My first pick may come as a bit of a surprise, as it’s just another variation on the shorts-over-tights-plus-cape look that has dominated comic books since Superman leapt his first building in a single bound. But there's something about this particular variation that got to me when I first saw it (gulp!) 40 years ago. I give you
12. Count Nefaria
First seen in The Avengers #164 (October 1977), this John Byrne design just floored me at the time and it still does. Something about the combination of elements—the lines, the colors, the Captain Marvel-style cape, the broad belt—appealed to this art major’s eye. Still, well-designed though I think it is, I concede that it’s pretty generic. So why is it on my list? Simple: because I stole it, tweaked it, and gave it to Aries the Ram, a character I created for my high school newspaper, when I redesigned him years later for the cover of our 10-year reunion souvenir book. He got a different color scheme (and I added a few other details cribbed from Len Wein’s redesign of the Red Tornado) but it’s still Nefaria’s duds my horned hero adopted. Until I was forced to give up drawing to protect my vision, it was Aries in his Byrne knock-off I drew when I wanted to warm up. In short, chalk this choice up to pure nostalgia.
My #12 Choice: From DC Comics Doom Patrol here comes the Animal Vegetable Mineral Man! First seen in Doom Patrol #89 in August of 1964 and found by me within the thrift store boxes during my youth in the 70's. And while it isn't so much his actual "costume" which captured my attention it was instead his amazing and outrageous physical changes that mesmerized me. Not so much his singular use of his abilities to transform but instead it was the way he was portrayed upon the covers where he was usually shown as a giant conglomeration utilizing all of his amazing transformations into one humongous challenge to threaten the DP! Something about seeing the shape changing humanoid monster using all the aspects in one form made for eye catching and exciting covers that jumped out and grabbed me when I discovered comic books. Such a cool visualization certain to make you want to read what is inside the comic!
He was the supreme villain in my mind for the DP in that he was capable of facing off the entire team with an endless choice of physical transformations with which to confront and confound them.
Post by Icctrombone on Dec 13, 2017 9:55:56 GMT -5
# 12 Enchantress
The Enchantress is one of the three females that made my list. For the most part she has kept the same look- Green with black. Everything about her look screams seduction , the head piece , the arm sleeves the high heels that were connected to her leggings all were used to manipulate the men of earth and Asgard. LET’s not forget that long flowing blonde hair.
Post by MechaGodzilla1974 on Dec 13, 2017 10:02:46 GMT -5
#12 Madame Viper / Viper II
Jim Steranko thinks of everything and when first started seeing his work and the first character that I saw was Madame Viper or Viper II and I’ve feel ashamed of myself not liking his work when I joined this forum and many members here complained to me constantly in my first few months here. Now, that’s all forgiven and I can say this he’s thought of everything when he drew Madame Hydra.
His choice of her green lipstick for her lips and the way he drew her hair is proper for super villainess like her and his choice of tall and slender design and choice of colors is right on the nose of using both emerald and olive green to it’s advantage. The brown whip that she carries is an added touch to her villainy and its makes her costume complete.
I just admired his work of keeping her simple, elegant, and most importantly a proper evil presence is here. The boots are done just right and the belt for the gun is properly place to make it more feminine and an added sex appeal is in order here.
For all Jim fans here, I’ve wanted to apologize for not liking his work in the first place and I do have another Jim masterpiece that I really fell in love of this design and that later in this countdown.
For the Record, hondobrode , took the time to check all my 12 characters and making sure that I got the artist name correct and to his knowledge that I got 11 out of 12 correct and I've wanted to say thank you for helping me to get the name correct for the Classic Comic Christmas in 2017. I appreciated his help in this graciously.
I said in the advanced warning thread that I was gonna try and focus on super-villain couture and stay away from characters whose psychical appearance enhanced their design, but straight off of the bat, I've violated my own rule by picking this green alien with the enlarged braincase. Springing from the pages of The Eagle comic's Dan Dare strip in November 1950, the Mekon of Mekonta (the capital city of Venus) was Dan's arch-enemy and the leader of the sinister Treens of northern Venus.
Designed by the strip's creator Frank Hampson (and I'm including the Mekon's floating hover-chair as part of that design), the Mekon looks suitably alien, smugly superior and proper sinister. The product of a Treen experiment which left his body withered and atrophied, his freakishly out-sized head houses a superior intelligence and one of the most evil, cunning intellects in the galaxy.
I'm guessing that the Mekon is probably little known in the U.S., but over here in the UK, it's no exaggeration to say that he is something of a cultural icon. Hampson's strikingly sinister and instantly recognisable design is a big part of why this villain is still so well known in Britain, almost 70 years after his first appearance.
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I have a fondness for mirror image supervillains where it's basically the hero's color palette swapped (hint hint for later!) or just simply a more sinister version of that costume. Venom's original design is a great mix of Spidey's symbiote costume, but boosted with the sharp toothed grin and muscular build. Unfortunately, every artist since the 90s has made the character cartoonishly monstrous looking with tons of drool or more teeth than he'd know what to do with. However, by my money, the original McFarlane design is a worthy edition to the Spidey rogues gallery and worthy of the opening spot on my list.
