Sunday, August 07, 2005

Character Donation #67



The Duke of Oil.

A villain who starts with a bad pun, then only gets worse from there. Only Mike W. Barr, who never met a stupid villain he didn't create, could be the party responsible for the Duke of Oil.

In case you've been spared the experience, the Duke of Oil is a "a Texan oil magnate whose brain was transplanted into a robotic body following a terrible petroleum fire."

Built around a ban pun. Over the top regional/ethnic accent/theme. Cybernetic and poorly motivated.

Bye bye, Duke of Oil! Enjoy Marvel. Don't worry, we'll be sending along your Barr siblings soon enough.

Well. Not soon enough, I suppose.

15 comments:

Devon said...

Dammit, you'd better leave The Bad Samaritan alone!

The Comics Shrew said...

You couldn't have donated this one before Judd Winick pulled him out of obscurity? :)

Scipio said...

Actually, he's funny, and his name isn't an unreasonable codename for a rent-a-spy, so he's okay with me (but on the edge).

I was ready to get rid of the Force of July, but apparently Kobra and the Suicide Squad took care of that for me already...!

Scipio said...

Heh. Judd would have just made another one, and the LAST thing we need is the "Grand Duke of Oil".

Scipio said...

My hope is that once we've donated 365 characters to Marvel, they'll let us have Dazzler.

Love her! Fab-u-lous!

Devon said...

...and She-Hulk.

Ariel said...

Ah yes. Good 'ol Mr. Barr with his cringe inducingly named Masters of Disaster. Another set of donations ready to go!

Although I thought Silent Majority was kind of clever in a Captain Carrot kind of way.

running42k said...

Isn't this villian the current president?

Scipio said...

Heavens, he's been donated to OUR universe!

By the way, exactly WHAT is he doing to Katana? It seems to be, well, more than she can handle.

Vincent J. Murphy said...

If you need a stable of villains to export to the Marvel slums, take a look at any of Chuck Dixon's Nightwing villains.

Sarah said...

Yes, Blockbuster is a Rob Liefeld-era X-Force villain if ever I saw one. They should dig up his corpse and export it to Image, really.

Margot and Aliki can stay, though, for their proper appreciation of Nightwing's appeal. Also because I can't believe Chuck Dixon managed to sell "what if Nightwing made it with sisters?" as an actual plotline.

Scipio said...

Vincent, Sarah; I know very little about Nightwing's villains;
but now I want to hear more!

Marionette said...

I don't know how you can say this character is un-DC when DC brought us such instant classics as Doctor Domino, a villain whose head was a giant domino piece.

Sarah said...

Well, there was Torque...whose gimmick was that he was a normal guy, BUT HIS HEAD WAS ON BACKWARDS.

Smell the terror!!!

Luke said...

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