Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Spider-Man Villains

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) asks us to look at the dark side with our favorite villains.  I’ve decided to narrow the focus a bit to my favorite adversaries faced by Spider-Man.

  1.  The Scorpion.  Marvel Tales reprinted much of the Stan Lee/Lee Ditko run of early Spider-Man comics when I was actively reading and I loved them.  And while the Scorpion isn’t considered in the upper pantheon of Spidey villains by many, I loved his first appearance and the fact that he could go toe-to-toe with Spidey and almost best him.
  2. Doc Ock.  He unmasked Spidey, he married Aunt May….what didn’t Doc Ock do to torment Spider-Man?!?  Added bonus:  He’s the villain in my favorite superhero movie of all-time Spider-Man 2.
  3. The Lizard.  Spidey is easily one of the most angst ridden of any superheroes and his conflicted emotions about having to battle the Lizard (he was a scientist who was trying to help himself and the Lizard was an unwanted side effect) always put an extra layer on their battles.
  4. The Green Goblin.  Considered by many to be the quintessential adversary for Spidey, the Goblin is fun, interesting and exciting.   Like the Lizard, there’s a personal connection to the identity of the Goblin that causes all kinds of angst for Spidey.
  5. The Hobgoblin.  The identity of the Hobgoblin drove much of the on-going back story during the time I read Spidey comics.  His unmasking was a pivotal issue and one I remember well.
  6. The Vulture.  Another classic from Lee/Ditko and one I am intrigued to see come to life on the screen in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.
  7. Man-Wolf.  A lot of this has to do with the Power Records recording version of this story that I listened to about a billion times growing up.  J. Jonah Jameson’s astronaut son picks up a rock on the moon, has it made into a pendant and turns into a werewolf.  Typing that I realize it sounds cheesy as all get out, but with the read-along record and sound effects, it made a huge impression on me at the age of six.
  8. The Spider Slayers.
  9. Electro
  10. The Kingpin
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4 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Spider-Man Villains

  1. Ben

    Good list. Can’t believe Venom didn’t make it though!

  2. billbrarian

    I just found your blog and am enjoying looking around. Great post. Spiderman is one of my all-time favorite characters.

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