Bad Guys 101: The Comic Villains We Hate To Love

by Kevin Gurley

030722D-1024x536 Bad Guys 101: The Comic Villains We Hate To LoveEveryone has a favorite comic villain. Today, we’re taking a look at a few of the choice members of the Bad-Guy Club – most with keys that are more than affordable.

Joker’s Wild

The Joker is a Villain, but if we go by the 2019 movie I wouldn’t blame you if you viewed him as an anti-hero. As a result, this version of The Joker makes you empathize for the abused and root for the bullied people in society. joker-e1646436931458-204x300 Bad Guys 101: The Comic Villains We Hate To Love

Regardless of how one might see him, it’s hard to deny that he brings out the best and the worst of Batman.

The Joker we see in the 2019 movie is an antihero for the people. However, in the comics, he has no moral compass. Ultimately, he is just a man who has developed a full taste for anarchy.

Consequently, the ordinary man only wants to control the chaos around himself.

Recommended Pick: Batman Three Jokers #1 (2020).  A CGC 9.9 sold on 01/2021 for $280.

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Heavy Is The Head That Wears The Crown

When we think of villains or even anti-heroes, Wakanda has more than a few that fit the bill. One would naturally think that Kilmonger would be the most treacherous of all Wakandans; however, there is one who slips under the radar. I’m referring to Man-Ape. He has had his moments as both friend and enemy to the Wakandan people.

Man-Ape, also known as M’baku, is from the Jabari Tribe. He has fought alongside Black Panther on the good side and he was a part of the Lethal Legion on the other. T’challa even invited M’baku to his wedding.

We know M’baku sat on the Wakandan throne before as a fill-in, but can he again? He was even banned from Wakanda. It’s without a doubt T’challa and M’baku have had a tumultuous love/hate relationship. Even so, if M’baku is the next to wear the crown; he will rule as King, and be loved as the next Black Panther. Recommended Pick(s): Black Panther #4 (2018).

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Next, we have another misunderstood creation of the Arkham Asylum and yet another orphan of Gotham City. David Hyde would grow up with multiple origin stories. Going by the origin story in the new 52, he was on a mission to get a sample of Arthur Curry’s blood. David’s adoptive father was accidentally killed on this mission by Aquaman.

A mysterious mercenary trained in hand-to-hand combat. David Hyde; better known as Black Manta, is a former member of the Legion of Doom and a formidable opponent for any of DC’s Heroes. Black Manta’s suit comes with a jetpack and his helmet allows him to shoot energy beams from his eyes. He’s also a master in many forms of martial arts.

It’s hard not to love anyone who had it so rough as a child. Three different origins for one undeniable fact, Black Manta is indeed a villain we hate to love. Recommended Pick: Aquaman #23.1 (Black Manta #1).  CGC 9.8s can currently be found for very inexpensive prices.

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The definition of the word Bane is: The cause of great distress or annoyance. True to his name, Bane is a villain we hate and few of us love. In spite of his superior strength and stature, Bane is a super-intelligent muscle man with his moral compass intact.

We were first introduced to Bane in Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 (1993). Bane was bred inside of the isolated Pena Duro Prison. He would study and lift weights every day to form a balance between his mind and body in order to promote himself as the perfect weapon to combat injustice.

Bane’s mask releases numbing gases to help comfort his pain from his many injuries acquired in the Pit. Bane is one of the few to defeat Batman both physically and mentally. Bane’s love for Talia al Ghul at its very core brings out the light in him, in spite of himself. One could argue that Bane is an antihero fighting what he deems as corruption in Gotham City.

Bane was a member of the League of Shadows, but as he started to pull away from Ra’s al Ghul’s leadership he started getting closer to Talia. His feelings of love and adoration trumped by his ability to care for her needs first, aren’t attributes you can give to a true villain. One thing is for certain; Bane is reduced into being a man – vulnerable and a victim to love. Recommended Pick: Batman The Dark Knight (vol 2) #6 (The Rise Of Bane).

Who is your favorite villain? Let us know in the comments!

000080221A_Posters_2-Footer Bad Guys 101: The Comic Villains We Hate To Love*Any perceived investment advice is that of the freelance blogger and does not reflect investment advice on behalf of GoCollect.

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Patrick Pringle March 11, 2022 - 9:04 am

One of the best things I’ve read. Hope there is more articles by this author.

Kevin Gurley March 12, 2022 - 8:00 pm

Hey Patrick..
Hope to bring you more when you come here to price your comics. Please let me know what you’re reading at the moment; maybe we can find some of those titles here that are on the rise!! time!!

popsequentialism March 11, 2022 - 10:36 am

I think from an ROI sensibility the better investments would be AVENGERS #62 (first M’Baku), which costs about $400 raw in high grade; May 1975’s JOKER #1 which is the first titular series starring the Joker and attainable in a high grade raw for under $200; and while I don’t think there are many forthcoming dividends in the Black Manta character, the second appearance in December 1968’s Aquaman #42 with a high-grade raw price of under $75 (compared to the $1.5K sticker price on his first appearance 7 issues prior) should be rising on its merits as a Silver Age comic, alone. BATMAN: VENGEANCE OF BANE is still ludicrously underpriced as is the issue where he breaks Batman’s back (BATMAN #497), but the introduction of the Venom drug in BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #16 is now canon and that Venom storyline was the prelude to Bane’s introduction. Best thing about that last comic? You can still find it in dollar bins.

Kevin Gurley March 11, 2022 - 3:35 pm

Hey popsequentialism..

Wow.. definitely agree with everything you said about M’baku in his first appearances; although, I should have pointed out for you seasoned vet’s that I was really talking to those just getting started. Most newbies have no clue where or how to start collecting, so I wanted to start them with a few of the basic issues that are great deals right now.
As far as Black Manta goes I believe with the new Aquaman offering scheduled for spring 2023 (Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom), they are already planning on bringing more of Black Manta’s character out. This should peak the interest of comic heads everywhere. If I’m wrong you can be the first to say I told you so. Yes, Bane’s joint is totally underpriced along with Batman 497 and Batman 500, but the good news is these are still great deals that leave your wallet standing. Be that as it may, you can price all of these books at Gocollect no matter what your budget is.
Until next time my comic pally!!

captaincollector March 11, 2022 - 1:45 pm

One of my favorite villains is probably unknown to most, being a long forgotten character of the seventies. Major Ryker in Rich Buckler’s original Deathlok series from 1974. Weird storyline, oddball characters and a superb Luther Manning. And of course a mean, mean Major Ryker!

Kevin Gurley March 11, 2022 - 5:40 pm

Captaincollector that’s some early mid-seventies flavor for your buck. I am vaguely familiar with Major Ryker and his brother because of ABC’s short lived series. It makes me wonder though, if Deathlok will show up on the big screen? J. August Richards wasn’t a bad Deathlok maybe he could reprise the role. I’m more of a Victor Stone/Cyborg guy though, but both are crazy Cyborg/Man hybrid’s that are worthy of being in a major movie. Definitely will dive deeper into the Major though. Thanks for the comment!!


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