Krimson

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Publisher Standaard Uitgeverij (Belgium)
First appearance Suske en Wiske :
Het Rijmende Paard (1963).
Created by Willy Vandersteen

Krimson is a Flemish comic book character and the main antagonist in the Belgian comic strip series Suske en Wiske . He is a doctor, billionaire and supervillain who wants to take over the world.

An antagonist is the character in a story who is against the protagonist.

Supervillain variant of the villain character type possessing "supernatural or superhuman powers"

A supervillain is a variant of the villainous stock character that is commonly found in American comic books, usually possessing superhuman abilities. A supervillain is the antithesis of a superhero.

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Debut

Krimson made his debut in the album "Het Rijmende Paard" ("The Rhyming Horse" (1962-1963), in which he appears as a cranky millionaire with his own private chauffeur who nearly runs Suske and Wiske over with his car while the children try to cross a forest path on horseback. Later he sends the owner of their manège a threatening letter, signing it too. It's here that the audience first learns his name. When Suske and Wiske tell Tante Sidonia and Lambik about Krimson Lambik happens to have heard from him. In fact, he panics and tells them "he is the biggest criminal in the world." Later in the story Krimson becomes the protagonists' major opponent when he tries to catch the Rhyming Horse to use it for smuggling, but is defeated when his plane crashes. [1] In the same story Krimson's dependence on pills and butler Achiel are introduced.

Suske is one of the main characters in the popular Belgian comic strip Suske en Wiske by Willy Vandersteen. He is the boy of the duo.

Wiske

Wiske is one of the main characters in the popular Belgian comic strip Suske en Wiske by Willy Vandersteen. She is the girl of the duo. Together with Lambik she is one of the most popular characters in the franchise.

Tante Sidonia

Tante Sidonia is a Flemish comics character from the Belgian comics series Suske en Wiske. In the franchise she is the aunt of Wiske and the adoptive aunt of Suske, of whom she both takes care.

Krimson's physical appearance was based on a man, Henri Vinoelst, who often visited the manège where Vandersteen's daughter was a regular customer. Initially he resembled Vinoelst so much that the man complained about being misrepresented. As a result Vandersteen was forced to make him less recognizable [2] by stylizing Vinoelst's features and giving Krimson a goatee. [3]

Goatee beard style

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Krimson returned in "De Sissende Sampan" ("The Hissing Sampan") (1963), where it turns out he exploits children in Hong Kong as child laborers on local papaver fields for drug trafficking. However, this is only revealed on the next to final page when he explains that he survived the plane crash in the previous story. He ends up in jail, but in the next story, "Het Zoemende Ei" ("The Buzzing Egg") (1964) he escapes and tries to gain the mysterious Buzzing Egg, an extra-terrestrial artefact which crash landed in the Brazilian jungle. The Egg eventually turns out to be a robot who will solve all of man's conflicts on Earth and bring world peace. Krimson is so humbled that he gives the robot a bouquet, but it turns out to be a bomb. To him war means money and therefore he doesn't want world peace. Jerom is able to dismantle the bomb in the nick of time, but the robot melts because it can't take the Earth's temperatures. [4] From this album on he became the series' most recurring antagonist.

Sampan type of boat

A sampan is a relatively flat bottomed Chinese wooden boat. Some sampans include a small shelter on board, and may be used as a permanent habitation on inland waters. Sampans are generally used for transportation in coastal areas or rivers, and are often used as traditional fishing boats. It is unusual for a sampan to sail far from land as they do not have the means to survive rough weather.

Hong Kong East Asian city

Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China and commonly abbreviated as HK, is a special administrative region of China on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in southern China. With over 7.4 million people of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is the world's fourth-most densely populated region.

<i>Papaver</i> genus of plants

Papaver is a genus of 70–100 species of frost-tolerant annuals, biennials, and perennials native to temperate and cold regions of Eurasia, Africa and North America. It is the type genus of the poppy family, Papaveraceae.

