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Top 10 Most Iconic DC Supervillains (Part2)

Top 10 Most Iconic DC Supervillains (Part2)

I missed writing here. I mean I do, that’s before laziness ensues and I just get stuck in bed and contemplate what’s next… Err that’s beside the point.

Here is the continuation of our list of iconic DC villains that I wrote a long time ago if you care to search it (Actually I want you to have the convenience and linked it).

5. Black Adam

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Otto Binder and C. C. Beck in 1945 as a one-shot villain for the first issue of Fawcett Comics’ The Marvel Family comic book.

Adam’s origin is told from comicvine:

Adam was born to the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II in the neighboring (fictional) land of Kahndaq. While there are contradictory accounts of the circumstances of Black Adam’s early history, certain elements are consistent:

While serving as high priest to Ramses II, the wizard Shazam sought a successor to his godly powers. Impressed with his virtue and martial heroism, he chose Adam. Having determined to make Adam his successor, Shazam’s intentions were altered by the intervention of his half-demonic daughter Blaze. Blaze struck a bargain with the god Set so that when Adam speaks the word “Shazam,” instead of becoming the avatar of the wizard’s deific patrons, he becomes the avatar of the Egyptian gods Shu, Heru, Amon, Zehuti, Aton and Mehen.

He has the power of Shazam. And that is a testament of how powerful this being is. He can call upon the power of the Gods to aid him. Black Adam don’t shy away from bloodshed, instead he revels in it. At one time he is quoted as: “I swim in an ocean of blood and do not drown beneath the waves.” A lot of the time, he’s quick to anger and doesn’t care for the world outside of Kahndaq.

When he fights heroes and villains alike it is with much gusto. One of the only beings to make Superman bleed in the injustice series, Black Adam is a force to reckon with.

4. Doomsday

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How can anybody overlook Doomsday? This villain killed Superman in one of the biggest story arc of DC in the 90’s. Created by writer-artist Dan Jurgens, Doomsday wrecked havoc from the day he was created. Originally known as “The Ultimate,” Doomsday was born in prehistoric times on Krypton, long before the humanoid Kryptonian race gained dominance over the planet about 250,000 years ago. It was a violent, hellish world where only the absolute strongest of creatures could survive.

When Superman “died” at the hands of Doomsday, DC shipped between 2.5 and 3 million copies of Superman #75, with most stores selling out of the issue on the day of its release. This is how iconic this villain is and maybe has most impact of the bunch.

 

3. Sinestro

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Sinestro was created by John Broome and Gil Kane as an enemy of Hal Jordan and the entire Green Lantern Corps. He first appeared in August 1963 in the comic Green Lantern #7.

Actually Sinestro started out as a Green Lantern and the one training Hal Jordan into the corps. Sinestro was disgusted by most of Jordan’s tactics in keeping order and had virtually no tolerance for him… He completely disregarded the lives of criminals on Earth and would’ve easily murdered countless imprisoned felons, if it was not for Hal.

 

From Comicvine:

Sinestro had to return to his sector. As much as he didn’t want to, he had to bring Hal with him.

On Korugar – Sinestro’s space sector and home planet, Hal Jordan found out the ghoulish secret of his Master’s Success – By enslaving the entire planet with his Superior powers and destroying anyone who dares cross him. Sinestro, In panic of how much malice occurred while he was absent, Impatiently fought his planet who has prepared to fight back to him, And Hal even joined them on their attack on Sinestro. Sinestro was beaten by his so called “friend” and the people he thought worshiped him… And the people of Krouger were grateful for Hal’s triumph. Humiliated and Enraged, Sinestro returned to Earth, and Hal followed a good distance behind him.

On earth, Hal and Sinestro were Ambushed by robots sent by the Guardians to bring them both back to Oa, where Sinestro was put on trial for crimes against his sector. There, the Guardians found the Great Sinestro guilty for his crimes (with Hal Jordan pleading against him), and he was Stripped of his Ring, Mask, and GL insignia and banished into the Anti-Matter Universe of Qward, since at the time the Guardians did not allow a Death Sentence.

On Qward, he forged a new power ring out of the yellow impurity that Green Lantern rings were not able to effect – With help from his new allies, the Weaponers of Qward.

He is one of Green Lantern’s greatest villain ever since.

2.  Lex Luthor

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There is no more iconic Superman villain as Lex Luthor period. Their time and names comes hand and hand thru the generations of comic fans. Described as: a wealthy, power-mad American business magnate, ingenious engineer, philanthropist to the city of Metropolis, and one of the most intelligent people in the world.

Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1940, first appearing in Action Comics #23, Lex has manipulated, undermined and defeated the man of steel time and again.

 

1. Joker

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The baddest of the bad. If you watched the Dark Knight you’d love this maniacal monster but in the comics he’s even worse.

Created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson who first appeared in the debut issue of the comic book Batman (April 25, 1940) published by DC Comics. Joker has spread his psychotic notoriety ever since.

If you don’t know who the Joker is, I don’t know where you came from. And this is why he is the most iconic DC Villain ever.

 

So do you agree with our list? Hit us in the comments below. Thanks again and until next time.

 

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Top 10 Most Iconic DC Supervillains (Part1)

Top 10 Most Iconic DC Supervillains (Part1)

I’ve been away for a vacation this Christmas and I regret to have kept you waiting. But the hiatus is over and here is our new list for the most iconic DC supervillains ever.

The Top 10 Most Iconic Supervillains of DC (Part1)

10. Catwoman
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Selena Kyle was first introduced in Batman #1 in 1940.  Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, Catwoman is a traditional adversary for Batman, until in the 1990’s where she had a love-hate relationship with the caped crusader and sometime love interest. There is also another side of our favorite feline friend; despite her villainous nature, she works hard to protect the East End of Gotham City–surely not your typical villain at all.
9. Deathstroke
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We have to thank this guy, for this guy:

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DC loosely based Deadpool on Death Stroke–they even share the same first name (Slade Wilson for Death ‘stroke and Wade Wilson for Dead ‘pool sounds so much alike, eh?)

Created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, Death Stroke is an assassin-mercenary who first appeared in The New Teen Titans (vol. 1) #2 in 1980. Originally designed as an arch-enemy for the Teen Titans, the writers developed him as nemesis for other heroes as well. There were parallels between him and Batman, and he has a deep-seated grudge against Green Arrow.

Deathstroke has heightened speed, strength, and senses. He’s also a master strategist and tactician. Capable of standing toe-to-toe against some of the DC Universe’s most gifted fighters and most powerful heroes, Deathstroke is never content with an easy assignment, and takes on tougher and more difficult tasks. He constantly pushes himself further and further with an unwavering focus on getting the job done no matter what it takes, no matter how ruthless, deadly, or manipulative he must be.

8. Harley Quinn

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Probably so popular right now because of the Suicide Squad movie and because she was portrayed by the doll herself, Margot Robbie. Harley is the Joker’s most enduring love interest/sidekick to date. Bubbly and Psychotic, she was a masterwork by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, and first appeared in Batman: The Animated Series in September 1992.

Before being a criminal herself, she was Dr. Harleen Quinzel, a promising psychiatrist assigned to Arkham Asylum. After meeting the Joker, the young doctor became obsessed with the crazed criminal’s warped mind. Sensing opportunity, the Joker manipulated her, driving his therapist so mad with love that he controlled her.

DC describes her as: Deranged and Psychotic, Harley Quinn is the poster girl for chaos’ terrifying allure.

7. Professor Zoom

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Also known as the Reverse Flash, he first appeared in The Flash (vol. 1) #139 in September 1963. He was created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino.

Born in the 25th Century, he is a time-traveler who attempts to destroy everything the Flash has ever stood for through murder and deceit.

Story: It was year 2466 when Eobard Thwane inherited a huge amount of wealth that he would use to become the Flash. One day, Thawne passed an antique shop and saw the Cosmic Treadmill. Recognizing it, he bought it immediately and tried to duplicate an accident that would turn him into the Flash. However, the planned accident didn’t go as planned, and Thwane’s mind snapped and he became psychotic and evil.

6. Brainiac

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Brainiac is a fictional supervillain published by DC Comics commonly as an adversary of Superman. The brainchild of Otto Binder and Al Plastino, the character first appeared in Action Comics #242 (July 1958).

Described as cold, calculating, unfeeling, and absolutely single-minded in his goals, the aptly nicknamed Collector of Worlds journeys across the universe gathering information and knowledge from every civilization he encounters. Enlightenment? That is not his goal as he seeks the superiority that comes with knowledge.

While more benevolent minds might be content to learn and share new knowledge, when Brainiac encounters a new civilization, he captures and bottles entire cities full of people and technology as samples—before destroying the planet and moving on, leaving little more than rubble in his wake. This is by far one of the most dangerous supervillains to grace comic history.

