Updated on 16 October, 2021
In the world of professional wrestling, the Mark Trail comic book character is one of the most memorable. Born as the illegitimate son of an American plumber and a Canadian actress, Mark Trail was actually conceived when Dodd went to the United States to work with World War II refugees. She brought her son with her and worked as a nurse in a military hospital.
Mark was born in 1948 and began to appear on the famous "Mark Trail" comic strip that appeared regularly in newspapers across the United States. It showed a young man, already a fan of wrestling, who had adopted the wrestling move of the greedo's. He wore a black belt in Spanish classes and studied karate as well as studying martial arts with his father. His look was that of a suave bad boy: spiky hair, goatee, glasses, and sometimes even a goatee.
He was a regular on Atlanta television shows as a heel, traveling to bars all over the city with his snazzy new persona. His real name was Earle Scott Baits and he was billed as "The Hurricane". A hurricane is a strong winds blows, usually from the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico. In the Mark Trail comics, the character was known simply as "Dodd" and traveled to the ring as "Dough".
In the earliest appearances of the Mark Trail Comic, he was often billed as "Dough". Eventually, his real name was revealed to be Mark Trail and his real father was revealed as Ed Dodd. As a heel, Mark would often go up against other strong men such as "Big D" Johnson and "Mister York" T.Q. He had a run-in with wrestling star Rickey booked "the Colossus". He also battled and defeated champion wrestler "Hulk" Hogan at an Atlanta airport. All in all, Mark Trail is remembered by fans as a great heel who wore a mask to protect his teeth from getting knocked out during his matches.
The comic strip, now called the "Trailer Park Dynasty" took another turn in the mid 1990s. Two different writers were brought in to take over the reigns of the successful franchise. One of them was John Curran. John Curran was brought in to pen the adventures of Mark and his friends for a number of years. Curran is now deceased and has only written one story for the Mark Trail Comic. The other writer was Glen Barrie.
The plot of the seventy years old Mark Trail Comic has him saving the world. While doing this, he falls in love with a nature photographer. After some time, the two begin having a relationship together. However, when the wife of Mark's best friend decides to marry a man in order to have more grandchildren, Mark and his friends must stop the wedding in order to prevent this from happening. The adventure, as you would expect, takes them through numerous landmarks and locations around the world, including Paris, New York City, San Francisco, and London.
The Mark Trail Comic's popularity took a major hit when the movie adaptation of the series was released in 1997. Johnny Depp stars as Mark, along with Tim Burton, Lisa Boniface, Edward Norton, and Jack Nicholson. Johnny Depp once said that he wanted the role of Mark to be that of "a little Johnny Depp, but with more attitude." The movie, which came out right after the birth of Johnny Depp's first child, did not do well at the box office, but did make a lot of critical acclaim and put Mark Trail on the map as one of the best written comic strip characters of all time.
Mark Trail, along with his brother, Tiny Tim, continue to battle the evil Odditor. Their adventures take them all over the country, as they encounter people who seem to know much about Mark but know nothing about him. At one point, the brothers even travel to Australia, where Mark has an encounter with the late cartoonist, Bob Davis. The adventures of Mark Trail are fun for children and adults alike, and if you enjoy the occasional comic strip or are in search of a unique outlet for your imagination, you should really give the Mark Trail Comic a try.