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"Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you."
Grand Dictator for Life of the Classic Comics Christmas
Seeing this costume in the old Offical Handbook of the Marvel Universe, I never seem him before because I wasn't reading Captain America back in 1985 but went and looked for his appearance. I love simplicity in costumes at times and this is a great design. Black and White, aping a little bit of Toth's Space Ghost design. But the touch of the red lining in the cape really makes the body suit stand out. It's a perfect look for an anti-patriotic baddie.
Post by Prince Hal on Dec 13, 2017 10:37:21 GMT -5
12. Ir, Ur and Ar, the Mutants from Doom Patrol 115 -116 (Nov-Dec 1967)
These guys were just about the freakiest looking creatures I'd ever seen in a comic book. The guy with eyes in the palms of his hands got the best of the mutations caused by -- what else? -- atomic radiation. Those other two? I could never decide who'd got the worst of it. And who cared that "Chestface" decided to wear his yellow jammie bottoms for whatever reason? You never even noticed those because of the grotesqueness of the anomalies that cursed these poor guys.
From Arnold Drake's opening narration: "What terrifying cauldron could have spewed out this witch's brew? "
Or Robotman's first reaction: "YICHHHH! Look at those things They look like people that got made n a Mix-Master!"
And Neg-Man's response: "Operated by a cockeyed cook! BLEUCHH!"
Of course, leave it to Rita to bring these two up short: "The Doom Patrol -- Outcasts of the world -- fabulous freaks -- poking fun at someone else's strangeness?...
Cliff, who hasn't quite caught the irony yet, says, "Honey, these aren't strange -- I mena they're stomach-turners!"
At which point Rita lifts Cliff high into the air and drops the hammer: "Really? And what about us -- a walking mummy, a rubber girl and a tin man! You don't think we've killed a few appetites?"
Anyway, these three refugees from a Basil Wolverton comic or a Topps' 1965 series, Ugly Stickers www.bubblegumcards.org/Ugly_Stickers.html have haunted me ever since I firat saw them in all their simple, horrific glory. Don't know if it was Arnold and/or the great Bruno Premiani who designed thest poor guys, but all praise to both of them!
"The rarer action is In virtue than in vengeance." -- The Tempest, 5.1
Post by Crimebuster on Dec 13, 2017 10:55:05 GMT -5
This Zot! villain is an ethereal assassin who can travel via electronic signal to anywhere and slay his victims, a deadly ghost in the machine. But his style is all dapper 20's gentleman, belied only by his creepy blank face and circuit board eyes. I love the juxtaposition of these design elements.
Post by codystarbuck on Dec 13, 2017 10:58:21 GMT -5
Number 12, for me, is the Golden Age Crimebuster enemy, Iron Jaw.
Outside of the Batman enemies, you don't find too many great Golden Age supervillains. Sure, there are the gimmicky Flash and JSA enemies and the Red Skull; but, you are hard pressed to name others. However, one of the truly memorable villains of the golden Age was Charles Biro's Iron Jaw, from the Crimebuster strips. This guys was pure nasty and would make guys like the Fiddler and the Shade wet themselves if they were put in the same cell with him. He didn't have a fancy costume because he didn't need it. All you needed was that, well, iron jaw, with it's sharp-looking jagged teeth, not to mention the malevolent expression on his face and the buzzcut hair. Biro delighted in savage stories and grim characters, long before the words "grim and gritty" became synonymous with comics. He is one of the people who sparked the witch hunts of the 50s and characters like Iron Jaw are why. The design is pure simplicity, which gives it power. Like the Batman rogues, it is borrowing from Chester Gould's MO, on Dick Tracy; but, it is one of the most successful swipes of the idea and Iron Jaw was a constant threat to crimebuster, while many villains had only an appearance or two.
Had Hollywood gone after comic book material then, like it does now (leaving aside the Republic and Columbia serials); we can imagine something like Bogey as Iron Jaw and the sounds of women shrieking and fainting in theaters (probably a lot of men, too).
Post by Slam_Bradley on Dec 13, 2017 11:32:39 GMT -5
Coming in at number 12 on our countdown, that friend/menace of our favorite wall-crawler, who warms our hearts even though his blood is cold.
Though he just snuck into the countdown (upon my decision to drop The Smiler), really...what's not to like? He's a humanoid lizard in a lab coat and Hulk pants. One of the earliest comics I bought was the Marvel Tales reprinting Amazing Spider-Man 77. And from that moment I was hooked. If Dr. Connors appeared in a comic and I saw it...I had to buy it. And when I saw the Mego figure I flipped my little lid...and I still have it (the figure...and my lid).
And to an extent he stands in for a number of other reptilian characters, I love the look of, including, but not limited too, Stegron and Sauron.