ComicMix Six: The Worst Supervillain Names in Comics

Luana Haygen

Luana is an animated movie and superhero enthusiast with an eye for detail. She has been drawing and creating fashions since she was a child. She has been routinely helping here at ComicMix since 2009.

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  1. Mike Gold says:

    Reverse-Flash. Jeez, how long did it take 'em to come up with that? Less time than it took to come up with Professor Zoom, I'll bet. A solid villain to be sure, but the name sucked.

  2. Michael H. Price says:

    Betcha Little Dot could make Polka-Dot Man see the error of his ways. Or could he be one of her "Uncles" — ???

  3. RD Francis says:

    Admittedly, it was first used as a super-HERO name, but "The Whizzer" is pretty embarassing. In fact, not being up on my slang history, it's possible that it wasn't nearly as bad in the early 1940's, when Robert Frank used the name, than in the late sixties, when it was used by member of the Squadron Sinister/Supreme.Note that the super-villain character is now called Speed Demon.Other notable contenders: – Speedball (given that name at a point when it was evidently slang for a particular type of illicit chemical substances) – All-Star Squadron: The name per se isn't that bad (was there an All-Star baseball game back that far?); it's the fact that, given the tendency to refer to other large teams by the initials of their names (JLA, JSA, LSH), it's somewhat problematic (proof, of course, coming in the form of Roy Thomas' having the characters notice the problem when the name was introduced in the book).

    • RD Francis says:

      Sorry, those last two were heroes or hero teams, not villains….

    • Rick Marshall says:

      Great minds think alike, RD, as "The Whizzer" was on our ComicMix Six list of The Worst Superhero Names in Comics!

      • Mike Gold says:

        The word "Whiz" occupies a long and honored place in our cultural history. Comics fans, of course, know about Whiz Comics, birthplace of the real Captain Marvel. Whiz Comics was named after Fawcett Publications' extraordinarily popular joke book, Captain Billy's Whiz-Bang, later to be fondly remembered and immortalized in Meridith Willson's musical The Music Man — although they set the story two years before Whiz-Bang saw the light of day.The Whiz candy bar was very popular in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, but its slogan "the best nickel candy bar there izzz" became rather meaningless when everybody raised their prices to a dime. They sponsored the local Three Stooges broadcasts when I was a kid. It died sometime in the 70s.There was also a popular orange drink sold under that name, and it was marketed with the slogan "Take A Whiz… A Better Beverage." No kidding. Honest. But baby boomers with less-than-healthy lungs doubtlessly remember the Firesign Theater's Bear Whiz Beer. "It's the water," their slogan said, but for most of us at the time, I suspect it was the bong water that counted.

        • Michael H. Price says:

          Then there was the Whiz-Fizz, a fountain drink popularized by my hometown's Heap-O-Cream ice-cream bar. The town once was notable for such peculiar place-names. In addition to the Heap-O-Cream, there also was the Furr Food Stores' bakery subsidiary, which was known Furr and wide as Furr Pie Kitchen. (Like the man said: No kidding. Honest.) Its slogan: "As Good as the Best."

          • Mike Gold says:

            Damn. I've got a great response to this, but it's too obscene — even for me. Which is astonishing.

          • Michael H. Price says:

            Yeah, well, we try to keep raising the bar — or lowering it, like a Limbo tournament. Hang on to that thought, anyhow, lest it dissipate.

  4. John says:

    Nothing beats the Gentleman Ghost for the most non-threatening supervillan name ever.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Mister Doll anyone?