My ‘7’ Most Favourite Comic Book Villians

After being impressed by the performance and representation of ‘Joker’ in ‘The Dark Knight’, I thought of compiling my 7 favourite comic book villians of all time. It will not cover all the comics but only the comics which I have read and loved. Lets get on with it,  ‘Bring on the bad guys !!”

7. Kingpin

Creators: Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr

First Apperance: The Amazing Spider-Man #50 (July 1967)

Description: He is the enemy of Dare Devil and Spiderman. Wilson Fisk, the man who would one day become the Kingpin, started out as a common thug in the Bronx. He was noticed by one Don Rigoletto, an accomplished crime boss who admired Fisk’s sheer brutality and hired him as his primary enforcer. Fisk eventually murdered his benefactor and took control over his mob empire. Thus, the Kingpin was born.

6. Dr. Doom

Creators: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

First Appearance: Fantastic Four #5 Vol. 1, July 1962

Description: After a failed experiment leaves his face disfigured, the brilliant but arrogant Victor von Doom casts a set of armor and sets out to dominate the world, as well as to destroy his archenemy Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four. He is the absolute monarch of the fictional European nation of Latveria, which he rules with a quite literal iron fist. Doctor Doom is one of Marvel Comics’ most recognizable and archetypal supervillains; the character has fought and opposed more heroes than any other Marvel villain. Doom has been considered emblematic of a change in the comic book depiction of the mad scientist, and critic Peter Sanderson describes Doom as one of a select group of antagonists known as “megavillains”. Creator Stan Lee declared Doom his favorite villain of those he created.

5. The Riddler

Creators: Bill Finger and Dick Sprang

First Appearance: Detective Comics #140 (October 1948 )

Description: of his capers by sending them complex clues. The character is often depicted as wearing a domino mask either with a green suit and bowler hat, or a green jumpsuit. His trademark is a green question mark.The Riddler is typically portrayed as a smooth-talking, yet quirky, victim of an intense obsessive compulsion. Riddler’s compulsion is quite flexible, allowing him to commit any crime as long as he can describe it in a riddle or puzzle. His name, Edward Nigma, is a pun of “enigma” (Edward Nigma: E. Nigma).

 

4. Lex Luthor

Creators: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

First Appearance: Action Comics #23 (Apr. 1940)

Description: Originally written as a pulp magazine-inspired mad scientist with red hair, the character underwent an abrupt makeover one year later, after an artist mistakenly depicted him as bald. In spite of the error, the striking appearance was adopted and became the character’s trademark. Following the release of John Byrne’s limited series The Man of Steel, Luthor was re-envisioned as a Machiavellian industrialist and white-collar criminal, even briefly serving as President of the United States. Though initially known only by his surname, Luthor was retroactively given the name “Lex” in a back-story written by Jerry Siegel in 1962. Luthor’s origin reveals him to be a friend-turned-enemy of Superboy, whom he blames for an incident which resulted in his baldness.

3. Magneto

Creators: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

First Appearance: X-Men #1 (Sept. 1963)

Description: A powerful mutant, with the ability to generate and control magnetism, Magneto, ever since his first appearance, has been the X-Men’s most prominent enemy. In his early appearances, his motives were bent on megalomania, but writers have since fleshed out his character and origin, revealing him to be a Jewish Holocaust survivor, whose actions are driven by the purpose of protecting the mutant race from suffering a similar fate. His role in comics have varied from supervillain to anti-hero to even hero.

2. Carnage

Creators: David Michelinie and Mark Bagley

First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #361 (vol. 1, April 1992)

Description: Carnage was once a serial killer known as Cletus Kasady, and became Carnage after merging with the offspring of the alien symbiote called Venom during a prison breakout. The symbiote amplified his psychotic nature making him even less mentally stable than he had been previously, and therefore even more dangerous. An interesting note is that, unlike Venom, Carnage is a singular entity, referring to himself as “I” instead of “We”, because the symbiote has actually merged into Kasady’s bloodstream.

1. The Joker

Creators: Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson

First Appearance: Batman #1 (Spring 1940)

Description: The archenemy of the superhero Batman, the Joker is a master criminal whose characterization has varied from a violent and murderous sociopath, causing chaos and committing crimes for his own amusement, to a goofy and virtually harmless trickster-thief. The Joker’s real identity is unknown, and there have been different takes on his origin; the most common variation depicts him as falling into a vat of chemicals which bleach his skin, turn his hair green and his lips bright red, giving him the appearance of a clown.

Phew.. that was a tough task. Hope you guys enjoyed all the evil souls 😀

10 Best ‘The Dark Knight’ Quotes

‘The Dark Knight’ is unarguably the best superhero movie ever made. Its story along with dark background and impressive display of performance by Heath ‘The Joker’ Ledger makes it truly a class apart. I have compiled the 10 best quotes from this movie [in my opinion and I have been a little partial to the joker :D].

10.  Alfred Pennyworth – “Some men aren’t looking for anything logical like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.”

09. Harvey ‘Two Face’ Dent – “Have you ever had to talk to the person you love most? To tell them it’s going to be alright, when you know that it’s not?”

08. The Joker – “Madness is like gravity, all it needs is a little… push.”

07. The Joker – “You see, I’m a guy of simple taste. I enjoy dynamite, and gunpowder, and gasoline! And do you know what they all have in common? They’re cheap.”

