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 😀

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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. 🙂  

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.