Saturday, October 09, 2010

31 favorite monsters: Mr. Mind

In my opinion the coolest, most original and most adorable supervillain of all time, this tiny, cartoonish alien worm was originally the arch-nemesis of Captain Marvel and leader of the global Monster Society of Evil, revealing his surprising true form in Captain Marvel Adventures #26, August 1943.

Now a part of the DC Universe alongside the likes of the Joker and Lex Luthor, Mr. Mind continues to make appearances nearly seventy years later, stirring up trouble with his parasitic mind-control and diabolical brilliance.

31 favorite monsters: Nuckelavee

Artwork by Kaaziel

An easy contender for the fiercest of any mythological being, this Scottish sea-fairy takes the form of a skinless cyclops fused with a skinless horse, and devotes itself primarily to spreading famine and misery. Years ago, I asked people to contribute Nuckelavee artwork to a group gallery on my website, and I'm still getting entries ever since! Check out the fully gallery HERE!

31 favorite monsters: Mummies

Someone I'm very close to is counting down one of her favorite monsters every day on her tumblr, and I thought I might have fun doing likewise on my blogger. I've got a bunch of catching up to do first, but should be updating once daily from here on out, and if you enjoy reading my tangents about B-movie creatures and toys, you'll undoubtedly find her tumblr at least as interesting - our tastes heavily overlap, anyway!

My first choice for Monster #31 (we're counting up, here) is also the most conventional, yet my appreciation for it is perhaps the most unusual; mummies are one of the primary Halloween monsters alongside Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, Wolfmen, Witches, Skeletons and Ghosts, and have always been my favorite of the bunch, not only because I find they look a little weirder than the others, but because they're also funnier.

Mummies as "monsters" are so ingrained in our popular culture that it's easy to forget they're just an exaggeration of dead egyptians, which calls into question why they seem to be lurking in Haunted Houses all around the world and why being wrapped in dusty cloth is supposed to make them distinct from any other walking corpse. They're rarely portrayed with any distinct attributes other than shuffling, moaning and getting dust everywhere, which is really just more pitiful and adorable than anything else.

Real-world mummies, on the other hand, really can have a unique and deadly ability: archaeologists and grave robbers alike have succumbed to the toxic molds breeding in their ancient wrappings. Why don't more pop-culture mummies get any cool fungus powers?