Saturday, October 1, 2016
Discuss: Marvel's Second Decade of Villains
Martinex1: Not only did Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and the rest of the Marvel Bullpen develop an amazing pantheon of heroes in the 1960s, but the list of villains created in those first ten years reads like a Who's Who in the Comic Book Hall of Fame. The roll call includes but is definitely not limited to: Dr. Doom, Magneto, Loki, Green Goblin, Dr. Octopus, Kang, the Leader, Abomination, Kingpin, Immortus, Electro, Galactus, the Skrulls, and Ultron. Less impactful (but still fairly recognizable) villains of the time include: Klaw, Mole Man, Count Nefaria, Living Laser, Kraven, Vulture, Attuma, Fixer, Scorpio, Mentallo, Gladiator, Prowler, Mr. Hyde, Cobra, Shocker, Purple Man, Sandman, Super-Adaptoid, and the Frost Giants. Teams of baddies consist of the Frightful Four, Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the Zodiac, the Sinister Six, and the Masters of Evil. Phew! I'm sure you can think of dozens more as Marvel rode a creative wave that could hardly be matched.
What about the second decade of Marvel's output? Looking at 1972 through 1981, the second wave of the Marvel creative force tended to take a fan's approach and used those same antagonists again and again. And I have to say that era, as we recently discussed, really captured the Bronze Age Babies' fascination. But there was much less output targeting a new villain class. That is not to say there were not some fantastic new ideas, anti-heroes, and megalomaniacs. Take a look below and let's discuss the second decade of Marvel's bad guys and gals.