Robert Cortland
Biographical Information
Real NameRobert Cortland
Wild Card TraitsSelf liquefaction
Social Information
Place of BirthEngland
CitizenshipCitizen of Great Britain, naturalised citizen of the United States
OccupationComedy club proprietor
AffiliationsThe Village Idiot
AlliesCarlotta DeSoto, Jube the Walrus
First AppearanceDeuces Down
CreatorWalton Simons

Robert "Bob" Cortland is a fictional character in the Wild Cards series of books.

History Edit

Bob Cortland discovered he'd been touched by the wild card when he was due to go on stage at a school play. His nervousness triggered his first transformation and he simply liquefied onto the floor.

Years later he became owner of a comedy club he called the Village Idiot. Carlotta DeSoto, a comedienne working at the club, came under harassment from unknown assailants and it transpired that these were men in the employ of her ex-husband, hired to return her to a life she had left behind. Bob spent days protecting her, with the help of Croyd Crenson as an expensive hired bodyguard, and eventually the pair left New York to escape Carlotta's entanglements for good.

Wild Card Traits Edit

Bob can transform his body into a liquid state. In this form he is nearly deaf and blind, and is unable to breathe. He has very limited locomotive ability when he is "flat", and will flow downhill if he is on a gradient, although he can move slowly about if he needs to.

Appearance Edit

Personality Edit

A determined man, Bob was accustomed to dealing with club hecklers, and found himself out of his depth dealing with underworld crime.

Trivia Edit

  • Bob refers to his transformations as "going flat".
  • Bob worries that anyone stepping on him might crush important organs.

Selected Reading Edit

References Edit

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