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Reader’s Poll: Who Has the Best Rogues Gallery in Comics?

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What good is a hero without great villains? No matter how incredible or interesting the protagonist in a story may be, if he/she is not met by equally incredible or interesting antagonists, the story just feels flat. Aside from Star Wars‘ Darth Vader, who is without a doubt the coolest bad guy in pop culture, there’s no better place to find villains than comic books. So which hero has the best rogues gallery? You as the reader get to determine which ones I write about. Vote below and I’ll feature the top 5 vote-getters in a future post (might be a multi-parter).

 

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Greatest Comic Artists – Part 1

Comic books have given us some incredible stories…stories that we remember for the rest of our lives. But regardless of how great a comic writer may be (and there are some truly great ones out there), it would just be a story without great artwork to go with it. The art in a comic sets the tone, conveys the emotions the characters are feeling, and helps fill in the gaps of the story that dialogue can’t. Here’s the first installment of some of the best:

Jack Kirby – (Fantastic Four, The Avengers, Captain America)

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Where else to start on a list of the greatest comic artists than with The Godfather of comic artists himself? There is a reason one of the comic book halls of fame is name after this man. He was the artist behind some of comics most iconic characters, having co-created Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, and the Avengers. He helped usher in the modern era of comics, where characters stopped looking like cartoons, and took on more realistic qualities

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Charlie Adlard – (The Walking Dead, Savage, Judge Dredd)

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No one makes use of shadow quite like Charlie Adlard. Which is useful considering the work he’s most known for, The Walking Dead, is published in black-and-white. He also does a fantastic job giving each character a realness that few artists can.

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Neal Adams – (Green Arrow, Batman, Deadman)

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Possibly the greatest cover artist in the history of comics. But while he is prolific at creating cover art, he is still an incredible talent drawing panel-to-panel. Arguably the quintessential Batman artist, and most definitely the definitive artist for Green Arrow.

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John Byrne – (X-Men, Fantastic Four, Superman)

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While he was the artist (and writer) behind the Fantastic Four’s “Second Golden Age”, he is most known for his extensive work with Chris Claremont on The Uncanny X-Men during the late 70’s into the early 80’s. He was the pencil behind benchmark X-Men stories like “The Dark Phoenix Saga” and “Days of Future Past.” There is no artist more widely associated with the X-men…except maybe the next guy…

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Jim Lee – (X-Men, WildC.A.T.s, Batman)

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Hands down my all-time favorite comic artist. When I think of the X-Men from the comics, the 90’s versions of the characters are what immediately come to mind. Jim Lee’s fantastic art and stories are the major reasons for that. He also helped start Image Comics with his WildC.A.T.s and Gen13 franchises. He has also had long, impressive runs drawing for Batman and Superman as well. He is also a current co-publisher for DC Comics.

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100 Greatest Comic Book Characters of All Time – Part 15

Because I’m kind of just ready to move on to other things, instead of just giving a 5 character entry with descriptions, I’m just going to list the Top 30 with a picture. Sorry if you were enjoying it in the original format. Maybe one day I’ll go back and finish it that way. But until then, here goes:

 

30. Jesse Custer

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29. Dr. Strange

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28. Green Goblin

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27. Darkseid

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26. Thor

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25. Nightcrawler

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24. Rorschach

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23. The Thing

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22. Martian Manhunter

 

 

21. Jean Grey

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20. Cyclops

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19. Deadpool

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18. Lex Luthor

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17. Mr. Fantastic

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16. Catwoman

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15. Daredevil

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14. Nightwing

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13. The Flash (Barry Allen)

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12. The Hulk

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11. Wolverine

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10. Iron Man

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9. Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)

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8. Magneto

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7. The Joker

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6. Dr. Doom

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5. Superman

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4. Captain America

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3. Wonder Woman

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2. Batman

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1. Spider-Man

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100 Greatest Comic Characters of All Time – Part 13

40. Sinestro

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Nemesis to the Green Lantern. Sinestro is a former member of the Green Lantern Corps himself, but after abusing his power, he was excommunicated and vowed vengeance. To achieve that end, he took up a yellow power ring fueled by fear instead of courage like the green counterparts. He has been the constant thorn in the Corps side for the last 50 years of its history.

39. Green Arrow

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DC Comics’ resident archer. While his mastery of a bow and arrow, and quiver full of gimmick arrows are practically identical to Marvel’s Hawkeye (though to  be fair, Green Arrow came first), their personalities are extremely different. Oliver Queen has made himself a crime fighter with a hard political edge, reminiscent of Robin Hood after whom his costume is fashioned. His political views border on pure anarchy, but is typically tempered by his more centered friends like Batman and Black Canary.

38. The Human Torch

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The youngest member of comics’ “First Family”, the Fantastic Four. Since his first appearance, Johnny Storm has been one of the more popular characters in Marvel. His friendships with Spider-Man and Daredevil helped add to his popularity as he was featured fighting along side of them multiple times. His care-free attitude and cool (well, not so much) powers have made him an exciting and endearing character.

37. Optimus Prime

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The fearless leader of the Autobots and by far the most popular of the Transformers. Aided by the success of the movie franchise, Optimus Prime has become arguably the most iconic robot in all of pop culture. A courageous heart, a brilliant strategic mind, and a fighting prowess matched only by his sage-like wisdom are what make him such a truly compelling character.

