He decided that he needed to write something, anything, and even though he was disgusted at the idea he decided to write an adventure. The story he began to construct concerned a man who took over the world by developing a device that used the planet’s magnetic field to drag asteroids into orbit and ultimately smash them into cities. He found his idea amusing and tried to think of any other way to progress, but was unable. A hero was constructed, the Ruler was cast in a gray light, and the hero informed him that ruling with fear is not ruling at all. Unfortunately for the hero the Ruler has a very competent staff who were able to dispatch said hero quite handily before the 40th page.
He was quite confident throughout the process however that this idea must have been used in some obscure comic book from the 1930’s or something, but persisted with back stories on not only the Ruler, but of the dead hero and secret hero to come. Incidentally, the hero to come was the man or woman that murdered the first hero, with an axe. The development of an antihero was very entertaining in that he could now frame a character who was not only flawed, but had killed the last best hope of the planet.