From comics I was a huge fan of-
Venom- Probably my favorite Spider-Man villain. He was Spider-Man's scariest villian IMO. He knew Spider-Man's secret identity(and would hang out around his loved ones), didn't cause his spider-sense to go off, had all of his powers, and was stronger than him. Talk about a dangerous combination. The danger and stakes always seemed higher when he came around.
Thanos- Can't believe no one has mentioned him yet. I love Infinity Gauntlet and read to pieces as a kid.
Doomsday- I also read the Death of Superman to pieces, and I enjoyed Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey as well.
Apocalypse, Mister Sinister, and Magneto- My favorite X-Men villains in the 80s and 90s.
Quote:Darth Vader was high up on my list, of course.
Yep, he is very high on my list too.
Yeah, Venom was great back then. His appearances were like the early Doc Ock appearances, with the stakes getting higher and more personal every time. He did suffer from over exposure and some poor ideas in his mini-series, but I enjoyed him in Spider-Man.
When he and Spider-Man had their truce, it didn't seem to sit right as it didn't seem like Spider-Man and it changed Venom's motivation to the Lethal Protector. However, I've been reading some of Venom's other appearances in Darkhawk and Iron Man, and, I have to say, I like them. Replacin Spider-Man with these other heroes makes the team-ups with Venom work better. Their is still the mistrust, but not the personal animosity that should prevent Spider-Man and Venom from ever working together.
Thanos was great, too. By the 90's, I had cut back on all my comic buying except Spider-Man books and the Fantastic Four, but I always picked up the Infinity books. The scene in which Warlock orchestrates the Silver Surfer almost snatching the Infinity Guantlet from Thanos is so tense. Great comic book writing.