The Muffin Man. Was he a superhero or a comic book villain? Whatever the case, he fit well in the Flaming Carrot universe. And Flaming Carrot wearing a monocle? Probably a subliminal tip of the hat to my favorite French Secret Agent/detective THE MONOCLE, whose surreal stories and sang froid mannerisms definitely were a seminal influence on the Flaming Carrot character. Check out this sequence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3dj8KIezBU I can't believe this is on youtube. Hadn't seen iI was like, 14 years old.