Real Name: Edward Robinson
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-93060/Ultraverse) normal human
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Tashaa, three other unnamed henchmen
Enemies: Night Man, people of San Francisco, especially its civic leaders, notably Arnetta Arlington, Brenda Crosby, Raul Gonzalez, Pauline Nguyen
Known Relatives: Ginger Robinson (daughter), Carole Robinson (wife)
Base of Operations:
San Francisco, USA:
First Appearance: Night Man I#15 (December, 1994)
Powers/Abilities: Edward Robinson was a normal human with a high level of technical education whose vertebrae had been partially fused, leaving him with a hunchback. He was able to leap high and had learnt how to make and detonate bombs. He was mentally unstable.
(Night Man I#15 (fb)) - Edward Robinson was a successful young mining engineer working at Utah Uranium but he was involved in an explosion that badly injured him, including fusing some of his vertebrae, leaving him with a hunchback. On a night before Christmas, his wife left him, leaving him to care for his young daughter, Ginger. She grew up and moved to San Francisco but died there and was transported back to Utah in a coffin. He became mad with grief and was locked up as insane in a padded cell.
(Night Man I#15 (fb) - BTS) - Edward Robinson made his way to San Fransisco, adopting the identity of the tragic opera character of Rigoletto, and began a violent campaign against the city where his daughter had died, hiring several thugs to help him.
(Night Man I#15) - After seeing a live performance of the opera Rigoletto, Robinson pushed abruptly past Johnny Domino and his father, later setting a bomb off outside the City Hall. Robinson set the bomb off early to evade police but survived, receiving scarring across one eye. A week later, in his guise as Rigoletto, he led his small band of thieves in an attack against a shopping area, busy with Christmas shoppers. Domino, now in his Night Man identity, tried to stop Rigoletto who bounded away. After a short fight, Rigoletto let loose a small charge against Night Man, and he and his henchmen escaped. Later in their hideout, Rigoletto refused the riches, leaving it for his thugs as he mourned his daughter. Elsewhere, Night Man determined Rigoletto's identity and went undercover, covering major city functions to counter Rigoletto, eventually finding him attacking an official meeting of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors by blocking exits and arming a bomb before them. Night Man attacked the villains, accusing Robinson of being locked in the same performance every night, telling him that the city was not to blame for her death and that further bloodshed could not return her. Rigoletto faltered in the brawl, choosing to shut the bomb off, but was knocked aside by the aggressive thug Tashaa, who set the bomb to go off early. All but one made it out of the civic chambers alive. Rigoletto's body not found in the debris.
Comments: Created by Steve Englehart (writer), John Dennis (pencils) and Thomas Florimonte & John Stangleland (inks).
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Rigoletto has no known connections to:
Tashaa was one of Rigoletto's four hired thugs. She was greedy and violent and engaged in the crime sprees directed by Rigoletto, although she considered him quite mad. When she saw Rigoletto renounce his violent attacks and announce that he would switch off the time bomb at San Francisco's Supervisor's Chambers, she pushed him aside and flipped the failsafe switch so that the bomb could not be defused. She then fled the scene with her fellow hoods.
--Night Man I#15
Night Man I#15, cover (main image)
Night Man I#15 (December, 1994) - Steve Englehart (writer), John Dennis (pencils), Thomas Florimonte & John Stangleland (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
Last updated: 10/07/09
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