the stygian leech
He just turned up on Youtube.
Here's a screengrab for a teaser:
He told his story in the second volume of Bacchus:
"If I could talk," he said, "my story would probably go something like this...," and we proceed to imagine that he is telling us how he found his way out of the river Styx attached to the leg of an oarsman...
In short measure, he turns up in the restaurant that has been commandeered by the evil Telchines for the purpose of ambushing the Eyeball kid.
Here is Chryson disguised as a waiter, about to perform the wicked deed:
Success! They have leeched the power of the thunderbolt from the Eyeball Kid, who had previously nicked it from Zeus the king of the Gods.
Except that the Leech having it doesn't mean they have it themselves, and the Leech being a leech is never going to do anything with it, just wait around for the next bit of leeching that comes his way.
I'm sure I figured my way out of this impasse in a future volume, but right now I can't recall the details. It was twenty years ago and the only version to hand is the Italian translation, and I can't understand a word of it.
(finished art by Ed Hillyer)
While looking for jpeg of the old Harrier issue at left, in which the Leech got cover space, I also came across Bill Cucinotta's site. I had completely forgotten 'twas he who redesigned the logo when I went with Dark Horse.