Biography and criminal record

Krimson was born in the fictional village Dievegem. He wanted to become a hero, but his father didn't support his dream, even when Krimson received his medical diploma. As a result he decided to become the biggest criminal of all time. [5] We get an impression of what he may have looked like as a child in "De Zeven Schaken" (1995). [6]

Krimson runs a powerful and global criminal network. He employs many henchmen and has occasionally worked together with other recurring villains in the series, such as Savantas, De Zwarte Madam [7] and professor Rosarius. [8] He is mostly active in drug trafficking ("Het Rijmende Paard") ("The Rhyming Horse") (1963)), "De Sissende Sampan ("The Hissing Sampan") (1963)). He collaborated with Druon Antigoon in "De Zeven Schaken" (1995) and with weapon salesmen in "Kaapse Kaalkoppen" ("Baldheads from Kaapstad") (2004) to destroy a serum which can prevent people from xenophobia. Later stories often have him trying to steal certain magical objects, scientific inventions and/or treasures that he wants to use for his own personal gain. [9]

Villain Evil character in a story.

A villain is an evil fictional character, whether based on a historical narrative or one of literary fiction. Random House Unabridged Dictionary defines him or her as "a cruelly malicious person who is involved in or devoted to wickedness or crime; scoundrel; or a character in a play, novel, or the like, who constitutes an important evil agency in the plot". Its structural purpose is to serve as the opposition of the hero character and their motives or evil actions drive a plot along. In contrast to the hero, who is defined by their feats of ingenuity and bravery and their pursuit of justice and the greater good, a villain is often defined by their acts of cruelty, cunning and displays immoral behavior that can oppose or perverse justice. The antonym of a villain is a hero.

Druon Antigoon

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Xenophobia is the fear or hatred of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange. Xenophobia can involve perceptions of an ingroup towards an outgroup and can manifest itself in suspicion of the activities of others, and a desire to eliminate their presence to secure a presumed purity and may relate to a fear of losing national, ethnic or racial identity.

Krimson favors world domination and has tried to gain it several times. In "De Kwaaie Kwieten" ("The Evil Weirdos") (1986) he attempts to gain all the communication satellites in the world. In "Het Enge Eiland" ("The Scary Island") (1999) he wants to force world governments to fulfill his demands or otherwise he'll use the Millennium Bug to dismantle the computer systems of all nuclear power plants in the world. In "De Kaduke Klonen" (2005) he tries to clone an army to invade other countries into submission. In "De Krimson-Crisis" ("The Krimson Crisis")(1988) Krimson succeeds in taking over the world and establishes a dictatorship. He is defeated in a large battle near the end of the story.

Krimson has resorted to enforcing child labor in "De Sissende Sampan" (1963) and is not above stealing objects or kidnapping people to fulfill his goals. He kidnapped Paul Geerts in "De Verdwenen Verteller" ("The Disappeared Narrator") (2002) and Tante Sidonia in "De Verwoede Verzamelaar" ("The Obsessive Collector") (2015). In "Krimsonia" (2012) he tried to give Tante Sidonia a potion to make her evil. In "De Spitse Bergen" ("The Steep Mountains") (2015) he wants to spread a gas that kills all plant life in the world.

In some stories Krimson merely wants to enlarge his fortune. In "Amoris van Amoras" ("Amoris of Amoras") (1984) by building apartment buildings in the medieval city of Amoras and trying to make the local cathedral collapse to make space. Krimson bought the second biggest mountain of the Alps in "De Begeerde Berg" ("The Desired Mountain") (1995) and wants to blow off the top of the Mont Blanc in order to own the highest mountain in Europe. In "De Ongelooflijke Thomas" ("The Unbelievable Thomas") (2000) he wants to use the micro-energetica of children to make older people younger again. He tries to steal the copyright of Suske en Wiske in "De Verdwenen Verteller" ("The Disappeared Narrator") (2002). He tries to sell an atomic aeroplane to international governments in "Het Machtige Monument" ("The Mighty Monument") (2008).

Krimson is often arrested near the end of the story, but always manages to escape from jail. Sometimes he is able to flee before anyone can stop him, usually taunting Suske, Wiske and their friends during his fleight by yelling: "Krimson always wins!"

In one story, "De Zwarte Tulp" ("The Black Tulip") (2014) he becomes temporarily cured of his evilness by drinking a serum extracted from a white tulip. However, since Krimson feels so much remorse for his past he is unable to eat, drink or sleep anymore. Fearing for his health Suske, Wiske and Lambik travel back in time to 1637 to find a black tulip as an antidote. At the end of the story Krimson's butler Achiel refuses to balance the white and black tulip serums out and only feeds his master the black serum, making Krimson evil again.

