I have never been much into heroes and villains stories but I'm always fascinated by other people's predilections in that matter. By the difference between the real person and their fantasy character of choice as much as by their similarity or affinity with them.
Here's a gallery to post those fantastic images of heroes, heroins and villains that are burned forever in our imagination. I'll start the ball rolling with Rorsach (from The Watchmen)
This is what Wikipedia has to say about him:
A vigilante who wears a white mask that contains a symmetrical but constantly shifting ink blot pattern, he continues to fight crime in spite of his outlaw status. Moore said he was trying to "come up with this quintessential Steve Ditko character—someone who's got a funny name, whose surname begins with a 'K,' who's got an oddly designed mask". Moore based Rorschach on Ditko's creation Mr. A; Ditko's Charlton character The Question also served as a template for creating Rorschach.
Comics historian Bradford W. Wright described the character's world view "a set of black-and-white values that take many shapes but never mix into shades of gray, similar to the ink blot tests of his namesake". Rorschach sees existence as random and, according to Wright, this viewpoint leaves the character "free to 'scrawl [his] own design' on a 'morally blank world'".Moore said he did not foresee the death of Rorschach until the fourth issue when he realized that his refusal to compromise would result in him not surviving the story.
My personal favorite. Just because he's the (spineless!) embodiment of Hollywood, Reality TV, and everything else I love to hate about consumer (sub-)culture. And since this also includes the kind of comics he's featured in, he happens to be more than a regular supervillain: a metavillain. There's no one else like Mojo, because he's truly in a class of his own ;-)
I had never heard of this guy before
I'm not surprised. He's a recurring X-Men antagonist, but he's probably too weird and radical a character to ever get a chance to be featured in an X-Men movie. By the way, if you gave the above link a look, you'll notice Mojo is a creation of Ann Nocenti, the only writer with a political spine in Marvel history (that I know of, at least), and thus one of the very best in my opinion. And she sounds a bit like an Adriana-turned-comics-editor at times ;-)
Kuljit Mithra: Issue 236, your first issue on Daredevil, was with artist Barry Windsor-Smith. Here we were introduced to Jack Hazzard, a victim of the 'American Dream'. How was your collaboration with Mr. Windsor-Smith? Also, the theme of the 'American Dream' runs through many of your issues of Daredevil, and I was wondering what the 'Dream' means to you?
Ann Nocenti: Barry Windsor-Smith is an awesome talent. He added dignity, pathos, and tenderness to my story. He's one of the best I've ever worked with. As for the phrase "american dream," I meant it ironically, and it has to do with my love/hate relationship with living in this liberating/oppressive, humanitarian/imperialistic, sweet/rotten apple pie country.
Bill Koenig: To what degree should comics be used as a vehicle to express a point of view? Your stories included animal rights (personally I think in a heavy handed way) and other issues.
Ann Nocenti: Comics are great because they're all things. Sometimes just plain fun, sometimes they have deadly intent. Anything goes. Yes, I've been known to rant like a boozyheaded drunk in a bar about something I believe in too passionately. And as the drunk says in the morning, I did that? I said that? I'm really sorry... And then the drunk lies: I'll never do it again. But on the other hand, I got a score of "I'll never eat meat again" letters after those animal rights stories.
Ha! She does sound a bit like me. I take that as a compliment :-)
And my favorite hero is Batman; ever since I was a little kid, I loved Batman, because he had no special powers, just a lot of cool technology and intelligence. I watched every single episode when I was a little girl. To watch it now is weird though. It is so...campy. And adam West was not even cut! I guess a 6-pack was not required to be a superhero back then.
Camp is Batman's only saving grace. Other than that, he's just a prepubescent teen male fantasy of the lamest kind.
I liked watching the Green Hornet as a kid. Here's a scene with Bruce Lee in his role as Kato. Who ever did the music for all of the action series in the 60's must have made a killing because they all use the same music.
I love Kato :-)
My favorite superhero is Superdupont. Just because he can do neat tricks with his muscles, as shown here: