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Post by tony ingram on Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:12 pm

I thought it might be nice to have a thread dedicated to reminding people of our favourite bad guys, well known or not, and why they're so wonderful. The more pictures, the better! I'll start, with some favourite Marvel villains of mine...

Nebulon the Celestial Man a giant alien squid who masqueraded as a golden humanoid and tried to flood the world before starting his own religion. Fell foul of the Defenders, several times.


Squadron Sinister Former hirelings of Nebulon. Hyperion, the Whizzer, Dr. Spectrum and their absent colleague Nighthawk were created specifically because Roy Thomas wanted to write a villainous version of the Justice League of America.


The Elf With a Gun: more than thirty years after Steve Gerber created him, we still have no idea who he was, what he wanted or why he was shooting people!


Water Wizard: possibly the most entertainingly lame Ghost Rider villain ever, the Wizard eventually renamed himself 'Aqueduct' because he thought it sounded cooler. He named himself after plumbing!

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Post by tony ingram on Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:18 pm

The Headmen Marvel's maddest scientists, who experimented on themselves with bizarre results.


The Ani-Men a team of villains who dressed up as animals for no readily apparent reason. Later, they took the next illogical step and actually had themselves physically altered to resemble their costumes, presumably in order to save time getting dressed in the morning!


Hurricane a disgruntled weatherman who created a homemade power suit and took out his frustrations on Captain Britain.


The Orb Do I really need to say anymore?

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Post by tony ingram on Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:30 pm

Finally (for now), the sheer brilliance that is Dr. Vincent Stegron, AKA Stegron the Dinosaur Man, a scientist who seemingly turned himself into a human Stegosaur simply because it reminded him of his name...

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Re: The Favourite Villains Thread

Post by tony ingram on Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:28 am

Man Bull

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Re: The Favourite Villains Thread

Post by Lucy McGough on Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:11 am

Is his origin story that he overdosed on steroids?

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Post by tony ingram on Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:20 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:Is his origin story that he overdosed on steroids?
Close. William 'Bull' Taurens was a thug working for the sinister Mister Kline, who gave him an experimental serum that made him into a human/bull hybrid.

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Post by Lucy McGough on Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:11 pm

Mad Jim Jaspers MP, reality-warping super-villain and self-described "cheeky chappy" who embodies the British public's deep-seated mistrust of our elected representatives and owns a dimensionally transcendental flying teapot.

If Mad Jim Jaspers were a member of the Privy Council then he'd be entitled to describe himself as "the Right Honourable," which makes me wonder - would "the Right Honourable" go before or after the "Mad"?


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Post by tony ingram on Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:28 pm

Surely, it would be "the Right Honourable Mad Jim Jaspers"? Anything else would just sound silly!

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Post by tony ingram on Sat Jul 14, 2012 4:49 pm

Anyone remember the original Star Sapphire?


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Re: The Favourite Villains Thread

Post by ramonschenk on Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:32 pm

This is hilarious, guys! Makes me hard-pressed to think of my favorite! Probably a post-Marvel Steve Ditko villain!

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Re: The Favourite Villains Thread

Post by tony ingram on Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:40 pm

Ditko was responsible for designing some of my favourite Spider-Man villains, including the wonderful Norton G Fester AKA the Looter AKA Meteor Man, who gained super strength from a mysterious meteorite...



...while for Captain Atom's rogues gallery, he came up with some truly bizarre creations like the wonderfully named 'Fiery-Icer'.



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Post by ramonschenk on Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:42 pm

Smile Remember that he used to move around using a miniature hot air balloon tied to his shoulders?

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Post by tony ingram on Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:47 pm

ramonschenk wrote:Smile Remember that he used to move around using a miniature hot air balloon tied to his shoulders?
Well, you would, wouldn't you? Nothing guarantees a quick escape like a hot air balloon!

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Re: The Favourite Villains Thread

Post by Sam_Vimes on Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:40 am

I was always very fond of Dr. Crab as a child:


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Re: The Favourite Villains Thread

Post by ramonschenk on Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:06 am

How does he button up that lab coat? Hmmmm....

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Post by tony ingram on Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:50 am

ramonschenk wrote:How does he button up that lab coat? Hmmmm....
This is one of those questions one does not ask. Rather like "how does Razorfist have a pee".


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Re: The Favourite Villains Thread

Post by ramonschenk on Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:04 am

That one is simple: very, very, VERY carefully! Very Happy

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Post by tony ingram on Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:54 am

Along the same lines: please note that Hector Hammond's tunic has no zipper or buttons. How does he get it over his head?


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Re: The Favourite Villains Thread

Post by ramonschenk on Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:01 am

Velcro. The choice of big-head~ed super-villains across the universes!

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Re: The Favourite Villains Thread

Post by tony ingram on Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:04 am

Where's the bit that fastens, though? There's no apparent break in the outfit. Unless it's around the back? Maybe he buys from a specialist tailor also used by the Leader, who has some sort of invisible fastening thing as his signature piece...

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Re: The Favourite Villains Thread

Post by Philip K Ditko on Tue May 21, 2013 6:39 pm

Does anyone remember this pair of cocks?

Gamecock
From Captain America #183 by Steve Englehart and Frank Robbins. Later revived by Mark Gruenwald in CA #371.


Cockroach Hamilton
From Don McGregor's run on Power Man. Lived on Cheese Snips and called his gun Josh.


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Post by tony ingram on Tue May 21, 2013 7:02 pm

I remember both of them. But speaking of Power-Man: do you remember Piranha Jones? (I'll have to find an image) Very Happy

And whatever happened to Shades and Comanche?

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Post by Philip K Ditko on Tue May 21, 2013 7:12 pm

Yes I do. Piranha Jones was from the same 3-parter as Cockroach Hamilton.


Shades and Comanche turned up again in Shadowlands: Power Man along with Hamilton and other old  Cage Villains such as Mr Fish.

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Post by tony ingram on Tue May 21, 2013 7:33 pm

Ah, I'll have to dig that out! I'd forgotten. I used to love Power Man (and later Power Man & Iron Fist, the best "buddy" comic ever). Piranha also turned up in Terror Inc., if I recall correctly.

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Post by Philip K Ditko on Wed May 22, 2013 6:04 pm

I must look out for that. I liked Terror's earlier incarnation, Shreck, in St George and Critical Mass, but the first issue of Terror Inc is the only one I have. Jorge Zaffino was a very underrated artist.

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Post by tony ingram on Wed May 22, 2013 6:36 pm

He was indeed! Actually, that era came up with some pretty good stuff, most of it now totally overlooked much of the time.

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Post by Lucy McGough on Wed May 22, 2013 7:52 pm

Was Piranha Jones one of those environmentalists who hates humans?

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Post by tony ingram on Wed May 22, 2013 8:00 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:Was Piranha Jones one of those environmentalists who hates humans?
No, he was an underworld type with huge filed teeth. Not to be confused with The Piranha, the Man-Fish, Tiger Shark, King Shark, The Shark, Carcharo or the Eel.

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Re: The Favourite Villains Thread

Post by MajorHoy on Thu Jul 03, 2014 4:27 pm

tony ingram wrote:Anyone remember the original Star Sapphire?

I was too young at the time (like, wasn't even born yet).  Wink 





The first I heard of her was back in an issue of The Amazing World of DC Comics, where she was mentioned and a picture of her was shown. Don't recall ever reading a story with her in it.

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Post by tony ingram on Thu Jul 03, 2014 4:30 pm

I still have a reprint of her first appearance. Great story.

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Post by MajorHoy on Thu Jul 03, 2014 4:56 pm

tony ingram wrote:
Lucy McGough wrote:Was Piranha Jones one of those environmentalists who hates humans?
No, he was an underworld type with huge filed teeth. Not to be confused with The Piranha, the Man-Fish, Tiger Shark, King Shark, The Shark, Carcharo or the Eel.
Don't forget Ramon Bracuda from a few issues of DC's Showcase '93.




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Post by Lucy McGough on Thu Jul 03, 2014 4:59 pm

Yay, Nightwing!

