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FAWKES, Darien
(The Invisible Man)

Darien is a small-time thief. Facing a life sentence in prison, Darien is offered a deal by his genius scientist brother, Kevin Fawkes to become a test subject for a government project that would theoretically make Darien invisible. Reluctantly, Darien agrees and let's the scientists implant a “Quicksilver” gland in his head that is activated by the introduction of adrenaline. Luckily, the gland works and Darien turns invisible. Unfortunately, if he stays invisible too long, the “Quicksilver” device reduces Darien's ability to control his inhibitions.

Vincent Ventresca as Darien Fawkes - THE INVISIBLE MAN
 

When Darien's brother dies unexpectedly, he finds himself working for a top-secret agency disguised as the Department of Fish and Game. He reported to Charles Borden, a.k.a. “The Official.” As long as Darien played ball with the government, the Official supplied Darien [a.k.a. “Solution Beta”] with the needed counter-agent to keep him from going insane. Meanwhile, Darien is the target of a variety of nefarious no-goods who seek to discover his secret and profit from its powers.

"There once was a story about a man that could turn invisible. I thought it was only a story until it happened to me. You see, there's this stuff called Quicksilver that bends light. My brother and some scientists made a synthetic gland and that's where I come in. You see, I was facing life in prison, so we made a deal, they put the gland in my brain, I walk free. The operation was a complete success, but that's where everything started to go wrong." -- Darien


Each time the Quicksilver gland activated, it cost the agency $3000 in counter-agent to re-stabilize Darien’s metabolism. Another drawback to the gland is that when Darien gets sexually or emotionally agitated (fear) he involuntarily turned invisible. Because of this, Darien hadn’t been with a women in two years. An experimental “Adenaline Inhibitor” was available to counteract the effects of the Gland. Unfortunately, while the inhibitor, kept Darien from turning invisible, it also built up a toxic backlog of chemicals that eventually would kill Darien, if not purged from his body. A government scientist named Claire Keeply, a.k.a. "The Keeper" administered the counter-agent that kept Darien stabilized. Agent Robert Albert Hobbes was assigned to monitor Darien's movements while on assignment.

To alert Darien to when he needs a counter-agent, The Keeper placed a small chemically sensitive tattoo on his wrist (a snake biting its tail) to let Darien know how long he can go before his next fix. Before the colors on the tattoo completely fade, Darien must be injected with the antidote to stay sane or else his brain's higher functions degrade and he reverts to a primal state of savagery filled with dark and menacing impulses. If Darien is not kept in check with an antidote, he will go ballistic and kill.

Eventually, The Keeper discovers a cure for Darien's predicament and against orders from "The Official" injects Darien with a special formula that allows Darien to maintain his sanity and retain his invisibility powers. With his Quicksilver madness in check, Darien joins the FBI but returns to The Agency to pursue a life of a good guy. Before taking his job back with the Agency Darien demanded better hours and pay as well as the reinstatement of Claire Keeply (fired for disobeying orders). Note: The Agency, originally under the auspices of the Department of Fish & Game, later reported to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and finally the Department of Human Services.

TRIVIA NOTE: The Invisible Man as a TV character first appeared on the sci-fi drama THE INVISIBLE MAN/CBS/1958-60. Based on the 1897 novel "The Invisible Man" by H.G. Wells, this sci-fi drama starred English scientist Doctor Peter Brady whose experiments with light refraction had rendered himself invisible. Putting his new found ability to good use he began working with British Intelligence as a highly effective espionage agent, thwarting the sinister organizations that threatened the European continent.

The actor playing Doctor Brady was never seen on the series, always being concealed in bandages. Producer Ralph Smart never released the name of the actor who played the invisible man, probably in hopes of adding a little mystery/authenticity to the series. Later sources reveal Johnny Scripps played the man beneath the bandages and Tim Turner provided his voice laid in during post-production dubbing sessions.

An updated version of THE INVISIBLE MAN/NBC/1975-76 starred David McCallum as Dr. Daniel Westin, a US Government research scientist who tried to keep his experiments of invisibility out of the hands of the US Military. While he attempted to find an antidote for his invisibility he worked for KLAE Corporation disguised in sophisticated rubber disguises (a la MISSION IMPOSSIBLE). When he wanted to disappear he just removed his synthetic rubber skin and Poof!, he was not to be seen.

Movie actors to portray this unseen hero/menace included Claude Rains, Vincent Price, Jon Hall, Arthur Franz and Kevin Beacon as scientist Sebastian Crane in the motion picture Hollow Man (2000).


THE INVISIBLE MAN/SYN//2000-02

Vincent Ventresca as Darien Fawkes
Paul Ben-Victor as  Robert Albert Hobbes
Shannon Kenny as The Keeper/Claire Keeply
Brandy Ledford as Alex Monroe
Eddie Jones as The Official/Charles Borden
Michael McCafferty as Albert Eberts

The Invisible Man Character Timeline
(B=Book; M= Film; T = TV Series/TV Movie)

Year Type

Title of Work

Character Name
2003 M The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Rodney Skinner
2000 M Hollow Man Sebastian Caine
2000 T The Invisible Man Darien Fawkes
1992 M Memoirs of An Invisible Man Nick Halloway
1983 T The Invisible Woman Sandy Martinson
1975 T The Invisible Man Daniel Westin
1958 T Invisible Man Peter Brady
1951 M Abbott & Costello Meet the Invisible Man Tommy Nelson
1948 M Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein Geoffrey Radcliffe
1942 M Invisible Agent Frank Raymond
1940 M Invisible Woman Kitty Caroll
1940 M Invisible Man Returns Geoffrey Radcliffe
1935 M The Invisible Man's Revenge Robert Griffin
1933 M The Invisible Man Frank Griffin
1897 B Invisible Man - by H. G. Wells John Hawley Griffin

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