Blue Demon vs. Diablo Melancolico

as always, when El Blue Demon appears, so does an opponent…

El Diablo Melancolico is the greatest challenge he has ever faced!

The two combatants race and wrestle…

A crowd gathers, cheering for El Blue Demon.

People cheer because when they see an athlete struggle, they know it, they understand, they feel part of what he feels.

The cheering, & the thoughts of those who believe in him, pour into El Blue Demon like wildfire. Muscles hardened from a lifetime of training kick into action.

There are only 3 themes in all of literature-
Man vs. Man
Man vs. Nature
and Man vs Himself.

This year, El Blue Demon’s record was 1 win, 1 tie, and 1 loss.

He lost vs Derek Parra, because Derek is a stud.

He tied vs. the wind, because no one can pin the wind.

And he won vs. himself, the hardest and most frequent opponent of all.

12 Responses to “Blue Demon vs. Diablo Melancolico”

  1. I just wonder how did The Blue Demon and El Diablo melancolico ever got the entire Utah Olympic Oval for themselves.

  2. Wow, that’s quite a story. This must be something new in blogging history. Eric, that’s funny…and true!

  3. Ok, so the headlock actually made me laugh. :)

  4. Hello,

    DO you think you could give us an input on Jen Rodriguez’s return to speed skating?


  5. Jesse,

    I can ask Jen, and go right to the source. But personally, I think it’s gotta be positive to see a former world champ “return to the ring”.


    I am not sure what the whole “blue Demon” series really is, where it will lead, or what it means. ..

    But since I have significant freedom to do whatever I want with this website-

    what is freedom, especially artistic freedom, if you don’t occasionally take risks and do something strange?

    besides, headlocks & speedskating? Long track + Lucha Libre? sounds like a weird & wonderful combination to me!!!

    It’s too bad the ISU has a rule against racing in masks (they really do..)

  6. Great story. I look forward to more episodes

  7. Speedskaters with a flair for the dramatic! It sounds like a great comic book series for young speedskaters, LOL. The eternal struggle continues…..

  8. too funny…….

  9. if the isu has a rule against masks, than why did they let Charles Ryan leveille wear a bandanna that completely covered his mouth and nose at the short track world championships?

  10. I like how, in the midst of this battle, a couple of those pictures caught El Blue Demon and El Diablo Melancolico skating low and with their weight in the right place. Not everyone can do that.

  11. You have a career in exciting Japanese comic books.
    Keep up the good work.

  12. andrew,
    a belated congrats on your Worlds, I’ve been away a long time, but Jamie told me i’ll have to keep on eye on you, as judging from the blue demon/el diablo caper, both of you might be soon skating like Will Ferrell and Hederer in “blades of Glory’, or at least dressing like them, anyway..
    voted for Sheila, of course!

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