So, liked our list so far? Hit the comments section for your reactions.

(And, I just want to greet you a Happy New Year.) Keep reading!

 

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My Top 5 favorite 90’s animes

My Top 5 favorite 90’s animes

There are only three countries I wanted to visit. Seriously, only three. Israel for religious reasons, Italy because I am a visual artist (for me going there is paying homage to the great masters of years past), and Japan because of Anime reasons (they say it’s also a great place to visit so why not?).

If you grew up in the 90’s, you have to love the various anime programs that cropped out during the decade. And for this post, I am posting the Top 5 of those programs which I loved.

My Favorite Top 5 90’s Anime

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I practically grew up with Goku,the series’main protagonist. From childhood up to his disappearance in GT (I haven’t seen Super yet, maybe I’ve grown up a bit). I even tried emulating his speed (although right now I kind of regret it because it’s too embarrassing to remember). Man, Dragon Ball is the bomb! It’s  a shame that Hollywood still can’t do justice for this on the the big screen given the advances in technology and all.

Maybe it’s the weird hairdo’s? I don’t know, but Dragon Ball was the best ever in terms of entertainment value and great story line. Goku just doesn’t die, he lives forever. In our hearts.

2. Yu Yu Hakusho (aka Ghost Fighter) 

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For those of you living in this side of the world, who can ever forget the “Tapusin, Tapusin“(End it, End it) chant? Anyone who watched this anime uttered those words each time they watch Yusuke and  Toguro duke it out. We just love them.

The impressions, the attitude. Every guy tried to emulate at least one of the major characters. It’s funny to remember now how kids would form their hands into guns and shout “Ray Gun”while chasing their playmates into the roundabouts of the village. At least this is a training for our imagination, a form of escapism as a child.

3. Voltes V

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I know, I know this is already a classic having been released 40-50 years ago? I just don’t know, but this was part of my formative years. In the 80’s they didn’t even let the show end, it just vanished. Come the 90’s, thanks to the popularity of its song in a gag show, if you know what I mean. If you don’t here it is:

It came back to relevance because of that show and we finally saw how the show ended at last. It’s great that the Armstrong brothers finally get to see their father, but all we care about was Jamie. Right? Right?

4. Gundam Wing

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As if fascination with Voltes V robot wasn’t enough, this one captivated everyone and started the Gundam toy craze in the country. Many will try to deny it but the design of these robots is so great it compels you to buy one so you can touch one with your hands.

Its popularity is so immense that Japan has a statue of a Gundam in a park in Tokyo. See here.

This is one of the great what ifs in the history of anime. What if in the near future we can have and see a real Gundam in battle, it can be a reality because it can be done; and knowing how quirky and imaginative the Japanese can be, it’s only a matter of time before we can actually have one.

5. Slam Dunk

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Basketball is undoubtedly the unofficial favorite sport in the Philippines. That being said, it is no wonder that this anime is a staple in every kid’s mind. Slam Dunk is a story of Hanamichi Sakuragi’s journey from being a prospect to a budding star of the sports. Its great storyline captures and burns the flame of competition for those fans who watched this program. It is undoubtedly, one of the best.

There are a lot more programs I wish to share but I think I cannot finish this article if I tackle it one by one. Maybe for another time. ‘Til then!

(Admin Ryan)

The Top 10 Most Iconic Marvel Supervillains (PART 2)

The Top 10 Most Iconic Marvel Supervillains (PART 2)

The Top 10 Supervillains of Marvel Comics

Counting down the Top Ten superhero villains of Marvel (LIST) – Numbers 5 to 1.

5. Loki

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Loki is the adoptive brother and often enemy of Thor. Based on the Norse God of the same name, Loki is as deceptive as his Norse mythology counterpart, making his debut in Marvel Comics appearance in Timely Comics’ publication Venus No. 6 (August 1949).

In the comics, Loki is a son of a frost giant, whom Odin kills. Odin found him under wraps because his father was ashamed of Loki’s small stature. Odin raised him like a son alongside Thor, but he found resentment to the fact that other Asgardians treated him differently from the oft-favored Thor. Asgardians valued strength, tenacity, and bravery in battle above all things which Loki was clearly lacking. But what he excelled at is power and skill, particularly as a sorcerer.

His foray into the black arts earned him the title of “god of evil” among the Asgardians, and he forged alliances with many of the realm’s enemies. His sinister plots cast a huge shadow on Thor and other earth heroes, and this is why he is one of the most iconic Marvel supervillains ever.