Wealth

Krimson is rich enough to live in a mansion and have his own personal butler, Achiel, under his employ. He has access to helicopters and many other hi tech machinery. He dresses himself as a dandy: high hat, black coat and a cane.

Nervous breakdowns

Krimson is easily agitated or unnerved and takes pills to calm him down. They are usually provided by his trusty butler Achiel who is ordered to quickly bring him his daily dose of pills. Krimson swallows a wide variety of pills, often for contradictive means such as calming down as well as make him feel happier again.

Appearances in spin-off series

In Jerom and Amoras, two spin-off series of Suske en Wiske , Krimson is also a major antagonist.

Appearances in other media

He was voiced by Wim Wama in the TV puppet series Suske en Wiske (1976). Contrary to his image in the comic books his puppet version acts more like a clumsy crook who constantly falls and trips over objects. He also operates alone, rather than with henchmen. [10]

In the 1994 musical adaptation "De Stralende Sterren" Krimson's part was played by Guido Naessens in the Flemish version and Hans Wellens in the Dutch version. [11]

In a card game based on Suske en Wiske, called "De Kaartendans", he fulfills the part of the joker.

Sources

  1. Vandersteen, Willy, "Suske en Wiske: Het Rijmende Paard", Standaard Uitgeverij, 1963.
  2. Van Hoeydonck, Peter, "Vandersteen: De Bruegel van het Beeldverhaal", Standaard Uitgeverij, 1994.
  3. http://suskeenwiske.ophetwww.net/albums/4kl/096.php
  4. Vandersteen, Willy, "Het Zoemende Ei", Standaard Uitgeverij, 1965.
  5. This is revealed in the "Suske en Wiske" story "De Bloedbroeder" ("The Blood Brother"), Standaard Uitgeverij, (2013), where Krimson feels depressed and no longer wants to commit crimes. His butler Achiel acts as his shrink and Krimson confesses he had a miserable youth.
  6. Vandersteen, Willy, "De Zeven Schaken", Standaard Uitgeverij, 1995.
  7. The mad scientist Savantas made his debut in "De Sprietatoom" ("The Tiny Atom") (1947) and the witch De Zwarte Madam ("The Black Madame") in "De Zwarte Madam" (1947). They both make a pact with Krimson in the story "Amoris van Amoras" ("Amoris of Amoras") (1978), where they try to make the local cathedral collapse. In "De Verdwenen Verteller" ("The Disappeared Narrator") (2002) they and other recurring villains from the series try to kidnap Paul Geerts.
  8. Rosarius was an antagonist from the spin-off series Jerom. In "De Kaduke Klonen", Standaard Uitgeverij (2005) he made his debut in Suske and Wiske, where he and Krimson try to clone an army of villains to take over the world.
  9. In "De Malle Mergpijp" ("The Silly Marrowbone") (1973), he wants to use a magic marrowbone to give him a huge army. In "De Minilotten van Kokonera" ("The Minilottes of Kokonera") (1976) he tries to steal the golden flowers from the planet Kokonera and in "De Gouden Locomotief" ("The Golden Locomotive") (1976) he wants to be the first to get to a golden locomotive located in the Wild West. In "De Efteling-elfjes" ("The Efteling Elves") (1977) he wants a huge diamond which crash landed in the Dutch theme park Efteling. In "Het Laatste Dwaallicht" ("The Last Will-o'-the-wisp") (1979) he attempts to rob Oberon's treasure, while in "De Regenboogprinses" ("The Rainbow Princess") (1981) he tries to do the same for the treasure of the Rainbow Princess in the Caribbean. In the non-canon story, "Sprookjesnacht aan Zee" ("Fairy Tale Night By Sea") (1983) Krimson seeks the golden eggs of a group of sand gnomes. Another non-canon story, "De Gouden Friet" ("The Golden French Frie") (1990), has him trying to steal the "golden French Frie". In "Tazuur en Tazijn" (1991) (????) In the non-canon story "Spruiten voor Sprotje" ("Sprouts for Sprotje") (1991) he tries to get a scientific formula. In "De Pronte Professor" ("The Neat Professor") (2006) he tries to get his hands on a DNA-scanner. A super juice to make trees grow is his obsession in "De Bosbollebozen" ("The Forest Know-it-alls").
  10. http://suskeenwiske.ophetwww.net/albums/4kl/096.php
  11. http://suskeenwiske.ophetwww.net/musical/musical1.php

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