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Grey Gargoyle
(and I forgot to say that he was also the first Marvel villain to wear a green & purple costume)

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Subj: Re: It is weird ... but I've recently realized how a truly great character the Mole Man is, even though he isn't a favorite one.
Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 at 11:43:52 am EDT (Viewed 113 times)
Reply Subj: Re: It is weird ... but I've recently realized how a truly great character the Mole Man is, even though he isn't a favorite one.
Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 at 09:19:46 am EDT (Viewed 98 times)



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    I never found him that interesting.


I had the same feeling and, then, I suddenly realized that he was the prototype of many things to come.

I also realized how close he is to the DeVito version of the Penguin and that it would be quite easy to make him a much more interesting villain than he is nowadays.

It may explain why so many writers have tried to use him in a storyline since the beginning of the Silver Age and why he never disappeared in comics limbo. At one time or another, there is always a Marvel writer who tries to make him appear in a book (even in the Spider-Man newspaper strip !).

IMO, his main weakness is that he isn't as visually striking as other villains which can be quite a big weakness for a character in comics.

Still, his monsters, designed by Jack Kirby, are so stunning, that it largely compensates for this weakness.

Also, once in a while, a penciller manages to draw him the way it should be (Paolo Rivera, Arthur Adams, John Byrne ...).

And, of course, the Moloids also are great.

https://news.marvel.com/tag/mole-man/