DC Comics: Super-Villains: The Complete Visual History

DC Comics: Super-Villains: The Complete Visual History

Daniel Wallace

Language: English

Pages: 161

ISBN: 1608874109

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


As any comics fan knows, a Super Hero is nothing without a worthy foe to battle. For every Batman there has to be a super-villain like The Joker, and for every Superman a Lex Luthor. This deluxe book celebrates nearly eighty years of compellingly corrupt characters from the DC Universe’s remarkable gallery of super-villains. From the Penguin to Harley Quinn and Doomsday to General Zod, DC Comics: Super-Villains explores the story of these beloved baddies through new interviews with acclaimed writers and artists, including Jim Lee, Mike Carlin, Dan DiDio, and Chuck Dixon. Charting the dynamic way in which DC Comics evildoers have evolved throughout the years, the book brings together the very best super-villain art from the DC Comics archives. Also featuring a foreword by filmmaker and comic book writer Kevin Smith, and an exclusive cover illustrated by acclaimed artist Phil Jimenez, DC Comics: Super-Villains is the ultimate celebration of the nefarious DC Comics characters that fans love to hate.

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lead you toward his crimes. He does it to lead you away from them.” Batman: The Long Halloween found a role for the Riddler as an information resource, when mobster Carmine Falcone hired him to deduce the identity of the Holiday Killer. 2002’s “Hush” storyline revealed that the Riddler had deduced Batman’s identity—an ultimately hollow victory. Sharing the secret with others would cheapen its value, something the Riddler could not allow. Writer Paul Dini discarded the Riddler’s trademark

two enemies ended with Sinestro dead from a broken neck. “The standout Green Lantern villain was always Sinestro, as he literally embodied the weakness of Hal’s power ring,” says Ron Marz, who took over as Green Lantern writer following Hal’s retirement. “The decision to have Hal take out Sinestro was obviously a big deal. It removed the best villain from the playing field, but it also signaled that the new status quo was going to be a radical departure from what had gone before.” 2004’s Green

Action Comics, Vol. 1, #466] RIGHT: Luthor holds his foe's tattered cape in triumph. [Art by David Finch and Peter Steigerwald, Action Comics, Vol. 1, #897] LEFT: Luthor with Superman’s powers is a terrifying figure. [Art by Frank Quitely and Jamie Grant, All-Star Superman #11] ABOVE: A more hirsute Luthor makes his debut. [Art by Joe Shuster and Paul Cassidy, Action Comics, Vol. 1, #23] OPPOSITE: In Bizarro, Luthor created his own “Superman” lackey. [Art by David Finch and Richard Friend,

him. DC Comics’ “New 52” continuity revealed that Lex Luthor had plans to grow his own Kryptonian clone, code-named B-Zero, over the course of ten years. When the Crime Syndicate took over the planet, Luthor was forced to decant his experiment early. His halfbaked Bizarro put his suit on inside-out, resulting in his reversed “S” insignia. “BIZARRO is able to match Superman in raw power, but his special abilities are REVERSED: FREEZE VISION, FLAME BREATH, and X-RAY VISION that only lets him SEE

a gimmicky thing to go to all the time,” says Mike Carlin, “but when Metallo appeared he gave Superman someone that he didn’t have to hold back on. He was a robot, for the most part, so Superman could really go toe-to-toe with him.” After DC Comics’ Crisis on Infinite Earths reboot, an all new Metallo loomed over Superman on the cover of Superman #1 (January 1987). This Metallo had a similar power set to the hero, and his Kryptonite reactor provided the Man of Steel with a fatal risk to his

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