75 Greatest Friends and Foes of Batman: Villains #20-16
In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman. Future installments will deal with Batman creators and stories, but this month will be about Batman’s allies and his villains.
You all voted, now here are the results (40 bad guys, 35 good guys for a total of 75)! Here is a list of all the characters revealed so far. We continue with Villains #20-16 (I decided to go back-to-back villains entries)…
NOTE: There’s so many images in these pieces that I’ll be breaking them up over two pages.
Created by Frank Robbins and Neal Adams, the mutated bat-creature known as Man-Bat was introduced as a friend to Batman. However, very quickly Robbins and Adams decided that he worked better as a tragic villain, as his mutation led to him becoming alienated from Batman and even fighting his idol!
Over the next four decades, Man-Bat has alternated between good guy and unwilling bad guy (sort of like Curt Conners and the Lizard for Spider-Man) but I guess he was most popular among voters as a bad guy!
19. Dr. Simon Hurt
Based on the scientist from the classic Batman tale “Robin Dies at Dawn” (where a scientist puts Batman through the mental wringer as part of an experiment), Grant Morrison decided to say “What if that scientist, who had access to Batman’s inner-most fears for over a week, was a BAD GUY?” So he gave us Dr. Simon Hurt, the head of the evil organization known as the Black Glove…
Hurt decides to absolutely break Batman, both by leaking false reports defaming Batman’s dead parents (and Alfred Pennyworth) and actually seemingly breaking Batman’s own PSYCHE!!
However, this being Batman, he thought of everything and found a way to save his psyche. In the end, we discover that Hurt was actually a Wayne from over a century ago who had gained long life due to his contact with one of Darkseid’s devices.
18. Killer Croc
Introduced by Gerry Conway and Curt Swan as a new crime boss…
Killer Croc was both super strong AND street smart…
However, as time has gone by, outside of a story here and there (like Brian Azzarello’s Batman run), Killer Croc has sort of been distilled to just a big super-strong villain, where he is still a boon to Batman’s Rogues Gallery since he has such a great visual…
Go to the next page for #17-16!