4. Green Goblin

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Ruthless industrialist Norman Osborn was the co-owner of a leading New York firm, Osborn Industries. His wife died while giving birth to their son, Harry, which rendered him embittered. Norman raised Harry dispassionately, devoid of fatherly warmth, and was always mad by Harry’s failure to demonstrate academic excellence or a competitive drive.

Lusting for more power, he tested a strength enhancing serum for himself, emerging smarter and superhumanly strong, but at the cost of his sanity. His insanity led him to target Spider-Man as his main enemy. They had many great battles, until Spider-Man accidentally killed him in a struggle where the Goblin also killed Spider-Man’s love interest, Gwen Stacy.

But the same formula that had given Osborn his heightened strength and intellect also gave him powerful regenerative abilities. He lived. And cast his shadow over Peter Parker, manipulating him in succeeding episodes in the comics. It can be said that The Green Goblin is Spider-Man’s greatest enemy per se.

The Green Goblin is created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The Goblin made his debut in The Amazing Spider-Man #14.

3. Thanos      

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Thanos is a member of the Titanian Eternals. Thanos possesses abilities common to the Eternals, but amplified to a higher degree through a combination of his mutant–Eternal heritage, bionic amplification, mysticism, and power bestowed by the abstract entity, Death. Demonstrating enormous superhuman strength, stamina, and durability, he can absorb and project vast quantities of cosmic energy and is capable of telekinesis, telepathy, and matter manipulation. Thanos is an accomplished hand-to-hand combatant, having been trained in the art of war on Titan. Longtime Marvel comic book  readers know him as the cosmic bad-ass who long possessed the reality-altering Infinity Gauntlet, who killed half the universe, including many Marvel heroes, before his misdeeds were undone.

Created by writer-artist Jim Starlin, the character first appeared in Iron Man #55 in 1973, making his debut in the Bronze Age of Comic Books, Thanos has been featured in the Marvel continuity for about forty years and counting.

2. Magneto

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Magneto is synonymous with the X-Men- you can’t discuss the X-Men without ever mentioning Magneto. Magneto’s power is the ability to generate and control magnetic fields. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby in 1963, he made his first appearance in X-Men #1, becoming the very first foe of the iconic mutant team.

Magneto is a mutant separatist, in contrast to Professor X’s ideal of human co-existence. He believed that mutants are the next stage in human evolution and he sought of ways to assert his dominion over the powerless humans and the planet. Though not a hero, Magneto is charismatic, noble, and wise. His long and turbulent friendship with Charles Xavier has been a cornerstone for both men’s lives, as a rivalry that has lasted decades. Their lives, forever intertwined.

I had trouble really selecting #1 as the finalists have their own weight in the Marvel universe and as it is, I present to you 1A and 1A.

1B. Dr. Doom

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Doctor Doom was conceived by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby. Doom first appeared in The Fantastic Four #5 (July 1962) wearing his trademark metal mask and green cloak.

Born out of Latveria, His mother died in a bargain with Mephisto that has gone wrong. Longing to save his son from the same fate, Werner von Doom fled with a young Victor on a cold winter’s night.  Victor survived the cold, but unfortunately his father did not. With this, Doom sought to increase his knowledge of both science and magic in order to rescue his mother, whose later death he blamed on Mephisto.

In one of his attempts to fuse both science and magic, one of his devices exploded leaving his face scarred for life. From then on he used his metallic mask to mask his face and set his sights on world domination. A perpetual rival of the Fantastic Four, particularly Reed Richard AKA Mr. Fantastic, and has appeared in many of Marvel’s alternate universes and spinoffs, in which the character’s history, circumstances, and behavior varies from the mainstream setting.

1A. Red Skull

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Red Skull is the arch enemy of Captain America, who can be more iconic than that? Inspiration for his development came when writer and artist Joe Simon saw a hot fudge sundae melting and noticed it resembled a human figure. First conceptualized with the working name “Hot Fudge”he later renamed him with the appropriate “Red Skull,”   which sounds more menacing.

Born, Johann Schmidt, Red Skull was a Nazi general officer and confidant of Adolf Hitler. He is closely affiliated with Hydra, an enemy of the S.H.I.E.L.D., the Avengers, and the interests of the US, and the free world in general.

He was physically augmented, with physical strength pegged at least at the same level of Captain America, He appeared to be killed in the past, only to return time and time again to plague the world with schemes of world domination and genocide.

