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updated 09/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

They've stalked literature, TV and movies forever, characters who prowl the night, doing good and/or evil in settings and styles that are alternately alluring and fearsome. At the next meeting of the Cape and Skulk Society, let's hope that the Phantom of the Opera, the Shadow, Dracula, Batman (film version), Beast (TV version) and their fellow denizens of poorly lit corners vote to deny membership to Darkman. Overhyped and underconceived, he should never be allowed to show his cadaverous face in a dank basement, dark sewer or creepy cave again.

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