One thing you learn when you spend as much time poring over Golden Age comics as I do is that there were a s$!tload of super-villains who owed their allegiance to a certain mustachioed madman from Bavaria. Why, if I had a dollar for every swastika-sporting swine who traipsed across those yellowed pages I could afford a Happy Meal... maybe two! Seriously, I could easily fill this list with the Third Reich’s worst (or is that “wurst”?) but I decided to limit myself to just one. My choice?
11. Captain Nazi
Most comic book Nazis were hideous grotesqueries like the Red Skull. Fawcett Comics wisely went another way. As designed by the great Mac Raboy, this tall, muscular blond adonis with the saber scar marring his handsome Teutonic features was the very embodiment of Hitler’s Aryan superman. The green tights and red boots, gloves, belt and collar would be nothing special by themselves but the addition of gold epaulets give him a suitably (and subtly) military feel. If not for the huge swastika on his chest and the cruel sneer on his lips, Captain Nazi could easily pass as a hero. I prefer his earlier appearances before they gave him a cape but it’s a great look either way.
Cei-U! I summon what the well-dressed ubermensch is wearing!
PS: I guess, given my avatar, this isn't that big of a surprise, no?
Bullseye. Just the simplicity of the costume. I always liked to think his Costume was Blue. But I have seen other recnditions that have it as black. Not much else to say. Just a great design. Plus he is Bat Shit Crazy!
Post by Icctrombone on Dec 14, 2017 8:39:01 GMT -5
#11. Dr. Doom (first appearance version)
I expect Doom to appear on a few others lists but I chose to honor his very first look. It was the only time he looked that way( besides a flashback in Byrnes run) but I felt that it had a nice sleek look more conducive to fighting the Fantastic Four. It was fairly simple lacking the cape that he would be a mainstay but I liked the black portion that was draped around his neck.
Today's pick is the first of three Spider-Man villains that I've got on my list. Morbius's gaunt, pallid visage, glowing red eyes and upturned, snout-like nose are all striking enough, but it's his classic, Silver and Bronze Age costume that I really dig. Designed by Gil Kane, the simple lines and colour scheme of Morbius's skin-tight outfit -- complete with batwing cape -- comes on like "Count Dracula as superhero (or maybe even as Rock Star)"...and what's not to like about that?
I guess that some people might not consider Michael Morbius to be a proper villain, and it's true that he's a tragic figure, rather than a properly nasty piece of work -- especially in his own comic series. But in his initial appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #101 and in his subsequent encounters with Spidey (which is how I know him best), Morbius is definitely presented as a villain for the most part.
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Post by Roquefort Raider on Dec 14, 2017 8:50:41 GMT -5
This one wasn't planned; I came across it while researching another character... but gosh darn it, the design really struck me.
#11 : The Living Tribunal
He's not even a character I much care about, but like so many of the early Dr. Strange characters this one is at the same time simple, regal, mysterious and altogether cool.
A judge set above pretty much every power in the Marvel Universe, the Tribunal has a barely-sketched human body (weird, unnatural joints, simplified hands) as if that body was merely the idea of a human form. And why not? the body can't be of much use beyond making visitors less alienated, as it's not even attached to the Tribunal's head! That the head floats freely above the shoulders is such a simple but brilliantly weird detail... That's the stuff fevered dreams are made of!
The three faces are a great, classic concept. There are three faces on the simplest of geometrical forms, the triangle, and it is a symbol of divinity in several cultures. I'm not sure if it was established that the Tribunal was jidge, jury and executioner all at once, but that's sure the impression he gives.
The power burst thingie on his chest is a must, of course, for a cosmically-powered Marvel comics character. As for his golden colour, it is quite suitable for what looks like a divine being.
More recent interpretations gave him a bodybuilder frame... That's a pity, as I always preferred his original and less generic look more.
Carl "Crusher" Creel the Absorbing Man! Showing his chrome plated (literally) mug originally in Journey into Mystery #114 in March of 1965 this escapee struts his Cool Hand Luke clothing proudly showing his true and evil contempt for all that is good.
What can you say about Creel that isn't obvious from his look at the get go? He is a second hand weapon created by Loki to bedevil his brother Thor and is a fairly dim witted thug who uses his power in the most simplistic way glorifying in the strength and power of whatever objects he can touch and absorb/duplicate their abilities. He can go toe to toe with the likes of Thor and the Hulk and yet can be beaten when stupidly he will absorb the power of a weak substance by trickery or his own ineptitude. His power can increase to cosmic levels and he can reform himself after damage/destruction.
Yet his design is simple and effective. Prison pants, shirtless and bald before it was cool to be bald and his body takes on the attributes of the power he has absorbed showing them off in spectacular ways. That his ball and chain will also take on the properties of whatever he has absorbed means that Crusher Creel has one of the very most powerful and awesome weapons around!!!
Creel has proven a formidable enough opponent that he has gone from one to one fights to taking on entire teams of heroes and to this day is a constant irritant to all sorts of super heroes...I love seeing where he will appear next and how the writers/artists will utilize his absorbing ability. A truly great visual treat for artists to strut their stuff....
Post by MechaGodzilla1974 on Dec 14, 2017 9:16:35 GMT -5
#11, White Queen
Because of the rules imposed on us, by Kurt here and this is in a hurry and I had to change out Quicksilver and replace it with the White Queen done by Keith Pollard and she is sleek, glamorous, very much a villainess that she is and her white gown and high heeled boots and that cape that comes together by a simple button is simple and elegant as she can be.
I just find her very attractive and I've applaud Keith for getting it all right with her.
You just can't beat her ... and I fell in love with her reading very few stories that comes my way.
The Boots are her main selling points and what a selling point it is!
I struggled between this costume and Luthor's Perez power suit, but this one edged out the win because of its simplicity. Green and purple don't seem like two colors that would go together, but somehow it works here. High collars are completely ridiculous in any other context, but supervillains always pull them off somehow. Maybe be weary of anyone you see with a popped collar? I also love the rocket boots and utility belt, giving him a sort of Adam Strange look but strangely more slap dash looking.
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"Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you."
Perhaps stretching the definition of the phrase "Super Villain" a bit, though the hero of the work certainly sees them that way. For those that haven't read Joe Kelly's masterpiece, a young girl battles these giants in her fantasy world, but they are symbolic of larger issues she is unable to face in her real life, and somehow, through tremendous subtlety, these hulking behemoths convey that throughout. They are not simply evil, malicious, or monstrous -- they convey complexity, depth, and sometimes even an odd sympathy for the hero, as if even they understand what they are doing in her imagination while she does not. While the very concept of I Kill Giants is tremendously moving in its own right, it's the artistic depiction of the giants themselves that sends the work over the top for me.
Our first duplicate villain get a post. Also this is the second of three males on my list....
#11- DR DOOM
I do love the iconic look of Dr Doom. Kirby's design of the Man in the Iron Mask is so good. The armour and the green tunic/hood combo so is good. But there's something about Bryne's way he drew Doom that made me love it even more. Trimming off the long sleeves and the cape tunic/hood makes the ruler of Latveria stand out even more. I like the gun belt look addition to it as well.
I first encountered this short-lived villain in the daily Spider-Man newspaper strip. Just loved the look of the mask, the clawed gauntlets, whatever that design on his chest is supposed to represent... a character I really enjoyed drawing as a kid.
And there's that purple (sometimes) and green again.