It occurred to me as I was browsing this week’s new releases that the day of the one-shot villain (known colloquially as “Marvel Team-Up Bad Guys” in nerd parlance) have gone by the wayside.  No more do Crusaders, Hypno Hustlers or Living Erasers pop up to menace our greatest heroes for a minute before disappearing forever.  Then again, it seems that heroes these days only battle their lifelong nemesis/dark mirror (or against other heroes) and the days of random goofy villains are gone, even returned and revamped takes thereon, except for maybe the late, lamented Invincible, leading to today’s Venomized query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”)  is one of those questions that occur to you when you’ve been perusing the back issue bins:  What one-shot/old-school/underrated villains do you most want to see returned and revamped?

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  1. Malone_hasco on

    I always has soft spot (totally intended) for Spider-Man villain “Spot”. He was in one of the first issues I read in the 80’s and later found out he was considered a third rate villain.

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