Mayor Ariel Levitt
Ladies and gentlemen, rabbits and robots, we here at Electic Eye are happy to profile the beloved man in Saskatoon: in a city wracked by corrupt politicians, organized crime, and wanton Toonpunkery, there is just one man who stands, paladin-like, against the awful dangers of bourgeoisies and minorities. This man is Mayor Ariel Levitt, devout champion of the people and outspoken enemy of crime everywhere. It was Ariel Levitt who spearheaded the investigation into Big Papa Giocomo, which ultimately destroyed the Giocomo Mafia; and when the RMBI launched an official inquiry into the Hackerschmidt shipping empire, it was Ariel Levitt himself who wore the wire that captured William Hackerschmidt’s damning confession.
He is the champion of the Saskatoon general area—and he is very likely to be an invisible thorn in your side for as long as you work the night job. During his 20-year-long tenure, district courts normalized intense and far-reaching punishments for anyone convicted as a Toonpunk—with life imprisonment, or extradition to Planet Hell, being almost inevitable. It’s because of this jerk that if you ever go down in the line of duty, you’re probably never coming back up again—and he is currently the only person in the solar system to be the four-time winner of the Electric Eye Quintennial Five Million Credit Bounty.
But what about the man himself, you may wonder. What is Ariel Levitt like as a person? Where did he come from, and how did he become who he is today? Why is he such a sanctimonious asshole?
Ariel Levitt was originally the main character of Kings of America, a six-issue comic miniseries published in 2006. In the story, Ariel is a struggling artist living in Mississippi; and on his 40th birthday, he inherits his birthright as the King of Wind, which grants him incredible powers of flight and air manipulation. Using these, he begins terrorizing the heroin trade in his city. Soon he enters into conflict with the corrupt county Sherriff, who is secretly the King of Stone. The series was, on the surface, a small-town adventure story about two old men entering into a superheroic rivalry; but it was praised by critics and audiences for its complex themes, which examined the decline of Christianity in the American South.
Ariel’s homepage is the cover of Issue #4, in which he is depicted lazily floating above a bank of clouds while painting a self-portrait. At this point in the story, he is at the height of his power, and preparing to begin open conflict against the corrupt city police—a conflict that ultimately costs him his life in issue #6. Ariel, as a character, is defined by his relentless optimism and idealism. His faith in the inalienable good of mankind is what drives him to adopt his short-lived career into superheroics; and it is what drives him to pursue his political agenda with relentless fervor. While he no longer has his powers, he still has a superheroic heart!