Marvel Silver Age Villians

Tinkerer in Amazing Spider-Man #2

Villain Bio: The Terrible Tinkerer

Villain Bio: The Terrible Tinkerer The Terrible Tinkerer, art by Ditko. Pre-Retconned version. The Tinkerer is a perfect example of how a villain (or any other character) can be retconned into something very different from the original intent of the writer who created him. In this case, Stan Lee, the Tinkerer’s creator, used a common trope (aliens hidden among us), to introduce Spider-Man’s first (and, at the time, only) alien foe. As first presented, the Tinkerer was an alien disguised as a human repairman who was spearheading an alien invasion. He only had one Silver Age appearance, in Spidey #2. However, he was later retconned to be, in fact, a real human who had tricked Spider-Man and others into believing he was an alien in order to stay hidden and unknown. As the retcon goes, the Tinkerer is actually the tech guy/armorer for many supervillains.   As retcons go, this one was actually worthwhile, and helps explain how so many bad guys have their hands on such good technology. Silver Age Appearance(s) of the Terrible Tinkerer (plus his first post-Silver Age Appearance)   1. Amazing Spider-Man #2 -vs. Spider-Man (Note: 1st Appearance is in first of two stories in this issue) 2. Amazing Spider-Man #160-(1976-After Silver Age) While Tinkerer only had one appearance in the Silver Age, he was retconned later to have been human (in ASM #2, he was portrayed by Lee and Ditko as an alien disguised as a human), who had disguised himself as an alien to escape detection. The retcon, however, also turned him into a significant part of the underground supervillain society in the Marvel Universe. As it turned out, Tinkerer was the “tech guy" for many supervillains, including Mysterio (he made Mysterio’s suit), Scorpion (made Scorp’s tail), among many others. Other villains the retconned Tinkerer has worked with/for include Hammerhead, Jack O’Lantern, Black Cat, the Beetle, the Owl, the Jester, Diamondback, Whirlwind, Grizzly, and the Latverian government of Countess Luciana Von Bardas, among many others. Sources on the Tinkerer:  

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Batroc vs. Captain America

Marvel Silver Age Villains: Batroc the Leaper

  MARVEL SILVER AGE VILLAINS: BATROC THE LEAPER   Batroc the Leaper Batroc the Leaper — Batroc in the Marvel Comics Universe is a French criminal with amazing physical abilities in gymnastics and martial arts. He is a master of Savate (French kickboxing), but possesses no super-powers. Batroc has a unique sense of honor, and longs for the day when he can defeat Captain America (whom he admires in a weird sort of way), in a fair fight. In the Marvel Comics Universe, Batroc has joined with other villains in loose alliances usually referred to as Batroc’s Brigade. In the Marvel Universe, Batroc is a former soldier in the French Foreign Legion and a martial artist who hireshimself out to the highest bidder, including, (in his first comics appearance), HYDRA. Despite being a master criminal, Batroc has turned on his employers and other allies if he perceives them to be dishonorable. This occurred in his first encounter against Captain America, where Batroc disapproved of the tactics used by HYDRA, and actually aided Captain America in his battle against the terrorist organization. Batroc is a character conceived by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the Marvel Silver Age. In the 2014 Marvel Studios film, Batroc is played by Georges St. Pierre, a Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter who battles Captain America in the opening scenes.     Georges St. Pierre asBatroc in Captain America: Winter Soldier   Batroc The Leaper-1st Appearance, Tales of Suspense #75 (March 1966)-created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Silver Age Marvel Comics Appearances of Batroc: Tales of Suspense #75 Tales of Suspense #76 Tales of Suspense #85 Tales of Suspense #86 Silver Age of Marvel Comics=Those comics published by Marvel from 1961 to approximately 1968.    

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