The Human Eel

The Human Eel



The story of the Human Eel begins in 1976. I was playing with a band called Prophet. Someone had an idea to do a song about a super hero, and soon after I wrote a song called “The Human Eel.” It ended up being one of the more popular songs. For a time, during our performances, we had someone dressed in a green costume with a mask come on stage and run through the audience. For all these years, this character has been lying around.

When I started working in radio, I had in the back of my mind, a desire to bring the Human Eel out of retirement. I introduced the character in 2011 as a part of a Nick Guy episode called Nick Guy & The Power of S.I.N. Affair. Since then I have been developing the character, fleshing him out and constructing his world.

The first installment in the Human Eel Series was The Human Eel and How the Grimm Stole Easter. I originally intended to release it in the Spring of 2016 to coincide with Easter, but some production issues made that impossible. By the time Spring of 2017 rolled around, when the Human Eel first aired, I had already written and produced three more adventures.


In “regular” life, the Human Eel is mild-mannered ace reporter 2nd class Dean Beagle of the Evening Star, Megapolis City’s largest newspaper. He sees himself as the defender of the defenseless, the helper of the helpless, the fighter of bad guys and the promoter of goodness. He’s eager to serve the citizens of Megapolis City as a super hero. So eager, in fact, that he fights crime even where it doesn’t exist. Although he always somehow manages to inadvertently save the day.

Like all super heros, the Human Eel has a super power. It’s not ex-ray vision or the ability to fly or become invisible. His super power is his incredibly strong pinching fingers.

We wanted our super hero to be a bit incompetent, okay maybe a lot incompetent. But we also wanted him to be likeable as well.


The setting for the Human Eel Series is Megapolis City, a thriving, hustling, bustling center of commerce deep in the heart of the Salami Belt. The citiznes of Megapolis City are decent people, but are easily swayed by whatever wind of doctrine happens to come along. Although most people are a bit more steady in what they believe, the citizens of Megapolis City are an accelerated depiction of what happens to a people who, over a period of time, are infected with an opinion or philosophy that is contrary to what they believe. Through repetition and promotion, we tend to begin incorporating and accommodating ideas that conflict with our previously held beliefs.

Dean Beagle is a mild-mannered ace reporter 2nd class at the Evening Star, Megapolis City’s leading news paper. His stories concern things like covering the run on alligator pears down at the local grocery store, or reporting on what color cray paper the local chapter of the Junior Space Rangers are using on their float in the annual Easter Parade; and can be found buried deep within the paper somewhere.


The Human Eel Series features a solid cast of regular characters who all play a vital role in the program.

Lorna Lake is to the Human Eel what Lois Lane was to Superman. She’s the Evening Star’s ace reporter 1st class. She is a smart, extremely capable and dedicated reporter. It is usually through her stories that we present the apologetic for whatever topic we are covering. Lorna is not unaware of Dean Beagle’s infatuation with her, but she doesn’t openly return his interest. He interprets this as her protecting herself from being hurt.

Milton Kadud is the editor of the Evening Star. He directs the staff and gives them their assignments. He depends heavily on Lorna Lake and her talents as a writer. He is not too impressed with either Dean Beagle or his alter ego the Human Eel.

Beanie Olson is the Evening Star’s ace junior photographer. He’s a loyal, kind and eager member of the staff. He is the one who notices a resemblance between Dean Beagle and the Human Eel, and the fact that they are never together in the same place at the same time.

regular visitor to the 4th floor offices of the Evening Star is the Mayor of Megapolis City. He’s a popular public figure, except, of course, when he’s not. He’s very dedicated to his job and cares for the citizens who have elected him. The one thing he has trouble with is remembering Dean Beagle’s name.

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