The Comics 8 Ball 3.24.14: Top 8 Superhero Doppelgangers
Posted by Anthony Kennedy on 03.24.2014
From Venom and the Crime Syndicate of America to Sabretooth, Black Adam and more, 411's Anthony Kennedy counts down the top 8 evil superhero doppelgangers!
Welcome, one and all, to the Comics 8 Ball in the Movie Zone! I'm your esteemed host Anthony Kennedy and as always, we will be tackling a topic and providing you the top eight selections related to comic books. One thing to please understand, these are meant to be my personal opinion and not a definitive list, although I do considerable myself somewhat an expert. Feel free to disagree and I'll freely admit you're wrong (no hard feelings right?) With that in mind, let's get right in to it!
But first….READER FEEDBACK
Alex Arrington: • Squadron Supreme was an unabashed ripoff of the justice league, character by character, with a little more realistic spin. If DC borrowed from their storyline, I'd call it justified.
Agree blatant rip-off, but that's what they were from the start, and more importantly have never been presented as an integral part of the 616.
Dougie2876: Most of this list is just stupid. They both use arrows! That makes them the same character! Meanwhile, you don't even list all of the blatant rip-offs of Superman, including the biggest one Captain Marvel. This list sucks.
Well, I've never see Captain Marvel a rip-off of Superman to begin so he would not make me list. They don't share a similar origin, look, or power set. Where as most on the list, have borrowed more than a few of those traits.
MaskedHypocrite: "Aquaman, often a punchline since his Superfriend days, has been a boss superhero since his redesign."
The instant you think logically about Aquaman and the secondary superpowers he has to have just in order to exist, he stops being a joke.
Just imagine how strong, fast, and tough you need to be to have a human size and shape and survive unprotected at the bottom of the ocean, swim faster than the fastest Olympic swimmers, and be able to go between the depths and surface at your top movement speed without having to worry about depressurization. (and when writers remember those sorts of things, he's been shown to be able to ignore direct machinegun fire, be able to move way faster than non-meta humans on land and be, at the very least, in the car-chucker strength class)
That's a really great breakdown of him.
CyberVenom: Man o man! This is a crazy concept for a list! Nice choices! Here's where I'm going with it:
10. Lord Havok and the Extremists. DC's Dr. Doom, Sabertooth, Octavious, etc.
9. Nemesis. Character based on the idea of "If Batman were the Joker?"
8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. More of a parody, but definitely influenced by Miller's Daredevil.
7. The X-Men. Of both Doom Patrol and Teen Titans.
6. The Elite. DC's answer to the Authority.
5. Spawn. Anti-hero with a symbiotic outfit drawn by Todd McFarlane? Sound like Venom?
4. Swamp Thing AND Man-Thing. Both are similar to a character named The Heap.
3. Squadron Supreme. The entire JLA as told by Marvel.
2. Midnighter and Apollo. Batman and Superman for the Authority.
1. Captain Marvel. DC sued over the similarities between the Big Red Cheese and Superman.
Really good list. Was tempted to mention the Elite, but they really haven't done much with that team since that amazing one shot issue. I really loathe to do so but do not consider Squadron Supreme a rip-off as even Marvel doesn't consider them an original creation and just used them for Avengers fodder and the for the one-shot 80's maxi-series. And I'll have to reiterate, Captain Marvel, even though a judge will prove me wrong, I just don't see as a Superman clone.
Squirtle: Mr Fantastic and Plastic Man??
They have similar abilities but consider one is a reformed comedy-esque crimefighter while the other is genius scientest exploring the cosmos, I wouldn't consider Reed Richards a rip-off.
Gully Blanchard: Check out Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox. Aquaman was one of the baddest dudes in that movie.
Agree Aquaman was quite boss in that DVD release, but since I wouldn't include non-comic representation the JLA portrayal was able to bring him out of lame status for me.
Top 8 Evil Doppelgangers
Want to give a shout out to Rex Henry for inspiring this week's topic. Really I must kick myself for not thinking of it sooner as the "evil" doppelganger has been a comic's mainstay for damn near forever, and heck DC made a living off creating these archetypes. With that I present the Top 8 Doppelgangers in Comics.
Abomination: All the strength of the Hulk, plus maintains his genius level intellect.
Sinestro: He's like Hal Jordan, only yellow.
The Legion of Doom: Had to include the old school cartoon's rogue's gallery.
Green Arrow's rogues gallery is very lacking to say the lest. Thankfully at some point someone created a great rival for him with the Dark Archer. There's been a greater appreciation for him with his New 52 portrayal.
One of the earliest evil superhero doppelgangers. Mostly known as the mutated clone of the Man of Steel, he's rarely treated as a serious threat (the exception being the awesome All-Star Superman series) and mostly been a character of derision and sympathy cause of his tortured origin and life.
#6 Storm Shadow
I loved the dynamic between Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow and this was one of the best rivalries in comics.
A bigger homicidal version of Wolverine? Yes please. There were points in the early 90's where fans looked forward to an appearance by Wolvie's evil, remorseless doppelganger with the highpoint, at least to me, being the period where he was a ward of Professor Xavier at the school. Now he's been somewhat watered down but cannot take away the awesomeness that he possessed in that period.
#4 Black Adam
A long forgotten character that became one of the biggest bad asses of the DC Universe baddies when put in the capable hands of Geoff Johns. No moral compass and the power set that rivals (nearly surpasses) Superman.
#3 Crime Syndicate of America
When you have a super group of the likes of the Justice League, the only real threat that might possibly pose a challenge to them, would, of course, have to be their evil counterparts, the Crime Syndicate. While they have been around for decades, their best interpretation was the Grant Morison penned Earth 2.
#2 Professor Zoom
The Reverse Flash has been a thorn in the Flash's side for decades and ultimately revealed to have caused the death of his Barry Allen's mother.
I put him at number one, due to the brilliant originality of his creation –Peter rejecting the evil symbiote and Eddie Brock embracing it due to his irrational professional hatred of Peter. Venom was the ultimate doppelganger to me due to his intense hatred for these dual personas shared for Spidey along with the intimate personal knowledge of who he is and what he cares about to set out on destroying him. Let's try to forget that whole Maximum Carnage saga tho!
Well that's my list. Agree, disagree, did I miss someone that deserved to make this list? Let me know! Join me next week for another edition of the 8-Ball! Have a great week and don't forget to read the many other great columns, news articles and more here at 411mania.com! I'm done.