CNN reports that actor John Phillip Law, the American actor who appeared in many foreign and domestic film in the 60's and 70's, had died. He was 70.
Here is his IMDB bio and credit list. One of the films he made was the 1968 Mario Bava adaptation of the Italian comic strip Danger: Diabolik. Here is part of a documentary on the film which includes an interview with Law about playing the super-criminal Diabolik. He also gives us a taste of Diabolik's trademark evil laugh. A mask criminal with an evil laugh who taunts the "good" people in government? Sound familiar?
I bring up Diabolik for a reason. Diabolik was part of a tradition of European pop culture of the scary, masked super-criminal/hero. I had at one time planed to write a series of stories involving a character which combined that genre with the American masked-avenger of the oppressed (Scarlet Pimpernel, Zorro, etc.). I decided my character would look like Diabolik. I "lifted" a picture from a fetish supply company's website of a person in a bondage mask and Photoshoped it.
I never got to write the stories (The character was to be called The Plague) but I wound up using the picture and evil laugh (Mwu-HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!) for this blog. So it could be said that Diabolik was the inspiration for Desdinova, the Super-Villain of the Ozarks.