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Ringo Fonebone

Alias: Captain Klutz

Place of birth: Megalopolis

Eyes: Black
Hair: Black
Race: Human

Occupation: Adventurer
Marital Status: Single
Identity: Secret
Known relatives: Mother and father, not named.
Base of operations: Megalopolis

Story: From his very birth, Ringo Fonebone was a special boy. Repulsive, strange and clumsy to be exact. In one way he was really special: He liked comics. He liked them so much that he forgot the World around him and really never discovered that he was kicked out of his home and school and couldn't get a job. It wasn't until he was kicked out of his apartment because he hadn't paid the rent, only wearing his longjohns, boxers and bunny slippers, the seriousness of the situation occurred to him.

Depressed he went to the roof of a tall building (still wearing only his red flannel longjohns, boxers, and bunny slippers), tied a string of linen around his neck and jumped out. Instead of Ringo dying, the linen was ripped apart and he fell towards the ground, hitting several objects on the way, including a hat with wings that was about to be thrown out of a window. When he finally reached the ground, he fell in a burglar who was running from the police and knocked him down.

The grateful police officers thanked him and wanted to know who he was. Still dazed from the fall, Ringo answered "I'm... I'm... a klutz, captain..." The police officers misunderstood and thought his name was Captain Klutz, thus a hero was born [1].

Captain Klutz went on to become friends with police Chief O'Freenbean and together they fought dangerous villains like Sissy-Man, Comrade Stupidska, Gorgonzola, and Mervin the Mad Bomber.

Continuity: Captain Klutz
Publisher(s): Signet Books
EC Publications
First app.: The Mad Adventures of Captain Klutz (1967)
Creator(s): Don Martin
Country of origin: USA USA

Background notes:
It's a bird!
It's a plane!
... it's a bird... and probably the zaniest bird you'll ever meet!


A super hero dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal although he himself is not!

Read the thrill-packed pages that follow. You can't go wrong. Only he can!

So it all started. When Captain Klutz first appeared in 1967, heroes in red flannel long-johns were nothing new. Neither was making super-heroes looking silly; the Batman TV series with Adam West and Burt Ward was at its highest at the time. Like Super Goof, the origin of Captain Klutz isn't really any sillier than a lot of "real" super-heroes, it's just the addition of Don Martin's trademark graphics and madness (or wit) that makes it so.

Like Don Martin's other series Fester and Karbunkle, Captain Klutz first appeared in the Mad paperbacks. The paperbacks were normally reprints from Mad Magazine, but for some reason Don Martin chose to publish new material in this series. The good captain reappeared in Don Martin Carries On (1973), Don Martin Steps Further Out (1975), Don Martin Forges Ahead (1977), Don Martin Digs Deeper (1979) and finally in Captain Klutz II (1983). The art in the stories were by Don Martin and he also did some of the scripts. On the scripts were also Dick DeBartolo, Phil Hahn and Jack Hanrahan.

Names around the World:
DenmarkRingo Fonebone
UK/USARingo Fonebone

Names around the World:
DenmarkKaptajn Klods
UK/USACaptain Klutz

Cross cultural references:
If you enjoyed this character/series, you might enjoy
Forbush-Man: Marvel's hero in red longjohns.
Stykman: Another funny and inept hero (a.k.a. Comics).

References: 1: The Mad Adventures of Captain Klutz