Remember in LEGO Batman when any and every villain that Batman has ever fought made an appearance during the fight scene in the beginning? Like Crazy Quilt, Eraser, Polka Dot Man, March Hare, Calendar Man, and Condiment King to name a few. Well, cartoonist and graphic designer Jon Morris absolutely loves obscure characters like them. He finds the kooky characters of comics so interesting he has compiled them into a book!
The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains: Oddball Criminals from Comic Book History takes a look at comics from every publishing house and sorts them by their age in comics history. In the Golden Age, you can learn about the Horrible Hand, the Balloon Maker, and Mother Goose. The Silver Age has Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man, Egg Fu (this character is as racist as it sounds) and Tino the Terrible Teen. And in the Modern Age comics gave us the Roach Wrangler, Doctor Bong, and Uzzi the Clown. Yes, they are all insane as they sound. But that is what makes it so fun to learn about!
Jon Morris doesn’t just report boring facts (although he does give the facts) about the characters and make his book just a nice decoration for your coffee table. He tells their stories with such fervent passion and witty criticism that you can’t help but get hooked and learn more about these supervillains. You’ll want to keep reading despite how hefty the book is. It might actually help you defeat some of the villains in the book if you ever came across them in real life.
Morris delights with every entry and chosen image. It is as if Morris were a talk show host giving us in-depth interviews with the characters that comics would like us to forget about but it is a train wreck you cannot turn away from. I truly recommend this book if you love oddball entertainment history.
On the flip side, Morris also has a book about wacky superheroes to go along quite nicely with this book. What’s a supervillain without their equally regrettable superhero?
The League of Regrettable Supervillains will be available in hardback and e-book from Quirk Books on March 28, 2017.