06. Bruce ‘Batman’ Wayne – “Sometimes, the truth isn’t good enough. Sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.”

05. The Joker – “Let’s put a smile on that face!”

04. The Joker – “I believe… whatever doesn’t kill you simply makes you…stranger.”

03. The Joker – “Why so serious?”

02. Harvey ‘Two Face’ Dent – “You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”

01. The Joker – “If you’re good at something, never do it for free.”

Hope you enjoyed it !

DWT Short Story Contest Entry – The Boss

 

I stood there in the corner of my boss’s office. I was trying to hold my laughter from about 15 minutes. It is not so often, that your boss messes up a deal which would cost the company a hundred thousand dollars and you are the only one to witness it. It was one of the most pleasurable moments of my career.

 

Our team had been working on this deal from past 3 months. It was upto my boss and me to wrap it up. And my boss was unable to convince the client. I was happy. He could loose his job over this deal. And I would be happy to become the General Sales Manager. I was waiting for this opportunity from a very long time.

 

He stood there staring hard out of the large bay window and muttering something to himself. I could clearly see the sweat beads running down his forehead. It looked as if he wanted to jump out of the window of the 7th floor of the building and end his misery. The C.E.O. knew that the deal was supposed to conclude today. It was clear that he had to think of something very quickly, which would save his job.

 

My mind was racing fast on all the options he could be thinking right now. He could bribe me to keep my mouth shut and give a false explanation of the failed deal. It could be hike in the salary or extra perks. Maybe, it will be a promotion. I was the Assistant Sales Manager for 4 years now and always dreamt of becoming a General Sales Manager, but never thought, it would so easy. I could have my own office, have vacations in Europe on company’s expense and I would also get a secretary.

 

I was enjoying my reverie when suddenly; he broke his silence,

 

“Jim, you are fired.”

 

I was stunned. I couldn’t believe my ears. Did he actually say it or was I hearing things? He couldn’t have said that to me. Or he was just trying to rehearse what his boss would say.

 

“Are you talking to me boss?” I said.

 

He didn’t even look at me.

 

“Yes. I am talking to you. You are fired”

 

“Boss, what did I do wrong? It wasn’t my fault that the deal fell apart”

 

He took a deep breath and turned around,

 

“I never said it’s your fault, I just said I am going to blame it on you!”

3 G.B. To Go !!!

I lazily logged in today to check what is afterall happenning in cyberspace. Its been days now I haven’t been able to visit the virtual world. Just as I opened my WordPress account, I was surprised and ofcourse happy to see the upload limit now increased to 3 GB. That means more photos, more documents, more and more . . .

Thank you WordPress. Hoping to use this entire space soon 😀

The Game Of The Name

This weeks biggest releases, Aamir Khan’s directorial debut ‘Taare Zameen Par’ and Anees Bazmee’s megastarrer comedy ‘Welcome’. No, this entry is not about their reviews or the making of their act.  I heard a rumuor [rumour : because I cannot confirm it] about the conflict between Anil Kapoor and Akshay Kumar about whose name should be  before others in the film credits. Anil Kapoor argued since senoirity should be a preferred way of listing the credits, Akshay being the lead actor in the movie pulled the case on his side. It ended up Anil Kapoor winning this unusual battle for fame.

On the contrary, in the credits of ‘Taare Zameen Par’; Darsheel Safary’s name appears before Aamir Khan’s. Aamir Khan, yet recieves tremendous appreciations even if Darsheel Safary steals the show. Aamir didn’t overshadow the real star of the movie Darsheel, who carries the entire movie on his shoulders. And most importantly, Aamir didn’t let his ego ruin the wonderful masterpiece which he has put in place.

How many people really restrain their ego from taking over them? Does the order of the names appearring in the list matter so much that you are willing to destroy a relationship? The best actor award is not won by the order of the names in the credits but genuine acting skills and ability to perform on screen. Similarly in various situation of the life, the act matters rather than the name. A profund thought, that too from a bollywood conflict. 🙂  

Letter For Salary Hike

One day, an employee of the company wrote a letter to his manager for increasing his salary; 

Dear Bo$$,

In thi$ life, we all need $ome thing mo$t de$perately. I think you $hould be under$tanding of the need$ of u$ worker$ who have given $o much $upport including $weat and $ervice to your company.

I am $ure you will gue$$ what I mean and re$pond $oon.

Your$ $incerely,
Norman $oh

And next day he recieved this reply from his manager;

Dear NOrman,

I kNOw you have been working very hard. NOwadays, NOthing much has changed. You must have NOticed that our company is NOt doing NOticeably well as yet.

NOw the newspaper are saying the world`s leading ecoNOmists are NOt sure if the United States may go into aNOther recession, after the NOvember presidential elections things may turn bad.

I have NOthing more to add NOw. You kNOw what I mean.

Yours truly,
Patrick NOrton.

Klueless Is Back . . .

The third edition of the most celebrated online puzzle KlueLess3 hits the web. As per my expectations, it is much more advanced than the Klueless2, which frankly I did not like. But, this version of Klueless is amazing. So, start tickling your grey cells. Its time to scratch those hair off. Good Luck. You might end up playing these for days.

To start KlueLess3, please click here.