I don’t think I’ve seen anything over the years about the origin of the name “Handsome Jack”. Apologies if it’s common knowledge.
This morning, for no reason at all, the old Jacques Brel song, “Jacky” popped into my head. I know the song from the English version by Scott Walker back in the 60’s (yes, I’m that old ). I realised it has the lyric:
“And if I joined the social whirl
Became procurer of young girls
Then I would have my own bordellos
My record would be number one
And I’d sell records by the ton
All sung by many other fellows
My name would then be handsome Jack
And I’d sell boats of opium
Whisky that came from Twickenham
And phony virgins”
The song is certainly about an ambitious protagonist, albeit in a sleazier world than Borderland’s Handsome Jack’s. Otherwise I can’t see a connection
Does anyone know if the song had anything to do with the character’s name and, if so, why? Or is it just coincidence?