36. Mystique

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One of the X-Men’s most formidable enemies, and the mother of Rogue (through adoption) and Nightcrawler. With the ability to shapeshift into literally anyone, down to voice, fingerprints, and retina , she is almost impossible to track. Add in her incredible skill with firearms and hand-to-hand combat, along with her willingness to do just about anything to ensure the preservation of mutant-kind, and it’s easy to see why she is one of the greatest villains in comics.

You Will Never Find a More Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy (Part 6)

IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN…the worst of the worst. The final installment of “The 25 Greatest Comic Book Villains of All-Time.”

5. Galactus (Silver Surfer/Fantastic Four)

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The “Devourer of Worlds”…a lot of bad guys throw around phrases like this to intimidate or to emphasize their realm of influence. For Galactus, it’s not hyperbole. He literally eats planets. While he may not be a villain in the purest sense, because he has to eat the life force of planets in order to survive, the amount of sentient life he has taken is immeasurable. Despite his destructive nature, there have been several instances where he has helped stop beings who meant to conquer and/or destroy the universe. He has even made pacts with the Fantastic Four to not attempt to eat Earth, but whenever they seek his help, breaking that pact is always his payment…apparently Earth is tasty.

4. Lex Luthor (Superman)

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One of the most famous villains in the history of comics. He has been the foil of Superman for over 70 years worth of stories. While his background and origin has changed multiple times, the one constant element is his hatred for the Man of Steel. Originally Luthor was a scientist who would have to be saved by Superman in order to keep his inventions from hurting others or Luthor himself. This caused Luthor to resent Superman for humiliating him. Then he was re-envisioned as a corrupt and egomaniacal businessman who is jealous of Superman receiving the adoration that he believes he rightfully deserves. Lex Luthor bankrolls fellow villains against other superheroes, and eventually moved into politics…where the American people were dumb enough to elect him President.

3. Magneto (X-Men)

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The Master of Magnetism is possibly the most powerful mutant on the planet. Had circumstances been different, he probably would have been a powerful ally of Charles Xavier instead of being his team’s greatest enemy. His Jewish family was sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp during World War II. It was here that a young mutant named Max Eisenhardt witnessed firsthand the cruelty of mankind towards those that are different. He would eventually escape, but the horrors he lived there would shape his view of humans forever. He grew to hate and fear humans. Where he failed to protect fellow Jews from the Nazi “Final Solution”, he desired to protect his mutant brethren by any means necessary. This has put him at odds with the X-Men, who work to erase fear of mutants and create a peace between them and humans. Rarely are the fundamental ideals of a hero and villain so diametrically opposed. While Professor X and Magneto both want whats best for mutants, their views of what is best for them are complete opposites. The two, however, remain close friends and care for each other deeply…both hoping to rally the other to his cause.

2. The Joker (Batman)

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The Dark Knight’s arch-enemy and probably the most iconic villain in all of comics. The Joker is pure mayhem. He finds humor in causing pain and suffering to others. The Clown Prince of Crime is the epitome of chaos…even within his own mind. Sometimes he is very calculating and will create extremely complex and elaborate schemes and traps for Batman…yet other times is prone to fits of rage and madness. While most villains have desires for power and/or authority, the Joker is singularly obsessed with his nemesis, the Caped Crusader. His every move is to cause pain to or corrupt Batman or his allies. The Joker tortured Commission Gordon…paralyzed his daughter Barbara…and killed Jason Todd, the second Robin… all in an effort to hurt Batman. In The Dark Knight Returns it is established that so deep is The Joker’s obsession that he is virtually catatonic without his adversary there to motivate his insanity.

And now…the moment you’ve all been waiting for: The Greatest Villain in the History of Comic Books!!!

1. Dr. Doom (The Marvel Universe…primarily The Fantastic Four)

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Victor Von Doom is the quintessential villain. Not content to be the ruler of merely one country (his home nation of Latveria), he desires ultimate power and authority. He is one of the most intelligent and brilliant scientific minds that has ever lived. He uses this brilliance to create suits of armor that allow him to fly, shoot lasers and electricity, and go toe-to-toe with heroes like The Hulk and The Thing in hand-to-hand combat. His force of will is the greatest of not only all villains, but possibly of all comic characters period…he has resisted mental attacks from the likes of Emma Frost, and withstood unbelievable torture without so much as a groan, all on sheer will and focus. He is a master strategist, a world-class sword fighter and marksman, one of the most powerful sorcerers on the planet, and has an army of “Doombots” that are basically robotic clones of himself that are nearly indistinguishable from the actual Dr. Doom. One of the most intriguing things about Doom is the fact that since he is the ruler of his country, he is protected against punishment for his crimes by diplomatic immunity. The only real flaw Doom possesses is arrogance. He believes that there are none on his level in intelligence and ability. He even wears a mask to cover his face because even though he only has a small scar on his cheek, he considers it to be horribly disfigured. Anything less than perfection is failure. It is this arrogance that always leads to his defeat. While he is the arch-enemy of The Fantastic Four (Mr. Fantastic in particular), Doom has faced off against practically every major (and some not so major) hero in Marvel Comics. His realm of influence outside of comics is unmatched by any other villain. He is the at least partial inspiration for the majority of James Bond villains, and was the major inspiration for the greatest villain in all of pop culture: Darth Vader.

There you have it, folks. The best of the bad. Hope you’ve enjoyed this journey through the most despicable and dastardly baddies in comicdom.