John Buscema crafted his share of great villain designs during his long career, some of which have already appeared here (Ultron, Grim Reaper, Arkon) and some I wouldn’t be surprised to see pop up before we’re done (Mephisto, Overmind, Man-Ape). But to my mind, his most inspired creation was
5. Tiger Shark
This bruiser’s costume tells you exactly what he is. From the obvious elements like the huge dorsal fin and the tooth-like serrations on the vertical stripe to subtler touches like the gill slits on his cheeks, everything about Todd Arliss’ aquatic alter ego screams “predator of the deep.” Even the coloring, for which Big John was probably not responsible, is on the money, combining the orange of the first half of his alias with the grey of the other half. From the day I first read Sub-Mariner #4 at my Auntie May’s house in ’68. Tiger Shark has been and remains one of my all-time favorite super-villain looks.
The Grendel costume was always striking in its simplicity and contrasts, and probably inspired the Spider-Man alien costume/Venom look, but this later twist on Grendel takes the idea of contrast to a new level and, subsequently, positively takes the cake. Grendel was a complex villain that, while once a master thief and assassin, had transcended to the level of crime lord. This later look encapsulated that idea well -- a villain totally in charge, and yet also a villain who hadn't forgotten his roots (and didn't want his enemies and subordinates to forget them either).
Post by codystarbuck on Dec 20, 2017 8:53:18 GMT -5
Number 5 is Black Adam...
Black Adam was one of if not the first reverse superheroes; a supervillain who is a mirror image of the hero. AS such, he has all of the powers of Captain Marvel, without the moral code and the inhibitions of using those powers that come with that. Even more brilliant, he is a fallen hero; once a great protector, who slowly became corrupted by his power, until he had to be put down by the wizard Shazam. Not even the combined might of the Marvel Family could stop him...
It took a wiley Uncle Marvel to trick him into saying Shazam to turn him to dust.
The look of the character is striking, in his black version of the Marvel Family costume, with the gold/yellow accents. Also, the pointed ears suggested a demonic figure, in those years before Mr Spock.
"Fortunately, ah keep mah feathers numbered for just such an emergency!"
Post by MechaGodzilla1974 on Dec 20, 2017 8:57:22 GMT -5
Zero Hour came out in 1994 of the time that I didn't read much Comics because of work and my dear friend suggested that I take a couple minutes to go to my LCS and pick up a copy of the latest complete novel of ZERO HOUR and in my horror, Hal Jordan became Parallax and I was stunned beyond belief and having said that ... as soon I got home ... I read the complete storyline and couldn't believe what I was reading. It was a Dan Jurgens Masterpiece and I just dig the total design of this wildest costume that Hal Jordan ever worn in his comic book life. I was speechless and stared at this picture for a good 15 minutes seeing Hal decking Superman like this and my jaw dropped!
A picture worth a thousand words ... this one worth a Million!
Super Adaptoid! Just thought it was so cool that he had all the powers of the Avengers. But I did think him being totally green an odd choice. But then I thought that maybe when he was built his color was on the bottom of the list..
Both Marvel and DC have their take on Morgan le Fay, or Morgaine Le Fay, or whatever way you want to spell her name. While Kirby's take on Morgaine in the Demon is pretty cool and the traditional green robe look of her in Marvel is good, it is Brian Bolland's design on Camelot 3000 that stands out. What looks like something out of Barsoom and the ERB novels, the look of Le Fay is perfect for the book. With the alien invasion aspect of the maxi-series, her otherworldy look to her with the feather cape and the Dejah Thoris bikini(with gun) is a great costume
Clearly inspired by Bela Lugosi's Dracula, this costume takes that design into the (then) modern age.The high collar is very disco club-esque, but the sharp edges are like vampire fangs. Rather than a cape, the suit has what seem to be wing flaps. It's a very simple costume, but executed well. The less said about his 90s S&M clubber costume, however, the better....
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"Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you."
The 8th Day of Christmas comes your way via the 4th dimension!
Mercurio the 4-D man hails from the planet Gramos with his negative/split coloring of blue/red in having his Blue skin producing ice with his Red skin producing fire and wrapping himself in a mostly white outfit he may seem patriotic but he is really the atypical world conqueror from another world. Seen first in Thor #208 in February of 1973 Mercurio pops up every now and then fighting the likes of Captain Mar-vell, Quasar, Captain America and the Flash Thompson intergalactic Venom Spaceknight.
Post by Roquefort Raider on Dec 20, 2017 11:01:37 GMT -5
We've seen him before, we'll probably see him again...
I love an armoured villain, and Jack Kirby's armoured characters always look a little out of this world. I'm not sure that Galactus exudes grandeur and majesty, but he sure looks threatening. His size is an important aspect of the impression he makes; did he start the tradition of making über-powerful cosmic beings giant-sized in the Marvel Universe?
I love the helmet, with its side pieces that may or may not be antennae. They provide a very inorganic aspect to his overall look, suggesting that part of his being may have moved beyond mere flesh and that he might be partly an extension of his machines (or vice-versa). Of course that's just upon a first impression... that's before he was revealed to be just a dude exposed to radiation, and before he was retconned to being the last survivor of a previous universe and a bona fide force of nature in our own.
Galactus is probably the prototype of what came to be known as a "space god" in comics.