How great was Ragman? The ultimate working class / poor boy superhero, with layouts by Kubert and finished art by Redondo. Ragman was one of those characters always on the periphery of fans' consciousness. Certainly I was aware of him, but by the time I was able to check his book out, it had already been cancelled.Looking distinctly odd and unheroic, Ragman looked exactly like what he was: Batman if he'd been born in a junk shop.
He was Rory Regan, the kind-hearted son of a pawn shop dealer, fresh back from 'Nam, and a man with no chance to escape the ghetto, even if he'd wanted to.
In his ridiculously short 5 issue run, Ragman fought the lowest kind of street crime, rarely venturing outside his neighbourhood, and working the same mean streets as The White Tiger and Luke Cage ( though, of course, Cage would never've trusted that ' jive fool with th' sheet on his head ' )
In fact, the tattered Tatterdemalion only ever wins small victories in his ghetto world, and there's a real sense that nothing he does really makes a difference in the larger scheme of things.
Actually, re-reading Ragman, it does feel like there's a stranger, weirder strip struggling to get out, in line with the spooky costume and 'somber mask with bottomless sockets of anguish.' Wonder what Steve Gerber would've done with him?
Here's the two part origin:
' Who are you? '
' Just...a Ragman! '