View Part 1 of this list here: The Top 10 Most Iconic Marvel Supervillains (Part 1) (numbers 10 – 6)

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Do you agree with our list? Hit the comments section. Until next time.

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The Top 10 Most Iconic Marvel Supervillains (Part 1)

The Top 10 Most Iconic Marvel Supervillains (Part 1)

The Top 10 Supervillains of Marvel Comics

Counting down the Top Ten superhero villains of Marvel (LIST) – Numbers 1o to 6.

10. Onslaught

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A psionic entity created from the conciousness of Professor X and Magneto, Onslaught came to existence after Magneto ripped the adamantium sheets from Wolverine’s skeleton. Xavier used his telepahatic powers to shut down Magneto’s mind. In return, the psionic contact, Magneto’s anger, grief, and lust for vengeance entered Xavier’s consciousness, mixing with every long-suppressed negative feelings Xavier had endured during the last 30 years. This aggregation resulted in the being known as Onslaught.

Onslaught’s power consists of telepathy, telekinesis, energy projection, sensing mutant presences, manipulating magnetic fields, and affecting reality itself. Onslaught can also enhance its physical size and strength.

First appearing in 1996, Onslaught has crossed over several Marvel series, including the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, and Cable comics.

9. Dark Phoenix

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When she was 10 years old, Jean Grey demonstrated mutant telepathic powers first after experiencing the emotions of a dying friend. Seeking help for their daughter, her parents sought the help of Professor Charles Xavier, who introduced young Jean to the astral plane as a way to distract and train her telepathic abilities. But as she was using this exercise, a part of her mind manifested as a Phoenix.

Xavier erected psychic shields in Jean’s mind to prevent her from using her telepathic powers until she was mature enough to control them.

In a mission in outer space, Jean was struck with solar flares and was noticed by the Phoenix Force which took note of her unlimited potential.  As Dark Phoenix, Jean used telepathy and telekinesis, but in outworldly levels. She was able to rearrange the molecular structure of matter and fly at supersonic speeds.

Dark Phoenix made her debut in Uncanny X-Men #101-108 from 1976–1977.

8. Galactus

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The “Devourer of Worlds”,  Galactus is a god-like Marvel Supervillain who devours worlds to satisfy his eternal hunger.  Galactus debuted in The Fantastic Four #48 in March of 1966.

Too powerful to be defeated by any one hero, he is portrayed as a force rather than a being, a god of destruction that is deaf to pitiful pleas, although he seems to be driven by a deeper understanding of the universe than mere mortals – as he once stated he is ultimately destined to give much more than he has taken from the universe.

It is later revealed that he is the only one stopping Abraxas, an entity that had the potential to erase all of reality on a whim, from being released to the universe.

7. Ultron

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As we are obsessed with computers taking over the world, it seems to be the inspiration for writer Roy Thomas and artist John Buscema when they concocted Ultron in 1968.

Ultron is a criminally insane rogue sentient robot dedicated to conquest and the extermination of humanity, he was made by Dr. Hank Pym. Dr. Pym AKA Ant Man / Giant Man, endowed it with consciousness, using a copy of his own brain patterns as the basis for the robot’s programming; however as with its creator, Ultron inherited Pym’s great intellect and mental instability. The instant the robot was activated, Ultron developed a hatred for its creator or “father”and the entire human race.

Throughout the comics, Ultron rebuilt himself completely four times, making improvements and modifications each time. He made his war against humanity, particularly the Avengers which counted Dr. Pym among its members, to catastrophic proportions.

6. Dr. Octopus

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Dr. Octopus or Otto Octavius is a mad scientist often characterized as  stocky, myopic man who utilizes four powerful, mechanical appendages, and is obsessed with proving his own genius and destroying Spider-Man. A brilliant and respected nuclear physicist, inventor, and lecturer. His genius in radiation is so exceptional that Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four sought him to offer his expertise when his wife, Susan Storm AKA Invisble Woman is suffering from complications on her 2nd pregnancy due to the cosmic radiation that has given their team their powers.

Doc Ock, as he became known, is one of Spider-Man’s main villains having many iconic battles with our favorite web-slinger for years. His crowning achievement was the near-fatal stabbing of Spider-Man’s then-partner/lover, the Black Cat, who was placed in critical condition. This led to the vengeful Spider-Man nearly killing him.


Do you Agree with our list? Hit the comment section and follow us as we unfold the second part of our list.

Update, you can now view Part 2 of this list here: The Top 10 Most Iconic Marvel Supervillains (Part 2) (numbers 5 – 1)

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