In Batman's first self-titled issue, the Dark Knight tangled with the Joker and Catwoman. 80 years later, these rogues are still hailed as among the most influential villains in DC history. An Oscar-nominated Joker film just came out a few months ago and Catwoman will appear in Matt Reeves' Batman reboot next year. It's staggering that these supervillains have stood the test of time and, even after eight decades, have never been more popular.
It cannot be denied that DC Comics have tons of great villains including Sinestro, Doomsday, Poison Ivy, the Court of Owls, Black Manta, and Penguin. Sadly, there are far more villains that have been lost in the shuffle. For every Lex Luthor or Riddler, there are a hundred dumb supervillains like Lord-Death Man, Bootface, Condiment King, or Gorilla Boss who simply didn't stand the test of time.
There are some supervillains who are so stupid, every DC fan has heard of them. Crazy Quilt, Kite Man, and Polka-Dot Man are so infamously silly, they still appear regularly in comics, video games, and cartoons.
But there are some villains that vanished into obscurity, never to be heard from again. Some of them only made a single appearance, making them the most elusive antagonists of all...
James Egan has written 80 books including
1000 Facts about Superheroes Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Supervillains Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about The Greatest Films Ever Made Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Video Games Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about TV Shows Vol. 1-3
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