Biographical Information
Real NameSam Washburn
AliasesSwash, His Nibs
Wild Card TraitsPhotographic reflex calligraphy, prehensile tail
Social Information
Place of BirthUSA
CitizenshipCitizen of the united States
OccupationArtist, calligrapher
Base of OperationsNew York City
AffiliationsThe Jokertown Boys
RelativesRavenstone (brother)
AlliesCameo, Hastet, Topper
First AppearanceDeuces Down
CreatorKevin Andrew Murphy

Sam "Swash" Washburn is a fictional character in the Wild Cards series of books.

History Edit

Sam and his brother, Roger, were taken on a trip to Jokertown on a fateful day when Croyd Crenson was in his "Typhoid Croyd" phase. Both their parents drew the black queen and the boys were left orphaned. Sam remained a latent for eleven years before drawing the joker, which he turned to his advantage as a public deuce. Roger likewise became a public wild carder and formed The Jokertown Boys, a quintet of wild carders all from the same orphanage, which Sam was included in as occasional backing vocalist as well as being their official cover artist.

Wild Card Traits Edit

Swash has an ability to produce ink of any hue from the tips of his fingers and toes. He has sharpened fingernails forming a series of ten quill pens that he can employ with equal dexterity to write and draw with perfect photographic precision. His photographic reflexes are also present in his long prehensile lion's tail, which itself forms a convenient paint brush when the need arises.

Appearance Edit

Swash is a lithe, small man with fingernails honed to a sharp Fu Manchu manicure and a long prehensile lion's tail. He keeps his nails hidden in specially designed gloves, producing them whenever he needs them for his art. His tail is usually concealed within his clothing and is only produced rarely.

Personality Edit

Swash is a positive thinker and has successfully marketed his wild card as a deuce. His wry humour tends to be more evident in his art than expressed directly, and he is otherwise a polite and likeable young man.

Trivia Edit

  • Swash is publicly a deuce despite having tail which he keeps concealed most of the time.

Selected Reading Edit

  • Wild Cards Volume XVI: Deuces Down - "With a Flourish and a Flair"

References Edit

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