There is no doubt Marvel has produced some of the most legendary villains in the history of comic books. From Thanos, to Galactus, to Dr. Doom, and on to En Sabah Nur, (better known as the mutant Apocalypse), the imprint has provided their readers with threats both to the actual universe and more localized in the form of villains such as Kingpin, The Green Goblin, and Hydra. But, for every scary threat to existence, Marvel has created some absolute head-scratchers, the types of bad guys most power-less readers probably could take out, even without one of Tony Stark’s Iron man suits. Here are five villains in particular we wouldn’t worry about, should they happen to show up in our neighborhood today.
- Paste Pot Pete. Peter Petruski made his debut in Strange Tales #104 (1963). A genius-level chemist, Pete’s weapon of choice is projectile glue, which he uses as an offensive weapon to trap the heroes who may try and impede his life of crime. As such, by 1965, Marvel had changed his name to The Trapster (Fantastic Four #38, 1965). Over the years Pete has battled such Marvel luminaries as the Human Torch, the entire Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Captain America, Spider-Man as well as most of Marvel’s other “street-level” heroes. More recently he has spent time helping Deadpool in a shift from being a villain to being the antihero comic foil to the Merc with a Mouth.
- Stilt-Man. Wilbur Day was a scientist who stole technology from his employer, Carl Kaxton, and used it to invent telescoping legs and later an armored suit which he then used to commit robberies. Stilt-Man made his first appearance in Daredevil #8 (1965) when Day hired Matt Murdock to help him sue Kaxton. Soon Stilt-Man and Daredevil were squaring off and launching a feud which has lasted for decades. In addition to Daredevil, Stilt-Man has also fought Thor, Iron Man, and Spider-Man.
- Rocket Racer. Another scientific prodigy, Robert Farrell began a life of crime after he realized his genius was not enough to support his family. In order to facilitate his robberies, Farrell built a cybernetically-controlled, rocket-powered magnetic skateboard, which he rides while operating under the name of Rocket Racer. Racer first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #172 (1977). The web slinger went on to become Racer’s chief nemesis and defeated him so many times Rocket Racer eventually gave up his life of crime and even helped Spider-Man defeat the white supremacist, Skinhead.
- Leap-Frog. The father of Marvel hero Frog Man, Vicent Patilio was an inventor who built electrically powered coils which enabled him to leap great distances. With his newfound jumping ability, Patilio clothed himself in a frog-like costume and took on the Leap-Frog moniker, making his first appearance in Daredevil #25 (1967). Leap-From soon joined Electro in the Emissaries of Evil and continued to battle Daredevil. He’s also taken on Iron Man and later Spider-Man. Patilio eventually retired from his life of crime and was replaced by Buford Lange, who took on the Leap-Frog name before dying twice, the second time at the hands of Wolverine.
- Eye Scream. A mutant with the power to transform himself into any flavor of ice cream (including banana split apparently), Eye-Scream attacked the X-Men due to the fact he was jealous of their powers, in comparison to his own. In Obnoxio the Clown vs. the X-Men #1 (1983) Eye-Scream infiltrates Charles Xavier’s school by melting into ice cream and seeping through a window. Once inside, he attempts to activate the school’s automated defense system to kill the X-Men. However, Professor X freezes Eye-Scream solid before his plan worked, ending his one-issue villain arc.