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Okay, so we had the Top 100 Marvel and DC Characters List. I even went a little further, and showed you the NEXT hundred on the list. But what about those characters that were less supported? THEY have their fans, too, right? So this week, each day I’m going to take a look at some characters who made only ONE ballot – but were chosen FIRST on that ballot.
Anaconda – 10 points (1 first place vote)
Ah, Anaconda – the best use of the word Anaconda outside of a Sir Mix-a-lot song. Blanche Sitznski was a long time member of the Serpent Society, first appearing in Marvel Two-in-One (which, as Mitch Hedberg explains to us, is impossible – as you’d have some of one overflowing if you put it in with another one).
She was a long-time member of the Serpent Society.
Especially since Marvel Two-in-One co-writer Mark Gruenwald wrote Captain America, so she showed up a lot.
She was super-strong and had the ability to elongate her limbs. She was quite tough.
Recently, she popped up in Cable and Deadpool as a new member of the mercenary group, Six Pack.
Here is why my Nysanne picked Anaconda #1…
I’ve loved Anaconda ever since Captain America #310, which is the first full appearance of the Serpent Society. I’ve always loved villains more than heroes, I don’t know why, and the Serpent Society has to be my favorite group of all time. But, Anaconda takes the crown as my favorite villain of the Marvel Universe. She had previous appearances before Cap #310, but she hasn’t shined like she did in in that issue, where she single-handedly fought Captain America and actually did really well. There’s one panel where Cap is punching her as hard as he can, and she’s loving it. She’s laughing and asking for more, and then accuses him for having the guts to go up against her one-on-one. She also got to beat on the Constrictor later in the issue. Really, Mark Gruenwald built her up to be such a fantastically unladylike villainess.
Another reason I absolutely love Anaconda is her unique character design. First, her costume is extraordinarily over-the-top. Her belt alone has so much detail put into it, I love it. You can tell Mark Gruenwald, who created Anaconda both visually and personality-wise, put a lot of effort into the Serpent Squad that Anaconda first appeared with. There’s also Anaconda’s dazzling lack of femininity. She has luxurious blonde hair that would make Goldilocks jealous, but she’s certainly no bombshell.
Anaconda’s powers are also quite interesting. People often overlook her because they think she’s weak, but really, I’d say she’s almost up to Wolverine standard. She has artificial adamantium in her skeleton, so she’s super-durable (as seen in the awesome scene where she jumps out of a helicopter without a parachute and falls to the ground, then immediately getting up and brushing herself off in Cable & Deadpool #33). She also has super-strength, she can elongate her arms and legs, AND she can breathe underwater. Wolverine can’t make those claims! I definitely think, given the chance, Anaconda could make an extremely deadly opponent for most super-heroes.
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