sound like the comedian Jack Dee, which would suggest that I sound like a miserable git. Probably true…

    Anyway, Hypno-Hustler is awesome! Both the character and your rendition of him. Another Spidey villain whose uttter crapness elevates him into the brackets of ‘actually pretty cool.’ Spectacular Spider-Man was good for introducing these oddball characters, as Amazing Spider-Man tended to concentrate on the more well-known villains. And whilst I enjoyed the Cloak & Dagger tv series, the original comic book costumes for those two characters were much cooler.

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      I had to look up Jack Dee. I know you don’t sound like the Guv’nor, Jez; but I can dream. I also enjoyed the Cloak and Dagger TV series. Shame it ended after season 2; I was hoping they would make an appearance in the MCU, ideally along with all the Netflix heroes. (OK, Maybe not Iron Fist; but everyone else.)

  4. Matt

    Dude! That’s awesome, I love it! As a pasty white Welsh bloke who loves funk music, your conversion and painting is just spot on in every way. Excellent work, sir!

    Also, props to the Marvel writer who came up with the “Saturday Night Furor!” bit!

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      Thank you, Matt! I’ve always loved the Hypno-Hustler because he was such a product of the Disco era, I believe Marvel probably had a list of characters never to use again, and HH was probably on it. That’s what FH is all about…keeping them alive!

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