All year long on Marvel.com, we’re celebrating Marvel’s 75th anniversary, and to fully appreciate the scope of that history, you need to go back to where it all began.
As anybody knows, a good hero only becomes great when they go up against insurmountable obstacles, meaning their antagonists better be every bit as formidable and intriguing as the champions they menace.
While the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Avengers and more burst on the scene in the 1960’s, they may have been forgotten had they simply faced the nameless saboteurs and spies of the Golden Age; instead, villains with not just awe-inspiring powers but multi-faceted motives, in many cases as sympathetic as any character’s, rose to challenge this pantheon.
This week, we count down our top 10 Marvel villains to debut during the 1960’s. Have your own thoughts? Let us know on Twitter using the hash tag #Marvel75!
THE GREEN GOBLIN
First Appearance: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #14
Why He’s #3: “In his 50 years of heroism, no enemy has taken more away from Spider-Man than the Green Goblin. In his emerald guise, millionaire genius Norman Osborn has haunted the wall-crawler at every turn and caused unparalleled trouble in his personal life. The Goblin could wreak havoc in Peter Parker's home because, unlike most of Spidey's villains, Osborn made uncovering the webslinger’s secret identity a top priority almost immediately. With his cunning intellect and bag of explosive pumpkin bombs, the glider-riding villain became the most menacing in Spider-Man's rogues gallery. Osborn would overcome humiliation and amnesia time and time again, coming back stronger than ever before after every defeat.” – Brett White
Digital Comics Spotlight: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #39
First Appearance: JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY (1962) #85
Why He’s Also #3: “Without Loki, there would be no Avengers. No hero can lay claim to that truth, but the God of Mischief can; for that alone, he deserves to have his name up in lights in this top 10. However, Loki’s 60’s exploits hardly stopped there. For one, he spent the decade torturing his adopted brother. Not content to see Thor merely cast out to Earth, Loki also convinced their father Odin to strip away half the Thunder God’s power, had Jane Foster kidnapped not once but twice, and helped a time traveling villain nearly utilize his brother as a weapon in his conquest of the future. Loki also saw fit to cast fear into the world at large with stunts like doubling the powers of the criminals Mr. Hyde and Cobra and creating super villains like Absorbing Man and the Wrecking Crew.” – Tim Stevens
Digital Comics Spotlight: AVENGERS (1963) #1
Come back tomorrow to see two more entries on the list, share your thoughts on Twitter with the hash tag #Marvel75 and keep up on Marvel’s 75th anniversary celebration at marvel.com/75