Dedicated to the definitive superhero non-team.

Friday, May 24, 2024

Neutral Good: Professor Imam

Believing that his former teammates in the Squadron Supreme were corrupt, Nighthawk sought the help of Professor Imam, the Wizard Supreme of Earth-S. Professor Imam agreed that the Squadron was now a menace but said he needed to conserve his dwindling energy to train his successor. By weighing the needs of the present versus those of the future, Professor Imam exhibited a balanced approach in keeping with an alignment of Neutral Good.

  Lawful Good    Neutral Good    Chaotic Good  
  Lawful Neutral    True Neutral    Chaotic Neutral  
  Lawful Evil    Neutral Evil    Chaotic Evil  
This panel of Professor Imam comes from Captain America #314 (Feb. 1986).

Sunday, May 19, 2024


Shocker was one of the numerous supervillains who pretended to be Defenders for a Day. A recurring foe of Spider-Man, this particular Shocker had no connection to the member of Mutant Force also known as Shocker. Though not necessarily shocking, it was uncommon to see two characters with identical codenames active during the same time period.

The original Shocker appears in these panels from Defenders #64 (Oct. 1978).

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Examining Egghead

I wonder if Egghead ever considered joining the Headmen. After all, he was an evil genius—with a distinctive head to boot. But perhaps the monicker Egghead would have been too on the nose. Also, whereas the four Headmen were basically unknowns, Egghead had established himself early on as a member of Ant-Man's rogues' gallery. The criminal mastermind went on to lead the Emissaries of Evil (Defenders #42-43).

This pnael from Marvel Feature #5 (Sept. 1972) shows one of numerous times Egghead crossed paths with Ant-Man (Hank Pym).

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Lawful Neutral: Miss Whiplash

One of Patsy Walker's teachers in high school was Miss Whiplash. In class, Miss Whiplash tried to instill in her students the importance of academic learning. Because Miss Whiplash didn't frame her principles in terms of good or evil, her alignment might best be characterized as Lawful Neutral.

  Lawful Good    Neutral Good    Chaotic Good  
  Lawful Neutral    True Neutral    Chaotic Neutral  
  Lawful Evil    Neutral Evil    Chaotic Evil  
This panel comes from Patsy and Hedy #22 (Dec. 1953).

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Spellbook: Rope Trick

In one of his earliest adventures, Dr. Strange discussed the ancient Indian rope trick (Strange Tales #116). During the trick, a magician climbs to the top of a rope and vanishes. That description more or less matched the 2nd Level magic-user spell Rope Trick that would appear in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. When the spell is cast, one end of a rope rises into the air. The upper end of the rope fastens in an extra-dimensional space. The spell caster and up to five others can climb to the top of the rope and disappear into safety. The spell also allows climbers to stop and reach a normal place if they do not climb all the way to the rope's upper end.

After describing the ancient trick, Dr. Strange uses a sash as a rope substitute to climb diagnally upward and rescue three prisoners in Strange Tales #116 (Jan. 1964).