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Subj: Re: Question About Doctor Psycho, Was He Always Evil And Sadistic, Even In The Early Issues?
Posted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 at 07:02:48 pm EDT (Viewed 233 times)
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I haven't really read many Wonder Woman issues or comics before Post Crisis (I am trying to get some important issues of the Perez run. They seem pretty exposition-heavy, though.), but I do like what I have read of Doctor Psycho. Was he always vile and sadistic, even in the early stories? During the Greg Rucka run (He seemed to use him quite a bit.), I think that it was hinted at or stated that he was a rapist. I think that sometimes it's just good to see a vile, despicable, evil villain. And would anyone recommend some good Psycho issues or stories? Were him and Diana ever allies, or were they always enemies? Thanks.

Always has been a thoroughly bad egg yes. Doctor Psycho is a villain who goes way back to the 1940's Golden-Age of comics, Roy Thomas revived him in his 1982 reign on Wonder Woman and he was characterised as a lonely but lecherous gnome of a man.
George Perez again revived him in his late 1980s Wonder Woman and pushed his seedy elements further still, a dangerous and sadistic psychic who preyed on women. He's gone through further revisions still, but the default version is still very much the dimunitive gnome of the Golden-Age through to the 1990s and beyond...

On reflection his relative scarcity as an ongoing regular Wonder Woman villain possibly lies in him being so untypical. He isn't any sort of a physical challenge. He isn't ever after a particular thing. He doesn't seek a particular reward or have any real connection to Diana or her Amazon world. Instead he is fairly random in his motivations, and probobly therefore a hard character for writers to think of reasons for him to appear more than once in a few years... a shame as he is exactly the sort of non-physical challenge Wonder Woman needs on a more regular basis and presents an ethical and more intelligent test of Diana's abilities to adapt and deal with tough, less direct, opponents. He's very much the Hugo Strange of the Wonder Woman world. \(fear\)

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