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Post by MajorHoy on Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:32 pm

Philip K Ditko wrote:Does anyone remember . . . Gamecock
From Captain America #183 by Steve Englehart and Frank Robbins. Later revived by Mark Gruenwald in CA #371.
Did he ever fight Bantam?




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Post by tony ingram on Fri Jul 04, 2014 6:01 am

Nope, and since Bantam is now dead, it's likely that was a missed opportunity...

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Post by Lucy McGough on Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:51 am

Are all poultry-based superheroes black?

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Post by tony ingram on Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:16 am

Lucy McGough wrote:Are all poultry-based superheroes black?
Nope. See here:
http://britishcomics.wikia.com/wiki/Birdman_and_Chicken

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Post by MajorHoy on Fri Jul 04, 2014 2:56 pm

tony ingram wrote:Nope, and since Bantam is now dead, it's likely that was a missed opportunity...
Since when has being dead ever been a problem for a comic book character to return?
(With maybe a handful of exceptions, but even then, who knows?)

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Post by tony ingram on Fri Jul 04, 2014 2:58 pm

MajorHoy wrote:
tony ingram wrote:Nope, and since Bantam is now dead, it's likely that was a missed opportunity...
Since when has being dead ever been a problem for a comic book character to return?
(With maybe a handful of exceptions, but even then, who knows?)
I know Marvel brought back Blue Streak, Bird Man II and Turner D. Century, but I think even they would draw the line at Bantam.

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Post by Lucy McGough on Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:51 pm

Why? He looks pretty bad-ass.

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Post by tony ingram on Sat Jul 05, 2014 7:49 am

"Bad ass"? The man named himself after a chicken, for God's sake!

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sat Jul 05, 2014 7:58 am

Yeah, but if you point that out to him, he'll kick your sneckin' head in, 'cos he's well 'ard.

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Post by tony ingram on Sat Jul 05, 2014 8:01 am

Lucy McGough wrote:Yeah, but if you point that out to him, he'll kick your sneckin' head in.
Not since the unfortunate exploding oil tanker incident, he won't. He's now KFC.

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sat Jul 05, 2014 8:11 am

We can rebuild him! We have the technology! Anyway, wouldn't superpower logic dictate that he now has oil tanker-based powers?

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Post by MajorHoy on Sat Jul 05, 2014 2:26 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:We can rebuild him! We have the technology! Anyway, wouldn't superpower logic dictate that he now has oil tanker-based powers?
Does that mean if he takes a leak, crude oil comes out instead?  Shocked 

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Post by tony ingram on Sat Jul 05, 2014 3:33 pm

MajorHoy wrote:
Lucy McGough wrote:We can rebuild him! We have the technology! Anyway, wouldn't superpower logic dictate that he now has oil tanker-based powers?
Does that mean if he takes a leak, crude oil comes out instead?  Shocked 
I think the only thing crude around here is you, Major... Razz 

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Post by MajorHoy on Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:06 pm

tony ingram wrote:
MajorHoy wrote:
Lucy McGough wrote:We can rebuild him! We have the technology! Anyway, wouldn't superpower logic dictate that he now has oil tanker-based powers?
Does that mean if he takes a leak, crude oil comes out instead?  Shocked 
I think the only thing crude around here is you, Major... Razz 
I put that as delicately as possible!

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:48 pm

I was thinking more of the power to, like, explode.

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Post by MajorHoy on Sun Jul 06, 2014 12:18 am

Lucy McGough wrote:I was thinking more of the power to, like, explode.
But aren't oil tankers more likely to rupture and create oil spills then just go "BOOM"?

(And aren't there already enough characters who just explode? Look what happened to one of the comic book shops I go to sometimes!  Shocked )








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Post by tony ingram on Sun Jul 06, 2014 7:51 am

MajorHoy wrote:
Lucy McGough wrote:I was thinking more of the power to, like, explode.
But aren't oil tankers more likely to rupture and create oil spills then just go "BOOM"?
Having seen many TV shows in which cars explode for no reason, I had assumed that Americans added some volatile material to their oil which blew up on contact. Is this not the case?

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