From day one many years ago, MAN IN THE MASK was designed to feature a willing masked man, ready to take on whatever came into his path. I didn’t want a reluctant guy or one burdened by his choices. Although I used some of those things to craft Tommy, the intention was that once he got past those issues, he’d be the kind of protagonist I was looking for.
As he emerged from someone else’s shadows, he welcomes his role and wants to craft it himself very willingly. I wanted to make a story that included all the cool things I loved about masked comics. One without cynicism about wearing a mask that had become so commonplace since Watchmen. Tommy wears his mask with pride and isn’t out to make the headlines or be the savior. He just wants to do a little good and leave his world a little better than he found it.
A lifelong comics fan, Mike W. Belcher is the writer/artist of MAN IN THE MASK. A story he's had with him for over 20 years.